Wild beauty of the Cairngorms with 15 Munros and a wildlife wonderland
Discover the astonishing natural beauty of this 29,000ha estate.
Calling all Munro-baggers! 15 mountains over 3,000ft (914m) are found here, including Scotland’s second highest mountain.
Follow in Queen Victoria’s footsteps and picnic at the Linn of Dee.
Spot some fantastic wildlife, including ptarmigan, golden eagles and mountain hares.
The wild beauty of the Cairngorms unfolds around a 19th-century sporting lodge on this spectacular estate.
Mar Lodge Estate is made up of more than 29,000 hectares of heather-covered moors, Caledonian pine forest, towering mountains and the Quoich wetlands, home to wading birds and otters.
There are 15 Munros here, including 4 of the 5 highest mountains in the UK. The estate is also one of the most important areas for nature conservation in Britain. We have a wide range of landscape conservation projects underway, including repairing footpaths and reducing the damage caused to woodland by red deer. The beautiful ancient pine woods are home to red squirrels and pine martens. Birds such as the crossbill and black grouse are found here as well.
Mar Lodge Estate is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. On the moors, red grouse, meadow pipit and skylark are active, while tree creepers, willow warblers, stonechat and great tits are at home in the woods. Fortunate birdwatchers may spot a golden eagle soaring high above. But perhaps the most spectacular display comes in autumn when red deer stags start to rut –their roaring and clashing battles echo across the glens.
Hill-walking on Mar Lodge Estate is unsurpassed. Scale the peak of Ben MacDui (1,309m), one of the other 15 Munros. 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.
From the Linn of Dee car park there are also a number of low-level walks to be enjoyed, with views of the rushing falls. Throughout the estate, there are many reminders of the area’s human history, from Mesolithic remnants and post-medieval townships to the remains of 19th-century sheep farming.
Holiday accommodation is available in Mar Lodge itself and in various smaller lodges on the estate.
Join us for a classic sporting weekend of shooting, fishing and stalking.
Please keep dogs under control or on leads, especially during the bird nesting season between April and July.
Campfires are not permitted at any time on Mar Lodge Estate due to the risk of wildfires severely damaging ecologically sensitive and important habitats.
There are toilet facilities and a small information hut at the Linn of Dee, open seasonally.
There is a car park at the Linn of Dee and the Linn of Quoich; parking is free for members.
Guided tours are available for groups by prior arrangement. Catering can also be arranged for groups. Call 01339 720164 for further details.
Coach parking is available at the Linn of Dee car park.
There is a programme of regular guided walks during the summer months.
School visits offer great opportunities for cross-curricular work and engaging with the Curriculum for Excellence. All age groups and levels are welcome. The Ranger Service can offer activities relating to the specific habitats of the estate, wider conservation issues or archaeology. For further details and to book, please contact the Mar Lodge Estate Ranger Office on 01339 720164.
There is an easy access trail beginning at the Linn of Dee car park.
The area immediately surrounding Mar Lodge has a level tarmac surface but the wider estate has rough country paths.
Mar Lodge Estate is 3 miles west of Braemar, in Aberdeenshire. To get to Mar Lodge Estate from Braemar, follow unclassified road (signposted Linn of Dee) from the A93. The Estate is 3 miles west of Braemar. To get to Linn of Dee carry on along the unclassified Linn of Dee road until you reach the Linn of Dee carpark. To get to the Linn of Quoich, carry on past the Linn of Dee carpark and follow the road to its end at the Quoich carpark.