Hotel The Auld Kirk (Ballater, United Kingdom)


Hotel The Auld Kirk (Ballater, United Kingdom)

About The Auld Kirk

The Auld Kirk is a 4-star bed and breakfast located off of Cairngorms National Park. The former church is dog-friendly, and within a two-minute walking distance of town centre. Ensuite rooms have tea/coffee, bottled water, Scottish Soap Company toiletries, TV, and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms also include slippers, robes, and fruit and biscuits. Twin, double, and family rooms are available. Parking is free and onsite for The Auld Kirk. There is a terrace, and a lounge for additional leisure use. The property is pet-friendly. A complementary cooked Scottish breakfast is provided, and packed lunches are made upon request at an additional charge. Both dinner and afternoon tea are also available at cost. The guest lounge serves a variety of beverages including beer, wine, and spirits. Ballater Golf Club is a ten-minute walk. Balmoral Castle, as well as Royal Lochnagar Distillery, are 15-minute drives. Braemar Highland Heritage Centre is 25 minutes. Banchory Museum is 35 minutes.

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby

  • Free WiFi

  • Pool

  • Spa

  • Parking

  • Pets

  • A/C

  • Restaurant

  • Hotel bar

  • Gym


31, Braemar Road, AB35 5RQ, Ballater, United Kingdom

Rating overview

  • Location
    Excellent  8.8 / 10
  • Rooms
    Very good  8.1 / 10
  • Service
    Excellent  8.8 / 10

Positive Reviews


Excellent breakfast that complements the stay.

Many praise the amazing Scottish breakfast served at The Auld Kirk. It's amply portioned, with fresh and local ingredients, and expertly prepared. Starting the day with the meal here complements the rest of the lovely charm, and is another reason to stay here.


Beautiful and cosy rooms with great scenic views.

Rich fabrics and colours blend with classic furniture, and the bathrooms are done in modern and chic décor. The common areas combine a bit of bold colour with traditional designs, all inviting you to put your feet up and relax and enjoy the ambiance. Throughout the inn, there are lovely views of Royal Deeside.


Owners and staff are an absolute joy to be around.

It's very clear that the owners and staff truly adore the inn. They love sharing stories about the bed and breakfast, as well as the region, and are always eager provide you with tips and ideas.

Negative Reviews


Thin walls make conversations easily audible.

Loud guests may not be aware of how easily they can be overheard. Keep that in mind when trying to be cognisant of your own noise levels, and bring ear plugs.


Feels too remote and quiet for the location.

Remember, you are staying in the Scottish countryside, and thus surrounded by the hills and a national park. Ballater is close by, and does have cafes, shops, historical sites, and other local gems, yet it's not unusual for guests to feel like they're still too removed from livelier scenes.


Poor Wi-Fi signal can be a bummer for the occasion.

Not surprisingly, the Wi-Fi signal is unreliable. It can be difficult to get and then may be just as hard to maintain. Bear this in mind if you can't access or update anything until you're off of the property.

All amenities

Property amenities
  1. Café
  2. Arcade/Video games
  3. Express check-in
  4. Parking
For children
  1. Cot
Room amenities
  1. Balcony (upon inquiry)
  2. Shower
  3. Openable windows
  4. Television
Sports facilities
  1. Bike rental
  2. Golf course
  3. Horse riding
  4. Hiking trail
  1. Accessible parking

Arrival / Departure

  1. Check in: 16:00
  2. Check out: 10:00


31, Braemar Road , AB35 5RQ , Ballater , United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1339755762 | 

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