A new landmark for Braemar Castle

The first few days of 2021 brought great news to Braemar Castle: the announcement of an award by the National Lottery Heritage Fund of £556,000 has given the go-ahead for the biggest re-development in the Castle’s history.

Braemar Castle has been successfully managed and maintained by the local community since 2007 and has become a thriving visitor attraction. Now, as the fabric of the Castle shows signs of deterioration, the opportunity is being seized to restore and develop this 17th century jewel for the future.


Braemar Community Limited is now engaged in delivering a £1.6m project, “Raising the Standard”, which will realise the Castle’s economic and educational potential, creating a 5-star visitor attraction and launching a bold, creative and far-reaching programme of community engagement and learning.

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The community cherished their role as guardians of their much-loved 17th Century castle with their commitment to preserve the building and keep the doors open for visitors to enjoy. Fortunately, as a community organisation, we were able to seek the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund for our project and I have no doubt that without their input, ‘Raising the Standard’, would not be as transformative and positive a project as it is now – maximising opportunities for health/wellbeing and inclusivity, deliverable within the Castle’s historic grounds; offering a creative programme of heritage skills and learning opportunities for a wide range of ages and abilities.

The Heritage Lottery Fund kept us focused on people who could benefit from our heritage; our volunteers and local community, and continuing to look outward, new audiences including those unable to visit in person. They encouraged us to consult with the community, team up with existing organisations and build new partnerships. These relationships have enabled us to grow the impact of our project and are key to the sustainability of rural communities such as Braemar.

The support and guidance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund has shown us that, in reaching out wider, we can all become stronger.

The National Lottery award follows early-stage funding from the same body which enabled the project plans to be developed. The support of Historic Environment Scotland and partnership with The Prince’s Foundation have also been vital to the story so far.
A fundraising campaign for the remaining target of £600,000 has already been backed by local and national funders – from large charitable trusts committing five-figure sums to members of the local community who have participated in community fundraising events.

We now invite you to help us complete this ambitious project. Playing your part will help us preserve the magic of the Castle and enable the delivery of wide-ranging benefits to the people of Braemar and Aberdeenshire and to the region’s economy through safeguarding its heritage and enhancing tourism, community development and educational provision.

If you can help us reach our target, the people of this vibrant community and the many thousands of visitors who come here will be very grateful.

No donation is too small. Please help us get there.