Welcome to the historic village of Braemar
The home of the Gathering is a picturesque village in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park — a stunning, mountainous region of Scotland that attracts over 2 million people every year, from near and far.
Whether you’re a regular visitor or a first-time attendee, the below information offers a quick and easy guide to travelling to Braemar and what facilities we have on site at the Gathering — including car parking, accessibility information and toilets.
EVENT INFORMATION & FACILITIES
Toilets are available within the Braemar Gathering grounds. These include disabled/accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities. Temporary toilets are also located at the event car parks and Aberdeenshire Council operate public toilet facilities on Balnellan Road, in the centre of Braemar village.
An event doctor, Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics and first aiders from the St Andrews Ambulance Association will be available at the First Aid Post adjacent to the Highland Games Pavilion. First aiders are also on patrol throughout the grounds, and are contactable via the first aid tent or Secretary’s Tent.
OFFICIALS & ATTENDANTS
Event Officials and Attendants will be on duty throughout the grounds and Braemar village. They will display a lapel badge identifying their role and will have access to a fluorescent armband or jacket. If you have the opportunity, please thank them individually for their efforts. They are all volunteers and the organisers would like to record our enduring thanks for their vital role in making each Gathering day run smoothly.
BAGGAGE & LOST PROPERTY
Please ensure you keep your property with you at all times. The organisers accept no responsibility for any lost or damaged items. Upon entering the grounds, visitors may be subject to a security search. Enquiries regarding lost property will be handled at the Secretary’s Tent.
Please ensure you are properly hydrated and come prepared for the extremes of weather we can often experience in Scotland. It may be very warm and sunny, and in that case we strongly advise use of protective sun cream and clothing.
Conversely, early September can also be cold and wet, in which case we strongly advise wearing warm clothing with a waterproof outer layer.