View from Coilacriech – Why it’s Willie Meston’s favourite view
This year, our ASPC calendar consists of a unique collection of images which represent particular significance for people of Aberdeen. This month, we’ll look at the reason why that month’s view is so special and highlight the stunning image by photographer Ray Smith.
This August, we are treated to a beautiful view from Coilacriech, chosen for us by the Honorary Vice President of Braemar Royal Highland Society, Willie Meston. He reflects on his highlight of living in the surroundings of Royal Deeside: “I look towards the hills around my home at Coilacriech, in the heart of royal Deeside, and realise how fortunate I am to live in such a beautiful area. This is certainly my special place. Even on misty days it is a very tranquil setting.”
The landscapes of Royal Deeside have inspired writers, artists and film makers for centuries.
This view in particular is one of great significance to the beauty of Royal Deeside. Surrounded by iconic mountains, the native Caledonian pine forest is the most special land cover, with a vast amount of heather moorland and forestry plantations.
Main roads follow the River Dee, providing impressive views along the journey of one of Britain’s most outstanding salmon rivers. Fishermen often spread along the river banks, seeking the prize salmon and sea trout. This landscape of Scotland has remained a scenic highlight of royal Deeside - attracting residents and tourists alike.
The stunning scenery of Upper Deeside and Balmoral Castle attract many visitors each year. The majority of visitors travel on the North Deeside road from Ballater up to Balmoral and Braemar, with Coilacriech being a hot spot for a lunch stop, and with this view, we can certainly see why!