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.

  • Castles Nearby

    Abergeldie Castle

    16th century tower house near Balmoral/Crathie

    Braemar Castle

    A striking 17th century castle open to the public during the summer months.


    Loch Morlich to Lairig Ghru walk

    The famous Lairig Ghru is an ancient route through the Cairngorms which passes between Ben Macdui and Braeriach. It is a very strenuous walk and only for fit and experienced hikers. An easier proposition is a 12-mile loop which leads to the start of the Lairig Ghru pass, starting from Loch Morlich.

    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 Events

    Braemar Highland Gathering

    Braemar Gathering attracts competitors and spectators from all over the World. The annual attendance is around 16,000 and normally members of the Royal Family attend during some of the events.

    The Braemar Gathering

    Traditional Highland gathering and sports events attended by members of the Royal Family.

    Braemar Junior Highland Games

    Now into the 10th year, the annual Braemar Junior Highland Games  is aimed at allowing children between the age group of 5 and 18 an  opportunity to participate in Highland games events normally reserved for adults.

  • Braemar Hotels & Accommodation

    Check out the best deals with LateRooms for Hotels in the Braemar area.

    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. 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.

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