Braemar Castle

Braemar Local Area

Braemar is a village located in the highlands of rural Aberdeenshire which features a number of facilities and venues worth visiting during your stay. Popular tourist attractions such as Glenshee, Braemar Castle and the Braemar Gathering are but just a few. Activities such as fishing, mountain biking, hill walking, skiing and playing golf are just a number of the outdoor pursuits you can enjoy in the area around Auchendryne Cottage in Braemar.

Braemar is the closest village to the upper course of the River Dee sitting at an altitude of 339 meters and is approximately a one and a half hour drive from Aberdeen, Dundee or Perth. The village is overlooked by a number of picturesque hills, all of which area easily accessible. The village is most famous for hosting it’s annual highland games, known as the Braemar Highland Games Gathering, traditionally attended by the British royal family. Since Queen Victoria’s time the reigning Monarch has been the patron of the Braemar Royal Highland Society.

Braemar Highland Games Gathering

This annual event brings thousands of people to Braemar. While there have been Gatherings of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore, nine hundred years ago, the Gathering has been run by BRHS since 1832 and from 2011 the Gathering has been run by Braemar Royal Highland Charity. However during much of that time large crowds have come each year to acclaim their Monarch as Chieftain of the Braemar Gathering. International athletes will be among those taking part in the “heavy” and “track” events. Pipers and dancers will be of the usual high standard while teams from H.M. Forces will compete in the Inter-Services Unit Tug of War Championship and in the Services Medley Relay Race. A Hill Race takes place on Morrone and Scottish Pipe Bands participate in the customary Massed Pipe Bands. The Gathering, always held on the first Saturday in September, is world famous for its friendship and hospitality.

Braemar Highland Games

 Glenshee Ski Centre

Glenshee Ski Centre is around 9 miles from Braemar on the A93, the highest A road in the UK. The Ski Centre is the UK’s most extensive skiing and snowboarding facility with 40km of pisted slopes over 3 valleys. Glenshee’s impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs offer an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. Tuition and ski hire are available. Glenshee Base Cafe is open all year round serving mountain bikers and walkers exploring the Braemar landscape.  The chairlift is open in the summer giving access to the Cairnwell ridge for walking, mountain biking or for those who simply wish to enjoy the spectacular views.

Glenshee Ski Centre


Braemar has the highest 18 hole golf course in Scotland at around 1,200 feet above sea level. It is an enjoyable and challenging course that welcomes players of all abilities. The greens are amongst the finest in the area and the course is very popular with holiday makers and golfing societies. The course is relatively short, measuring 4,935 off the medal tees, but it will test golfers of any standard. Non-members are welcome. Please see the golf clubs website below for more information.

Braemar Golf


Braemar is one of Scotland’s highest villages and a superb centre for wakers of all abilities. Guests may like to wander around the village following the waymarkers, enjoying the various points of interest.  The village is also surrounded by signposted low level paths which follow the nearby rivers Dee and Clunie, and take you up the surrounding hills, through pine, birch and mixed woodland forests.  The more adventurous may prefer to tackle one of the 40-or-so Munros (mountains over 3000 feet high) which can be accessed from Braemar.  The opportunities are endless.

Auchendryne Cottage

Mountain Biking

Braemar offers a massive network of tracks and paths which provide endless opportunities to the mountain biker seeking self guided routes on natural trails. Leisurely cycling along quiet roads to the Linn O’ Dee or Frasers Bridge are popular options and the chairlift at Glenshee is open in the summer giving access to the Cairnwell ridge for mountain biking, walking or for those who simply wish to enjoy the spectacular views. A bit further afield there is the Deeside Way which starts in Ballater and provides an off road cycle track on an old railway line. For youngsters developing their off road skills there are many good double tracks to explore too.

Braemar Mountain Biking


The river Dee is a fantastic scenic location for fishing for the keen angler.  There are also a number of wonderful wild and remote hill lochs and lochans in the area where populations of wild brown trout can be found



For those who enjoy wildlife watching, red squirrels, woodpeckers, pheasants, and bullfinches can often be seen in the garden along with a wonderful variety of small birds.  The local woods and hills are home to red grouse, red and roe deer, mountain hares, ring ouzels, ptarmigan, buzzards and eagles and the nearby rivers Dee and Clunie are home to a selection of ducks and waders.

young red deer stag

Useful Braemar Websites – Things to do in Braemar and the surrounding area – All about the annual Braemar Highland Games – Braemar Castle is a popular venue to visit, located on the outskirts of Braemar – Details of how to book a round of golf at Braemar golf club – Glenshee Ski Centre website – Fishing information for the River Dee next to Braemar