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Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel, Braemar

The Highlands

Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel

Customer Rating: (11 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • The Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel dates back as far as 1645 when it was built as a coaching inn. The hotel remained standing throughout the Jacobite Rebellion
  • The Bay Invercauld Arms is ideally located for golfing, fishing, walking and exploring Scottish Highlands
  • The hotel is situated on Invercauld Estate, the third largest estate in Scotland
  • Scotland’s Premier Ski resort of Glenshee is only 9 miles away and the Lecht Ski Resort is 15 miles away

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Hotel information

The Cairngorms are a haven for serious walkers and those who just admire great scenery. Put yourself at the heart of it with a stay at The Invercauld Arms which stands on one of the largest country estates in Scotland, surrounded by a dramatic Grampian backdrop.

The stately Invercauld Arms Hotel is an important landmark on the edge of the delightful Highland village of Braemar. Built as a coaching inn in 1645, it survived the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 and housed Belgian refugees during World War Two. Today the hotel interior boasts a warm, welcoming and contemporary feel after recent refurbishments to a number of areas. The Castleview restaurant is a delightful setting to enjoy dinner and our comfortable lounge is a great place to unwind at the end of a day full of castles and Cairngorms.

The hotel car park is located behind the building

Great for

  • Walking
  • History
  • Culture

Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel Premier Room

Typical Premier room at The Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel

Our most luxurious room option, most of our Premier Rooms come with a four poster bed as well as a spacious refitted bathroom that accommodates both bath and a separate shower. These bedrooms will normally offer extras such as comfortable seating area, a 32 inch digital flat screen television, hair dryer as well as a hospitality tray.

  • En-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • Luxurious four-poster bed
  • 32 inch digital flat screen Television
  • Large rooms with comfortable seating
  • Hair dryer and shaving point

Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel Superior Room

Our Superior Rooms are more spacious and tastefully refurbished, they offer luxurious beds, a 26 inch digital flat screen television. The spacious bathrooms have been refitted with shower over bath. These rooms also come with the facilities to make yourself a hot drink..

  • 26 inch digital flat screen television
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower over bath
  • Spacious rooms
  • Hair dryer and shaving point
  • The above image represents a typical Superior Room

Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard room at The Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom.

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Shaving Point

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel in Braemar. Situated in the heart of Royal Deeside. With the Grampian Mountains, spectacular untouched woodland scenery, historic castles and distilleries all nearby, there is so much to do you will be spoilt for choice!

How to get there

By Car

Travelling to the hotel from the south on the A923, leave Blairgowrie to join the A93 (signposted Braemar) the hotel is on the main road going through the village on the right hand side.

Travelling from the North on the A939, join the B939 as you approach Balmoral Castle. Join the A93 and go south towards Braemar.

If you are travelling to the hotel from Aberdeen, follow the A93 to Braemar. The hotel is the first building on the left hand side as you enter the village.

At The Bay  Invercauld Arms Hotel we have a number of car parks providing plenty of parking for all our guests. 

By Air

Aberdeen airport is the closest to the hotel, car hire is available at the airport or you can take a taxi into the city and come on the bus.


Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel

The Bay Invercauld Arms Hotel

Main Street



AB35 5YR

Res: 01339 741605

Tel: 01339 741605

Local Attractions

The following places and attractions are easily reached from Braemar:

  • The Auld Brig of Dee
  • Linn o' Dee
  • Crathes Castle and gardens
  • Royal Lochmager Distillery
  • The City of Aberdeen
  • Glenlivet Distillery
  • Mar Lodge Estate
  • Invery
  • Linn o' Quoich
  • Crathie Kirk
  • The Old Royal Station, Ballater
  • Breamar Highland Heritage Centre

Local Insight

There are many walks in the surrounding area of varying levels of difficulty from an easy walk round the Clunie river to the Lairig Ghru, a high steep sided pass connecting the North of the Cairngorms to the South - not one for the fainthearted!

  • Balmoral Castle
    Balmoral Castle is the Queen's summer residence and stands on the banks of the River Dee between Braemar and Ballater in the shadows of Lochnagar. The 50,000 acre estate was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848 and is a major visitor attraction during the summer months.
    Visit their website
  • Braemar Highland Safaris
    Braemar Highland Safaris. The modern visitors, unless they are hill walkers, normally see the area from the bottom of the valley. They probably cannot imagine the beauty as seen by the birds flying high above. Now with the aid of Braemar Highland Safaris the visitor too can venture into the heart of the mountains to enjoy the picturesque landscapes of mountains and lochs, see the wildlife and the plants which make the area so beautiful and interesting.
    Visit their website
  • Braemar Castle
    Braemar Castle on the outskirts of the village was built in 1628 by John Erskine,Earl of Mar and has been owned by the Farquharsons of Invercauld for the last 250 years. Recently the castle has been taken on by the community of Braemar with an ambitious restoration programme underway. The castle is filled with  furnishings and personal memorabilia of the family and a secret corner that is home to Long John Silver and his creator Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote 'Treasure Island' in the village.
    Visit their website
  • Glenshee Ski Centre
    Glenshee lies on the boarder of Aberdeenshire and Perthshire in the Cairngorm National Park. The car park at Glenshee is at 650m (2132ft) above sea level which makes the A93 the highest A road in the UK. During the Winter months Glenshee's has an impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs offering an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. Once the snow has melted there is ample car parking from which you can access nine Munroes. You can start the day with a hearty breakfast and finish with tea and cake in the cafe. There is also a small shop with a selection of souvenirs, clothes and bike accessories.
    Visit their website

Great for

  • Walking
  • History
  • Culture

Local Events

Braemar plays host to many events and celebrations throughout the year. Here is a list of those we know about:


Entertainment Programme

On Monday Evenings
Bob Stewart

On Tuesday Evenings
Tommy Newcomen
Instrumental Vocalist
On  Wednesday  Evenings
An evening of music, song and comedy
Robbie Carran  
On Thursday Evenings
Harry McFadyen
The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.

C Nicholson


rating is 3 stars

23 February 2014

Good value for money

Just returned from our 5 day trip hotel clean didn’t have any issues at all, food good always hot not the biggest portions but good choice of three meals. Staff friendly and always there to help overall the best £99 iv spent free trips good with well-informed Debbie she was ace loved it would return.

Janet Platts


rating is 4 stars

3 November 2013

lovely village location

Just back from a 5 day drinks inclusive stay. First impressions the foyer is modern and brightly decorated, a change from the majority of hotels which have kept their traditional decor. Our room was of a fair size, clean and the bathroom also seemed to have been recently decorated and a good working shower. The food was nice and always hot unlike the temperature of the Dining room which more than myself found to be quite cold. Overall good value for money.

Barry and Jean Smith


rating is 5 stars

26 October 2012

Weekend Break

Enjoyed a wonderful break in superb scenery. Hotel very welcoming and friendly. Lovely open fire to greet us. Food very good and waiting staff all very polite and attentive. Room was basic but comfortable and clean. Altogether a very relaxed weekend in wonderful countryside. Will definitely be back.

Elaine Suddes


rating is 4 stars

4 September 2012

Great Break

We have just returned from a great week staying at this hotel, the rooms were clean and comfortable and the food excellent with plenty choice it was nice to be served at our table. All the staff were very pleasant and couldn’t do enough for you. There was entertainment on four nights and provided good easy listening music. Have stayed in quite a few Shearings hotels and have never been disappointed. It is worth paying extra for a treat to an upgraded room.

Les Mullins


rating is 5 stars

27 August 2012


First time holiday with Shearings, having been with other companies this was without doubt the best. Old beautiful hotel, very good rooms big and no problem with staff, all keen to help. Would I go with Shearings again? You bet I would

Mrs Brooks


rating is 4 stars

26 July 2012

Wonderful Weekend

Four of us stayed for 3 nights and had a wonderful time. Food and service excellent. Rooms were clean and tidy and en-suite was modern and looked like it had been recently done. The entertainment Friday and Saturday was very good. More so Saturday and his name was Stephen. As well as being a very good musician and singer he was also very funny. So good that my husband bought his CD. Drinks are very expensive, but that is to be expected of hotels. Been to 4 Shearings hotels and will go to more.

Mrs M Crawford

Scottish Borders

rating is 5 stars

10 October 2011


Back home, wishing we were still at Invercauld, very helpful, pleasant staff. Rooms: comfortable and clean. Food: super varied menu served by friendly but very professional waiters. We were a party of eight who have a Shearings holiday every October and we have never had to complain about anything in any of the Shearings hotels throughout Scotland. We haven't decided which hotel will have the pleasure of the eight of us next year!!!!

Geoff Adams

Knott End-on-Sea

rating is 5 stars

30 September 2011

Top of the class

A hotel with a history as fine as its facade. Stay a night en passant and be looked after, but stay a few days and try to meet Carlos (the manager, who will usually be found helping out if any team is a bit short) and Chef, and Maitre d' (there are two - one has a moustache: the other hasn't.) In the dining-room you will receive five-star attention from young waiters trained by Maitre d'. Do look at your waiting staff as they work. It's like watching ballet. Waiting is a profession, not a job.

Evelyn Ashpool


rating is 5 stars

4 September 2011

Very good start & finish

Returned on Friday from a lovely holiday with my husband. Very happy with our room, plenty of helpful staff on duty. Good food & choice of menu. One thing that upset me was the gold necklace with a jade cross on it. When I arrived home & was sorting out presents for the family, from carrier bags, at the bottom of one plastic carrier bag I found my necklace. Thank the Lord my necklace had fallen off into one of the bag of presents. Thank the staff for their help & concern.



rating is 4 stars

24 January 2011

Very Good

Just got back, lovely hotel, it was nice and warm, looks like a newly installed lift to all floors, very pleasant room, tastefully decorated and very clean, with a very clean, and what seems newly refurbished en-suite, loved the shower, good food from a varied menu, good entertainment, nice helpful staff, couldn't ask for more, will go again.

Mr Lees


rating is 3 stars

24 September 2010


Hotel staff at reception are very helpful! Dining room staff really good at what they do for clients. Bar staff attentive. Hotel is managed well. I will be back! Thanks, Jim.

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