For the adventurers and the hikers, for those seeking roaring fires and live music, come off the glens straight into The Ghillies Bar.
Lunch - Daily, 12pm - 3pm
Dinner - 5pm - 8.30pm
Bookings are not required.
One person who knows the ever-changing landscape of the hills, how the river bed lies through the months and where the wildlife is, better than most, is the ghillie. Roughly translating from Gaelic as an attendant, someone who looked after their employer and/or guests, today’s ghillie manages the wilderness and guides guests through it responsibly.
Ghillies Bar is a nod to the tradition of this role and the important part they play today in wildlife management, countryside maintenance and eco-tourism.
Local connections give our Head Chef access to game from HM The Queen’s estate at Balmoral. Fresh Scottish salmon also makes a seasonal appearance on our menus while our Scottish meats are farm-assured, while our steaks are traditionally matured for a minimum of 28 days to ensure maximum flavour, tenderness and quality.
The Ghillies Bar has a really great selection of local bottled ales combined with guest ales on draft which change regularly with favourites from Inveralmond in Perth and the closer-to-home Royal Deeside Brewery.
With the Malt Whisky Trail nearby, The Ghillies Bar prides itself on its extensive malt whisky collection, with over 40 to choose from. Ask a member of the bar team for their recommendations.
Our dishes showcase the true taste of the Cairngorms. Alongside award-winning Gilmour Butchers, we showcase beef and game from the local butcher in Ballater – Sheridan who are located just around the corner from the Balmoral Arms. Seafood comes fresh from the North Sea and into the fishing ports of Aberdeen. While extra flavours are added with Pinewood Conservation Gin, distilled in the Cairngorms and whiskies aged in the area.
Well-behaved, quiet dogs are most welcome with The Ghillies Bar.
Tipping Our Team
Most of our guests now prefer to pay via debit or credit card and be able to include a service charge for great service. To make this easier we have added an automatic service charge - we’ve made it a default 10% which you can change to any percentage you wish, including no service charge.
Our teams have always shared service charges and this is no different - every penny you give is shared equally by our teams through our “Fair Fund”. There is no administration cost and nothing is retained by the company, 100% of what you give is guaranteed to go to our team.
Service charge is entirely optional, if you would like us to remove it, you need only ask.