The Fife Arms
With menus created by Head Chef Magnus Burstedt, The Clunie Dining Room showcases the best of Scottish produce and ingredients.
The interior of the restaurant has been transformed by Argentinian artist, Guillermo Kuitca. The work, titled The Clunie River Mural, has been painted in his distinctive cubistoid style that masterfully reconciles abstraction with an illusionist form of figuration. Kuitca was in residence in Braemar for several weeks while he created this work especially for The Fife Arms and this work is his response to the hotel and its dramatic location in the heart of the Cairngorms.
The restaurant is open to hotel guests and non-residents.
It was said that if you were looking for someone in Braemar, the first place you should look was the public bar at The Fife Arms. Newly christened The Flying Stag, the public bar continues to be the social centre of the village. With regulars rubbing shoulders with visitors, the bar has a vibrant atmosphere with animated conversation and live entertainment. The bar offers local beers, Scottish whiskies and spirits accompanied by a menu of bar snacks and hearty Scottish dishes.
The Flying Stag was created by the renowned artist, James Prosek, who is known for his paintings of unique, hybrid animals. The animal is a union of a ptarmigan’s wings (a bird that lives on the highest peaks of the Cairngorms) and a stag (commonly found in the forested Dee Valley).
The Drawing Room brings together art and history. The walls are covered in The Fife Arms tartan, which was designed specially for the hotel and the room is richly furnished with Scottish art and antiques. The room is a place for hotel guests and visitors to relax and unwind over coffee, afternoon tea or a drink at cocktail hour.
The room’s ceiling was commissioned from renowned Chinese artist, Zhang Enli, who paints directly onto the walls or ceiling of a room to create immersive, nostalgic environments.. For ‘Ancient Quartz’ Zhang took inspiration from cross sections of Scottish agates, whose deceptively simply exteriors conceal a dazzling array of colour and texture.
An exquisite jewelbox of a bar, Elsa’s Bar brings Art Deco glamour to the Highlands. Inspired by fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s signature style, love of shocking pink and “bon mots”, this bijou bar offers champagne and hand-crafted cocktails that are beautifully presented. The perfect spot for a pre-prandial aperitif or a late-night digestif, the bar showcases Scottish spirits and elixirs.
Feeling more like a private country house than a hotel, each of the 46 guest rooms and suites are individually decorated and furnished. With six distinctive room types, each accommodation is dedicated to a local person, place, event or theme that has been meticulously researched to bring the hotel's history to life.
Royal Suites: Our most well-appointed accommodations, the Royal Suites are inspired by some of Braemar's most noble visitors. With views over the surrounding landscape, the suites are richly furnished with antiques, artwork and even objects that once belonged to these historic figures. Room Features: separate sitting room, freestanding copper bath, rain shower, double bed.
Victoriana Suites: The Victoriana Suites reflect the hotel's history as a 19th century coaching inn. Richly decorated with antique furnishings, period wallpaper and original artwork, the suites offer stunning views over Braemar and the surrounding landscape.
Scottish Culture Rooms: From literature and astronomy to engineering and exploration, Scotland has produced leading figures in fields such as science and the arts. These names have inspired the Scottish Culture Rooms which are situated throughout the hotel.
Nature & Poetry Rooms: The grandeur of the Scottish natural landscape has inspired countless writers and poets. The Nature and Poetry Rooms feature artwork and objects made from natural materials such as heather, horn and tweed. The rooms feature beautiful wooden headboards with words by Scottish poet, Alec Finlay, carved into them.
Croft Rooms: Inspired by a traditional Scottish croft house, our cosiest rooms feature a charming, traditional cabin bed that's spacious for one or snug for two. Each bed has been hand-painted by artists with some featuring scenes of the surrounding Scottish landscape, which these rooms overlook.
Artist's Studio: Artist’s Studio is a one-off accommodation that offers stunning views over the surrounding landscape that is sure to inspire and delight.