There have been Games held in Ballater since 1864 and, apart from the war years, the Games have continued uninterrupted until the present day. Ballater Highland Games prides itself in having something for everyone, young and old alike. On Games Day there are a number of varied trade stands, together with a funfair for the children. To complete the day, Beat Retreat by the Pipe Bands is planned for 7pm on the Church Green in Ballater.
This wildlife-focused organisation offers a selection of Safaris with a range of half- and full-day wildlife-watching tours, Luxury Land Rover excursions tailored to maximise opportunities for spotting the region’s charismatic birds, and animals, looking for 3 species of Deer, 2 species of Grouse, birds of prey including Peregrine, Osprey and Golden Eagle whilst describing the conservation and land management issues related to typical highland estates.