4th September 2021

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

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Ticket sales are currently paused whilst we consolidate numbers for this years Gathering. Ticket sales will resume on the 1st May.

Tickets already purchased for the 2020 Gathering will automatically transfer over to the 2021 Braemar Highland Gathering which will take place on Saturday 4th September 2021. If you have any questions please only contact the organisers via

Although 2020 tickets have rolled over into 2021, there will still be plenty of availability for tickets for next year when our ticket sales open on the 9th November at 12pm UKT.

                              *Please note dogs are not allowed in the Games Park (except disability dogs)*

Free parking is available on entry to the village, more info here

UK bookings are subject to a £3.00 GBP booking fee, rest of the world £4.00 GBP booking fee. This booking fee

may be displayed as 'Shipping' on the order confirmation, but it includes processing, printing and other costs

associated with creating your ticket.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the Braemar Gathering book from 2015 - 2019 please send an email to One of the team will reply with instructions on how to purchase.

You can buy merchandise from the Braemar Gathering by clicking here

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The Braemar Gathering, is always held on the first Saturday in September in The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar. The event starts at 9.30 a.m. and usually finishes at about 5.00 p.m.

While there have been Gatherings of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore, nine hundred years ago, the Gathering has been run in its present form since 1832.

During much of that time large crowds have come each year to acclaim their Monarch as Chieftain of the Braemar Gathering.

The organisers of the gathering are the Braemar Royal Highland Society which was initially established as the Braemar Wright Society in July 1815, constituted in 1816 and formal registration in 1817, it remains the oldest surviving Friendly Society in the country. 

In 1826, the name of the Society was changed to the Braemar Highland Society and in 1866, Queen Victoria ordered that the title “Royal” should be added to the name of the Society. Since 1848, The Gathering has been attended regularly by the reigning Monarch and members of the Royal Family.  The foot races at The Gathering are world’s oldest, having been organised on a regular basis by the same body since 1832.


The core functions of the Charity are to;


  • To provide recreational facilities, or to organise recreational facilities, in the interests of social welfare with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended and which are available to members of the public.

  • To foster and promote community development for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of Crathie and Braemar and the surrounding area.

  • To promote the education of the general public about the history, traditions, sports, language, culture and heritage of Scotland.

  • To advance the heritage and culture of Scotland by staging, managing, operating and promoting the Braemar Annual Royal Highland Gathering.

  • To advance public participation in sport through the organisation of professional events and non professional events open to all comers.


We are now proud to showcase our new World Highland Games Centre, located in the games park.  This enables us to display the heritage resources from the accumulated archives, artefacts, trophies and memorabilia relating to the Braemar Gathering.  These heritage items are in the possession of BRHS and date back to the first games which took place under the society auspices in 1832 and a selection are now on display. Our aim is to engage with games organisers worldwide to establish the games centre as a showcase for all aspects of Highland Games heritage and research as a resource for games events worldwide, with interest for Scottish, UK and worldwide audiences.


If this is a project you would like to support or have enjoyed the experience of attending the Gathering and want to help us ensure it is an event which future generations can experience, please help our fundraising efforts by donating a little to our cause. 

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Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar


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The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion,

Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park,

Broombank Terrace,



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