Friday, 9 April 2021

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.


The Braemar Royal Highland Society extends our deepest sympathy to our Patron Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family.


It was an honour and a privilege to welcome HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to the Gathering each year up until his retirement from public duty.

David Geddes, President BRHS

Cancellation of the 2021 Braemar Gathering

In the face of continued concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, Braemar Royal Highland Charity and the organising committee of the Braemar Gathering have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.

In line with the vast majority of Highland Games planned in Scotland this year the organisers of the Braemar Gathering feel that the decision to cancel is the best one in the interests and safety of the local community, competitors, spectators and officials, many of whom travel from around the world to the annual gathering in Braemar.

While vaccination programmes are having a huge positive impact on the Covid-19 virus there is still concern over restrictions that may be imposed on major events. Unfortunately considerable event planning decisions and actions have to be taken months ahead of the gathering while such restrictions are still unknowns.

David Geddes President of the Braemar Royal Highland Society said "This has been an extremely difficult decision to make. To cancel a gathering is something which I had hoped I would never have to do in my time as President. Now, to cancel for a second year is heart-breaking. However, there is still uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus and we must put the wellbeing of our community, visitors and volunteers first.
We know the gathering is a highlight in many people’s year and an event which many make plans for well in advance. We share everyone’s disappointment and offer our hope and thoughts that you stay well and keep safe as the pandemic moves into what we hope is the final phase. As I said last year, like the hills around Braemar, the gathering will be here next year, and we look forward to happier times and to welcoming you back to Braemar on September 3, 2022.”

While the Braemar Junior Highland games, scheduled for July 24 this year, have also been cancelled we hope that the spirit of the games can still be shared with plans in place - restrictions permitting - to open the Highland Games Visitor Centre in Braemar over the coming months, initially for pre-booked parties only with updates at

If you have already bought a ticket for this year’s gathering these will be honoured and valid for 2022 so please keep them, this includes arena car parking and Pavilion tour tickets. If you wish to discuss a refund or donating your order to the charity please contact the bookings secretary at
For any other questions, please contact the Gathering organisers at

The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion - (video courtesy of Charlotte Cunningham Aerial Photography)

Discover the living tradition of the Highland games

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Learn about the Highland games, from the caber toss to the bagpipes!

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Opening times

We are currently closed due to the Covid Pandemic. A decision on opening will be announced in due course.

Admission Prices

Adult £5.00

Concession £4.50

Child (5-11) £1.00

Under 5's free.

Group Bookings

Prices for group bookings are available on request.

Tel: +441339749220


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The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion

Princess Royal & Duke of Fife Memorial Park,

Broombank Terrace, Braemar AB35 5YX

Tel: +4413397 49220


We want everyone to have a great experience at The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion. To help plan your visit here are some questions that we frequently get asked by visitors.
Do you have parking?
Parking is free for both cars and buses for an unlimited time. The car park is adjacent to the Pavilion.
We also have dedicated bicycle parking.
Can I take photographs?
Whilst we ask that you do not use flash photography within the exhibition, we are happy for you to take photographs throughout the building. Don’t forget to share them on social media!
I have a disability – will I be able to visit?
Everyone is welcome! We have three dedicated blue badge parking spaces in the car park. Access is all on one level, both within and outside the Pavilion. There is one wheelchair accessible toilet. Please let Centre staff know if we can assist you in any way to make your visit to the Pavilion more enjoyable.
Please see our Accessibility guide for more information.
Does the Pavilion café cater for those with special dietary needs?
A full list of allergens will be available, please ask counter staff for details. Those on gluten free, lactose free, vegetarian and vegan diets will find options available to them on the menu. However please feel free to email with any special requests or questions.
How long should I allow for a visit?
We advise that at least 30 minutes should be allowed for your visit to the exhibition, however you are welcome to spend as much time as you wish (within opening hours!). The Pavilion café and shop may tempt you to stay longer!
Can I hold my wedding, party or corporate event at the Pavilion?
Yes! If you’re interested in using the Pavilion as a venue contact the Centre Manager early in the planning process to discuss details and help your event run more smoothly. Please email or telephone +4413397 49220.
How do I find you?
On entering Braemar from the A93, proceed through the village over the bridge until you reach the small roundabout just in front of the café, 'taste'. On your left hand side you will see Broombank Terrace which leads to the games park, proceed up Broombank Terrace and through the gates where you will see the Centre on your left hand side. 
The Pavillion is only a few minutes walk from the village centre.
Braemar is also serviced by a public bus which runs from Aberdeen.
The service number is 201 and is operated by Stagecoach originating at the bus station, Union Square Aberdeen.
For the latest bus timetable, please visit the stagecoach website: Stagecoach
Our address:

The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion

Princess Royal & Duke of Fife Memorial Park,

Broombank Terrace, Braemar AB35 5YX



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