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The Castle grounds are open and health and safety precautions are in place, in line with guidelines, so you can feel safe and confident when you visit. The grounds provide a safe space with wildflowers, red squirrel and fantastic views.  Tight corridors and small spaces in the Castle mean that sadly we will not be able to reopen the Castle itself this season.

Have fun walking the grass spiral and exploring our pathways - the Colonel Anne Pathways, the Earl of Mar Pathway to the Fog House and the Black Colonel pathways. Take a picnic, enjoy the grounds and the great views across the River Dee to the Cairngorms, here in the heart of the National Park.

If you are interested in a personal guided tour of the grounds, hearing about the Castle's stories, please email info@braemarcastle.co.uk for more details.

And our 2021 fundraising Castle Calendar captures some of the sensational scenery  -  and is now on sale

Castle Shop

And - do save your best photos for our 2022 Calendar competition

Calendar Competition

 

Braemar Community Volunteers

  •   Interesting architecture. The castle is located on a hill surrounded by plains full of sheeps. Scotland 🙂

    tomaszzz_44
    9/30/2020

      Due to the current restrictions, we could only stop off and walk around the castle and it's grounds but it's an interesting little castle but not necessarily the most stunning.... read more

    SnowyywonS
    9/28/2020
  •   The inside was not open when we visited (19 September) but it was a sunny dsy and we enjoyed walking in the castle grounds and viewing from the outside. Well... read more

    alfie50
    9/22/2020

      Castle wasn’t open (due to Covid) but can still get a nice walk around the grounds. Worth a visit (plus it was free!)

    aligmcm
    9/07/2020
  •   Very small castle, no access to the inside due to pandemic - pretty uninteresting from the outside. Topical lighting installation was good.

    LondonMap_Girl
    8/27/2020

      I have passed this castle many times and assumed it was empty inside and of limited interest. How wrong could I be! I thought it was charming inside. Definitely... read more

    Scottish-Galavanter
    2/10/2020
  •   Every time I pass this castle it is closed. This time we stopped and wandered around. Tomorrow we will visit the Lions face and squirrel hide

    maggieg745
    2/03/2020

      The Castle is situated a short distance from Braemar. It is the best maintained Castle I have ever been in. Built in 1628, and until recently lived in, ... read more

    kenserviss
    12/31/2019
  •   The Castle is situated a short distance from Braemar. It is the best maintained Castle I have ever been in. Built in 1628, and until recently lived in, ... read more

    Ken S
    12/31/2019

      A must visit. Looks unspectacular from outside, but is a juwel inside. It is completely furnished. Seems that Lord Farquharson just left for hunting or so. Just lovely. Nice staff... read more

    alexmthomas
    11/09/2019

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Currently closed in line with Government guidelines due to Covid-19. Please keep checking back regularly for updates.
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Braemar Castle13 hours ago
YESTERDAY we posted this for #GivingTuesday but our donations button was having a 'momentary lapse' so we are hoping our donations tab can run smoothly today. ALL donations are greatly appreciated and make such a difference to our fundraising to restore the castle. Here is our story...

#GivingTuesday is here which marks the 336th day of the year!
This year has been a struggle for everyone! Each story is different and this is ours....
2020 was due to be the BIG PUSH for our fundraising effort to raise £1.6M to restore the castle and the grounds. Alongside this was an all singing and all dancing educational program, cross-cultural integration plan and support networks which were to be unique to Braemar Castle.
Covid-19 stopped us in our tracks - fundraising events were cancelled, the castle had to close and asking for donations and sponsorships instantly became difficult for the heritage and cultural sector.
So here we are, planning a new schedule for 2021 but in desperate need of donations to help boost what has been raised already. We have £350,000 left to go and if you can help, however big or small, we would be incredibly grateful.
Braemar Castle is the community's castle which celebrates the past, brings us together in the presents and protects for the future....
#GivingTuesday #Donations #EveryLittleHelps
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Braemar Castle20 hours ago
Taking in the views at Braemar Castle...
#HappyDecember #Happiness #Peace
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Braemar Castle1 day ago
Thank you to everyone for raising donations for Braemar Castle with #easyfundraising! If you haven't signed up yet, it's easy and completely FREE. 4,400 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to do your everyday online shopping - at no extra cost to you! Every donation you raise makes a difference to us so please sign up & share today. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/braemarcastle/?invite=8WYTCG%26referral-campaign=c2s%26utm_campaign=admin-trigger%26utm_content=srt
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Braemar Castle is feeling grateful at Braemar Castle.2 days ago
Braemar Castle
#GivingTuesday is here which marks the 336th day of the year!
This year has been a struggle for everyone! Each story is different and this is ours....
2020 was due to be the BIG PUSH for our fundraising effort to raise £1.6M to restore the castle and the grounds. Alongside this was an all singing and all dancing educational program, cross-cultural integration plan and support networks which were to be unique to Braemar Castle.
Covid-19 stopped us in our tracks - fundraising events were cancelled, the castle had to close and asking for donations and sponsorships instantly became difficult for the heritage and cultural sector.
So here we are, planning a new schedule for 2021 but in desperate need of donations to help boost what has been raised already. We have £350,000 left to go and if you can help, however big or small, we would be incredibly grateful.

Braemar Castle is the community's castle which celebrates the past, brings us together in the presents and protects for the future....

#GivingTuesday #Donations #EveryLittleHelps
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Braemar Castle3 days ago
'EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT'
@scotgov @ASVAtweets
#wearescotland #standrewsday

Martin Creed
Martin Creed, Work No. 3435: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT, Braemar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 2020
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
© Martin Creed. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2020
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Braemar Castle3 days ago
#HappySaintAndrewsDay
There is no consensus on how St Andrew came to be Scotland’s patron saint, but there are a number of theories. One states that relics belonging to St Andrew were brought to Scotland in the fourth century. These relics, kept at St Andrew’s cathedral in Kinrymount, Fife, then became a major destination for medieval pilgrims.

Another possible explanation is that in the 800s, Pictish king Angus MacFergus saw a saltire cross in the sky immediately before a battle, and took Saint Andrew as his patron from then on.

Saint Andrew was first made the official patron saint of Scotland at the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. By 1390 Saint Andrew appeared on coinage for the first time, although the relics which initially led to his saintly status were destroyed during the Scottish Reformation in the 1500s.

St Andrew was crucified by the Romans on a diagonal cross, with the event apparently taking place on 30 November, hence the choice of day to mark his life.

Excerpt: The Scotsman
Photo: Rick Wood

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