There are some lovely family rides around Braemar, with leisurely cycling along quiet roads to the Linn O’ Dee and Frasers Bridge being popular. Cyclists looking for more challenging road cycling are well catered for as well, with the South Deeside road to Glen Muick and circuits out to the Lecht if you really want to get your legs burning. Whilst we don’t have any dedicated trail centres in Braemar, there are plenty of options nearby. A huge network of tracks and paths await exploration, providing endless fun on natural trails, although you may need to take a map. Only a short drive away are the Glenlivet Trails, offering marked MTB routes for the whole family.
Glenshee Ski Centre, just 9 miles south of Braemar, offers the UK’s most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities with an impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs. There is an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all abilities of skiers and snowboarders. The Lecht ski area is also nearby and offers a wide range of ski runs with excellent beginners’ facilities. Ski touring is available intermittently any time from November through to May, with great wilderness skiing right on the doorstep.
The area is an excellent centre for hillwalking and acts as the southern access point to the Cairngorm mountains. There are approximately 40 Munro’s (mountains over 3000 feet) which can be accessed from Braemar and they include 4 of the 5 highest mountains in the UK. Another famous peak, Lochnagar, lies on the Balmoral estate and if arriving from the east you glimpse views of its magnificent north facing coire as you travel up Royal Deeside. If you are looking for something a little more sedate, there is an extensive network of local paths and tracks around Braemar in the beautiful glens, providing stunning low level walks with great opportunities for wildlife watching.