1390 - Kindrochit Castle is built for
Malcolm Drummond at Braemar next to Clunie
Water, where the main Car Park is today in the
village centre. The Castle was built on the
site of a former Hunting Lodge. The ruins can
be visited free of charge.
1628 - Braemar Castle 1 mile east of the
village is built for John Erskine, 18th Earl of
Mar, to serve as a hunting lodge.
1689 - Braemar Castle was attacked and
burned by the Jacobite John Farquharson of
Inverey on his way home from the Battle of
Killiekrankie. Inverey is situated 5 miles
southwest of Braemar.
1715 - the Earl of Mar lead the failed
Jacobite Rising to have the Catholic
Stuart's returned to the throne. This led to
the Crown taking control of Braemar Castle.
The Earl of Mar was often referred to as
Bobbin Jock, as he at times supported the
Jacobite's, and at others the King. Many
landowners would change sides during conflicts,
as being on the loosing side meant the loss of
Only a few on the loosing side ever retained
their Estates by swearing allegiance to the
King, or new King.
1716? - Braemar Castle was bought by John
Farquharson, 9th Laird of Invercauld.
1746 - the Jacobite defeat at the Battle of
Culloden by Inverness 79 miles northwest, ended
the Jacobite Risings.
1748 - Braemar Castle was leased to the
Government to house troops to prevent any more
1831 - Braemar castle was returned to the
1832 - the first Braemar Gathering Highland
Games took place.
These were the first modern day Games as all
Clan Gatherings and the Wearing of Kilts became
an offence in 1746, after the Jacobite
1845 - John Begg builds the Lochnagar Distillery on the Balmoral
Estate, 9 miles east of Braemar.
1848 - Queen Victoria acquired Balmoral
Estate 9 mile east of Braemar.
1849 - Queen Victoria attended the Braemar
1855 - Balmoral Castle was completed for
1870 - the Villages of Auchendryne and
Castleton officially merge to form Braemar.
1881 - Robert Louis Stevenson visits Braemar
and starts to write the book about Pirates and
Gold named Treasure
1930s - Skiing at Glenshee, 9 miles south of
Braemar, began by a few enthusiasts for
1962 - the Glenshee Ski Centre
opened with the Cairnwell Chairlift and Cafe.
It soon grew to the largest Ski Centre in
Scotland with many Lifts and Tows on the three
Mountains over 3,000ft.
1968 - Balmoral Castle was opened to the
public in early summer each year.
2006 - Braemar Castle is leased to local
community to serve as a tourist attraction.
Today - the A93 Road up
from Blairgowrie to Braemar has become
popular for driving as it is the highest road
in Scotland at 670m / 2,199ft, and runs right
through the middle of the Ski Centre with a
popular diner in the moutains.