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Getting There -- You can take the train to Aberdeen and continue the rest of the way by connecting bus. For rail schedules and information, call tel. 08457/484-950, or log on to www.nationalexpress.com.

Buses run hourly from Aberdeen to Ballater. The bus and train stations in Aberdeen are next to each other on Guild Street (tel. 0871/200-2233; www.stagecoachbus.com for information). Bus no. 201 from Braemar runs to Ballater (trip time: 1 1/4 hr.). The fare is £9.50.

If you're driving from Braemar, go east along A93.

Visitor Information -- The tourist information office is at Station Square (tel. 01339/755-306). July and August, hours are daily 10am to 1pm and 2 to 6pm; September, October, May, and June, Monday to Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm, Sunday 1 to 5pm. Closed November to April.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.