Braemar Castle is a 17th century castle built by the Earl of Mar in 1628 and over the years it has been a hunting lodge, a fortress, garrison and family home, situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Home to the chiefs of Clan Farquharson, it is furnished with furniture, memorabilia and personal belongings of the Farquharson family. Now the castle’s future rests with the small community of Braemar.
Braemar Castle is said to be haunted by a young blonde-haired woman who was a newlywed bride. She awoke early on the morning after her wedding night to find that her husband was nowhere to be seen. Starting to panic, she concluded that her new husband had deemed her an unsatisfactory lover and so she threw herself from the window of the marital chamber window, where her life came to a gruesome end. As it happens, her husband had in fact been on an early-morning hunting trip and was distraught to return to the castle and find his bride had ended her life. Today it is thought that she appears to those who have recently been married, or when newlyweds are staying in the castle.
Another spirit said to haunt the castle is that of John Farquharson of Inverey, also known as the ‘Black Colonel’.
Parking is available within walking distance to the castle. Visitors with a physical disability are welcome to bring their car up to the castle and park outside.
Tours are available for £8 adults, £7 concession