26 Events at Mar Lodge Estate

  • Mar Lodge Mountain Film Festival 2017

    Mar Lodge Mountain Film Festival 2017

    Dates:Dates between : Fri 10 Feb - Sat 11 Feb Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Enjoy six epic films showcasing mountain landscapes, extreme ascents in far flung corners of the world and the stories of the people who visit them, from the stunning location of Mar Lodge.

    Details

    Fri 10th Feb - 'Explore Night' THE LAST GREAT CLIMB (60') Leo Houlding and his team attempt a first ascent of Ulvetanna Peak in the stunning mountains of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. NORTH OF THE SUN (46') Two Norwegian surfers spend nine months exploring and surviving on a remote arctic island. MAYBE (15') Peter MacKenzie skis the extreme and rarely visited gullies in the Nevis range. Sat 11th Feb - 'Extreme Night' SUMMITS OF MY LIFE (53') A breathtaking journey over the Alps as we join a small group of extraordinary mountain athletes in their pursuit of fulfilment. A LINE ACROSS THE SKY (40') Award winning ascent of the 'impossible' Fitzroy traverse in Patagonia by Alex Honnold. CHASING NIAGARA (30') Following Rafa Oritz's dream to kayak over the Niagara Falls and the journey to get there.

    BOOKING ESSENTIAL Discount - £16 per adult if booking both nights. Licensed bar and refreshments available. Tickets available from December from Braemar Mountain Shop, Ballater Outdoor Store and the Mar Lodge Ranger Base.

    Dates & Times:

    • 10 Feb 2017 : 19:30 - 22:30
    • 11 Feb 2017 : 19:30 - 22:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 10.00
    • Child : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720163 or email marlodgeestate@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Essential
  • Cadbury Egg Hunt & Mar Lodge Open Day Easter Events

    Cadbury Egg Hunt & Mar Lodge Open Day

    Dates:Sun 16 Apr Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    The Easter bunny has hidden clues at lots of National Trust for Scotland places!

    Details

    EGG HUNT - Collect your hunt map, follow the clues, solve the puzzle and claim your chocolatey reward! Each hunt is completely different – the perfect excuse to hop along to more than one! OPEN DAY - Come and learn about how an estate such as Mar Lodge is managed and see the inside of Mar Lodge and the famous Stag Ballroom. Suitable for all the family, children’s activities will be available.

    Egg Hunt - £3 per trail sheet. Open Day - £3 entry to the Lodge, NTS/NT Members and Children under 16, free entry to Lodge

    Dates & Times:

    • 16 Apr 2017 : 10:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 3.00
    • Child : £ 3.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Not essential
  • Black Grouse Dawnwatch

    Black Grouse Dawnwatch

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 22 Apr - Sat 29 Apr Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Don’t miss this early morning opportunity to view the breeding display of the Black Grouse as seen on BBC Winterwatch 2014 and 2015.

    Details

    Jump in a Land Rover and join a Ranger at one of our Black Grouse leks. An early morning start but worth it to see these magnificent birds displaying. Please bring binoculars if you have them.

    Price includes breakfast in a local cafe

    Dates & Times:

    • 22 Apr 2017 : 05:00 - 08:00
    • 27 Apr 2017 : 05:00 - 08:00
    • 29 Apr 2017 : 05:00 - 08:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 26.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Booking essential, places limited
  • Nature Nippers - Sow the Seeds!

    Nature Nippers - Sow the Seeds!

    Dates:Tue 2 May Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Bring your under 5's along to our nature activities club!

    Details

    A chance for children to get outdoors and explore nature through games and play. Come and discover different types of seeds and learn what they need to grow. Have a go at planting your own seeds to take home with you!

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Warm, waterproof clothing and wellies essential as we will be outside.

    Dates & Times:

    • 02 May 2017 : 10:00 - 11:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 3.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited.
  • Wildlife Photography Holiday with Mark Hamblin

    Wildlife Photography Holiday with Mark Hamblin

    Dates:Mon 15 May - Fri 19 May Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Mar Lodge Estate has teamed up with expert wildlife photographer Mark Hamblin to offer a unique, all-inclusive photography holiday at one of Britain’s finest wildlife sites.

    Details

    Suitable for photographers of all levels, we’ll be photographing some of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife, including ptarmigan, black grouse and red squirrel. In the evenings we will head back to our own private accommodation for a three course meal and a dram of whisky by the open fire. There’ll be the opportunity to go through photographs taken during the day, listen to Mark’s expert advice, and hear talks from the NTS ecologists about the challenges of working in such a unique place. This is a unique opportunity to take your photography to the next level and experience the Cairngorms in a truly special way. Target species include: black grouse, ptarmigan, red squirrel, red deer and mountain hare. There will also be an excellent chance of encountering golden eagle, pine marten, Scottish crossbill, otter, snow bunting and dotterel.

    Mark Hamblin has been working as a nature photographer since 1995. He has lived in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park since 2002, and has intimate knowledge of the land and its wildlife. Mark is a regular contributor to many of Britain's leading wildlife and photographic magazines. Price includes accommodation, meals and guides. You will need to provide your own digital SLR camera, with a minimum 300mm telephoto lens. Over 18's only.

    Dates & Times:

    • 15 May 2017 - 19 May 2017 : 09:00 - 17:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 995.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Booking essential, only 6 places available.
  • Beinn a' Bhuird

    Beinn a' Bhuird

    Dates:Sat 20 May Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Accompany our ranger team up Beinn a’ Bhuird, the 11th highest mountain in the UK.

    Details

    Experience stunning views across the Cairngorms and see mountain wildlife such as ptarmigan & dotterel.

    Led by a qualified mountain leader. Full day walk including some uneven terrain and uphill sections. Good level of fitness essential.

    Dates & Times:

    • 20 May 2017 : 09:00 - 21:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 70.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited
  • Bush Craft Taster Weekend

    Bush Craft Taster Weekend

    Dates:Sat 27 May - Sun 28 May Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Come along to a bush craft taster weekend and spend a night sleeping under the stars whilst learning wilderness skills.

    Details

    Spend a night sleeping out in the wilds and learning skills such as as fire lighting, shelter building, knife carving and camp cooking. Come join the FUN.............The wild is waiting for you!! Event run with Amara Woodland bush craft.

    Suitable for families (5yrs plus.) All children under the age of 16yrs, must be accompanied by an adult, 18yrs plus. £120 per adult. Children 12yrs and under FREE (up to 3 children per family. Additional children and children over 12yrs of age, £35 per child) Price includes all meals and refreshments and use of equipment. Full kit list will be supplied on booking. Overnight 4pm Saturday to 4pm Sunday

    Dates & Times:

    • 27 May 2017 - 28 May 2017 : 16:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 120.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited
  • Lairig Ghru

    Lairig Ghru

    Dates:Sat 3 Jun Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Traverse the Cairngorms through this iconic high mountain pass.

    Details

    Climbing gently to an altitude of 835m the Lairig Ghru passes through some of the wildest land in Scotland following old drovers’ routes. Although not steep this walk is long (approx. 20 miles) therefore a good general level of fitness is essential as well as good walking boots and warm waterproof clothing.

    Led by a qualified Mountain Leader. Price includes return transport.

    Dates & Times:

    • 03 Jun 2017 : 08:00 - 20:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 80.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Booking essential, places limited
  • Nature Nippers - Feathered Friends!

    Nature Nippers - Feathered Friends!

    Dates:Tue 6 Jun Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Bring your under 5's along to our nature activities club!

    Details

    A chance for children to get outdoors and explore nature through games and play. This month is all about the beautiful birds of Mar Lodge Estate.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Warm, waterproof clothing and wellies essential as we will be outside.

    Dates & Times:

    • 06 Jun 2017 : 10:00 - 11:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 3.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited.
  • Mar Lodge Evening Stroll

    Mar Lodge Evening Stroll

    Dates:Dates between : Wed 7 Jun - Wed 30 Aug Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Join us for an evening stroll around the grounds of this former hunting lodge once owned by Queen Victoria's granddaughter

    Details

    Learn about the history and management of Mar Lodge Estate and have a look inside the decorated interior of the Lodge and the Stag Ballroom, not normally open to the public.

    Tea/coffee and biscuits included. Children under 16 - free

    Dates & Times:

    • 07 Jun 2017 : 17:00 - 19:00
    • 21 Jun 2017 : 17:00 - 19:00
    • 05 Jul 2017 : 17:00 - 19:00
    • 19 Jul 2017 : 17:00 - 19:00
    • 02 Aug 2017 : 17:00 - 19:00
    • 16 Aug 2017 : 17:00 - 19:00
    • 30 Aug 2017 : 17:00 - 19:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential
  • Fathers Day Bush Craft Weekend

    Fathers Day Bush Craft Weekend

    Dates:Sat 17 Jun - Sun 18 Jun Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Treat Dad to a bush craft taster overnighter for Father’s day and spend a night sleeping under the stars whilst learning wilderness skills.

    Details

    Spend a night sleeping out in the wild while learning skills such as fire lighting, shelter building, knife carving and camp cooking. This weekend is for Fathers and their children. A chance to bond and have fun together in the wild. Come join the FUN.............The wild is waiting for you!! Event run with Amara Woodland bush craft.

    Overnight 4pm Saturday to 4pm Sunday. Suitable for families (5yrs plus). £120 per adult. Children 12yrs and under FREE up to 3 children per family, (Additional children and children over 12yrs of age, £35 per child). Price includes all meals and refreshments and use of equipment. Full kit list will be supplied on booking.

    Dates & Times:

    • 17 Jun 2017 - 18 June 2017 : 16:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 120.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, spaces limited
  • Braeriach - the Long Walk In

    Braeriach - the Long Walk In

    Dates:Sat 24 Jun Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Climb Braeriach, the 3rd highest mountain in the British Isles.

    Details

    Accompany our ranger team up one of Britain's most remote mountains and bag a few other Munros en route. Bring your own bike to cycle a section of the route or we can arrange one on hire.

    Led by a qualified mountain leader. Full day walk/cycle over uneven terrain with uphill sections therefore a good level of fitness is essential.

    Dates & Times:

    • 24 Jun 2017 : 09:00 - 21:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 70.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited
  • Nature Nippers - Fabulous Frogs!

    Nature Nippers - Fabulous Frogs!

    Dates:Tue 4 Jul Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Bring your under 5's along to our nature activities club!

    Details

    A chance for children to get outdoors and explore nature through games and play. This month is all about frogs! We will be looking for some real frogs and tadpoles and making some froggy crafts!

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Warm, waterproof clothing and wellies essential as we will be outside.

    Dates & Times:

    • 04 Jul 2017 : 10:00 - 11:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 3.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited.
  • Beinn Macdui Horseshoe

    Beinn Macdui Horseshoe

    Dates:Fri 7 Jul Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    At 1,309m high Ben Macdui is the second highest mountain in the UK.

    Details

    Climb this mighty Munro as well as a few surrounding Munros en route in the company of our ranger team.

    Led by a qualified mountain leader. Full day walk including some uneven terrain and uphill sections. Good level of fitness essential.

    Dates & Times:

    • 07 Jul 2017 : 09:00 - 21:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 70.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited
  • Teddy Bears Picnic

    Teddy Bears Picnic

    Dates:Thu 13 Jul Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Bring Teddy on an adventure to Mar Lodge Estate.

    Details

    Bring teddy out for the day and let him experience the wonderful pinewoods in Glen Quoich. Aimed at children 2-6

    Please bring a packed lunch and a teddy. Children must be accompanied by an adult and teddies must be accompanied by a child. Adults and teddies go free!

    Dates & Times:

    • 13 Jul 2017 : 10:00 - 13:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited
  • Kids Mountain Adventure

    Kids Mountain Adventure

    Dates:Sat 15 Jul Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Join our ranger team on an adventure up Carn na Drochaide.

    Details

    A chance for young people to experience hill walking in the company of our ranger team by climbing this 818m Corbett near Glen Quoich with the chance to see some spectacular views over the Cairngorms mountains.

    Age 10 & over, parents welcome but not essential.

    Dates & Times:

    • 15 Jul 2017 : 10:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 15.00
    • Child : £ 15.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited
  • Mar Lodge Mini Rangers - Can you survive?

    Mar Lodge Mini Rangers - Can you survive?

    Dates:Thu 27 Jul Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Become a mini Mar Lodge ranger by taking part in our ranger training days.

    Details

    Try your hand at shelter building and wood carving. We will round up the session with a small fire in a Kelly Kettle and roast some marshmallows!

    Children must be accompanied by an adult

    Dates & Times:

    • 27 Jul 2017 : 10:00 - 13:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Booking essential, places limited
  • Nature Nippers - Going Underground!

    Nature Nippers - Going Underground!

    Dates:Tue 1 Aug Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Bring your under 5's along to our nature activities club!

    Details

    A chance for children to get outdoors and explore nature through games and play. This month we will be going underground and having a look at some of the creatures that live beneath our feet!

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Warm, waterproof clothing and wellies essential as we will be outside.

    Dates & Times:

    • 01 Aug 2017 : 10:00 - 11:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 3.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited.
  • Mar Lodge Mini Rangers - Don't get lost!

    Mar Lodge Mini Rangers - Don't get lost!

    Dates:Thu 10 Aug Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Become a mini Mar Lodge ranger by taking part in our ranger training days.

    Details

    Learn how to navigate and have a go at finding your way – will you get lost or make your way home from the hills?

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Dates & Times:

    • 10 Aug 2017 : 10:00 - 13:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited
  • Derry Cairngorm

    Derry Cairngorm

    Dates:Fri 11 Aug Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Climb Derry Cairngorm, a 1155m Munro in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

    Details

    One of the more accessible Munros on Mar Lodge Estate, join our ranger team on this walk for spectacular views of the Cairngorms.

    Led by a qualified mountain leader. Full day walk including some uneven terrain and uphill sections. Good level of fitness essential.

    Dates & Times:

    • 11 Aug 2017 : 09:00 - 21:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 70.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited
  • Gathering Ceilidh

    Gathering Ceilidh

    Dates:Fri 1 Sep Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Come along to our annual ceilidh on the eve of the Braemar Gathering.

    Details

    Celebrate the eve of the Braemar Gathering with a superb ceilidh band in the stunning location of the Mar Lodge Stag Ballroom.

    Price includes light supper. Licensed bar available.

    Dates & Times:

    • 01 Sep 2017 : 20:00 - 23:59

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 20.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720163 or email marlodgeestate@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Essential
  • Nature Nippers - A Sticky Situation!

    Nature Nippers - A Sticky Situation!

    Dates:Tue 5 Sep Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Bring your under 5's along to our nature activities club!

    Details

    A chance for children to get outdoors and explore nature through games and play. This month we will discover the many uses of the humble stick!

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Warm, waterproof clothing and wellies essential as we will be outside.

    Dates & Times:

    • 05 Sep 2017 : 10:00 - 11:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 3.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential, places limited.
  • Clash of the Titans

    Clash of the Titans

    Dates:Dates between : Sun 8 Oct - Sun 15 Oct Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the great spectacles of the Highlands as red stags battle it out for the chance to breed.

    Details

    Accompanied by a ranger you will walk approx. 4-5km to an area where red deer frequently rut. We will hopefully witness the magnificent stags showing off to one another and listen to their roars echo through the glens as they strive for dominance. A shorter walk is available on Wednesday 11th October for those less able.

    Please wrap up warm as the weather can be cold at this time of the year. Tea and coffee will be provided. Reasonable level of fitness required

    Dates & Times:

    • 08 Oct 2017 : 16:00 - 19:00
    • 11 Oct 2017 : 16:00 - 19:00
    • 15 Oct 2017 : 16:00 - 19:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 10.00
    • Child : £ 5.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Booking essential, places limited
  • Squirrel watch

    Squirrel watch

    Dates:Sat 14 Oct Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Join us in search of red squirrels in the beautiful Caledonian pinewood.

    Details

    The pinewoods around Mar Lodge Estate are a great place to see our native red squirrels. Join one of our ranger team on a walk in search of red squirrels and their feeding signs.

    Please bring binoculars and a camera if you have them.

    Dates & Times:

    • 14 Oct 2017 : 10:00 - 11:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 3.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Essential
  • Wild Autumn Landscapes: Photography holiday with Mark Hamblin

    Wild Autumn Landscapes: Photography holiday with Mark Hamblin

    Dates:Mon 23 Oct - Fri 27 Oct Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Mar Lodge Estate has teamed up with expert landscape photographer Mark Hamblin to offer a truly unique, all-inclusive photography holiday at one of Britain’s most beautiful sites.

    Details

    Suitable for photographers of all levels, this holiday will make the most of the autumnal light to take images of Mar Lodge Estate’s famous Caledonian pinewoods, stunning mountain views and dramatic fast-flowing rivers. Trekking deep into the heart of the Cairngorms during the day, in the evenings we will head back to our own private wing of Mar Lodge for a three course meal and a dram of whisky by the open fire. There’ll be the opportunity to go through photographs taken during the day, listen to Mark’s expert advice, and hear talks from the NTS ecologists about the challenges of working in such a unique environment. This is a unique opportunity for you to take your photography to the next level and discover the Cairngorms in a truly special way.

    Mark Hamblin has been working as a nature photographer since 1995. He has lived in the Cairngorms National Park since 2002, and has intimate knowledge of the land and its wildlife. Mark is a regular contributor to many of Britain's leading wildlife and photographic magazines. Price includes accommodation, guides and meals. You will need to provide your own digital SLR camera. Over 18's only.

    Dates & Times:

    • 23 Oct 2017 - 27 October 2017 : 09:00 - 17:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 995.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Booking essential, only 8 places available.
  • Bonfire & Fireworks evening

    Bonfire & Fireworks evening

    Dates:Fri 3 Nov Location:Mar Lodge Estate

    Come and see the sky above Mar Lodge lit up by fireworks!

    Details

    Enter the Best ‘Guy’ competition - the winning guy will be placed on top of the Bonfire to be ignited by a piped torch lit procession.

    Food and refreshments will be for sale. Free event but donations welcome.

    Dates & Times:

    • 03 Nov 2017 : 18:00 - 20:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 01339 720164

    Booking:

    Not essential

Mar Lodge Estate occupies nearly 7% of the Cairngorms National Park, covers some of the most remote and scenic wild land in Scotland, including four of the five highest mountains in the UK.

Within its boundaries are fine examples of classic features of a Highland landscape: remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest, heather moorland, juniper scrub and a part of the high Cairngorm plateau. Fifteen of the Trust's 46 Munros can be found in the Cairngorms around Mar Lodge (What is a Munro?).

The estate is recognised as one of the most important nature conservation landscapes in the British Isles: over 80% of the estate is covered by national and international nature conservation designations.


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  • The Green Tourism Award - Silver
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 4 Star