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Braemar Castle

Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
+44 1339 741219
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living history

We took the audio tour or this well preserved castle and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Larry B
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Prince George, Canada
Well run community enterprise genuine historical treat.

Being members of the NTS we are a bit mean when it comes to having to pay to visit an independent... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
David D
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Enjoy a guided tour of 12 furnished rooms in this 17th century Castle. Ghosts and villains, Jacobites and high fashion, the story begins in 1628 when the Earl of Mar built Mar Castle as his Highland hunting lodge. Associated with all 3 Jacobite uprisings, the castle was burned by the infamous Jacobite, the Black Colonel, and was the base for the Earl of Mar as he planned the 1715 uprising. After the 1745 rebellion, it was a garrison for Hanoverian soldiers stationed there to make sure that no-one dared break the law and wear tartan or carry weapons. In the 20th century, the castle was home to American fashion journalist, Editor of Harper's Bazaar and wife of the Chief of Clan Farquharson, who decorated the rooms in her signature Schiaparelli pink. English and German audio guides and tours with friendly local guides who enjoy sharing their knowledge and stories of the area. There are hidden teddy bears for the children to count as well as a small gift shop which also sells teas, coffees and hot chocolate.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“local community” (27 reviews)
“guided tour” (32 reviews)
“community run” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
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+44 1339 741219
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the audio tour or this well preserved castle and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although the history of the castle goes back to the Bonny Prince's time, the castle is set up to depict the early to mid 20th century. Very well laid out and...More

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being members of the NTS we are a bit mean when it comes to having to pay to visit an independent attraction. However, at £8 pp for adults £7 concession we thought it could be good value and we were not disappointed. Parking is a...More

Thank David D
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your brilliant review. We are so pleased you feel we are achieving what we are aiming for. As a NT supporter, you obviously know a lot about castles which makes your appreciation of what we're doing even more welcomed by...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped and toured this local, community-owned and managed castle right outside of Braemar. I recommend it highly as it helps support the local economy and has a very interesting history. It also is nearly fully accessible for tour and has a...More

Thank MartinTravelAddict
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for you positive review, we really appreciate your kind words.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful little castle. Well preserved. Community run, this is a must see and encourages children to interact. Uniquely shapped, this younger castle is a must-see!

Thank Tim D
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, delighted you and the children enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

There was some interesting information here and you could actually imagine people living there. I thought it was a little expensive for the four of us given the amount of time that it took to go around.More

Thank JillyMcCarrick
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed your visit. I'm sorry you felt us expensive. We have 12 furnished rooms, the ticket price includes either a guided tour or an audio tour. The tour can be as long or as short as you want it to be but generally...More

Reviewed 18 October 2017

Always a pleasure return to this lovely castle - this was our sixth time and it felt like coming home to family. Thank you.

Thank Patricia M
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aw - thank you so much. So pleased you come back and find something interesting each time. We work hard to keep things fresh and to extend a warm welcome to our visitors so are delighted to hear you feel we're succeeding.

Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

A pleasant and interesting castle that's well worth a visit. It's clear that it's a labour of love for the volunteers that are working hard to restore the place to its former glory. We were a little disappointed that there wasn't a guided tour, which...More

Thank David H
Braemarcastle, Memeber of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you so much for your positive review despite the disappointment of there not being a guided tour available. We did have tours available on Sunday but just one guide on duty so she will have been well through a tour when you arrived which...More

Reviewed 4 October 2017

Nice little castle and grounds. The audio tour was good and the castle has an interesting history. The volunteers running the place were super nice.

Thank Amit S
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Managment Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Thank you so much for your review. It is greatly appreciated and makes all the hard work by the volunteers worthwhile.

Reviewed 27 September 2017

The present Braemar Castle was constructed in 1628 by John Erskine, 18th Earl of Mar as a hunting lodge and to counter the rising power of the Farquharsons. This 5-story castle is open to the public and has free parking a short walk from the...More

Thank Roberts69
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your encouraging comments. We certainly do want as many people to visit so we can continue raising funds to complete the restoration of the Castle. In the 10 years since we took over we have achieved much with £500,000 raised and the...More

Reviewed 27 September 2017

This is a nicely restored castle with a good guided tour. It is on a nice setting near the Dee. As I remember it the town association is responsible for the castle and a lot of civic pride is shown. The castle is nicely furnished...More

Thank TomCarolyn H
Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you taking time to review the Castle and for your positive comments. The Castle is not National Trust. It's operated by the local community for the benefit of the village on a 50 year improving lease from Invercauld Estate. We have already carried out...More

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Michelle B
19 May 2017|
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Response from Braemarcastle | Property representative |
Good morning - that sounds very odd - not being able to get in - was that to the Castle or the ground? We're normally very welcoming to people - and dogs! Would very much want to know what the misinformation was. Yes, dogs... More
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Derick S
26 July 2016|
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Response from Gareth G | Reviewed this property |
yes there are a few eating places to choose from, check trip advisor for reviews on the bothy, taste and Gordons
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Michelle B
27 September 2015|
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Response from Derick S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry the Castle has no accommodation, There are plenty of B&B within the village (only a ten min walk) As you are connected to the Farquharson there is a special visitors book that only Farquharsons are allowed to sign it... More
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