Crathie Church, Deeside

Crathie Church, Deeside, Scotland

 This evening, I am focusing on Craithie Kirk (Church) which is located in the Scottish Highlands close to the Royal Castle at Balmoral. This area falls within the Cairngorms National Park and the highest and most remote part of Scotland.

Christianity in this area dates back to the 6th century resulting in a succession of places of worship in the vicinity.The present church was completed in 1895 after a foundation stone laying by Queen Victoria in 1893. The Royal connection continues to this day as the Royal Family worship at Crathie when in residence at Balmoral.

Crathie Church is part of the Church of Scotland ( Presbyterian).

The ruins of the church (and graveyard)  which preceded the current one can be viewed from the front door of the present church. In the graveyard are buried local people who served Queen Victoria including her famous servant, John Brown. 

The interior of the church is normally open to the public.

Craithie Church, Deeside
Craithie Church, Deeside, Scotland

 Craithie Church is easily accesssible for visitors to Balmoral Castle . Another visitor attraction nearby is Royal Lochnagar Distillery.