Our walk was about four miles through Muir of Dinnet National Nature Preserve near Ballater. The highlight of the walk is the Vat.
|We stepped over the stones leading to the hole in the rock in the center of the photo...|
|...which opened up into the Vat, apparently an ancient hiding place for outlaws.|
|Waterfall inside the Vat|
After our picnic we headed through Ballater toward Braemar. After our coffee and cake and deciding to forego the second walk. We drove to the edge of town to see Braemar Castle. We did not take the tour; we just looked around outside and visited the castle shop. Apparently, people were still living in it in 2008. Now it is just for tourists.
Our next stop was the Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Again, we did not take the tour, only visited the shop. No tasting without paying for a tour--boo!
|My eyes are shut, but Pat caught both herself and our car in the reflection.|
The distillery, is just up the road from Balmoral Castle, Queen Elizabeth's Scottish summer holiday home. Again, no tour, just the shop...and some wildlife shots.
|The gate to the castle grounds|
|A red squirrel! Apparently greatly declining in numbers in the UK.|
|Wood pigeon...not endangered|
|The River Dee|