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.

Ballater became a fashionable tourist destination during the reign of Queen Victoria as this was the place at which she would alight and board the Royal train on her frequent visits to the nearby Balmoral Castle and estate.

Nestled on the Northern bank of the famous River Dee, Ballater retains an array of traditional local shops, situated in the main street which runs either side of the village green.  We also have number of restaurants offering a variety of culinary styles, along with several coffee shops, three pubs, a golf course, bowling green, cycle hire shops and a Visit Scotland visitor information centre (based in the old Victorian station).  All of these are within easy walking distance of the Auld Kirk.

The Auld Kirk provides a perfect base for exploring the Cairngorms National Park and rural Aberdeenshire with numerous castles, distilleries and visitor attractions all within easy reach. For the outdoor entheausiast Ballater is surrounded by a number of sporting estates and ancient woodland providing a variety of walking, cycling, slalking, fishing and horse riding opportunities.

By car

The Auld Kirk is prominently located on the A93 just a short walk from the centre of Ballater.

When approaching from Aberdeen drive through the centre of the village following the signs for Braemar and we can be found about 250m from Station Square on the left hand side.

When travelling from Braemar the Auld Kirk is on the right just before you enter to village.

Parking is available for a limited number of guests on site, however there is plenty of street parking available with no time restrictions.


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