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Clippie Lodge

Ballater, Royal Deeside

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A most charming and characterful property set in the centre of Ballater within the wonderful Cairngorms National Park, Clippie Lodge is a historic building with a fascinating past as part of the village’s former bus station.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 3
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi
  • Electric vehicle charging point

This fantastic house is named after the drivers and conductors or ‘clippies’ that worked on the buses and used to sleep upstairs. It has been beautifully converted and extended to create a spacious, contemporary holiday home with lovely restored antiques dotted around to hark back to its traditional roots.

The extension houses the open-plan living area which is a delightful, light-filled space with distinct areas for cooking, eating and relaxing and sliding glass doors leading outside. Comfy seating is laid out in front of the huge, wall-mounted TV and the wood-burning stove is double-sided so it can be appreciated equally well from the Chesterfield sofas and the large dinner table. The chic kitchen is very well-equipped with useful added features such as a coffee machine, a boiling water tap and a waste disposal unit.

There are two attractive en suite double bedroom suites (one downstairs and one upstairs) that each have super king-size beds, dressing rooms and TVs for watching a film from the comfort of bed. The upstairs suite, where the ‘clippies’ would have laid their weary heads, has a window seat overlooking the courtyard and a stylish en suite bathroom with both a shower and the luxury of an elegant, free-standing bath tub to soak in.

Outside, once the electric gate is shut the courtyard is completely enclosed and private with parking space for up to two cars. There is a choice of places to dine with a breakfasting area on the granite patio and a superb covered dining area that can be made good use of whatever the weather.

Please note: The lodge does not accept guests under the age of 25.


Map & Local

As the lodge is so centrally located everything is in easy walking distance, with a shop and a pub only a couple of minutes’ away and a choice of good restaurants (and an excellent chippy) to dine out at.

Ballater is in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park so it is surrounded by walking and hill climbing country all around. Those searching for the perfect photo opportunity will be rewarded by captivating views on the walk up Craigendarroch with cheeky red squirrels to keep an eye out for along the way.

The River Dee that flows by the village is best known for its salmon fishing that can be arranged with a local ghillie to point out all of the best spots. Kayaking is available on the river and there is bike hire and a scenic 18 hole golf course to try within the village.

Balmoral Castle (7.5 miles), the Queen’s Scottish summer holiday residence, is open to the public to tour around with picturesque walks within the grounds. There are several stone cairns on the estate, the most impressive of which is the large pyramid standing in memory of Prince Albert - a rather unexpected sight in the middle of a Scottish forest! A great way of exploring further in comfort is on a Land Rover Safari that offers the chance to spot some of the amazing resident wildlife.

Braemar (16 miles) is very pretty with some lovely shops to pick up traditional souvenirs and gifts in. Ballater and Braemar both have their own Highland Games, with the Braemar Gathering usually being attended by The Queen and other members of the royal family.

Local Events and Attractions


Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.




Open plan living area with wood-burning stove, TV, electric range oven, induction hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine, microwave etc.
Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer etc
Double bedroom (super-king) with TV, dressing room and en suite shower room with WC and double wash basin
WC with wash basin.


Double bedroom (super-king) with TV, dressing room and en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower, WC and double wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels INCLUDED. The first £40 of electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome (1 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking. No guests under the age of 25.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

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Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022 £1,750.00
27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022 £1,295.00
17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022 £895.00
08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022 £1,295.00
29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022 £795.00
18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022 £1,595.00
28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023 £1,750.00
06 Jan 2023 - 03 Feb 2023 £795.00
04 Feb 2023 - 31 Mar 2023 £895.00
01 Apr 2023 - 21 Apr 2023 £1,395.00
22 Apr 2023 - 05 May 2023 £995.00
06 May 2023 - 26 May 2023 £1,395.00
27 May 2023 - 02 Jun 2023 £1,750.00
03 Jun 2023 - 23 Jun 2023 £1,395.00
24 Jun 2023 - 21 Jul 2023 £1,750.00
22 Jul 2023 - 25 Aug 2023 £2,000.00
26 Aug 2023 - 15 Sep 2023 £1,395.00
16 Sep 2023 - 06 Oct 2023 £995.00
07 Oct 2023 - 27 Oct 2023 £1,395.00
28 Oct 2023 - 17 Dec 2023 £850.00
18 Dec 2023 - 27 Dec 2023 £2,000.00
28 Dec 2023 - 05 Jan 2024 £2,000.00
06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 POA
06 Jan 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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Excellent standard of finish in all areas.


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