Places To Visit around Braemar

Braemar Castle

Braemar Castle is situated near the village of Braemar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with views overlooking the River Dee and down the Glens. It is open to the public.

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Morrone Birkwood

Enjoy walking through birch and juniper woods and over moorland. Excellent viewpoints and the Indicator Stone shows individual peaks in the surrounding Cairngorm Mountains.

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The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park

(At the bottom of Mar Cottage garden) where the Queen and members of the Royal Family gather each year, in September, for the Royal Highland Games.

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Mar Lodge

West of Braemar (originally the home of the Duke of Fife, who was married to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter). Now the buildings, and large Estate, are owned by the National Trust. The grounds are open to the public all year round and parts of the buildings are open on specific days.

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The Colonel’s Cave

At Inverey, where the Black Colonel is said to have watched his castle, at Inverey, being burnt by Government Troops in 1689.

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Linn of Dee

Scenic area, 5 miles West of Braemar where Queen Victoria enjoyed picnics.

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Linn of Quoich and Earl of Mar’s Punchbowl

A very scenic gentle walk up a fabulous river and waterfalls.

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Auld Bridge of Dee

Located 3 miles east of Braemar. This is probably the most photographed bridge in Scotland. Fabulous walks from the Bridge onto the Balmoral Estate – open all year round.

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Balmoral Castle and Crathie Church

Balmoral Castle is open to the public from 1st April to 31st July (when the Royal Family arrive for their summer holiday). Crathie Church (where the Royal Family worship every Sunday at 11h30 when in residence at Balmoral) and is open to the public.

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Royal Lochnagar Distillary

Next to the Castle at Balmoral (01339 742700) is open all year round.

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Located beside the original Church of St Manire. John Brown (Queen Victoria’s loyal servant) is buried here. There are many interesting headstones, some commissioned by Queen Victoria, following the death of members of her staff at Balmoral. read more