About Braemar

The village of Braemar is situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the village lies 58 miles west of Aberdeen and 50 miles north of Perth.

Braemar’s position at the meeting point of three mountain passes made it an important stronghold for clan warfare and a popular gathering place for people from across the region and beyond. In the eleventh century, Kindrochit Castle was built as a Hunting Lodge by one of Scotland’s early monarchs, King Malcolm III, and in the seventeenth century, Braemar Castle was built by the Earls of Mar and is now a populat tourist attraction. Home to the famous ‘Braemar Gathering’, perhaps the best known of all the Highland Games and regularly attended by Her Majesty the Queen, Braemar continues to attract visitors from far and wide.

For a small village of around 500 inhabitants Braemar boasts a thriving arts and music scene with several artisan businesses, cafes, restaurants and pubs as well as the recently restored Victorian “Art” hotel, the Fife Arms, the new Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion and Sir John Ninian Comper’s Highland masterpiece, St Margaret’s, now operated by the community as a heritage and arts venue.

A popular destination for walkers, skiers and nature lovers, the economy is centred around tourism but underpinned by robust local infrastructure. With a busy local shop and post office, primary school, two churches, doctor’s surgery, pharmacy and garage, both residents and visitors are well served by the village.

BCL works closely with the team behind the Braemar Community Website which brings together a calendar of events as well as a directory of information, organisations, services and businesses, all of which help to make Braemar such a vibrant, creative and supportive village.

Key Facts
  • Scotland’s only community-run castle visitor attraction
  • The highest golf course in the UK
  • The Fife Arms – Sunday Times Hotel of the Year 2019
  • Golden eagle, red squirrel, red deer, otters and pine marten

A vibrant, creative and supportive village in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.


With an active Community Council, Tourism Group, Creative Arts Festival and Mountain Festival, Braemar hosts an active and engaged local community dedicated to its success and long-term prosperity.

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Braemar Community Limited is working to achieve the sustainable, economic, environmental and social development of the community of Braemar.

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