in and around
Royal Deeside, Scotland
(Telephone numbers are exchange +44 (0) 13397 unless otherwise stated
Prices are approximate and should be checked)
Braemar Castle (tel 013397 41219). This historic castle is a half a mile north-east of Braemar adjacent to the A93. It can be reached via one of the many pretty walks. The Castle was built in 1628 but was later put to the torch and restored becoming a Hanovarian garrison post after 1745. A beautiful castle offering insight into the way people lived earlier in the 20th Century. Open from Easter until end of October daily from 10.00 - 18.00 (Not open on Fridays except in July and August). Adults L3, OAP/Parties (over 10) L2.50, Children L1.00 (L = UK pounds).
Braemar Castle on the edge of the village has survived over 350 years of eventful history
Braemar Highland Heritage Centre The Mews (tel 013397 41944). Open Daily 9.00 - 17.00. International award winning film and exhibition featuring Braemar Highland Games, Queen Victoria, Balmoral Castle and the History of Braemar's beautiful area. Specialist clan heritage shop.
Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park (The Highland Games Park) Open Daily. The annual world famous Braemar Gathering is held here on the first Saturday of September each year. The Patron of the Games is Her Majesty the Queen who regularly attends with members of her family.
Kindrochit Castle Balnellan Road. Ruins of ancient important fortifications controlling mountain passes. Links with former Kings of Scotland. See Braemar history
Churches Braemar has three churches all of historical or architectural interest. Braemar Parish Church, St Margaret Scottish Episcopal Church, Glenshee Road, St Andrew's RC Church, Mar Road
Village Halls Braemar has two village halls built in Victorian times to very different designs by the owners of the Invercauld and Mar Estates. Victoria Hall Mar Road and Castleton Hall Glenshee Road.
Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage Glenshee Road, Now a private dwelling but the where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island. (Were some of the characters based on local people..?)
.. and nearby (see alsoBraemar area)
National Nature Reserve Morrone Birchwood. Access from Chapel Brae. The finest example of upland birchwood in Britain. 225 hectares. Footpaths, reserve signs, car park.
Mar Lodge Estate: A large estate containing some of the wildest countryside in Scotland including Ben McDui, the second highest mountain in Britain. Both the Linn of Dee and the Linn of Quoich are famous for their beauty. Recently bought by the National Trust for Scotland.
Linn of Dee 6 miles west of Braemar. A narrow chasm on the River Dee and a local beauty spot. The Linn of Quoich in the same direction is also of spectacular beauty. This pretty are can arguably be defined as the very centre of Scotland.
At the Linn of Dee the river slices through the rock providing a formidable obstacle for the salmon making their way upriver
..and at Crathie
Balmoral Castle and Grounds and Exhibitions (tel 013397 42334) 9 mile east of Braemar on A93. Open daily 1 May to end of July, 10.00 - 17.00. Country walks, shop and refreshment room..
Crathie Church 9 miles East on A93. Services 11.30 each Sunday. Open April-Oct 9.30 - 17.30, Sundays 14.00 - 17.00 (Royal Family attend services when in residence at Balmoral).
Royal Lochnagar Distillery Visitor Centre, Crathie(tel 013397 42700) Adjacent to Balmoral Castle on the south side of the River Dee. Guided Tours and whisky tasting. Open Easter to October Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.00 Sun 12 noon - 16.00. November to Easter Mon - Fri 10.00 - 17.00 Disabled Toilets
..and some other Nature Reserves in Royal Deeside
Glen Muick, (pronounced 'mick'), Loch Muick and Lochnagar. Beautiful Highland Glen between Braemar and Ballater with the towering Lochnagar as a backdrop. This is where Queen Victoria built a cottage to stay in splendid isolation.
Muir of Dinnet A beautiful national nature reserve of regenerating woodland surrounding two small lochs. It is a wonderful place for wildlife.
See also Visitor attactions
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Pages constructed by Mike Franklin, Braemar, 27th January 2002
Web: Callater Lodge Hotel
Photographs by Sandra Geddes, Mike Franklin, Steve Heyes and others.