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Braemar Castle

Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
+44 1339 741219
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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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Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
+44 1339 741219
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife has Farquharson ancestry, so our visit was for her to learn more about her roots. It was a cold, windy day in April, so the walk from the car was not so enjoyable, but inside the castle we were comfortable. The castle was...More

Thank Visiting_Yanks
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a "castley-looking" castle, so we stopped after visiting Balmoral. It was not open, so we took a few picture and left. There is a car park.

Thank WXRN
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This castle/estate home dates to the 17th century, I think, and was occupied until the 1960s. It presents a picture mainly of what it looked like when the family left for more modern accommodation, plus history that includes occupation by British troops after the Battle...More

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a couple who travels around the world looking for historic places to visit, we were most thrilled to come upon this little castle hanging out in the perfect country side of northern Scotland. What's most astonishing is that the 400-year-old castle was a private...More

Thank Ryanorser
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my family after Balmoral. Really enjoyed visiting a building with such a colourful past and see it decorated with a wealth of historical artefacts. We were taken around (for no extra cost) by Sheila, who was delightful and really knew her stuff. Glad...More

Thank Sally H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simple but nice castle. It stands out all on its own along the road. Very nice garden, and at this late hour (7pm) we had it for ourselves. Cannot comment on the inside though.

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

Thank you for visiting, come again and take a look inside - we have 12 fully furnished rooms for you to enjoy.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice castle. They did an excellent job with minimum funds to get the old atmosphere back again. Listening to the audio walking through the rooms and imagining how it should have been. Well done!

Thank ikwilweg2015
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much, we're delighted you enjoyed your visit and thank you for taking the trouble to post a review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little village nice array of small shops and a lovely small castle nice little cafes to eat in

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

Delighted you enjoyed your visit to Braemar. It is really picturesque, lots of phot opportunities and the cafes are all excellent. We've got some brilliant bakers making great cakes and scones.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to Braemar Castle a very warm welcome by the man on the desk who said we could take photos & video all the rooms📹 Well worth the entrance fee I hope to make a Video & post to my YouTube channel...More

Thank gtritchie5
Braemarcastle, Memeber of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Delighted you enjoyed your visit, as you can tell, we very much enjoy having visitors! Look forward to seeing the video. Thank you.

Reviewed 17 May 2017

Braemar Castle is completely intact following a rebuild by an army garrison between various wars in Scotland, so it is a good example of a castle of the period. It was lived in right into the twentieth century, so the furnishing is far closer to...More

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

Thank you so much for visiting and taking time to post a review. Delighted you enjoyed your visit. We have very limited coffee facilities but there are excellent coffee shops in the village of Braemar (5 mins walk away) - the Bothy, Gordons Tearoom and...More

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Michelle B
Hi are dogs allowed thanks
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
Derick S
if you are over 65 concession will be applied, or special for family groups You can purchase tea and coffee on site but there are a number of restaurants within the village, all are good reasonable prices.
26 July 2016|
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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
Michelle B
I am a Farquharson planning to bring my 3 boys to the Braemar castle in the summer of 2018.Their ages will be 18, 27 and 41 at that time. It is on my bucket list to visit the "Farquharson castle" (as we call it) with my boys. Is it possible to stay at the castle? Please email me directly at beekml at yahoo. Thank you for this information and any info u can share about making this visit to the area.
27 September 2015|
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Response from Derick S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry the Castle has no accommodation, There are plenty of B&B within the village (only a ten min walk) As you are connected to the Farquharson there is a special visitors book that only Farquharsons are allowed to sign it... More