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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.
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.
All photos by Bill Bagshaw Photography Course Tips
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 rebilt.
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.
Photography by Bill Bagshaw Photography Courses / Tips
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.
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.