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Victorian Heritage in Royal Deeside

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Victorian Heritage in Royal Deeside

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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Highland Games & Shows around Royal Deeside this Summer

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Highland Games & Shows around Royal Deeside this Summer

Highland Games are as iconically Scottish as bagpipes, kilts and whisky - all of which feature heavily at any gathering.  Highland games in their current form date to 1867, but it seems likely that the Victorian event was merely a revival of a much older tradition that ceased after the suppression of clan customs following the 1745 Jacobite rising. The oldest free Highland Games in Scotland is held each June in Ceres and began under a Charter awarded by Robert the Bruce in recognition of the villagers' support at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.  Today the games are noted...

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Braemar - A Royal Deeside Village

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Braemar - A Royal Deeside Village

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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In and around Ballater - A Royal Deeside Village

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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Family Fun in and around Royal Deeside these October Holidays

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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