The Auld Kirk

The Auld Kirk is a fine example of an early Victorian Scottish Free Church building that is set in the heart of Royal Deeside, within the Cairngorms National Park.

Constructed from local granite, the Auld Kirk sits on the western edge of the historic village of Ballater, looking onto Craig en Darroch (the hill of Oaks), on the road towards Braemar.

The Auld Kirk also offers comfortable accommodation with en-suite facilities. We have 4 well appointed guest bedrooms all situated on the first floor of the building. An ideal place to stay for a quick stopover or a short stay to explore the beautiful Cairngorms National Park.


Afternoon Teas

We serve a formal but contemporary afternoon tea in the former side chapel lounge between 2pm and 4pm. Our afternoon teas are very popular and therefore must be booked in advance










Sample Afternoon Tea Menu

Cocktail Sandwiches

Poached salmon, watercress and lemon mayonnaise in crois bread

Beef pastrami with dill pickle, horseradish sour cream in seeded baguette

Savoury Pastries

Mini pork and herb pastry roll

Bacon, cheese and chilli barquette

Sweet Pastries

Three apple and custard tart

Mini vanilla scone with jam and whipped cream


Raspberry mousse topped with brandied raspberries

Rich chocolate tort

Price - £18.50 or £21.50 with prosecco (prices per person)






We offer 6 en-suite letting rooms all situated on the first floor, accessed from the entrance hallway via a wide staircase. Our rooms consist of 4 king size and 2 twin rooms.

There are three double bedded rooms and one twin bedded room – the twin beds can also be linked to form double bedded accommodation if required.

The bedrooms are fitted with smart contemporary shower rooms. One double room is available with a bath.

All rooms have wireless internet access to enable use of your own internet device.

Complementary beverage making facilities, local still and sparkling mineral water, televisions, ironing equipment, hair driers and Scottish Soap Company toiletries are to be found in all rooms.

Breakfast is included in our prices.

Check in times.

Check in is usually between 4pm and 7pm, during which time a duty manager is here to welcome you to the Kirk and provide any assistance or information you may need. Guests are required to check out by 10.30am on the day of departure.

Check in before 4pm or after 7pm will be accommodated wherever possible, but this must be by prior arrangement.

Guest Lounge.

Blending the old with the new, this lounge provides a stylish and interesting space in which to relax with a good book, plan your next castle visit or recover from a day’s hill walking.

An external terrace area is also available for guests to make the most of the fine Scottish weather – umbrellas can be found in the porch.

Packed lunches.

Residents planning a day in the depths of GlenTannar or a hike up Lochnagar may need to take a packed lunch. We can easily make up a packed lunch from the items available in the coffee lounge. We will be happy to discuss your personal requirements.


We are pleased to welcome well behaved dogs at the Auld Kirk. Several good dog walking routes are available in the immediate vicinity of the Kirk and in every direction around the village.

Please bring your own dog bedding and we would ask that guests do not lock unattended dogs in their rooms.

Dogs are also welcome in the café and lounge areas providing this does not disturb other customers.

We do not make any additional charge for dogs unless of course your dogs was to damage furnishing or fittings or cause extra cleaning.


We regret that the guest bedrooms at Auld Kirk are not suitable for children under the age of 12 years.


Double or twin room - £110 per room per night. (maximum of two persons per room)

At certain times of the year we may have special rates available and may also offer a reduction for single occupancy.







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Tony Fuell or Peter Graydon

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