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Brook Taverner Ballater can be found directly opposite the famous Ballater station. The station also homes the Tourist Information Centre and there is adquate parking free of charge directly outside. Being situatied at the bottom of a visually stunning valley alonside the River Dee means that the majority of visitors tend to arrive via Braemar Road (A93). When entering Ballater itself, you should remain on the A93, passing the Aulkirk B&B on your ride (made distinctive by its church heritage - spire and all), until you reach a small raise in the road that was created to allow the passing of trains beneath it. Here you will find the Station Square on your left hand side, featuring the eye-catching and recently rebuilt station, ample free parking and Brook Taverner Ballater on the corner directly opposite the station.Back to top
Ballater can be reached by car or public transport. We are 17 miles east of Braemar on the A93, or 40 miles west of Aberdeen. A regular stagecoach bus (201/202/203) travels through Ballater (to Braemar) from Aberdeen. Journey time from Aberdeen approx. 2hrs. Aberdeen can be reached by bus, train or air. Travelling in winter? Travelling over The Lecht or Glenshee? Before you travel check out the snow gate webcams situated about the Cairngorms which will show you if a road is open to traffic or temporarily closed due to snow.Back to top
Sean Hubbard-Read - Manager since 2012.
Ballater is located in the Eastern Gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. In the early 14th century the Ballater area was part of the estates of the Knights of St John, but the settlement did not develop until around 1770. First as a spa resort to accommodate visitors to the Pannanich Mineral Well, located on the hillside on the opposite side of the river Dee, then later upon the arrival of the railway in 1866 it was visited by many tourists taking advantage of the easier access.
The Royal Station, which was sadly destroyed by a devastating fire in May 2015, re-opened in August 2018 after a £3 million restoration project led by Aberdeenshire Council. The historic royal waiting room interior has been painstakingly restored to ensure it retains its previous grandeur and the replica Royal Carriage - which firefighters managed to save in the blaze and which was moved elsewhere on site during the work - was relocated a year ago on the slightly extended station platform. The exterior of the new building is almost identical to previous and where possible, the original fabric of the building has been used. The rebuild has seen modernisation of the station whilst at the same time, retaining much of its character.Back to top