The Ghillies Bar

“Scottish produce showcased on the menu”



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A great base from which to explore the surrounding Grampian Highlands, this is a delightful inn is located in the Royal Deeside village of Ballater. A stylish bar with open fires is the place to enjoy a local ale or dram before dinner in the restaurant overlooking Glenmuick Church and the village green. It's 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. Kick off muddy boot and mix with the locals in Ghillies Bar. A popular venue with live music and traditional Scottish suppers created with local delights and game sourced from the surrounding areas. The dog friendly Ghillies Bar is a welcome paw stop for adventure dogs and their owners.

The Ghillies Bar
13–15 Victoria Road, BALLATER, AB35 5RA


About the area

Discover Aberdeenshire

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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