Take a look at Ballater, near Balmoral
Many visitors will travel through the small, but attractive, town of Ballater when they are en route to look at Balmoral Castle which is nearby. It is the Royal connection, being the nearest town to the Queen's official residence that has made the town popular. As a consequence much has been made of this association and many locations and organisations bear the 'Royal' title.
We stopped and had a light lunch at the café/restaurant that has been developed out of the old railway station buildings. ( see photo). We also had a stroll down the main street, admiring the small, independent shops, to the old bridge over the River Dee. It was all rather pleasant helped by the fine weather and lack of midges.
The church looks rather fine but we didn't go in.
There are numerous opportunities for buying souvenirs of your visit and I managed to buy a Whisky miniature from a nearby distillery. Sadly not from Royal Lochnagar as they do not produce miniatures but from Tormentoul which is a little further away.
We parked for free in the old station car park. Remember that this is the station that Queen Victoria would have used when she came up to Balmoral. You might like to pause a while to consider whether she would have been amused at the changes to the town.Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
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