Travelling 30 minutes north of Dalnoid will take you into the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. Where you can find the beautifully picturesque village of Braemar.
Braemar is home to the annual Braemar Gathering and Highland Games. The first Saturday in September finds the village inundated by visitors who come to see the caber tossing, to take part in all the dancing and enjoy the marching bands. The big draw for some is, of course, the chance to see the members of the royal family. They have a long history of connections with the Highland Games.
Even when the games aren’t on, the grounds are worth a visit. Not only are they steeped in history and impeccably maintained, but there is also the newly built Braemar Highland Games Centre. There is an exhibition hall that explores the history of the games and the traditions that surround it. There is also a gallery, shop and cafe.
Even if you don’t come for the games, it is well worth the trip to Braemar. For the foodies out there Braemar is home to many fine restaurants. Before you visit the village, you should check out the latest version of the Braemar eating out guide. It will point you towards the hottest restaurants of the moment.
If you want to see the very best landscape that the Scottish Highlands have to offer, then there is a wonderful, well-signposted walk that starts at the Linn of Dee in Braemar. The Linn of Dee is a stunning viewpoint where the river cascades through a narrow gorge of rock, which is topped by an old stone bridge. The walk then takes you through the pine woods, and past a number of other waterfalls.
Just outside of the town is Braemar Castle. Built in the 17th century by the Earl of Mar this castle has played many different roles. It has been a hunting lodge, a fortress, and even a family home. You can take the guided tour of the castle or enjoy the audio tour at your own pace. While you tour around the castle, you can hunt for the hidden teddy bears while you enjoy uncovering the fascinating history of this ancient castle.Back to Blog Page
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