Ballater

A name synonymous with the majesty of Royal Deeside, Ballater is located in the Cairngorms National Park, making it one of the region’s top visitor spots

Ballater

A name synonymous with the majesty of Royal Deeside, Ballater is also located in the Cairngorms National Park, making it one of the region’s top visitor spots.

Arguably one of Scotland’s most famous castles is found nearby. Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family, was described by Queen Victoria as “my dear paradise in the Highlands”. Neighbouring the imposing castle is the award-winning Royal Lochnagar Distillery producing some of Scotland’s most exclusive ‘drams’.

The picturesque Victorian village is a popular destination in itself with cosy B&B’s, restaurants and great links to outdoor adventure. There are legends to be scaled including Lochnagar – in part made famous by Prince Charles’ book ‘The Old Man of Lochnagar’. Golf can be played in the brisk air of the 18-hole Ballater Golf Club. And there are some beautiful scenic spots including nearby Muir of Dinnet and wholly natural Burn o’ Vat – an impressive and beautiful cave formed during the Ice Age. 

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