SATURDAYS IN ROYAL DEESIDE
A little while ago I posted about our lovely weekend in the country with two of our greatest friends. It was a weekend full of summer sunshine, laughter and wine and this autumn I decided to head back out that way.
Throughout the year Royal Deeside is beautiful but this time is my favourite to head out along the river. The change in leaves paints an amazing palette of autumnal colours across the area, with burnt oranges and deep reds visible for miles.
Venturing on another road trip with my close friend Mhairi, we decided to take a drive out towards Ballater for some lunch and a walk in the quiet countryside.
It wasn’t completely planned but that morning I remembered that The Carriage had just recently reopened. Nestled in the heart of Ballater, this converted Victorian royal railway station today boasts private dining, lunch and evening meals and afternoon tea. With crisp but sunny weather, it seemed like the perfect day to cosy up inside and enjoy afternoon tea for two.
At The Carriage there are two sittings for afternoon tea - 1pm and 3pm. We opted for the 1pm sitting and were offered a little table in the corner of the traditionally decorated restaurant. The interior design is the perfect balance of oldy worldy and contemporary, with water colour floral paintings, wood paneling and typical afternoon tea crockery.
Priced at £18 per person, we enjoyed a selection of sandwiches, plain and fruit scones with jam and cream and a range of sweet treats including macarons and sponge cake. We shared a pot of Earl Grey and chatted for hours.
After a wander through the town we headed along to Loch Kinord, near Muir of Dinnet. We weren’t entirely sure where we were going but our trusty Google Maps got us there safe and sound.
Mhairi’s spaniel was in her element and we walked for a good while before heading back to the car, just in time for the rain coming on.