Grand living in Royal Deeside
From its vantage point high above Ballater, you can soak up views across royal Deeside from the windows of baronial Darroch Learg – a handsome turreted Victorian mansion.
- Feeling royal by association (Balmoral's close by).
- Polished Highland plush.
- The chance to land a salmon or bag some pheasants.
Hit the Spot
High above the Highland town of Ballater.
There's a grand drawing room for sipping a local dram, and an excellent conservatory restaurant.
Good to know
This is Scotland's prime huntin', shootin', fishin' country.
ParkingThere is free guest parking
AirportAberdeen – 40 miles
TrainAberdeen station – 40 miles
Pet FriendlyDogs welcome
Location56 Braemar Rd, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5UX, United Kingdom
12 rooms and suites
Two rooms have four-posters and all are very comfortably appointed. There's wi-fi internet downstairs. Oakhill is a separate house next door with a further five bedrooms – tailor made for private parties.
Master rooms are the plushest. Try the four-poster and Dee Valley views of Invercauld, or the romantic charms of Lochnagar.
Eat & Drink
The restaurant – candlelit at night – opens out into a sunny conservatory with modern art and linen-dressed tables, capturing the evening sun on long summer nights. Come here for modern Scottish cooking: chef David Mutter's menus include a wood pigeon, shallot and foie gras pie, Royal Deeside venison served with summer greens, goat's cheese and gnocchi, and warm white and dark chocolate cake with crème fraiche.
Full breakfast is served until 9.30am (weekdays) and 10am (Sundays). Try local smoked haddock or smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.
Available morning and evening.
See & Do
You're within reach of Balmoral Castle, nine Scottish National Trust properties, walking and cycling in the Cairngorms national park, and a choice of whisky distilleries. There's an 18-hole golf course in Ballater and excellent fishing on the River Dee.