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Things to do in Braemar

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hotel
“The Fife Arms is like no other hotel we have every been in. The Flying Stag public bar provides excellent food and drink and we have yet to be disappointed.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
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“Our go-to place for coffee and cakes or a light lunch. Prompt and friendly service, good food, excellent coffee and great views of the River Clunie in the gorge below.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“An excellent place to find locally sourced, hand crafted, high quality gifts either for yourself, or the folks back home.”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
  • 2 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
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“Our go to place for takeaway Fish & Chips. Excellent food, friendly and efficient service and good value. We then drive and park up in one of a dozen lay-bys and eat our meal looking out at the great views. Hard to beat.”
  • 1 local recommends
Athletics & Sports
“The Braemar Gathering has been a highlight of the sporting calendar since at least 1832. Nestled beneath bucolic, heather-strewn mountains, it is the most prominent and well-attended Highland games, drawing vast crowds from all over the globe. From March 2019, visitors will also be able to enjoy the Highland Games Centre. The centre incorporates an exhibition hall, gallery, archive, café and shop. The exhibition explores the living traditions of the Highland games, focusing on the Braemar Gathering and its long-standing royal connections. ​Housed in The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion, the stunning new building was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen in September 2018. The building is named in honour of HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, a keen supporter of the project through his charity The Prince’s Foundation.”
  • 1 local recommends
Locality
“There is lots to do and see in Braemar. It is a haven for walkers, climbers and sightseers. There are lots of places to eat and we can recommend the ever popular fish and chips after working up an appetite walking and sight-seeing! The Fyffe Arms, which has been recently restored to an amazing standard and described by The Financial Times as ‘Scotland’s Hottest Hotel’ is a must-see. Take a drive to the Linn o’ Dee where you can park and enjoy a delightful relaxing walk among the Scots Pines and take in the beautiful views. This is a beautiful area with lots of lovely spots for picnics.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 1 local recommends
Unknown
“The World Famous annual Braemar Gathering, attended by members of The British Royal Family and the inspiration for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. The first Saturday in September every year.”
  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
“Good quality family meals in a pleasant dining room, only a short walk from the cabin.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“Breathtaking scenery, you will not forget this park. Highest in Scotland. Closed for the month of November, to prepare for the skiing season. Reasonably priced and great for the kids. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Art Gallery
  • 1 local recommends
Outdoor Supply Store
Store
  • 1 local recommends

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Café
“Our go-to place for coffee and cakes or a light lunch. Prompt and friendly service, good food, excellent coffee and great views of the River Clunie in the gorge below.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
“Our go to place for takeaway Fish & Chips. Excellent food, friendly and efficient service and good value. We then drive and park up in one of a dozen lay-bys and eat our meal looking out at the great views. Hard to beat.”
  • 1 local recommends

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