Things to do in Ballater include discovering the royal associations and links throughout the area.
Balmoral Estate and Royal Lochnagar Distillery are nearby, whilst the scenery, wildlife, local walking trails, and a range of activities in Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park have attracted visitors since the time of Queen Victoria.
A Royal Area
Ballater is near to Balmoral Castle, the Scottish holiday home of the British Royal Family, and Crathie Church, where the family worship when in residence. Stately mansions and historic castles like Crathes and Braemar lead visitors along the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail, embracing centuries of Scottish heritage and culture along the way.
Balmoral Castle and estate is the Scottish summer home of Her Majesty the Queen. The castle is a wonderful example of Scots Baronial architecture and the building has been awarded a category A listing by Historic Scotland. The grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and cafe are normally open to the Public on a daily basis from April through July.
Activities on Royal Deeside
Throughout the year, walkers, hikers and mountain bikers follow trails and maps across the region, rewarded with views of lochs, mountains and forests and glimpses of local wildlife. In the winter season, skiers and snowboarders flock to nearby Glenshee and The Lecht within the Cairngorms National Park for seasonal snow sports.
Hunters can stalk deer in the woodlands or heather-clad moorlands in Ballater, with roe deer available in both the hills and high seats in the woodlands on the estate’s lower ground. Large red stags are considered to present an excellent hunters challenge. There are a few estates in Royal Deeside that offer organised grouse shooting by car or foot, as well as red and roe deer stalking trips.
Full of Life
The scenery, wildlife and range of activities in Royal Deeside have attracted visitors since the time of Queen Victoria. Red squirrels, black grouse, Scottish wildcats and golden eagles call the local Highland wilderness their home.
Dog Friendly Breaks
Deeside offers plenty of walking for your dog. The hills and trails of the Cairngorms National Park are easily accessible and shorter walks are available directly from the Inn. All of our guestrooms are dog friendly and we can accommodate a maximum of two dogs per room at a charge of £12 per dog per night. Guide and assistance dogs stay free of charge and we make a charitable donation for every one that stays.
Directions to Deeside Inn
Travelling from the south on the A93, follow the road to the centre of Ballater and turn right on to Victoria Road. Deeside Inn sits on the left hand side of the road. From Aberdeen and the east, follow the A93 into Ballater, driving alongside the River Dee on Tulloch Road. At the end of Tulloch Road, turn right on to Bridge Street, then take a left turn into Victoria Road, where Deeside Inn sits on your left. The nearest railway station is Aberdeen. From there you can take the Stagecoach bus to Ballater. For full information on public transport links to and from the area, visit www.travelinescotland.com.
Variety of wildlife from eagles to deer
Balmoral Castle nearby
In the Cairngorms National Park
Fishing, hiking and stalking
Dirty wellies/boots welcome
Keeping you connected
Live traditional Scottish music
Royal Lochnagar Distillery 8 miles
Glenshee and The Lecht
Guarantee best rates
Local produce specialities