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137km (85 miles) N of Edinburgh; 93km (58 miles) W of Aberdeen; 82km (51 miles) N of Perth

In the heart of some of Grampian's most beautiful scenery is Braemar, known for its romantic castle. It's also a good center for exploring the area that includes Balmoral Castle and is home to the most famous of the Highland Gatherings. The village is set against a massive backdrop of hills, covered with heather in summer, where Clunie Water joins the River Dee. The massive Cairn Toul towers over Braemar, reaching a height of 1,287m (4,222 ft.).