Join Braemar Highand Experience for a three hour tour on private hill roads into the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. There’s a good chance of seeing red deer, golden eagles, red and black grouse, red squirrels and mountain hares. Discover a landscape steeped in history and folklore, learn about land management and the diversity of flora and fauna, be stunned by breathtaking views.
No visit to Braemar is complete without a drive to the Linn of Dee - a dramatic 300 metre natural gorge. Further down the road, the Linn of Quoich is a picturesque spot and perfect for a picnic. The nearby Punchbowl was carved out by the action of the water and, according to local tradition, the Earl of Mar launched the 1715 Jacobite Rising by mixing punch in it for his army. South of Braemar, a drive on the Old Military Road to the Cairnwell Pass is a must. At 670 metres, this is the highest public road in Britain and, although the Devil’s Elbow is now bypassed, it’s a great place to stop and admire the view. During July and August, you can take the Cairnwell chairlift at Glenshee Ski Centre to enjoy spectacular views.
Heading north, the B976 from Crathie to Tomintoul is the main route through the eastern Cairngorms. Corgarff Castle, in the care of Historic Scotland, has been reconstructed to show how it would have looked when used by the English Redcoat soldiers.