Braemar

Synonymous with the British monarchy, due to its closeness to Balmoral, and with the famous Highland Games, this village is popular year-round as a base for walkers and climbers enjoying the Grampian Mountains. This very much reflects in the choice of accommodation available which is surprisingly basic. However, the purchase and overhaul of the Fife Arms by a Swiss art-dealing husband and wife—due to open early in 2017—suggests that the potential of Braemar has caught the eye of international developers. Meanwhile, there isn't really much else going on in Braemar, although the castle is well worth a couple of hours.

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