Ballater is a beautiful Victorian village home to more than 1500 residents as well as an estimated 1000 visitors at the height of the summer. Many of our residents originate from elsewhere in the UK and many other countries.
Ballater Highland Games
Ballater Highland GamesChieftainCaptain Alwyne A. C.Farquharson MC of Invercauld
The Ballater Highland Games are held annually on the second Thursday in August in Monaltrie Park, Ballater. There have been Games held in Ballater since 1864 and, apart from the war years, the Games have continued uninterrupted until the present day.
The Braemar News Group was set up in the autumn of 2006 by a group of local residents wanting not only to encourage participation in existing village activities and also to inspire new ones. The main activity of the group is the publication and distribution of the ‘Braemar Buzzard’ community newsletter.
Braemar Castle was built in 1628 in a commanding position overlooking the River Dee. There were wide sweeping views up towards the mountain passes of Glen Clunie and the Lairig Ghru and down towards Deeside. The lands around the castle were owned by the Earls of Mar, hence the name Braemar, which translates as the ‘hills of Mar.’
In the heart of Scotland lies the magnificent valley of the River Dee. Rising high in the Cairngorm Mountains and running east to its mouth at Aberdeen the river flows through some of Scotland’s finest scenery. Midway, in the shadow of Lochnagar mountain, lies royal Balmoral Castle, summer home of the Royal Family.