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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.
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 rebuilt.
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.
Aberdeenshire Castles on Royal Deeside & Upper Donside
All Aberdeenshire Castles & map images copyright Bill Bagsgaw photography, all rights reserved
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
Royal Deeside guide map.
The area around The Royal Families summer residence at Balmoral Castle is called Royal Deeside.
Royal Deeside is in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Royal Deeside includes the Braemar, Ballater and Aboyne areas.
Royal Deeside is centered around the upper stretches of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Queen Victoria made Royal Deeside famous when she purchased Balmoral Castle together with her consort Prince Albert.
The Castle was too small for Queen Victotoria and she had it rebuilt.
The present Castle was finished in 1856 and is open to the public from April to July.
Balmoral Estate covers nearly 50,000 acres and includes farms and grouse moors.
Balmoral estate is inside The Cairngorm National Park.
Fantastic public walks lead around Glen Muick and up to Lochnagar.
Lochnagar is a former volcano
Lochnagar can be walked to from the car park at Glen Muick, and is a former volcano.
Snow can usually be found on Lochnagar for much of the year.