Royal Deeside Photos
Royal Deeside photos and Braemar Games were both featured in The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
For Royal Deeside photos dSider is the place to look.
Lonach March is headed by Lonach Pipe Band, followed by Clansmen who carry pikes. Everyone calls in for a dram of Scottish whisky at various patrons during the march. Photo shows The Gathering patron Sir James Forbes whose ancestors founded the Lonach Friendly Society. All photos copyright Bill Bagshaw, all rights reserved. #RoyalDeesidePhotos
Aboyne Highland Games is a featured event for Homecoming Scotland
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.
All photos by Bill Bagshaw Photography Tuition & Mentoring Scotland.
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 has now been restored and features; amongst other things; Queen Victoria’s toilet.
Update Ballater Railway Station was largely destroyed by a fire in the early hours of Tuesday 12th May 2015
The Old Ballater Railway Station was turned into a museum.
Dutch Racing pigeons blown over to Royal Deeside
Royal Deeside visitors from Holland blown over by storms
A valuable Dutch racing pigeon, from a top award winning continental pigeon loft was found dead on Royal Deeside in June. The pigeon; which was released in France was found dead on Royal Deeside after being attacked by a cat..
Racing pigeons went missing all over Holland lrecently due to the extreme weather. Ironically having survived an extreme flight of hundreds of miles; and extreme weather; this hardy Dutch racing pigeon was killed by a Royal Deeside cat.
The racing pigeon was supposed to fly 571 kilometres from France to Holland but was disorientated by storms. So this brave racing pigeon covered a huge distance to Royal Deeside instead. If you find one of these Royal Deeside visitors you should be able to contact the owner from the information on its leg ring.
The Dutch racing pigeons will be exhausted and are obviously vulnerable to cats. Should you find one it should be easy to catch; and feed. When it is fit again it should fly back to Holland.
How to feed an exhausted Dutch racing pigeon:- Give it water and seeds (bird seeds), dry rice or unsalted peanuts (bird nuts). Or better still contact a local pigeon fancier. When fully recovered the bird will fly home.
This birds identification ring prefix was NL 2013 which indicates it was a Dutch racing pigeon born in 2013. British racing pigeons will have the prefix GB instead.
To identify the owner go to this Dutch website:- http://www.npoveenendaal.nl/welkom-bij-de-npo/duif-gevonden Scroll down below the photo for translation instructions.
Photo shows award winning companion of the dead racing pigeon.
“zoek op ringnummer” you can fill in 2 boxes. The first one is for the year of birth. (eg for NL 2013) you fill in 13. The second box is for the number .
Clicking on “zoeken” (EN: search), shows the owners phone number
You can also fill in a form, which will be sent to the owners email address.
Fill in the email form and the owner will know where his pigeon is.
Uw naam = your name
Uw emailadres = your email address
Uw telefoonnummer = your phone number
Informatie = please fill in your message to the owner
Verzenden = send this form
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