History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Given the beauty of the area and the present popularity of Ballater as a resort, it is hard to believe that the town is little more than two centuries old and that before 1760 little or nothing existed.
In that year a woman suffering from scrofula felt guided by a dream to bathe in a bog at nearby Pannanich. She was miraculously cured of her disease, a fact which prompted Colonel Francis Farquharson of Monaltrie to build an inn on the spot and popularize the area as a spa town. Ballater soon became immensely popular as a fashionable spa, in the same way as the English spa towns of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Bath.
The long-term prosperity of Ballater was assured in 1848 when Victoria and Albert leased, and later purchased, the estate at Balmoral. The royal couple came and went from their Highland retreat from Ballater station.
Ballater is also known for its Highland Games, which traditionally take place during the third week of August each year.
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Address: Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Town
Location: On the A93 11 miles west of Aboyne
Photo Credit: Nigel Corby, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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