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3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Braemar Road, Ballater AB35 5UX, Scotland
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Darroch Learg
Ranked #7 of 16 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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Los Angeles, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

If you are looking for a quiet, comfortable place to stay while in Ballater, this is it! The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The food is incredible! You will be provided with a full breakfast in the morning with delicious coffee, choice of cereals, fruit, juices and a choice of cooked items! The dinners are gourmet meals, each deliciously prepared... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Nigel and Fiona and there wonderful staff (including the ever-patient Kevin) made our stay with them wonderful. The room was comfortable, clean, had a lovely view, and was quiet. The food was fantastic. It was only a short walk down into town for shopping, and easy hikes up the hill or down by the river. Beautiful place, and I am... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Don't be put off by the reception area which is pretty dire.However the reception by the staff is warm & friendly.The food is excellent & this alone is worth a visit. Nigel & Fiona Franks also run a good cafe in the old railway station in Ballater,well worth a visit

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

If a visit to Scotland is on your agenda then the Darroch Learg in Ballater on the River Dee is a must on your list. A warm welcome by owners Fiona and Nigel with a cup of tea and a piece of shortbread was the perfect start. A large well thought out bedroom with a marvellous view over the Dee... More 

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Henderson, Nv.
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114 reviews 114 reviews
37 hotel reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This beautiful old building is located Mountainside with good parking. It has sweeping views, comfortable updated rooms and good food. We had a twin room with a very nice tub/shower combination. There were two very comfortable over stuffed arm chairs large closet with hanging and shelf room, TV, and a large writing desk. The staff was efficient, pleasant and very... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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Additional Information about Darroch Learg

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*
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Darroch Learg Hotel Ballater
Darroch Learg Ballater, Scotland

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