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Braeriach, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
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 Queen Anne four-poster bed and a balcony with dramatic views of the estate's Caledonian pine forest. Read More >
Mar Lodge has been preserved in splendid style, creating a relaxing Highland retreat in the mode of decadent country living.

Braeriach is one of 5 apartments in Mar Lodge. For exceptional luxury for parties of up to ten, we are delighted to offer two detached lodge houses in the estate grounds: Claybokie and Creag Bhalg. Both houses are beautifully furnished, and possess lavish kitchens and terraced gardens.

Dogs are now permitted within Braeriach at a fee of Ă�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 2-4 - 1 double with four-poster king-size bed.

  • Sitting room with two sofa beds

  • Kitchen/dining room.

  • Bathroom with shower over roll top bath

  • Separate WC

  • Central heating running off biomass

  • Electric fire in lounge

  • Free Wi-Fi available in apartment.

  • EPC Rating: C75




About the Mar Lodge Estate
At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge, 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.



The Mar Lodge Ranger service runs a number of scheduled walks and events throughout the year and information on these can be found on our website - www.nts.org.uk/marlodge. However we can also be available on a more casual basis to guide visitors around the estate - whether you want to see spectacular wildlife, epic scenery or even just go for a post-Christmas leg stretch. Please call the Rangers office on 013397 20164.



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 0844 493 2172 or +44(0)13397 41433/41427 if calling from overseas.

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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Bynack, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Royal Deeside
  • 17
  • 8
  • Dogs allowed
This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge estate's heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table making it ideal for family gatherings in an historic Highland setting. Read More >
Open log fires in the lodge's public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside's majestic country charm.

Bynack is one of 5 apartments in Mar Lodge. For exceptional luxury for parties of up to ten, we are delighted to offer two detached lodge houses in the estate grounds: Claybokie and Creag Bhalg. Both houses are beautifully furnished, and possess lavish kitchens and terraced gardens.

Dogs are now permitted within Bynack 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 and first floor

  • Sleeps 17 - 1 double with ensuite (ground floor - ideally suited for less mobile guests); 4 twins, 2 doubles and 1 double with single on first floor.

  • 4 bathrooms, 3 with roll-top bath and shower and 1 with shower only.

  • Additional WC on ground floor.

  • Kitchen and separate sitting room with dining area which can comfortably seat all 17 guests.

  • Central heating running off biomass

  • Electric fire in lounge

  • Free Wi-Fi internet access available in apartment

  • EPC Rating: D66



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.



The Mar Lodge Ranger service runs a number of scheduled walks and events throughout the year and information on these can be found on our website - www.nts.org.uk/marlodge. However we can also be available on a more casual basis to guide visitors around the estate - whether you want to see spectacular wildlife, epic scenery or even just go for a post-Christmas leg stretch. Please call the Rangers office on 013397 20164 for more information.

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 0844 493 2172 or +44(0)13397 41433/41427 if calling from overseas.

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.

Bynack is available for short breaks (minimum stay 3 nights) throughout the year. Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for further details.

Guests will be asked to provide credit/debit card details as a “good housekeeping deposit” to cover any damages/ breakages which may occur. The deposit is 500 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents.

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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Claybokie, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Royal Deeside
  • 10
  • 5
  • Not allowed
Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Claybokie is an exclusive hideaway in a Highland paradise. Furnished in classic antique style, with uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, this miniature lodge offers the quintissential country retreat. Read More >
It's little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Claybokie's privacy, it's old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make it an unparalleled base for a clan gathering.

For larger parties, Creag Bhalg sleeps 8 and connects to the garden of Claybokie via an illuminated woodland path.

Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 10 - 2 double and 3 twin bedrooms. One of the doubles and one twin has ensuite facilities; the other double and twin share a bathroom. The third twin has its own bathroom on the landing close by.

  • Grand dining room to seat up to 18 people

  • Beautiful sitting room with open fire

  • Conservatory and study

  • Large kitchen with AGA

  • Utility room and cloakrooms

  • Electric central heating

  • Open fires - Two complimentary baskets of logs will be provided

  • Parking available outside the property

  • Kennel facilities available at an additional charge

  • EPC Rating: F37



About the Mar Lodge Estate
At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge, 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 0844 493 2172 or +44(0)13397 41433/41427 if calling from overseas.

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.

Claybokie and Creag Bhalg are set within a high-walled garden on three sides, with the fenced-off river to the front. The grounds also contain the housekeeper's house.

The rental is for the accommodation only, however, we can suggest local caterers. Children are welcome, though it should be noted that there is an ornamental pond and very young children should not be left unattended.

Short breaks available Friday to Monday and Monday and Friday. Full weeks run from Saturday to Saturday.

The properties can be let together or separately and are available for a minimum of three nights per booking.

Please note that guests will be asked to provide credit/debit card details as a "good housekeeping deposit" to cover any damages/ breakages which may occur. The deposit is 500 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

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Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

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  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Only 10 miles from the heart of Aberdeen, this charming 16th century apartment at Drum Castle is an intimate one bedroom apartment that is surprisingly spacious. Read More >
With log burning stove and central heating throughout, the historic residence is warm and cosy.
Located in the ancient courtyard of the NTS's oldest 14th Century castle, which was given by Robert the Bruce, this little gem makes an idea starting point for a visit to Royal Deeside. The exquisitely beautiful Estate of Drum, with its 16th century Chapel, Garden of Historic Roses and Scene of Special Scientific Interest Woodland, makes a perfect romantic getaway for 2.

Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - accessed by staircase

  • Sleeps 2 - 1 double

  • Open-plan Living room with wood-burning stove and Kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath and under-floor heating

  • Electric ‘intel’ heaters

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: D58


About Drum Castle
Drum is one of Royal Deeside’s top historic attractions, just 10 miles from Aberdeen. It is one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses and is set beside an ancient oak woodland and a walled garden that contains a fine collection of historic roses which perfume the air.

William de Irwyn was gifted the Royal Forest of Drum and the Tower of Drum by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. The tower has benefitted from various improvements over the centuries, including a Jacobean mansion house extension in 1619 and Victorian adaptations, such as the impressive library converted from the lower hall.

About the area
There is an exquisite 17th century chapel in the grounds of the castle, along with the newly-opened Old Laundry, the award-winning Wildlife Garden and the Garden of Historic Roses, which has over 200 varieties, representing rose cultivation from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

On the Drum Castle Estate are 3 trails, each 1.5km long, including the Wood of Drum, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to oak trees dating from 1740, as well as red squirrels, red kites, roe deer and badgers.

Things to do

  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.

  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.


Getting there
Drum Castle is 3 miles W of Peterculter, 10 miles W of Aberdeen and 8 miles E of Banchory.
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Creag Bhalg,Mar Lodge nr Braemar, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Royal Deeside
  • 8
  • 4
  • Not allowed
Creag Bhalg is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge's pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. Read More >

The views look onto the River Dee and Glen Eye. After a family gathering at Creag Bhalg you'll understand why travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party.

For larger parties, Claybokie sleeps 10 and connects to the garden of Creag Bhalg via an illuminated woodland path.

Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - suitable for the less mobile

  • Sleeps 8 - 2 doubles, 2 twins all with ensuite bathrooms

  • Wood panelled sitting room with open fires

  • Kitchen/dining room

  • Utility room and cloakrooms

  • Electric central heating

  • Kennel facilities available

  • EPC Rating: G19



About the Mar Lodge Estate
At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge, 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 0844 493 2172 or +44(0)13397 41433/41427 if calling from overseas.

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.

Claybokie and Creag Bhalg are set within a high-walled garden on three sides, with the fenced-off river to the front. The grounds also contain the housekeeper's house.

Short breaks are available Fri-Mon and Mon-Fri. Full weeks run from a Sat-Sat.

Please note that guests will be asked to provide credit/debit card details as a "good housekeeping deposit" to cover any damages/ breakages which may occur. The deposit is 500 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

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Dalvorar, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
The views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece, a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls is a snug retreat to come back to after a day's walking on the estate. Read More >
Mar Lodge has been preserved in splendid style, creating a relaxing Highland retreat in the mode of decadent country living.

Dalvorar is one of 5 apartments in Mar Lodge. For exceptional luxury for parties of up to ten, we are delighted to offer two detached lodge houses in the estate grounds: Claybokie and Creag Bhalg. Both houses are beautifully furnished, and possess lavish kitchens and terraced gardens.

Dogs are now permitted within Dalvorar 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 - 2 twins

  • Sitting room

  • Dining kitchen

  • Bathroom with roll top bath with shower over

  • Separate WC and wash basin

  • Central heating running off biomass

  • Free Wi Fi Access in apartment

  • EPC Rating: C76




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.



The Mar Lodge Ranger service runs a number of scheduled walks and events throughout the year and information on these can be found on our website - www.nts.org.uk/marlodge. However we can also be available on a more casual basis to guide visitors around the estate - whether you want to see spectacular wildlife, epic scenery or even just go for a post-Christmas leg stretch. Please call the Rangers office on 013397 20164 for more information.
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 0844 493 2172 or +44(0)13397 41433/41427 if calling from overseas.

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) 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. < Hide

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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 0844 493 2172 or +44(0)13397 41433/41427 if calling from overseas.

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

  • 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 0844 493 2172 or +44(0)13397 41433/41427 if calling from overseas.

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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Mar Lodge Base Camp, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 12
  • 4
  • Not allowed
Mar Lodge Base camp is part of the former Stable Block, is situated four miles west of Braemar, offering easy access to the Cairngorms. MINIMUM STAY 2 NIGHTS. Read More >

Accommodation details:

Sleeps 12. There are four bedrooms - two four bedded, one two bedded (all bunkbeds) and one room suitable for disabled (two single beds) including en-suite with toilet and shower - a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room, dining room, drying room showers and toilets. Services: oil-fired central heating which also heats water.

EPC Rating: E51

Additional information:

Mar Lodge Estate Base Camp is wheelchair accessible.
Price: 20 per person per night - minimum charge 150 per night for smaller groups of six and under.

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North Mains, Craigievar Castle

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Wake up to views of Craigievar Castle's winding pink spires in this 18th century estate cottage. Care has been taken to furnish the semi-detatched house in antique country style, as it would have stood when it accommodated the workers who kept the castle looking splendid. Read More >
Fire up the wood burning stove to warm up after a walk in the parkland around the castle.
For larger groups guests may be interested in booking the adjacent South Mains and Steading Cottage.

Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins

  • L-shaped sitting room with dining area and wood-burning stove

  • Kitchen

  • Compact bathroom with shower over bath

  • Central heating - wet system with steel panel radiators fired by electric boiler

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • EPC Rating: F31


About Craigievar Castle
This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.

Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.

About the area
Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.

Things to do

  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.

  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.

  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.


Getting there
Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.

This holiday accommodation is available for winter and festive breaks. However, the access road to the castle may become impassable in heavy snow. Although this happens infrequently, in the event of this curtailing your holiday we will refund any days of the holiday that were not used. < Hide

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South Mains, Craigievar Castle

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 7
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
Situated next to North Mains and adjacent to Steading Cottage, our three properties would make an ideal booking for a larger group booking. Read More >

Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys

  • Sleeps 7 - 1 double and 2 twin bedrooms (first floor) and 1 single bedroom (ground floor)

  • Sitting room

  • Farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area

  • Bathroom with shower over bath (ground floor)

  • Private garden

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • EPC Rating: E49


About Craigievar Castle
This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.

Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.

About the area
Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.

Things to do

  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.

  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.

  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.


Getting there
Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.
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Steading, Craigievar Castle

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Every fairytale castle needs a grounds cottage with roses climbing the walls, and this picture perfect house is Craigievar's. The cottage originally accommodated the castle's estate workers and is built around a cobbled courtyard, overlooking Craigievar's famous pink turrets. Read More >
Being single storey, Steading Cottage is ideal for those who are less mobile. Gentle walks can be found round the castle's kitchen garden, or venture further into the waymarked woodland paths. An open fire will be ready and waiting to be lit when you get back.

For larger groups guests may be interested in booking the adjacent North & South Mains.

Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting/dining room - 3 steps down from hall, with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • Immersion water heater

  • Electric storage and panel heaters

  • Parking available at the side of the cottage

  • EPC Rating: F21


About Craigievar Castle
This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.

Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.

About the area
Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.

Things to do

  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.

  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.

  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.


Getting there
Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.

This holiday accommodation is available for winter and festive breaks. However, the access road to the castle may become impassable in heavy snow. Although this happens infrequently, in the event of this curtailing your holiday we will refund any days of the holiday that were not used.
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