We just returned from a lovely drive through Royal Deeside to the town of Ballater. The drive took about 1 hour each way. The scenery was amazing – rolling fields, varied live stock, historical buildings, bridges, a forest and, of course, the River Dee.
We drove past Banchory and through Aboyne and into the Cairngorm National Park. In Ballater we took a chilly walk around town and popped in and out of a few of the shops. We made judicious purchases at the candy store and walked to the bridge over the Dee. It was quite cold (-6 Celsius) – well perhaps we were just not dressed for the temperature.
We ate our picnic lunch in the car and then drove back home.
We had considered stopping at the nature reserve in Dinnet, but it was far to cold.