Places of Interest

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Estate – Purchased by Queen Victoria, the Balmoral Estate has been the Scottish Home of the Royal Family ever since.   The Castle is an example of Scots Baronial architecture and is classified by Historic Scotland as a category A listed building.
Enjoy access to the formal and vegetable gardens, the wildlife, Balmoral and audio visual exhibitions together with the largest room in the Castle, the Ballroom. Other rooms within the Castle are not available to the public as these are Her Majesty The Queen’s private rooms.
The grounds, gardens and exhibitions are open from April until the end of July each year.   Visitors are able to view the Castle Ballroom, the largest room in the Castle, used for a number of formal occasions when Her Majesty is in residence. This is a rare opportunity to see many original pieces of fine art and treasures which normally reside within the private rooms of the Castle.


An audio tour is included in the admission price and guides visitors around the formal and production gardens as well as a number of other exhibitions located within the stable block. We have a spacious self service cafe and gift shop selling a wide range of Balmoral souvenirs.


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Box 472Box 472 on the A93 has been a famous landmark for travellers between Aberdeen in the East and Braemar in the West for well over 60 years and is situated in the heart of Royal Deeside, famous for its close connections with the British Royal Family and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in particular. Over those years the box has survived all the extreme weather the North East of Scotland could throw at it. Visit the website and we hope that you’ll visit the Box and sign the Guestbook, too.

Here is the You Tube video for our AA Box!








Scotch Derrick

The Cambus O’ May Quarry and the Scotch Derrick Crane meant a great deal to the Ballater locals as they both have played a large part in the founding of the village.

In early 2013, the Ballater Local History Group began to rescue the crane and bring it back to its original condition, follow this fascinating pictorial story here!






Station Square

Station Square reopened in August 2018 with a new Tourist Information Centre, Ballater Library and The Carriage Restaurant.







Victoria barracksVictoria Barracks, Queens’s Road, Ballater, Royal Deeside, Scotland, UK.

The Barracks is the home of The Royal Guard when HM Queen Elizabeth II is in residence at Balmoral Castle for 3 months each summer. If a soldier has to be housed in barracks these are probably some of the nicest to be found. Originally built mid 1800’s when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first bought the Castle. Photo courtesy of Deeside Images.