Traditional estate sporting activities take place all year round in the area. Mutual respect over the years has allowed walkers and climbers to co-operate with estate activities; this relationship is highly valued by all concerned.
Braemar lies near the boundary of three Highland Estates: Invercauld, Mar and Mar Lodge Estates.
Mar Lodge Estate has been under the ownership of National Trust for Scotland since 1995 and balances the aims of providing access, enjoyment and conservation with traditional field sports. It covers nearly 7% of the Cairngorms National Park and contains 4 of the highest 5 mountains in Scotland.
Invercauld Estate lies partly in Aberdeenshire and partly in Perthshire. It has been in the ownership of the Farquharson family since at least 1630. Managed as a rural land based business, income is derived from deer stalking, shooting, forestry, agriculture, tourism, fishing and let properties. The Estate lets the fishing on the River Dee between Braemar Castle and Ballater. Fishing progress and availability can be seen on www.fishdee.co.uk
Red and roe deer stalking take place annually to keep the local populations in balance with the environment. In particular red deer have a major influence on habitat and on the local economy, drawing in wildlife watchers and hunters (stalkers) from around the world. Forest management, deer stalking, grouse shooting, fishing and farming are all fundamentally important to the biodiversity, culture and economy of the local area. On some beats traditional hill ponies (garrens)are used to recover the deer from the hill. During the red deer stalking season further information on hill walking and stalking activities can be obtained here
Management of the heather hills for red grouse helps safeguard the internationally important ling and bell heather plant communities and legal predator control allows many ground nesting birds to flourish. Grouse shooting enthusiasts come from all over the world to Royal Deeside in August and September to experience the world class sport and contribute significantly to the local economy. Further details on stalking and grouse shooting opportunities can be obtained from Invercauld Estate Office email@example.com