Category: Royal Deeside

The Castle Trail is one of Scotland's most famous attractions, yet off the beaten path compared to the Highlands. This is my visit to Balmoral Castle.

I have never been one to go crazy for castles and palaces. Growing up in Vienna I have certainly been surrounded by them all my life, and moving to  Scotland that fact should not change. The Scottish Castle Trail in Aberdeenshire is one of Scotland’s most famous attractions. The area boasts an incredible 300+ castles from majestic and in tact residences in the lush valleys to derelict ruins by the sea. And yet, I had never been to this part of Scotland. When I recently was paid a visit by my mum I decided that it was time to change that and we set out on an Aberdeenshire road trip to follow at least parts of the Trail. Our first castle was Balmoral Castle – and here is what you can expect.
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While the castles are pretty, I feel for a very different attraction of the Royal Deeside: the beautiful trails of the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve.

I have just returned from a road trip round Scotland with my mum exploring a part of this country that neither her nor me have ever seen before. This means discovering a completely different side than what you might recognise from the Highlands and the isles. Our road trip was leading us to Aberdeenshire, the northeastern part of Scotland that is particularly famous for its castles, the whiskies of the Speyside, the abundance of farming and fresh produce, and the most gorgeous beaches. Our first destination was Royal Deeside, the valley along the River Dee in the eastern part of Cairngorms National Park. 
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