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Balmoral Castle and the surrounding estate, home to the British Royal Family since 1852, is a grand day out for the Royal history, the scenery and the many walks. You can take in an audio tour of the castle and grounds, enjoy a nice cup of tea and cake in the restaurant before heading off for a walk along the marked trails. These trails take you up into the hills of the estate where you can get stunning views of the castle and the beautifully kept lawn, find the Cairns erected in memory of Queen Victoria’s family and walk alongside the River Dee. Each summer The Queen spends several weeks in residence at Balmoral Castle, relaxing and enjoying this stunning estate. 

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During her time at Balmoral, The Queen also visits Crathie Kirk, just along the road, for the Sunday services. It’s well worth popping over the road to take a look at this beatiful Queen Victoria’s dear friend John Brown is buried in the Crathie graveyard just along from the carpark for Balmoral Castle and you can visit his grave and see the two grave stones that were put in place for him. 

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If you fancy a wee dram, a mile or so down the road which takes you over the bridge that crosses the River Dee, you will find the Royal Lochnagar Distillery where you can take in a tour and tasting session – but only if you are not driving!