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Perfect to Explore the Highlands; Comfortable, Well Equipped, Close to Amenities - Glenbardie Bothy

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes


Glenbardie Bothy: Ballater Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 870664ha

Glenbardie Bothy, originally the stables for Glenbardie House, sits at the rear of the property. It now is a three bedroomed cottage and nestles at the foot of the oak covered Craigendarroch Hill.

The ground floor, with underfloor central heating, has an open plan well equipped kitchen, dining and living area with a grey slate floor. French windows lead on to a patio, which faces south. There is a carpeted master bedroom with a king sized bed, which has an ensuite bathroom. A utility room is found off the kitchen with sink, washing machine and tumble dryer. The cottage boasts a stove for added warmth but more to give atmosphere as it is particularly well insulated.

A locally handcrafted stairway, with a window looking onto the hill, leads to the first floor, which has wooden flooring and electric central heating. There are two bedrooms, one double one with a king size bed and a twin bedded room. There is a shared shower room with a velux window looking onto the oaks.

About the Property

Glenbardie HOUSE sleeps 12; Glenbardie Bothy sleeps 6

Glenbardie House and Glenbardie Bothy are the perfect places to stay to explore Royal Deeside, the Cairngorm National Park and the Highlands. Each with its own garden and driveway, they sit within a one acre walled property at the foot of the oak covered Craigendarroch Hill on just 600 metres from the centre of the Victorian market town of Ballater. Both houses offer a peaceful retreat, yet local amenities are just a short walk away.

Short stays are considered on application, but they do attract a higher rate.

Glenbardie House sleeps 12 people and Glenbardie Bothy, six people. A cot is also available at Glenbardie House. One dog is permitted in both houses. Whilst Glenbardie Bothy is wheel chair friendly, Glenbardie House is not, as there are many steps both outside and inside the house. However, it does have a ground floor bedroom. The houses are comfortably furnished and well equipped, with Sky Sports package, offer Wifi, garden furniture and BBQ. Both houses are non smoking.

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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/28/2017

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Property Type

  • House
  • 120 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

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Other Amenities

  • The house receives Sky TV - sports package and has broadband Wifi


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


from 3 traveler reviews


64 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
600 Metres
Nearest Barpub
64 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
64 Kilometres
Nearest Train
64 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
12 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
The Lecht
64 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

The Victorian market town of Ballater,, boasts excellent shops, many displaying their Royal Warrants, pubs and restaurants, sports centre, cycle hire and golf course. The River Dee, which creates a natural boundary for the town, is renowned for its salmon fishing. Ballater even has its own newspaper, the Ballater and Craithie Eagle and a “slightly irreverent” on line site called the Ballater Bugle. When the Queen is in residence during the months of August and September, the Royal Guard is billeted in the Victoria Barracks in the village.

The House or The Bothy is an excellent base for touring this beautiful and varied part of the Scottish Highlands. The immediate area offers an abundance of activities offering something for everyone. Balmoral Castle and Royal Lochnagar Distillery are 8 miles to the west. There are many local castles, whisky and heritage trails, fishing, sports and wildlife, cycle and hiking trails, horse riding and the skiing centres of Glenshee and the Lecht.

Day trips to Speyside with its whisky, the Scottish Cairngorms to the north and Aberdeen to the East are manageable.

The granite city of Aberdeen is the closest centre for rail and air links and car hire.

Useful sites are: Ballater Scotland, Undiscovered Scotland, Royal Deeside and Visit Scotland. Below we’ve tried to give you a better idea of what the area has to offer:

CYCLING - The old railway line (Balater to Dinnet) is popular with walkers and cyclists alike.  Visit Cycle Scotland and the Forestry Commission  ??

FISHING - Fish Dee.  Also fish for rainbow trout at Tullich Fishery, 2 miles (3kms) away. 

GLIDING - Deeside Gliding Club ,Aboyne, holds the UK altitude record of 38,600 feet. 

GOLF - Other than BALLATER (18 hole course), there are courses at: ABOYNE (18), ABOYNE LOCK (9), ALFORD (18), BANCHORY (18), BRAEMAR (18), INCHMARLO (9), INCHMARLO LAIRDS (18), LUMPHANAN (9), PETERCULTER (18), TARLAND (9 holes) - Email:

HORSE RIDING - Balmoral Estates or Glentanar Estate

JOGGING/RUNNING - Choose from forest, hill and river trails around Ballater. Both the Ballater Highland Games and the Braemar Gathering have a hill race competition. There is the BALMORAL RUN 26 - 27 April, 2014. Set in the grounds of Balmoral Estate.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY CENTRE - Deeside Activity Centre 14 miles (23kms) from Ballater

SNOW SKIING - The Lecht2090 is the closest ski slope to Glenbardie

Glenshee is Scotland’s largest ski-centre 8 miles (13kms) south of Braemar. 

Alford Ski Centre at Howe of Alford

SWIMMING - Craigendarroch Hilton Hotel, Ballater


A stay at Glenbardie would not be complete without a walk along the River Dee and for the more active to the top of Craigendarroch Hill, and the one at Cambus O’May.    Also, visit Royal Deeside, Forestry Commission and Walk Highlands.

For the avid climber, there are many Munros 

WATER SKIING - Aboyne Loch Water Skiing .

WILDLIFE - Ballater lies at the Eastern border of the Cairngorm National Park ,home to a quarter of Scotland's native woodland

CASTLES - Balmoral Castle open from October to July.  Others of note are: Braemar Castle, Craigievar Castle, Crathes Castle (a favourite) Drum Castle.

VICTORIAN HERITAGE TRAIL leads you to some of the many sights Queen Victoria enjoyed during her visits to the area. Close to Ballater there is Glen Muick, with its wonderful loch. Others are Cambus O'May, Crathie Church, Braemar and the Linn of Dee.

DISTILLERIES - DEESIDE has The Royal Lochnagar Distillery and the tours are very enjoyable. Another is the Fettercairn’s Hillside Distillery, one of the oldest malt whisky distlleries in Scotland.

SPEYSIDE boasts The Malt Whisky Trail. This links several famous distilleries: Strathisla (Chivas Regal), Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas, The Glenlivet, Cardhu, Glen Grant, Dallas Dhu and Benromach.

Festivals and Events in the area:

BALLATER HIGHLAND GAMES. August during Victoria week. Email:

ABOYNE HIGHLAND GAMES . First Saturday in August. Email:

BRAEMAR GATHERING First Saturday in September.


Fourth Saturday in August. The highlight of these games is the March of the Lonach Highlanders.  Email:


Held during August, the week celebrates the town’s connection to Queen Victoria. The “week” is actually ten days of activities and includes the Ballater Highland Games.  

BALLATER WALKING FESTIVAL?17 - 24 May 2014 for hillwalkers of all ages and abilities. Email:


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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/28/2017

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  • Glenbardie Bothy

    Glenbardie Bothy

  • Glenbardie House - Sitting room

    Glenbardie House - Sitting room

  • Glenbardie House - Kitchen

    Glenbardie House - Kitchen

  • Glenbardie House - Back bedroom

    Glenbardie House - Back bedroom

  • Glenbardie House - Twin bedroom

    Glenbardie House - Twin bedroom

  • Glenbardie House -  tower

    Glenbardie House - tower

  • Glenbardie House - Front garden with summer house

    Glenbardie House - Front garden with summer house

  • Glenbardie Bothy - Kitchen

    Glenbardie Bothy - Kitchen

  • Glenbardie Bothy - Downstairs bedroom

    Glenbardie Bothy - Downstairs bedroom

  • Glenbardie Bothy - Upstairs twin bedded room

    Glenbardie Bothy - Upstairs twin bedded room

  • Ballater


  • Braemar Gathering

    Braemar Gathering

  • Glenbardie House

    Glenbardie House

  • Glenbardie House - Dining room

    Glenbardie House - Dining room

  • Glenbardie House - Pool room

    Glenbardie House - Pool room

  • Glenbardie House - Yellow bedroom

    Glenbardie House - Yellow bedroom

  • Glenbardie House - Hall

    Glenbardie House - Hall

  • Glenbardie House - Back garden

    Glenbardie House - Back garden

  • Glenbardie House in Winter

    Glenbardie House in Winter

  • Glenbardie Bothy - Dining and lounge area

    Glenbardie Bothy - Dining and lounge area

  • Glenbardie Bothy-looking onto Craigendarroch Hill

    Glenbardie Bothy-looking onto Craigendarroch Hill

  • Glenbardie Bothy - Upstairs bedroom

    Glenbardie Bothy - Upstairs bedroom

  • Golf course with Craigendarroch Hill behind

    Golf course with Craigendarroch Hill behind

  • View from Craigendarroch Hill looking east

    View from Craigendarroch Hill looking east

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