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

There are 40 Munros accessible from Braemar, from Ben MacDui to Beinn Bhareac, offering a wealth of hill walking. The network of local paths and tracks are suitable for all abilities, including Morrone Birkwood and Creag Choinnich. This is also the perfect opportunity to experience the wonderful flora and fauna of Upper Deeside, including red squirrels and red deer.

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

Throughout Scotland many different castles can be found with varying architecture, landscapes and stories. Braemar is home to two castles, Braemar Castle and Kindrochit Castle (ruin). Dating as far back as 1628, Braemar Castle has a colourful history including the first and second Jacobite Uprising. Balmoral Castle is situated just 9 miles away. Known as the Scottish home to the Royal Family, it was originally purchased by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1852. Contact your Ghillie for visiting information.

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

Braemar has always been very proud, especially when it comes to the Braemar Gathering, held annually on the first Saturday of September. It is the only A new Highland Heritage Centre is opening in the games ground proudly exhibiting articles from highland games and gatherings.

Whisky Distilleries

From Illicit stills of the past to the distilleries of now. The local whisky distillery is ‘Royal Lochnagar’ at Crathie by Balmoral Castle. Further afield you will find Speyside & Highland distilleries. Drivable and a great day out with a picnic from our chef. Ask our Ghillie for more details.


The River Dee is one of the most famous salmon rivers in the world and it runs just past the hotel. The Salmon season starts early February and run until the end of September. Sea trout is available during the summer months but Rainbow trout is available all year.


Lying in a natural amphitheatre created by the imposing Grampian Mountains and part of the magnificent Cairngorm National Park, the greens are considered to be amongst the finest in the area.

Winter Sports

From invitingly easy to the surprisingly steep, Glenshee is 3,504 ft of mountain adventure that beckons to skiers and snowboarders alike.

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