Balmoral Castle - Royal Deeside - Glamis Castle
From Edinburgh we head North over the Firth of Forth taking in the magnificent views of the three bridges and head towards Perth and Blairgowrie.
From St Andrews we cross the River Tay to the City of Dundee then journey north west towards Blairgowrie.
All Routes from here onwards are the same
From Blairgowrie we head to the Highland pass of Glenshee taking in some breath taking scenery. From there we climb down towards Braemar on the Royal Deeside route.
In Braemar Village we take some time out for refreshments and a walk around the village, you can visit the ruins of Kindrochit Castle which date back to the 14th Century, originally the castle was built by King Malcolm III in 1059 and in them days the castle would have been built of a wooden structure.
We also take a stop at Braemar Castle for a short tour or a walk around the grounds and to take some photos, the castle from the late middle ages was the stronghold of
the Earls of Mar, the present castle was constructed in 1628 and since 2006 the castle has been leased to the local community of Braemar where it is staffed by local volunteers.
We continue on to Balmoral Castle - our first main destination. Balmoral has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since 1848 during the reign of Queen Victoria. Since then it has passed down successive generations to the present day Family. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles especially take a close interest in running and improving the Balmoral Estates.
After we have finished at Balmoral Castle we head East through the picturesque towns of Balloter, Aboyne and Banchory, which all having strong links with the Royal Family.
In 1715 Aboyne was the scene of a great hunt organised by John Erskine, sixth Earl of Mar as a cover for the gathering of Jacobite nobles to discuss a planned Jacobite rising, the uprising began three days later in Braemar.
We continue East and climb over the Cairn o’ Mount mountain pass and stop at the viewpoint for stunning panoramic views before ascending down towards Fasque and the A90 to take us back towards Dundee.
We then turn off to Glamis where we visit Glamis Castle, family home of the Earls of Strathmore and childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The Castle is also the legendary setting for Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
After we finish at Glamis Castle we head back to our starting location having had a wonderful day out in Scotland.
BALMORAL CASTLE IS OPEN BETWEEN APRIL 1ST AND JULY 31ST FOR DAY VISITS
SOME WINTER DAYS ARE AVAILABLE IN OCT - NOV - DEC - Please check website
You can also visit Royal Lochnagar Distillery and Crathie Kirk