Basic Site Details

Name: Victoria Barracks
Town, district or village: Ballater
City or county: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: About eight miles from Her Majesty’s Castle of Balmoral is the delightful village of Ballater where a temporary Barrack has been provided for the accommodation of the guard of honour in attendance on the Queen, consisting of a detachment of the 53rd Sutherland Highlanders. The house and enclosure is situated in the centre of the village; it forms one of the sides of a spacious grassed square in the middle of which stands the church. [Illustrated London News 25 September 1850 p248]

According to a report, in 1904 flat-roofed oriental-looking buildings had been erected at the Victoria Barracks. It was claimed that the plans had been intended for India but had been sent to Deeside by mistake. “War Office Blundering” roared the Western Daily Mercury.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Barracks  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Queens Road  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31850 OpenedTemporary barracks for Queen's Guard
Item 2 of 31869(?) OpenedSuggested date for current buildings
Item 3 of 31904 Addition 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 1War Office Architects DepartmentArchitectural practice 1904  


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2British Architect30 September 1904  p254
Item 2 of 2Illustrated London News25 September 1850  p248 - Original barracks with illustration

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandCanmoreID 181877