Ballater is an attractive small town located in the heart of Royal Deeside, surrounded by the countryside of the Cairngorms National park and is close to the village of Crathie, which is best known for its association with the Royal Family and Balmoral Castle. Often described as one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, the village offers a superb mix of history and stunning scenery.

Housing in Ballater is nestled between the River Dee to the east of the town and Ballater Golf Club to the south. A desirable place to live, homes in Ballater comprise a range of traditional detached and semi-detached homes. Ballater also benefits from a number of more recent developments featuring a number of modern family homes.


1,460 people

Distance from Aberdeen

42 miles


Regular bus service from Aberdeen


Primary School

  • Ballater School

Secondary Schools

  • Aboyne Academy
Additional information

Catchment areas information can be found here.

Average cost of a three-bedroom home: £324,700

Average Floor area of three bedroom home: 136m2 / 1436ft2

Derived from Quarter Four 2021 property sales in the area.



History of Ballater

Ballater has been in existence since the 14th century when it was part of the estates of the Knights of St John. However the settlement did not fully start to develop until around 1770 when it came to be known as a spa resort for its close proximity to the Pannanich Mineral Well.

Situated immediately east of the Cairngorm Mountains, Ballater is known for its close proximity to Balmoral Castle - one of the official residences of the British Royal Family - which was purchased in 1892 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Many of Ballater’s shops hold Royal Warrants as a result of the area’s close royal connections. The Royal Lochnagar Distillery, situated near Balmoral, is known for producing one of Scotland’s most highly regarded whiskies, the Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt.


Things to do in Ballater

Ballater’s ideal location makes it a popular destination for tourism. The area also offers a great base for a range of outdoor pursuits, such as hillwalking, climbing, and fishing - while the Ballater Highland Games have been held annually in the village since 1864, remaining popular to the present day. There is also an interesting and challenging course for golfers at Ballater Golf Club.

Schools in Ballater

Ballater Primary School is the only primary school in the area and has around 70 pupils with another 18 in the nursery. When pupils move on to secondary school, they will feed into Aboyne Academy along with 10 other primary schools in the local network. A free school bus service is provided to pupils within the Aboyne zone that live three or more miles away from school

If you’re looking for a new home in Ballater, let ASPC help. Our site contains a comprehensive listing of flats and houses for sale and for rent in Ballater, ranging from one-bedroom properties to substantial family homes.

Further information on Ballater is available at Visit Ballater or the Ballater Community website.

View area localities
  • Balmoral
  • Birkhall
  • Bridge Of Gairn
  • Cambus O'May
  • Crathie
  • Glenmuick