The grounds of Balmoral Castle are a birdwatchers paradise!
The Duke of Edinburgh is very keen on shooting game for the dinner table when he stays at Balmoral towards the end of each summer. Red grouse are the game birds of the open moorland. Please note - the grouse shooting season does not start until 12 August.
Birds of prey are well represented in the area. Golden eagles hunt the moors and are spectacular birds with a 6 to 7 foot wingspan. Each pair will have a territory of about 90 square kilometres.
Well, that concludes our visit to Balmoral Castle. On Monday I shall be reporting on the Midsummer Barbecue at St Columba's, Culloden.