Braemar Gathering 2018 Braemar Gathering 2018

Join us at this year’s Braemar Gathering on Saturday 1st September. We’ll be serving delicious food from the grill and Fife-inspired cocktails. This year the Braemar Gathering welcomes the Canadian Massed Bands and the Royal Air Force, who are celebrating their centenary. In addition, the new Highland Games Centre will open its doors for the first time.

Mulligatawny soup served with crusty bread
Invercauld Highland venison burger, beetroot slaw, rocket
Wood fired oatmeal sour dough, white bean puree, chanterelles
Smoked haddock & leek croquettes

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One Fine Day Returns One Fine Day Returns

The One Fine Day music festival, curated by composer Graham Fitkin and Scottish harpist Ruth Wall, returns to St. Margaret’s, Braemar on 21st and 22nd September 2018. Featuring two concerts and a community workshop, this year’s event promises another illustrious parade of both international artists and local talent with a mixture of new and familiar faces.

The excellent saxophonist Simon Haram, who played from the tower at St. Margaret’s in 2017, will return by popular demand. The award winning Sacconi Quartet will also feature in the programme along with an 8-piece bassoon ensemble, the Aberdeenshire-based FagottOctet. All these acclaimed musicians will be joined by local string players for some unique performances of new work. As well as co-curating the programme, Scottish harpist Ruth Wall will join the performers on the stage.

Graham has been described by The Independent as “One of the most important composers of our generation”.  He has written for musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and New York City Ballet.  His original composition, BRAEMAR, premiered at last year’s One Fine Day by Simon Haram, was played by Rob Burton on 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year in which he won the woodwind final.


2 – 3 PM Lunch Time Concert, St. Margaret’s, Braemar

Braemar 4’ sax solo Fitkin
Glass 3’ sax + harp Fitkin
G Major Quartet k.387 20’ quartet Mozart
Opening 4’ harp Glass
Cantilena + Scherzo 12’ quartet + harp Menotti Facades 8’ sax + quartet + tutti Glass

7.30 – 9.30 PM Evening Concert, St Margaret’s, Braemar

New Clap Piece 3’ FW Fitkin
Servant 13’ quartet Fitkin
Summa 5’ quartet Part Libertango 4’ harp Piazzolla
Recur 15’ quartet + harp Fitkin interval New Work 3’ bassoons Fitkin
Fisherman… 8’ bassoons Stollery
The Sea and The Dance 5’ quartet Dawson
Hotpo 5’ quartet + hp + sax + tutti Fitkin Watching 9’ qtet + hp + sax + bsn + tutti Fitkin

Tickets are on sale at: For more information contact Jane Smith

Image: Lottie Davies

First Place for Scotland at The Skinners World Cup First Place for Scotland at The Skinners World Cup

Hugh congratulations to The Scotland Gundog Team who won first place at The Skinners World Cup Retriever Event this year.

Taking place at Hamstead Park, Berkshire, Scotland won with a total of 674 points. Ireland placed second with 666 points and England came third with 654. A very impressive result at this highly recognised event that sees 15 countries compete, including Switzerland, Russia and Sweden.

Team member Stan Payne said, “The team ran exceptionally well and their effort were rewarded by gaining 1st place. The team were also awarded with ‘Best Dressed’ which they were very proud of. This was a massive achievement as Scotland have never won this competition since its inception 18 years ago.”

The team are now preparing for their next event at Scone Palace, Perth, on Saturday 30th June and we wish them the best of luck.

Braemar Mountain Festival 2018 Braemar Mountain Festival 2018

From Thursday 1st March – Sunday 4th March 2018, The Braemar Mountain Festival returns with another fantastic programme of events, including speakers, mountain arts and outdoor activities.

As part of the festival, we will be hosting a three-course ‘Mountain Food’ dinner, prepared by our Executive Chef, Robert Cameron. Join us for 7 PM at Castleton Hall where we will also be joined by solo electric guitarist, Steve Garrett.

Celeriac & parsnip soup
Highland hare, venison sausage roll & prune ketchup

Invercauld slow cook shin of beef, beer, onions, malt, thyme
Cedar plank smoked salmon
Smoked & pickled beetroots, heritage carrots, whipped goat’s curd, wild herb honey, walnut vinaigrette
Potato, Jerusalem artichokes, squash & rocket salad

Rhubarb fool, lemon & lavender shortbread
Chocolate, stout, ginger cake

Tickets: £20 per person and available HERE

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Christmas Community Round Table Christmas Community Round Table

Join us on Wednesday 13th December from 5.30pm for our final Community Round Table of 2017.

As the countdown to the hotel opening draws nearer, we wanted to celebrate the past year with you all over some festive drinks and mince pies. We wanted to take this opportunity to share hotel updates and are also excited to introduce our new Chief Operating Officer, Antoine Melon. Antoine is a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne and one of his first roles was in Scotland 20 years ago at the Balmoral where his and Federica’s paths must have crossed at some point, but amongst a team of 300, they can’t recall! He has had a long and varied career in five star hotels and restaurants, including Thailand, the Maldives, Spain and the UK.

When: Wednesday 13th December, from 5.30 PM
Where: Site Office, Unit 2, The Mews, Braemar

Please RSVP to Federica at

A celebration of the Highland Games A celebration of the Highland Games

In the run up to this year’s Braemar Gathering, a new exhibition is opening at St. Margaret’s celebrating the traditions and culture of the Highland games.

Opening on 27 August and created by Aboyne-based artist Stéphanie Vandem, ‘LIFTING’ is a series of large scale oil paintings that visually represent the heavy weight events. Within the paintings there is a sense of struggle, personal endurance, showmanship and cultural identity that Vandem feels is reflected in today’s society.

“The hunched men and the repetition of roundness in the paintings shows the concept of struggle and lifting a heavy burden. We live in an interesting political time with the ongoing debate over independence and issues in Europe raising questions of identity in us all.”

The paintings will sit alongside historical exhibits on loan from the Braemar Royal Highland Society, to give a local and historical background, and an original film by Rogue Fitness will be shown exploring the stories, rituals and myths of heavy stone lifting and celebrating some of Scotland’s most notable lifters.

Brian Wood, Chair of St. Margaret’s Trust said, “We wanted to celebrate the Braemar Gathering by hosting an exceptional and thought provoking art exhibition that was inspired by the Highland Games alongside information about the history and tradition of the games”

Preview 26 August, 7 – 9 PM
LIFTING is on show until 3 September

Summer at the Barn Summer at the Barn

Situated just an hour’s drive from The Fife Arms is The Barn, a fantastic not-for-profit multi-arts centre in Banchory who have recently won ‘Best Performing Arts Venue’ award in the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2017. They host an array of events from live music and theatre performances to film screenings and creative workshops all year round and here is some of what they have going on this summer:

WMS: Aboyne Cello Festival
July 26, 7.30 PM

A sparkling evening’s entertainment from three fabulous cellists, Philip Higham , Rebecca Gilliver and James Halsey. The programme will include music from Bach to Brahms and a selection of fabulous trios from opera arranged for three cellos and piano by the late Gwyn Seymour.

Aberdeen International Youth Festival
August 1, 7 PM

An international theatre double bill Black & White by DAAC, Morocco & Jamaican Drum by the Jamaican Youth Theatre. The Dramatic Troop for Artistic Creation from Tiznit, Morocco brings a new play, exploring the different types of conflict in the world represented by a fiercely competitive fight for the love of a mysterious woman by the two suitors Black & White.

Glyndebourne: La Clemenza di Tito (live screening)
August 3, 6 PM

Spurned by Tito, Vitellia seeks revenge. Besotted Sesto agrees to avenge her as a token of his love, but all does not go to plan. A brand new production of one of Mozart’s final works.

RSC: Titus Andronicus (12A) (live screening)
August 9, 7 PM

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016)

FLOURISH: Meet the Writer
August 15, 1 PM

Flourish is the Barn’s community project in Banchory offering a wide range of opportunities for people of all ages to engage in creative activities aimed at enhancing their sense of wellbeing. From writing workshops to mindfulness activities, there are lots of great events to take part in. On the 15th of August writer-in-residence Elaine Reid will invite you to the Wild Garden to discuss her writing inspired by spending time in the natural surroundings. You can even try your hand at writing something of your own. Free, drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm.

Kathryn Joseph + support
August 19, 8 PM

Kathryn Joseph’s debut album – Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled – carried her from being one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets to winner of Scottish Album of the Year Award. An ethereal experience, her music is lyrically compelling, sonically vivid and constantly moving.
Kathryn is supported by Aberdeen-based soulful singer-songwriter MILLICENT.

Lewis Dunsmore (classical guitar)
September 17, 3pm

RCS graduate Lewis Dunsmore has performed in venues and festivals throughout Britain including Glasgow Minimal, where he played Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint in the presence of the composer. He has also performed with the Red Note Ensemble and the BBC SSO.

Braemar’s new world-class classical music festival Braemar’s new world-class classical music festival

We are excited to announce a new world-class classical music festival launching in Braemar this summer, “One Fine Day”. On 27th July, The St. Margaret’s Trust will bring a brand new cultural event dedicated to bringing live music to the heart of the Scottish Cairngorms and our beautiful village of Braemar proudly supported by the owners of The Fife Arms, Iwan and Manuela Wirth.

Curated by Scottish harpist Ruth Wall and Cornish composer Graham Fitkin, the evening programme is full of inspiring and world-class musicians including the solo saxophonist, Simon Haram, “the most distinctive violinist of her generation” Ruth Palmer and The Marian Consort, a young and internationally-renowned early music vocal ensemble.

The festival will take place in St. Margaret’s which offers outstanding acoustics and magnificent architecture. All proceeds will be donated to the ongoing development work at St. Margaret’s.

The evening’s programme is as follows:
6.30 – 7 PM: Arrival for complimentary drinks outside with Simon Haram on saxophone
7.15 – 8.15 PM: Ruth Palmer
8.15 – 9.15 PM: Light supper and drinks
9.15 – 10.15 PM: The Marian Consort with Ruth Wall

For more information, or to book tickets, visit or contact Jane Smith at, 0133 988 7517.

Image: Eric Richmond

Congratulations to Moxon Architects Congratulations to Moxon Architects

Huge congratulations to Moxon Architects whose Culardoch Shieling won them the Chairman’s Award for Architecture at The Scottish Design Awards. We’re very proud and excited for the new Moxon designed courtyard at The Fife Arms, by Ben Addy, that is currently underway.

Skinner’s World Cup Retriever Event 2017 Skinner’s World Cup Retriever Event 2017

All of us here at The Fife Arms would like to wish the Scotland Gundog team luck in the upcoming Skinner’s World Cup Retriever Event on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May.

Now in its 16th year, this event is regarded as the most prestigious gundog working test in the world and this year it welcomes 15 teams including Ireland, Italy, Holland, Norway, Finland, Wales, Germany, France, Austria, England, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium and Denmark.

This year’s judges are Alan Rees (Wales), Jennie Hankey (England), Billy Steel Jnr (Scotland), Rony Michiels (Belgium) and Peter Cattleman (England). All the teams will be competing for The Skinner’s Perpetual Challenge Trophy, presented to the winning team and The Believer Perpetual Challenge Trophy which is presented by Rupert Hill and John Burkett to the highest placed dog.

Keep an eye on our social media for updates on how the team get on:

Community images: Hannah Devereux, Steven Rennie