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If successive Royals get to be themselves when here – imagine how you will feel. Out in the crisp and clear fresh air with views for miles across these great estates and heathery moors. Exploring ancient forests. Bagging Munros (a mountain over 3,000 feet high) in the Cairngorms National Park. Hopping onto a ski lift on a bright winter’s day. Or striding out along the wide expansive sands that stretch for miles along the Aberdeenshire coast.
Hiking, riding, mountain-biking, gliding, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, surfing, kiteboarding … the list goes on. There are thrills of gorge walking, zip wires and off-road driving. And then there’s the chance to escape, roam free, and, well, just … br…ea…the.
The pleasures are obvious for those endless summer days you get when you’re this far north. But people are getting out and active all year round here too. This part of Scotland is colder, drier, fresher … and winter days here bring their own reward. First, a bracing dive into raw and elemental nature. Then the warming pleasures of a wee dram taken by a roaring fire – or one of Brewdog’s craft beers in a buzzy city pub. And that’s a Royal day indeed.