St. Margaret’s St. Margaret’s

St. Margaret’s Church in Braemar aims to establish itself as an internationally renowned performance and arts venue at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. The beautiful Category A listed building is the masterpiece of renowned Scottish architect Sir John Ninian Comper and is a nationally-significant Victorian gem. The church’s regeneration, in tandem with other exciting local projects such as our refurbishment of The Fife Arms, will help enhance Braemar even further as a place for visitors to enjoy and as a place to live and work. Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Braemar and its surrounding areas, the church has already played host to local choirs from Aboyne, Gordonstoun and Strathallan as well as attracting international singers from Australia, France and the Netherlands. Iwan and Manuela Wirth and The Fife Arms are very pleased to be supporting this exciting project for Braemar.

Image: St. Margaret’s Project

Braemar TV, Episode 1 Braemar TV, Episode 1

Introducing the first episode of Braemar TV, keeping viewers up-to-date on all the happenings and activities within Braemar. The first episode includes an interview with Federica Bertolini, General Manager of The Fife Arms as well updates on the community garden, Braemar Castle’s new manager, Braemar’s Mountain Festival and the Burns Supper hosted by the Braemar Scouts and Explorer Scouts.

Watch Episode 1 here

Braemar Mountain Festival Braemar Mountain Festival

Braemar sits at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, so what better place to host a Mountain Festival offering locals and visitors an opportunity to learn new skills from Cross-country skiing to mountain photography.

The Fife Arms is pleased to be preparing a welcome buffet for the festival on Friday 3rd March, with Head Chef Ross Stacey preparing a special menu entitled ‘The Alps meet the Cairngorms’. We will also be hosting pop-up suppers on Saturday 4th March and Sunday 5th March at the Braemar Golf Club. The menu for these events will focus on delicious, seasonal and locally sourced food, such as West coast langoustines and Roe deer from the Invercauld Estate. Please contact Federica Bertolini if you would like to join us for any of these events.

Image: Ben Addy

Pearls in Peril  Pearls in Peril 

Pearls in Peril is a conservation initiative to restore the habitat for native salmon and encourage the regrowth of freshwater pearl mussels in the UK. The project to improve habitats along the Allt an t-Slugain burn near Braemar was led locally by the River Dee Trust and Dee Fishery Board and was supported by Iwan and Manuela Wirth.

500m of gravel embankments constructed in the 1980s were removed, allowing the burn to establish a more natural meandering route to the Dee. In-filled connections to old channels were opened to help restore the natural flow of the burn and increase the spawning habitat for salmon, which are the host species for freshwater pearl mussel larvae.

To celebrate the conclusion of the Pearls in Peril initiative, The Fife Arms in partnership with the River Dee Trust organised a community tree planting event followed by lunch on the river bank. Local volunteers were taken down to the Slugain where they received a brief demonstration on how to plant a tree and within 45 minutes an impressive 405 native trees were planted, providing valuable shade to the salmon-spawning habitat. The tree species planted included willow, alder, silver birch, rowan and the old scots pine, all kindly donated by the Woodland Trust.

The Fife Arms team served a seasonal lunch of fish soup, vegetable soup, locally-sourced venison casserole and sausages from the local butcher – all cooked over an outdoor fire pit – finishing up with homemade apple tartlets.

Image: Steven Rennie

Scotland Gundog Team Scotland Gundog Team

The Fife Arms is a proud sponsor of the Scotland Gundog Team. The team competed in The Game Fair Home International Competition at Ragley Hall, Wawrickshire in 2016. This competition is famous for the intense rivalry between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and in 2016 the event included both retrievers and spaniels for the first time. The team also competed at The Skinner’s World Cup Retriever Event in July 2016, which took place at Englefield Estate, Berkshire. The event is regarded as the most prestigious gundog working test in the world.

Community images: Hannah Devereux, Steven Rennie