Braemar

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

  • Explore the imposing fortress of Braemar Castle, whose history was ravaged by years of conflict in the 17th century. The castle is crammed with interesting interior features, and surrounded by beautiful landscapes, making it a fascinating day out for the whole family.
  • Wander through the magnificent Lynn of Dee which boasts some of the finest scenery in the Highlands. From Scots pine forests and heather-clad moorland, to gushing waterfalls and dramatic mountains, there’s plenty to explore and admire, along waymarked trails.
  • `Break free from modern life and explore the Mar Lodge Estate, where some of the most remote and eye-catching scenery in the UK awaits. The most important nature reserve in the country, the estate is home to a rich variety of species, and is one of the finest places for a spot of wild camping in the Highlands.

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!

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