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Ballater Winter Festival
Glenmuick Church, Church Square, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5NE
Ballater will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with a two day festival which culminates in the Christmas light switch on. For a number of years families have enjoyed the ice rink, games and much more so this year, don't miss out!
Ballater Victoria Week
Initiated in 1987 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Queen Victoria's accession and to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Victoria and Albert Halls, Ballater's Victoria Week brings together numerous sections of the community to lay on a host of fun activities for all ages.
Ballater Highland Games
The Ballater Highland Games are held annually on the second Thursday in August in Monaltrie Park. Many famous athletes and champions have competed at Ballater. Today the events form part of the circuits comprising the Glenfiddich Heavy Events Championship and the Grampian Games Qualifying Championship, which encourages the younger athletes to participate in the heavy and field events.
Balmoral Castle and Estate
Estate Office, Balmoral, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5TB
Tel: 013397 42534
Balmoral is the Scottish home of the British Royal Family. The Castle Ballroom, gardens and exhibitions are open April through July 31st. Visitors are able to view the Castle Ballroom, the largest room in the Castle, used for a number of formal occasions when Her Majesty is in residence. Walks and trails are waymarked on the estate. Please note that Balmoral closes to visitors on July 31st.
Braemar, Aberdeenshire AB35 5XR
Tel: 013397 41219
A 17th century castle with a colorful past and an exciting future. Built by the Earl of Mar in 1628, it has been hunting lodge, fortress, garrison and family home. Set amid the stunning scenery of the Cairngorms National Park, the building boasts impressive castellated turrets and a star-shaped curtain wall and bottle-necked dungeon. The castle is an L-shaped tower house with an unusual right winding spiral stone staircase leading to three floors of furnished rooms.
Ballater, Royal Deeside
Tel: 013353 50343
Glenmuick Estate is a traditional Sporting Estate situated in the heart of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park, surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. The large holiday home extends to approximately 14,000 acres filled with all the wildlife and epic landscapes that make Scotland such a truly special place. Managed carefully to enhance its biodiversity and conserve the habitat for all its wild inhabitants, Glenmuick Estate is proud to have a thriving population of Red Squirrels and Black Game as well as a healthy population of Red and Roe deer, Grouse, Salmon and Sea Trout.
Ballater Golf Club
Victoria Road, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QX
Tel: 013397 55567
This 18-hole, slightly undulating, medium-length golf course is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of upper Deeside. Lying within a circle of hills, the glorious views make this a truly delightful golfing experience. Visitors are made very welcome with full clubhouse facilities being available and special packages offered for 8 or more golfers booking in advance.
Deeside Nature Activities
Knockanduie, Crathie, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5TP
Tel: 013397 42033
Friendly luxury Land Rover safaris, guided walks, and wildlife excursions in Upper Deeside, Balmoral are a specialty! (Full or part days available.) From Eagles and Ospreys to Capers and Coal Tits, Black Grouse “leking”, Red and Roe Deer all year and a whole host of other birds and wildlife. Binoculars, if required, and a telescope for that close-up view.
The Pavilion, Victoria Road, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5RA
Tel: 013397 55864
Cyclehighlands is Aberdeenshire's biggest bike shop and Northeast Scotland's only MTB guiding company. Located behind the church in the centre of Ballater, we also provide quality bike rental with delivery and collection options throughout upper Royal Deeside. Over 100 bikes on display plus essential accessories, spares, trail info and full-time workshop. Advance booking recommended.
Victoria Hall, Glenshee Road, Braemar
Tel: 013397 55864
Ski Braemar snow sports have over 20 years experience at the Lecht and Glenshee ski centres and are ideally placed to provide rental, instruction and friendly advice. Ballater and Braemar are within easy reach of both centres and mountain bike rental and guiding is also available. Please contact us to discuss conditions at both centres during the winter months
Royal Lochnagar Distillery
Balmoral, Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire AB35 5TB
Tel: 013397 42700
Royal Lochnagar distillery is situated on the south side of the River Dee close to Balmoral Castle. Age old traditions and craftsmanship produce one of Scotland's most exclusive whiskies. A visit to Royal Lochnagar is a timeless experience. Neighbouring Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar Distillery is the perfect place to discover how Scotch Whisky is made. Each tour will end with a dram of the award-winning Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt.
The Old Royal Station
Station Square, Ballater, Aberdeenshire AB35 5RB
Tel: 013397 55306
This restored Victorian railway station contains displays of the one-hundred year history of royal use. Visit the unique royal waiting room built for Queen Victoria. Facilities also include a Deeside orientation centre, shops and a restaurant.
The Balmoral Bar (Local Pub)
1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE
Tel: 013397 55462
The exterior of this pub is Victorian Gothic, but the interior is modern and open plan. There is a snooker table at the back of the pub, behind the U-shaped bar.
Moorfield House (Traditional Bar)
Chapel Brae, Braemar, Ballater AB35 5YT
Tel: 013397 41244
In Scotland, the bar is often at the heart of the community. So it is at the Moorfield House Hotel. Whether you are just dropping in for a quiet drink after an energetic day walking in the hills, or relaxing before dinner in our restaurant, the mixture of locals and tourists always makes for an enjoyable evening. The hospitality of the highlands is world-renowned, so no-one remains a stranger for long. We stock the award winning CAIRNGORM real ales from Aviemore, a wide range of single malt whiskies from the length and breadth of Scotland and everything in between. And if it’s cold outside, our roaring log fire will keep you warm as you unwind at the end of an exciting day. Look out for our ever popular traditional music evenings where you are given a warm welcome, great entertainment and an an invitation to play, if you wish.
Ceilidh Bar at The Deeside Inn Hotel (Beer / Wine / Spirits)
13-15 Victoria Road, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5RA
Tel: 013397 55413
Our bar offers a variety of beers and wines and a wide range of malt whiskies - with the Malt Whisky Trail nearby, there's a great selection to choose from. Locally, there are lots of Speyside malts on offer, or you may wish to try one of the heavily-peated Islay malts or a more neutral Highland dram. We offer an extensive wine list from easy-drinking sauvignons to full-bodied merlots. Alternatively, favourite spirits are on the shelf as a cool aperitif, as are liqueurs, enjoyable after a good meal.
The Green Inn (Fine Dining)
9 Victoria Road, Ballater AB35 5QQ
Tel: 01339 955701
An intimate, multi-award-winning restaurant offering a fine dining experience utilising the very best of fresh locally-sourced ingredients. Comfortable cocktail lounge for pre-dinner drinks. Your table is yours for the evening and dishes are produced at a relaxed pace to create an informal and enjoyable dining experience.
Darroch Learg Hotel and Restaurant (Fine Dining)
Braemar Road, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5UX
Tel: 013397 55443
The restaurant opens out into a conservatory and captures the evening sun on summer nights and darker nights. Outside lighting gives a special charm to the dining experience. The food is sophisticated and has been awarded three rosettes by the AA each year since 1997. Beef, lamb, venison and game are sourced locally, and fish and shellfish are delivered from Aberdeen and the west coast. In 1997, Darroch Learg was the first restaurant in Scotland to receive the AA's new "Wine List of the Year". The list of over 200 bins is a good read and the fixed amount mark-up gives excellent value on the better wines.
Loch Kinord Hotel and Restaurant (Fine Dining)
Ballater Road, Dinnet, Aboyne, Royal Deeside AB34 5JY
Tel: 013398 85229
Enjoy the warmth of log fires, fine malts and superb cuisine at the Loch Kinord Hotel in the beautiful, rustic village of Dinnet in the heart of Royal Deeside. The a la carte menus in the elegant dining room have won an AA Rosette for culinary excellence. Bar lunches and suppers are available in our lounge.
Lui Restaurant at Glen Lui Hotel (Fine Dining)
14 Invercauld Road, Ballater AB35 5PP
Tel: 013397 55402
The spectacular views from Glen Lui can be enjoyed while dining in our restaurant which in summer and milder days opens onto a large decked terrace so our guests can really enjoy their surroundings. The Glen Lui is a perfect place for relaxing in the heart of this Royal Deeside setting. The seasons spring to life before your eyes with red squirrel and an abundance of bird life in the pine woodland grounds. There is an extensive menu to suit all tastes, and our chefs use locally-sourced high quality fresh produce to prepare the dishes.
Brown Sugar Cafe (Cafe / Bakery)
8 Bridge Street, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QP
Tel: 013397 55388
Brown Sugar offers a touch of nostalgia and style, and a large helping of traditional hospitality! Serving the finest Segafredo coffee, delicious home baking, soup, sandwiches and paninis. We have luxury handmade chocolates, locally-made fudge and tablet. Our gift shop has many Scottish products, quality gifts and cards. Open 10am - 5pm (later in summer).
The Keiller Brasserie and Lounge (Casual Dining)
Braemar Road, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5XA
Tel: 013397 55858
The Keiller Brasserie and Lounge boasts relaxed comfort and elegance with our Chef focusing on seasonally selected menus based on local produce and a blend of traditional and modern cuisine. This is the ideal location to get together, relax and celebrate with great food and conversation. The newly-refurbished restaurant and lounge have been named after the Keiller family from Dundee ( of Marmalade fame ), who built the main house here in 1891. The new relaxed Keiller Brasserie and Lounge have already been acclaimed by our guests as offering great meals at attractive prices, in a superb new environment. We hope you will have the opportunity to join us, or re-visit us again soon.
La Mangiatoia (Italian)
Bridge Square, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QJ
Tel: 013397 55999
A lovely traditional family-run Italian restaurant situated in a quiet courtyard just off of Ballater`s main street. Dine beside the wood burning stove in winter or enjoy al fresco patio dining in summer. Our homemade pizzas are a specialty. We are open every evening (closed Mondays), and booking is advisable. Open all year except mid Nov-27th December.
Phoenix Chip Shop (Take-Away)
2 Viewfield Road, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QRD
Tel: 013397 55119
A take-away menu with something for everyone! Choose from our extensive menu including burgers, a wide selection of pizzas and toppings, baked potatoes, veggie burgers and, of course, fresh fish and chips! Salmon, haddock, plaice and more – Call us to place your order!
The Station Restaurant (Coffee Shop / Pub Fare)
Station Square, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QB
Tel: 013397 55050
A stylish coffee shop and restaurant in the Old Royal Station popular with locals and visitors. Famous for our fish and chips, our special menu includes choices such as our fish pie, venison casserole, curries, soups and salads. After lunch or later in the afternoon, join us for home baked cakes and fresh coffee and teas as well as our special scones with cream and jam.
Atholl Countrywear (Clothing)
13 Bridge Street, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QP
Tel: 013397 55453
The Atholl Countrywear experience at our Ballater shop includes our range of country clothing featuring time-honoured classics and exciting contemporary designs ranging from traditional tweed to cashmere jumpers. Well worth a visit if you want to be sure of getting a garment or a gift that really is something special.
The Silver Thistle (Arts / Crafts / Tartans)
46 Bridge Street, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QD
Tel: 013397 56200
The Silver Thistle, the wee highland shop in the centre of Ballater supplies a range of traditional and modern Scottish wares. We are suppliers of Sheila Fleet jewellery, McCallum Bagpipe chanters and accessories, as well as locally made jewellery and crafts. We also supply a varied selection of highland dress, shoes and accessories (both traditional and modern), pewter gifts, cards and much more.
H.M. Sheridan (Butcher)
11 Bridge Street, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QP
Tel: 013397 55218
H.M. Sheridan began trading in April 1963 with the store in a converted garage and the shop a mobile van. Within a few years, Michael Sheridan purchased his first shop in the village of Ballater. In 1979, he purchased the present shop, which has been a butchers for over 120 years and is still going strong. In 2006 Michael passed away and bequeathed the business to two of his employees, Barry Florence and John Sinclair. They also continue to provide a superb service to customers in the shop and hotel customers within Aberdeenshire. H.M. Sheridan were first granted the Royal Warrants of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Duke of Rothesay in 1987.
Auld Alliance Antiques (Antiques)
Dinnet, Royal Deeside AB34 5JY
Tel: 013398 80426
An eclectic shop with a very relaxed atmosphere. Specialising in etchings with a large selection of water colours, prints and oils. Antique furniture. Lots of bric-a-brac with the occasional gem hiding behind a dusty shelf! Our excellent book selection includes children’s books, natural history, Scotland, mountaineering, etc. A bit different and well worth a visit! Closed on Wednesdays.
Deeside Books (Bookstore)
18-20 Bridge Street, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QP
Tel: 01339 754080
A wide selection of out-of-print, antiquarian and second hand books for sale. Specialties include Scottish and Local History, Field Sports, Military, Travel and Topography and lots more. No obligation book search and new Scottish titles also available. Our gift shop has a variety of greetings cards, soft toys, fashion and sterling silver jewellery, handbags, accessories and children’s books.
Deeside Deli and Garden Shop (Deli / Florist)
47 Bridge Street, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QD
Tel: 013397 55741
Deeside Deli and Garden Shop is a family-run business with good, friendly service, high quality produce, plus a wonderful assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers and floral arrangements. We offer a wonderful selection of cheeses, an extensive charcuterie counter, fine wines, Scottish beers, antipasto, olives, condiments, chocolates, specialty foods and luxury hampers.
Davidsons Chemists (Chemists and Vet Supplies)
10 Bridge Street, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QP
Tel: 013397 55409
Davidsons has provided a comprehensive pharmacy and veterinary supplies service to Ballater and the surrounding area since 1998. We are proud to have been awarded prestigious patronage to HM the Queen and HRH the Prince of Wales. We consider it a mark of the quality of care we provide and our efforts to meet the needs of our customers.
George Strachan Ltd. (Grocer and Whisky Specialist)
2 Golf Road, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5RE
Tel: 013397 55452
George Strachan Ltd., General Merchants, established in 1926, is a family business with a vast range of goods and services available – groceries, Scottish cheeses, shortbread, Oatcakes and a warm welcome combined with first class customer service. Specialists in whisky miniatures, we also stock a range of wines, spirits, and liqueurs.
Lark’s Gallery (Contemporary Art Gallery)
10 Braemar Road, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5RL
Tel: 013397 55888
A friendly contemporary gallery situated in the beautiful surroundings of Royal Deeside. Larks offers a changing selection of Scottish artwork from leading and emerging talents in painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, photography and jewellery design. Larks also enjoys regularly showcasing invited artists from around the UK.
McEwens of Perth (Clothing / Beauty Supply / Homewares)
Station Square, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QB
Tel: 013397 55496
Our family-run business has traded for 140 years in Scotland, specialising in affordable quality with excellent customer service. We offer ladies' and gentlemen's fashions, Scottish knitwear and cashmere, accessories, cookshop supplies, linens and gifts.
Moira Melrose (Kiltmaker)
1 Balnastraid Cottages, Dinnet, Aboyne, Royal Deeside AB34 5NE
Tel: 013398 80074
Moira Melrose learned the trade from her mother who has made kilts for many famous people including Princes William and Harry. She works to the same strict guidelines and produces high-quality kilts with the best tartan from Scottish mills. Call or email for details and a quotation.
A.B. Yule (Book and Toy Shop)
16 and 49 Bridge Street, Ballater, Royal Deeside AB35 5QD
Tel: 013397 55362
In the delightful village of Ballater, Royal Deeside, you will find The Book Shop where Alan and Mary Yule and their staff believe in a traditional highland welcome! Visit Yule’s for Scottish books, maps, paperbacks, greeting cards, post cards, Scottish calendars, gift wrap, confectionery, Scottish gifts, shortbread, stationery, newspapers, magazines, plus a choice of European and American newspapers and magazines.