Well that’s it all over, the weather gods did not help us this year, so it didn’t quite go to plan. However, we appreciate those of you who battled their way to Braemar and hope you enjoyed the reduced programme.
This event could not happen without the amazing support of the local community, our sponsors and volunteers. Thank you to all of you.
Special mention for those who helped deliver the reduced programme, many of them at short notice. Thank you!
Due to the ongoing weather and travel conditions, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel the majority of events on Saturday and Sunday.
Participants booked on to affected events will be contacted by email today and refunded in full.
We continue to advise any attendees to check our website for the latest updates.
We are aware that some people have already travelled to Braemar and there is significant interest from the local community. With that in mind we are pleased offer a reduced programme.
Whilst these are not unusual weather conditions for the village, we feel it would be unfair to put undue pressure on those travelling from farther afield. We are hugely grateful to the local community, event sponsors, volunteers and the many people who have supported this community event.
We are already beginning to work on next years programme and look forward to unveiling further information in due course.
Friday 2nd March 2018
1pm Talk on Nan Shepherd by Erlend Clouston in Braemar Village Hall
3pm Talk on the Cairngorms by Hayden Lorimer in Braemar Village Hall
7pm Talk by Greg Boswell on Scottish Winter Climbing in Braemar Village Hall. Licensed bar
8.30pm Ceilidh with stovies and licensed bar in Castleton Hall
Saturday 3rd March 2018
7.30pm Flanagan’s and Films – Talk and film by the Flanagan brothers together with screening of films on Gwen Moffat by Claire Carter and This Way Up by Andy McKenna. Braemar Village Hall. FREE event. Licensed bar
Sunday 4th March 2018
7.30pm Best of Kendal Film Festival – 90 mins of the best award winning films from Kendal Mountain Festival. Braemar Village Hall Tickets £10. Licensed bar
The photography and mountain arts exhibition will continue across the weekend in St. Margaret’s Church.
We have received advice on weather and road conditions and have decided to cancel all events on Friday morning. For the events that have been cancelled we will provide a full refund and contact individuals affected by email. Our Festival programme will now therefore commence at 1pm on Friday.
There are a few additional isolated events in the programme which will be cancelled and attendees will be notified individually by email.
Please note that the Exhibition Launch and Mountain Food night will go ahead as planned this evening.
Tickets still available to buy for our fantastic Mountain Food event on Thursday 1st March 7pm, brought to you by Executive Chef Robert Cameron of the Fife Arms Hotel. This will be a sit down, buffet event with licensed bar. We will also be joined by solo electric guitarist, Steve Garrett.
We are thrilled to be running a bikepacking workshop and a guided ride at this year’s Braemar Mountain Festival in the beautiful Cairngorms from Thursday 1 March to Sunday 4 March. And we are even more thrilled that adventure cycling is one of the major focuses of the event in its second year, with a great selection of more guided rides, skills sessions, talks, workshops and film screenings on offer.
In the first event on Friday 2 March at 9.00am Joe Flanagan, a Pro Ride coach, will share his enthusiasm and knowledge in an half day ride out incorporating skill sessions. Joe Flanagan is one of the three Trippin Fellaz, together with his brother Sam Flanagan and Ali Parkin, who love to combine their favourite pastimes of travel, climbing and riding to produce amazing image and video content. At 9.30am Aneela McKenna from Go-Where Scotland and Lynne Armstrong from Air Maiden will be sampling the incredible riding of Deeside in a half day guided ride for women, from ribbons of sweet single track to ancient drove roads and long forgotten tracks, finishing with tea and cake back in Braemar. For the ride Juliana Bicycles demo bikes are available as well on a first come first served basis.
Aneela and Lynne are back on Friday afternoon at 3.00pm with a talk to celebrate the legacy of ‘bicycling for ladies’. They will take the festival audience on a journey of bikes and their role in women’s emancipation. In the spirit of the suffragette movement and penny farthings, they share sisterhood giggles, personal stories and their passion for the simple act of riding bikes. The day finishes at 7.30pm with an inspiring talk by Bikepacking Scotland’s founder Markus Stitz, who in 2016 became the first person to cycle the world on a singlespeed bike with bikepacking bags. During his 34,000km journey from Edinburgh through 26 countries he saw the Aurora Borealis in Iceland, braved minus 17C in New Mexico, crossed the Australian Outback, cycled through 40C in Thailand, climbed up to 3150 m in Iran, cycled the Anatolian Highlands and the Alps and rode the famous cobbles of Flanders. All to prove that it can be done. One gear is enough to cycle the world.
Saturday starts again at 9.00am with another MTB skills session, this time specifically aimed at 14 – 18 year olds and delivered by Joe Flanagan. Next up at 9.30am is our bikepacking workshop with Markus and Jay. Markus has designed all routes listed on this page, and Jay is an experienced cyclist and outdoor instructor and has worked with Markus on designing the Central Belter. Both will share their bikepacking secrets in this 2-hour workshop.
Those who want to experience bikepacking first hand, can join Jay and Markus at 1.30pm on a half day guided ride around Braemar. At 3.00pm the Flanagan brothers, Joe and Sam, will be talking about taking mountain bikes to the biggest mountain in the UK, the mighty Ben Nevis, and finding not only the funniest way down, but also the most exciting way up. Later in the afternoon at 5.00pm Go-Where Scotland’s Andy McKenna tells his story of his pharmacy-free face-off with Multiple Sclerosis and his quest for a holistic path to health. ‘This Way Up’, a moving and inspiring film on how MS impacted his life and his riding, will be screened as part of the session.
Tickets for all events can be bought online at www.braemarmountainfestival.com. Prices range from £10 for talks, £15 for the workshop and £35 for guided rides and skills sessions.