Ballater is a burgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on the River Dee, promptly east of the Cairngorm Mountains. Positioned at an elevation of 213 m (700 feet), Ballater is a centre for hikers and known for its sparkling water, once said to heal scrofula. It is residence to greater than 1500 citizens. The medieval pattern of development along this reach of the River Dee was affected by the old trackways across the Grampian Mounth, which determined strategic places of castles and other Deeside negotiations of the Middle Ages. In the very early 14th century, the area became part of the estates of the Knights of St John, yet the settlement did not create until around 1770; initially as a medspa resort to suit visitors to the Pananich Mineral Well, after that later on upon the arrival of the train in 1866 it was gone to by many travelers benefiting from the easier accessibility thus afforded. Ballater train station was closed in 1966 however continues to be in operation as a site visitor centre with an exhibition taping the town's royal connection. Many structures day from the Victorian age as well as the centre of the village is a conservation area. The old site visitor centre was significantly harmed by fire in May 2015 yet has ultimately been restored as well as reopened.