Ballater (Scottish Gaelic: Bealadair)
Ballater is a burgh in Aberdeenshire on the River Dee, immediately east of the Cairngorm Mountains. Situated at an elevation of 213 m (700 ft), Ballater is a center for hikers and is known for its spring water.
In the early 14th Century, the area was part of the estates of the Knights of St. John, but did not develop until around 1770, first as a spa resort for visitors to the Pananich Mineral Well, then visited by tourists upon the arrival of the railway in 1866.
Balmoral Castle, the British Royal Family's holiday home, lies approximately 12 km west, and the family has visited the town frequently since the time of Queen Victoria. Birkhall lies about 2 km southwest of Ballater. Victoria Barracks is used by the Royal Guard for the castle. []