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Crathie and Braemar | 9km west of Ballater, Aberdeen, Scotland
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All reviews prince charles car park beautiful inside well worth a visit historical information the stained glass windows balmoral romans scotland
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

Situated up on a hill, this beautiful old church is where the Queen goes when she is at Balmoral Castle. The stained glass windows , the pipe organ, the historical information and the beautiful wood make for a lovely experience

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lorraine W
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Visited her briefly after a trip to Balmoral. It was interesting to see the church where many members of the Royal Family have been christened, and where they go to services in the summer. The Queen has her own pew, covered in purple cloth that...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Lovely small church but lovely setting short walk from car park which was up hill and would be difficult for wheelchair access unless permission sought to take car up to door..

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

We visit regularly throughout the year when passing, but we were very surprised and disappointed to find Karen was no longer there, and that the church was no longer open on a Sunday!! Beautiful Church & very peaceful.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank KellySocks
Reviewed 15 November 2017

What a disappointment! Arrived at this beautiful church on Wednesday 1st November, on a beautiful sunny day, to find church closed. 350 miles to find it shut. Good job the Queen didn’t arrive out of the blue like we did! Even the car park pay...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

When we last visited the area the church was closed, so we were pleased to find it open this time. The style and decor are typically Scottish in that it isn't overly ornate (perish the thought!), but although it is relatively simple in style, it...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

This little church is a small walk ahead of the tourist spot. The church is visited by many and used by the royal family during there summer stays. There is a few of 1£ to go inside but it is worth it. Snap a few...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Timdow14
Reviewed 20 October 2017

I was staying in Scotland for 5 days and exploring the local area when I saw the Crathie Kirk near Balmoral where the Queen was spending the summer. It is beautiful inside and the area where Her Majesty and family sit when they attend a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank 213maureenb
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Almost dropped here by accident whilst heading for distillery. The short walk up the hill led to a wonderful doorway. Once inside the church is beautiful. Looked around for the organ being an Organist, found it above the rear of her church, was then offered...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

I don't understand why it isn't busier. I waited outside with our dog while my wife attended the service starting at 11.30. The Queens car drove right next to us, I could clearly see HRH & Prince Philip. Prince Charles drove his own car &...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Lisa S
16 September 2016|
Response from 2nstra | Reviewed this property |
Hello Lisa. In May we were at the Crathie Church and service is at 11.30 am. Hope this helps !! Kind Regards Dirk