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

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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

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Ballater has an exciting weekend of events planned for Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October –

On Saturday 1st -

10am – 2pm - The Victoria and Albert Halls, Ballater will be open for a community event “Get together to Work Together” with information about plans for the Station and Station Square, all matters flooding including home protection, resilience plans, volunteering and much more.
1pm - the Spirit of Ballater Awards will take place – @Aberdeen Voluntary Action voted for by the community. Open to All and free, including refreshments!

4.00 – 5.30pm – Images of the Song in Glenmuick Church join Frieda Morrison and guests for a musical journey in song, tune and film (including our own pipe band!) Tickets £10 / £8.

8 – 11pm – Join the Dark Island Ceilidh Band in the Victoria and Albert Halls, Ballater for an evening of music and dance – enjoy the jigs and reels on your toes and heels – bring your own refreshments! Tickets £10 / £8

On Sunday 2nd –

2pm – “Afternoon Tea at the Albert” offers you a sumptuous afternoon tea in the Albert Hall Ballater with all the trimmings whilst you listen to the @Glasgow School of Art, Tickets £8.

Please pass this information on to your clubs, friends everyone -
we would love to have a good turn-out!

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Ragtime in the Victoria and Albert Halls, Ballater October 16 - check John Burgess' website for a sample! ... See MoreSee Less

Ugly Bug Rag Time!

October 16, 2016, 4:30pm - October 16, 2016, 12:30pm

John Burgess & Friends on Sax, Clarinet, Guitar, Banjo and Vocals - BYO + R £10 Upper Deeside Music Non-Members, Free entry to Young People and HM Forces

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