Scottish Highlands

The Fife Arms

Overview

Scottish Victoriana with a twist

A landmark in Braemar, the Fife Arms' grand 19th century neo-Gothic style has been given a playful contemporary edge thanks to contemporary artists creating specially commissioned artworks for the hotel that range from canvasses to ceilings, chandeliers and sculptures.

It's handsome communal areas and 46 rooms have all been individually designed to celebrate proud Scottish heritage in a contemporary way. It also showcases the best seasonal produce that the country has become known for. Expect fresh seafood and game, local whiskies and spirits and locally sourced ingredients.

The careful design extends beyond the interiors and into the grounds where the garden was designed by Chelsea Flower Show medalist Jinny Blom, who has also created gardens for the Prince of Wales and Laurent Perrier. Beyond these, the beautiful Cairngorm mountains await.

Facts

At a glance

  • 46 guest rooms and suites

  • Three dining rooms

  • Bar

  • Spa

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Experiences

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    Art collection

    There are over 16,000 antiques and artworks to discover at The Fife Arms, including a collection of contemporary site-specific works by popular artists. You can take an art tour which will introduce you to some of the works by artists like Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Gerhard Richter and Bruegel. There are even water colours by Queen Victoria and Prince Charles.

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    Walking

    With 40 munros easily accessible from Braemar, there are many walking trails to choose from. The paths and tracks are suitable for all abilities, from Ben MacDui to Beinn Bhareac. Take a relaxing walk and discover the native flora and fauna of Upper Deeside, keeping an eye out for red squirrels, ptarmigans, ospreys and red deer.

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    Fishing

    One of the most famous salmon rivers in the world, the River Dee, runs past the hotel. Salmon season runs from early February to the end of September. Take the opportunity to spend some time fishing in this spectacular location. Sea trout is available during the summer, and rainbow trout all year.

Community & Culture

All Artfarm businesses are committed to trying to source as many of their ingredients from nearby ethical suppliers as possible. The Fife Arms invests in the communities in which their projects are based, by creating learning initiatives and helping to provide infrastructure like a community swimming pool or playground.

Conservation

The Fife Arms’ Wild Resources department helps to conceptualise sustainable and sensitive ways to manage the hotel’s impact on the landscape. In addition to their own conservation projects, they have partnered with the River Dee Trust, the Somerset Wildlife Trust and the British Trust for Ornithology to expand their reach.

As part of their Pearls in Peril project, they have planted 140,000 trees along the banks of the River Dee to help repopulate the freshwater muscles that were washed away in a storm a few years back. Peat-covering efforts have also helped to prevent some 150 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere annually.

Footprint

There is a strong focus on sustainability policies at The Fife Arms. Recycling is a priority, food waste is composted and any large plastic containers are re-used where possible. There are no plastic bottles in rooms and bathroom products are supplied in refillable glass bottles.

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