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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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Castle Fraser Jousting Tournament

 

Castle Fraser awoke to battles between ancient warriors on 20th July 2013

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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.

Photography by Bill Bagshaw Photography Courses /Tips

 

 

Whats on Royal Deeside

 

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)

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.

Events

Whats on Royal Deeside – Events section.  Also covers Upper Donside. Highland Games and major event dates.

 

 

 

Crathes Castle – The Enchanted Castle

 

Crathes Castle

Crathes Castle is one of the best Castles in Scotland.  
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The famous Crathes Castle shaped hedges can be seen in the foreground of one of the photographs.

Crathes is one of the best castles in Scotland and is sometimes referred to as The Enchanted Castle.
Walled gardens contain many interesting plants.

Crathes Castle houses a fascinating portrait collection. 
The castle was built on land gifted by King Robert The Bruce.

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)

 

Crathes Castle is bathed in light by stunning projections, during the annual Enchanted Castle sound and light event. The famous Crathes topiary can be seen in the foreground. www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)