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The small village of Braemar lies next to the Fiver Dee at the northern end of Glen Clunie in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is surrounded by hills and has long been favoured by the Royal Family, with Balmoral Castle nearby. It is known in Gailic as 'Bràigh Mhàrr'.

Prior to 1870 Braemar consisted of the two hamlets of Auchendryne and Castleton. It is said that in 1059, King Malcolm III, accompanied by his first Queen, held a great Gathering in the area, built a timber bridge across the Clunie and constructed the first Kindrochit Castle. In 1715, the Earl of Mar raised the Jacobite standard at Braemar beginning the ill-fated 1715 Jacobite rising. Today, Braemar is known for the Braemar Gathering Scottish games, hill walking and fishing.

Geographicall, Braemar is surrounded by the steep hills of Carn na Drochaide (818m), Creag Choinnich (538m), Carn na Sgliat (690m), and Morrone (859m). It is the coldest low lying place in the UK with a mean temperature of 6.5°C and in 1982 temperatures as low as -27.2°C were recorded.

Braemar - Tourist Attractions

  • Cairngorns National Park - all the mountains, hills, walking and hiking in the Cairgorns, north of Braemar.
  • Braemar Gathering - known as 'The Games', held on the first Saturday in September and usually attended by the British Royal Family.
  • Braemar Golf Club - one of the premier golf clubs and courses in the world.
  • Kindrochit Castle - ruined remains of the mostly 14th century stone version of Kindrochit Castle.
  • Braemar Castle - 17th century castle, burned during a battle and rebuilt in the 18th century, open to the public.
  • Cairnwell Pass - rising to 670m, this is the highest main road in the UK, giving access to Glenshee Ski Centre and the infamous Devil's Elbow double hairpin bend.
  • Allanaquoich - single farmhouse next to Quoich Water is all that remains of this hamlet following the notorious Highland Clearances.
  • Glen Lui - one of the major glens on the Mar Lodge Estate, and home to the Canadian Campsite, a Lumber Camp occupied by Canadians during WWII.
  • Inverey - small hamlet close to the confluence of Ey Burn and River Dee, about 6 miles west of Braemar.
  • Mar Lodge - luxury hotel and former hunting lodge of the Duke and Duchess of Fife.
  • Highland Heritage Centre - tourist information and local history of the region around Braemar.


Braemar Tourist Information Centre
Braemar Highland Heritage Centre
The Mews
Mar Road
Phone: +44 (1339) 741944


Car: Braemar is about 70 miles west of Aberdeen, 70 miles north of Dundee and 80 miles south of Inverness.

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