Posts Tagged: Balmoral

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)

 

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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Aberdeenshire Castles

 

Aberdeenshire Castles on Royal Deeside & Upper Donside

All Aberdeenshire Castles & map images copyright Bill Bagsgaw photography, all rights reserved

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Map of Aberdeenshire Castles (Royal Deeside & Upper Donside) © Bill Bagshaw

Location map of Castles on Royal Deeside and Upper Donside. Your guide to Aberdeenshire Castles www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, Bill Bagshaw photography courses and clinics (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

Balmoral Castle © Bill Bagshaw                                                                                      Schottische Schlösser

Balmoral Castle is the private residence of The Queen on Royal Deeside. It was purchased by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1852. Balmoral is one of only a few Royal properties that is owned by The Monarch rather than the state. www.dSider.co.uk whats on Ballater guide.Copyright Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

Castle Fraser © Bill Bagshaw

Castle Fraser, dates back to 1575 and is a superb example of a Scottish baronial tower built on a Z plan. Two wings project to form a courtyard. Castle Fraser was home to two different branches of the Fraser clan. www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses. Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

Craigievar Castle © Bill Bagshaw

Craigievar Castle has a fairytale look to it, featuring many turrets and gargoyles. Built on the L plan it was comleted in 1626. Originally Craigievar Castle was surrounded by 4 round courtyard towers, only one of which remains. During the first world war it was used as a hospital for wounded Belgian soldiers. dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

Ruined Turret © Bill Bagshaw

Royal Deeside is full of fascinating ruins. Here is a view inside a ruined turret where there would originally have been a spiral staircase. www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

Crathes Castle © Bill Bagshaw

Crathes Castle was built on land donated in 1323 by King Robert the Bruce. The original castle was a fortress of timber built upon a bog known as a "crannog". Work on the current L shaped castle began in 1553. A walled garden is a prominent feature of the grounds. www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

Braemar Castle © Bill Bagshaw

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

Kildrummy Castle © Bill Bagshaw

Kildrummy Castle was built in a shield shape. The ruin is one of the largest 13th century castles remaining in Scotland, and was once a magnificent Scottish fortress. Kildrummy Castle is the scene of sieges and battles, it dates back to the 13th century being beseiged in 1306 and 1335. Robert the Bruce sent his family there to protect them from the English. Gory history tells of a traitorous blacksmith who set fire to the castle and was rewarded in gold for his treason; by having molten gold poured down his throat. The castle was abandoned during the Jacobite revolution by the Earl of Mar who fled to France. www.dsider.co.uk whats on Strathdon guide Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

Glenbuchat Castle © Bill Bagshaw

Glenbuchat Castle was the home of several branches of the Gordon clan built on a Z plan in 1590 on high ground above the River Don. Glenbuchat Castle was built for John Gordon a hero of the Jacobite rebellions. www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

Drum Castle © Bill Bagshaw

Drum Castle features a very old medieval 13th century keep (seen to the right of the image) The keep is the oldest in Scotland and is joined onto a Jacobean mansion house dating back to 1619. There are also Victorian additions to the castle. The chieftains banner is shown flying from the keep. Photography by Bill Bagshaw www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photography courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

 

Royal Deeside Guide

 

Royal Deeside Guide

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.

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Castles, Royal Deeside map and Upper Donside map. Your guide to Scottish Aberdeenshire Castles. www.dsider.co.uk online whats on guide, Bill Bagshaw photography courses and photography clinics (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

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.

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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. www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses. photography courses by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

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.
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