Ballater Highland Games

When: Second Thursday in August

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.

Ballater Victoria Week

When: First full week in August.

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.

Golf Week

When: Third week in May

Royal Deeside Golf Week

Run Balmoral

When: Mid April

Variety of running events over two days, based at Balmoral Castle

Saturday - 10km, 5km, 1.5km, 2.5km
Sunday - Duathlon, 15 mile trail, 3 mile trail

TGO Challenge

When: Last two weeks in May – walkers tend to reach Ballater on the second Sunday/Monday/Tuesday

Self-supported Scottish Coast to Coast backpacking adventure.

Ballater Walking Festival

When: Last week in May

Explore the natural beauty of the Cairngorms surrounding Ballater with a series of guided walks.


When: Early September

Day of live music on the green

Winter Festival

When: Late November

Weekend of wintery events including ice rink, Christmas and craft fairs, antiques fairs, farmers market and the turning on of the Christmas lights

Bonfire Night

When: Early November

Ballater Charitable Chiels Bonfire & Fireworks display.