A Special Royal Occasion in Royal Deeside - Cairngorm Lodges

Coronation Weekend -Special Royal Celebrations in Royal Deeside


Royal Deeside, located in the Cairngorms National Park, is a region rich in history and natural beauty. It has long been a favourite retreat of the British Royal family, who have owned Balmoral Castle and Estate in the area for generations. The region is known for its stunning landscapes, including the River Dee, which flows through the heart of Royal Deeside, and the imposing peaks of the majestic Cairngorm Mountains.

This week and the weekend sees the UK Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla, on 6 May 2023, so its no surprise that Royal Deeside is celebrating in style!

We have put together some of the villages highlights below. 


Balmoral Castle & Estate

Photo credit to Balmoral Castle and Estate – The Mews Gift shop or click the photo to view their online shop.

The Mews Gift Shop – a special range of unique Coronation memorabilia available including glassware, clothing and household items.

Saturday 6 May

  • Watch the Coronation live on screens across the Estate
  • Hear the Ballater Pipe Band playing at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
  • Enjoy the spectacle of a falconry display across the day
  • Coronation Quiche and Cream Teas served in the Coffee Shop
Sunday 7 May
  • Enjoy the spectacle of a falconry display across the day
  •  Coronation Quiche and Cream Teas served in the Coffee Shop
  • A vintage bus – take a ride through the Estate
Monday 8 May

  • Coronation Quiche and Cream Teas served in the Coffee Shop
  • A vintage bus – take a ride through the Estate

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Visit Ballater

Some highlights:

  • Friday 5th May at the Old Royal Station ‘Coronation at the Station Concert’ with local music and artists,
  • Sunday 7th May ‘Coronation Big Lunch’ celebration between 1pm and 6pm (bring your own food picnic on the Church Green)

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Ballater in Royal Deeside
Torphins Knitted Post Box is raising funds for the Fire Fighters Charity with these lovely Royal Mail Toppers. Click the image to find out more.


Aboyne in Royal Deeside

As Royal Deeside comes together with the Nation to celebrate this special occasion why not come and enjoy a stay with us in a forest pet friendly hideaway. Experience the communities atmosphere from our local villages over the next few days or if you prefer you can enjoy exploring the great outdoors from our Cairngorms self catering lodges. Each of our 5 Cairngorm Lodges are ideally situated in Royal Deeside for exploring the surrounding countryside, including the Cairngorms National Park. Our guests can enjoy the scenic beauty and outdoor activities that the area has to offer such as hiking, biking, fishing, golf, and wildlife spotting.

With so much to see and do it’s a perfect time to come and explore the Cairngorms National park in it’s springtime colours and join in on the celebrations as you choose.

To celebrate the Coronation we have collaborated with Garry & Sarah of Hillgoers to bring you a special limited time offer to mark the occasion. We both invite you to come and stay & explore what Royal Deeside has to offer with our special discount codes. Choose & book your 2023 dates direct with us until the 30.06.23,  and you will receive 10% off your stay (during 2023) READ MORE HERE. 

We both look forward to welcoming you to the area where you can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Cairngorms National Park. 2023 the year to see things differently. 

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