St Ninian

The chapel of St Ninian Braemar was built in 1898 at the same time as Mar Lodge, for the 1st Duke of Fife who married Princess Louise, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

About this church

The journey to the chapel from Braemar is magnificent and awe inspiring surrounded by mountains with the river Dee in the valley below. There is a feeling of peace and quiet and a presence of God when you reach the chapel.

The chapel lies 64 miles west of Aberdeen and 3 miles west of Braemar and was built in 1898 at the same time as Mar Lodge for the 1st Duke of Fife who married Princess Louise the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. For 60 years it was used privately by Royalty.

It has a small faithful congregation which is augmented by regular visitors, especially walkers, in the summer months. Services are held monthly in the summer but it is closed in the winter because of inclement weather.

The road to the chapel from Braemar is through the valley of the river Dee, surrounded by hills and mountains including: Ben Muick Dhui 4295 ft, Cairntoul 4236 ft,  Breriach  4252 ft, Cairngorm 4084 ft, Ben A Bourd 3940 ft, Bena'An 3920 ft.

It is very important to keep the chapel open as an Episcopal presence in such a remote place.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access throughout
  • On street parking at church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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Insh Village Church

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