New building in Braemar to celebrate ‘The Gathering’

Planning permission has been granted today (Friday 30 June) for a new Highland Games Centre in the village of Braemar, which will provide year round visitor facilities and tell the story of the Highland Games.

The Braemar Gathering, which is attended by members of the Royal Family every year while they holiday at nearby Balmoral, is probably the most famous of all Highland Games. This new visitor centre will be located in the Princess Royal & Duke of Fife Memorial Park, home to the Gathering in its current format since 1832.

The Braemar Royal Highland Charity are behind the proposals for the new Highland Games Centre building which will include a gallery, exhibition hall, café, gift shop and office as well as general service areas.

Meeting in Aviemore this morning, members of the Cairngorms National Park Authority Planning Committee fully supported the proposals, welcoming the likely economic boost that such a project would bring to the area as well as raising awareness of the cultural heritage that surrounds the Highland Games.

Planning Committee Convener Eleanor Mackintosh said: “I fully support this development in Braemar which will add to the array of visitor attractions in Deeside and which promotes the rich cultural heritage of the Cairngorms National Park. I welcome the care that has gone into the design of the building, with it being very sympathetic to the traditional architectural styles found in and around Braemar and I look forward to visiting the Centre on completion.”

David Geddes, President of the Braemar Royal Highland Charity commented: “Following years of planning, the ambitions of the Braemar Royal Highland Charity are coming to fruition with our visitor centre – telling the story of the Braemar Highland Games and the wider games circuit – widely welcomed by the planning committee. I feel this will be a major boost to tourism in Deeside and the National Park and will help the future of the sport and Highland traditions.”

To read the planning paper in full please visit the CNPA website:


Notes to newsdesks:

  1. The Cairngorms National Park was established in 2003. It is the UK’s largest national park at 4,528sq km The Park has four aims: to conserve and enhance the area’s natural and cultural heritage: promote sustainable use of the Park’s natural resources; promoting understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park (including recreation); and to promote sustainable economic and social development of local communities.

  2. The CNPA was set up to ensure that the unique aspects of the Cairngorms – both the natural environment and the local communities – are cared for, sustained and enhanced for current and future generations to enjoy. The CNPA provides leadership to all those involved in the Cairngorms and works in partnership with a range of communities, businesses, non government organisations and public sector partners to deliver practical solutions on the ground.

For more information contact: Karen Archer

Press Officer

Cairngorms National Park Authority

01479 870534 /

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