Things To Do In The Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms National has a spectacular scenery and we want to share that with you. Hiking, cycling, skiing – the outdoor activities are endless…

Ballater is located in the heart of the Highlands surrounded by cultural heritage, natural wonders and endless outdoor sports and adventures. In this section we have gathered the best things to do in Cairngorms, where to go and how to find them.

Things to do in and around Ballater



For you to do less research and more discovering we have shared the best walks from around Ballater. The walks will have a detailed...
Cycling in the Cairngorms

Cycling in the Cairngorms

Cycling in the Cairngorms is a must-do activity. Do you like Mountain Biking? Great! Challenges are everywhere. Road biking? Yes! There are plenty of hills to discover in The Cairngorms National Park.
Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

The Cairngorms National Park offers cross-country skiing, nordic skiing & alpine skiing. You can read much more about where specifically in our articles below.

Ballater - The Royal Deeside

Ballater village is located in the Cairngorms National Park with easy access to outdoor activities close to our self-catering accommodation

The Cairngorms National Park is a four-season holiday destination. The winter has ski sports on your doorstep & the summer is perfect for all other outdoor sports. If you are looking for challenges, the Cairngorms has the UK’s second highest mountain – Ben Macdui. Accommodation in Ballater is well located for all activities. 

Cycling is for all age groups and the Cairngorms has all types of biking available for you. Riverside & Dormie Cottage are installing Asgards Secure Bike Shed in April 2021 to become an even better accommodation provider for cycling holidays.

There are plenty of munros in Ballater. Accommodation is close to a large selection of walks. The famous Lochnagar hike is just minutes away. Do you dare face the challenge?

The Lecht 2090 & Glenshee ski centre are only a stone throw away, and easily accessible by car. The ski centres are for all levels. So, whether you’re on a family, friends or couples holiday you will not find short of challenges. 

Ballater, Royal Deeside, is a picturesque village with a butcher, delicatessen, pubs, supermarket and more. You can walk alongside the River Dee across the 7 Bridges from Ballater to see stunning nature. See the old train station, which was originally built for the Royal family so they could travel to nearby Balmoral Castle.

Do you want to look for accommodation in Ballater? Riverside & Dormie Cottage are perfectly located and great for a self-catering holiday.

All our holiday homes are pet-friendly accommodation located in Ballater.

Experience Cairngorms and the surrounding

Discover the great landscapes of Scotland’s national park. Ballater is the perfect location for you if you want walking trails, bicycle tracks and more right on your doorstep. The village of Ballater has all the amenities for holiday stay with a butcher, deli, pubs and restaurants. Zoom out to discover the surrounding Cairngorms and Highlands or use the arrow in the top left to filter the map by the activity you’re most interested in.

The Cairngorms National Park offers activities for everyone. Being your trip by treating yourself to quality accommodation in the heart of Ballater. With self-catering accommodation in Ballater you will have a perfect starting point for cycling, cultural & walking destinations in the Cairngorms. If you are interested in being outside come stay in Ballater. Things to do here are endless!

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