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Situated in the spectacular mountain scenery at the eastern gateway to the highest mountains of the Cairngorms National Park, it is a heaven for walkers, climbers or wanderers. There are no less than 24 Munros (mountains over 3000 ft high) as well as over 65 miles of high level walks and cycle routes of varying length and difficulty.A quarter of a mile east of the town stands Braemar Castle, a 17th century castle with a colourful past. Built by the Earl of Mar in 1628, it has been a hunting lodge, fortress, garrison and family home. Join a local volunteer on a guided tour and discover its fascinating history.Just eight miles away to the south is Glenshee, home to the largest ski centre in Scotland, while the River Dee flowing past Balmoral Castle offers the finest salmon fishing.This ancient village is also home to the world famous annual Braemar Gathering and Highland Games. Held on the first Saturday in September, the event is regularly attended by the Royal Family and features the best pipe bands, pipers, Highland dancers and athletes.Braemar is a popular visitor destination but very small and can be very busy. You will find parking at the nearby Braemar Gathering showground if you arrive on a busy day when the car parking in the village centre is in demand. There are cafes, shops and visitor accommodation in the village.