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This little Deeside town developed as a spa in the 18C and became a railway terminus in 1863. It is a lively resort in summer with the Highland Games and its unique hill race up to Craig Coillich.

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  • Balmoral Castle

    GB - Balmoral AB35 5TB

    Built by Queen Victoria (mid-19C), this castle is the summer residence of the Royal Family. There is an exhibition in the ballroom relating a century of royal life on the banks of the Dee.

  • Braemar Castle

    GB - Braemar AB35 5XR

    This fortified, L-shaped house, slightly back from the road, was built as a hunting lodge in 1628. It was burned down by Farquharson of Inverey, an ancestor of the present owners, rebuilt and reinforced by the addition of a star-shaped curtain wall a..

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  • The Invercauld Arms Hotel

    Main Street GB - Braemar AB35 5YR

    Dating back to 1645, The Invercauld Arms Hotel offers a restaurant and a bar. This impressive former coaching inn is set against the stunning backdrop of the Grampian Mountains. Glenshee Ski Centre is just 9 miles away. Each room at The Invercauld A..

  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Craigendarroch Suites

    Braemar Road GB - Ballater AB35 5XA

    In the Cairngorms National Park, this luxurious country house is 8 miles from Balmoral Castle and has a swimming pool, a beauty spa, gym and tennis court. Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Craigendaroch Suites also has a squash court, sauna and steam r..

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