The eastern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park is entered through the Royal Deeside villages of Dinnet, Ballater and Crathie. Crathie is a small village but nevertheless is extremely popular with visitors due to the proximity of Balmoral Castle, the Royal Lochnagar Distillery and Crathie Kirk. Balmoral Estate has many facilities for visitors and, along with Birkhall, is still regularly used as a holiday retreat by members of the Royal Family.
Outdoor activities such as golf, ski-ing, walking, mountain biking, fishing, shooting and stalking have always been popular and this part of highland Scotland is famed for the natural beauty of its lochs and mountains and was a great favourite of Queen Victoria. The Balmoral Road Races are held every year in April.
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