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Braemar Castle

Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
+44 1339 741219
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Brilliant

What a great castle the staff are very friendly and helpful we also got a ticket which lets you in... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Roger O
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If you can choose a real person guide

While there are audio guides we were lucky enough to get a personal guide and it was excellent. She... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
tom g
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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.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
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"hunting lodge"
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"great visit"
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"enjoyed our visit"
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"spiral staircase"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a great castle the staff are very friendly and helpful we also got a ticket which lets you in too see other places for nothing bonus great day next stop Balmoral mmm think the chipper first like many thanks

Thank Roger O
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Reviewed 3 days ago

While there are audio guides we were lucky enough to get a personal guide and it was excellent. She was enthusiastc, knowledgeable, and took great care of our small group. Came away with a lot of knowledge and would recommend this attraction to anyone.

Thank tom g
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for such a glowing review. It is greatly appreciated. Our wee community love operating the Castle and it's brilliant to know people enjoy visiting.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a magnificent castle. When I think of a castle this is what I think of. It was used in modern times so lovely to see how someone lived here.

Thank Lori G
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking time to review the Castle. Your comments are greatly appreciated. So pleased you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lovely old castle has a very interesting history you can take an audio guide but being taken round by a guide is much better even if you do have wait a bit .You are able to watch a video while you wait and have...More

Thank Peter H
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time to write such a postivie review. It makes all the community's hard work worth it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is run by the local community and they have done well to preserve it. The audio tour is very informative and I now realise that my knowledge of Scottish history is very patchy! Definitely worth visiting, but wrap up as it's chilly inside.More

Thank lolo82Glasgow
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review, much appreciated. Yes, sorry, hands up! it can get very cold in the Castle. We do have some storage heaters,so some rooms are ok, but as you go up the Castle it does get chillier. We are fund-raising...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many castles around, but this one stood out a little bit due to its location and form. If in the area stop by.

Thank Michael W
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you. Michael, your review is much appreciated by the local community who look after the Castle.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited in September 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The castle is well presented by a group of local volunteers. You can learn a lot about the history of the area, and the people who lived in and visited the castle.

Thank Alexina Fullerton
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Braemarcastle, Memeber of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. It gives us great pleasure to share what we know about this wonderful part of Scotland. Delighted you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent tour guide it was her 1st day back Great knowledge and interesting facts regarding the castle which was fascinating Well worth every penny

Thank married90
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review. Hanane will be delighted. Really pleased you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this last year, but only managed the outside due to it being closed at time. Open Wed to Sun 10am to 5pm during April, May and June (and Sept and Oct) 7 days in July and August. But it was still great to...More

Thank Liz C
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you, sorry we weren't open for you. Do hope you'll manage to come again.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Braemar Castle is a gem set within the Cairngorms. Beautifully preserved and presented to the public, visitors walk through history as they visit the rooms within. I highly recommend a guided tour, especially if it is from Colin. Most of the rooms are just as...More

Thank Nick G
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. You describe exactly what we want visitors to take away from our community operated Castle. We are delighted that it is working and that you enjoyed your visit. And - Colin says thank you, too! As you...More

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Michelle B
16 January 2018|
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Response from Heather S | Reviewed this property |
I’m quite certain you don’t have to pay if you don’t go inside. The grounds are not gated so you could have a nice roam around easily.
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Michelle B
19 May 2017|
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Response from Braemarcastle | Property representative |
Good morning - that sounds very odd - not being able to get in - was that to the Castle or the ground? We're normally very welcoming to people - and dogs! Would very much want to know what the misinformation was. Yes, dogs... More
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Derick S
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Response from Gareth G | Reviewed this property |
yes there are a few eating places to choose from, check trip advisor for reviews on the bothy, taste and Gordons
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