A three- or four-hour walk takes you around glorious Loch Muick (Gaelic for "pig") and past Glas-alt Shiel, a favorite retreat of Queen Victoria's that you might recognize from the film Mrs. Brown. From Ballater, take the B976 over the River Dee before turning off at the sign for Glen Muick. Park at the Spittal of Loch Muick car park. The path around the loch is well signposted, although good boots are necessary for the stoney beach at the far side of the loch.
The native red deer are quite common throughout the Scottish Highlands, but here is one of the best places to see them.
Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland