Crathie Kirk
Crathie Kirk
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  • Kaeron
    Largs, United Kingdom150 contributions
    Beautiful Craithie
    Crathie church was not opened to the public when we visited. Walked up to take pics when this very kind gentleman opened it for me to go inside. What a beautiful church so peaceful and calm frlt honoured to be in there where our late Queen and her family worshipped
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2023
  • Jan R
    11 contributions
    Beautiful Old Church
    I knew this was where the Queen used to worship when she came to Balmoral so wanted to stop for a look as we were passing. As its a Church of Scotland church I had expected to be able to see inside but this is not allowed for 'security' reasons. Its beautiful outside though so worth taking a look. The lady in the gift shop was friendly and helpful - sorry I didn't get her name. I bought a lovely bagpipe brooch for my bag but I did not pay the £5 which is what it was supposed to be for parking as we were not visiting Balmoral Castle or Grounds
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • alibatty🦇
    Dundee, United Kingdom4,996 contributions
    Royal 👑 Crathie Kirk
    This is the famed granite church that the royal family worship at when they’re in residence at nearby Balmoral Castle. As you can see it’s not a grand affair, but a charmingly modest Gothic Revival style cruciform church, built in 1895 by Elgin architect A Marshall Mackenzie. It’s set in a leafy elevated position , with picturesque views over the lovely Deeside landscape. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for it 2 years earlier, and also donated 2 of the stained glass windows. Her personal attendant, John Smith, is buried in the nearby graveyard. Unfortunately , it was closed when we visited, but enjoyed a wander in the tranquil surroundings. If you’re planning on visiting Balmoral Castle too, then you’re as well to park in their ticketed carpark across the road . However, we found a spot further along the road and just walked from there to the Kirk.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 November 2023
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alibatty🦇
Dundee, UK4,996 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
This is the famed granite church that the royal family worship at when they’re in residence at nearby Balmoral Castle. As you can see it’s not a grand affair, but a charmingly modest Gothic Revival style cruciform church, built in 1895 by Elgin architect A Marshall Mackenzie. It’s set in a leafy elevated position , with picturesque views over the lovely Deeside landscape. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for it 2 years earlier, and also donated 2 of the stained glass windows. Her personal attendant, John Smith, is buried in the nearby graveyard. Unfortunately , it was closed when we visited, but enjoyed a wander in the tranquil surroundings. If you’re planning on visiting Balmoral Castle too, then you’re as well to park in their ticketed carpark across the road . However, we found a spot further along the road and just walked from there to the Kirk.
Written 9 November 2023
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BOFA BOY
Bridge of Allan, UK1,312 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Nice church obviously made famous by the royal family visits when in residence at Balmoral . Worth a visit, if you are ever in the area.
Written 26 October 2023
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Jan R
11 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
I knew this was where the Queen used to worship when she came to Balmoral so wanted to stop for a look as we were passing. As its a Church of Scotland church I had expected to be able to see inside but this is not allowed for 'security' reasons. Its beautiful outside though so worth taking a look. The lady in the gift shop was friendly and helpful - sorry I didn't get her name. I bought a lovely bagpipe brooch for my bag but I did not pay the £5 which is what it was supposed to be for parking as we were not visiting Balmoral Castle or Grounds
Written 17 September 2023
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jacquie bj
St Austell, UK27 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Beautiful church in a stunning location
Easy access from opposite the Balmoral castle car park
Worth a visit
Has disabled parking access
Written 17 May 2023
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Kaeron
Largs, UK150 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Crathie church was not opened to the public when we visited. Walked up to take pics when this very kind gentleman opened it for me to go inside. What a beautiful church so peaceful and calm frlt honoured to be in there where our late Queen and her family worshipped
Written 6 April 2023
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Dr Edward Crook
Nottingham, UK5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Lovely place, lovely people - steeped in history. I took my five month old son and 93 year old grandmother, who really enjoyed it.
Written 20 September 2022
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bunnySouthport
Southport, UK938 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Wow what an amazing find this was on the way back from Ballater. Just opposite the entrance to Balmoral Castle. We had an amazing and informative guide in Janet who gave up about an hour of her time to explain all the Royal protocols from the days of Victoria through to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. So interesting.
Written 25 August 2022
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Aint_Life_Great
Huntsville, AL527 contributions
Apr 2022
Lovely church across the road from the parking area at Balmoral. This is where the royals attend church while they're staying at Balmoral. It is definitely worth the short walk to take a look. It was locked when we were there in April so that was a bit disappointing. I would have loved taking a look inside.
Written 22 June 2022
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Douglas H
Ballymena, UK271 contributions
Sep 2021
The is the church (Kirk) that the Queen goes to when she is in Balmoral and so, probably for security reasons, it isn't always open to the public. I was satisfied to look around the grounds and admire the building and the signs etc that were there for all to see and read. Well worth a visit ever if just to say you had been there and the Queen had been also.
Written 29 September 2021
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Kelly-no1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates222 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We wanted to visit the resting place of John Brown. The loyal and faithful servant to Queen Victoria. He is buried at Crathie Kirk yard. The burial grounds are situated on the opposite side of the road to the Kirk. We had visited Balmoral so the car was parked at the entrance to the Castle. You can walk from there to the Church and then cross the road to the burial grounds. Do not take the car.

Crathie Church is where Princess Ann was married in 1992, however it was closed when we visited.

There are two grave yards side by side. John Brown is buried in the one with the Kirk ruins, which dates back to pre reformation.

When facing John Browns grave stone, look to your left and over the wall. You’ll see a window which is half covered. Queen Victoria used to sit at this window to grieve and be beside John.
Written 27 June 2021
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