Thank you and see you next year

Wow, it’s been an awesome weekend. We didn’t get the snow this year but still managed to deliver about 50 ticketed events and had amazing support and attendances.

The Festival Team would like to say a BIG thank you to all our community partners, sponsors, speakers, instructors, musicians, prize donors and the army of volunteers who all helped make it happen.

Let’s do it all again next year……we might even have the right amount of snow!!

Thank You

The Braemar Mountain Festival Team

Braemar Festival

Alternative ski touring

The recent warm weather has continued to strip the snow, so we are thrilled to announce that Di Gilbert has agreed to deliver alternative training. On Saturday she will lead a full day course on High Level Mountain Navigation, followed on Sunday by a half day course on Navigation for ski tourers. Both will be delivered on foot. This is a great opportunity to work with Di on the hill and tap into her immense knowledge and experience gained from mountaineering and guiding, not just in Scotland but all over the world.


Programme update

With the forecast showing yet more unseasonably warm weather for this time of year, we are making some small adjustments to our extensive festival programme.

Those booked on winter skills and avalanche courses will be refunded in the coming days and offered a discounted rate on the wider programme as a gesture of good will. Worth noting that we are now offering an alternative half day avalanche course which is not snow dependent!

Braemar Mountain Festival is proud to showcase the best of Scotland’s mountain life and our programme is always designed with the famous unpredictability of the Scottish weather in mind. .

With a programme packed full of adventure films, inspirational talks, skill sessions and evening events, we hope you’ll don your sunglasses and join us for some glorious days out in and around Braemar!

Festival update

Tickets are selling fast for some of our sessions and talks. We’ll provide regular updates as we countdown to the opening of the festival.

Please be advised that the following sessions are now sold out:

Half day navigation courses on Sat and Sunday now full. An additional full day navigation course with Andy Mallinson has now been organised for Sunday.
Winter skills course now full on Saturday, with a few places remaining on Friday.
Winter mountain walks with Gary Hodgson. Just a couple of places remaining on Friday.
Photography masterclass with Ed Smith, last few places remain on Friday and Saturday.

View the full programme here:

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