THIS LOOKS SMALL IN THE NORTH...
THIS LOOKS SMALL IN THE NORTH SEA BUT IT IS HUGE WHEN YOU ARE ON IT.
This was on a pretty calm day but in the Winter it is wild with huge waves and gail force winds to contend with. Arriving in Aberdeen and getting off the helicopter after spending 2 weeks offshore is a good feeling.
Here is confidence
Here is the heavy weight ring toss competition from the Highland Games in Aboyne. This competitor has an amazing amount of confidence in his throw as he is not even looking at the 28 pound (12.75 Kg) weight that is flying above his head.
Pipe Band Leader
Something that is awe inspiring is to see and hear a cacophony of bagpipes playing. One bagpipe can give you the feeling of the free, highland mountains. One band can make you feel the determination, strength and unity of the group. And for that you need a band leader......
Definitely an experience to see what the best can offer. Very good food, very traditional settings and very fine. Of course, these things do not come cheaply. But if you have the budget and looking for something really presentable and romantic, why not? Anything for love.. Any sea food offering usually turns out well here.
You can only visit here when the Queen is not "at home." These are the details we got from their website for our trip in 2004. (Check their website for updates.) There are also self-catering cottages for rent on the property, which seem to have good rates.
2004 Opening Details
Thursday 1st April until Thursday 29th July
Daily from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m.
(last recommended admission 4.00 p.m.)
Adults - £5.00
Seniors - £4.00
Children (5 to 16) - £1.00
Admission includes access to the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, shops and tearoom. The largest room in the Castle is open to the public. Other rooms within the Castle are Her Majesty The Queen's private rooms and as such are not open to the public. It takes about one and a half hours to visit Balmoral Castle.