The local government region of Scotland of Grampian existed from 1975 to 1996 and nowadays it is divided into three separate unitary council regions called Aberdeenshire, The City of Aberdeen and of course Moray. This wonderful county has local areas comprising of the six districts of Aberdeen, Banff and Buchan, Deeside, Gordon, Moray and Kincardine. This region got the county name from the magnificent local Grampian Mountains. The old Grampian area still however has the combined electoral authority, police force, fire services, national health boards and valuation office. Annual games occur here and the winner is the one who defeats all competitors overall to become “The Grampian Champion” in this area.
One of the three main mountain ranges in Scotland, are the Grampian Mountains, also very famously known as The Grampians and they occupy quite a sufficient part of the Scottish Highlands in the North East of Scotland. By extension many people confuse this whole region as “The Grampians” due not just to this mountain range. The other reason given for this can be said to be the independent TV Station, called Grampian Television that was assigned to cover the north east of Scotland after the Regionalization of Scotland TV in 1975. These two reasons were enough to put the name Grampians into the minds of many people. Architects too that were from outside the area have added to this confusion by also stretching this name to cover the whole of Eastern Scotland.
Until recently, Deeside was a lonely and unfrequented area, and this was because there was the mountain barrier of the Grampians, which starts on a low altitude by the sea shore and gets elevated through many heights like Mount Battoch at 2555 ft, Beinn a Ghlo at 3671 ft, Cairn Mon Earn at 1245 ft to Beinn Dearg that is at 3304 ft. The Cairngorms is the range of mountains that go from south of Aberdeen westward to Beinn Dearg in the area of Atholl. An author has described The Cairngorms as the range of the River Dee and another group of hills that runs from Drumochter, which is in Walmost to the sea that lies just south of Aberdeen. Several books and maps describe this as the Grampians, and kids do learn this from outside world. Some geographers have added fuel to this confusion by printing Grampians instead of Cairngorms also over the Strath Don Hills and these authors are presuming errors on where the Cairngorms actually lie.
The Grampians range lies southwest to northeast between the Gleann Mòr or the Great Glen and Highland Boundary Fault, covering almost half the region of Scotland. Then of course you have the separate Cairngorms and the Lochaber range of hills. This range has Ben Nevis as the apex point in the British Isles at 1,344 meters above sea level and Ben Macdui, which is the second highest at 1,309 meters.
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