Welcome to Ballater

Our own ‘Victorian’ village in the heart of Royal Deeside, Scotland, Ballater is in the midst of glorious countryside in the Cairngorms National Park, 43 miles (69km) west of Aberdeen & 8 miles (13km) from Balmoral Castle. Ballater’s local attractions include Craigendarroch hill, Loch Muick, Lochnagar and more! Ballater is famous for its royal connections. Many of our shops and businesses display the Royal warrants of the Queen and Prince Charles.


Over New Year 2016, the River Dee burst its banks, and part of Ballater was affected by floods. As a result, a few of the area’s attractions, shops & places to eat may not be available early in 2016 but Ballater & Royal Deeside are very much open for business. In addition, the Old Royal Station in Station Square was affected by a fire in May 2015. Work begins soon on a new Visitor Centre and Station Square opening late 2017.


Visit our website & Facebook page for up-to-date information to enjoy your visit to this beautiful area in full! Our website is full of Activities, events in Ballater & Upper Deeside plus many local Attractions. Ballater brochures & our Fun Map can be found in local shops or the library in Station Square.



Explore the website to find out about local events, places to shop, places to go and much more…



Places to Stay

Browse Ballater’s B&Bs, Caravan Parks, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels & Self Catering Accommodation.


Places to Eat

Ballater has a wide range of places to eat, from restaurants to takeaways.


Business Association

Find about about the Ballater Business Association.


Travel Information

Find out about the latest travel news in and around Ballater.



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Red Squirrel foraging on beech mast, high up in one of the Copper Beech Trees at the Glen Tanar Visitor Centre.

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SIH welcome the new owners of Habitat Hostel (previously Habitat@Ballater) Dominique & Daniel Drewe-Martin. This quality 5 star Hostel is still running as before but is now open over winter which is ...

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