Posts Tagged: Royal Deeside railway
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:-
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.
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.
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 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.