Braemar Village Hall

Braemar and it's Village Hall

Braemar is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and around 58 miles west of Aberdeen in the Highlands. It is the closest significantly-sized settlement to the upper course of the River Dee sitting at an altitude of 339 metres. Attractions include the nearby Braemar Castle, an 18 Hole Golf Course, Glenshee Ski Centre, a Highland Games Heritage Centre (opening during 2018) and is of course the home of the world famous Braemar Gathering. And of course the village is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, beautiful glens containing ancient pine forests which contain abundant wildlife.

Braemar Village Hall was opened in 1887 having been built for the community by the Laird of Mar Estate, the Duke of Fife on his own ground in the village. But the village straddles two estates, Invercauld to the east of the River Clunie and Mar to the West. The idea of providing a community hall for the village was started by Farquharson of Invercauld who commissioned a hall on his own side of the village, now known locally as Castleton Hall, as a grand stone building which sits on the main A93 through the village. The Duke of Fife got wind of this and hence the current Village Hall but he had it built in timber and finished first! Both are officially called "Victoria Hall" as they were completed in the 50th year of Queen Victoria's reign. Today this causes confusion and it's not the first time that folk have turned up at the wrong hall and wondered why they were met by locked doors. Today they are know respectively as the Village Hall and Castleton Hall, hopefully to avoid confusion!!

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