Family Activities

Braemar and its surrounding areas is the perfect destination for families. From searching for native red squirrels on a nature trail to horse riding on a local estate, there is something for everyone. During April and August, don't miss dolphin watching in Aberdeen or Crathes Castle with its fantastic Wild Wood Adventure Play. Check our 'What's On' page for more seasonal activities offered throughout the hotel.

Family Room

Our Family Room is a treasure trove of fun for children of all ages. From boardgames, books and table football to a play kitchen, DVD player and Xbox with an array of different games, this is the perfect hangout for your little ones. Don't miss the red squirrels hidden throughout the room, all knitted by the 'Deeside Knitwits'.

Art Tours

The Fife Arms contains over 14,000 antiques, artworks and furnishings that were acquired during the restoration including several site-specific works by world-renowned contemporary artists. We offer tours every Saturday for hotel guests, taking in some of the hotel's highlights. To register your interest please let a member of reception know or email us at

Gentle Walks & Bracing Hikes

With the Cairngorms National Park on the doorstep, the hotel is ideally situated whether you're looking for a challenging hike or a gentle stroll. Popular walks include the Queen's Drive and The River Walk or stunning views across Braemar can be enjoyed from the top of Creag Choinnich. Wellies and waterproofs are available for guests' use in the boot room and ask the ghillie for a walking map.

Cultural Events

The hotel offers a wide range of cultural events and happenings including talks, workshops, art tours and our "Meet the Maker" series of weekends. Check the What's On page of our website, ask the Ghillie or email for further details

History & Nature Tours

History and nature tours in and around Braemar can be arranged and tailored to guest's individual interests. From Braemar Castle to Balmoral Castle, the surrounding area is rich in Scottish history, legends and stories. We work with a number of local guides who can bring these stories to life and unlock the secrets of this stunning landscape.

Foraging Walks & Workshops

Natasha Lloyd, our hotel's inhouse forager, can unlock the secrets to Braemar's bountiful vegetation. Adults and children will love the guided walks which allow you to gather plants such as elderflower, pine needles, wild garlic and mushrooms. Natasha can then advise how best to use these as ingredients in condiments, drinks and cosmetics. Ask the ghillie for more details.

Picnic on the Grouse Moors

Culardoch Shieling is an award-winning lunch hut situated on the grouse moors of a nearby estate. The hut is available at certain times of the year for lunch parties. Located about 45 minutes from the hotel, the drive to the hut takes you over the grouse moors through stunning scenery with views over the Cairngorms.

Helicopter Rides

See the Cairngorms in their full glory from the air. The ghillie can arrange thrilling helicopter rides which take in some of the stunning scenery surrounding Braemar. The rides can be tailored to guests' individual requests. Prices from £4,000.

Braemar Gathering

The Braemar Gathering is the most famous Highland Games and takes place every year on the first Saturday of September. Made up of traditional activities such as tossing the caber, tug-of-war and hill races as well as pipe bands. HM The Queen attends every year between 3pm and 4pm. Tickets can be arranged via the ghillie. From mid-March a new Games Centre will open with a special exhibition about this historic event.

Whisky Distilleries

Scotland is world-famous for its whiskies and several distilleries are located around Deeside including the Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Situated in Crathie next to Balmoral, the distillery offers tasting tours that can be booked via our ghillie.


The River Dee offers first class salmon and sea trout fishing opportunities in the beautiful surroundings of the Cairngorms. Rods can be stored at the hotel and the Ghillie is on hand to assist with making arrangements.


Braemar Golf Club holds the distinction of being the highest 18 hole course in Scotland at around 1,205 feet above sea level. The greens are among the finest in the area and while the course is relatively short, it is sure to test golfers of any standard. Ask the ghillie for more information.

Winter Sports

Located just a short drive from the hotel, Glenshee Ski Centre is the largest ski resort in Scotland and extends over 3 valleys and 4 mountains. The variety of runs make it an ideal destination for novice skiiers and children while two advanced black runs will challenge more advanced skiiers. The ghillie is able to arrange lift passes and equipment hire.

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