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Ballater, ( Gaelic for the town on a sloping hill ), is a village in the parish of Glenmuick, old Aberdeenshire It is located on the left bank of the River Dee, crossed at Ballater by a fine bridge. Founded in 1770 to provide accommodation for the visitors to the mineral wells of Pannanich, to the East, it has since become a popular summer resort. It contains the Albert Memorial Hall and the old barracks for the sovereigns bodyguard, used when royalty was is in residence at Balmoral.

Red granite is the chief building material of the houses. Ballatrich farm, where Byron spent part of his boyhood, lies some 4 miles away.

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