Around Ballater

There is a vast array of activities and things to do around Ballater.

  • Castles..

    The National Trust for Scotland has many spectacular castles in Aberdeenshire, including Crathes and Craigievar. Balmoral Castle and estate, holiday home to the Royal Family is only 5 minutes drive away.

  • Highland Games..

    A unique mixture of the sporting, cultural and social, this is a fantastic day for all the family, with pipe bands, tossing the caber, highland dancing and of course the Royal Family always attend the world famous Braemar Highland Games at the beginning of September.


  • Walking..

    Amongst spectacular scenery, there are many beautiful walks for all abilities. Stroll through the ancient Scots Pine forests and birchwoods of Deeside, or head to the hills, with Lochnagar, Morrone, and Jock's Road waiting to be conquered.

  • Fishing and shooting..

    Some of Scotland's finest fishing to be had on the River Dee. Also many hill lochs, burns and fisheries to choose from. Shooting and stalking can be arranged locally.

  • Golf..

    Bealach Cottage is ideally placed for golfers. Ballater Golf Course is a few minutes walk away and many other scenic and challenging 18 hole courses are nearby, such as Braemar, Aboyne and Torphins.

Whatever takes your fancy there is always something that will suit your style and mood here in Ballater.