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Historic Scottish Free Church converted to a stylish restaurant with rooms

The Auld Kirk is a bed and breakfast property tastefully converted from an old Scottish Free Church dating back to 1859. Set in the heart of Royal Deeside, within the Cairngorms National Park, the Auld Kirk is a fine example of a Victorian building. 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.  The town also has 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.

The Auld Kirk has built a reputation for comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome that is the hallmark of Scottish hospitality.

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Dave & Clarissa Naugle
Aug 31 2006
My husband and I stayed at the Auld Kirk in July of '03. We absolutely loved the uniqueness of this hotel created inside this old church. The service was wonderful and the food fantastic. We had a beautiful room that gave us a great nights rest. The town of Ballater is very reminicent of the small Scottish towns. We enjoyed hearing the bagpipers stroll through the streets as they returned from a competition at the highland games. We followed them right into the Ballater Bar. What a wonderful experience we had in Ballater. We also strolled around the corner from our hotel to view where the Queens laypeople stay when she is staying at Balmoral. We'll be going back to Auld Kirk Hotel on our next visit to Scotland.

Dave & Clarissa Naugle
Aug 31 2006
My husband and I stayed at the Auld Kirk in July of '03. We absolutely loved the uniqueness of this hotel created inside this old church. The service was wonderful and the food fantastic. We had a beautiful room that gave us a great nights rest. The town of Ballater is very reminicent of the small Scottish towns. We enjoyed hearing the bagpipers stroll through the streets as they returned from a competition at the highland games. We followed them right into the Ballater Bar. What a wonderful experience we had in Ballater. We also strolled around the corner from our hotel to view where the Queens laypeople stay when she is staying at Balmoral. We'll be going back to Auld Kirk Hotel on our next visit to Scotland.

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Auld Kirk Hotel

Ballater, United Kingdom
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Historic Scottish Free Church converted to a stylish restaurant with rooms
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