Aberdeenshire Castles on Royal Deeside & Upper Donside
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Map of Aberdeenshire Castles (Royal Deeside & Upper Donside) © Bill Bagshaw
Balmoral Castle © Bill Bagshaw Schottische Schlösser
Castle Fraser © Bill Bagshaw
Craigievar Castle © Bill Bagshaw
Ruined Turret © Bill Bagshaw
Crathes Castle © Bill Bagshaw
Braemar Castle © Bill Bagshaw
Kildrummy Castle © Bill Bagshaw
Glenbuchat Castle © Bill Bagshaw
Drum Castle © Bill Bagshaw
Castle Fraser awoke to battles between ancient warriors on 20th July 2013
Castle Fraser Jousting Tournament
Castle Fraser Jousting Tournament used to be an annual event, but no longer takes place every year.
The Tournament features re-enactments of battles and jousting tournaments. This is taken very seriously indeed by the participants who ensure their equipment is authentic. The re-enactors are actually fighting for points in their own “league”. There is great attention to detail during the Tournament. Many combatants manufacture their own equipment.
Castle Fraser Steam Fair is another event at the Castle earlier in the year.
Whats on Royal Deeside & Upper Donside
Whats on Royal Deeside & Upper Donside. dSider is a photo guide to Royal Deeside & Upper Donside. dSider – High quality photo features by Bill Bagshaw
Find out whats on Royal Deeside & Upper Donside by clicking on the links:-
The Must See Guide
The Must See guide is a guide to the castles, places and events on Royal Deeside & Upper Donside you shouldn’t miss.
The Spotlight Page
The Spotlight Page is a feature page on items of interest.
The Villages Page
Royal Deeside & Upper Donside Villages Guide. Main villages pages with local information. A guide to villages and their surrounding areas.
Whats on Royal Deeside – Events section. Also covers Upper Donside. Highland Games and major event dates.
A pipe bands Drum Major from The Gordon Highlanders military pipe band at The Aboyne Highland Games.
© Bill Bagshaw
In a military pipe band the Drum Major would be a man of outstanding military character able to control men in battle.
The Drum Major was the figurehead of the regiment. In battle he instructed the drummers to play certain beats which passed messages to the rest of the troops.
The Drum Major’s was a very important job in the pipe bands. If he got it wrong the battle could be lost. He carried proud regimental honours on his sash and upon his silver headed mace.
Military pipe band drum majors do not throw their mace, however in more recent years a drum major in a non military band became more of an entertainer who threw and caught his mace.
The Kinord Stone – an ancient Christian Cross Slab
Kinord Stone is a superb example of a Pictish Cross Slab. Situated on the shores of Loch Kinord the ancient Kinord stone is thought to date back to the 9th century.
Notable features of the Kinnord Stone are the scrolled ends of The Cross, and the lack of symbols. The Kinord Stone was hewn from solid granite, enabling it to withstand the passage of 1,200 years.
Christianity came to Royal Deeside in the 5th century. The ancient Picts were converted to Christianity, and carved the Kinord Stone to worship their new religion.