Haven't been out to Deeside before, about a 2 hour drive from here.
Some beautiful scenery on the way through Boat Of Garten, Tomintoul and on to Braemar. We can see why the snow gates on the A939 Tomintoul road are closed so often during the winter (we hear it on the radio traffic reports). It's a really windy, steep and in places open and high road.
We stopped at the old Lecht Mine, you can find out about the mine on the Glenlivet Estate website.
We then went on to Balmoral, really interesting to find out the history of the place. Can see why Queen Victoria fell in love with it, it's a beautiful location.
It's a shame it's only open to the public between April and July as we get asked about it a great deal by visitors.