Situated in the heart of Royal Deeside, on the periphery of the Cairngorms National Park, the village of Braemar is one of the region’s most popular destinations, a favourite haunt of walkers, climbers, and sports enthusiasts alike. Surrounded by towering mountains, lush forests, and plunging valleys, Braemar is a delightful setting at any time of the year, with plenty to entertain visitors of every age, whether they seek adrenalin-surging action or an uncomplicated escape from the pressures of modern life.
With no less than 24 Munros and nearly 70 miles of high-level trails and cycling routes to explore within easy reach of the village, it’s little surprise that adventure seekers choose to make Braemar their base. Whether you arrive in the depths of winter, when the mountain peak are snow-laden, or the height of summer, when it feels as if you’re inches from touching the vast blue sky, Braemar is a mesmerising experience. Only a short distance away, the country’s largest ski resort, Glenshee, offers some of Scotland’s finest winter sports, while the village is also home to the UK’s highest golf course.
Ancient rituals are in the lifeblood of Braemar. Since 1832, the Braemar Gathering has taken place, with members of the Royal Family present, a popular and well-attended event that celebrates the traditions of the Highland Games.
GETTING THERE AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Arriving by car
Braemar lies approximately 50 miles from Aberdeen, Perth, and Dundee on the picturesque A93, between Crathie and Auchallater.
Arriving by bus
Braemar is served by a direct Stagecoach service 201 from Aberdeen, with a journey time of approximately 2¼ hours.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEARBY
PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK
Outstanding coffees, sumptuous sandwiches, and heavenly home baked goods make Taste Braemar a fantastic choice for a refreshing drink, snack, or lunch.
For more substantial meals, there are many choices around Braemar; Farquharson’s Bar and Kitchen promises superb Scottish, British, and vegan dishes and a lovely beer garden in the clement weather but turn up early as tables cannot be booked in advance. For grills and seafood, try The Cairn Grill Restaurant and Bar, which also serves fantastic pizza!
DID YOU KNOW…?
According to official records, Braemar is the coldest place in Britain, achieving a record low of -27.2°C in 1895 and 1982. The mean temperature for the village is a chilly 6.5°C!