Balmoral Castle has had a strong association with the Royal Family since 1852 when Queen Victoria and her husband purchased the estate for £32,000. Open during the summer months for guided tours, the castle, which is situated in the heart of magnificent scenery between Braemar and Ballater, is worthy of a visit, as is the sprawling estate in which it stands. With over 50,000 acres of mixed grouse moor, farmland, and forestry, there are many rewarding walks to enjoy, with deer, cattle, and ponies to see

Distance from Strathspey Lodge: 1 Hour, 8 Minute drive