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Art

The Fife Arms contains over 16,000 antiques, artworks and curios including several site-specific works by world-renowned contemporary artists. We offer special art tours for our guests, which allow you to experience the world class art which can be found throughout the hotel, from Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Gerhard Richter and Bruegel to site specific commissions from contemporary art stars and water colours by Queen Victoria and Prince Charles. To register your interest please let a member of reception know or email us at reception@thefifearms.com. To find our more about the Fife Arms art collection, click HERE.

Bespoke

Our Ghillie team are passionate about creating exceptional, unforgettable memories and experiences for our guests. If you have a particular occasion you wish to celebrate, they can create a once in a lifetime event to meet your brief. It could be a thrilling helicopter ride to see the Cairngorms in their full glory or a private chef lunch in our remote lunch hut, in the middle of the grouse moors. Special tastings can be arranged, whether at local boutique whisky distilleries or with our sommelier in our cellar. Bespoke menus celebrating the best ingredients Scotland has to offer can also be created to meet specific requirements. To explore the full range of possibilities, please email our Ghillie team HERE.

Family Activities

Explore the beautiful Cairngorms National Park with our three family-friendly adventures in partnership with Braemar Highland Experiencer, or stay indoors and enjoy our Family Room which is a treasure trove of fun for children of all ages. To find out more, click HERE.

Fishing

The River Dee is one of the most famous salmon rivers in the world and it runs just past the hotel. The hotel works with its Wild Resources team headed up by Ben Carter to offer guests the chance to fish in this exceptional location. The Salmon season starts early February and runs until the end of September. Sea trout is available during the summer months but Rainbow trout is available all year. The hotel has its own rod room for guests to store their equipment. To experience one of the world’s great fishing sites, please contact our Ghillie team for more information HERE.

Foraging

The Fife Arms has an in-house forager Natasha Lloyd, who is passionate about sharing her expert knowledge of the local plants and vegetation. Natasha leads tours of the surrounding areas, identifying, explaining and sharing the taste of plants that can be transformed into teas, tinctures, condiments or cosmetics. Both adults and children will love these guided walks. For a private walk, speak to our Ghillie team or keep an eye on our ‘What’s On’ page for the next group tour.

Golf

Lying in a natural amphitheatre created by the imposing Grampian Mountains and part of the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, Braemar is the home of Scotland’s wildest golf course, where play is watched by endangered ospreys, watchful stags and rare red squirrels. The course is friendly and accessible also offering a perfect place for younger or novice golfers to learn. To book a round of golf, please contact our Ghillie team HERE.

History

For a small village of 400 residents, Braemar has been witness to key moments in Scottish history. Most famous for its association with Queen Victoria, its historical significance extends back much further to both the first and second Jacobite rebellions. The village is home to two castles, Braemar Castle and the ruin of Kindrochit Castle, while Balmoral, the Scottish residence to the Royal Family, is situated just 9 miles away. The hotel can arrange history tours of the area as well as guided walking tours through Braemar itself where visitors can learn about the Games Park, local architecture and see the house that Robert Louis Stevenson occupied whilst writing Treasure Island. Please consult our Ghillie team to organise tours and to find out more information.

Local Attractions

From whisky distilleries to winter sports and the annual Royal Highland Games, Braemar has plenty of local attractions to keep you busy during your stay. The local whisky distillery is ‘Royal Lochnagar’ at Crathie by Balmoral Castle. Further afield you will find Speyside and Highland distilleries, both boutique and established. For novice or beginners, Glenshee is 3,504 ft of mountain winter adventure that beckons skiers and snowboarders alike. The Braemar Gathering takes place annually on the first weekend in September and welcomes thousands of visitors. It’s the only Highland Games with a Royal Patron, HM Queen Elizabeth II, who attends every year to see the best of the best toss the caber, battle it out in tug o’ war or perform the traditional Highland fling.

Nature

Surrounding the hotel and the village of Braemar is the extraordinary Cairngorms National Park. Visitors can walk out of the hotel and within 5 minutes be on walking trail which will lead you through historic forests of heather and Scot’s Pine before you emerge at the top to experience a panoramic view of the village and the Deeside valley below. Each season brings something new to see; autumn is the rutting season for stags where you can hear their roars across the hills; winter sees the native Ptarmigan change into their white camouflage while the Atlantic Salmon swim upstream along the River Dee; Spring brings promise of red squirrel dashing around the forest and with Summer comes the vibrant heather and its mix of pink and purple hues. There are many self-led trails requiring different degrees of stamina. Alternatively the hotel can arrange for a guide to lead you on various walks or hikes. Please consult our Ghillie team for more information on guided tours and nature walks.

Walking

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 native flora and fauna of Upper Deeside, including red squirrels, ptarmigan, osprey and red deer. Ask our Ghillie team for recommended walks or maps.

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