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Happy Birthday Ma'am – 5 Royal Attractions in Scotland

As Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday, it seems only fitting that there be a string of royal themed events to follow. The grand age of 90 is a big one and what better way to honour it than to explore some of the most historic royal connections in Scotland. Here are just a few of our favourites:

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Fireworks for the Queen's 90thBirthday at the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

Fireworks for the Queen’s 90th Birthday at the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh © Kenny Lam

Now, berthed in Leith Docks, Edinburgh, this magnificent ship has been the floating home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years and has played host to some of the most famous people in the world.

Braemar Gathering

Highlanders dancing, Blair Atholl, Perthshire

Highlanders dancing, Blair Atholl, Perthshire

Highland games and gatherings play a big part in Scotland’s history and culture, so much so that even The Queen enjoys them. The Braemar Gathering has been around since 1832, held on the first Saturday of September in Aberdeenshire. It’s a common sight to spot The Queen and members of the Royal Family when they attend each year.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s home in Edinburgh where she resides each summer, is open to the public the rest of the year. With events and exhibitions, such as ‘Fashioning A Reign’ ; it’s a true royal connection.

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Balmoral Castle, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Balmoral Castle and Estate is the official Scottish home to the Royal Family. Located in Aberdeenshire, with ground, gardens, tours and exhibitions to explore, you can really witness the extent of how royalty lives.

Castle of Mey

The Castle of Mey, Highlands

The Castle of Mey, Highlands

The Castle and Gardens of Mey in Caithness, was home to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Located on Scotland’s north coast near Thurso, it stands about 400 yards from the seashore and overlooks the Pentland Firth and across to Orkney. Explore the beautiful, colourful gardens so you can really get a taste of how royalty lives.

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