The Wells of Dee

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The Wells of Dee refer to the 'official' source of the River Dee, the water rising from a spring high on the Braeriach plateau at about 4,000ft, the highest source of any major river in the British Isles. The area it passes through is known as Deeside, or Royal Deeside because Queen Victoria came for a visit there in 1848 and greatly enjoyed her visit. She and her husband, Prince Albert, replaced an old castle there and built Balmoral Castle.