2 Best Hotels in Braemar, Aberdeen and the Northeast

Ivy Cottage

$ | Cluniebank Rd., Braemar, AB35 5ZP, Scotland

Everything at this 19th-century inn, from the silky bedding to the bright bathroom fittings, is of the highest standard and done with good taste. It's set in a peaceful garden, and facilities for hikers and bikers include gear storage, laundry, and drying room. Evening meals can be arranged in advance, and no corkage is charged for those who bring their own booze. A self-catering studio and cottage are also available.

Pros

  • Relaxing rooms
  • Owners who go out of their way to make you feel at home
  • Facilities for walkers and cyclists

Cons

  • No bar or restaurant
  • No check-in before 4 pm
  • Two-night minimum stay
Cluniebank Rd., Braemar, AB35 5ZP, Scotland
01339-741642
hotel Details
5 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The Fife Arms

$$$$ | Mar Rd., Braemar, AB35 5YN, Scotland Fodor's Choice

This opulently quirky, art-filled boutique hotel is a much-needed addition to Braemar's rather thin lodging portfolio. Each room is an art installation in its own right, melding dreamy fantasy themes with heritage elements—think tweed, tartan, velvet, polished mahogany, and four-poster beds. Wood-fired cuisine in the Clunie Dining Room, malt whiskies and craft ales in the Flying Stag bar, and smart drinks in Elsa's cocktail bar add to the elegant mix.

Pros

  • Fabulous, art-filled rooms
  • Locally sourced game, salmon, and seafood on the dining menu
  • Great cocktails

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Overwhelmingly arty
  • Some may find taxidermied animals in rooms and public areas distasteful
Mar Rd., Braemar, AB35 5YN, Scotland
01339-720200
hotel Details
46 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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