- At a Glance
- Our Review
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.
Know It All
Hit the Spot
High above the Highland town of Ballater.
Come here for...
● Feeling royal by association (Balmoral's close by). ● Polished Highland plush. ● The chance to land a salmon or bag some pheasants.
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.
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.
Join in Royal Deeside walking week. There's a programme catering for all grades of walkers, from gentle strollers to gung-ho "Munro-baggers."
Ballater's Victoria Week promises that "we shall be amused."
ESSENTIAL INFORates Guide
GBP 130 - 230Check In
12 noonMinimum Night Stay
Closed JanuaryAir Conditioning
Dogs welcomeWedding License?
No. Receptions for up to 30 are catered for.
Braemar Road, Ballater, Aberdeenshire AB35 5UXParking
There is free guest parkingTrains
Aberdeen station – 40 milesTaxis
GBP 50 from Aberdeen airport or stationAirport
Aberdeen – 40 miles