Scenic hotel located in the heart of the Cairngorms
Situated in a quiet Highlands village, the Fife Arms Hotel Braemar offers guests the perfect opportunity to relax and take stock whilst enjoying the scenic Scottish landscapes.
Visitors to the Aberdeenshire establishment will find themselves surrounded by the natural beauty of the Cairngorm National Park. The hotel itself dominates the village of Braemar and offers a historic aspect to the region.
Originally thought to be a hunting lodge for the Duke of Fife, today the hotel consists of 78 guestrooms. Thanks in part to some sympathetic restoration and renovation, the property is the largest within the village and a popular destination for those visiting the region.
To facilitate the needs of its guests, the hotel includes a restaurant, coffee shop, lounge and bar. The restaurant overlooks the Clunie Water, a picturesque backdrop to match a varied menu. Both the coffee shop and bar serve light lunches whilst the latter also includes an extensive drinks list which included locally distilled whiskies. The bar also serves evening meals for those looking for something a little less formal. It’s also the only bar in the village open year around, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
The hotel lounge is perfect for relaxing after a day in the great outdoors. A large open fire features at one end. Above it still resides the original coat of arms of the Duke of Fife.
Guests staying at the Fife Arms Hotel Braemar may be surprised to learn of the various attractions and activities that are available in the small village. The largest draw is the Highland Gathering, an event that sees participants compete in a number of events from caber tossing and tug of war to track races. As well as sports the event, which has run since 1832 although has roots older than 900 years, also sees dancing and pipe bands.
The Gathering is often attended by a member of the Royal Family, whose official Scottish residence can be found in nearby Balmoral. In 2011 the event was attended by the Queen and Prince Philip. Many of those that visit the region also make their way to Balmoral Castle also.
With stunning scenery, that includes mountains, grasslands, and the Rivers Dee and Clunie, the region is popular with walkers, hikers, cyclists and skiers. The natural beauty on other provides peace for many, whilst the rigorous terrain pumps the adrenaline of extreme sports fans.
As well as extreme sports, anglers and golfers also find the area pleasurable. The small village, like all good Scottish settlements, has its own golf course. Those looking to enjoy something a little less energetic can visit the small village shops selling authentic Scottish souvenirs. Alternatively, Treasure Island Cottage, on Glenshee Road, will appeal to literary fans as it is the house in which Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the famous novel ‘Treasure Island’. A visit to a nearby whisky distillery, complete with samples, can be enjoyable also.
Despite its rural location, the Fife Arms Hotel Braemar is within touching distance of a wide range of activities, all of which can be conducted in the tranquil Scottish Highlands setting.