Experience history where it happened with an education visit to Braemar Castle.

Free Education Visits
Education visits for schools, colleges, universities and other qualifying learning groups are free.   *See below for full terms & conditions, booking details and to check eligibility for your group.

School Visits to Braemar castle is a great way to deliver Curriculum for Excellence, encouraging discovery and exploration outside the classroom.  Schools can arrange special tours of the castle for their classes – Jacobite, Victorian, Clan Farquharson, story of the Castle – all can be accommodated, please ask.  Help with travel costs is available, see below:

Travel Subsidy Scheme

Cairngorms National Park travel grant scheme is now open! The scheme is open to all schools in Scotland and voluntary groups who experience disadvantage, to make educational trips to the Cairngorms National Park. Grants of up to £200 or 75% of travel costs are available to cover the costs of transport, which is known to be a key barrier to these groups visiting the Park. Priority will be given to applications from schools and groups from areas of social deprivation, those who have not visited the Park before and groups who support people with disabilities, young people, ethnic minorities and those who experience economic disadvantage or health inequality. To find out more and download an application form, please visit http://cairngorms.co.uk/park-authority/funding/travel-grant-scheme/

We offer free planning visits do get in touch to discuss your needs.

Learning Links
More information on the Jacobites and all aspects of Scotland’s history is on Learning and Teaching Scotland’s excellent History website at:


Community Learning Projects
We engage with community and youth groups on a diverse range of projects and provide support for groups with additional needs.

To find out more:
: info@braemarcastle.co.uk
Tel: 013397 41219


Qualifying Learning Groups

Our free educational visits scheme is open to organised to qualify, visits must have a genuine educational purpose and bookings must be made in advance.

Groups that Qualify

*Nursery, primary and secondary school groups
*After School Clubs
*School groups on an exchange visit to a school in the UK, only when accompanied by teachers and students from the host school
*Groups from countries in the EU studying courses related to Scottish history, culture and tourism at universities and colleges of further and higher education
*Groups of students on a UK student visa studying relevant courses on a full-time basis at a UK based educational establishment for a minimum of 1 semester
*Groups from the UK studying accredited extra-mural or continuing education university courses related to Scottish history, culture and tourism
*University of the Third Age
*UK based Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Brownies, and their junior equivalents, and Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade groups who are working towards a relevant badge
*Organisations with an educational remit bringing groups of children, youths or adults with additional support needs, special learning needs or disabilities. This includes groups of refugees,    asylum seekers and groups working towards Scottish Citizenship
*Community Education Groups, Youth Groups, Local Authority Adult Education Courses and Skills/Work programmes focused on themes such as Tourism, Hospitality and Traditional         Skills
*Other qualifying Groups:
-MOD Cadet groups
-Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) groups

Groups That Don’t Qualify

The following groups are not eligible for free visits under the Free Educational Visits Scheme:Tour and coach operators

*Third parties who arrange visits for education groups
*English as a Foreign Language (ELF) groups and language schools
*Organisers of study holidays arranged on a commercial basis between educational organisations, universities and holiday organisations
*Organisations bringing groups of adults on leisure visits
*Summer schools
*Educational establishments outside the European Union


Book a Free Education Visit *

Decide where you want to go. Visits must be pre-booked at least 10 days in advance in order to qualify.

Book a Free Planning Visit

Free planning visits are available to support your visit. Email info@braemarcastle.co.uk or phone 013397 41219 to arrange

Booking Checklist

To help us provide you with the best services please have the following information to hand when making a booking:

*The preferred dates and times for your visit
*The name, address and contact details of your school or organisation
*The name and contact details of the group leader
*The number and age range of the group
*The number of supervisory adults who will be in attendance
*The reason for your visit/topic of study
*Details of any additional support needs your group or any member of your group might have and the help they might need on the day
*If you would like to book a free planning visit
*If you are applying for a Scottish schools travel subsidy


Education Visits
Please note it is the responsibility of all group leaders to complete a risk assessment for their group, take full responsibility for the behaviour and wellbeing of their group for the duration of the visit, ensure the correct adult/child ratio relevant to the age of the group and make sure the educational visits voucher is presented upon arrival on site.

Supervision on Site
Groups including children under the age of 16 must have adequate adult supervision on site at all times. This is to ensure compliance with health and safety guidelines and the enjoyment of all visitors to our properties.

Adult to Child Ratio
We require that groups including children under the age of 16 have adequate adult supervision at all times when on site. This is to ensure compliance with health and safety guidelines and the enjoyment of all visitors.

Required ratios of children to teachers or group leaders differ depending on the age of the children and are as follows:

*1 supervisory adult per 10 pupils/students from the age of 8 but under 16
*1 supervisory adult per 6 children over the age of 5 but under 7
*1 supervisory adult per 2 children under the age of 5
*for visitors with additional support needs it is suggested there is at least 1 supervisory adult per 4 visitors

Please note that under no circumstances should granted education visits be re-sold, used for commercial gain, advertised or used to provide entry to third parties or non-educational members of a given group. Any group or organisation found to be in breach of the above regulations will not be permitted entry and may be barred from accessing the scheme in the future. Where there is evidence of fraudulent activity the relevant authorities will be informed.

If you are unsure if your group qualifies under the terms and conditions of the free education visits scheme or have any further queries please contact us on 013397 41219.