Most of us have heard about Balmoral Castle and know that the Royal Family own it and visit it regularly for holidays. What is 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.
Parking – Pay & display in Crathie
Start/Finish – follow the road past the golf course then turn right at the sign for the Royal Lochnagar