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Derry, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
On the ground floor of Mar Lodge, this recently refurbished apartment is a haven from which to explore the countryside around the estate. Its one-storey design makes this a perfect place for assisted disabled visitors. The sitting room looks out onto Mar Lodge's majestic Caledonian pine forests. Read More >
Dogs are permitted in this apartment.

Mar Lodge has been preserved in splendid style, creating a relaxing Highland retreat in the mode of decadent country living.

Derry is one of 5 apartments in Mar Lodge. 2 self-contained luxury grounds houses are also available to book.

Dogs are now permitted within Derry at a fee of �15.00 per dog per stay (maximum of 2 dogs). Please note that dogs must be kept under proper control and are not allowed in any of the bedrooms or any of the furniture, nor left unattended in the property for long periods.

Accommodation details

  • Ground floor

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Large sitting room/kitchen with dining area

  • Bathroom with wheelchair accessible shower, WC and roll-top bath

  • Separate WC and washbasin

  • Central heating running off biomass

  • Free Wi-Fi internet access available in apartment.
  • EPC Rating: D55



About the Mar Lodge Estate
At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge, a a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine.

Visited by nobility since the medieval period, this prime Highland estate is now recognised as one of Scotland's most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain's highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country's most iconic landscapes.

About the Area
Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats.

Deeside's most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge is Braemar where you'll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing.

Things to do

  • Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside.

  • Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away.



Interested in our ranger-led activities?
The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement:
-"Live like a laird"- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, the return to the Lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast and
-"Shoot with a camera"- accompany the estate's stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts.
-Traditional field sports: stag stalking,grouse shooting and salmon fishing

Planning a large event, a wedding or corporate gathering?
The Stag Ballroom, adjacent to the Lodge, is a popular venue for wedding receptions, ceilidhs and family gatherings, with room for up to 160 guests. Within the Lodge, the more intimate setting of the Craggan Ballroom can accommodate 50 seated guests and the grand dining room, which seats 30. For further details on corporate entertaining or any events, please contact Mar Lodge on +44 (0)13397 41276.

Horse owners can now bring their equine friends. Enquire about Mar Lodge's horse B&B when you book.

Getting there
Braemar is 60 miles west of Aberdeen and 50 miles north of Perth on the A93. Aberdeen airport is situated in Dyce on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Mar Lodge estate is 3 miles West of Braemar, in Aberdeenshire.

Subject to availability, visitors may make use of the public rooms in the Lodge; the library, billiard room and drawing room. The grand dining room, which seats 30 people, and a caterers' kitchen are available to guests booking all five apartments. Please note there is an extra charge for this.
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East Lodge, Crathes Castle Garden & Estate

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • None
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Opening October 2016. Read More >
Laced with gothic charm this Victorian gate lodge guards the entrance to Crathes Castle. Crathes is a Renaissance dream of winding turrets and pink-harled walls, set among acres of manicured gardens.
The lodge's arched latticed windows look out onto the castle driveway. An enclosed private garden with a picnic table is perfect for outdoor dining when the sun shines.

Accommodation details

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting room with dining area

  • Kitchen

  • Shower room with WC

  • Oil fired central heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking available outside the cottage

  • EPC Rating: F34


About Crathes Castle
Crathes estate dates back to 1323 when King Robert the Bruce granted the lands of Leys to the ancient Burnett family. The jewelled ivory Horn of Leys, symbolic of the gift, now hangs in the castle's Great Hall. The castle you see today was completed in the late 16th century and retains ornate ceilings, family portraits and even a 'trick-step' designed to confuse attackers.

Six different trails lead round the 240 hectare (595 acre) estate. Crathes's grounds are known as a hotspot for spying bats, as well as buzzards, kingfishers and herons.

About the area
Crathes is a settlement of around 25 houses, spreading out into farms and countryside, close to Banchory in Royal Deeside.

Things to do

  • Steam-train enthusiasts will love the Royal Deeside Railway. Still undergoing a restoration project, the railway line currently runs for a mile along the River Dee.

  • Pack up a hamper and head to the Linn of Dee, a 300 metre rock gorge, part of Mar Lodge estate and one of Queen Victoria's beloved picnicking spots.

  • In the summer months, trace Scottish architectural history through the ages with a visit to
  • Drum Castle, the oldest intact building in the National Trust for Scotland's care. A medieval tower, a Jacobean mansion and Victorian extensions make this fortified ancestral home truly unique.


Getting there
Crathes Castle is off the A93, 15 miles west of Aberdeen and 3 miles east of Banchory. Aberdeen is the nearest railway station, and Aberdeen airport (Dyce) is 12 miles away. < Hide

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Macdui, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Macdui lies on the first floor of Mar Lodge's West Wing, with a balconied sitting room that looks out onto Mar Lodge's ancient pine forest. Read More >
Mar Lodge has been preserved in splendid style, creating a relaxing Highland retreat in the mode of decadent country living.

Macdui is one of 5 apartments in Mar Lodge. 2 self-contained luxury grounds houses are also available to book.

Dogs are now permitted within Macdui at a fee of ��15.00 per dog per stay (maximum of 2 dogs). Please note that dogs must be kept under proper control and are not allowed in any of the bedrooms or any of the furniture, nor left unattended in the property for long periods.

Accommodation details

  • First floor

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting room with balcony

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Bathroom with WC, shower over roll-top bath

  • Separate WC with wash basin

  • Central heating running off biomass

  • Free Wi-Fi internet access in apartment




About the Mar Lodge Estate
At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge, a beautifully restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine.

Visited by nobility since the medieval period, this prime Highland estate is now recognised as one of Scotland's most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain's highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country's most iconic landscapes.

About the Area
Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats.

Deeside's most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge is Braemar where you'll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing.

Things to do

  • Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside.

  • Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away.



Planning a large event, a wedding or corporate gathering?
The Stag Ballroom, adjacent to the Lodge, is a popular venue for wedding receptions, ceilidhs and family gatherings, with room for up to 160 guests. Within the Lodge, the more intimate setting of the Craggan Ballroom can accommodate 50 seated guests and the grand dining room, which seats 30. For further details on corporate entertaining or any events, please contact Mar Lodge on +44 (0)13397 41276.

Horse owners can now bring their equine friends. Enquire about Mar Lodge's horse B&B when you book.

Getting there
Braemar is 60 miles west of Aberdeen and 50 miles north of Perth on the A93. Aberdeen airport is situated in Dyce on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Mar Lodge estate is 3 miles West of Braemar, in Aberdeenshire.

Subject to availability, visitors may make use of the public rooms in the Lodge; the library, billiard room (additional charge applies) and drawing room. The grand dining room, which seats 30 people, and a caterers' kitchen are available to guests booking all five apartments. Please note there is an extra charge for this.
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