Ballater is a quaint Victorian village near to the Royal Family’s Scottish home Balmoral Castle. Many shops and tradesmen proudly display the Royal Warrant outside their premises. Some shops are by appointment both to Her Majesty The Queen and to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
When the Royal Family are not in residence nearby Balmoral Castle is open to the public. and displays include Sheridan the butchers vintage car, and vintage Balmoral fire fighting equipment.
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Lochnagar is a former volcano
The whole area is adjacent to areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Glen Muick & Lochnagar.
Many excellent walks set off from the Loch Muick area; including the walk to Lochnagar – an extinct volcano depicted above.
The Deeside Line was a Victorian railway which used to take Queen Victotia to Ballater Railway Station.
The Railway station was restored and featured; amongst other things; Queen Victoria’s toilet.
The Old Ballater Railway Station was turned into a museum. Subsequently it was destroyed by fire and has now been rebilt.
Royal Deeside is an area of fairytale Scottish Castles, set amongst magnificent mountains and glens.
Walkers can discover Glen Muick, Glen Tanar and Lochnagar.
There are many events to watch on Royal Deeside including Highland Games, and Gatherings.
The old Royal Deeside railway line is now a great cycle path.
Royal Deeside Villages:-
Ballater the Royal Village near Balmoral Castle.
Ballater is near to The Queen’s residence at Balmoral Castle. Balmoral Castle was the Scottish home of Queen Victoria.
Banchory and Crathes Castle on Royal Deeside.
Banchory is Royal Deeside’s main shopping town.
Westhill is a world centre of excellence for sub sea engineering
Historic Kincardine O Neil The ruined chuch in this historic Royal Deeside village dates back to the 14th century.
Royal Deeside villages include Aboyne, Kincardine O’Neil, Ballater, Braemar, Banchory , Tarland, Peterculter, and Torphins.
The photo above shows a member of Crann Tara dressed as a Jacobite at Braemar Castle, Royal Deeside. Crann Tara is a group dedicated to preserving Scottish history and Scottish heritage.
Homecoming Scotland 2014
Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a year long event welcoming visitors to Scotland. These homecoming Scotland events are on Royal Deeside :-
Aboyne Highland Games has been highlighted as a special event in the homecoming programme.
The world famous Braemar Gathering is also a featured event
Highland Games Heavy Events.
Highland Games Heavy Events are a fore runner of the modern Olympic Games.
Donald Dinnie from Birse, Aboyne was the worlds first sporting superstar due to his Highland Games exploits.
Highland Games Heavy events include tossing the caber, weight for distance, hammer throwing, putting the stone or ball, and weight over the bar.
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Putting the stone or ball. This is where the Olympic event of putting the shot came from.
Weight for distance. – The competitor spins around to throw a heavy weight on the end of a chain. One hand is used to throw the weight and the other arm is used for rotational balance. The competitor throws the weight as far as he can.
Throwing the hammer. The hammer is spun around the head several times using both hands and then released. The competitors have long spikes attached to the front of their boots to anchor them to the ground.
Weight over the bar (for height) A weight is thrown upwards over a bar; which is raised up, to assess the highest height achievable.
Tossing the caber. Competitors balance a long wooden pole on one end then run with it until they are going fast enough to tip it over end over end. The caber is thrown for accuracy and not for distance.
Falls of Feugh
The Falls of Feugh on the outskirts of Banchory is a great place to watch salmon jumping upstream over the rocks. The pedestrian walkway on the upstream side of the bridge is an superb vantage point to watch the salmon run. Salmon can be seen during a surprisingly long part of the year.
The winter salmon run starts in September and continues to November.
The spring salmon run is from February to Match.
Bridge of Feugh. Photography by Bill Bagshaw Photography Courses /Tips