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HIDDEN GEMS

BALMORAL CAIRNS

ROYAL DEESIDE

Most of us have heard about Balmoral Castle and know that the Royal Family own it and visit it regularly for holidays. What’s not so well known is that there is a really interesting woodland trail round the grounds of the Estate. This walk takes you past most of the impressive cairns that Queen Victoria had erected in honour of her family as well as a pyramid in honour of Albert who died at the age of 42. The views along the way over Deeside and the Castle are outstanding. You are free to take this trail any time that the royals are not in residence so avoid Christmas, Easter, August and September. Note also that the trail is not signposted so check it out beforehand to ensure you know where you are going as there are lots of paths in different directions. If you intend to visit the castle also why not take one the guided tours on offer each Wednesday afternoon during April, May, June and July.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Queen Victoria had the Cairns erected in honour of her family as well as a pyramid in honour of Albert who died at the age of 42.

STAY NEARBY

invergarry

THE INVERGARRY

The Invergarry is a luxury 5 star getaway for couples to relax and enjoy time together.

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DOUNESIDE HOUSE

Douneside House offers a truly luxurious hotel stay within the grounds of the MacRobert Estate in Aberdeenshire and the Scottish Highlands.

GLEN DYE

Providing beautifully styled and incredibly comfortable accommodation as a mixture of modern and traditional cottages teamed with incredible outdoor spaces, cabins, and Swedish wood fired hot tubs. 

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balmoral-castle

BALMORAL CASTLE

Balmoral Castle is the Scottish home of the royal family, it has been a firm favourite with monarchs since 1852. Purchased by Prince Albert, husband to Queen Victoria, the castle remains a private property and is not owned by the Crown. 

craigievar castle

CRAIGIEVAR CASTLE

You will recognise Craigievar Castle because it is the shape of castles that we see over and over again in fairy tales.

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