Braemar Castle on the outskirts of the village was built in 1628 by John Erskine, Earl of Mar and has been owned by the Farquharsons of Invercauld for the last 250 years. Recently the castle has been taken on by the community of Braemar with an ambitious restoration programme underway. The castles filled with furnishings and personal memorabilia of the family and a secret corner that is home to Long john Silver and his creator Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote “Treasure Island” in the village. PLEASE NOTE Braemar Castle is closed until July 2023 for major “Raising the Standard” restoration work.

Balmoral Castle is the Kings summer residence and stands on the banks of the River Dee between Braemar and Ballater in the shadows of Lochnagar. The 50,000 acre estate was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848 and is a  major visitor attraction during the summer months.

Corgaff Castle near Strathdon is a 16th century tower house which was used to house the Hanoverian troops.

Craigievar Castle sits on a hillside about 45 minutes away. Built in 1576 with a pink tower sitting amongst some tall trees.




The Royal Lochnagar Distillery is one of the smallest working distilleries in Scotland on the Balmoral estate. This is just a short drive away and makes a fine destination for that rainy day..Open Times

Nov – Feb   Tues – sat   11am – 4pm

Mar – Oct    Mon – Sun 10am – 5pm

Oct – Nov    Tue – Sat    10am – 5pm




The Glenlivet Distillery was the first licensed distillery in the Highlands of Scotland.