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3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Braemar Road, Ballater AB35 5UX, Scotland
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Darroch Learg
Ranked #6 of 18 Ballater B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having just returned from a business trip to the Seychelles I was looking for rest and relaxation in the Highlands and I wasn't disappointed. The service excellent, the food delicious and the rooms very comfortable. Hard to beat

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Sunday 11th May. A wonderful gastronomic experience underlined by discreet but efficient service. Very relaxing, memorable and enjoyable evening. The lounge was a most relaxing place to begin and end the evening. Impressive gin list. Good value.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Just returned after a delicious Sunday lunch. Hotel is very comfortable, with lovely wood burning stove in the welcoming snug, where we sat looking through magazines whilst waiting for our lunch. The menu was limited but a lovely, varied choice. The roast Scotchbeef was perfect and the setting excellent in the sunny conservatory, being entertained by the bird life. We... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We have just had a lovely meal here whilst staying at Craigendarroch - the whole meal was delicious from start to finish, with some of the best cheese I've had for ages. The staff were very attentive, despite a very large party of cricketers (which we were informed of when we booked). I would heartily recommend it and will definitely... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Booked in after a long work day in Aberdeen to kick off a long weekend in the Highlands. Could not have been a better start. Fiona and Nigel very welcoming and I believe that they have been running Darroch Learg for well over 20 years. After such a long time, their friendliness and enthusiasm doesn't appear to have waned; relaxed,... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Family favourite revisited after many a year break.... From dropping the bags so we could have a march around Loch Muick at high speed, return to warm up, hit the village, return to get ready for supper...we were met at the door by the hosts. Ready to chat, share news (weather and fishing sucess or otherwise!) we felt at home... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We took our daughter from London to Darroch Learg for a meal. The food was outstanding. Service first class. Big city quality at a reasonable price. The attention to detail shown by the owners who were both on duty makes all the difference. Wonderful evening certainly worth repeating. I

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
3 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Booked the whole family, 3 generations, for one night and dinner to celebrate a special birthday. We were made extremely welcome and were all shown individually to our rooms which were all beautiful and quirky, such fun! We had a great pre-dinner present opening in the little lounge with bubbles and everyone joined in the celebration! Dinner was excellent and... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

A delightful hotel with very welcoming hosts. We were given good advice about local attractions and made to feel very much at home. The dinner was quite special and not a bit rushed even though we were much later than advised. Our room had such a great view we didn't want to leave and the armchairs in the window space... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
31 hotel reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed her for 1 night as we had a wedding at a nearby hotel. We were kindly let into our room early to get changed before the wedding. We were told how to let ourselves in once we got back as the owner understood we had a wedding but turns out they were still there when we came back at... More

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Address: Braemar Road, Ballater AB35 5UX, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Ballater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Darroch Learg 3*
Also Known As:
Darroch Learg Hotel Ballater
Darroch Learg Ballater, Scotland

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A Highland Retreat based on the edge of Ballater in the heart of Royal Deeside. Numerous activities from walking to rock climbing can be organised along with exclusive visits to nearby Balmoral Castle. In the evening guests may enjoy dinner prepared by the 2005 winner of Scotland's Hotel Chef of the Year. This is complimented by the best wine list in Scotland.(as named by The UK Top 100 Restaurant Wine Lists). ... more   less 
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