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Ballater & Ballater Highland Games

 

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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.

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 rebuilt.

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)

 

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.

Braemar Gathering

 

Braemar Gathering

Braemar Gathering takes place on the first Saturday in September. The Gathering is held at  at The Princess Royal & Duke of  Fife Memorial Park in the centre of Braemar.   The patron of The Games is Her Majesty The Queen whose Scottish residence is nearby Balmoral Castle.   Events start at 9.30 a.m.

The photo shows The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh; arriving in their Bentley; at Braemar Gathering. The Royal couple are accompanied by Prince Charles.

Parking facilities are on the fields on the edge of the village. The grassy banks of The Memorial Park form a great natural vantage point.  You can also buy grandstand tickets in advance (recommended).

You are advised to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion.     If you are coming over Glenshee watch out for red deer.   The best chance of spotting red deer in summer is in the evenings.   Remember if one runs across the road it’s likely to be immediately followed by several others.

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The Queen arrives at Braemar Gathering & Highland GamesScotland, accompanied by Prince Charles & The Duke of Edinburgh (Bill Bagshaw www.dsider.co.uk)

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