Attend the Braemar Gathering alongside the Royal Family, who have been coming in from nearby Balmoral Castle to watch since 1848. The annual Highland games, which involve track-racing, dancing, tug-of-war, and pipe bands, are reputedly Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite day of the year.

Braemar itself has historically lacked accommodations for travelers, but Europe’s most dynamic art couple, Manuela and Iwan Wirth, just re-opened The Fife Arms after a three-year restoration and redesign. The Wirths worked with local historians to maintain traditions and customs, but they also put their own influence into the property, namely in the forms of Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, and over 12,000 other works placed throughout the property and its 46 guest rooms.

PRIOR has arranged access to the games as well as cozy fog house dinners, guided walks, mass with the Royal Family, and whiskey tasting.

Contact us at or phone our New York City office on +1 (212) 619 0352 to learn more.

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The games at the annual Braemar Gathering are the purest expression of Highland culture. The foot races, in particular, are the world’s oldest.


We’ll stay in the 11 Culture Rooms at The Fife Arms, long the social heart of Braemar and, just last year, restored in excellent taste.


The night before the games, take part in a ceilidh, or evening of folk music, dancing, and storytelling at Mar Lodge Estate.


Take in Sunday mass at Crathie Kirk with the Royal Family, in existence since the 9th century and currently the Royal Family’s place of worship.


Wander through the dramatic Highland landscapes that surround the town of Braemar. We’ll also dine in a bothy, a traditional Scottish moss-covered rest house nestled in the wild.


After mass, choose your own adventure: a distillery tour and tasting, golf on Scotland’s highest course, afternoon tea, or mountain biking.