Hotel Fife Arms Braemar - Heritage, Craftsmanship And Culture In The Scottish HighlandsThe Fife Arms  

This impressive former Victorian coaching inn in the Scottish Highlands has freshly undergone a complete renovation. Hotel Fife Arms is located within the pristine nature of the Cairngorms National Park in a historic village called Braemar. This place has hosted the Braemar Gathering every year since 1832 at Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park. The games include tossing the caber, hammer throwing, and tug of war. Expect the first Saturday in September to be busy as thousands of spectators join to see the traditional competitions, along with Her Majesty, Elizabeth II.

The Fife Arms is home to an extensive collection of artworks and antiques (14,000 historic objects!) and contemporary art by Bharti Kher, Guillermo Kuitca, and Zhang Enli. The large-scale spider in the courtyard by Louise Bourgeois is especially striking with its 4 meters spread. Luckily the hotel's public bar, The Flying Stag, offers plenty of drinks like the selection of over 180 whiskies to ease arachnophobia.

Hotel Fife Arms has 46 uniquely designed suites and bedrooms by Russell Sage. Each of the rooms is a homage to either a place, person, or event. Apart from the previously mentioned Flying Stag, the hotel offers wood-fire cooked meals from seasonal Scottish ingredients at The Clunie Dining Room, cocktails at Elsa's art-deco bar, and tea and coffee in the picturesque Drawing Room.

The natural beauty of Cairngorms National Park invites you for long hikes. The network of local trails is suitable for all abilities, like the Morrone Birkwood (4.5km / 2.75 miles) and the Creag Choinnich (2.5km / 1.5 miles). The nearby Glenshee mountain (1068 meters / 3,504 ft high) is a treat for skiers and snowboarders alike. If walking is a bit dull, how about a thrilling helicopter ride over the Cairngorms?

The Fife Arms - exterior

The Fife Arms, Doorman

The Fife Arms - Front Hall

The Fife Arms - Red Deer Chandelier

The Fife Arms - The Flying Stag

The Flying Stag

The Fife Arms, Braemar - The Flying Stag, Public Bar

The Drawing Room at The Fife Arms ceiling fresco by Zhang Enli

The Drawing Room

The Fife Arms - Drawing Room.  Ancient Quartz by Zhang Enli

The Clunie Dining Room The Fife Arms, Braemar, The Clunie River Mural by Guillermo Kuitca

The Fife Arms - Elsa's


The Fife Arms -  The India Suite

The India Suite

The Fife Arms - The India Suite Bedroom

The Fife Arms - The Pine Wood Room

The Pine Wood Room

The Fife Arms, Artist's Studio

Artist's Studio

The Fife Arms - Edward VII Suite Bathroom

Edward VII Suite

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Mar Rd, Braemar, Ballater AB35 5YN, United Kingdom