The pretty and historic village of Braemar is just 8 miles west of the Royal castle of Balmoral and each September it is the home of the world-famous Braemar Gathering and Highland Games.

On the edge of the village, Braemar Castle, now nearly 400 years old, is a link to the time when rebellion was common. Surrounded by the superb hills and valleys of Royal Deeside, Braemar is an ideal base for touring, walking, cycling and golfing holidays. Indeed, Braemar Golf Club is the highest 18 hole course in Britain. With the great estates of Invercauld, Mar and Mar Lodge nearby, Braemar is also excellent for fishing and shooting breaks. Just eight miles north of Glenshee, Scotland's largest ski centre, it is perfect for those winter breaks.

Loch Callater lies between Braemar and Glenshee.

This picture illustrates the beauty of the countryside within a short reach of Braemar. Nearby Linn of Dee is also an outstanding beauty spot where you can see salmon leaping and deer grazing. Mar Lodge Estate, was recently acquired by the National Trust for Scotland to protect this special countryside that includes Scotland's (and Britain's) second highest mountain, Ben MacDui.

Braemar's history stretches back many centuries; it has its own castle and the ruins of an even older one. Here the standard was raised for the Jacobite rebellion of 1715. And here too Robert Louis Stevenson wrote ' Treasure Island'. When Queen Victoria set eyes on this area she wanted to settle. Thus began her long romance with her 'dear Paradise' of Royal Deeside. Today the Royal Family still spend their Autumn holiday at Balmoral and attend the Braemar Gathering.



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  Glenshee ski centre

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