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Braemar Castle

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Address: Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
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+44 1339 741219
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Enjoy a guided tour of 12 furnished rooms in this 17th century Castle....

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.

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Best castle tour ever

Fascinating tour of this amazing historical castle led by guide Colin, lots of info, lots of history, lots of humour! We'll be back. Only castle in the country owned and operated... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Don F
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating tour of this amazing historical castle led by guide Colin, lots of info, lots of history, lots of humour! We'll be back. Only castle in the country owned and operated by the local community.

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Braemarcastle, Member of the community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this review

Thank you so much. We're very proud of what's we've got and really enjoy showing visitors around. We're glad it shows! Look forward to seeing you again. Different stories guaranteed from each guide, everyone's got their own favourites! More 

Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. It appears quite small but takes quite a while to look around all the rooms and the recorded messages are very helpful too.Well worth a visit.

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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit. More 

Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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1,497 reviews
726 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 702 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Although we were disappointed to find the castle closed for winter, we took the opportunity of parking up and going for a stroll around the exterior. It was a bright Autumnal afternoon and the views of the small, round-turreted castle with the snow clad hills in the background were rather lovely.

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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this review

It is lovely isn't it? and autumn has been so glorious. Sorry we were closed but these bright blue skies often mean very low temperatures, we were down to -12C the other week so I'm afraid we have to drain the water from the Castle and turn if off for the winter until such times as we have raised the... More 

St. Louis, MO
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114 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is a quaint castle that is furnished as when it was last occupied in the 1950's. There are many rooms to tour and read about. The castle is run by local volunteers that are very friendly and do a nice job. The grounds could be prettier but worth a visit.

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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting. You're absolutely right about the grounds! We have had a landscape plan drawn up - but no funding available yet to make it happen unfortunately. The repairs to the harling are next on the list and then we'll tackle the grounds. More 

Williston, North Dakota
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

If taking the tour be sure to request a guide. A couple leaving the castle as we entered gave us this advice and we were glad we listened. Our guide (I believe Molly was her name) did an excellent job! Very informative with a touch of humor! The history of this castle was very interesting!

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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this review

Delighted you enjoyed your visit, thank you so much for taking time to write such a positive review. This is the second year Molly had helped out and she has just graduated with a first class honours degreee in archeaology so is now very well qualified! More 

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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

lovely setting, informative tour, small and intimate, good visual quiz for the kids, lovely friendly staff. what could be better?

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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management team at Braemar Castle, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a brilliant review, it is very much appreciated. More 

Southport, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Looking for somewhere to walk to from our hotel in Braemar whilst others on our coach trip had a morning out we decided to take the 15 minute walk out to Braemar Castle. What a little gem of a place. We were given a warm welcome by the volunteer staff and shown how to operate the audio guide then left... More 

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Braemarcastle, Memeber of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this review

Delighted you enjoyed your visit and really pleased to have feedback on the audio guides. So good to hear you found the extra buttons enjoyable. The aim is to give people choice - so a quicker tour with the basic buttons or a longer tour using the red, yellow and green buttons to give extra info and insights. Thank you... More 

Shetland
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66 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Down from the Poeple's Republic of Shetland, I spent an hour or so wandering around unguided, but with the aid of the audio gadget reception staff give you. Looks like a mobile phone and you press a button corresponding to the room number that you are in for a description. There are also additional texts you can listen to using... More 

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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Managment Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your brilliant review. And a warm welcome to a member of the People's Republic. We have been hearing such wonderful reports of your recent Wool Week - were you here to escape the knitting needles?! Great stories of terrific community co-operation and partnership working in Shetland. Delighted you enjoyed your visit to our community enterprise. More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Having used braemar castle for our wedding ceremony in September I would recommend a visit for anyone in the braemar area . The staff at the castle were very friendly and accommodating and went out of their way to make our day fantastic from arranging decor and organising seating etc to serving our guests drinks in the drawing room after... More 

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Braemarcastle, Memeber of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this review

It is a real pleasure to have weddings in the Castle, delighted you enjoyed yours. The Castle makes a great back-drop. Every good wish for your future together. More 

Maine
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220 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

A nice little castle, far more interesting on the inside than the outside. The guided tour was excellent and well worth the £8 entry price.

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Braemarcastle, Memeber of the Community Managment Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this review

Thank you so much - exactly the kind of reviews we need to persuade the two thirds of our visitors, who visit the grounds to take photos but don't come in, to pay the admission and enjoy the inside too - so that - we can raise the money to repair the outside! More 

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