Crathie Kirk: Place of worship for British royals when at Balmoral Castle

Crathie Kirk, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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

Location is fifty miles west of Aberdeen

The full title of this place of worship is Braemar and Crathie Parish Church.

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 nearby Balmoral.

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

Interior of Crathie Kirk

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.

John Brown’s Memorial Stone, Crathie

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


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