A great base from which to explore the surrounding Grampian Highlands, this is a delightful inn…
“Good quality, high levels of service and hospitality in a village inn” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Formerly Deeside Inn, Balmoral Arms continues the tradition of attracting visitors to Royal Deeside, which has existed since the Victorian times. Located in the Royal Deeside village of Ballater, in the heart of the Grampian Highlands, this is a great base from which to explore the area. Relax in the stylish bar or public lounge with its large open fires. Comfortable accommodation is provided in the spacious bedrooms. The newly refurbished hotel is a welcoming location to stay in Ballater and the perfect base for enjoying all that the Cairngorms has to offer. The traditional and authentic Scottish hotel shares the spirit of Scotland through first-class hospitality.
Facilities – at a glance
- Rooms 45
- Family bedrooms: 2
- Children welcome
- beauty/treatment room
- Satellite TV
- Free TV
- Direct Dial
- Open all year
- Afternoon Tea
- Dinner Served
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About the area
Visitors to Aberdeenshire with any kind of interest in history are in for a treat. There are more castles to the acre in Aberdeenshire than anywhere else in Britain. They range from evocative ruins to lonely tower houses, from well-kept baronial strongholds to royal palaces. Four notable castles worth factoring into your itinerary are Dunnottar, Fyvie, Huntly and Tolquhon.
At Buchan Ness you’ll find yourself at the easternmost point of Scotland. From here you can follow the coast further down this stunning north-east shoulder of Scotland south to Peterhead, once an important whaling community. Beyond it is Aberdeen, where the eastern spur of the Grampians gives way to the North Sea, and two famous salmon rivers, the Don and the Dee, reach the end of their spectacular journey.
Heading west out of Scotland’s granite city, you are soon in a magical world of heather moorland, rolling hills and densely wooded valleys, cut by meandering rivers and picturesque lochs. It is here that you can discover the staggering number of castles and ancient strongholds. However, it’s not all palaces and ruins. Bottlenose dolphins are an everyday sight in the Moray Firth and off the Aberdeenshire coast so grab your binoculars and head to the shores.
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