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Royal Deeside

A name applied to the middle reaches of the valley of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire since the 1850s when Balmoral Castle became a favourite residence of Queen Victoria. The subsequent development of the railway into Deeside brought tourists to settlements such as Banchory, Aboyne and Ballater, although the it never reached Braemar the most westerly of the villages of Royal Deeside. Much of the area lies within the Cairngorms National Park.


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