Ballater Station was originally built in 1866 to allow Queen Victoria and the royal family to travel by train to nearby Balmoral Castle and it has enjoyed a rich and varied history through the years. In response to a devastating fire in 2015, HRH The Duke of Rothesay’s charity, The Prince’s Foundation, initiated an extensive restoration plan to reinstate the station to its former glory with the timeline and the replica of the royal carriage providing a glimpse into the past.
The Carriage at Ballater Station is now proud to champion seasonal dishes, British classics and locally sourced produce. Visitors can indulge in afternoon tea in the wood panelled tearoom within the station building or take a seat on the platform for a café lunch. In the evenings the bistro serves seasonal, locally sourced dishes in a relaxed environment. The beautifully restored royal waiting room is also available for private bookings for both afternoon tea and dinner, providing a stunning setting for special occasions.