Cairngorms National Park Experience
On our Cairngorms National Park Experience. You will stay for 3 nights in The Auld Kirk, Bed and Breakfast in a converted Victorian church. There is only 7 rooms here so we may have to change accommodation subject to availability.
We have included a visit to Balmoral Castle – one of the Queens Residences, as well as tour of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery which is alongside the Castle.
There is so much else to do if you want to extend your stay – museums, gardens, historical sights, art galleries, water sports, hiking, biking, horse riding, archery, open top stagecoach tours…… the list goes on!
The Auld Kirk is an AA 4 Star Gold and a VisitScotland 4 Star B&B offering comfortable accommodation with en-suite facilities. The B&B and Coffee Lounge is a fine example of an early Victorian Scottish Free Church building that is set in the heart of Royal Deeside, within the Cairngorms National Park.
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.
The Auld Kirk houses a comfortable and stylish coffee lounge that is popular with the local population and visitors alike.
The coffee lounge offers an informal and relaxed space for customers to enjoy a small but daily changing offering of sweet & savoury pastries, freshly baked filled rolls, delicious cakes and desserts. They also offer a freshly made soup and a hot special of the day at lunchtimes.
They serve tea and cake throughout the day but for those who want to make afternoon tea a little more special they serve a formal but contemporary afternoon tea in the former side chapel lounge between 2pm and 4pm. These are very popular and therefore must be booked in advance.
The grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and coffee shop will be open to the Public on a daily basis from the beginning of April to the end of July. Opening times are from 10.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. however please note that the last recommended admission is at 4.30 p.m. approximately.
We recommend that you set aside at least one and a half hours for your visit to Balmoral. This will give you time to visit the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and the coffee shop.
Admission charges include parking, access to the formal and vegetable gardens, the exhibitions in the stable area and largest room in the Castle, the Ballroom. The admission charges include the audio handset tour.
Please note that all other rooms within the Castle are not available to the public as these are Her Majesty The Queen’s private rooms.
Neighbouring Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar is the perfect place to discover how Scotch Whisky is made. Watch as the team of operators tend to the traditional mashtun, gleaming copper stills and fill casks at the traditional distillery, which retains much of its original charm. The tour ends with a dram of the award-winning Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt.
Royal Lochnagar Distillery, one of the jewels in the Royal Deeside crown, is situated beside her Majesty the Queen’s Scottish Home, Balmoral Castle, in Crathie, half way between the villages of Ballater and Braemar, which is home to the world famous Highland Gathering and Games.
The distillery takes its name from the mountain, Lochnagar, which is a Munro, a mountain over 3000ft high. The Royal name was bestowed upon the distillery following a visit by Queen Victoria on the 12th September 1848. At the end of this, the first ever distillery tour, Queen Victoria enjoyed a dram of mature Lochnagar highland single malt scotch whisky.
Price from £290 per person and includes:
• 3 nights accommodation at The Auld Kirk, including breakfast
• Entrance to Balmoral Castle and grounds
• Visit to Royal Lochnagar Distillery