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  Places of Interest


There’s plenty of exciting things to see and do in Royal Deeside-from challenging a Munro, playing a round of golf or strolling along a river bank; to visiting Balmoral Castle, following the Victorian Heritage Trail or sampling a dram of whisky at the Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Here are some ideas for things to visit around Ballater during your stay. You can check out all the latest events and activities on


  • Aberdeenshire's Castle Trail - Follow the trail of no less than 17 castles in the Region.

  • Balmoral Castle - View the Scottish holiday residence and grounds of Her Majesty the Queen.

  • Crathie Church - Visit the beautiful church where Queen Victoria's faithful Ghillie,John Brown is buried.

  • Finzean Estate - Explore the wonderful estate,ancestral home of artist Joeseph Farquharson

  • Glen Tanar Estate - Enjoy the stunning forest,lake and Victorian gardens at Glen Tanar.

  • Highland Games - Attend a Highland Gathering for a unique mixture of Sporting events,Highland dancing and Pipe Bands.

  • Loch Muick - Marvel at the natural beauty of the Loch whilst viewing the abundance of Scottish wildlife it attracts.

  • Royal Ballater Railway Station - See a replica of Queen Victoria's Royal waiting room and Royal Carriage.

  • Royal Lochnagar Distillery - Take a tour of the Distillery and sample a dram of Special Reserve.

  • Victorian Heritage Trail - Follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert enjoying their favourite places to visit.


  Sporting Activities

With its scenic backdrop of rugged mountains, Scots Pine forests and heather clad hills, there is a huge bounty of outdoor activities to enjoy and take part in Royal Deeside.

  • Cycling - Enjoy the many scenic cycling routes and rides to suit all tastes and abilities.

  • Fishing - Choose from the lochs,burns or River Dee for some of Scotlands finest fishing.

  • Gliding - Check out Deeside Gliding Club for a flight to remember.

  • Golf - Be spolit for choice with the wide selection of 18 hole Courses in stunning scenic settings.

  • Hill Walking - Take a hike up a Munro or enjoy a stroll along the riverbank.

  • Skiing - For extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities checkout the slopes of Glenshee or The Lecht.


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