The many attractions of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park are a stones throw away from Braemar. For culture and history enthusiasts we recommend a visit to our community run Braemar Castle, or the HM Queen's royal residence, Balmoral Castle, just up the road. In addition, within easy driving distance there are many of the most dominant castles on Scotland's Castle Trail. Or perhaps a route following the Whisky Trail is of more interest, then a visit to the Royal Lochnagar Distillery is not to be missed. During the summer there are Highland dancing displays every Wednesday and a pipe band parade every Sunday in the village centre. For a more encompassing experience of traditional Scottish culture, come during the first weekend of September to visit the Braemar Gathering, or if visiting another time make sure to drop by the World Highland Games Centre.
There are many ways in which to discover the abundant and awe-inspiring wildlife of the area. Hop on a highland wildlife safari, join a ranger led activity at Mar Lodge Estate or sign up to a guided trek. Alternatively how about head out into the hills, moorlands and ancient forests to explore the expanse of it yourself. There are many routes to try from a gentle wander to a multi-Munro hike. Please remember to observe from a distance and never disturb any wildlife. Dogs must be kept under control or on leads, especially during the bird nesting season between April and July.
For an action filled trip try kayaking in the River Dee, mountain biking, snow-sports at Glenshee or the Lecht Ski Centres, running, deer-stalking, shooting, fishing, wild swimming, golfing, mountaineering or canyoning. There is something to enjoy in Braemar for everyone of all ages and abilities.