Of course, the queen preceded mountain bikes by a good 100 years, but she was an adventurous monarch who adored visiting Scotland, especially the environs of Blair Atholl, the famous, strategic and historical gateway to the Grampian Mountains
. And it was in pursuit of royal tradition and a fun day's ride, that I mounted my iron horse and set out to follow in Queen Victoria's tracks along the stunningly sculpted Glen Tilt valley.
The excursions from Grantown are a full day tour across the magnificent Grampian Mountains
to Royal Deeside and a tour through Speyside's Whisky Country, with calls at Baxters Visitor Centre and Elgin.
"Our gated rural setting offers a secure peaceful environment with unrivalled views over the Grampian Mountains
. Your fur baby's holiday experience begins and ends here."
Seeing the sea on the east coast, the Grampian mountains
and those vast horizons gave me a taste for something big and romantic.
After their flight to Scotland this morning, Greg and the gang will prepare for the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis in the Grampian mountains
, then travel to Scafell Pike in the Lake District National Park before facing their final challenge, Mount Snowdon.
Szabo's tiny frame was buffeted by the strong winds whipping over the Grampian mountains
but after a lengthy rest, following almost four years of constant competition, she stuck resolutely to her task.
It's a well-deserved win and we hope they will enjoy that first drive into the Grampian Mountains
RSPB estimate there are 10,000 pairs of ptarmigan living in the Grampian mountains
The huge rock, 650ft above sea level, was carried in the ice from the distant Grampian Mountains
in Scotland during the last Ice Age and is magnificent viewpoint giving vistas far into the Shropshire Hills.
Further north, Royal Deeside follows the River Dee into the heart of the Grampian Mountains
with many royal sights along the way, including Balmoral Castle.
East Scotland, which is kept dry thanks to the shelter of the Cairngorm and Grampian mountains
, is to get 25 per cent more rain.
The water system rises high in the Grampian mountains
and flows some 30 miles from Glen Esk to the sea at Montrose.