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Crathie Kirk

The granite church overlooks the River Dee and the ruins of the 14th century church.

Ballater, Highland

Opening times

Open April to October, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm; Sunday 12.45pm to 4pm.


AB35 5UL

Crathie Kirk in the village of Crathie, is a Church of Scotland parish church which was built in in 1895 by A Marshall MacKenzie from Elgin.

The granite church overlooks the River Dee and the ruins of the 14th century church.

From 1848, Crathie Kirk has been a place of worship for Queen Victoria and every British monarch since. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the present church in 1893, 45 years after her first visit. She also donated two stained glass windows and Princess Beatrice donated four bells which still hang in the belltower.

Queen Victoria's personal attendant, John Brown was buried in Crathes Kirk graveyard, along with others who served here. Some have headstones with personal epitaphs from Victoria.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of Scotland

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