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Places to Eat

With countless restaurants all within walking distance, Ballater has some really fantastic culinary delights.

Places to Eat

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Places to Stay

With countless restaurants all within walking distance, Ballater has some really fantastic culinary delights.

Places to Stay

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Places to Visit

With so much to do in such Ballater, you'll want to scope out the options to plan your trip.

Places to Visit

WELCOME TO BALLATER!

Ballater is a beautiful Victorian village home to more than 1500 residents as well as an estimated 1000 visitors at the height of the summer. Ballater also has a large number of residents originally from elsewhere in the UK and many other countries.

We hope that you will find the information on this website and the many links contained in it interesting and helpful! Email us at info@ballatercommunity.com with your queries, your photos, your news & your views!

After the River Dee burst its banks over New Year 2016, parts of Ballater were affected by flooding. As a result, a small number of the area’s attractions, shops & places to eat were affected in the early part of 2016, but Ballater & Royal Deeside are still very much open for business. Almost all of our Bridge Street businesses have been rebuilt and are looking forward to a bright future!

In addition, the Old Royal Station in Ballater’s Station Square was affected by a fire in May 2015. Plans are being developed for a new and improved Visitor Centre and Station Square, which is scheduled to open in late 2017.

Many thanks to Kathleen Puddicombe, Deeside Images and many others for their kind permission to use their beautiful photographs of Ballater and the surrounding countryside – more photos are always on our FACEBOOK page, Ballater Community!
Events & information about Ballater and the area from Crathie to Dinnet can be found here and also at www.visitballater.com.

LATEST NEWS

Braemar TV
Ballater Community shared Braemar TV's 2017 RunBalmoral 10k run at Balmoral Castle.
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Film of the 2017 Run Balmoral Stena Drilling 10k run in the grounds of Balmoral Castle & Estate situated between Ballater & Braemar in Aberdeenshire. Visit Ballater Visit Braemar VisitScotland

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Arriving today at Balmoral and on loan for a limited period only from Grampian Transport Museum, Alford the Birkhall - Stationary Engine The Birkhall portable steam engine was built in 1942 by Marshall of Gainsborough to an order from the wartime Ministry of Supply. Portables were produced in large numbers from around 1840 and were used to drive farm machinery and as a general power source. Unlike a road locomotive or traction engine, power is not transmitted to the wheels. Portables were moved originally by teams of heavy horses and later by traction engine or tractor. When the Birkhall was built, portables were already a past technology. They enjoyed a brief resurrection during the last war, when oil was very scarce. The Birkhall is one of the last to be built but is identical to its 19th century counterparts. The engine was used to power a sawmill at Birkhall on the Royal Balmoral Estate. After delivery, its wheels were removed and discarded and the engine was mounted on a fire brick base. The fire box was modified to burn sawdust and waste. The engine, in this semi-portable form, powered the mill until it closed in the early 1970s. In 1985, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh donated the derelict engine to the museum and Balmoral Estates assisted with the cost of asbestos lagging removal. The wheels and undercarriage were discovered close by where they had been discarded, now surrounded by mature trees! In 1986, the engine was dismantled and transported to the museum. Rigblast of Aberdeen blast-cleaned and primed the boiler and cylinder block and a lengthy fund raising appeal followed. His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended the first public steaming of the restored engine. He acknowledged, on behalf of the museum, the generosity of the numerous organisations and individuals that made the restoration possible.

21 hours ago

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Ballater Community shared North East Police Division's . ...

Away to put on the kettle? Make sure you go and lock your doors whilst you wait for it to boil. Thieves have been out in Aberdeen targeting properties which are unlocked while owners sleep. PLEASE ensure you don't help them succeed by ensuring your home is locked and secure.

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Ballater Community shared Brakeley Gift Room's . ...

Brakeley Gift Room is delighted to be displaying this year’s Queen’s Gift raffle prize. Her Majesty the Queen has very kindly donated this stunning English Fine Bone China Cake stand from the Royal collection to be raffled in aid of St Kentigern’s Church, Ballater. Tickets are £1 each and available here at the shop. The draw takes place at St K’s Summer Fayre on 24th June 2017. Once again, Ballater is very grateful for the ongoing support of Her Majesty the Queen towards this worthy cause. If you can’t get to Ballater but would like to purchase tickets feel free to message me for more details. Please share!

24 hours ago

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Brakeley Gift Room is delighted to be displaying this year’s Queen’s Gift raffle prize. Her Majesty the Queen has very kindly donated this stunning English Fine Bone China Cake stand from the Royal collection to be raffled in aid of St Kentigern’s Church, Ballater. Tickets are £1 each and available here at the shop. The draw takes place at St K’s Summer Fayre on 24th June 2017. Once again, Ballater is very grateful for the ongoing support of Her Majesty the Queen towards this worthy cause. If you can’t get to Ballater but would like to purchase tickets feel free to message me for more details. Please share!

1 day ago

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Gairnshiel Bridge: I just cannot believe that this beautiful bridge has been hit AGAIN by a vehicle(s?) that is far too large no doubt to be attempting to go over it and may even be breaching the 18ton limit! I have sent these photos to officers at the top of the council.

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Blue Cross
Who wouldn't love a bunny?!?
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If only we had as much enthusiasm for kale as these baby bunnies do! 😂🐰 These little ones were recently born at our Blue Cross Lewknor rehoming centre and are getting bigger and stronger every day. Sadly we have lots of rabbits needing new homes at the moment. Could you share their details or offer one of our buns a new home? www.bluecross.org.uk/rehome/rabbit

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