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Last night's stop over was near Braemar and we take some site seeing advice from a couple of campers who are almost locals!  We drive up into the hills and suddenly see a group of about 30+ red deer plunging along through the river.  Several are dozing on the bank while this amazing sight goes on in front of them.  Later I think that I glimpsed a red squirrel in the bushes but can't be certain.  Some little while later I find a dead red squirrel on the road and move it off while looking out for a baby.  At Ballater we stop to use an internet cafe and have some lunch while in front of the church a piper plays for his supper.  Tody's drive ends in Dunnikier which is near the Forth where we stay in a nondescript camp near a noisy road. 

We are going into Edinburgh to look over the castle this morning as we detoured away from it on the way in to Scotland when it was raining.

the red deer in river
  After we have parked the van begin the walk up the hill past lots of military trucks and horse floats.  There is a lot of bustling going on and the scaffolding for the military tattoo is getting it's final touches.  I hear a skirl of bagpipes as we pay for our entry and watch the changing of the guard before we walk on into the castle.  Important looking cars with flags on the bonnet  move through the narrow accesses and we concentrate on the sign boards detailing the history.  The UK is not as helpful to foreign tourists as the European countries as we find they rarely have the information in a language other than English. Note tourism personel!

Shortly we come up into a small square and people seem to be gathering and not moving on.  I ask one of the employees who is standing on the otherside of a roped off area what is happening.

getting dinner ready with ducks hanging around
  She tells me that the queen is about to arrive to open a museum in 15 mins!  Concious of a slightly grubby tee-shirt we stay to see the queen.  As she arrives looking very well and in beautiful colours, a flypast of 4 jets go over and she inspects the guards and acknowleges the keys of the castle which are hers by rights but kept safe for her by the appropriate office holder.  I am intruiged by the large feathers in the bonnets of her bodyguard officers and learn later that they are eagle's feathers.  We continue our inspection of the castle and then walk down the famous Royal Mile looking at the shops.

Continuing southwards we are now moving towards the Lake District and find a farmstay camp in Mealsgate which we almost have to ourselves.  A curious robin watches me get dinner ready and sits on the saucepan handles hoping for some titbits.  It is quite cool and a little light rain falls.  The amenities block is heated and very well appointed.

 

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highland cattle
highland cattle
the red deer in river
the red deer in river
getting dinner ready with ducks ha…
getting dinner ready with ducks h…
the disused station at Braemar
the disused station at Braemar
the queen, the guards and the ones…
the queen, the guards and the one…
at Edinburgh Castle with cannon
at Edinburgh Castle with cannon
views from the castle
views from the castle
Braemar
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