Ballater

[Ballater from Craig Coillich]

Ballater is a well-kept, touristy village and former spa town on the banks of the River Dee, with historical links to the Royal Family and nearby Balmoral Castle. This is one of the best bases for exploring the quieter eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park; a car isn't necessary (though may still be useful), as several excellent walks begin right from the village centre and there's a good bus service accessing the other villages up and down the valley. One of Scotland's most iconic hills, Lochnagar, is a short drive away.

[View over Deeside towards Lochnagar from Sgor Buidhe (May 2013)]

Name: Ballater ★★☆☆
Location (central square)G.R.: NO 370958 / flatten tweed fancied

[Knock Castle (February 2012)]

Within walking distance

>> see separate post for Walk: Craggy Craigendarroch ★☆☆
>> see separate post for Walk: Mellow meanderings to the Yellow Peak ★☆☆
>> see separate post for Walk: The pain of Pannanich ☆☆☆

[The summit of Craigendarroch - Ballater's most interesting local hill (August 2013)]

Nearby

>> see separate post for Knock Castle (2 miles away) ☆☆☆

[View north across the Pass of Ballater from Craigendarroch (August 2013)]

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