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Review of Braemar Castle

Braemar Castle
Ranked #2 of 14 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 16 July 2014

My boyfriend and I have been planning to see this attraction of Braemar for a while. I'm really glad that we found a nice day to visit the castle. It is definitely worth the time to see it. Don't hesitate to go, check what's inside! With a helpful and friendly staff you can learn and understand a great part of the countryside's history. Many thanks for our guider who told a lots of interesting stories while she led us around the castle. It was a great experience.

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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Your visit was greatly valued. It is very rewarding to be able to share the Castle with people who are new to the village. The Castle is now the responsibility of the community and we want everyone to feel involved and part of it.

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

This small but adequately proportioned castle might not seem much to look at but is steeped in history and by taking in an excellent guided tour you will find out plenty of its past.
Seeing it on a warm sunny day added to the aesthetics, apart from the scaffolding which fortunately is not a permanent feature.
A trip down to the village is a must after your visit, picturesque and a place to get fed and watered should you need it....

Thank Selenna2210
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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2014

Thank you and yes, we are the real thing! An authentic Highland village in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park surrounded by mountains, rivers and pine forests and with a Castle, steeped in four hundred years of history (and an even older, ruined one, going back 900 years!) For a truly memorable trip to a stunning part of Scotland, give us a try - we'd love to welcome you.

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

This is a lovely castle with limited weekday viewing luckily we were there on one open Wednesday please do not miss this gem

Thank alexrobertson5610
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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2014

Your positive review is really appreciated. Eventually, it is our aim to be open daily all season but because the Castle is staffed by volunteers from this tiny community of 400 it's not yet possible - just Wednesdays and weekends during July. However, with the help of our wonderful German students, we will be open daily during August and look forward to being more available for visitors.

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

My brother and his wife dropped me off at the car park as they had visited the castle the year before and recommended it to me.

I walked the short path to the castle and was met inside the wall by a very nice young lady who talked with me about the current construction and led me into the gift shop so I could purchase my ticket. We chatted for a while. It was all very pleasant. She directed me back to the outside of the castle proper to a little cabin where you could read about the highland games and the Breamar Gathering.

There were only four people in our tour group and none of us felt rushed at all. Our guide was very knowledgeable and told a good number of stories about the castle and the history of the area.

We were not able to go to the top floor of the castle due to the chimneys being worked on, which was unfortunate.

All in all it was very well done and I enjoyed the experience. You should also take the time to walk around the old walled cemetery just a few steps from the car park toward Breamar.

I walked to Breamar to meet my brother and his wife for a pint afterward.

The castle and tour is run by local volunteers, they do a great job! Thank you!

Thank GhostHunterSoCal
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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2014

Thank you for such a lovely review, all the way from California. We love meeting and chatting to visitors. This wonderful part of Scotland has so much to offer and it gives us great pleasure to be able to share it.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

This little place looks as a Highland village should.Traditional stone houses,roses round the door, a tumbling peaty river running through the village centre.Heather hills all around.It's high up - around 1100ft - so it's snow central in winter with the Glenshee Ski Centre just a few miles away.Picture postcard stuff(the village, not the ski area).
The Art Gallery is excellent - quality work of the mountains and a lot of the west coast and islands.The Bothy is a lovely coffee or lunch stop and the village has a great Highland Butcher's shop.Venison haunches and sausages and their own haggis.
But mostly, it's just a delightful place to wander around. And a few miles to the west and north lies some of the loveliest Caledonian Pine forest around the Linn O'Dee area and the big empty country of the Cairngorms.Well worth the 6 mile detour to enjoy ancient pinewoods and crystal clear rivers.The Castle I've never found very impressive but Balmoral is just along the road.The most scenic route to lovely Braemar is via the Glenshee road - another gem of an area which is very under sung.

Thank Scotlandmac
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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

Thank you for a wonderful review of the village, it is greatly appreciated.. Really sorry our fascinating Castle which is so steeped in history has so far failed to impress. Have you been inside the Castle? It surprises all our visitors. Please do visit the next time you are in the area and we'll be delighted to show you round - completely free of charge - we think you'll see us in a different light then, we certainly hope so!

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