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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Ballater July 30th 2021

Dear All Greetings from the Scottish Highlands! I’m really quite excited to be here. While there is much to see in the country, it seems that the Highlands are what make Scotland quintessentially Scotland. It is the region of high fells, forested hills, snow-capped mountains, rushing rivers and Highland Games such as tossing the caber. It is also the wildest part of Great Britain, where wild deer are common and golden eagles can still be seen. I am looking forward to exploring this part of the country for the next six days: three days spent here in Ballater in the eastern part of the Cairngorms National Park, and three days spent in Carrbridge near Aviemore, in the northern part. My goodness the weather has changed since yesterday. So far I think I’ve been really fortunate with ... read more
Balmoral Castle
Loch Kinord
Me, Tossing the Caber!

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Ballater July 27th 2016

There was an optional post-conference outing organised to Balmoral Castle which Kev and I decided to attend the day after the conference officially closed. Many other delegates and partners also decided to attend; once again there were two buses to take us all on a journey of almost two hours. Luckily I'd taken my umbrella. Actually I've had it in my bag every day since, while we've had some lovely blue skies some of the time, you can't trust it not to rain here although we've never really had an almighty downpour. Balmoral was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, and the Estate - all 50,000 acres of heather clad hills, ancient Caledonian woodland with the River Dee running through it - has been the Scottish home of the British Royal Family ever since. The Royal ... read more
River Dee on approach to Balmoral Castle
Balmoral War Merorial
Entrance to the gift shop and café

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Ballater June 19th 2015

We have arrived in the highlands! We left the Fife area this morning, and headed north to Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven. It was a bit of a drive out of the way, but well worth it. Dunnottar Castle is an old castle/ruins situated on a cliff over the ocean. We learned about the Castle while in Edinburgh, as it was where an 8 month siege against Cromwell's forces saved the "honours of Scotland." It took several stairs down and up to access the castle, but was stunning to view the ruins and ocean as the backdrop. From Dunnottar, we headed east into the Cairngorms and highlands. We visited Balmoral Castle (since I apparently love to visit everywhere associated with the monarchy) late this afternoon. Not as exciting as I expected - very lovely grounds, beautiful home, ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Ballater May 27th 2015

Edinburgh - Ballater Day 1: Seven Bridges Trail Day 2: Loch Muick Amazing treks, picturesque sceneries, quaint town, lovely hostel, peaceful time away from everything.... read more
Cairngorm National Park
Seven Bridges Trail
Seven Bridges Trail

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Ballater August 31st 2013

Thursday, August 8th—The mystery of the escaped frogs and many men in Skirts oh, we mean Kilts! We woke up to the frogs who escaped from their enclosure…we think a “vicious pumus” came in the middle of the night to either release them or munch on a midnight snack of frog legs! We were off in a flash to make our 2 hour journey through gorgeous Scottish mountains up to Tarland where the Highland Games were being held. The Highland games were according to Becca were, strongly fantastic! We watched huge men (in skirts) flip what would be best described as phone poles up into the air while balancing the base in their hands and then lunging the pole and over itself (Caber toss), large hammers (more like a huge clubs) being thrown for distance and ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Ballater July 28th 1980

Geo: 57.0497, -3.04087We could sleep in this morning until 8.30h. O rapture! O bliss! And we didn't' leave the House until 11.00h. At which time we headed to Edinburgh Castle. It was dedicated to war, and, while being very nice in itself, I'm afraid that Ann and I found it none too stoking. After our short jaunt there, we went down to Holyrood Palace, the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. That was one of the more interesting of Palaces. Of course, I've enjoyed them all, but there were no silly little wax figurines here. Lunch followed, and then we left town. (It sounds like the Police are after us...)We did not stop until we reached Ballater. The drive got so foggy at one point that, bumper-to-practically-bumper, we could only see three cars ahead! It was ... read more




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