Nine miles west of Balmoral, is Braemar, the final town on Deeside, lying at the foot of the awesome, brooding Cairngorm massif, which dominates the Eastern Highlands.
Local Sights & Activities for Braemar
Braemar has an array of outdoor leisure activities too. The 18-hole golf course attracts golfers all year round. There are plenty of climbing and walking opportunities. Other attractions on offer include Braemar Castle which dates back to 1628; the Cairngorms National Park, Highland Safari tours and the Glenshee Snow-sport School and Ski Centre- tel:(013397) 41320.
Braemar is home to the world famous Braemar Gathering held annually on the first Saturday in September. The Junior Highland Games is held as part of the annual Braemar Gala Week in July.
Braemar Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodation is hard to find before and during the Braemar Gathering, but at other times of the year there's plenty to choose from.
Best of all is the Braemar Lodge Hotel, Tel. 741627, on the outskirts of the village on the road south to Glenshee and Blairgowrie. Book through the LateRooms link above for the best prices.
There's also the Invercauld Arms Hotel, Tel. 741605, and the Callater Lodge Hotel, Glenshee Rd, Tel. 741275, www. hotel-braemar.co.uk Small and comfortable.
There are plenty of guesthouses and B&Bs, including Schiehallion House, Tel. 741679, open Jan-Oct on Glenshee Rd; and Clunie Lodge, Tel. 741330, on Cluniebank Rd.
There's a SYHA Youth Hostel, Tel. 741659, open all year, at Corrie Feragie on Glenshee Rd; and also Rucksacks, 15 Mar Rd, Tel. 741517, a cheap and friendly bunkhouse that's popular with hikers and also rents out mountain bikes.
Between the Linn of Dee and the tiny settlement of Inverey, a mile to the east, there's a very basic youth hostel (open mid-May to early October), which has no phone, so book through Braemar hostel. A postbus runs in the afternoon (Monday-Saturday) from Braemar to the Linn of Dee, via the hostel.
There's camping at Invercauld Caravan Site, Tel. 741373, open Dec-Oct, on Glenshee Rd.