Try these practical ideas to help you enjoy and understand Braemar Castle
• Research the tales and legends of the surrounding area and what they tell us about life in and around Braemar Castle.
• Imagine what it would be like to live in the castle at different times.
Create your own character and describe some of the people you meet at the castle.
• Explore the place names of the local area and research their origins.
• Measure the buildings and draw scale plans of the site.
• Calculate the floor area and volume of the bottle neck dungeon.
• Devise a method of estimating the height of the flagpole without leaving the ground.
Explore the graveyard and graph the ages of the occupants of a particular section.
Carry out a census of the family names in the graveyard.
• Research the various creations of the Earls of Mar.
• Investigate where the current Earl of Mar and his family now live.
• Research the impact of the Jacobite rebellions on the local area.
• Create a list of all the people who might have lived in the castle at any one time and the jobs that they did.
• Research the development and impact of the modern estates on life in the local area.
• Explore the reasons for building a castle in this spot.
Investigate the defensive advantages of the star shaped curtain wall.
• Set up and use a weather station at the site to monitor conditions over a period of time.
• Map out readings of soil temperature, pH and water content.
• Research the plant, insect, animal and bird life in the area.
• Explore the construction of the main building.
• Create a three dimensional scale model of the building.
• Explore the structure of the well and devise a method of estimating its depth.
• Create a picture, story or play depicting life in the castle before and after Culloden.
• Photograph the area and create a montage.
• Create a virtual tour of the castle using video, music and commentary.
• Research the music and songs of the area.
Research the various forms of the Farquharson tartan.
Health & Wellbeing
• Research the diets of people living in the castle in the 17th century.
• Research and try to recreate cooking methods and typical meals from the 17th century.
• Research the energy needed by people to live and travel in the area in the 17th century.
Religious and Moral Education
• Research the development of religious worship in the area.
• Explore the local churches and their impact on local life.
• Explore local graveyards and trace local family groups.