A Royal Deeside jewel and a popular eastern gateway into the Cairngorms National Park, Ballater is the perfect holiday base from which to explore the area. A favourite of Queen Victoria, who would arrive at Ballater’s Old Royal Station en-route to Balmoral, the town is surrounded by magnificent scenery on all sides, and contains a choice of pretty tearooms, cafes, specialist and craft shops. Accommodation choice is superb, featuring everything from B&Bs and small hotels to holiday lodges, cottages and caravan parks in the local area.
A huge choice of outdoor activities are available in and around Ballater – go salmon and trout fishing on the River Dee, skiing around nearby Glenshee and get ready for some of Scotland’s best mountain bike trails around Ballater from gentle family friendly routes following the Old Deeside Railway to challenging adrenalin pumping routes along the Glen Girnock and Glen Muick routes. The award-winning Cycle Highlands in Ballater’s Victoria Road Pavilion offers bike hire and a shop, guided rides and lots of information on local trails. Everything from pony treks to best golf and 4×4 off roading is available in the Cairngorms around Ballater.
Stay in Ballater during one of its fantastic summer season festivals and events including the celebrated Victorian Week and Highland Games – both annually in early August. The town has a wonderful selection of quirky collectables emporiums, craft and antiques shops and specialist food shops which sit alongside independent galleries and second-hand bookshops – many have the ‘By Appointment’ sign above their doors. Attractions within easy reach include a tour of the nearby Balmoral Castle estate (open April to July), purchased by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1852. On-site attractions include a luxury estate safari tours, guided walks, salmon fishing and wedding facilities all available on-site. Stay in bustling Deeside town Ballater near Balmoral, in the heart of the Cairngorms. Book Ballater accommodation online now.