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The best places in the UK for royalty fans

Discover the shining jewels of Her Majesty’s dominion, from majestic mountains to ancient woodlands and sandy beaches

Posted: 15 August 2011
by Helen McKay-Ferguson

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Royal Connection Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire is the Queen’s favourite summertime residence. 

Why visit? The chance to seek out the illusive monster of Loch Ness makes Scotland an intriguing prospect. As well as all of those fathomless lochs, there are breathtaking mountains – the Cairngorm funicular railway offers an easy way to get an eagle’s-eye view. Crumbling castles, such as those at Bothwell and Dunbarton, bear testament to Scotland’s warring past. And it’s worth taking a boat trip out to the islands. On the Isle of Mull, you can visit Tobermory, the real-life location of CBBC series Balamory. Orkney, meanwhile, boasts preserved prehistoric village Skara Brae.

Dine out at  Two Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles and try lobster smoked over whiskey barrels.

Stay at A lovely lighthouse cottage, like those at Buchan Ness in Aberdeenshire. From £100 per night.  

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