Crathie Kirk
Crathie Kirk
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Douglas H
Ballymena, UK289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The is the church (Kirk) that the Queen goes to when she is in Balmoral and so, probably for security reasons, it isn't always open to the public. I was satisfied to look around the grounds and admire the building and the signs etc that were there for all to see and read. Well worth a visit ever if just to say you had been there and the Queen had been also.
Written September 29, 2021
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Kaeron
Largs, UK192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Crathie church was not opened to the public when we visited. Walked up to take pics when this very kind gentleman opened it for me to go inside. What a beautiful church so peaceful and calm frlt honoured to be in there where our late Queen and her family worshipped
Written April 6, 2023
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Aint_Life_Great
Huntsville, AL606 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Lovely church across the road from the parking area at Balmoral. This is where the royals attend church while they're staying at Balmoral. It is definitely worth the short walk to take a look. It was locked when we were there in April so that was a bit disappointing. I would have loved taking a look inside.
Written June 22, 2022
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Kelly-no1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We wanted to visit the resting place of John Brown. The loyal and faithful servant to Queen Victoria. He is buried at Crathie Kirk yard. The burial grounds are situated on the opposite side of the road to the Kirk. We had visited Balmoral so the car was parked at the entrance to the Castle. You can walk from there to the Church and then cross the road to the burial grounds. Do not take the car.

Crathie Church is where Princess Ann was married in 1992, however it was closed when we visited.

There are two grave yards side by side. John Brown is buried in the one with the Kirk ruins, which dates back to pre reformation.

When facing John Browns grave stone, look to your left and over the wall. You’ll see a window which is half covered. Queen Victoria used to sit at this window to grieve and be beside John.
Written June 27, 2021
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Alanthebairn
Falkirk, UK829 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Attractive wee kirk obviously famous for the royal members of its congregation. Unfortunately, it was closed when we visited so a bit disappointed after a trek up the hill to find it wasn't possible to go inside.
Written May 8, 2021
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BOFA BOY
Bridge of Allan, UK1,366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Nice church obviously made famous by the royal family visits when in residence at Balmoral . Worth a visit,
Written September 29, 2020
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JamieJW
Quakertown, PA4,552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
While visiting Ballater Scotland we drove a few miles down the road to attend the 11:30 services with the Queen present.

The Queen spends August and September at the castle in Balmoral and on Sunday heads to the small little church in Cathie for services.

Wonderful experience to attend such a beautiful service and share the church with the Queen. The choir of young people were amazing.

Amazing experience. Could not take pictures anywhere near the church or grounds.
Written September 29, 2019
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Tour27737
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Taking the scenic route from Aberfeldy to Ellon and whilst in the area of Balmoral, we went to see this famous kirk. Beutiful little chapel full of Historic and Modern Royal connections. The custodean, a lady with many years experience of the kirk was extremely friendly and informative both of the kirk's history and of the area. She also took an interest in our tour of Scotland and that we were on our way to Ellon/Rosehearty as part of a heritage excursion to trace my partner's great grandparents (whose final resting place we did indeed find). She advised that whilst in that part of Aberdeenshire, we should visit Pennan Head, which was the fictional location of the village of Ferness in the 1980s film 'Local Hero'. What a fabulous place even though the drive to and from this coastal beauty spot was a bit hair-raising. Great recommendation.
Written September 18, 2018
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KiwichickAuckland
Kerikeri, New Zealand521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
There are more historical and more beautiful Churches to visit, but this one is special owing to its connection to the Royal Family.

This 19th century Kirk is of Gothic revival design, constructed with granite walls. Queen Victoria was the first Royal to worship here, and her manservant John Brown is buried in the cemetery.

The Kirk is only a very short walk from the entrance driveway to Balmoral Castle. We saw on the outside a private entrance used by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, that leads directly into the Royal Pew.

We spoke to a very friendly volunteer inside who provided us with some history and explanation of some of the features of the interior.

Princess Ann married Timothy Lawrence at the Kirk in 1992. There is an impressive white marble communion table that was quarried on the Isle of Iona.
Written August 26, 2018
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Lin H
Hattiesburg, MS118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
After our tour of Balmoral, we knew we wanted to see the church that the royal family attends when in residence. The church is a small one but full of beauty and history. Our tour was made special by the tour guide, a very lucky thing for us. She was full of both historical and modern knowledge about the area, the church, and the royals, and was an enthusiastic sharer. You'll get to see where the royals sit, here about seating arrangements when they're there (including the now-deceased Queen Mother's seat), their private entrance, etc. It's lovely.
Written July 19, 2018
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