Aberdeenshire | Village | ★★

[Braemar village centre]

The final, highest settlement on Deeside before wild terrain, little Braemar occupies a stunning setting at a junction of glens surrounded by the high Cairngorms. The streets are often lined by snow in winter, and the temperature here has twice plunged to a record -27.2°C; if you're in need of a quick calibration, that's cold enough to freeze whisky. Summertime brings lush green surroundings and plenty of tourists. 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 village centre. The village's 17th century castle also opens to visitors.

[Braemar village centre, Creag Choinnich beyond]

Location & info

📌 Braemar ★★
Aberdeenshire, G.R.: NO 150914 ///sparrows.zoom.human

🚶 There's plenty to do within walking distance, including local hills and the castle. A car or taxi is necessary to access the major trailheads at the Linns of Dee / Quoich.
🚌 Braemar is at the end of the bus route from Aberdeen through Deeside.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Walk: Morrone - Braemar's Big Nose ★★★
>> Walk: Prowling around Creag Choinnich to the Lion's Face ★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Braemar Castle ★★★ (1 mi ↑)
>> Walk: Ballochbuie rapids - falls fit for a queen ★★★ (2 mi →)
>> Walk: Beinn a' Bhuird & Ben Avon - Cairngorms marathon ★★★★★ (2 mi ←)
>> Walk: The grouse of Gabhar ★★★ (2 mi ↓)
>> Walk: Linn of Quoich - pleasing as punch ★★★ (2 mi ←)

[Braemar Castle (19/5/13)]

[Braemar village centre]

[Clunie Water in Braemar during winter (9/1/11)]

[Clunie Water during summer]

[Braemar from the Morrone hill path (19/11/11)]


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