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Braemar Castle

Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
+44 1339 741219
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Braemar Castle and Whisky Tour from Aberdeen
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
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+44 1339 741219
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Haven't crept round a castle for a month or two so stopped by here with Better Half. Not too expensive to get in and you can spend a good while on the audio tour, which gives you options to expand on the basic commentary at...More

Thank LocalFoodieBoy
Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review. We know our coffee offering isn't really good enough and it's something our Visitor Experience consultants are looking at. However, because we are community operated, we do take care not to compete with local cafés. We have just...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy drive from Aberdeen and well worth it. We had a very well informed tour guide, Anna, who guided us around outside and in. The volunteers here go above and beyond and their love for this historic site is very obvious.More

Thank Heather S
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your very positive review. WE do love the Castle and we want to make it even better for visitors. We've just launched a fundraising appeal to sort out the scruffy exterior. If you'd like to make a small donation please...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Another instance of something we saw on the GPS and thought, why not? And again, worth it. A very old castle which the owner decided to leave in the 1950s, so the rooms are still decorated the same as when they left it. Very interesting...More

Thank SingaSwiss
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for stopping off and we're delighted you enjoyed your visit. We know we still look scruffy on the outside and really want to make that better. We've just launched a fundraising appeal to sort out the scruffy exterior. If you'd like...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very friendly staff, a fantastic (free) audio tour with plenty of details/stories/history combined with a fully furnished castle in good condition made this a great visit! I'm not into castles at all but have to say, this was definitely worth the entrance fee.More

Thank Gody V
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much, we are so pleased you enjoyed the Castle. We're a wee bit different from most other castles because we've had so many different residents, delighted you enjoyed hearing the stories. WE know we look a bit untidy outside at the moment...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

several floors on a spiral staircase would not normally attract a positive review from me, but this formerly defensive now residential castle is interesting and easy to visit. We used the audio guide and found it clear and simple. The rooms and exhibits mostly show...More

Thank EuroTraveller52
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your positive review and we're delighted to hear that the staircase fid not put you off. Your review is greatly appreciated by the volunteers who operate the Castle.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Run by the community so not as slick as some others, but certainly worth a visit. The castle is furnished slightly surprisingly as it would have been in the 50s which does feel a little odd but at the same time it's as it was...More

Thank jop2001
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Braemar castle is no longer inhabited by the family clan Farquharson. However the rooms on the tour look just as if they were there. The car park is a short walk to the castle which is now run and cared for by a local group...More

Thank Robertson;Mrs.a... R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Braemar is one of my favourites castle, it looks line it was taken from a fairy tale...even if you don't visit it, you need to go around and see its splendor, it is worth it !

Thank Amandine R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting Balmoral we were apprehensive about our visit to Braemar but needn't have been. It was extremely interesting and unlike Balmoral, we had access to the whole building with an interesting audio guide. Also, the staff were very friendly and helpful.

Thank LMCW
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating tour bringing local history to life. Great to see the initiative and commitment of the local community to preserve and restore this important building. And a very cosy castle in contrast to its exterior. Our guide had lots of interesting stories. Highly recommended.

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Michelle B
18 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
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
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Michelle B
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
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