The final, highest settlement in Deeside before wild terrain, Braemar occupies a stunning setting at a junction of glens surrounded by the high Cairngorms. The streets are often lined by snow in winter: the temperature here has twice hit a record -27.2°C. Summertime brings lush green surroundings and plenty of tourists. The village's nearby castle also opens to visitors, owned by the local community since 2007. This is one of the best bases (along with Ballater) for visiting the eastern part of the Cairngorms National Park, and the hills of Morrone and Creag Choinnich are both easily walkable from the centre.
|[Clunie Water at Braemar (January 2011)]|
Name: Braemar ★★☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NO 150914 / sparrows zoom human
|[Braemar from the hill path to Morrone (November 2011)]|
Within walking distance
>> see separate post for Walk: Morrone - Braemar's Big Nose ★★★☆☆
>> see separate post for Walk: Prowling around Creag Choinnich to the Lion's Face ★★★☆☆
|[Morrone summit (November 2011)]|
Name: Braemar Castle ★★★☆☆
Description: L-plan tower house built by the 2nd Earl of Mar in the 17th century, now owned by the local community.
Location: A93 a mile north of Braemar, G.R.: NO 156924 / delighted both revives
Open (2017): Daily, July & August; Wednesday to Sunday, April to June & September to October
Cost (2017): £8 (adults), £4 (children)
|[View from Dubh Chlais on the Lion's Face walk]|