We offer a variety of wildlife watching excursions. Each excursion is tailor made for the interests, abilities and budgets of our clients. We recommend a 3 to 4 hr minimum trip with the option to extend for longer should you wish extending to whole day trips with special emphasis on the wildlife watching in this spectacular part of Scotland. Red and Roe Deer, Red and Black Grouse, Golden Eagle, Capercaillie, Osprey, Ptarmigan, Dotterel, Snow Bunting and Crossbill are just a handful of species which occur. Visit some of the wildlife and scenic hot spots of Deeside and Speyside. 20 years of experience in the field of conservation and local knowledge will ensure you have the best possible chance to enjoy superb views of many species of Scotland’s iconic wildlife. Our detailed knowledge of the conservation and management of the area will enlighten you to the day to day goings on in this part of the world.
Meet at 10.15am for a 10.30am start - Fun, Friendship & Fresh Air guaranteed!
Monaltrie Park Pavilion
Ballater Golf Club was founded in 1892, originally as a nine hole course, on land owned by the laird of Invercauld. When farmland became available in 1905, the course was expanded to eighteen holes.
A match was staged in August 1906, between two very well known golfers, James Braid and Harry Vardon, to celebrate the construction of a pavilion and the extension of the course.
This eighteen hole, medium length golf course is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Upper Deeside.
Several holes lie close to the River Dee and many a ball has gone to a watery grave. Ballater and its golf course lie within a circle of hills with glorious views, a delightful golfing experience.
The course can best be described as heathland, although farther away from the river there are some distinct parkland characteristics.
There are also a good number of undulations formed by river terraces running along the ancient flood plain and these help make it interesting to play.
Ballater offers its toughest test to par on its opening six holes, which include two difficult par threes. However, with the beautiful scenery, dominated by Lochnagar to the west, and the fresh Highland air, few can fail to enjoy this lovely course.
Ballater Bowling Club is located about half a mile from the village centre next to Ballater Bowling Club. Surrounded by the beautiful hills of Royal Deeside it makes for a pleasant way of spending a few hours in this delightful corner of Scotland
c/o Ballater Golf Club
Cyclehighlands ltd was formed in 2004 by Richard and Elizabeth Watts. Richard grew up exploring Royal Deeside by bike and now operates north east Scotland’s most experienced guiding team. Thanks to many local cyclist and our staffs trail knowledge - the shop has become the hub for all cycling around Aboyne, Ballater, Balmoral and Braemar.
Cyclehighlands specializes in bike hire, guiding and corporate events for all abilities from what has become Aberdeenshire’s biggest bike shop. The shop is also Scotland’s leading dealer and test centre for Santa Cruz and Rocky Mountain Bicycles. Other leading brands include Cannondale, GT, Kona and Lapierre.
Bike Station Ballater stocks a large fleet of continually replaced (20 hires) Mountain, Carbon Road and E-bikes available for hire throughout the year. We also stock a large selection of bikes and accessories for sale, and cater for repairs of all types biking in our workshop.
Pop in anytime for free local advice on what is on and where to go. It doesn't even have to be bike related, as many people have realised. Ballater is a great location for a day out or a longer stay holiday to take in many sporting and leisure activities.
Salmon Fishing on the River Dee
Our long established ski and board hire opens during periods of good snow cover at the Victoria Hall, Glenshee Road, Braemar, AB35 5YQ.CycleHighlands
We are ideally located for day trips to Glenshee and for holiday makers visiting Glenshee and the Lecht Centres.
The hire is roadside on the A93 in Braemar and only 16 miles from Ballater.
Snowsport services for The Lecht and Glenshee Ski Centres
WalkDeeside Ltd. is a family-run provider of guided hiking and walking holidays in Scotland and specialists in outdoor activities and navigation courses in the Cairngorms, Royal Deeside and the Aberdeen area of North East Scotland. We offer activity holidays throughout the Scottish Highlands and Islands, exploring the best of the Scottish mountains, lochs, Munros and wildlife.
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The Annual Tartan Trek for CLAN is in May every year. There is a choice of a 6k or 15k walk through beautiful Balmoral Estate. Entry is only £6 and you can register online at Tartan Trek or call 013397 56318 or 01224 647000. Forms are also available at CLAN Cancer Support in Bridge Square, Ballater
013397 56318 / 01224 647000
Easy Health Walks in the Ballater area. Tuesdays at 1.00pm November -March. The rest of the year, the walk can start at 1.30pm. Meet at Glenmuick Church Hall.
Meet in Glenmuick Church Hall
When Balmoral is open to the Public the Ranger Service are pleased to offer a series of guided walks. Each Wednesday afternoon during April, May, June and July they provide a guided woodland walk, starting from the Carriage Hall Exhibition at 2.00 p.m.
This walk will take you through the grounds and gardens of Balmoral, passing by some of the monuments and cairns. Your guide will explain about the history of Balmoral as well as the woodland, wildlife, flora and fauna.
The walk last approximately two hours and covers between two and three miles. There is no charge for the guided tour - however the Estate admission fee must be paid.
To book a place on one of our guided walks or events or for further information please call Fiona at The Spittal of Muick Visitor Centre on 013397 55059. To view useful information for guided walk participants please click here. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us..
The Ranger Service also provide a programme of special themed guided walks during the spring, summer, autumn and winter months.
The Spittal of Muick Visitor Centre
Spirit of the Moment gifts a space in which you can rest and come to a place of healing and wholeness through relaxing the body, mind and soul.
Through the science & practice of yoga, many blockages to full health and vitality can be released so that your true nature and state of being can be realised. You may be coming to yoga for many reasons; relief from pain or illness, to maintain good health, to calm a busy mind and stressful life, or to realise deeper spiritual truth within. Through many years of practice and study I create a beautiful place for you to relax and release what no longer serves you to bring you towards a deeper sense of union in a nurturing environment. I also offer various healing practices to form a comprehensive offering for physical, emotional & spiritual healing.
Please explore my website and I hope to see you soon in one of my classes, retreats, One2One sessions, workshops or on the dancefloor.
Regular Class Times (please phone or email in advance to confirm):
Glenbuchat, Strathdon. Tuesdays 10.00am - 12.00pm.
Balmoral Castle, Crathie. Wednesdays 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Ballater Golf Club, Ballater. Thursdays 10.30am - 12.00pm