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“Unexpectedly interesting castle visit”
Review of Braemar Castle

Braemar Castle
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Braemar
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enjoy a guided tour of 12 furnished rooms in this 17th century Castle. Ghosts and villains, Jacobites and high fashion, the story begins in 1628 when the Earl of Mar built Mar Castle as his Highland hunting lodge. Associated with all 3 Jacobite uprisings, the castle was burned by the infamous Jacobite, the Black Colonel, and was the base for the Earl of Mar as he planned the 1715 uprising. After the 1745 rebellion, it was a garrison for Hanoverian soldiers stationed there to make sure that no-one dared break the law and wear tartan or carry weapons. In the 20th century, the castle was home to American fashion journalist, Editor of Harper's Bazaar and wife of the Chief of Clan Farquharson, who decorated the rooms in her signature Schiaparelli pink. English and German audio guides and tours with friendly local guides who enjoy sharing their knowledge and stories of the area. There are hidden teddy bears for the children to count as well as a small gift shop which also sells teas, coffees and hot chocolate.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The castle is being renovated and looked after by the local community. Their guide gave us a really fascinating insight to the castle's history which was given with huge enthusiasm and knowledge. Well worth a visit.

Thank Ewan M
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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Thank you for visiting and for your positive review. We hope you'll come again in the future and see real progress.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Interesting really enjoyed looking round the castle. The tour guide was very good, friendly and quite funny at times. Hope they raise the money soon for the renovations.
Didn't see any ghosts though !!!!!!

Thank Margaret D
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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

We're glad you didn't see any ghosts!! We're hoping to avoid them too! Thank you for visiting, every visit helps towards the restoration.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

castle was one of the nicest I've seen, easy to get to and there are staff to answer any questions you may have

Thank karen w
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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

Thank you for visiting and giving us such a positive review.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Enjoyed getting to see the inside of a recently lived in castle. The castle is run by the town- all volunteer work. Their enthusiasm was fun.

Thank Lyndzeh S
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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

Delighted you enjoyed your tour of the Castle and your visit to Braemar. Thank you for taking the time to post a review, we appreciate it.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Our tour was excellent as the volunteer guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The Castle's fascinating history is recounted as you wander through its 12 rooms, including those haunted by various ghosts. Highly recommended.

Thank Grumpywise
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Braemarcastle, Member of Community Management Team at Braemar Castle, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Thank you, we really enjoy sharing the Castle with our visitors. We think its history is fascinating and we're delighted you found it interesing too. It's a brilliant project for the village to be involved with and there so much potential to do even more - once we get a bit more funding.

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