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Near the centre is Ballater's imposing church, complete with its strikingly spiky spire. The onward trail through Royal Deeside extends west from Ballater along both north and south sides of the River Dee. The older and narrower road sticks to the south bank before passing the Royal Lochnagar distillery as it approaches Balmoral. The main road runs along the north bank of the river. The two meet at the large car park that serves Balmoral Castle and Crathie Church.

Crathie Church is the church frequented by the royal family when they are staying at Balmoral and, largely as a result of this association, is a popular attraction in its own right. It is located on the hillside on the north side of the main road, opposite the car park and its unusual circular, stilted, information centre. Bookshop Buy these books direct from Amazon; or visit our bookshop to purchase other books about Scotland at discounted prices. On the Trail of Queen Victoria in the Highlands: Ian Mitchell (October 2000). This work follows the trail of Queen Victoria on her numerous visits to the Highlands. It provides a historical biography as well as a contemporary travel guide book.

The country's longest serving monarch spent some of her happiest days at Balmoral Castle writing "It seems like a dream to be here in our dear Highland Home again. Every year my heart becomes more fixed in this Dear Paradise." Her deep affection for Deeside resulted in the area forever being associated with the Royal Family who still enjoy summer holidays at the castle to this day and help draw thousands of visitors each year.

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Ballater is an attractive village that puts the "Royal" in Royal Deeside. It achieved lasting fame as the nearest settlement to, and railhead for, Balmoral Castle, which lies eight miles along the River Dee to the west. Ballater Main Street Deeside Books Ballater Church Ballater Church Interior The railway first came to Ballater in 1866, when the Deeside Railway built its station here. Whether this fed the tourist boom, or simply took advantage of the draw created by Queen Victoria when she purchased Balmoral in 1852, is debatable. What is certain is the regular use made of the new railway by the area's occasional royal residents and their guests and visitors. Much of the royalty of nineteenth century Europe passed through Ballater railway station at one time or another, including the Czar of Russia in 1896.

This ever more prestigious traffic doubtless led to the rebuilding of the station to a rather grander scale in 1886. The railway service to Ballater was sadly among many that were cut in 1966. In recent years, however, the railway station has been nicely restored. It is now home to Ballater's Tourist Information Centre and to a free museum celebrating the towns railway past and Victorian links. Here a number of displays successfully give a sense of Ballater's early days, as well as providing an excellent use for the old station platform. Ballater's origins date back to the early 1300s when the area was part of the estates of the Knights of St John. Ballater's location has always been a strategically important one, commanding both the Dee Valley and Glen Gairn, running north to Strathdon.

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