Kindrochit Castle
Kindrochit Castle
In the centre of the beautiful Deeside village of Braemar stands the ruins of Kindrochit Castle. The castle dates to the 14th century, but it probably stands on the site of an 11th-century wooden fortification built by Malcolm Canmore.

Kindrochit Castle was intended as a base for royal hunting parties, but the location was chosen not just because it was close to good hunting ground, but because the site guarded a pair of main travel routes south to Perthshire and north towards Angus.

The castle was rebuilt in stone and strengthened after 1390 by Sir Malcolm Drummond, Earl of Mar, who died before it could be completed. At the time of the Earl's death, Kindrochit was the 5th largest castle in Scotland.

The castle was allowed to decay and over the course of several centuries it was reduced to an overgrown, crumbling ruin. It was reported abandoned by 1618. Stone from the castle walls was used to build roads and construct other local buildings.

In the last few years, however, the castle has been rescued from decay by the local council, who spent GBP 210,00 to stabilise the walls clear the undergrowth, create pathways through the site and install interpretive panels explaining the history and construction of the castle.

One of the panels tells the story of the Kindrochit Brooch, a late 15th-century silver-gilt Highland brooch discovered in the pit-prison of Kindrochit Castle in the early 20th century and now at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Kindrochit Castle is on the east bank of Cluny (Clunie) Water in the centre of Braemar.

At the eastern edge of Braemar stands the 16th-century fortress of Braemar Castle.