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Royal Deeside


Royal Deeside

Royal Deeside is an area of fairytale Scottish Castles, set amongst magnificent mountains and glens.

Walkers can discover  Glen Muick, Glen Tanar and Lochnagar.
There are many events to watch on Royal Deeside including Highland Games, and Gatherings.
The old Royal Deeside railway line is now a  great cycle path.

Royal Deeside Villages:-

Aboyne –  the gateway to Glen Tanar.
Aboyne is at the heart of Royal Deeside,  on the banks of the River Dee.  Aboyne Highland Games are an annual event.

Ballater the Royal Village near Balmoral Castle.
Ballater is near to The Queen’s residence at Balmoral Castle.  Balmoral Castle was the Scottish home of Queen Victoria.

Banchory and Crathes Castle on Royal Deeside.
Banchory is Royal Deeside’s main shopping town.

Braemar home of The Braemar Gathering.
Braemar has superb mountain scenery, and is located in The Cairngorm National Park.   Glenshee Ski Centre is nearby.

Westhill is a world centre of excellence for sub sea engineering

Historic Kincardine O Neil       The ruined chuch in this historic Royal Deeside village dates back to the 14th century.


Genuine Jacobite sword and authentic clothing worn at Braemar Castle, Royal Deeside. by a member of Crann Tara. Crann Tara is a group dedicated to preserving Scottish history and Scottish heritage. dsider online magazine, photography courses, commercial photography. Photography by Bill Bagshaw photographers at Braemar (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

Royal Deeside villages include Aboyne, Kincardine O’Neil, Ballater, Braemar, Banchory , Tarland, Peterculter,  and Torphins.

The photo above shows a member of Crann Tara dressed as a Jacobite  at Braemar Castle, Royal Deeside.   Crann Tara is a group dedicated to preserving Scottish history and Scottish heritage.


Deeside Railway Line

Deeside Railway. Great North Railway Building at Braemar, Royal Deeside. Although this building was built, The Deeside Railway never actually reached Braemar as the proposed route would have been an intrusion on Queen Victoria's privacy. Copyright Bill Bagshaw, dsider,online magazine, photography courses Royal Deeside (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

Deeside Railway Line

Deeside railway line originally ran all, the way from Aberdeen to Ballater 
A small section of the Deeside  line has been rebuilt and work is underway to extend the track into Banchory.    

The Deeside Line is now a mecca for walking, & cycling.   
Originally The Deeside Line was used by Queen Victoria, to get her from Aberdeen to Balmoral.

The Deeside Line closed in 1966 under “The Beeching Axe,” and was dismantled. 
Deeside  Line carriages were sold to farmers; usually to keep their livestock in. 
A few still remain today, rusting away in the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside.

Originally it was intended that The Deeside Railway Line would run all the way to Braemar.  
This never came to fruition as it would have invaded Queen Victoria’s privacy at Balmoral Castle.  
The Great North of Scotland Railway building was erected in Braemar, and remains to this day.

Photography by Bill Bagshaw Photography Courses /Tips