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“A Worthy Enterprise”
Review of Braemar Castle

Braemar Castle
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Braemar
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enjoy a guided tour of 12 furnished rooms in this 17th century Castle. Ghosts and villains, Jacobites and high fashion, the story begins in 1628 when the Earl of Mar built Mar Castle as his Highland hunting lodge. Associated with all 3 Jacobite uprisings, the castle was burned by the infamous Jacobite, the Black Colonel, and was the base for the Earl of Mar as he planned the 1715 uprising. After the 1745 rebellion, it was a garrison for Hanoverian soldiers stationed there to make sure that no-one dared break the law and wear tartan or carry weapons. In the 20th century, the castle was home to American fashion journalist, Editor of Harper's Bazaar and wife of the Chief of Clan Farquharson, who decorated the rooms in her signature Schiaparelli pink. English and German audio guides and tours with friendly local guides who enjoy sharing their knowledge and stories of the area. There are hidden teddy bears for the children to count as well as a small gift shop which also sells teas, coffees and hot chocolate.
Reviewed 26 July 2011

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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Braemarcastle, Member of Castle Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2011

Apologies for the delayed response but happy to report that you did see all the available rooms. When the community took over the castle we were fortunate enough to acquire many boxes of the original Guide books. Problem is, that they show the 11 rooms that "Piccadilly Jim", the 13th Laird, built for servants around 1860 and, when we took over the castle, water was pouring through the roof of that section so we had to dismantle it. There is a note beside the Guide books which explains that is partly out of date. Sorry to have confused.

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