Events 2017 (Chronological - scroll down for your Event)



16th (Easter Sunday)  Shake Hands with the Past - 12 to 4pm













Living history -  The Earl of Mar, the Black Colonel, Princess Dolgorouki, Robert Louis Stevenson, Queen Victoria, Piccadilly Jim, Colonel Anne, all ready and waiting to show you round the Castle

Where can you bow before Queen Victoria, discuss Long John Silver with the author of Treasure Island, rub shoulders with a redcoat and win an Easter egg?   As the community of Braemar celebrate 10 years of operating the Castle as a Visitor Attraction, on Easter Sunday, you are invited to meet the people who have created its story.   Come and “Shake Hands with the Past” and meet the characters associated with the Castle’s long and colourful history.

It’s where Queen Victoria came to watch the Highland Games and take tea in the Drawing Room, redcoats used it as a barracks, the Jacobite Black Colonel set it on fire, Princess Alexis Dolgorouki brought Russian fashions and tastes to Deeside and Mrs Frances Farquharson, former editor of Harpers Bazaar, painted the loos Schiaparelli pink!  Costume volunteers, who also represent the Castle’s new story of community operation, will be here to greet you with a story in each room.

Usual admission prices apply.  Take your Easter egg to roll in the grounds, do the quiz, win an Easter egg, meet the cast of Castle characters

Meet the Castle characters, do the quiz and enjoy an Easter egg

12 to 4pm, Sunday 16th April




Saturday 3rd Mar Lodge -  7pm for 7.30 - Dinner and Ceilidh with Hog roast and music from the fabulous Braemar Blaeberries with Marilyn as caller and the premier of the Castleton Dancers' new dance specially created for the Castle.

Celebrating 10 year of community operation, many successes, many challenges, lots of hard work - you're invited to a celebrate with a pre-dinner drink in the Lodge and dinner and ceilidh in the Stag Ballooom.  If you live locally, are a Friend of Braemar Castle or have attended events or contributed in any way - and so many have over the past 10 years - please join us.  Tickets are priced at a subsidised £15 to include pre-dinner drink Prosecco, hogroast, pudding and coffee.  A bus will run from the village, please prebook.

Tickets for Ceilidh June 3rd
Return Bus Journey from Village

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Wed 21st June

Creag Choinnich Hill Race - Britain's oldest recorded hill race

Distance 3.5km Climb 250m        Registration/Start at Braemar Castle       Light refreshments available post race.


The history books have Creag Choinnich as the oldest recorded hill race dating back to 1064. Yes 1064! King Malcolm II looking for the fastest man to deliver his despatches arranged the race up Creag Choinnich. The first home was the younger of two MacGregor brothers who received "a handsome sword, a baldric and a purseful of gold" (a baldric is a belt worn like a sash to support a sword).

Fast forward to the Victorian age and the hill race was included in the Braemar Highland Games, that is until Queen Victoria witnessed her ghillie spitting blood after winning the 1850 race. In deference to her sensibilities, the race was suspended thereafter.

The race resumed about ten years ago being run from the Highland Games Park as part of the Junior Highland Games.

After 2016 the race returned to its former location at Braemar Castle and is now run as an evening race close to the longest day.  Registration from 7pm

Entry on day available, although pre-entry preferred to register visit for more information.


Thursday 22nd and Saturday 24th June - Murder Mystery Dinners

Death at the Castle

Murder and mayhem ensue when Lady Fenella Farquhar invites her friends to stay for the weekend at the stylish country home of Simeon and Gina Crackett, Lady Fenella’s nephew and wife.  Also on the exclusive guest list are the cream of 1930’s Society, Irwin and Magenta North and Mr Ronald Bump. The other guests include Lady Fenella’s elderly female companion, the highly respected local Minister and the Crackett’s dependable Head Gamekeeper.  Join this elite gathering for dinner in the grand dining room.  But you’ll need to stay alert – all is not as it seems and your input could prove vital!  But who will be murdered and who is the murderer.  With your help, Chief Inspector Dougal Entendre and PC Scott will surely solve the mystery!

Enjoy a 3-course Murder Mystery dinner and 2 glasses of wine for £25 each (limited numbers, just 26 tickets per night)

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Thursday 22nd June
Saturday 24th June

Drinks in the Drawing Room from 7.30



Sunday 23rd -  Braemar Highland Fling

10 years of community operation - come and help us celebrate

Braemar Highland Fling will celebrate 10 years since the local community began looking after Braemar Castle.   Many people from Braemar, and beyond, volunteer at the Castle and they’ll be there on the day to help cut a celebration cake with a free slice for everyone!

The Fling, a cross between a Highland Games and Country Fair, will feature events for all the family from Jacobite sword fighting to archery to terrier racing.  Entries are invited from terrier owners and you and your dog can also compete in the Dog show with a prize for the best dressed dog - and owner!

Activities for children include -  races, welly-wanging, and storytelling, Dusty, the sheep with personality, will be sheared in the traditional way and the popular rescued owls and raptors from 2Wit2Woo at Huntly.   Braemar’s miniature sit-on train, always a firm favourite with the children and also with the adults will be running and there will demonstrations from our local horn-carver.

Lots of music too, the newly formed Braemar Samba Group are going to be here beating their drums and encouraging everyone to get involved.  There’s also music from the talented youngsters on the Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail and in the afternoon, Blairgowrie Pipe Band will be playing.  And if you fancy a bit of outdoor country-dancing, you can learn some new steps with the local Castleton Dancers.

For motorbike enthusiasts, bikers from the British Legion Riders Branch will be showing off their motorbikes and there’s also going to be a Gun Dog trial demonstration showing the discipline trained dogs are capable of!

Refreshments will be on sale, hog-roast, soup, teas, coffees, but you’re also welcome to bring a picnic and a rug and enjoy a great day out, hopefully under cloudless skies!

Entry to the Highland Fling in the grounds of the Castle, from noon to 4pm, is £5, children, free.  Entry is free to owners of dogs competing in the Dog Show and terrier racing.   A combined ticket to the Fling and Braemar Castle is £8 for adults, concession £7 and children free.



Saturday 5th - Princess Dolgorouki Dinner (previously advertised as 12th)

Edwardian Dinner - Pre-dinner drinks served in the Drawing Room from 7pm


Princess Alexis Dolgorouki, fabulous tenant of Braemar Castle has arrived “for the grouse” and invites you to join her for an exclusive Edwardian style Dinner Party with entertainment in the grand Dining Room of Braemar Castle

Be part of this recreated opulence when the Princess hosts a society dinner. Be entertained between courses by the voice of Ian Brown and by music-lover, Fanny, herself, and get a glimpse into the Princess’s fraught relationship with the Mr Foggo, Factor of Invercauld Estate.  A constant tussle about the state of repair of the driveway, the need for a tennis court and why there were coffins in the garage!

From 1897, the fabulous Fanny Fleetwood Wilson, Russian Princess Alexis Dolgorouki, one of the “Marlborough Set” the fast glittering set of friends round Edward Prince of Wales rented Braemar Castle for almost 25 years. At one of her many lavish London society dinners she had a miniature ‘lake’ with goldfish in it and water-lilies on it sunk into the middle of her dining table. When she took on the lease of Braemar Castle it became a popular centre for society on Deeside with lavish dinner parties and soirees.

The Dolgorouki family had extensive estates in South Russia and were the rulers of Russia prior to the Romanov dynasty. They were actively involved in Russian Government over the centuries and the Prince’s father was Secretary of State and Privy Seal to the former Tsar, Alexander II.

Fanny, however had Scottish roots. Her father was born in Portsoy and as a child she had frequently holidayed in the northeast.

Tickets for this exclusive event are £25 to include a 3-course dinner and 2 glasses of wine

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Places are limited, just 26 seats available, so early booking is advised.


Tickets are £25 per person        SOLD OUT

Friday 11th August

Flute and Guitar Duo Boyle Klofver Castle Concert Series

AFTERNOON RECITAL - St Margaret's Braemar - 12:30 (lunch) 1:00pm (concert) £12 (under 16’s FREE) a lunch of soup, sandwiches, tea and coffee included in ticket price.

Castle Concert Series is delighted to have been invited to perform for this wonderful community run project at St Margaret’s.  Art and Music is the focus for this afternoon recital. The specially tailored programme showcases Nils Klöfver playing the impressively versatile 11-string Alto Guitar of Swedish origins, joined by Kimberley Boyle on flute. The programme includes works by J.S Bach, C.P.E Bach and some well-known folk tunes, including their own original arrangements. Following an exciting 2016 collaboration with guitarist Nils, the musicians will be joined by the wonderful Swedish artist Jenny Svenberg-Bunnel, whose live drawings will develop as the concert unfolds. Both art forms are inspired and nurtured by each other and these live concert drawings together with a selection of Jenny's other works will be on display at the venue.

The audience are invited to join the artists after the performance for tea/coffee and cake, included in the ticket price.

EVENING RECITAL - Braemar Castle - 7:30pm £12 (under 16’s FREE) pre-concert castle tour and refreshments included in ticket price.

Following the afternoon concert, the Boyle Klöfver Duo continue their musical journey through Braemar at the Castle, to showcase a programme with an entirely different flavour.  Back by popular demand, the Boyle Klöfver Duo return to wow audiences with their exhilarating new programme of flute & guitar music; taking you on a journey through the history of Astor Piazzolla’s Argentinian tango to Béla Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances and back to Scotland in their very own arrangements of much-loved Scottish folk tunes.  Refreshments and the opportunity to explore the castle prior to the performance is included in the ticket price.

Tickets available at the door, or for advance bookings (recommended) please call

+44 (0) 7782 343549

(no booking fees) or visit



Tuesday 15th August at 7.30 (Free audio tour of Castle at 6.15 included in  in ticket price)

The Strange and the Eerie: Ballads and Stories of Auld Scotland (ahead of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)



Scotland’s dark and mysterious past is hidden deep in its songs and legends. Heather Yule, Jeanie Roy Collins and Alison Bell are Cantrip Teasel. Join them on their dangerous quest through ancient ballads and stories, accompanied by the atmospheric music of the Scottish harp.  There’ll be murder and magic, fights and ghosts, a wee bit of humour and of course, the tale of one of the Farquharson Lairds, the Black Colonel himself.

Tickets £10 buy online now



Sunday 27th August

WWI Memorial Concert

Memories and songs from 1917.

The fourth in our series of Concerts mirroring the events of the Great War

It is 1917, the Laird’s wife, Zoe Farquharson (Fiona Hunter), will once again host
afternoon tea in aid of the War Effort in the Dining Room of the Castle.  Musical
entertainment and afternoon tea will be provided.
Tea will be served from 4.30pm with music at 5pm

Tickets cost £8 for adults and £6 concession, to include afternoon tea.

Adult Ticket £8
Concession Ticket £6