Visited Braemar Castle during a recent stay in nearby Ballater. There is free parking available and it is a short walk to the tiny castle from the car park. Once there you are given a guided tour by a volunteer member of staff and shown round in about fifty minutes.
As castles go, Braemar is small but nevertheless interesting and staffed entirely by volunteers. Your entry fee goes straight towards the restoration and upkeep pf the building, which has clearly been neglected for many years. It is to be hoped that the efforts of the volunteers will begin to bear fruit in the not too distant future. At the moment the castle is only open at weekends and one day in the week during the tourist season, but perhaps this may change as time goes on. The grounds are extensive, but not landscaped as such and provide a good place for leg stretch. or a picnic.
I bought a guide book and whilst looking through my purchase discovered the group I was in had apparently not been shown all the room which might have been available to us. Why this is I do not know and when I discovered it, there was no opportunity to go back and enquire. Access to the castle is up a spiral staircase, which spirals the wrong way and I doubt anyone with walking difficulties could manage it.
All in all and interesting visit and a worthy enterprise to support.
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