This evening, I am posting information on the village of Braemar in the Highlands of Scotland, viz:

  • Situated in the Grampian Mountains region, about 60 miles (96 km) west of Aberdeen and has population of 400 persons.
  • Grew in prominence and popularity after Queen Victoria purchased the Balmoral Castle ¬†and Estate in 1852, a short distance away near Crathie. The River Dee runs close to the line of the road to Aberdeen. This area is known as ‘Royal Deeside’.
  • On the first Saturday of each September the popular Braemar Gathering takes place. This a Highland Games event patronised by the Royal Family.
  • Braemar holds the record for the lowest temperature recorded in Scotland of minus 27 C ( minus 17F).
  • Visitor attractions in the vicinity include: Braemar Castle, Balmoral Castle,¬†Royal Lochnagar Distillery ¬†and Crathes Castle.
  • ¬†Natural attractions include the Linn of Dee (waterfall) which is part of the 72,598 acre Mar Lodge Estate, managed by Scotland’s National Trust with public access.
  • About forty miles to the east is the footbridge at Bridge of Feugh, south of Banchory, where¬†salmon can be observed leaping the Falls of Feugh.

Braemar is well endowed with lodgings, hotels and shops and is a good spot for break when touring this part of the Scottish Highlands.

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