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*Continuing south the placenames read like labels in a whisky cabinet - Glenlivet, Tomnavoulin, Knockando, Tomintoul.
 
*Continuing south the placenames read like labels in a whisky cabinet - Glenlivet, Tomnavoulin, Knockando, Tomintoul.
 
*Down again from the hills and you're at '''Balmoral Castle''' near [[Braemar]]. Take a castle tour. Or time your visit right and visit the '''Braemar Highland Gathering''' in early September.
 
*Down again from the hills and you're at '''Balmoral Castle''' near [[Braemar]]. Take a castle tour. Or time your visit right and visit the '''Braemar Highland Gathering''' in early September.
*Optionally, head down the Glen Muick road from Ballater and take a walk through the Balmoral Estate to the summit of '''Lochnagar'''. (Remember Prince Charles' book "The Old Man of Lochnagar"?) Anyway, this is a fine Munro to climb - much more rewarding than nasty old Ben Nevis. An easy ascent via estate track and good path leads you to a dip in the C-shaped summit ridge, giving fine views across the Grampians.
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*Optionally, head down the Glen Muick road from Ballater and take a walk through the Balmoral Estate to the summit of '''Lochnagar'''. (Remember Prince Charles' book "The Old Man of Lochnagar"?) Anyway, this is a fine Munro to climb - much more rewarding than nasty of Ben Nevis. An easy ascent via estate track and good path leads you to a dip in the C-shaped summit ridge, giving fine views across the Grampians.
 
*Drive south through the Spittal of Glenshee pass, to Blairgowrie.
 
*Drive south through the Spittal of Glenshee pass, to Blairgowrie.
 
*Optionally detour to '''Glamis Castle''' (pronounced "Glaarms"), childhood home of the Queen Mother and a great castle to tour. Returning back onto the A93 you pass the Meikleour Beech Hedge, the tallest row of trees in Britain.
 
*Optionally detour to '''Glamis Castle''' (pronounced "Glaarms"), childhood home of the Queen Mother and a great castle to tour. Returning back onto the A93 you pass the Meikleour Beech Hedge, the tallest row of trees in Britain.

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