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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 Tuition & Mentoring Scotland.
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 has now been restored and features; amongst other things; Queen Victoria’s toilet.
Update Ballater Railway Station was largely destroyed by a fire in the early hours of Tuesday 12th May 2015
The Old Ballater Railway Station was turned into a museum.
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.
Homecoming Scotland 2014
Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a year long event welcoming visitors to Scotland. These homecoming Scotland events are on Royal Deeside :-
Aboyne Highland Games has been highlighted as a special event in the homecoming programme.
The world famous Braemar Gathering is also a featured event
The Dinnie Stones
The Dinnie Stones are located outside the Potarch Hotel between Aboyne & Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Together they weigh approximately 8 cwt.
Legendary, world famous Scottish strongman Donald Dinnie was born at Birse by Aboyne in 1837, the son of a stonemason. Donald Dinnie was the worlds first sporting superstar and achieved international fame from his exploits in America, Canada and Australia.
Potarch hotel is currently closed and scheduled for redevolopment. The Dinnie Stones could be stored elsewhere
The Dinnie stones are 2 giant rocks. In the 1830’s huge iron rings were attached to the stones so that they could act as counterweights; for scaffolding; during the pointing of Potarch Bridge.
Ordinary folk would struggle to lift even the smallest Dinnie Stone. Donald Dinnie carried them both across the width of Potarch Bridge, and back – a distance of 4-5 yards.
Several people have successfully lifted both Dinnie Stones, but walking with them is completely different !
Both Dinnie Stones have only ever been both lifted and carried over a distance by 4 people:- Donald Dinnie himself, The late Calum Morrison of Aboyne, Glen Ross from Northern Ireland, and Peter Puzser of Slovakia.
The photo shows both Dinnie Stones being lifted by Aboyne strongman and Highland Games Heavies participant Tommy Fyvie. Potarch Bridge spans the beautiful River Dee, on Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Tommy Fyvie takes the strain and the pain as he lifts both Dinnie Stones.
Mark Felix attempts to lift both Dinnie Stones and walk with them
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.