Mountaineering double bill to headline third Braemar Mountain Festival

One of the world’s best all-round climbers will speak alongside the second Scottish woman in history to climb Everest at the Braemar Mountain Festival 2019.

Dave MacLeod and Di Gilbert will share their formidable experiences as part of a mountaineering double bill headlining the third annual celebration of mountain life in the heart of Royal Deeside.

Over 40 talks, instructor-led sessions, workshops and evening events will take place as part of the four-day mountain festival from Thursday 28 – Sunday 3 March 2019 in a variety of locations in and around the village.

The programme has been revealed as Scotland looks set to experience more winter conditions in the weeks to come.

Commenting as the countdown begins to the opening of the festival, organiser Alastair Hubbard, a local business owner who also volunteers with the Braemar Mountain Rescue, said:

“Braemar Mountain Festival is a true showcase of Scotland’s mountain life, renowned across the world for its remoteness, beauty and of course- unpredictability!

“We wanted to show how all ages and abilities can experience life on the hills. Our 2019 programme offers something for everyone, from photography masterclass led by Ed Smith to a guided ski tour led by expert mountaineer Di Gilbert.”

Festival-goers can try their hand at snowshoeing, improve their navigation skills and take part in a variety of guided walks covering history, nature and winter skills.

The life and works of one of Scotland’s greatest naturalists, Seton Gordon, will be the subject of a talk by writer James MacDonald Lockhart.

Alastair Hubbard added:

“Our speaker programme is packed full of world-leading mountain-lovers. Renowned fell-runner Nicky Spinks, mountain biking obsessives Trippin Crew and our very own mountain forecaster Geoff Monk will give an insight into their inspirational adventures.

“All of this is set in the beautiful village of Braemar, which continues to go from strength to strength as one of Scotland’s leading outdoor destinations. There’s a real buzz in the community about BMF 2019 and we’re looking forward to welcoming friends old and new to the area.”

from the Press and Journal, 25/1/19

Ticket Sales Go Live on Monday 14th January 2019

Ticket sales will go live at 7pm on Monday 14th January.

We are really excited about the line -up of speakers, fantastic workshops and lively evening events programme.

Many of our events sell out in advance, so don’t delay in booking tickets now!

The Mountains Are Calling

Save the date!

The 3rd Braemar Mountain Festival will take place between Thursday 28th February and Sunday 3rd March 2019.

We are busy finalising an exciting and varied programme which we will be unveiling soon. It’s going to be stonker, save the date!


Thank you and see you next year

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!




Important Festival Update. Event Cancellations and Full Revised Programme

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.

Revised Programme:
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.