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Braemar Castle

Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
+44 1339 741219
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Interesting Afternoon

We stopped by here after a morning at Balmoral Castle. This castle offers excellent value for... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Aquarosa
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Llangammarch Wells, United Kingdom
Superb History

We were lucky enough to visit when the local primary school children were acting as guides. It was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Craig B
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Birmingham, 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.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Braemar, Braemar AB35 5XR, Scotland
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"hunting lodge"
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"great visit"
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"little gem"
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"enjoyed our visit"
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"spiral staircase"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped by here after a morning at Balmoral Castle. This castle offers excellent value for money. There are 12 rooms to view and the 'walkie-talkie' tour gives you three optional extras to listen to in each room in addition to the standard tour, making...More

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Braemarcastle, Memebr of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you so much. We are always so pleased to hear our visitors have enjoyed their visit. We try to offer plenty choice - , guided tour, audio tour - or - just a leisurely wander. Delighted you felt we offer good value. Because we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to visit when the local primary school children were acting as guides. It was great to see such enthusiasm about their local history in such a wonderful placeMore

Thank Craig B
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for visiting and we're delighted you enjoyed our "Year of Young People" event. The youngsters did so well and it was so well received by everyone, we'll definitely be doing it again. Wonderful to see the children so knowledgeable and involved...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting small castle (fortified house) with a long history. Good (free) audio guide and helpful volunteer staff.

Thank David M
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for taking time to write a supportive review. It is greatly appreciated.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When visiting Braemar for the week end, we decided to pay the castle a visit, It seamed very well run as it’s a local charitable castle who look after it and the upkeep, the tour guide was very helpful and over all, an enchanting day...More

Thank Alexander R
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your positive review. The Castle is operated by the village of Braemar and staffed by volunteers from the village, managed by Georgina, our single member of staff (and, over the summer months,, our students). We really enjoy sharing the Castle with our...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been meaning to visit Braemar Castle for years and finally got round to it. The castle is owned by the local Farquharson clan but is looked after and operated by local volunteers, operating as a charitable trust. The castle is small but has...More

Thank ian n
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ian, thank you so much. These kind of reviews make all the volunteers' hard work worth it. We have still much to do on the outside (which we know puts people off) but inside, we're really quite smart - and authentic. We have just submitted...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here before going to Balmoral Castle. It is staffed my by volunteers and offers an audio tour of ALL the rooms in the castle. Well worth the stop if in Braemar.

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Braemarcastle, Memeber of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much, delighted you enjoyed your visit. We're quite different from Balmoral so worth making space to visit both Castle if you're in the area.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great castle the staff are very friendly and helpful we also got a ticket which lets you in too see other places for nothing bonus great day next stop Balmoral mmm think the chipper first like many thanks

Thank Roger O
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Aw - thank you Roger. Glad you liked us. Hope you enjoyed all your day out on Deeside

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While there are audio guides we were lucky enough to get a personal guide and it was excellent. She was enthusiastc, knowledgeable, and took great care of our small group. Came away with a lot of knowledge and would recommend this attraction to anyone.

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

Thank you so much for such a glowing review. It is greatly appreciated. Our wee community love operating the Castle and it's brilliant to know people enjoy visiting.

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

This is a magnificent castle. When I think of a castle this is what I think of. It was used in modern times so lovely to see how someone lived here.

Thank Lori G
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Thank you so much for taking time to review the Castle. Your comments are greatly appreciated. So pleased you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

This lovely old castle has a very interesting history you can take an audio guide but being taken round by a guide is much better even if you do have wait a bit .You are able to watch a video while you wait and have...More

Thank Peter H
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Braemarcastle, Member of the Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thank you for taking time to write such a postivie review. It makes all the community's hard work worth it.

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Lindsey8465
2 June 2018|
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Response from married90 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure there is a car park I would go into Braemar
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27 May 2018|
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Response from Alexina Fullerton | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I should have added that you should expect your visit to Braemar Castle to last a couple of hours. In the village there is a very good tearoom next the excellent outdoor shop, a visitor centre and a couple of... More
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Michelle B
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Response from Heather S | Reviewed this property |
I’m quite certain you don’t have to pay if you don’t go inside. The grounds are not gated so you could have a nice roam around easily.
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