Balmoral Castle, located near the village of Crathie, has been the Scottish home for the Royal family since 1852. Access is available to the formal and vegetable gardens and exhibitions within the largest room in the castle, the Ballroom. A visit is a must.
Royal Deeside has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in Scotland. Whether it’s Craigievar, Crathes, Braemar or the many others, you are spoilt for choice.
Royal Lochnagar Distillery is certainly one of the jewels in Royal Deeside’s crown. Located beside Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar Distillery retains it’s original charm through using traditional techniques and equipment. A guided tour through the distillery will give you the opportunity to fully understand the process that makes Scotland’s finest.
Not isolated to Lochnagar, the finest springs are widespread throughout Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms with Dalwhinnie, Fettercairn, Glenlivet and Tomintoul distilleries. Take a tour along the Malt Whisky Trail and explore the landscape that holds Scotland’s unique distillery world.
Celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture during the Highland Games that take place throughout spring and summer. With large events taking place all over, the Highland Games season provides an enjoyable and exciting day out for all ages. The ones closest to us, at Cairngorm Bothies, are Aboyne, Ballater, Lonach and Braemar .