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Ballater Community

Local information and events in the Ballater & Crathie area.

Braemar - Events & Information

Ballater Royal Deeside

Ballater (RD) Ltd (or BRD) is a Scottish registered Charity and Company limited by Guarantee. It aims to utilise best practice to build capacity in the community; to undertake projects designed to sustain the local economy; to promote a sense of pride in the burgh of Ballater and surrounding area. BRD uses voluntary skills from within the communities. It has received private donations and public funding support from many sources, some of which are detailed on another page.


RD has initiated several successful promotional projects including Royal Deeside Walking Festival and supported many others including this web-site. It is involved with Community Woodland, assessing community needs and local history. It is responsible for running the valuable community bus service which is manned by MiDAS-trained local volunteers. BRD is a member of the Royal Deeside Partnership and the Development Trust Association Scotland.

Ballater Weather from the BBC


MWIS currently produce forecasts for 8 different mountain areas of the UK as an aid to mountain safety.


Forecasts are produced manually using information from a range of forecast models and forecasters knowledge of mountain weather. New forecasts, for the next three days are produced by 4:30pm daily, normally earlier in the winter, and amended as necessary. The production of the Scottish forecasts is fully funded by the Scottish Government through sportscotland with the support of The Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

Ballater and Crathie Eagle

Our local Community magazine - pick up a copy of our current edition inDavidsons Chemists, Yule's Newsagent or Ballater Library. The Eagle is also online here.

Creative Cairngorms

Ballater School

Cairngorms Outdoor Access

Low level walks around Ballater.

Ballater Historic Forestry Project

The Ballater Historic Forestry Project Association was set up in 2005 to bring to public attention the remarkable story of the Newfoundland lumberjacks who came to Ballater in 1940 and built a logging camp at Dalmochie in Pannanich Wood (known as the Glenmuick Camp). The Association hopes to reconstruct the camp on the original site and develop it as a visitor attraction and educational facility. Today the foundations of the huts and the concrete bases of the stoves can be clearly seen at Dalmochie and the woodland has grown up again, and is in the care of the Forestry Commission.


The Ballater Historic Forestry Project Association plan to rebuild one or two of the log cabins with onsite interpretation, make a film about the Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit and the camp they built at Dalmochie and produce a walking trail leaflet for the area.

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. Over the years BVW has raised thousands of pounds for local causes and continually seeks to renew and refresh itself by reflecting current trends and initiatives.


Ballater Victoria Week 2016 is on from August 5th - 14th! The programme is available in the shops now. Visit our website and Facebook page for more information.

Visit Royal Deeside

Welcome to Royal Deeside - Birth place of Scottish Tourism and Queen Victoria's holiday retreat. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the River Dee area with lots to see and do for all the family! Ballater and all of Royal Deeside are unique in the Scottish Highlands. With the Cairngorms National Park lying at one end, and the city of Aberdeen at the other, our area lies in the spectacular valley of the River Dee and flows through some of Scotland's finest mountain scenery. It has great walks, mountain biking, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding, running, fishing.......Traditional folk music, restaurants, food, cafes, culture history....Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Crathes Castle, the Cairngorm Mountains and all this in the Cairngorms National Park!

How to Get to Ballater

Deeside Walks

A website for people looking for walking routes on Deeside in Scotland, from Ballater to Loch Kinord.