The Fife Arms


Overview

A mystical Celtic spirit meets travelers visiting Scotland’s historic Highland village of Braemar. This quaint town surrounded by wild Scottish countryside is known for its annual Highland Games, which attracts 20,000 people from all over the UK and beyond, including the British Royal family. At the heart of this experience is the reimagined The Fife Arms Hotel, which is surrounded by the Grampian Mountains, ancient woodlands, and rolling hills of Cairngorms National Park. Originally built in the 19th century by the Duke of Fife, this 46-room art-filled boutique hotel has been meticulously restored by international art gallery curators, Iwan and Manuela Wirth. A design aficionados' dream, the owners fused their passions for contemporary art and Scottish heritage to create a cultural hub for the community as well as a much sought-after travel destination.

The hotel embraces Scottish culinary traditions by collaborating with local suppliers and gamekeepers for the freshest seasonal ingredients stemming from the region’s fertile forests. Guests can get a true taste of Scottish culture and venture out on bespoke adventurous excursions led by their team of expert Ghillies. Favorite activities include guided hikes, foraging, fishing in the Dee, clay pigeon shooting, off-road 4x4 safari tours of the Scottish Highlands, and private picnics in the wild Cairngorms.

Travelers will delight in expeditions to explore the countryside, landmark castles and whiskey distilleries. In the winter, some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Scotland awaits in nearby Glenshee. Bertie's Bar is the newest addition to the hotel and is known as one of the coziest whiskey bars in Scotland, with bespoke cocktails in an intimate yet über-chic setting. Named in honor of Queen Victoria's eldest son, King Edward VII, Bertie's offers 365 whiskies, one for each day of the year. The Stag’s Head, where pints of ice cold lager are always on tap, celebrates traditional Scottish pub culture while also infusing it with elevated tavern cuisine.

Accommodations

Combining traditions of the past with best modern practices, the hotel offers 46 sumptuous accommodations across six different categories-each bedroom boasts unique furnishings and decorations. Under creative direction from renowned London-based interior designer Russell Sage and award winning Crathie-based Scottish architects Moxon Architects, the hotel is woven together from the strands of exceptional design, deep respect for local Scottish history, Scottish tartans, a love of nature and a strong sense of community. Throughout the common spaces of the hotel guests can discover new commissions from international artists, museum displays and a collection of paintings, drawings and objects narrating the history of the hotel, Braemar and Scotland. A design aficionados' dream, the hotel is one of the sought-out openings of 2019.

Amenities

• Displays and installation of contemporary art by internationally renowned-artists
• Intimate Spa
• Fitness Centre
• Sporting Estate
• Family Room
• WiFi

Activities

• Distillery Tour with Royal Lochnagar Distillery
• Clay Pigeon and Rough Shooting
• e-Bike
• Fishing, Stalking & The Macnab (Catch a salmon, stalk a deer, and bag a grouse)
• Foraging
• Golfing at Bramaer Golf Club
• Guided Hiking in the Cairngorms National Park
• Highland Tours (History, Nature, Folklore, Geology, & Castles)
• Horseback Riding at Glen Tanar
• Local Music Festivals at St. Margaret’s Church
• Off-Road 4x4 Safari
• Photography
• Skiing in Glenshee
• Visiting Balmoral Estate & Castle and Braemar Castle
• Visiting the Royal Lochnager Distillery
• Whiskey and Food Pairing Workshop with Ghillie Basan

Location

NEAREST AIRPORT:
Aberdeen Airport (ABZ)

Braemar is situated in the heart of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park and is only a 1.5-hour drive from Aberdeen airport following the stunning River Dee throughout the route.

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