Royals become tour guides in new Discover Deeside app

discover deeside app screenshotTwo of Royal Deeside’s most famous inhabitants will take up new roles this week as tour guides in two villages with the launch of a new, free app.

The Discover Deeside app, which has been funded by Aberdeenshire Council, takes users on interactive historical journeys around the villages of Ballater and Lumphanan with Queen Victoria and Macbeth, King of Scotland as guides.

The free app uses augmented reality technology to give users the chance to discover more about the area’s royal links and was launched this week to coincide with Ballater’s Victoria Week.

Royal links to Deeside

Deeside’s links with the British Royal Family are well-known and the family has visited Ballater frequently since the time of Queen Victoria, whose husband, Prince Albert, purchased nearby Balmoral Castle in 1852.

Macbeth is best known as the subject of the tragedy by William Shakespeare but what is perhaps less well-known is that the King of Scotland, who ruled from 1040 until his death in 1057, died in Lumphanan.

Informative panels with details of the two village’s royal links are being placed in key locations, including Ballater’s Station Square and village green and the Peel Ring and Macbeth Stone in Lumphanan, with the app detailing where visitors should head to next on their journey around the two villages.

Easy access to cultural heritage

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education & Children’s Services Committee, Cllr Gillian Owen, said: “Ballater and Lumphanan are small places with big histories and the Discover Deeside app is an excellent cultural guide around two of the most popular tourist destinations in the heart of Royal Deeside.

“Using augmented reality gives visitors as well as local people easy digital access to the stories and cultural heritage of the area, making sure they are captured and not allowed to be forgotten.”

“Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it and point your device at the panel you’re standing in front of to begin the interactive video.”

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or from Google play by searching for Discover Deeside