Deeside Nature Activities

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.

Royal Deeside
AB35 5TP

013397 42033

Ballater Boules Challenge

Meet at 10.15am for a 10.30am start - Fun, Friendship & Fresh Air guaranteed!

Monaltrie Park Pavilion
Royal Deeside

Ballater Golf Club

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.

Ballater and its golf course lie within a circle of hills with glorious views, a delightful golfing experience. 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.

Our Winter 2017 hours from October 29th 2017 – 25th March 2018 are listed with other Business Notices on the Ballater Noticeboard – go to Check our Facebook page for all our events information!

Victoria Road
Royal Deeside
AB35 5QX

013397 55567

Ballater Bowling Club

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
Victoria Road
Royal Deeside
AB35 5QW

Cycle Highlands

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.

The Pavilion
Victoria Road
Royal Deeside
AB35 5QQ

013397 55864

The Bike Station

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.

Station Square
Royal Deeside
AB35 5RB

013397 54004


Salmon Fishing on the River Dee


Allow Hillgoers to journey with you across Scotland’s extraordinary landscape. Our highly qualified mountain leaders offer:
Hillwalking / Wilderness walks / Wildlife walks / Hill fishing / Navigation
Both bespoke and pre-arranged guided walks are available. Their duration can last from half a day to multiday. Hillgoers also caters to both private groups and corporate parties.
Safety is of paramount importance. As such, all members are fully insured, and members of the Mountain Training Association and Mountaineering Scotland.
While it’s possible to book walks across Scotland, the team holds specialist knowledge of the Royal Deeside area, from the Wells of Dee high up above Braeriach, through the Cairngorm National Park, past the magnificent Lochnagar, down to the stormy North Sea in Aberdeen. Fishing for wild brown trout in Scotland’s remote hill lochs is a firm favourite, although camping under the stars is hard to beat!

South Mains Cottage
AB31 5AE



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




Explore the natural beauty of the Cairngorms surrounding Ballater with a series of guided walks. All ages and levels are welcome and with a full social calendar you are sure to have an outstanding time!
Ballater Walking Festival: May 18th - May 24th 2019
The 2019 brochure is now available online at

Tartan Trek for CLAN

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

Balmoral Estate

013397 56318 / 01224 647000

Easy Health Walks

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

013398 80081

Ranger Guided Walks on Balmoral Estate

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

013397 55059


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.

Please phone or email for class information:

Hatha Yoga at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Craigendarroch. - the current poster with class information is listed under Community Info/Notice Boards.

07967 684354

Ballater has a wide range of outdoor activities available for everyone – golf, 4×4 tours, cycling, walking, bowling, skiing and fishing as well as indoor activities such as bridge, whist, fitness classes, local history and horticultural talks.

Ballater and the Upper Deeside area as well offer a great deal to all of our communities and we hope that our visitors will enjoy staying in this beautiful, uplifting countryside as much as we do!

For information about times and locations of activities and the organisations / businesses that host them, please copy any URL and paste it into your browser or check the links listed here:

Our Ballater Community calendar

Victoria and Albert Halls Calendar

Visit Cairngorms – What’s On

Visit Royal Deeside / Visit Aberdeenshire

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