VisitScotland , the national tourism agency for Scotland, offers a wide range of information and detail on Ballater via the Tourist Board web site.  

Conspicuous for the number of 'By Appointment' signs on the shops, and set in magnificent scenery, the former spa resort of Ballater is an excellent touring centre for places like Lochnagar, Glen Muick and Royal Deeside.

A new tourist information centre, and audio-visual exhibition is housed in the Old Royal Station, a fabulously restored landmark in this attractive village with Royal connections.

The railway originally came to Ballater in 1866, when Deeside Railway built its terminus here. In its heyday, many famous people - including the Tsar of Russia - used Ballater Station . Today, the building has been lovingly restored and hosts an exhibition on its amazing history.

Located a few miles off the South Deeside Road, near Ballater, Glen Muick is a nature reserve and renowned destination for walkers, cyclists and car tourers. The centrepiece of the reserve is Loch Muick, a favourite haunt of Queen Victoria, set amid the glorious Grampian mountains and home to a multitude of wildlife.  

Visitors can book accommodation in Ballater online via the VisitScotland.com site:

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