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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 23 July 2014

Great time. My nephew (9 yrs) saw the castle from the road and really wanted to go. Turned out to be a fabulous choice. The people who work there are so passionate about this castle being part of their town's history and culture and are very vested in the venture of keeping it open and restoring it. It is currently being restored but still lots to see and such a value compared to some other venues. Britta was our tour guide and was totally terrific and fun - her enthusiasm was contagious and great storyteller. Beautiful grounds - bring a picnic lunch - the kids loved running around on the lawn. Well worth the small price for admission!

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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2014

You can tell we enjoy being able to share our community Castle with visitors! We truly love showing people round. There is so much to tell and it's wonderful when people appreciate what we have to offer. Thank you

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

This castle has undergone several changes over the recent years and is now run by an all volunteer staff of locals from the village of Braemar, with one paid staff member to manage it all. That in itself is remarkable. Our tour guide happened to be the manager. She had been there for three weeks when we went. She had so much information to share that we learned more than one could ever expect on such a tour. Her excitement for the castle, it's past and it's future, was evident and rubbed off on all in the group. The castle's history is checkered and the stories of it's occupants colourful. There is a book you can purchase in the gift shop but I recommend the tour to get the most out of the experience.

Thank Katie Z
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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2014

We are delighted that after 7 years of being operated by the community of Braemar and staffed by volunteers that, because of the success of the Castle, we've been able to create a full-time staff post. Laura comes with a wealth of museum experience and is a terrific asset. Really pleased you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Braemar Castle was built in the 1600s, but was occupied as private residence up until the end of the twentieth century. What impresses most about this small slice of history is that it hasn't simply been preserved in the past - on a guided tour through the 12 fully furnished rooms, you get to see glimpses of the whole history of the castle from its original construction right up to present day.

This visitor attraction is run not as a money-making scheme by the landowners, but as a labour of love by the local community. It is clear that all of the staff at the castle care deeply about the building, which is an integral part of the village community. Each of the local guides has a personal story to tell, which really brings the building to life.

We visited during a weekend break to see friends in Braemar and spent a whole morning at the caslte, with the guided tour lasting around an hour. We also visited nearby Balmoral, but that only has one room open to the public, and is not even half as old. If you are interested in either castles or Scottish History, Braemar Castle will give you better value for money, a warmer welcome (and a better cup of coffee!)

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

Your review brought a big smile to a lot to hard-working faces! Thank your taking time to write such a considered review, it is truly appreciated. We really enjoy welcoming visitors and take great pleasure in sharing with them our corner of Scotland's story.

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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.

Thank Adrienn V
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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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