After saying goodbye to Michael and Pam we headed off to Balmoral Castle the Scottish home of the Royal Family. To enter the castle, you have to cross a bridge over the River Dee. After paying the entrance fee and obtaining a map you can walk 700 metres along a path or you can ride a trailer pulled along with a Land Rand, we opted for the trailer. The grounds are well manicured and extensive covering an area of 300 hectares. Under the clock outside the stables we acquired an audio guide and proceeded along the well signposted paths visiting the cinema which gave a background history of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, displays of royal memorabilia, the animals living on the estate, the vegetable and flower garden and the garden cottage. The only room in the castle open to the public is the ballroom which includes a display of the Christmas cards the Queen has sent out from 1952 – 2017. The castle is a very interesting place. No! we didn’t see the Queen or Harry and Meghan.
We then drove to Aberdeen where we met up with our best man Grant Stone, his wife Leanne and daughter Matilda who we in Aberdeen for a wedding. We parked outside their lovely 4-bedroom, 3 storey Air B&B apartment, had a drink and the walked to the local hotel restaurant for drinks and dinner. Ian tried the chicken breast stuffed with haggis which he said was lovely. After a few more drinks back at their apartment we wild camped in the motorhome on their street.