FOOD AND DRINK
There is a small supermarket in the village, selling a good selection including fresh baking. There is a chemist and a traditional butcher.
There are several restaurants open during the day, all supplying good quality meals, baking, etc.
At night, a few of the hotels have restaurants which are open every evening as well as bars for an evening drink.
Information about these services is available in the cabin.
Twenty minutes' drive east from Braemar is Ballater, a larger Highland visit which is close to Balmoral and has further shops and restaurants.
A hotel in the village is currently being converted into a luxury venue.
In the village, there are two historic castles to visit. The Queen's summer residence, Balmoral, is nearby and the grounds are open to visitors when she is not in residence. You can catch a glimpse of the Royal Family by being at Crathie Kirk on Sunday mornings during August.
Braemar offers a wide range of sporting activities:
- Hillwalking and climbing
- Ski-ing (20 minutes to Glen Shee Ski Centre (ski gear available for hire in the village)
- Biking (bike hire available in the village)
- Golf - the golf course welcomes visitors
- Wildlife - Braemar is the current home of the BBC's Winterwatch because of the range of Highland wildlife in the area, including red deer, red squirrels, golden eagles, pine martens and otters.
Braemar is a very active community and there are often fairs, activity programmes and concerts - look at the local website for further details http://braemarscotland.co.uk/
The highlight of Braemar's year is the famous Braemar Gathering on the Saturday of the first weekend of September, attended by the Queen and members of the Royal Family.