Ballater is a friendly picturesque Victorian village, sitting on the banks of the River Dee, within the Cairngorms National Park.
The village offers a wide range of amenities including a variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, pubs and takeaways to suit all tastes and budgets. Shops include a butcher, baker, supermarket (open 7am - 11pm), delicatessen, clothing and gift shops, many of which feature the Royal “By Appointment” coat of arms reflecting the area’s many links to the Royal Family. The historic Old Royal Station, recently refurbished, now houses a tourist information office, gift shop and cafe. There is an 18 hole golf course with magnificent views of the surrounding hills, tennis courts, putting green and bowling club.
Ballater is an excellent base from which to explore Royal Deeside, the Eastern Cairngorms and this wonderful area’s rich heritage. There are a number of historic castles nearby including Balmoral Castle and Estate (8 miles), Crathes, Braemar and Craigievar Castles. Queen Victoria purchased Balmoral Estate in 1848 and royal connections with Ballater continue to this day. Members of the Royal Family are regular visitors, including the Queen, who holidays at Balmoral for 3 months each summer.
Ballater and the glorious river and mountain landscape of the surrounding area, offer a wide range of summer and winter activities to suit all ages.
We are always very happy to answer any questions which you may have about Ballater and the surrounding area. Please email, phone or text.
Lorelle and Athol (owners)
Tel: 07900 205076