Braemar Castle

Castles

Braemar Castle, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5XR

    A 17th century castle with a colourful past and an exciting future. Built by the Earl of Mar in 1628, it has been hunting lodge, fortress, garrison and family home.

    Set amid the stunning scenery of the Cairngorm mountains with castellated turrets, a star shaped curtain wall and a bottle necked dungeon.  Home to the chief of Clan Farquharson, it is furnished with the furniture, memorabilia and personal belongings of the Farquharson family.  Now the castle's future rests with the small community of Braemar.  With a 50 year lease from the Farquharson family, the village has ambitious plans to conserve and restore the castle and provide even better visitor facilities. A grand dining room, gracious drawing room, Victorian bathrooms and delightful morning room and with 12 rooms on show there is plenty to see and discover in this compact castle.  An L shaped tower house, it has an unusual right winding spiral stone staircase leading to 3 floors of furnished rooms.  
     
    Hear about the characters who have called this castle home.  Influential noblemen such as John Erskine, second Earl of Mar, who spent his childhood as playmate of James VI (James I), the sixth Earl, who raised the Standard for the Jacobites' 1715 Uprising and lost his title, lands and the castle and Finlay Mhor "the lang hielander", standard bearer for Mary Queen of Scots at the Battle of Pinkie and the first Farquharson of Invercauld.  Shiver at tales of the infamous Black Colonel who burned Braemar Castle in 1689.  And hear the complaints of Ensign William Grant, a soldier in the Hanoverian army garrisoned in the Castle after the Battle of Culloden.  See a timber fragment from that 1689 burning, a family trinket box which once belonged to Mary Queen of Scots and a Bronze Age sword found buried on Farquharson land nearby.
     
    Local volunteers guide you round this informal castle giving insights into the lives of the Farquharson family, the clan Chief, Captain Alwyne Farquharson, and the wealthy families who have used the castle as their "holiday cottage".  
     
    Entry to all rooms in the castle is up the steep stone staircase so unfortunately if you have mobility problems, the castle is not accessible.  You are however welcome to sit and enjoy the sunshine (and perhaps a coffee from the shop) in the courtyard or visit the Highland Games display while friends/relatives tackle the stairs.
     
    Gradings
    Awaiting Grading
    Opening Times
    2015 Opening Times
    4 Apr 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
    Day Times
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 10:00 17:00
    Bank Holiday Closed
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 10:00 17:00
    Bank Holiday 10:00 17:00

    Ticket Information
    Type
    Tariff
    Adult Ticket £8.00 per ticket
    Child Ticket £4.00 per ticket
    Concessionary Ticket £7.00 per ticket
    Family Ticket £18.00 per ticket
    Friends of Braemar Castle Free

    Concession tickets available for those aged over 60 and students.
    Children are between 5 and 18 years old.
    Children aged under 5 receive free entry.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Children

    • Children Welcome

    Location

    • Rural Location
    • Village Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Can use own suppliers
    • Civil Ceremony
    • Religious Ceremony

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Debit Card

    Transport

    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Public Parking Nearby

    Road Directions

    If travelling from the south, carry straight on past the village, past the Invercauld Arms Hotel on the right and out of the village continuing on the A93. The Castle is situated a quarter of a mile along this road on the left hand side. The car par is before the castle, also on the left, and is situated just beyond the graveyard.
    If travelling from the east on the A93, the castle is situated a quarter of a mile before the village and is well signposted. The car park is slightly beyond the castle entrance on the right hand side.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- From Braemar Tourist Information Centre turn right and cross the bridge. Follow the road through the village, past the Mountain Shop on the left, and at the junction turn left onto the A93. The Castle is situated a quarter of a mile along this road on the left hand side

    Getting there by railway:- There are no direct rail links to Braemar. The nearest railway station is in Aberdeen. If travelling on from Aberdeen take the A93 for Braemar. The castle is situated a quarter of a mile before the village and is well signposted. The car park is slightly beyond the castle entrance on the right hand side.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- The nearest airport is Aberdeen. If travelling on from Aberdeen take the A93 for Braemar. The castle is situated a quarter of a mile before the village and is well signposted. The car park is slightly beyond the castle entrance on the right hand side.

    Getting there by ferry:- The nearest Ferry port is Aberdeen. If travelling on from Aberdeen take the A93 for Braemar. The castle is situated a quarter of a mile before the village and is well signposted. The car park is slightly beyond the castle entrance on the right hand side.

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    Parking

    • Parking provided for visitors

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