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Victorian Heritage in Royal Deeside

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It is not that unusual for inspiring monarchs to leave their mark on the land where they once ruled. Scottish place names with royal connections abound, and from the Picts, Scots and Vikings right through to modern times different rulers have brought their regal names to the areas of land where they once held sway. Deeside, particularly because of the association of Queen Victoria, simply became known as Royal Deeside. Historical records show that the area has been a favourite holiday destination of the Royal Family ever since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first visited and fell in love with...

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Braemar - A Royal Deeside Village

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Braemar is one of the larger and prettiest settlements in Royal Deeside, overlooked by the majestic Cairngorm Mountain range. Probably best known for the Braemar Gathering, a traditional Highland Games held every September which attracts thousand of visitors from all over the World.

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In and around Ballater - A Royal Deeside Village

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Ballater has an enduring charm that doubtlessly contributed to the Royal decision to buy an estate close by. It is an attractive village, surrounded by hills and mountains, and enjoys a warm climate over the summer months. This weekend enjoy the Ballater Winter Festival.

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Family Fun in and around Royal Deeside these October Holidays

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Looking for things to do with the family over the school holidays? Yes then read on…. Here are our suggestions for fun ideas to do in and around Royal Deeside most of which are even Free! Crathes Castle - photo by Jim Henderson Take a picnic, visit a Castle grounds, walk, play & search for wildlife. Choose from our Royal Deeside Passportour participating castles Braemar Castle, Crathes Castle, Drum Castle and the many more on the Castle Trail.   Burn O'Vat - photo by Jim Henderson Visit the Burn O Vat at Muir of Dinnet, find & explore the hidden cave behind waterfall.    Cycle along...

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Exploring & Walking in Royal Deeside a part of The Cairngorm National Park

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Royal Deeside offers some of the best walking in Scotland and as would be expected is a very popular activity. Several Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft.) can be accessed from the Braemar area. In the Southern Cairngorms, to the west and north there are 12, while at Glenshee and Lochnagar, to the south and east you will find 14 and Cairnwell, to the south and west there are 8. You’re guaranteed to feel a sense of achievement after you’ve climbed to the peak of one of the mountains. For the beginner “Munro-bagger”, Mount Keen is a long but straightforward climb. Set within...

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