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Address: Old Station, Ballater, Scotland
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Visited the old railway station which had several shops including restaurant. Sadly damaged in fire but almost completed the renovation due at end of 2017.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Visited the old railway station which had several shops including restaurant. Sadly damaged in fire but almost completed the renovation due at end of 2017.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

As mentioned in several reviews the Old Royal Station is being restored, but let me focus people to great little bike shop at this station. You can hire bikes (including e bikes) and then go a trail following a nice flat route along the rail lines and what a wonderful journey.. highly recommended.

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Thank Chris C
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

The station burnt down and is being restored. HOWEVER Ballater is an experience and well worth the time to visit. You will note whilst strolling up and down the Main Street that a very high proportion of the shops are By Appointment to HRH the Queen and also HRH Prince of Wales. The top of Craigendarroch can be reached from... More 

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Fife, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Stopped of in ballater and although the station was closed there are still plenty of walks and shops to visit

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Thank 1craig72
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 702 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Although this wonderful old station is still closed for renovation, the walls surrounding it have several large photos of the station in all its past glory, with pictures of various kings and queens arriving in the village on their way to the Balmoral B&B just up the road. A fascinating glimpse of times gone by.

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Thank johnhouston2
Bideford, United Kingdom
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56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Not expected to reopen until November 2017. Pity this fact is not publicised at all - even still on direction signs in the town. It looks as though it will be wonderful when renovated.

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Thank Naishcombe
Dunfermline
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

We'll sign posted but unfortunately it's closed due to flood damage. There was. Lots going on around it but looks like it will be closed for another six months

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Thank Jeanette D
bangladesh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2016

Nothing but hoardings but hopefully it will restored to its former glory. There are other cafes nearby

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Drachten, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

I dont get it that people rate this as TERRIBLE! It doesnt do this justice. Okay so it was destroyed by a fire, but that doesnt mean that you should not go to Ballater. Anyone that does some research before they set off on a trip, they should know that this Old Royal Station is no longer. BUT they are... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

If you're thinking of making this part of your tour...don't. It was destroyed by fire and is being slowly rebuilt. Shame as it used to be quite interesting. Not much more to add except that you should still visit Ballater, it's beautiful.

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