Welcome to Braemar

Red deer stag

Braemar is situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and close to Balmoral castle in Royal Deeside. Braemar has its own community run castle, a Highland Games exhibition centre and the award winning Fife Arms Hotel.

Our lovely village is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, beautiful glens containing ancient pine forests which contain abundant wildlife.

There is a thriving arts and music scene with concerts, ceilidhs and other events regularly performed in multiple venues including St Margarets, Braemar Gallery and the village hall. Check Facebook and the listings for updates.

The village has a good range of accommodation options, independent and boutique shops plus some fine places to eat out. The latest monthly guide is here

Looking for a log cabin, cosy B&B, camping site or friendly hostel? Then check all the accommodation options here

Upcoming events

December 21, 2019
  • Glenshee Ski Centre Winter Season Starts
    9:00 am4:00 pm, December 21, 2019
    Glenshee Ski Centre, Old Military Rd, Ballater AB35 5XU, UK

    With the addition of the snow factory. Glenshee will be guaranteeing some skiing from December 21st. Please check media for further details of lifts and runs available

December 31, 2019
  • Hogmanay Ceilidh
    10:00 am11:00 am, December 31, 2019
    Village Hall

    Graeme Mitchell Band

June 24, 2020
  • Creag Choinnich Hill Race
    7:00 pm9:00 pm, June 24, 2020
    Braemar Castle, Braemar, Ballater AB35 5XR, UK

    The oldest recorded hill race dating back to 1064!
    Now an evening race from Braemar Castle to the summit and back.
    Come along and enter, cheer or help serve tea and cake at the finish.
    The lead runners take about 17 minutes!

    Prize giving and refreshments are served in the Castle's Great Hall afterwards.

August 1, 2020
  • Glenshee9 Hill Race
    9:00 am5:00 pm, August 1, 2020
    Glenshee Ski Centre, Old Military Rd, Ballater AB35 5XU, UK

    British and Scottish Championship hill race. The route traverses nine Munro's bordering Glenshee ski area.
    Registration, start and finish at the ski centre cafe.
    Registration from 9am. Race starts 11am