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St. Andrews College

St. Andrews is best know for its golf tournament and for its college, which can be seen on the photo above. Many celebrities have studied here (for example Prince William), and this gives the university the same appeal as Oxford or Cambridge. If you want your kid to become successful, send it here! But the success will not come all by itself - they have to go through hard work in order to finish their studies. There is certainly no "celebrity bonus" here.

St. Andrews Castle

This is the historic Castle of St. Andrews. It was taken over by the Earl of Dunbar in 1660, who used the castle for building up the harbour, so it became a ruin! Well, apparently they did not have the same understanding of a "historic site" as we do. :-)

Castle Glamis Scotland

A few miles north of Dundee we left the A90 for the fairy-tale castle of Glamis. The approach towards the castle is fantastic - and though the signs say to not stop your car here, I did so and did this wonderful photo.

Glamis Castle

The castle has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372. In 1376 Sir John married the King's daughter, and since then Glamis has been visited and lived in by many members of the Scottish and British royal families.

Kirriemuir Peter Pan

Let's be honest, the village of Kirriemuir has not much to offer - except that Scottish writer J.M. Barrie (short for Sir James Matthew Barrie) was born here. He was the ninth of ten children, and he left his home aged 13. Later he became world famous with his play and story about Peter Pan (1904), the boy who would not grow up, living in "Never Land". Today a statue reminds visitors to this famous figure.

Glen Shee

We now entered the Royal Deeside and Scotland's Castle Trail. The gateway to the Grampian Mountains is the A93 which leads you through Glen Shee, one of the few skiing areas in Scotland! Yes, they have snow up here, and during winter you can even go downhill on your skis.

Glen Shee A93

As you can see, the area has changed completely from green farmland to mountainlike appearance. The highest point of the route is the Devil's Elbow Pass with 665 meters.

Braemar Grampian Mountains

The tiny river Dee flows directly through the village of Braemar in Upper Deeside. Braemar is best known for the Braemar Gathering, which is held annually on the first Saturday of September. The village is a good starting point to explore the Grampian Mountains and the castles of the "Royal Deeside".

Braemar Castle

Braemar Castle is situated outside Braemar, approximately half a mile north east of the village on the A93. It was built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar on the site of an even older habitation. Today, Braemar Castle is open to the public and an ideal location for small intimate wedding ceremonies.

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