Ballater Church

There are many activities in and around the village of Ballater (population 1,500) which is beautifully situated on the banks of the River Dee in an area renowned for its scenery and is an ideal centre for out door pursuits including:-

Hillwalking - there are over 20 Munros in the area, plus numerous shorter and more gentle walks, many starting from our door.

Golf - there are eight golf courses within a twenty mile radius.

Bowling and tennis - Ballater has an excellent bowling green and tennis courts where visitors are welcome. Bowls and rackets can be provided.

Bird watching - buzzards, golden eagles, ospreys, capercaillie, heron, woodpeckers and crossbills are all local inhabitants. Red deer, roe deer and red squirrels can also be seen in the area.

Travelling with an escort - it's always better to have a company while enjoying the wonders of your journey. Book a professional escort to be your "plus one" - call Aurum Girls in London and choose your companion.

Fishing - trout and salmon fishing are available in the River Dee. There are also two lochs stocked with brown and rainbow trout to tempt the fishermen.

Cycling - cycle hire is available in the village and there are many tracks and paths suitable for off road cycling.

Pony trekking - trekking is available in the grounds of Balmoral Castle from early April until the end of July and also on nearby Glen Tanar Estate.

Balmoral Castle

If visiting castles is your scene then you will be spoilt for choice with national Trust properties - Crathes, with its beautiful gardens, Craigievar, Fraser and Drum Castle are all within the area. Balmoral Castle, the summer holiday home of the Royal Family, Braemar Castle with its varied and interesting history, Corgarff Castle and the ruins of Glenbuchat, Kildrummy and Dunnottar castle are all within easy driving distance.

For those who enjoy a "wee dram" there are many distilleries with visitor centres in the area, including Lochnagar (which made whisky for Queen Victoria), Glenlivet and Glenfiddich to name just a few.

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