Braemar Community Ltd. - North East (Aberdeen & Grampian)

Established 2004

Our current main focus is the restoration and operation of Braemar Castle as a tourist attraction and as an educational resource to ensure it continues to attract visitors and thus generate income for the area. Braemar Castle is owned by the Farquharson family of Invercauld. An established visitor attraction, the castle had closed in 2006 when the manager retired. Recognising the impact of losing one of Braemar's key attractions and the effect that would have on the local economy, the community stepped in. In 2007 the owners agreed to lease the Castle to the Community of Braemar on a 50 year lease. It was recognised that Braemar Community Ltd was best placed to manage the project on behalf of the the people of Braemar.

Many members of the community are now involved in activities at the castle through volunteering and through joint events, with village groups and societies working alongside volunteers. Everyone is encouraged to get involved.BCL has also improved local path networks, built two new footbridges and restored the 19th century cottage and horse-mill at Auchtavan. BCL are also involved in a project to revive a hydro scheme at Corriemulzie and a to create a new bridge across the river Dee near the village.

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