• Hen Harrier chick tagged at Mar Lodge Estate

    Hen Harrier chick tagged at Mar Lodge Estate

    A Hen Harrier chick was satellite tagged in July at Mar Lodge Estate, following the first successful breeding attempt on the estate by this iconic raptor species in several decades.

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The beautiful ancient pine woods are home to red squirrels and pine marten. Birds such as the Crossbill and Black Grouse, rare or absent in much of the UK, may be found here in abundance.

The wilder glens are home to glorious Golden Eagles. Red deer are seen regularly beside the River Dee; dawn and dusk are the best times to catch sight of these magnificent mammals. See the Wildlife page for more information.


There are excellent opportunities for walking at all levels on the estate.

From the Linn of Dee car park, a short stroll offers stunning views of a scenic gorge. There are low-lying woodland and riverside walks in Glens Quoich and Lui. Find out more by downloading the trail leaflet before you visit.

Hill-walking on Mar Lodge is unsurpassed; the estate includes 15 Munros, including four of the five highest mountains in the UK. There are several mountain bothies, as well as opportunities for wild camping. Please note there is no waymarking as our policy is to minimise interference in the landscape.

For more low-level walks at Trust properties around Scotland visit nts.org.uk/walking

Guided Walks and Other Events

There is a program of regular guided walks during the summer months, please see the Events and Ranger Service pages for more details. There are several open days during the year when part of the Lodge is open to public, and there are a number of ceilidhs in the famous Stag Ballroom.

Please see the events page for more details.

Holidays and Weddings

Mar Lodge was built in 1895 as a Highland Sporting Lodge for the Duke and Duchess of Fife, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter. The Lodge offers a spectacular venue for weddings and corporate functions.

Private events of all scales, from the intimate to the grand, may also be held here. Holiday accommodation is set within some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer.

Please see the Accommodation and Hospitality pages for more details.


Mar Lodge Estate has long enjoyed a reputation as a wild and thrilling place for deer stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing.

See our Sporting Estate PDF download for more information.

Braeriach Apartment

This luxuriously furnished apartment is often used as the Bridal Suite for weddings held at Mar Lodge. Situated at the top of the main staircase, the apartment has a …

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Opening times & Prices

21 Feb
  • Estate: all year daily
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  • Member: FREE
  • Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to support the conservation of Mar Lodge Estate by joining or making a donation.

    The Linn of Dee car park is pay and display (£2 for non-members, free to NTS members) which contributes to footpath maintenance on the estate.

Gradings & Awards

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