The UK’s highest mountainous parish with the highest golf course, Braemar in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park is a stunning Highlands village surrounded by a range of outdoor activities from skiing in Glenshee just 9 miles to the south (10 minute drive) to local pony trekking, climbing, mountain biking and hill walking. Famed for its annual Braemar Gathering – a Highland games like no other with a history stretching back to the 11th Century, the games take place annually in early September with Patron Her Majesty The Queen who is usually in attendance.
Braemar offers a wide selection of accommodation ranging from luxurious B&Bs brimming with charm to budget hostels and self-catering cottages. Ski schools are located in the area or book yourself on a 4X4 mountain tour. This popular Royal Deeside holiday base is a gateway to a choice of heritage attractions and fine distilleries including the iconic Balmoral Castle, Crathie Kirk and the Lochnagar Distillery.
Don’t miss a tour of the local Braemar Highland Heritage Centre with on-site shopping experience featuring a superb range of tartan. Welcoming tearooms, cosy coffee shops and restaurants, family run bistros and exceptional hotel restaurants are all to be found in Braemar village alongside quality takeaways. Stay in Braemar, the birthplace of the Highland Games – book online with Iknow.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.