|Location Map ( geo)|
Braemar is a small town in Aberdeenshire, sitting on the south bank of the River Dee, high up in the Grampian mountains. It sits at the northwest corner of the A93, which runs east to Aberdeen and south to Perth. The location of Braemar just a few miles west of Balmoral has led to it developing as a tourist destination of the upmarket tartan variety favoured by tour buses. Thankfully, none of this gets in the way of the splendour of the surrounding landscape, the barren glen sweeping down from the Glenshee Ski Centre or the tranquil Linn of Dee to the west.
The only classified road in Braemar is the A93, which drops into the village with the Clunie Water from Glen Shee. Most of the village lies just off the main road to the west, on the unclassified road out to the Linn of Dee, whilst the A93 turns around to the east near Braemar Castle and follows the River Dee all the way to the North Sea at Aberdeen. The general line of the A93 was first built by Major Caulfeild in th 1750s as a military road from Perth to Fort George near Inverness. This route left the Dee Valley a few miles east, and climbed up into the hills once more on what is now the B976, a route which also mirrors the A93 on the south side of the river.
|Tomintoul (A939)||accessed via A93|
|South Deeside||accessed via A93|