The Fife Arms

The Fife Arms

'Every year my heart becomes more fixed in this dear paradise'

– Queen Victoria, 13th October 1856, Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands from 1848 to 1861

The Fife Arms Hotel is a significant landmark at the centre of Braemar, a scenic Scottish village famed for its annual highland games, The Braemar Gathering. Perched on the banks of the Clunie River, on Royal Deeside, at the heart of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, the hotel was originally built by the Duke of Fife in the 19th century. The building is a large and highly distinctive part of the village streetscape, displaying many of the traditional architectural characteristics of the area, with its timber bargeboards, pink and grey granite, arts and crafts windows and its multi-gabled principal elevation. The grand hotel is evidence of the expansion of the tourist trade, and popularity of Braemar, in the wake of Queen Victoria’s visits and purchase of nearby Balmoral in 1852.

The Fife Arms will reopen as a top class hotel offering exceptional accommodation, facilities and service. The historic fabric of the hotel will be sensitively restored and returned to its former splendour. The hotel's restaurants and amenities will be creatively conceived, combining the traditions of the past with the best modern practices. The Fife Arms will once again become the cultural hub of the village, supporting the local community and its interests, and attracting a broad range of visitors, from hikers to art enthusiasts. There will be direct links to the stunning highland landscape, sporting estates, organised excursions, changing displays of contemporary art and special events.

Click here for an update following our public consultation.

On the occasion of the Braemar Gathering, which this year celebrated its bicentenary, we mounted an ongoing exhibition of archival photographs in the windows of the Fife Arms, with a special focus on the history, landscape and culture of Braemar and its residents. Click here for more information.

Planning permission has now been granted for The Fife Arms restoration project. Please click here for more information.

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Edward Workman
CEO, Highlands Hospitality Ltd

Federica Bertolini
General Manager, The Fife Arms
Tel: +44 7876 327603