Braemar, Scotland's Quintessential Highland Village
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 17th-century Braemar Castle
Braemar, a tiny village in the Grampian Highlands of Scotland, is the Scotland you expect to see-rivers rushing over ancient rocks, hills of heather, a turreted castle, mountains reflecting purple in the distance. The beauty of the Scottish countryside surrounds Braemar and there is much to revel in.
But Braemar is probably best known for its annual Braemar Gathering, the Highland Games at their best. The Braemar Games were established in 1832 and received royal approval from Queen Victoria in 1848. The royal family continues to attend every year and Queen Elizabeth is the official patron of the games.
On the first Saturday in September massed pipes and drum bands cry out with centuries old music, presenting a spectacle for eye and ear. Pipe and drum competitions, highland dancing, caber-tossing, shot putting, hammer throwing and other traditional events take place.
Two castles add to the atmosphere of the village. Kindrochit Castle, built in 1390 and now a ruin, stands in the centre of the village. Braemar Castle, ? mile to the north, is an L-plan tower house built as a hunting seat by the Earl of Mar in 1628. It burned 60 years later and was rebuilt with turrets and crenellations surrounding the original tower house.
A visit to the Highlands Heritage Centre located in the village is an informative and interesting journey through Braemar's tradition and history. Exhibits feature the Highland Gathering, Queen Victoria, Balmoral Castle (just 8 miles down the road) and the history of the area. It contains a clan heritage shop sure to tempt those of Scottish descent.
Scattered in a mountain valley at the junction of three glens, Braemar is the quintessential Scottish Highland village, sure to please all who visit.
To reach Braemar from Edinburgh follow the A90 over the Forth Road Bridge to the M90 heading north to Perth. Just before Perth take junction 10 to junction 11; then take the A93 exit to Braemar (approximately 90 miles from Edinburgh). Nearest airport: Aberdeen
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Address: Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On the A93 5 miles west of Crathie
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Kindrochit Castle - 0.1 miles (Castle)
Braemar Castle - 0.6 miles (Castle)
Mar Lodge Estate - 3.4 miles (Countryside)
Linn o' Dee - 5.6 miles (Countryside)
Balmoral Castle - 7 miles (Historic House)
Abergeldie Castle - 8.3 miles (Castle)
Corgarff Castle - 12.4 miles (Castle)
Royal Deeside - 14.1 miles (Countryside)
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