Events 2017



16th (Easter Sunday)  Shake Hands with the Past - 12 to 4pm













Living history -  The Earl of Mar, the Black Colonel, Princess Dolgorouki, Robert Louis Stevenson, Queen Victoria, Piccadilly Jim, Colonel Anne, all ready and waiting to show you round the Castle

Where can you bow before Queen Victoria, discuss Long John Silver with the author of Treasure Island, rub shoulders with a redcoat and win an Easter egg?   As the community of Braemar celebrate 10 years of operating the Castle as a Visitor Attraction, on Easter Sunday, you are invited to meet the people who have created its story.   Come and “Shake Hands with the Past” and meet the characters associated with the Castle’s long and colourful history.

It’s where Queen Victoria came to watch the Highland Games and take tea in the Drawing Room, redcoats used it as a barracks, the Jacobite Black Colonel set it on fire, Princess Alexis Dolgorouki brought Russian fashions and tastes to Deeside and Mrs Frances Farquharson, former editor of Harpers Bazaar, painted the loos Schiaparelli pink!  Costume volunteers, who also represent the Castle’s new story of community operation, will be here to greet you with a story in each room.

Usual admission prices apply.  Take your Easter egg to roll in the grounds, do the quiz, win an Easter egg, meet the cast of Castle characters

Meet the Castle characters, do the quiz and enjoy an Easter egg

12 to 4pm, Sunday 16th April




Saturday 3rd Mar Lodge -  7pm for 7.30 - Dinner and Ceilidh with Hog roast and music from the fabulous Braemar Blaeberries with Marilyn as caller and the premier of the Castleton Dancers' new dance specially created for the Castle.

Celebrating 10 year of community operation, many successes, many challenges, lots of hard work - you're invited to a celebrate with a pre-dinner drink in the Lodge and dinner and ceilidh in the Stag Ballooom.  If you live locally, are a Friend of Braemar Castle or have attended events or contributed in any way - and so many have over the past 10 years - please join us.  Tickets are priced at a subsidised £15 to include pre-dinner drink Prosecco, hogroast, pudding and coffee.  A bus will run from the village, please prebook.

Tickets for Ceilidh June 3rd
Return Bus Journey from Village

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Wed 21st June

Creag Choinnich Hill Race - Britain's oldest recorded hill race

Distance 3.5km Climb 250m        Registration/Start at Braemar Castle       Light refreshments available post race.


The history books have Creag Choinnich as the oldest recorded hill race dating back to 1064. Yes 1064! King Malcolm II looking for the fastest man to deliver his despatches arranged the race up Creag Choinnich. The first home was the younger of two MacGregor brothers who received "a handsome sword, a baldric and a purseful of gold" (a baldric is a belt worn like a sash to support a sword).

Fast forward to the Victorian age and the hill race was included in the Braemar Highland Games, that is until Queen Victoria witnessed her ghillie spitting blood after winning the 1850 race. In deference to her sensibilities, the race was suspended thereafter.

The race resumed about ten years ago being run from the Highland Games Park as part of the Junior Highland Games.

After 2016 the race returned to its former location at Braemar Castle and is now run as an evening race close to the longest day.  Registration from 7pm

Entry on day available, although pre-entry preferred to register visit for more information.


Thursday 22nd and Saturday 24th June - Murder Mystery Dinners

Death at the Castle

Murder and mayhem ensue when Lady Fenella Farquhar invites her friends to stay for the weekend at the stylish country home of Simeon and Gina Crackett, Lady Fenella’s nephew and wife.  Also on the exclusive guest list are the cream of 1930’s Society, Irwin and Magenta North and Mr Ronald Bump. The other guests include Lady Fenella’s elderly female companion, the highly respected local Minister and the Crackett’s dependable Head Gamekeeper.  Join this elite gathering for dinner in the grand dining room.  But you’ll need to stay alert – all is not as it seems and your input could prove vital!  But who will be murdered and who is the murderer.  With your help, Chief Inspector Dougal Entendre and PC Scott will surely solve the mystery!

Enjoy a 3-course Murder Mystery dinner and 2 glasses of wine for £25 each (limited numbers, just 26 tickets per night)

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Thursday 22nd June
Saturday 24th June

Drinks in the Drawing Room from 7.30



Sunday 23rd -  Braemar Highland Fling

10 years of community operation - come and help us celebrate


A cross between a Highland Games and a Country Fair, the Fling will  feature live music from the talented youngsters on the Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail and in the afternoon, visitors will be entertained by the Blairgowrie Pipe Band.   And you’ll be able to brush up your dancing and learn some new steps with the local Castleton Dancers.

Bring your dog along and compete for the coveted best dressed dog and owner!  Dusty, the black Wenselydale sheep with personality, will be sheared (twice! one side at different times!) in the traditional way on the day. Rescued owls and raptors from 2Wit2Woo at Huntly will also be on show.  A firm favourite with the children, Braemar’s local miniature train complete with miniature engine and sit-on carriages, will transport children and adults round the grounds.  There will also be plenty other activities for youngsters to get involved in including races and welly wanging.  You can even try some sword fighting with a real live Jacobite or get all wound up in a “proper” plaid kilt.

And bikers from the British Legion Riders Branch will be encouraging you to admire and sit astride their  gleaming motorbikes, so something to entertain all ages and interests.  There will also be refreshments on sale but you’re also welcome to bring a picnic and a rug and enjoy a great day out, hopefully under cloudless skies!

Entry to the Highland Fling in the grounds of the Castle, from noon to 4pm, is £5, children, free.  Entry is free to owners of dogs competing in the Dog Show.   A combined ticket to the Fling and Braemar Castle is £8 for adults, concession £7 and children free.



Saturday 5th - Princess Dolgorouki Dinner

Edwardian Dinner


Princess Alexis Dolgorouki, fabulous tenant of Braemar Castle invites

you to join her for an exclusive Dinner Party with entertainment in the grand Dining Room of Braemar Castle.  (Just 26 places)



Tuesday 15th - Cantrip Teasel (ahead of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

The Strange and the Eerie: Ballads and Stories of Auld Scotland

Scotland’s dark and mysterious past is hidden deep in its songs and legends. Heather Yule, Jeanie Roy Collins and Alison Bell are Cantrip Teasel. Join them on their dangerous quest through ancient ballads and stories, accompanied by the atmospheric music of the Scottish harp. Be prepared for murder and magic, ghosts and the terrifying unseen.

There is nothing safe here…........



Sunday 27th August

WWI Memorial Concert

Memories and songs from 1917.

The fourth in our series of Concerts mirroring the events of the Great War

It is 1917, the Laird’s wife, Zoe Farquharson (Fiona Hunter), will once again host
afternoon tea in aid of the War Effort in the Dining Room of the Castle.  Musical
entertainment and afternoon tea will be provided.