Gav, glad you had a nice stay at the Moorfield. Ian & Elspeth the owners have worked exceedingly hard to turn what WAS a filthy, run down hole into somewhere you don't want to leave. Great food, and beer from across the hill (Aviemore) have given Braemar another fine place to eat. The other is The Gathering Place Bistro, located under the Bank of Scotland' @ the juction with the A93. I haven't had a chance to try Braemar Lodge for a while, but the food was pretty good last time.
You must have got bike spares from one of the clothing shops??? as there isn't a bike shop here....YET.
I agree that peak summer is a poor time to close the youth hostel. That is the problem we have, several of the accommodation options in the village are owned or run by people that do it for a hobby, rather than because they need to financially. They're part of the "wouldn't it be lovely to live in *insert picturesque area* group". Unfortuately for those of us that rely on the village for our living, they aren't contributing to the sustainability of the tourist industry here.
Once again folks, much appreciated. I'm beginning to get the general theme in most of the replies you've left, and to be honest, you have all confirmed my views on what is needed in Braemar.
A shop that opens for provisions before 8am, that closes later than 7pm, to take advantage of long days on the hills.
More, accommodation options with pricing options to suit campers upto 4* hotel.
Much better transport links to the South.
Improved access to areas surrounding Braemar, with information available on routes.
Restaurants and bike friendly cafes that have extended hours.
A dedicated bike shop, or somewhere to buy spares.
A pub with some atmosphere for that all important rehydration/epic trail story.
Oh, and showers/bike wash, so we don't smell horrible or have to put a dirty bike in the car.