Restoration, Sponsorship and Donations


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In 2007 the community of Braemar took over the operation of Braemar Castle from Invercauld Estate. Ten years on, much has been achieved but there is much still to be done.

The Castle looks scruffy and uninviting. It needs to be completely re-harled. Over the centuries it's been repaired with inappropriate materials and dampness is seeping in. We need to strip the old covering off and replace it with the "correct" harl mix. In Autumn 2017, we raised funding through a Crowdfunding Initiative to set up harling test patches to establish exactly what that mix should be. Heritage Lottery Fund matched the £10K we raised with another £10K - and the money kept rolling in to reach a grand total of £22,500

We are grateful for the support we have received in the past from Historic Scotland (now Historic Environment Scotland), Cairngorms Leader Fund, Aberdeenshire Council, the Cairngorms National Park Authority as well as from private donors.

We are now preparing the extensive paperwork required for Stage1 Heritage Lottery Fund Application. It's likely that re-harling the Castle will cost getting on for £1millon, so it's a huge project. We are confident we will get there. No funder ever funds a complete project, they look to match funding coming from all sorts of sources including community fund-raising - so - every penny counts and delivers more funding. If you’d like to help please donate using the button below

Thank you - and we look forward to seeing you at the Castle this year