On the fringes of Braemar village, 1100 feet above sea level, and the eastern gateway to the Cairngorms, an ideal centre for walkers and moutain bikers (mountain bikes can be hired locally).
Herds of red deer roam freely and you may also glimpse capercaillie, red squirrels, badgers, golden eagles and herons. Braemar is the scene of the annual Highland Gathering, usually attended by members of the Royal Family and held on the first Saturday in September. The site opens in December for the winter sports season, is purpose built for family skiers and is close to Glenshee (9 miles) with its snow cannons and the Lecht with its dry ski slope. For some spectacular scenery, take the high road to Tomintoul for a view of the countryside towards the rugged coastline and sea beyond.