The Ballater Walking Festival runs from 16th – 22nd May 2020, caters for a wide range of walking abilities and features 18 walks throughout the Cairngorms in addition to social events. On this website you will find last year’s Festival Brochure and loads of photos and general information. The new brochure will be available from 11th of January on this site. Then you will be able to book on line or download the Booking Form, and contact the festival’s organisers. Welcome to Royal Deeside in the Scottish Highlands!

The Festival is now in its 22nd Year and started when the Chairman of Ballater (RD) Ltd and the CEO of Scottish Enterprise discussed a community engagement tied to our natural tourist resource – namely hills and walking.

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It was a case then of all hands to the wheel, with landowners, volunteers, Board Members and wives putting together a program, reception supper, entertainment, local history talks, film shows and educational Map Reading lessons. Everything was done on a voluntary basis from supply of food to time given and this foundation stone has been constant throughout the 21 years.

Today we have the sophistication of professional guides, the internet, booking processes, glossy brochures and even commemorative badges but the family feeling still runs through the event as was shown by the amazing generosity of our walkers (friends) in 2016 when we ran a free festival following Storm Frank on a much reduced program only find that they donated over £400 during the week to our village Flood Fund to help the residents.

Explore The Natural Beauty Of The Cairngorms

Clais Fhernaig (a new walk introduced this year)

So 2020 will feature 18 walks, including some new ones (never easy when you think we have identified 221 different walks since 2002).

Take a look at the photo gallery of recent walks.