Castleton Cottage

A Warm Wood Burning Welcome Awaits!

Activities & Information

Nearest town - Ballater 17 miles north

Noted for the most by  Royal Appointment signs on the local shops, it also boasts a replica carriage in the Old Railway Station, when Royalty travelled to the area since Queen Victoria . She would not allow the railway to go any further as it spoiled the landscape. 2018 saw this beautiful centre being re- opened(after being burned down in 2016) by Duke of Rothesay, with his very own Rothesay Rooms Restaurant in Ballater, Bookings a must.

Blairgowrie is 35miles to the south,is renowned for raspberries and strawberries, grown in and around this area. It also boasts a good sized Tesco's.

Braemar Castle,contact Doreen Wood - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or

open Easter - 31st Oct, 10am - 4pm

Shops in Braemar are 1 min (from the cottage) which is the Mountain Shop, 5 Invercauld Rd & cycle hire & ski hire specialists. They also boast the Coffee Bothy- really high class food & service, wood burning stove too. 2017 saw them with accomodation pods(not pods as I know it), but 2 storey type houses for rent.

Tel: 013397 412 42


Speciality Shop, Invercauld Rd. Sweeties & ice-cream/ also Pre-Loved


Wild Thistle - gifts that reflect the area.

Tel: 013397 410 70

Lamont Sporrans- made on the premises.

Butcher - has won various awards for his products.

Co-op is 5mins away in the centre, with Post office inside

Also ATM inside here.

Tel: 013397 416 00
Visit Scotland in The Mews (2018 saw the closure of this facility)

The A.T.M (CASH) is situated on the wall of this building.)

Tel: 013397 416 00

Pharmacy & Newsagent

Tel: 013397 414 23

Heritage Centre in Mews, now moved to Games park, called the Duke of Rothesay Pavilion, newly opened by the Queen on Games day 2018, will be properly open to the public 2019.

McLean of Braemar - gifts , Mar Rd, also horn craft made on the premises in the Horn Shop - Invercauld Rd. fax 41421. email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tel: 013397 41629 or

Tel: 013397 416 02

The Gallery - pictures,( no longer framing) & more. Music concerts of

around 30ish people.

St.Margarets now an arts & culture centre, lots of concerts throughout the year, look on Braemar web site or Community page on Face Book.

Concerts & activities in Village Hall too.

Tel: 013397 416 81

Service Station, Ballater Rd

Tel: 013397 412 01

Evening Restaurants ; The Gathering Place, Bistro Invercauld Rd, Is only at the bottom of the road, 50 yards away. NEW management


Tel: 013397 412 34

Near by also is The Invercauld Arms Hotel,bar only, till re-furbed 2019

Tel: 013397 416 05

Braemar Lodge Hotel with restaurant,(which is highly recommended)chalets & bunkhouse, Glenshee Rd.

Tel: 013397 416 27

Moorfield House Hotel, Chapel Brae overlooking Games Park.

All do log fires & nice food. They take dogs in bar.

Tel: 013397 412 44

Day Restaurants : Old Bakery Cafe , centre of village is closed august 2016

Coffee Bothy - Very good food till 6.00pm. Licensed. takes dogs. 

Tel: 013397 414 15

Gordon's Restaurant, licensed, open only day 2018.

Tel: 013397 410 49

Fife Arms Hotel , centre of village . Large bar. Now open after refurb in 2016 opening 2018. Nov/Dec .By Swiss Billionaire Wirth,& Manuella

International Art dealers.

Tel: 013397 416 44

Taste Restaurant & Deli (Auchendryne Square , past village hall )

Tel: 013397 414 25

Glenshee Ski Centre Cafe (also does outside catering)

Tel: 013397 413 20

Doctor Surgery The clinic, St Andrews Ter - no appointments system,9 - 10.30 am,closed 1/2 day Thursday and no surgery on Saturdays.

Tel: 013397 412 02

Police station at Ballnellan Rd (not always manned)

Non emergency 101, 0800 555 111

Tel: 01224 386 000 or

Tel: 0845 600 5700

Cycle Highlands & Ski Hire, Ballater

Also situated in Victoria Hall, Glenshee Rd, Braemar. ( Winter only)

Tel: 013397 558 64


Salmon fishing, go to Invercauld Estate Office. This office is opposite Old Bridge Of Dee, at Keiloch.

Tel: 013397 412 24

Linn o' Dee is a very picturesque local beauty spot 5miles east of Braemar. The Gateway to the Cairngorms. Parking for walkers.

Mar Lodge is a fantastic old shooting lodge, converted into holiday appartments, situated on Linn O Dee Rd, heading east out of village for 4 miles. This is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland.A very popular wedding venue,holidays,conference centre and most beautiful sporting highland estate. Family activities are amongst others are Bats & beasties, fungi forays, tours round the stag ballroom & grounds, walk & stalk, look for info on lamp posts or visitor centre in village.

Ranger: 013397 416 69 or

Estate: 013397 414 33


Tel: 013398 800 81 or

Mobile: 07769 908 668

Low level walks (walking 4 health) Sandra Stewart This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We leave the village at 10 .00am at The Mews every Mon morn.

Tel: 013397 414 26

Braemar Walkers - Richard Baker, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mob: 07890 892 664

Camping can be had at the Invercauld Caravan club site which is leaving the village on the Glenshee rd on the right hand side. 2014 - This site has been taken over by Invercauld Est, also cabins 2017.

Tel: . 013397 413 73

The Youth Hostel is opposite on the left. There are various bunkhouse accommodation to be had in the village.

Crathie Kirk is 9 miles towards Aberdeen, this is where the Royal family worship every Sunday when they holiday at Balmoral Castle, situated over the bridge and is open to the public from Easter to 31st July every summer. Again open on smaller scale during winter months.

Lochnager Whisky Distillery is a little further on and look for the sign, past the castle gates, on the right off the south Deeside road.

Crathie Opportunity Holidays is past the Visitor Centre and has the latest facilities for the disabled and their families & carers.

Church Services Braemar Parish church is behind The Mews, services on Sunday at 9.45 am and at Crathie Kirk, Sunday at 11.30am.

Contact Rev Ken McKenzie tel:013397 42208

St. Andrews R.C. church at St. Andrews Terr, behind the Gallery, Mass is held every Saturday at 5.30 pm.

St.Ninians Episcopal church is at Mar Lodge, open monthly,check.

Braemar Highland Safaris- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it, this company now been sold to

Braemar Highland Experience, Neil still to be involved with another

4 guides in new experience. Photography too.

Country dancing Victoria Hall, glenshee rd, contact Marilyn This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Highland Dancing displays in village hall every wed eve.

Tel: 013397 412 25

Golf is played on the highest golf course in Scotland, nice lunch & bar meals, in the club, Closed end of October, but if course is ok & free

of snow, then playing is allowed.

Tel: 013397 416 18

Mobile Telephones Please note very few networks have signals here, 02 is good. The granite & hills block these, so if going into the mountains please check before you go or leave a route with someone & time of return. Police emergency would be call out for Mountain Rescue.

Entertainment Check the various venues in the village, at festival times ceilidhs can be on (ie Gathering Ceilidh Mar Lodge/live band in village hall,Hogmanay, or Burns night) Also whats on at     braemarscotland Click weather, ( braemarweb cam on snow gates)


Also check winter opening & closed times of all above.


We have about 70 different groups going on in the village,

if you want to join in (dancing, choir, whatever) ask a local.

We hope you enjoy our little village (500 inhabitants).