A traditional Highland village bustling with creativity.

The highest village in the UK, Braemar is a thriving community at the heart of Invercauld Estate.

Sitting on the gorge of the Clunie Water, Braemar is surrounded by moorland, mountains and forests of pine and birch. If you try to imagine the most idyllic Highland village, Braemar brings this vision to life! When the Ballater Highland games are on, it can feel as if you’ve gone back in time but don’t let the vernacular shop-fronts and charming cottages fool you into thinking the village is stuck in the past: its unique character is complemented byfamily-run businesses, independent artisan shops selling locally-made products, a boutique hotel, cafés, a patisserie, fine-dining restaurants and a thriving arts' centre promoting concerts, exhibitions, talks, tours, farmers’ markets and workshops. This is a lively place!

Surrounded by unspoilt countryside, Braemar nestles into the wild bringing the best of both worlds together: the creativity of humans and the peaceful harmony of nature.


St. Margaret's Arts Centre offers a varied and exciting programme of arts' events in a unique heritage venue.


Farquharson's Bar & Kitchen is a proper old-fashioned pub in the heart of the village serving pub grub and ales.

The Fife Arms offers traditional Scottish food and entertainment in The Flying Stag bar or fine dining in The Clunie Dining Room which showcases wood-fire cooking.

Cafes, bistros and bakeries

The Bothy has a beautiful garden.

Braemar Bistro specialises in Scottish cuisine.

The Gathering Place Bistro serves steaks and grills with a Scottish slant.

Gordon’s Tearoom where you can sample Mrs Sherry’s famous scones.

Special treats

Hazelnut Patisserie sells delicate pastries and gourmet treats to go.

The Braemar Chocolate Shop offers a connoisseur’s selection of chocolates handcrafted by chocolatier Heather.

The Speciality Sweet Shop sells old-fashioned sweets for children of all ages

Haggis and more

N.G. Menzies (Butcher) sells traditional haggis and sausages, made on site.

For other groceries, provisions and household goods, there is a well-stocked local Co-op store.