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Braemar is an attractive, large village with many shops and hotels in the heather-covered hills of Royal Deeside just west of Lochnagar Mountain (3,791 feet). Not far from The Queen's summer holiday retreat at Balmoral, it is about 40 miles north of Blairgowrie and 60 miles west of Aberdeen.
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This is the 'big country' being in the area of the Grampian and Cairngorm mountains where there is magnificent scenery at all times of the year. Its many romantic old castles, lovely coastline, whisky distilleries, golf courses and famous fishing rivers make this a mecca for visitors.
Braemar village, although small, is very well equipped with amenities including a gallery, visitor information centre and the Braemar Highland Heritage Centre which details the village's history. There is also a golf course and bike rental so that you can make use of the many mountain biking trails that have been set up all around the village. You can fish on the famous River Dee and history enthusiasts will also enjoy visiting Kindrochit Castle and nearby Braemar Castle.
The village is particularly famous for the Braemar Gathering, an annual event that is held on the first Saturday of September each year. It is the biggest event in the highland games calendar and is held in the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park right in the village. The event involves traditional highland games including tossing the caber and also has traditional Scottish pipe music and dancing. The Queen herself is usually in attendance, along with the Duke of Edinburgh as the venue is near their residence at Balmoral.
Braemar is within the Cairngorms National Park where there are an abundance of activities including walking, climbing, cycling and water sports. It is also a haven for wildlife including many rare birds, otters, pine martens and even wild cats. In fact, 25% of the UK's endangered species can be found here!
You are also ideally placed for winter sports here as you are within 9 miles of Scotland's most extensive ski resort Glenshee. This 2,000 acre resort has skiing and snowboarding (with chair lifts), as well as ski lessons, a shop and equipment hire. The lively city of Aberdeen (all facilities) is only 90 minutes away and should not be missed.
|Date||Product||Score||Customer Comment||Our Response|
|23-Jan-2021||West Carsaig Cottage AU7 (overall)||Carsaig is isolated, lovely, and the cottage was clean and comfortable. I recommend it: we certainly had fun as a couple with a (very excited) 3 year old! Mull gorgeous. Drive over to Carsaig fine as long as you're careful. Bring food, wellie boots/walking shoes and be prepared for changing weather. But we had sun almost the whole week - and felt lucky for it.|
|15-Jan-2021||Ashieburn Cottage DE8 (overall)||Excellent and very caring. We felt welcome from the moment we arrived|
|15-Jan-2021||Kates Cottage BJ2 (overall)||A lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Hosts most helpful as we had tochange dates due to last minute change in Covid restrictions. Downside was poor internet connction . Couldnt get radio or T.V despite satellite dish. There is a dishwasher,which is great ,but number of plates and cutlery needs to be increased to reflect this.|
|15-Jan-2021||Claddochside GE9 (overall)||Clear guidance and compassionate understanding it a difficult time.|
|15-Jan-2021||Tweed Cottage at Old Melrose CN5 (overall)||Very professional and everything was straight forward|
|01-Jan-2021||Gardener's Cottage AE4 (overall)||It was a great service once we finally managed to get a response..|
|27-Dec-2020||Rosie's Cottage EC2 (overall)||Lovely cottage in a lovely location|
|26-Dec-2020||Dunfuinary Cottage DA7 (overall)||First class from start to finish, this was the second time at the cottage and we do intend to be back|
|26-Dec-2020||Horsemill Cottage CC6 (overall)||Lovely warm comfortable cottage . Great location for days out and walks . Secluded situation but not far from village with useful chops . Have been several times and never tire of the walking .|
|05-Jan-2021||Mag Findargat FA2 (overall)||Good apart from miscommunication about number of beds to be made up and no extra sheets available so it took 24 hours to get someone back to make the 2nd bed up.|