Braemar to Ballater
This is the area known as Royal Deeside. The mountainous village of Braemar is a great base for adventure, or relaxation, as you look out at views of its many surrounding hills which are often accompanied by sightings of deer, red squirrels and golden eagles. There is the opportunity to take part in many sporting activities, such as playing on Scotland’s highest 18-hole golf course, pony trekking and climbing as well as learning about Braemar’s rich history with two castles to see. At the heart of Royal Deeside and the SnowRoads, surrounded by ancient pine forest and natural beauty spots, is Ballater. An ideal place to stop over with strong royal connections. Many of the shops supply nearby Balmoral Castle, where the Queen spends her summers, so you can try some local produce fit for royalty. The locals are also known for their gusto in organising events with the Braemar Gathering, Victoria Week and The Ballater Games firm family favourites.