Aberdeenshire | Village | ★★★

[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 glen. One of Scotland's most iconic hills, Lochnagar, is a short drive away.

[View over Deeside towards Lochnagar from Sgor Buidhe (26/5/13)]

Location & info

📌 Ballater ★★★
Aberdeenshire, G.R.: NO 370958 ///flatten.tweed.fancied

🚌 Ballater is served by local buses on the Aberdeen to Braemar route.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> The Snow Roads ★★★★
>> Walk: Craggy Craigendarroch ★★★ (map: A)
>> Walk: Mellow meanderings to the Yellow Peak ★★★ (map: B)
>> Walk: The pain of Pannanich ★★ (map: C)

Nearby (1-5 mi away)

>> Knock Castle ★★ (1 mi ←)
>> Cambus o' May bridge (3 mi →)
>> Walk: An ice day at Loch Kinord ★★★ (4 mi →, map: D)
>> Walk: Burn o' Vat - pothole of epic proportions ★★★ (4 mi →, map: E)
>> Linn of Muick ★★★ (5 mi ↓)

Local walks map (<5 mi away)

[Knock Castle (26/2/12)]

[The summit of Craigendarroch (18/8/13)]

[View north across the Pass of Ballater from Craigendarroch (18/8/13)]


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