General Information

And Services


Royal Deeside, Scotland


Braemar is a large village located at 1000 feet (300 metres) near the junction of the Clunie River with the River Dee in the best position for controlling strategically placed for controlling the great valleys and mountain passes that head to the east, west and south. For nearly 1000 years the castles of Kindrochit and Braemar have played a central role in Scottish history. Now, however, the stresses and strains of modern life have largely by-passed Braemar and its importance is as a base for visitors wishing to explore those hills and valleys or to relax by skiing, fishing or simply enjoying the surroundings.

In 1845 Queen Victoria was captivated by the beauty of Deeside (later to be called Royal Deeside), the quality of the air and the good climate. She and Prince Albert then bought and rebuilt Balmoral Castle. Since then the Royal Family have regularly holidayed at Balmoral and frequently visited Braemar.








Balmoral, holiday home of the Royal Family, is just 8 miles east of Braemar



The climate is good in summer and autumn. Indeed when displaying autumn colours the road between Braemar and Crathie past Balmoral is perhaps the most beautiful in Britain. Conditions can be severe in winter and bracing in the spring - not surprising when Glenshee, Scotland's largest ski centre is only 8 miles away. The tops of the high Cairngorms, which can be seen from various points in the village, often carry snow into early summer. Braemar holds the British record for the lowest temperature recorded in recent years: -27.2? C.

In addition to all the mountain and country sports activity, car touring from Braemar is very rewarding. Numerous beauty spots and castles are within easy distance. Braemar Castle is only 1 mile east of the village and Balmoral Castle is only 8 miles further on. Other nearby castles include Corgarff, Craigievar, Drum and Crathes. Close by Balmoral is the Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Not surprising then that day tours can include "The Victorian Heritage Trail", "The Malt Whisky Trail" and "The Castle Trail". Add to these the beautiful scenery, the nature reserves of Loch Muick, Muir of Dinnet and Mar Lodge Estate (recently bought by the National Trust for Scotland), gems such as the Linn of Dee, the Linn of Quoich and the 'auld Brig o' Dee' and the result is an experience not to be missed. And, because Royal Deeside is relatively remote with no crowded motorways there is no sense of overcrowding so relaxation is complete.





The River Clunie tumbles through


on its way to meet the River Dee



Braemar offers a prime location for both winter and summer breaks. A wide range of accommodation includes large hotels with many facilities, smaller private hotels, and guesthouses plus "Bed & Breakfast" accommodation. In addition there are self-catering cottages, a hostel and bunkhouse plus a caravan and camping site.

And to support your stay are the services you would expect from such a thriving community. Equipment and supplies, souvenirs and crafts, clothing and food shops. There is a health-clinic, pharmacy, service station, and bank. There are restaurants and cafes and in the evening there is a choice of bars and entertainments.

And, of course, Braemar is home to the world famous Braemar Highland Gathering and Games and the important Braemar Mountain Rescue team.

No wonder we invite you to 'come over the hills' to Braemar.

(All telephone numbers are exchange 0-13397 unless otherwise stated)

Tourist Information Centre and Bureau de Change

The Mews, Mar Road, Braemar, (tel 41600). Tourist information and accommodation. Open daily

Public Transport

Although Braemar is about 60 miles from Aberdeen travel by rail and bus is easy because of the close proximity of rail and bus stations at Aberdeen. Bluebird Buses run several times daily to Aberdeen via Ballater. In summer a limited service operates to Glenshee Pitlochry and Dunkeld or Blairgowrie. Contact Bluebird Buses, Bus Station, Guild Street, Aberdeen. 01224 212266 or Ballater 55422.

There is also a limited Post Bus Service from Ballater linking Braemar with the Cairnwell and the Linn of Dee. Contact Ballater 55505

Petrol Station and Vehicle Repairs

Braemar Service Station, Invercauld Road, Braemar (tel 41210)

Car Parks

The main car park is located in Balnellan Road but other parking is available in the Games field and adjacent to the A93 opposite the Invercauld Arms Hotel.

Public Toilets

Toilets with ramp for disabled are located in the main car park, Others are located in the Car Park and in the Highland Games Park off Mar Road.


Braemar Parish Church. Sunday service 10 am

St Margaret Scottish Episcopal Church Sunday service 6 pm (also at Mar Lodge)

St Andrew's RC Church Sunday service 10 am



The Bank of Scotland, Invercauld Road (tel 41248) is open 9.00am-5.00pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday. There is also a cash machine in the Mews, Mar Road. Banking and Foreign Exchange

Health Centre

The Health Centre, St Andrews Place (tel 41202) is open Monday-Friday 9.00-11.00am and 4.00-5.00pm Monday-Friday


The pharmacist shares premises with the newsagent in Mar Road.

Police Station

Mar Road (tel 41222)

Mountain Rescue

The new mountain rescue centre is located adjacent to the Youth Hostel in Glenshee Road

Post Office

Within Alldays Supermarket Mar Road (tel 41201)



See also Event and entertainments and Activities


Half Day Closing October-May Thurs 12.30 pm June to September: No half day.

(All telephone numbers are exchange 0-13397 unless otherwise stated)

Alldays Supermarket, Mar Road, (tel 41201) General Provisions, Wines and Beers, Video Hire

George Strachan and Son, Invercauld Road, (tel 41215) General Provisions, Wines and Spirits

R. Gray, Invercauld Road, (tel 41206) Butcher

Braemar Pharmarcy and Newsagent, (tel 41423) Mar Road Newsagents and Gifts

Arts, Crafts, Gifts, Clothing and China

The Capercaillie 3 Invercauld Road (tel 41249 )

Lamont Sporrans Invercauld Road. (tel 41404)

The Highlander Invercauld Road (tel 41602). Pottery , glass, tartan souvenirs. Wide range of goods.

Alt-na Clunie Mar Road (tel 41629). Large selection of quality knitwear and tartans.

Airlie House Classics Auchendryne Square. (tel 41425). Ladies & Gents Outfitters.

Braemar Mountain Sports Invercauld Road (tel 41242) Winter clothing and accessories.

The Braemar Gallery Mar Road (tel 41618). Works by Scottish Artists, paintings, etchings, prints, cards etc.

Braes O' Mar Gift Shop The Mews (tel ) Gifts, knitwear

Alex Mann Chapel Brae, (tel ) Artist


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Page written by Mike Franklin, Braemar, 26th January 2002

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