Ballater & Ballater Highland Games

 

Ballater

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.

Ballater Railway Station has now been rebuilt. It was largely destroyed by a fire in the early hours of Tuesday 12th May 2015

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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 volcanoLochnager mountain is in fact an extinct volcano and the loch beneath it is actually a volcanic crater. Lochnagar is one of Scotlands most famous mountains being imortalised as Dark Lochnagar by the poet Lord Byron, due to it's dark volcanic rock. You can walk to Lochnagar from Glen Muick. www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

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.

Queen Victoria's Royal toilet at Ballater railway station, Royal Deeside. Ballater station has been refurbished as a museum and features the toilet used by Queen Victoria on her railway trips to Royal Deeside. www.dsider.co.uk dSider what's on Ballater guide,Ballater photography courses by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

The Old Ballater Railway Station was turned into a museum.  Subsequently it was destroyed by fire and has now been rebilt.

The old Ballater Victorian railway station has been refurbished and is now a museum. Ballater was the terminus of the now defunct Deeside Railway on Royal Deeside. Ballater Station even features the toilet used by Queen Victoria ! dsider.co.uk dSider online magazine, photo courses Royal Deeside (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

 

Royal Deeside

 

Royal Deeside

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:-

Aboyne –  the gateway to Glen Tanar.
Aboyne is at the heart of Royal Deeside,  on the banks of the River Dee.  Aboyne Highland Games are an annual event.

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.

Braemar home of The Braemar Gathering.
Braemar has superb mountain scenery, and is located in The Cairngorm National Park.   Glenshee Ski Centre is nearby.

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.

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Genuine Jacobite sword and authentic clothing worn at Braemar Castle, Royal Deeside. by a member of Crann Tara. Crann Tara is a group dedicated to preserving Scottish history and Scottish heritage. www.dsider.co.uk dsider online magazine, photography courses, commercial photography. Photography by Bill Bagshaw photographers at Braemar (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

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

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

Homecoming Scotland 2014 Aboyne Games massed pipe bands

Homecoming Scotland 2014 Aboyne Games massed pipe bands

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Highland Games Heavy Events

 

Swirling kilts as The Heavies put the stone at The Aboyne Highland Games,Royal Deeside,Scotland. dSider online magazine www.dsider.co.uk Photography by Bill Bagshaw photography courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)Braemar Gathering Heavy (Bill Bagshaw www.dsider.co.uk)Weight for distance event at Aboyne Highland Games, Royal Deeside,Scotland dsider www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, Bill Bagshaw photography courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

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.

This is a collection of  highland games heavy event photos from Aboyne Highland Games, Ballater Highland Games and  Braemar Gathering. Photography by Bill Bagshaw photography

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

 

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

The falls of Feugh at Banchory are a fantastic place to watch salmon leaping upstream, with a great view from the pedestrian walkway. www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)