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Ardlochan Lodge, Culzean Castle

£560.00offer £476.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Situated just a stones throw from the golden beach at Maidens on the Culzean coast in Ayrshire is this pretty little lodge house - the last remaining gate house on the Culzean Castle & Country Park estate. Read More >
 
Recently modernised and renovated to a high standard, Ardlochan Lodge opened in April 2016
 
Accommodation details

  • Single storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double and 1 twin bedroom (can be converted to double if required)

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Under floor heating

  • Open plan kitchen, with patio doors leading to patio area and spacious garden

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Parking adjacent to cottage

  • EPC Rating: E50


 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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Brewhouse Flat, Culzean Castle & Country Park

£840.00offer £714.00 | 29th March 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Perched on an Ayrshire clifftop, Culzean Castle is second to none for grandeur. This circular former brewhouse lies in the castle's West Wing and supplied the estate workers with their staple drink of beer until Victorian times. Read More >
The brewery was added to Culzean in the 1780s. 100 years later however the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa decided to make way for his preferred tipple and changed it into a wine cellar.
 
Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the bay and let the crash of the waves lull you to sleep.
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey basement flat - 23 steps down to the flat which we regret is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin), 1 twin

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Electric night storage heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Children will require supervision when playing outside the flat, due to the cliff edge

  • Private parking for 2 cars

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: E54


 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole. < Hide

Braeriach, Mar Lodge Estate

£435.00offer £369.75 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • 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 ÂÂĂ�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 +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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Claybokie, Mar Lodge Estate

£1,470.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • 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 +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.
 
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

Brewhouse Flat, Culzean Castle & Country Park

£410.00offer £348.50 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Perched on an Ayrshire clifftop, Culzean Castle is second to none for grandeur. This circular former brewhouse lies in the castle's West Wing and supplied the estate workers with their staple drink of beer until Victorian times. Read More >
The brewery was added to Culzean in the 1780s. 100 years later however the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa decided to make way for his preferred tipple and changed it into a wine cellar.
 
Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the bay and let the crash of the waves lull you to sleep.
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey basement flat - 23 steps down to the flat which we regret is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin), 1 twin

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Electric night storage heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Children will require supervision when playing outside the flat, due to the cliff edge

  • Private parking for 2 cars

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: E54


 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole. < Hide

Cormack Lodge, Brodie Castle

£330.00offer £280.50 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 3
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
This romantic rural cottage is tucked away down a narrow road, a short walk from Brodie Castle. Wander round the 16th century castle grounds then while away evenings in front of the wood-burning stove. Read More >
The dining room has views of the Brodie estate, and the cottage has its own private garden, perfect for alfresco breakfasts and impromptu picnics.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - a step leads down to the bedroom and bathroom

  • Sleeps 2/3 - 1 double, 1 sofa bed

  • Bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Private garden

  • Oil-fired central heating (also heats water)

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: E54

 
 
Larger groups can also book South Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.
 
About Brodie Castle
The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
 
Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
 
About the area
Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
 
Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
 
Things to do

  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.

  • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.

  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

 
 
Getting there
Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness. < Hide

Creag Bhalg,Mar Lodge nr Braemar, Mar Lodge Estate

£1,240.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • 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 +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.
 
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

Middle Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

£380.00offer £323.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Fife
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Simple Edwardian elegance comes to life in this fairytale cottage in the grounds of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
 
Roses climbing up the stonework, an inviting open fire, and a large private enclosed garden make Middle Cottage a perfect escape for families looking to step back in time.
 
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twin bedrooms

  • Sitting room/dining room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Enclosed private garden

  • Shower room with WC and wash basin

  • Full central heating

  • EPC Rating: F22


About Hill of Tarvit
French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
 
The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
 
About the area
Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
 
The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
 
Things to do

  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


 
Getting there
Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
 
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North Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

£330.00offer £280.50 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 2 StarGood
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Tucked beneath the castle cliffs and opening out onto the beach, Culzean's two Segganwell Cottages make great seashore hideaways for families with children. Read More >
Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year. William Kirkland, a Shepherd lived here with his wife and four children, two of whom were gardeners.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess

  • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove

  • Kitchen

  • Shower room with WC

  • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding

  • Night storage heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps

  • EPC Rating: F24

  •  

Please note that the bunk beds are not full size beds.
Please bring a torch for night time.
 
Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.
 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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North Stables, House of Dun

£345.00offer £293.25 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Angus
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
 
Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
 
Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
 
North Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, South Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
 

  • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

  • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

  • Gas central heating

  • Free parking available in nearby public car park

  • EPC Rating: E49

 
Public transport accessible. Holiday guests also have full access to the House's formal gardens and grounds throughout their stay.
 
About House of Dun
This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
 
The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
 
As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
 
Things to do
 
Montrose
 
The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
 
Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
 
You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
 
If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
 
On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
 
There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
 
Lunan Bay
 
Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
 
Arbroath
 
Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
 
Leisure
 
Fishing
 
Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
 
Golf
 
An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
 
Hillwalking
 
Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
 
Getting there
 
House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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Paye House, Cromarty

£560.00offer £476.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
18th-century Paye House lies at the heart of Cromarty's historic conservation area, surrounded by cobbled lanes and listed buildings. Its first recorded owner was the keeper of the County Gaol who also ran an alehouse. In later years it served as one of the town's hubs as a general store, a doctors' surgery, a chip shop and a depot for antique toys. Read More >
Enjoy the Cromarty sunsets from the garden patio, make the most of the area's fine local ingredients on the kitchen's Rayburn and come home to a roaring open fire after walks around town.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys

  • Sleeps 6 - 2 doubles, 1 twin

  • Sitting room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Dining room/study area

  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • WC with wash basin

  • Garden with patio

  • Oil fired central heating

  • Free parking on Church Street, around the corner

  • EPC Rating: G20


 
About the area
Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.
 
Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".
 
Things to do

  • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.

  • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.

  • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.


 
Getting there
Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty.
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South Stables, House of Dun

£600.00offer £510.00 | 29th March 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Angus
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
 
Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
 
Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
 
South Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, North Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
 

  • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

  • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

  • Gas central heating

  • Free parking available in nearby NTS car park

  • EPC Rating: E50

 
Public transport accessible. (30,30A & 30B)
 
About House of Dun
This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
 
The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
 
As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
 
Things to do
 
Montrose
 
The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
 
Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
 
You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
 
If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
 
On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
 
There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
 
Lunan Bay
 
Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
 
Arbroath
 
Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
 
Leisure
 
Fishing
 
Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
 
Golf
 
An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
 
Hillwalking
 
Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
 
Getting there
 
House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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South Stables, House of Dun

£345.00offer £293.25 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Angus
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
 
Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
 
Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
 
South Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, North Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
 

  • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

  • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

  • Gas central heating

  • Free parking available in nearby NTS car park

  • EPC Rating: E50

 
Public transport accessible. (30,30A & 30B)
 
About House of Dun
This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
 
The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
 
As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
 
Things to do
 
Montrose
 
The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
 
Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
 
You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
 
If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
 
On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
 
There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
 
Lunan Bay
 
Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
 
Arbroath
 
Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
 
Leisure
 
Fishing
 
Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
 
Golf
 
An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
 
Hillwalking
 
Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
 
Getting there
 
House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

£1,845.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 14
  • 7
  • Dogs allowed
Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The Late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comfort of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of magnificent turreted castle. Read More >
14 guests can stay in the apartment, and when not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There is no better place to experience the life of a contemporary Laird.
 
Accommodation details

  • 3 floors - Ground to 2nd

  • Sleeps 14 - 4 twins, 3 doubles

  • Sitting room

  • Grand dining room with space for 14

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Cocktail kitchen

  • Study/games room

  • 3 bathrooms with WC

  • 1 shower room with WC

  • 1 additional WC

  • Parking for 5 cars

  • EPC Rating: F35

 
 
Choose from three levels of accommodation
Fully catered - includes all meals and housekeeping
B&B - a caterer will provide breakfast and housekeepers will make beds and clean daily
Self-catering
 
Prices quoted on the website and in the Holiday Accommodation Brochure are for self catering. If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay, please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641 371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers.
 
About Brodie Castle
The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
 
Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
 
About the area
Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
 
Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
 
Things to do

  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. There are 12 dolphin and wildlife watching boats operating all around the area, the closest being at Findhorn. Chanonry Point, near Fortrose; the dolphin watching centres at Kessock Bridge and Spey Bay, are all worthwhile days out.

  • There is no shortage of golf courses in the area, with at least 19 courses within an hours drive from Forres. Forrres's own course, Muiryshade has in the past hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professional Championship.

  • For those looking for something a bit different, Brodie staff are delighted to help you arrange sailing, shooting or fishing.

  • Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside which includes 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery. Forres is home to two of these Distilleries, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu.

  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

 
 
Getting there
Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.
 
Short breaks (Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday) and full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for details.
Please note: 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 £500.00 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

Royal Artillery Cottage, Culzean Castle & Country Park

£410.00offer £348.50 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Set at the heart of Culzean Castle's sandstone stable block, this cottage would originally have served as living quarters for the numerous grooms, coachmen and stable-boys in charge of the Marquess's horses. Read More >
Its clifftop aspect gives it fine sea views across to Arran. Wheelchair users and less able-bodied guests will find the flat particularly comfortable. All on one level, it has sliding doors, and a ramped entrance. The cottage was endowed by the Royal Artillery after WWII for the use of disabled ex-servicemen.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin on request), 1 twin

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and wheel-in shower

  • Gas fired under floor central heating and hot water

  • Car parking for 2 cars opposite cottage.

  • EPC Rating: E41


Additional apartments are available at Culzean.
 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
Please note that this property will be let Friday to Friday between 19 March and 29 October. Short breaks of either Monday to Friday or Friday - Monday will be available over the winter months. < Hide

The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

£1,770.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 16
  • 8
  • Not allowed
The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.
 
Accommodation details

  • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

  • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Drawing room

  • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

  • 3 showers rooms with WCs

  • 3 additional WCs

  • Electric storage heaters

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: G12

 
About Fyvie Castle
Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.
 
Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
 
The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
 
Things to do

  • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

  • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

  • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

 
Getting there
Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
 
Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
 
Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
 
Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
 
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

Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

£330.00offer £280.50 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII. Read More >
It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)

  • Sitting room with dining area

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • WC

  • Woodland area at rear of property

  • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available

  • Immersion water heating

  • Car parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: F27

 
We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
 
For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
 
About Threave Estate
Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
 
About the area
Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
 
Things to do

  • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

  • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

  • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

  
Getting there
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Upper West Wing Flat, Hill of Tarvit

£330.00offer £280.50 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Fife
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Every bit as elegant as its name suggests, this self-contained flat takes up the first floor of Edwardian mansion house Hill of Tarvit. Remodelled in 1906 by architect Sir Robert Lorimer, Hill of Tarvit offers early twentieth century decadence in acres of graceful Fife farmland. Read More >
 
The flat has its own front door to the rear of the house with access via an external staircase. The windows overlook terraced gardens with views that sweep up to the Hill of Tarvit monument.
 
Accommodation details

  • First floor

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting room with open fire

  • Dining kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower

  • Central heating with backup convector heaters

  • EPC rating: D56


 
About Hill of Tarvit
French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
 
The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
 
About the area
Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
 
The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
 
Things to do

  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


 
Getting there
Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
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Belmont House, Belmont House

£750.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 8
  • 5
  • Not allowed
On the UK's most northerly island this slice of Georgian grandeur stands perfectly proportioned, overlooking the Bluemull Sound that runs between Yell and Unst. Belmont House has been exquisitely restored to show off all the features of its age; pavilions, symmetrical frontage, arched hallways and quadrant walls. Read More >
The House was built by Thomas Mouat in 1775 and now provides spacious and splendid accommodation for up to 12 people. Make the most of the magnificent first-floor drawing room or relax in Mouat's writing room with its Venetian windows that look out to sea.
 
Accommodation details

  • 3 storeys

  • Sleeps 8 - 12 - 1 double, 3 twin, plus additional sofa bed and two hand-built box beds suitable for children

  • Hand-built kitchen with range

  • Large dining room

  • Family room

  • Shower room and WC

  • First-floor drawing room with views to three sides

  • Thomas Mouat's writing room

  • Large child friendly garden

  • Laundry

 
A large child-friendly garden runs from the front of the house down to the pier at Belmont, where the ferry from Yell docks.
 
There is mobile reception (Vodaphone) and broadband at the property.
 
About Unst
Unst is the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, just 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, outlined by majestic cliffs, ragged sea stacks, sheltered inlets, and golden beaches. Inland, purebred Shetland sheep and ponies roam the common grazing land. Unst is a major breeding site for seabirds including gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, arctic skuas and whimbrels. Seals and porpoises are common and you may even see otters and killer whales. Try the following websites for more information:
www.shetland.org
www.unst.org
 
Things to do

  • Hermaness National Nature reserve is excellent for birdwatching. You'll find rare plants at Keen of Hamar, as well as sea and loch angling. The Trust can arrange guided walks, fishing trips, and tours of the island.

  • Indulge in the local ingredients. Local lamb and shellfish can be ordered, and there is also a Farmer's Market once a month.

  • The Unst Viking project has been unearthing Norse finds all over the island. Visit their reconstructed Longhouse and ship at Haroldswick.

 
Getting there
Although Unst is as far north as southern Greenland, it is a very accessible island. Smooth, modern roads and frequent vehicle ferries link the Shetland mainland to Unst via the neighbouring island of Yell. The ferries are very busy in summer and it is advisable to book in advance (Tel: 01957 722259).
 
Loganair flies from Aberdeen, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton to Sumburgh Airport on the Southern tip of mainland Shetland. < Hide

Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 1, North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

£300.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Ferocious seas and windswept headlands give these remote Lighthousekeepers' Cottages their wonderful romantic feel. It's easy to imagine the kind of shipwrecks, treasure troves, rescues and skilful seamanship of Robert Louis Stevenson's tales while on North Ronaldsay, and indeed the Lighthouse adjacent to the cottages was designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson in 1854. Read More >
Inside you'll find it warm and welcoming with an open fire. The cottage is all on one level and designed to be comfortable and accessible for disabled visitors.
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and cooker

  • Bathroom with bath only

  • Shared laundry

  • Open fires

  • Oil central heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Fully accessible toilet and shower

 
For larger groups Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 2 can also be booked.
 
About North Ronaldsay's Lighthouses
After a tragic shipwreck in 1740, North Ronaldsay was given one of the first four lighthouses in Scotland. The original Old Beacon was built and first lit in 1789, and shone until 1809 when it was considered redundant. After some years however it was decided that the island's perilous rocks did necessitate their own lighthouse. In 1852 Alan Stevenson recommended builder William Kinghorn of Leith to the Lighthouse Commissioners and the soaring red brick tower you see today was erected, the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles.
 
About the area
Further north than the southern tip of Norway, North Ronaldsay's remoteness has helped to preserve its traditional way of life. The Norn language survived longer here than on any other Orkney isle and you'll find many of the 60 locals have Orcadian surnames that go back for generations. Common grazing on the seashore is still the custom and the local lambs feed off seaweed, giving their meat a rare flavour highly prized by chefs. The vibrant local community (who made the restoration of the Stevenson lighthouse, cottages and Mill possible) will make guests extremely welcome and should your visit coincide with one of the many concerts, dances and social gatherings that take place there, it is not to be missed. Birdwatching tours, island tours and trips up the lighthouse can also be arranged.
 
Things to do

  • 20 metres away from the cottages, the Lighthousekeeper's Office is a great place to learn about North Ronaldsay's maritime history.

  • Dine out at the bird observatory and join in with the bird log that takes place every night. You might spot arctic terns, redthroats, red-backed shrikes and rosefinches.

  • Felted and knitted crafts are available from the island's mill, where wool from the local sheep is processed.

 
Getting there
The houses are open all year round. Fifteen minute flight three times a day from Kirkwall operated by Loganair or a 3-hour ferry trip again from Kirkwall operated by Orkney Ferries. The ferry runs on a Friday, and therefore both properties are available Friday to Friday, though short breaks in the winter will be flexible on arrival and departure days.
 
Please note, during the winter months, guests are advised to fly to the island as opposed to sail as sailings can be disrupted.
 
Food orders can be taken (please give us two weeks notice) and it will be delivered to your fridge for your arrival. This could include local lamb, as well as general groceries.
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Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 2, North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

£550.00 | 29th March 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Ferocious seas and windswept headlands give these remote Lighthousekeepers' Cottages their wonderful romantic feel. It's easy to imagine the kind of shipwrecks, treasure troves, rescues and skilful seamanship of Robert Louis Stevenson's tales while on North Ronaldsay, and indeed the Lighthouse adjacent to the cottages was designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson in 1854. Read More >
Inside you'll find it warm and welcoming with an open fire. The cottage is all on one level and designed to be comfortable and accessible for disabled visitors.
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and cooker

  • Bathroom with bath only

  • Shared laundry

  • Open fires

  • Oil central heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Fully accessible toilet and shower

 
For larger groups Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 1 can also be booked.
 
About North Ronaldsay's Lighthouses
After a tragic shipwreck in 1740, North Ronaldsay was given one of the first four lighthouses in Scotland. The original Old Beacon was built and first lit in 1789, and shone until 1809 when it was considered redundant. After some years however it was decided that the island's perilous rocks did necessitate their own lighthouse. In 1852 Alan Stevenson recommended builder William Kinghorn of Leith to the Lighthouse Commissioners and the soaring red brick tower you see today was erected, the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles.
 
About the area
Further north than the southern tip of Norway, North Ronaldsay's remoteness has helped to preserve its traditional way of life. The Norn language survived longer here than on any other Orkney isle and you'll find many of the 60 locals have Orcadian surnames that go back for generations. Common grazing on the seashore is still the custom and the local lambs feed off seaweed, giving their meat a rare flavour highly prized by chefs. The vibrant local community (who made the restoration of the Stevenson lighthouse, cottages and Mill possible) will make guests extremely welcome and should your visit coincide with one of the many concerts, dances and social gatherings that take place there, it is not to be missed. Birdwatching tours, island tours and trips up the lighthouse can also be arranged.
 
Things to do

  • 20 metres away from the cottages, the Lighthousekeeper's Office is a great place to learn about North Ronaldsay's maritime history.

  • Dine out at the bird observatory and join in with the bird log that takes place every night. You might spot arctic terns, redthroats, red-backed shrikes and rosefinches.

  • Felted and knitted crafts are available from the island's mill, where wool from the local sheep is processed.

 
Getting there
The houses are open all year round. Fifteen minute flight three times a day from Kirkwall operated by Loganair or a 3-hour ferry trip again from Kirkwall operated by Orkney Ferries. The ferry runs on a Friday, and therefore both properties are available Friday to Friday, though short breaks in the winter will be flexible on arrival and departure days.
 
Please note, during the winter months, guests are advised to fly to the island as opposed to sail as sailings can be disrupted.
 
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Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 2, North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

£300.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Ferocious seas and windswept headlands give these remote Lighthousekeepers' Cottages their wonderful romantic feel. It's easy to imagine the kind of shipwrecks, treasure troves, rescues and skilful seamanship of Robert Louis Stevenson's tales while on North Ronaldsay, and indeed the Lighthouse adjacent to the cottages was designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson in 1854. Read More >
Inside you'll find it warm and welcoming with an open fire. The cottage is all on one level and designed to be comfortable and accessible for disabled visitors.
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and cooker

  • Bathroom with bath only

  • Shared laundry

  • Open fires

  • Oil central heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Fully accessible toilet and shower

 
For larger groups Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 1 can also be booked.
 
About North Ronaldsay's Lighthouses
After a tragic shipwreck in 1740, North Ronaldsay was given one of the first four lighthouses in Scotland. The original Old Beacon was built and first lit in 1789, and shone until 1809 when it was considered redundant. After some years however it was decided that the island's perilous rocks did necessitate their own lighthouse. In 1852 Alan Stevenson recommended builder William Kinghorn of Leith to the Lighthouse Commissioners and the soaring red brick tower you see today was erected, the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles.
 
About the area
Further north than the southern tip of Norway, North Ronaldsay's remoteness has helped to preserve its traditional way of life. The Norn language survived longer here than on any other Orkney isle and you'll find many of the 60 locals have Orcadian surnames that go back for generations. Common grazing on the seashore is still the custom and the local lambs feed off seaweed, giving their meat a rare flavour highly prized by chefs. The vibrant local community (who made the restoration of the Stevenson lighthouse, cottages and Mill possible) will make guests extremely welcome and should your visit coincide with one of the many concerts, dances and social gatherings that take place there, it is not to be missed. Birdwatching tours, island tours and trips up the lighthouse can also be arranged.
 
Things to do

  • 20 metres away from the cottages, the Lighthousekeeper's Office is a great place to learn about North Ronaldsay's maritime history.

  • Dine out at the bird observatory and join in with the bird log that takes place every night. You might spot arctic terns, redthroats, red-backed shrikes and rosefinches.

  • Felted and knitted crafts are available from the island's mill, where wool from the local sheep is processed.

 
Getting there
The houses are open all year round. Fifteen minute flight three times a day from Kirkwall operated by Loganair or a 3-hour ferry trip again from Kirkwall operated by Orkney Ferries. The ferry runs on a Friday, and therefore both properties are available Friday to Friday, though short breaks in the winter will be flexible on arrival and departure days.
 
Please note, during the winter months, guests are advised to fly to the island as opposed to sail as sailings can be disrupted.
 
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Blue Door, Broughton House

£560.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
Beamed ceilings and pale walls set off this cosy artists' retreat, which stands on the same cobbled wynd on which stained-glass artist E A Taylor and his wife, illustrator Jessie M King used to live. Kirkcudbright is known at 'The Artists Town' having hosted generations of painters, craftmakers and artisans, a culture still thriving today. Read More >
The cottage has its own private garden at the bottom of the close with views across the dolls-house rooftops of this distinctive picturesque town.
 
Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by all major networks which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas. 
Accommodation details

  • 3 storey

  • Sleeps 6 - 2 twin, 1 double (with ensuite wash basin and WC)

  • Sitting room

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Wet room with WC

  • Bathroom with bath and shower

  • Gas central heating

  • EPC Rating: D66

 
Public transport accessible. Free parking is available on the street outside Greengate Close.
 
About Blue Door
The Blue Door is one of several cottages in historic Greengate Close and the cottages are still referred to by their original names, which relate to the colour of their doors, such as "Yellow Door", "Red Door" and "Blue Door".
Greengate House and these cottages were owned in the first half of the 20th century by Glasgow Girl artist Jessie M King and her husband, artist E A Taylor. Jessie M King would invite her woman artist friends and students to come and stay and use the Blue Door as lodging/studio space.
 
About Broughton House
At the heart of Kirkcudbright stand the peachy-pink walls of 18th-century Broughton House & Garden, a Trust property that was home to 'Glasgow Boys' artist E A Hornel, from 1901 to 1933. As well as Hornel's delicate Japanese-influenced paintings the museum houses a major Robert Burns collection.
 
About Kirkcudbright
Dorothy L Sayers once said, "In Kirkcudbright one either fishes or paints....". The Royal Burgh, established in 1455, lies on an estuary of the River Dee, making it as famous for its catches as for its art. Fresh fish is available Tuesday to Saturday from the Fresh Fish Shop just off the Harbour Square. Close by, Dhoon's sandy beach is a perfect place for children to paddle.
 
Things to do

  • Take a wander down the High Street to numbers 115 & 117, which have been called 'the closest approximation to a dolls' house you are ever likely to see in real life'.

  • Rockcliffe village is just over 20 miles away. Here you'll find swathes of pebbled coastlines, a bird sanctuary and the Mote of Mark, the ruined court of a Dark Ages chieftan.

  • A visit to nearby Threave estate will keep you busy for the whole day. This baronial house has its own sculpture garden and nature reserve, famous as a hotspot for spying bats.

 
Getting there
Kirkcudbright is located off the A711 and A755. Dumfries is 28 miles away and Castle Douglas 9 miles.
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The Precinct House, Whithorn

£265.00offer £165.00 | 29th March 2019 - 1st April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 3
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Two centuries younger than its next door neighbour The Pend, Precinct House echoes back to a time when Whithorn's medieval streets were being refashioned in the Scottish Georgian vernacular style. The house is made up of two buildings joined together by a glass atrium, perfect for sunny indoor dining. Read More >
The name refers to an early monastic precinct, which was divided up to make the gardens of later houses. Period fire grates, Georgian furniture and a magnificent four-poster bed create a faithful reconstruction of the house as it originally stood.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey
  • Sleeps 3 - 1 double, 1 small single with compact box bed
  • Sitting room
  • Glass-roofed dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Shower room
  • Enclosed courtyard with garden furniture and barbeque
  • Free wifi (telephone calls up to one hour also free)
  • Under floor oil-fired central heating
  • Open fire - 1 bag of fuel provided
  • Parking available on the front street
  • Public transport accessible
  • EPC Rating: E40

 
About Whithorn
The Precinct House lies at the heart of the Outstanding Conservation Area of Whithorn, one of Scotland's oldest settlements and once the seat of Celtic Christianity.
 
Visiting Whithorn Priory you will join a long line of Royal pilgrims, from Edward II of England through to Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. 15th century pilgrims from Europe were required to obtain a badge from the priory as proof of their visit - the precursor to today's passports. The ruins of the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and its adjacent crypts are only an echo of the grand structure that would once have stood.
 
Whithorn is famed for its outstanding local produce and is at most three miles in any direction from the sea. At nearby Garlieston the shallow sandy beach is very suitable for toddlers and young children, since there is no deep water.
 
About the area
Whithorn lies at the south end of the Machars, or 'plains of Galloway', a peninsula surrounded by sea on three sides and, rich dairy farm country on the fourth.
 
Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the surrounding countryside is an archaeological treasure trove. Ten miles away, Wigtown, Scotland's new Book Town, is home to a variety of bookshops and hosts a literary festival in September, as well as fairs and regular markets.
 
Things to do

  • Pull on your hiking boots and head to the Southern Uplands, half an hour's drive away, for some challenging hill walking.
  • The Galloway Forest Park is home to the UK's first Dark-Sky Park, a hotspot for stargazing, due to its pitch black unpolluted skies.
  • Rock and harbour fishing, golf and off-road driving for the adventurous are available nearby.
 
Getting there
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Beaton's Croft, Isle of Skye

£610.00offer £518.50 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
There is no better place from which to explore the enchanting Isle of Skye than an original thatched cottage. 'A'-listed for its historic importance, and nestled in a landscape of rolling hills and Hebridean views, Beaton's Croft is a dream hideaway from everyday life. Read More >
Come home to a wood-burning stove after long walks and soak up the atmosphere of traditional croft life mixed with modern amenities.
 
Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by Vodafone & O2 which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.
Accommodation details

  • single storey

  • Sleeps 2 - 1 twin

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Kitchen

  • Shower room with WC

  • Night storage heaters

  • Electric water heater

  • Parking available at rear of cottage

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: F34

 
Only full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available.
 
About Beaton's Croft
Beaton's Croft lies in the township of Bornesketaig at the north end of Skye. In the late 19th century it was built and then occupied as one of a row of four by the four Gillies brothers. Bornesketaig at that time was known as Pennicille and was most likely established as a settlement by the old church, now a ruin which stands above the township. Superb views across to the Isles of Harris, Lewis and North Uist are the icing on the cake of this authentic historic croft.
 
About the area
Skye combines spectacular mountains, views to make the heart soar, and a rich heritage of historically significant events to enthral visitors of any age, from every part of the world.
 
The awe-inspiring peaks of the Cuillin mountains rise at the centre and provide some of the most challenging walking and climbing in Britain. Seafood is abundant and world-class cuisine is available at the famous Three Chimneys restaurant. In Portree, just over 20 miles away you'll find most amenities. Kilmuir is the burial site for Flora MacDonald, who escorted Bonnie Prince Charlie 'over the sea to Skye', while Dunvegan Castle holds more than 800 years of dramatic island history within its walls.
 
Things to do

  • Stock up on Talisker whisky from the local distillery, then enjoy a picnic on the beach at nearby Talisker Bay, where it's said the Irish Giant Cuillin once waded ashore to do battle.

  • Hike up to the entrancing peaks of the Quiraing. The unusual mountain shapes were formed by a series of landslips. Look out for 'the needle', 'the table' and 'the prison'.

  • The Whitewave Outdoor Centre offers kayaking, windsurfing, archery and guided walks to make the most of Skye's landscape.

 
Getting there
After crossing the Skye bridge, at Kyleakin Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A87 for
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Beechgrove Cottage, Pitmedden Garden

£575.00offer £488.75 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
This sunny south-facing cottage nestles in the wooded grounds of Pitmedden Garden. The garden lies just fifteen miles from Aberdeen and features miles of geometric boxwood hedging to wander round, all secluded behind walls of granite - the same stone that gave the city its famous nickname. Read More >
In spring and summer take advantage of Beechgrove Cottage's enclosed garden and picnic table for alfresco eating; in winter time enjoy the sitting room's open fire.
 
Wi-Fi is now available at the property you are visiting.
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting/dining room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • Electric central heating

  • Night storage and panel heaters

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • EPC Rating: E52

 
About Pitmedden Garden
Five miles of immaculate boxwood hedging create the intricate patterns that weave through Pitmedden Garden. Their original design was laid out by the 1st Baronet of Pitmedden in 1675, but the with plans lost in a fire in 1807, Edinburgh's Holyroodhouse formed the template for its reconstruction.
 
Over 80 varieties of apple trees give off fragrant blossom in the spring and rich pickings in the autumn, while the steady drip of Pitmedden's fountains is a refreshing sound when wandering through the gardens in the summer months.
 
About the area
Pitmedden village is one mile away from the gardens and has the nearest local supermarket.
 
A few miles further away is the ancient village of Tarves, thought to have been founded as a church settlement in 600AD.
 
Things to do

  • The local Tolquhon Gallery is located in an old Victorian farmhouse nearby and hosts regular exhibitions. In the summertime, get inspired by the sights and scents of the gardens, and sign up for one of their weekend workshops.

  • Step into a fairytale landscape at Fyvie Castle, just over 20 miles away. Not only do the sculpted turrets and fine tapestries look the part, but the castle is steeped in legends, and rumour has it, harbours the odd ghost or two.

  • Haddo House, near the ancient village of Tarves is a sprawling Georgian country mansion, set in an estate that would make a Jane Austen heroine swoon.

 
Getting there
By Car: On A920, to the north-west of Pitmedden village and 14 miles north of Aberdeen.
By bicycle: 2 miles from NCN1
By bus: Infrequent bus service from Aberdeen stops on the B999 by Hillside in Pitmedden. From there, take a short 10 minute walk through the woodland to the cottage. Service number 290/1. Tel: (01224) 212266.
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Claybokie, Mar Lodge Estate

£2,670.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • 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 +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.
 
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

Braeriach, Mar Lodge Estate

£880.00offer £748.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • 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 ÂÂĂ�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 +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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Cormack Lodge, Brodie Castle

£580.00offer £493.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 3
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
This romantic rural cottage is tucked away down a narrow road, a short walk from Brodie Castle. Wander round the 16th century castle grounds then while away evenings in front of the wood-burning stove. Read More >
The dining room has views of the Brodie estate, and the cottage has its own private garden, perfect for alfresco breakfasts and impromptu picnics.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - a step leads down to the bedroom and bathroom

  • Sleeps 2/3 - 1 double, 1 sofa bed

  • Bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Private garden

  • Oil-fired central heating (also heats water)

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: E54

 
 
Larger groups can also book South Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.
 
About Brodie Castle
The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
 
Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
 
About the area
Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
 
Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
 
Things to do

  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.

  • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.

  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

 
 
Getting there
Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness. < Hide

Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

£600.00offer £510.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • 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

£1,900.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • 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 +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.
 
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

Craggan Cottage, Balmacara Estate

£1,000.00offer £850.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
This whitewashed cottage stands on the north shore of Loch Alsh. As if the outstanding coastal views weren't enough, its secluded garden leads directly down to a stony beach where you can enjoy leisurely walks before coming home to a log-burning stove. Read More >
Craggan Cottage has been sensitively furnished with period pieces to keep with its original character. It's also a perfect place to bring your dog. If you fancy heading inland rather than hitting the beach, the woodland walks around Lochalsh go on for miles.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin on first floor

  • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove

  • Large dining kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower on ground floor

  • Oil-fired central heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: F23

 
The cottage is accessed by a narrow track, down which it can be difficult to turn vehicles. Alternative parking is available at the start of the track, about 50 metres from the cottage.
 
Craggan Cottage is only available for full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) throughout the year.
 
For larger families/groups additional accommodation is available at Ferry Cottage, sleeping 4.
 
About Balmacara Estate
Croft land, saltmarsh, lochs and coastline are just some of the varied landscapes you'll discover at Balmacara. The traditional Highland estate covers 2550 hectares and includes the early 19th century village of Plockton, as well as an original 18th century mill house and ice house.
 
About the area
Balmacara Square was the original heart of the estate and lies about a mile away, a cluster of 18th century farm steadings and other buildings. Here you'll find a caf窠deli, shop and Gallery. There is a visitor centre at Plockton. For stocking up on supplies head to Kyle of Lochalsh, three miles away, a whitewashed harbour village that looks across to the Isle of Skye.
 
Easy access to the Isle of Skye is now possible by road bridge.
 
Things to do

  • Lochalsh House Policies offer quiet sheltered walks by the lochside among mature Scots pine, oaks and beeches.

  • Spend a day on Skye discovering its culinary delights, including seafood, game and local ale. Stock up on Talisker whisky to enjoy later by the open fire.

  • The Falls of Glomach are just over 12 miles away. For the energetic, this 5 mile hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Britain will reward you with unforgettable views.

 
Getting there
Mainly accessed by A87(T) Inverness to Kyle road but can also be accessed from North by way of the A890 from from Achnasheen and Lochcarron. < Hide

Ferry Cottage, Balmacara Estate

£765.00offer £650.25 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Ferry Cottage was once the waiting room for passengers travelling by steamer and sailing boat to and from Balmacara. Situated on a narrow country lane in the small village of Glaick, the one-storey cottage has magnificent coastal views from the master bedroom and sitting room. Read More >
Its historic character has been preserved in the original wall lamps and doors. If you fancy heading inland rather than hitting the beach, the woodland walks around Lochalsh go on for miles.
 
Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by O2 & Vodafone which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 twin, 1 double

  • Farmhouse style kitchen/sitting room

  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • Night storage heaters

  • Open fire

  • Water heated by immersion

  • Parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: G01


Suitable for the less mobile.
 
This accommodation is only available for full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) throughout the year.
 
For larger families/groups additional accommodation is available at Craggan Cottage, sleeping 4.
 
About Balmacara Estate
Croft land, saltmarsh, lochs and coastline are just some of the varied landscapes you'll discover at Balmacara. The traditional Highland estate covers 2550 hectares and includes the early 19th century village of Plockton, as well as an original 18th century mill house and ice house.
 
About the area
Balmacara Square was the original heart of the estate and lies about a mile away, a cluster of 18th century farm steadings and other buildings. Here you'll find a caf窠deli, shop and Gallery. There is a visitor centre at Plockton. For stocking up on supplies head to Kyle of Lochalsh, three miles away, a whitewashed harbour village that looks across to the Isle of Skye.
 
Easy access to the Isle of Skye is now possible by road bridge.
 
Things to do

  • Lochalsh House Policies offer quiet sheltered walks by the lochside among mature Scots pine, oaks and beeches.

  • Spend a day on Skye discovering its culinary delights including seafood, game and local ale. Stock up on Talisker whisky to enjoy later by the open fire.

  • The Falls of Glomach are just over 12 miles away. For the energetic, this 5 mile hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Britain will reward you with unforgettable views.

 
Getting there
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Gate Lodge, Threave Estate

£600.00offer £510.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 5
  • 3
  • Not allowed
This rosy 19th century sandstone lodge guards the entrance to the Threave Estate, with a perfect view onto Threave's famous gardens that bloom with daffodils in the spring. The Housekeeper to the Gordon family once lived here. Now it's a fantastic base for families to escape to a haven of wildlife and baronial splendour. Read More >
The lodge has views over the glassy surface of Carlingwark Loch, while an open fire and a garden (not enclosed) with patio furniture make it comfortable and cosy both inside and out.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 5 - 1 twin (first floor), 1 double (ground floor), 1 single (first floor)

  • Sitting room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Separate dining room

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Additional WC with shower and wash basin

  • Oil-fired central heating/hot water

  • Large unenclosed garden

  • Parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: E49

 
For larger groups, Millwheel and Granary Cottages can be booked, each sleeping 4.
 
About Threave Estate
Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
 
About the area
Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
 
Things to do

  • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

  • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

  • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

 
Getting there
Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas.
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Middle Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

£675.00offer £573.75 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Fife
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Simple Edwardian elegance comes to life in this fairytale cottage in the grounds of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
 
Roses climbing up the stonework, an inviting open fire, and a large private enclosed garden make Middle Cottage a perfect escape for families looking to step back in time.
 
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twin bedrooms

  • Sitting room/dining room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Enclosed private garden

  • Shower room with WC and wash basin

  • Full central heating

  • EPC Rating: F22


About Hill of Tarvit
French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
 
The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
 
About the area
Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
 
The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
 
Things to do

  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


 
Getting there
Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
 
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Lydia Cottage, Cromarty

£575.00offer £488.75 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
This traditional Cromarty cottage was built around 1911 on the site of Cromarty's former fire station. Fully refurbished with modern creature comforts it provides a spacious base for two people to explore the wildlife and history at the heart of this Black Isle town. Read More >
The cottage lies in Cromarty's Fishertown area, once populated by herring fishers and close enough to hear the waves lapping against the shores of the Cromarty Firth. An enclosed garden with a picnic table is perfect for summer barbeques.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys - detached cottage

  • Sleeps 2 - 1 twin bedroom

  • Sitting room

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Shower room with double shower

  • Open fire

  • Electric storage heaters and electric immersion heater

  • Parking available at eastern gable end of cottage - not reserved but usually available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: D64

  • The first floor is accessed by a spiral staircase and is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues


 
About the area
Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.
 
Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".
 
Things to do

  • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.

  • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.

  • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.


 
Getting there
Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty. < Hide

North Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

£600.00offer £510.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 2 StarGood
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Tucked beneath the castle cliffs and opening out onto the beach, Culzean's two Segganwell Cottages make great seashore hideaways for families with children. Read More >
Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year. William Kirkland, a Shepherd lived here with his wife and four children, two of whom were gardeners.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess

  • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove

  • Kitchen

  • Shower room with WC

  • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding

  • Night storage heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps

  • EPC Rating: F24

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Please note that the bunk beds are not full size beds.
Please bring a torch for night time.
 
Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.
 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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Port Donnel Cottage, Rockcliffe

£865.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 5
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
At the end of a small private road, this secluded bright white cottage looks out onto the winding water of the Urr estuary. The garden leads to a pebble beach. Read More >
It's no surprise that Port Donnel is one of our most popular holiday cottages. Rockcliffe village is part of the Trust's 109 acre nature reserve of coastline, fringed with wild flowers, sailing villages and a bird sanctuary.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys

  • Sleeps 5 - 1 twin, 1 double (can be made twin on request), 1 single

  • Sitting room

  • Kitchen

  • Dining room

  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • WC with wash basin

  • Oil-fired central heating, also heats water

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • EPC Rating: E50

  •  
    We regret to inform you that the fire at the property is no longer in use
 
About Rockcliffe
Rockcliffe forms part of the Trust's conservation area, a sweep of coastline that runs along the shores of the Solway Firth. Painted white villages such as Rockcliffe itself and Kippford line the seafront. Inland, the shore gives way to patches of ancient woodland and wildflower meadows. A network of trails weaves through the area, including the Jubilee Path between Rockcliffe and Kippford.
 
About the area
Colvend village is about a mile away where you'll find a post office, general store, farm shop and golf course as well as a new Tourist Information office. Seven miles further is the country town of Dalbeattie, once famous in the early 19th century for its mills and granite industry. As well as shops for stocking up there's also a museum featuring an exhibition on Titanic's First Officer Murdoch, a local from the town.
 
Things to do

  • Pay a visit to Kirkcudbright, the 'artists' town', a short drive away. Visit the rose-pink 18th century Broughton House, once home to Glasgow Boys artist E A Hornel, and stock up on fresh fish for tea.

  • Rough Island, a bird sanctuary also owned by the Trust, can be reached on foot at low tide. There you'll see oystercatchers and ringed plovers - but please leave dogs behind!

  • Tee off on one of the area's 30 golf courses. Portpatrick's 9-hole course is close to the ruined Dunskey Castle which juts on a promontory out to sea.

 
Getting there
Rockcliffe is 7 miles S of Dalbeattie, off the A710. < Hide

South Mains, Craigievar Castle

£840.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • 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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South Lodge, Brodie Castle

£600.00offer £510.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
South Lodge is sunny, secluded and perfect for families with children. The lodge lies close to magnificent 16th century Brodie castle, set in grounds that offer hours of woodland and beachside walks. Read More >
A large garden for impromptu picnics and playful dogs, and a warm wood-burning stove in the sitting room make this a great retreat at any time of year.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Bathroom with bath and shower

  • Night storage heaters

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: G20

 
 
Larger groups can also book Cormack Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.
 
About Brodie Castle
The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
 
Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
 
About the area
Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
 
Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
 
Things to do

  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.

  • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.

  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

 
 
Getting there
Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness. < Hide

Stalker's Cottage, Torridon

£630.00offer £535.50 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
Torridon is a hiker's dream; acres of craggy mountains, sheer peaks and rare wildlife. This whitewashed cottage lies nestled at the base of dramatic hills and offers the perfect wild retreat for lovers of the outdoors. Read More >
Two open fires provide welcome warmth after a day's exploring, while the rough lawn at the rear of the cottage is yours to sit and soak up the awe-inspiring views. Keep an eye out for deer, otters and golden eagles.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 2 singles

  • Sitting room with open fire

  • Dining room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower

  • Night storage and panel heaters

  • Water heated by immersion

  • Parking available

  • EPC Rating: G18

 
In extreme weather conditions access to Torridon may be difficult.
 
About Torridon
Torridon refers to both the local village and the estate it lies in, a 6,500 hectare wilderness on the shores of Loch Torridon. Five of the Trust's 46 munros are located within the estate including Beinn Alligin, 985m (3,230ft), which means 'jewelled hill' in Gaelic.
 
The Trust's Countryside Centre has information on the history, geology and wildlife of the region.
 
About the area
Wild isolation is what draws most people to Torridon, but for essential supplies Torridon village and Kinlochewe are the places to head. Settlements have a long history in the area as it was used for processing pig iron in the 17th century. These days you'll find general stores, a postal service and the triple rosette-winning Torridon Hotel Restaurant.
 
Things to do

  • Inverewe Garden is just over an hour's drive away. Here you can wander through an exotic paradise of rare and colourful flora perched on a breezy hillside above Loch Ewe.

  • Corrieshalloch Gorge is also around an hour away. This cleave in the mountains, through which the River Droma charges, was created 2.6 million years ago by Ice Age meltwater and offers spine-tingling views from its swaying suspension bridge.

  • Children will love the local deer park, or beachcombing for crabs on the shores of Loch Torridon.

 
Getting there
Torridon is on the A896, which leads off from the A832. From Inverness take the A835 towards Ullapool before turning off. < Hide

Steading, Craigievar Castle

£600.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • 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 >
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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The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

£3,235.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 14
  • 7
  • Dogs allowed
Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The Late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comfort of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of magnificent turreted castle. Read More >
14 guests can stay in the apartment, and when not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There is no better place to experience the life of a contemporary Laird.
 
Accommodation details

  • 3 floors - Ground to 2nd

  • Sleeps 14 - 4 twins, 3 doubles

  • Sitting room

  • Grand dining room with space for 14

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Cocktail kitchen

  • Study/games room

  • 3 bathrooms with WC

  • 1 shower room with WC

  • 1 additional WC

  • Parking for 5 cars

  • EPC Rating: F35

 
 
Choose from three levels of accommodation
Fully catered - includes all meals and housekeeping
B&B - a caterer will provide breakfast and housekeepers will make beds and clean daily
Self-catering
 
Prices quoted on the website and in the Holiday Accommodation Brochure are for self catering. If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay, please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641 371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers.
 
About Brodie Castle
The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
 
Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
 
About the area
Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
 
Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
 
Things to do

  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. There are 12 dolphin and wildlife watching boats operating all around the area, the closest being at Findhorn. Chanonry Point, near Fortrose; the dolphin watching centres at Kessock Bridge and Spey Bay, are all worthwhile days out.

  • There is no shortage of golf courses in the area, with at least 19 courses within an hours drive from Forres. Forrres's own course, Muiryshade has in the past hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professional Championship.

  • For those looking for something a bit different, Brodie staff are delighted to help you arrange sailing, shooting or fishing.

  • Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside which includes 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery. Forres is home to two of these Distilleries, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu.

  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

 
 
Getting there
Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.
 
Short breaks (Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday) and full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for details.
Please note: 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 £500.00 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

£2,195.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 16
  • 8
  • Not allowed
The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.
 
Accommodation details

  • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

  • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Drawing room

  • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

  • 3 showers rooms with WCs

  • 3 additional WCs

  • Electric storage heaters

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: G12

 
About Fyvie Castle
Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.
 
Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
 
The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
 
Things to do

  • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

  • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

  • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

 
Getting there
Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
 
Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
 
Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
 
Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
 
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

West Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

£675.00offer £573.75 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Fife
  • 5
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This one-storey Edwardian cottage is set in its own private enclosed garden, near to the original stable block of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
Built to house some of the estate workers who would have kept the mansion in its splendid style, it now makes a snug retreat for families looking to explore this picturesque part of Fife.
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 5 - 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single

  • Sitting room

  • Dining kitchen

  • Utility room

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Open fire

  • Full central heating

  • Enclosed private garden

  • EPC Rating: G01


 
About Hill of Tarvit
French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
 
The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
 
About the area
Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
 
The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
 
Things to do

  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


 
Getting there
Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
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Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

£600.00offer £510.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII. Read More >
It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)

  • Sitting room with dining area

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • WC

  • Woodland area at rear of property

  • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available

  • Immersion water heating

  • Car parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: F27

 
We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
 
For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
 
About Threave Estate
Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
 
About the area
Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
 
Things to do

  • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

  • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

  • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

  
Getting there
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The Pend, Whithorn

£440.00offer £340.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
History is built into the walls of this 16th-century lime-washed gatehouse to the Priory at Whithorn. A magnificent dark wood four-poster bed rests at the centre of its master bedroom, 17th-century windows open out onto the street, and a smoking peat fire warms the lounge. Read More >
The Priory next door once housed the relics of St Ninian, a local missionary, bishop and mystic healer who died around 431AD. Medieval Kings and Queens travelled to Whithorn to pray at his bones, seeking either cures or salvation.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin with 6ft box beds

  • Large sitting/dining room with working fireplace (bag of fuel provided)

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower attachment

  • Family room

  • Small paved courtyard with garden furniture and barbeque

  • Under-floor oil-fired central heating

  • Internet access in adjacent Visitor Centre

  • Off-road parking is available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: E39

 
The Pend has some doorways below standard height. The master bedroom's 17th-century windows open directly on to the street below and may not be suitable for young children.
 
...Our guests said...
"A few quiet days in the Shire over Half Term. By and large we retraced our steps from ( many ) previous visits : trying to spot all of the crosses in St Ninian's Cave; enjoying the snowdrops in the woods at Galloway House; book browsing in Wigtown, and watching wildflowl at the hide by the harbour... As always the local produce is so good that we hardly had anything that was not sourced with D&G" (Mr. Welfare,Director of English Heritage, York)
"A wonderful and special place for our holiday. We've never been to the area before, and your welcome and the beauty of this cottage were a gift to us...And peat fires every night" (Mr. and Mrs. Chapman, Pittsburgh, PA )
"The Pend is just fabulous, every conceivable thing is here ( including a beautiful Christmas tree and festive table decorations) all carefully thought about." ( McNaught Family, Edinburgh)
 
About Whithorn
The Pend lies at the heart of the Outstanding Conservation Area of Whithorn, one of Scotland's oldest settlements and once the seat of Celtic Christianity.
 
Visiting Whithorn Priory you will join a long line of Royal pilgrims, from Edward II of England through to Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. 15th century pilgrims from Europe were required to obtain a badge from the priory as proof of their visit - the precursor to today's passports. The ruins of the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and its adjacent crypts are only an echo of the grand structure that would once have stood.
 
Whithorn is famed for its outstanding local produce and is at most three miles in any direction from the sea. At nearby Garlieston the shallow sandy beach is very suitable for toddlers and young children, since there is no deep water.
 
About the area
Whithorn lies at the south end of the Machars, or 'plains of Galloway', a peninsula surrounded by sea on three sides and, rich dairy farm country on the fourth.
 
Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the surrounding countryside is an archaeological treasure trove. Ten miles away, Wigtown, Scotland's new Book Town, is home to a variety of bookshops and hosts a literary festival in September, as well as fairs and regular markets.
 
Things to do

  • Pull on your hiking boots and head to the Southern Uplands, half an hour's drive away, for some challenging hill walking.

  • The Galloway Forest Park is home to the UK's first Dark-Sky Park, a hotspot for stargazing, due to its pitch black unpolluted skies.

  • Rock and harbour fishing, golf and off-road driving for the adventurous are available nearby.

 
Getting there
To reach Whithorn, turn south at the Newton Stewart roundabout on the A714 following signs to Whithorn.
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Halliman Skerry, Covesea Lighthouse

£695.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
The Lighthouse accommodation at Covesea is under the ownership of Covesea Lighthouse Community Company Ltd. Halliman Skerry is a single-storey property in the Covesea Skerries lighthouse complex and is situated in the courtyard below the lighthouse tower. As the entire complex is fully enclosed, this accommodation is great for families with young children who wish to spend a special holiday by the sea. Read More >
 
The lighthouse complex is situated on the mainland, just opposite the Halliman Skerries which are a reef of rocks that are covered at high tide. Visitors can also enjoy two superb beaches nearby. One, West Bay, stretches for three miles to the west, beyond the headland housing Covesea Lighthouse.
 
Accommodation details:
 
Sleeps 4/6. Accommodation comprises: sitting room; kitchen with dining room off; 2 twin bedrooms and 1 bedroom with bunk beds (can sleep adults); and bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. Services: electric central heating. EPC Rating: G14
 
Additional information:
 
Parking is available beside the accommodation.
 
If you are interested in a larger group/ family booking, additional accommodation is available at Covesea Skerry. The neighbouring cottage accommodates 4 guests.
 
About the property:
 
The Covesea Skerries form a group of small islands and rocks that lie off the Moray coast, 3 miles west of Lossiemouth and 1 mile west of Covesea.
 
Following the loss of 16 ships during a storm in the Moray Firth in November 1826, many applications were made for lighthouses to be established at Tarbat Ness (near Portmahomack on the Dornoch Firth) and Covesea Skerries to mark the wide entrance to the Firth and its confusing series of inlets.
 
Following a lengthy process, approval was finally received for the building of the lighthouse on Craighead and a beacon on the dangerous Halliman's Scars. Robert Stevenson's son, Alan, designed the new Covesea Skerries lighthouse and beacon. The iron beacon was completed in 1845 and the new lighthouse followed in 1846. Egyptian influences can be seen in the entrance to the tower, the chimneys of the cottages and the arches at the top of the lighthouse tower beneath the balcony.
 
Covesea Lighthouse was manned until 1984 when automation meant that the keepers were no longer required and the switching on and off of the lamp could be done remotely from the Northern Lighthouse Board headquarters in Edinburgh. With the advent of new technology, the addition of a North Cardinal Buoy next to the Halliman Skerries allowed the lamp to be switched off in 2012.
 
Covesea Lighthouse is open for pre-booked guided tours. For opening times and and bookings please contact info@covesealighthouse.co.uk or telephone 01343 810 664. Whilst groups will be welcome, access to the tower is limited to 8 people at a time.
 
About the area:
 
The coastal town of Lossiemouth is just over a mile away and can be reached by walking along the lovely beach. It offers the visitor a range of facilities including sea angling, stunning unspoilt beaches and wildlife , an excellent range of shopping and quality restaurants and cafes, all making the most of the plentiful supply of fresh seafood. The Silver Sands Holiday Park is just 5 minutes' walk from the lighthouse and here you will find a shop, cafe, bar and a play area for children. Lossiemouth also offers visitors a range of golfing opportunities with its two 18-hole golf courses. < Hide

Covesea Skerry, Covesea Lighthouse

£660.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
The lighthouse accommodation at Covesea is under the ownership of the Covesea Lighthouse Community Company Ltd. This accommodation is ideal for families with small children and situated within the courtyard below the lighthouse tower with a superb sandy beach practically on the doorstep. The beach is accessible via a gate from the lighthouse courtyard. There is a fence surrounding the lighthouse which makes this area safe for young children. Read More >
Accommodation details:
 
Open-plan kitchen/sitting room with breakfast bar, 1 twin and 1 double bedroom, bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle. Services : electric central heating. EPC Rating: G14
 
Additional information:
 
Parking is available beside the accommodation. Public transport accessible.
 
If you are interested in a larger group/family booking, additional accommodation is available at Halliman Skerry. This neighbouring property can accommodate 4/6 guests.
 
About the property:
 
The Covesea Skerries form a group of small islands and rocks that lie off the Moray coast, 3 miles west of Lossiemouth and 1 mile west of Covesea.
 
Following the loss of 16 ships during a storm in the Moray Firth in November 1826, many applications were made for lighthouses to be established at Tarbat Ness (near Portmahomack on the Dornoch Firth) and Covesea Skerries to mark the wide entrance to the Firth and its confusing series of inlets.
 
Following a lengthy process, approval was finally received for the building of the lighthouse on Craighead and a beacon on the dangerous Halliman's Scars. Robert Stevenson's son, Alan, designed the new Covesea Skerries lighthouse and beacon. The iron beacon was completed in 1845 and the new lighthouse followed in 1846. Egyptian influences can be seen in the entrance to the tower, the chimneys of the cottages and the arches at the top of the lighthouse tower beneath the balcony.
 
Covesea Lighthouse was manned until 1984 when automation meant that the keepers were no longer required and the switching on and off of the lamp could be done remotely from the Northern Lighthouse Board headquarters in Edinburgh. With the advent of new technology, the addition of a North Cardinal Buoy next to the Halliman Skerries allowed the lamp to be switched off in 2012.
 
Covesea Lighthouse is open for pre-booked guided tours. For opening times and and bookings please contact info@covesealighthouse.co.uk or telephone 01343 810 664. Whilst groups will be welcome, access to the tower is limited to 8 people at a time.
 
Covesea is located just opposite the Halliman Skerries. The Skerries are a reef of rocks that are covered at high tide.
 
About the area:
 
The coastal town of Lossiemouth is just over a mile away and can be reached by walking along the lovely beach. It offers the visitor a range of facilities including sea angling, two 18-hole golf courses, stunning unspoilt beaches and wildlife , an excellent range of shopping and quality restaurants and cafés, all making the most of the plentiful supply of fresh seafood. The Silver Sands Holiday Park is just 5 minutes' walk from the lighthouse and here you will find a shop, cafe, bar and a play area for children.
Covesea is 1 mile from Lossiemouth, on the A941 from Elgin (7 miles)
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Crovie Cottage, Crovie

£760.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
This cosy, restored traditional fishing cottage dates from a time when the sea was the only mode of transport to and from Scotland's shores, and provided the livelihood for coastal communities. Perched on Crovie's unusual seashore rocky shelf the sitting room windows look out to the bay, enclosed north and south by magnificent cliffs. Read More >
17th century wood panelling and an open fire complete Crovie Cottage's old sea dog charm. In the summertime, take to the private garden and make use of the cottage's barbeque.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 single, 1 box bed in sitting room

  • Sitting/dining room with sea view and open fire

  • Shower room

  • Kitchen

  • Private garden with patio and barbeque

  • WiFi

  • Fitted electric Dimplex heating

 
...Our guests said...
"...more and more reluctant to venture away from Crovie, preferring to sit in front of the cottage and watch the changing seascape and tides, the coming & going of fishing boats, and the glorious sunsets".
 
About the area
Crovie is a unique place, a conservation village created on a seashore ledge so narrow it has only enough room for the cottages built on it and a small footpath. The cliffs that stretch above it form the east side of Gamrie Bay; on the other side of the village is the sea.
 
Crovie comprises around 50 fishing cottages, most of which date back 150 years or more, and is one of the best preserved fishing villages in Europe. A pebble beach to the west end of the winding path leads to the next village, Gardenstown, one mile away. Look out for bottlenosed dolphins along the way.
 
Things to do

  • Sample Cullen Skink in the town it hails from. The traditional smoked haddock soup is a hearty winter warmer. Cullen village is just over 20 miles away.

  • Tee off in one of the area's 50 nearby golf courses, and re-charge your batteries afterwards in Gardenstown's 18th century inn.

  • See how the other half lived at Fyvie Castle, just over 25 miles away. Sculpted turrets and fine tapestries give the castle a fairytale feel and it is steeped in local legends and myths.

 
Getting there
From Banff head through Macduff on A98 towards Fraserburgh. 0.50 mile after Macduff take B9031 left turn Gardenstown. 8 miles later take Crovie turn to left.
 
This cottage is privately owned. Please note that bookings are restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday), short breaks are not available at this property. The entry time to the cottage is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. Parking is available for residents and their guests at the north-west end of the village. Parking in high season can require skill and patience. If the lower car park alongside the village is full, there is additional parking on the road to the village - luggage can be off-loaded at the bottom and taken by wheelbarrow (stored in the back garden). < Hide

Belmont House, Belmont House

£1,300.00 | 30th March 2019 - 6th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 8
  • 5
  • Not allowed
On the UK's most northerly island this slice of Georgian grandeur stands perfectly proportioned, overlooking the Bluemull Sound that runs between Yell and Unst. Belmont House has been exquisitely restored to show off all the features of its age; pavilions, symmetrical frontage, arched hallways and quadrant walls. Read More >
The House was built by Thomas Mouat in 1775 and now provides spacious and splendid accommodation for up to 12 people. Make the most of the magnificent first-floor drawing room or relax in Mouat's writing room with its Venetian windows that look out to sea.
 
Accommodation details

  • 3 storeys

  • Sleeps 8 - 12 - 1 double, 3 twin, plus additional sofa bed and two hand-built box beds suitable for children

  • Hand-built kitchen with range

  • Large dining room

  • Family room

  • Shower room and WC

  • First-floor drawing room with views to three sides

  • Thomas Mouat's writing room

  • Large child friendly garden

  • Laundry

 
A large child-friendly garden runs from the front of the house down to the pier at Belmont, where the ferry from Yell docks.
 
There is mobile reception (Vodaphone) and broadband at the property.
 
About Unst
Unst is the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, just 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, outlined by majestic cliffs, ragged sea stacks, sheltered inlets, and golden beaches. Inland, purebred Shetland sheep and ponies roam the common grazing land. Unst is a major breeding site for seabirds including gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, arctic skuas and whimbrels. Seals and porpoises are common and you may even see otters and killer whales. Try the following websites for more information:
www.shetland.org
www.unst.org
 
Things to do

  • Hermaness National Nature reserve is excellent for birdwatching. You'll find rare plants at Keen of Hamar, as well as sea and loch angling. The Trust can arrange guided walks, fishing trips, and tours of the island.

  • Indulge in the local ingredients. Local lamb and shellfish can be ordered, and there is also a Farmer's Market once a month.

  • The Unst Viking project has been unearthing Norse finds all over the island. Visit their reconstructed Longhouse and ship at Haroldswick.

 
Getting there
Although Unst is as far north as southern Greenland, it is a very accessible island. Smooth, modern roads and frequent vehicle ferries link the Shetland mainland to Unst via the neighbouring island of Yell. The ferries are very busy in summer and it is advisable to book in advance (Tel: 01957 722259).
 
Loganair flies from Aberdeen, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton to Sumburgh Airport on the Southern tip of mainland Shetland. < Hide

Brewhouse Flat, Culzean Castle & Country Park

£380.00offer £323.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Perched on an Ayrshire clifftop, Culzean Castle is second to none for grandeur. This circular former brewhouse lies in the castle's West Wing and supplied the estate workers with their staple drink of beer until Victorian times. Read More >
The brewery was added to Culzean in the 1780s. 100 years later however the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa decided to make way for his preferred tipple and changed it into a wine cellar.
 
Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the bay and let the crash of the waves lull you to sleep.
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey basement flat - 23 steps down to the flat which we regret is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin), 1 twin

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Electric night storage heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Children will require supervision when playing outside the flat, due to the cliff edge

  • Private parking for 2 cars

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: E54


 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole. < Hide

Claybokie, Mar Lodge Estate

£1,200.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • 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 +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.
 
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

Braeriach, Mar Lodge Estate

£420.00offer £357.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • 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 ÂÂĂ�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 +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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Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

£410.00offer £348.50 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • 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

£955.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • 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 +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.
 
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

Derry, Mar Lodge Estate

£490.00offer £416.50 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • 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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North Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

£330.00offer £280.50 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 2 StarGood
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Tucked beneath the castle cliffs and opening out onto the beach, Culzean's two Segganwell Cottages make great seashore hideaways for families with children. Read More >
Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year. William Kirkland, a Shepherd lived here with his wife and four children, two of whom were gardeners.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess

  • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove

  • Kitchen

  • Shower room with WC

  • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding

  • Night storage heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps

  • EPC Rating: F24

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Please note that the bunk beds are not full size beds.
Please bring a torch for night time.
 
Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.
 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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South Stables, House of Dun

£410.00offer £348.50 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Angus
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
 
Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
 
Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
 
South Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, North Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
 

  • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

  • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

  • Gas central heating

  • Free parking available in nearby NTS car park

  • EPC Rating: E50

 
Public transport accessible. (30,30A & 30B)
 
About House of Dun
This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
 
The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
 
As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
 
Things to do
 
Montrose
 
The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
 
Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
 
You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
 
If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
 
On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
 
There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
 
Lunan Bay
 
Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
 
Arbroath
 
Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
 
Leisure
 
Fishing
 
Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
 
Golf
 
An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
 
Hillwalking
 
Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
 
Getting there
 
House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

£1,410.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 14
  • 7
  • Dogs allowed
Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The Late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comfort of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of magnificent turreted castle. Read More >
14 guests can stay in the apartment, and when not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There is no better place to experience the life of a contemporary Laird.
 
Accommodation details

  • 3 floors - Ground to 2nd

  • Sleeps 14 - 4 twins, 3 doubles

  • Sitting room

  • Grand dining room with space for 14

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Cocktail kitchen

  • Study/games room

  • 3 bathrooms with WC

  • 1 shower room with WC

  • 1 additional WC

  • Parking for 5 cars

  • EPC Rating: F35

 
 
Choose from three levels of accommodation
Fully catered - includes all meals and housekeeping
B&B - a caterer will provide breakfast and housekeepers will make beds and clean daily
Self-catering
 
Prices quoted on the website and in the Holiday Accommodation Brochure are for self catering. If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay, please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641 371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers.
 
About Brodie Castle
The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
 
Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
 
About the area
Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
 
Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
 
Things to do

  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. There are 12 dolphin and wildlife watching boats operating all around the area, the closest being at Findhorn. Chanonry Point, near Fortrose; the dolphin watching centres at Kessock Bridge and Spey Bay, are all worthwhile days out.

  • There is no shortage of golf courses in the area, with at least 19 courses within an hours drive from Forres. Forrres's own course, Muiryshade has in the past hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professional Championship.

  • For those looking for something a bit different, Brodie staff are delighted to help you arrange sailing, shooting or fishing.

  • Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside which includes 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery. Forres is home to two of these Distilleries, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu.

  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

 
 
Getting there
Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.
 
Short breaks (Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday) and full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for details.
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The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

£1,645.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 16
  • 8
  • Not allowed
The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.
 
Accommodation details

  • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

  • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Drawing room

  • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

  • 3 showers rooms with WCs

  • 3 additional WCs

  • Electric storage heaters

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: G12

 
About Fyvie Castle
Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.
 
Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
 
The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
 
Things to do

  • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

  • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

  • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

 
Getting there
Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
 
Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
 
Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
 
Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
 
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The Pavilion, Lamb's House

£1,080.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Edinburgh & The Lothians
  • 6
  • 3
  • Not allowed
The Pavilion is a newly-built, self-contained 3-storey house, sitting within the curtilage of Lamb's House in Leith. It has been built in the style of the early 18th century with particular attention to detail, including an eye-catching "ogee" roof. Inside, furniture and fittings are of a quality and style to match. A fine south-facing Italianate garden can be enjoyed by the guests. Read More >

 
Lamb's House, built in 1610, is one of Edinburgh's most interesting buildings. A-listed, this 5-storey building is only a stones throw from the historic Port in the heart of Leith. Built as a tenement, it consisted of 6 booths on the ground floor with 6 small but very grand fats on the upper floors. These were rented to the Edinburgh merchants who controlled all trade in the port at the time..
 

Leith, on the shore of the Firth of Forth in North Edinburgh, has served as the city's port since the 12th Century. It was the centre of manufacturing and commercial activity with mills, sugar refineries, engineering works, breweries and distilleries, ship building, lead and glass works and many more. All of these were dependant on the river and the harbour. Today it is a vibrant part of the city where some of the best restaurants have replaced the traditional industries. The much acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant, Martin Wishart is 70 metres from the Pavilion's front door.
Short breaks (minimum of 2 nights) available. Please contact the Holidays Department by telephone (0131 458 0305) or by email (holidays@nts.org.uk) for further details.
 
Accommodation details

  • 3 storey

  • Sleeps 6 - 1 twin with en suite shower and 2 double bedrooms (one with a half tester, the other with a box bed)

  • Sitting room with dining area

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with cast-iron bath

  • Utility room

  • Underfloor heating controlled by individual thermostats

  • Parking for one car in private courtyard

  • Access to Renaissance garden

 
 
Things to do

  • The Georgian House (NTS), on Edinburgh's Charlotte Square, is a restored Robert Adam-designed town house that was home to John Lamont, 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont, and his family until 1815. It gives a fascinating insight into life both upstairs and downstairs.

  • The Royal Yacht Britannia was a home to Queen for over 40 years, sailing over a million miles around the world. It is now berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith, just a short walk from Lamb's House.

  • The Water of Leith flows from the Pentland Hills (south of Edinburgh) through the city and out into the Forth at Leith. A walkway runs beside it from Balerno to Leith (12 miles).

 
Getting there
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Blue Door, Broughton House

£490.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
Beamed ceilings and pale walls set off this cosy artists' retreat, which stands on the same cobbled wynd on which stained-glass artist E A Taylor and his wife, illustrator Jessie M King used to live. Kirkcudbright is known at 'The Artists Town' having hosted generations of painters, craftmakers and artisans, a culture still thriving today. Read More >
The cottage has its own private garden at the bottom of the close with views across the dolls-house rooftops of this distinctive picturesque town.
 
Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by all major networks which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas. 
Accommodation details

  • 3 storey

  • Sleeps 6 - 2 twin, 1 double (with ensuite wash basin and WC)

  • Sitting room

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Wet room with WC

  • Bathroom with bath and shower

  • Gas central heating

  • EPC Rating: D66

 
Public transport accessible. Free parking is available on the street outside Greengate Close.
 
About Blue Door
The Blue Door is one of several cottages in historic Greengate Close and the cottages are still referred to by their original names, which relate to the colour of their doors, such as "Yellow Door", "Red Door" and "Blue Door".
Greengate House and these cottages were owned in the first half of the 20th century by Glasgow Girl artist Jessie M King and her husband, artist E A Taylor. Jessie M King would invite her woman artist friends and students to come and stay and use the Blue Door as lodging/studio space.
 
About Broughton House
At the heart of Kirkcudbright stand the peachy-pink walls of 18th-century Broughton House & Garden, a Trust property that was home to 'Glasgow Boys' artist E A Hornel, from 1901 to 1933. As well as Hornel's delicate Japanese-influenced paintings the museum houses a major Robert Burns collection.
 
About Kirkcudbright
Dorothy L Sayers once said, "In Kirkcudbright one either fishes or paints....". The Royal Burgh, established in 1455, lies on an estuary of the River Dee, making it as famous for its catches as for its art. Fresh fish is available Tuesday to Saturday from the Fresh Fish Shop just off the Harbour Square. Close by, Dhoon's sandy beach is a perfect place for children to paddle.
 
Things to do

  • Take a wander down the High Street to numbers 115 & 117, which have been called 'the closest approximation to a dolls' house you are ever likely to see in real life'.

  • Rockcliffe village is just over 20 miles away. Here you'll find swathes of pebbled coastlines, a bird sanctuary and the Mote of Mark, the ruined court of a Dark Ages chieftan.

  • A visit to nearby Threave estate will keep you busy for the whole day. This baronial house has its own sculpture garden and nature reserve, famous as a hotspot for spying bats.

 
Getting there
Kirkcudbright is located off the A711 and A755. Dumfries is 28 miles away and Castle Douglas 9 miles.
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Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

£330.00offer £280.50 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII. Read More >
It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)

  • Sitting room with dining area

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • WC

  • Woodland area at rear of property

  • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available

  • Immersion water heating

  • Car parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: F27

 
We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
 
For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
 
About Threave Estate
Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
 
About the area
Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
 
Things to do

  • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

  • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

  • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

  
Getting there
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East Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

£420.00offer £357.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Fife
  • 5
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This single-storey Edwardian cottage is set in its own enclosed garden, near to the original stable block of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
Built originally to house some of the gardeners and estate workers who would have kept the mansion in its splendid style, it now makes a cosy retreat for families looking to explore this picturesque part of Fife.
Accommodation details

  • Single storey

  • Sleeps 5 - 2 double and 1 single bedroom

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Dining kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Full central heating

  • Enclosed private garden

  • Parking available adjacent to the cottage

  • EPC Rating: E47


 
About Hill of Tarvit
French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
 
The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
 
About the area
Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
 
The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
 
Things to do

  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


 
Getting there
Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
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O'Neill Flat, Gladstone's Land

£450.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Edinburgh & The Lothians
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Gladstone's Land is a unique historic building that was built to be the home of the wealthiest residents in Edinburgh. The oldest part was constructed during the reign of Mary Queen of Scot's and reached its full magnificence when the Gladstone family purchased and extended the property in the early 1600's. We are often described as a 'hidden gem' and lie just a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the 'Old Town'. Guests in our self-catering holiday apartments soak up the atmosphere of historic Edinburgh whilst enjoying arguably one of the best addresses the city has to offer. Read More >
The Gladstone Family originally made their home in the O'Neill apartment at the top front of the building and rented out the lower floors to a Knight and his family, and a Minister from St Giles Cathedral amongst others. You can still see hints of their original Renaissance hand painted cor on the exposed stone work, making our apartment unlike any other in the city.
Forming an essential part of Edinburgh's Old Town silhouette, the O'Neill Flat provides magnificent views over Edinburgh and Fife at the rear and shuttered windows at the front provide a glimpse of the Royal Mile. The area is famous for having the worlds first sky scrapers and the Gladstone's Land is one of those last remaining tenements. Stretching out over two upper floors and elegantly furnished in modern Scottish style, the apartment has an authentic atmosphere that blends contemporary luxury with period details and proudly boasts furnishings from the renowned Scottish textiles company, Anta.
To Make Your Stay Extra Special

    On arrival, you will be greeted by the following complimentary gifts:
  • Refreshing selection of Luxury Teas

  • Fresh ground coffee from our local supplier

Accommodation Details

  • Fifth and sixth floor

  • Sleeps 4 - One double and One twin bedroom.
    Egyptian cotton bedding with luxury Himalayan fibre duvets.

  • Sitting room with Smart TV, DVD player, HDMI
    cable and digital radio

  • Kitchen with full sized dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment, oven, hob and microwave.

  • Gas central heating

  • Shower room

  • Utility room with washing machine

  • EPC Rating: D55

  • The apartment is located on the fourth floor of the building via a steep turnpike staircase.


About The Area:
Situated on the Lawnmarket of the Royal Mile, we are right in the heart of Edinburgh's atmospheric Old Town. Discover the oldest part of the city, once home to many important literary and philosophical figures, including Robert Burns and Thomas Geddes. You are spoilt for choice with visitor attractions and galleries that represent Edinburgh's rich cultural heritage with the Whisky Experience, Mary King's Close, the National Galleries, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland all a short walk away, as well as numerous independent shops, cafes and restaurants. The main train station at Waverleyis close by and there are bus stops close to the property.

Things To Do
  • Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and adjacent streets to find shops selling both traditional and local produce.

  • Taste Scottish and International cuisine, in the vast array of local restaurants and cosy cafes available in the area.

  • Take a walk in the beautifully laid out and award winning, Princes Street Gardens.

  • Soak up some culture at one of the many festivals Edinburgh hosts, including the world-remowned 'Fringe' comedy festival each August.

  • Visit the elegant New Town and see how the High Society of the 18th century lived by visiting the National Trust for Scotland's Georgian House.


  • Getting There
    Gladstone’s Land is located in the Lawnmarket at the top of the Royal Mile. Waverley Railway station is a ten-minute walk or a short taxi ride away. Edinburgh International airport offers a bus link to Waverley Station and a tram service also operates from the airport to the city centre. < Hide

    Paye House, Cromarty

    £440.00offer £374.00 | 1st April 2019 - 5th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 6
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    18th-century Paye House lies at the heart of Cromarty's historic conservation area, surrounded by cobbled lanes and listed buildings. Its first recorded owner was the keeper of the County Gaol who also ran an alehouse. In later years it served as one of the town's hubs as a general store, a doctors' surgery, a chip shop and a depot for antique toys. Read More >
    Enjoy the Cromarty sunsets from the garden patio, make the most of the area's fine local ingredients on the kitchen's Rayburn and come home to a roaring open fire after walks around town.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storeys

    • Sleeps 6 - 2 doubles, 1 twin

    • Sitting room with open fire

    • Kitchen

    • Dining room/study area

    • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

    • WC with wash basin

    • Garden with patio

    • Oil fired central heating

    • Free parking on Church Street, around the corner

    • EPC Rating: G20


     
    About the area
    Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.
     
    Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".
     
    Things to do

    • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.

    • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.

    • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.


     
    Getting there
    Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty.
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    Bynack, Mar Lodge Estate

    £1,820.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • 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 +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.
     
    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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    Braeriach, Mar Lodge Estate

    £450.00offer £382.50 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂĂ�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 +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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    Brewhouse Flat, Culzean Castle & Country Park

    £440.00offer £374.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
    • 4
    • 2
    • Not allowed
    Perched on an Ayrshire clifftop, Culzean Castle is second to none for grandeur. This circular former brewhouse lies in the castle's West Wing and supplied the estate workers with their staple drink of beer until Victorian times. Read More >
    The brewery was added to Culzean in the 1780s. 100 years later however the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa decided to make way for his preferred tipple and changed it into a wine cellar.
     
    Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the bay and let the crash of the waves lull you to sleep.
     
    Accommodation details

    • One storey basement flat - 23 steps down to the flat which we regret is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin), 1 twin

    • Sitting/dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • Electric night storage heating

    • Immersion water heating

    • Children will require supervision when playing outside the flat, due to the cliff edge

    • Private parking for 2 cars

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: E54


     
    About Culzean Castle
    Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
     
    228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
     
    About the area
    Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
     
    Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
     
    Things to do

    • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

    • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

    • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


    Getting there
    Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole. < Hide

    Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    £460.00offer £391.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • 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

    £1,400.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • 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 +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.
     
    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

    Dalvorar, Mar Lodge Estate

    £610.00offer £518.50 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂĂ�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 +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) 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

    Derry, Mar Lodge Estate

    £610.00offer £518.50 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • 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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    Harmony, Harmony Garden

    £1,825.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Scottish Borders
    • 12
    • 7
    • Dogs allowed
    This 19th-century house is a peaceful haven, set in the lush walled Harmony Garden. Harmony was given its name by the Melrose joiner who built it, after the Jamaican pimento plantation where he made his fortune. Read More >
    The house has been carefully furnished to combine period detail with modern comfort. Gathering together the whole family in Harmony's opulent drawing room should be a step back in time without having to leave contemporary convenience behind.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 storey

    • Sleeps 12 - 4 twins, 1 double with ensuite, 2 singles

    • Bathroom with WC

    • Showerroom with WC

    • Separate WC

    • Drawing room

    • Library

    • Dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Laundry and drying room in separate outbuilding

    • Private garden with patio furniture

    • Parking for up to 4 cars

    • EPC Rating: F30


     
    About Harmony Garden
    Harmony Garden is a tranquil walled garden with lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit, and a rich display of spring bulbs. The garden's texture, fragrance and colour change throughout the year, making it a place to return to again and again.
     
    About the area
    Melrose's history dates back to the Bronze Age. There is still a scattering of brochs in the countryside around the town, possibly a legacy from the Romans who used them for managing the sheep grazing on the moors.
     
    The town has a good selection of shops including those selling knitwear, tweeds, books and antiques. There is also a variety of restaurants serving classic Scottish fare in cosy surroundings.
     
    In June, Harmony Garden plays host to the annual Borders Book Festival, whose past attendees have included Ian Rankin and Sir David Frost.
     
    Things to do

    • A trip to Melrose isn't complete without a wander round the Abbey. Although portions of the 12th-century structure survive, the magnificent rose-stone building dates from the 1385 rebuilding. Look out for the chapter house, where Robert the Bruce's heart is said to be buried, or the statue of Scottish medieval wizard, Michael Scott.

    • Visit nearby rustic Priorwood Garden to learn about the craft of dried flower work.

    • Walk part of the St Cuthbert's Way, following in the footsteps of the saint. The whole route takes four days and leads across the mudflats to Lindisfarne. The Melrose to St Boswell's section is 7.5 miles each way. (stcuthbertsway.info)


    Getting there
    Melrose lies off the A6091. Harmony Garden is opposite the Abbey. First Bus operates a route from Edinburgh and Peebles.
     
    Additional accommodation can be booked at Harmony Cottage, which sleeps 4. The cottage is less than a 5-minute walk from Harmony.
     
    Short breaks are available at Harmony all year round. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 4580305 for further details.
     
    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.
     
    Harmony can also be used for events such as wedding receptions. Additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
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    Macdui, Mar Lodge Estate

    £610.00offer £518.50 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • 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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    North Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

    £365.00offer £310.25 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 2 StarGood
    • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
    • 4
    • 1
    • Dogs allowed
    Tucked beneath the castle cliffs and opening out onto the beach, Culzean's two Segganwell Cottages make great seashore hideaways for families with children. Read More >
    Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year. William Kirkland, a Shepherd lived here with his wife and four children, two of whom were gardeners.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess

    • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove

    • Kitchen

    • Shower room with WC

    • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding

    • Night storage heating

    • Immersion water heating

    • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps

    • EPC Rating: F24

    •  

    Please note that the bunk beds are not full size beds.
    Please bring a torch for night time.
     
    Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.
     
    About Culzean Castle
    Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
     
    228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
     
    About the area
    Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
     
    Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
     
    Things to do

    • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

    • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

    • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


    Getting there
    Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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    North Stables, House of Dun

    £460.00offer £391.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Angus
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
     
    Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
     
    Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
     
    North Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, South Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
     

    • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

    • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

    • Sitting/dining room

    • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

    • Gas central heating

    • Free parking available in nearby public car park

    • EPC Rating: E49

     
    Public transport accessible. Holiday guests also have full access to the House's formal gardens and grounds throughout their stay.
     
    About House of Dun
    This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
     
    The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
     
    As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
     
    Things to do
     
    Montrose
     
    The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
     
    Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
     
    You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
     
    If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
     
    On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
    Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
     
    There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
     
    Lunan Bay
     
    Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
     
    Arbroath
     
    Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
     
    Leisure
     
    Fishing
     
    Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
     
    Golf
     
    An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
     
    Hillwalking
     
    Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
    Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
     
    Getting there
     
    House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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    South Stables, House of Dun

    £600.00offer £510.00 | 5th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Angus
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
     
    Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
     
    Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
     
    South Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, North Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
     

    • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

    • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

    • Sitting/dining room

    • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

    • Gas central heating

    • Free parking available in nearby NTS car park

    • EPC Rating: E50

     
    Public transport accessible. (30,30A & 30B)
     
    About House of Dun
    This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
     
    The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
     
    As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
     
    Things to do
     
    Montrose
     
    The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
     
    Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
     
    You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
     
    If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
     
    On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
    Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
     
    There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
     
    Lunan Bay
     
    Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
     
    Arbroath
     
    Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
     
    Leisure
     
    Fishing
     
    Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
     
    Golf
     
    An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
     
    Hillwalking
     
    Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
    Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
     
    Getting there
     
    House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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    South Stables, House of Dun

    £460.00offer £391.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Angus
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
     
    Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
     
    Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
     
    South Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, North Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
     

    • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

    • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

    • Sitting/dining room

    • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

    • Gas central heating

    • Free parking available in nearby NTS car park

    • EPC Rating: E50

     
    Public transport accessible. (30,30A & 30B)
     
    About House of Dun
    This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
     
    The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
     
    As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
     
    Things to do
     
    Montrose
     
    The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
     
    Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
     
    You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
     
    If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
     
    On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
    Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
     
    There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
     
    Lunan Bay
     
    Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
     
    Arbroath
     
    Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
     
    Leisure
     
    Fishing
     
    Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
     
    Golf
     
    An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
     
    Hillwalking
     
    Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
    Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
     
    Getting there
     
    House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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    Royal Artillery Cottage, Culzean Castle & Country Park

    £440.00offer £374.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Set at the heart of Culzean Castle's sandstone stable block, this cottage would originally have served as living quarters for the numerous grooms, coachmen and stable-boys in charge of the Marquess's horses. Read More >
    Its clifftop aspect gives it fine sea views across to Arran. Wheelchair users and less able-bodied guests will find the flat particularly comfortable. All on one level, it has sliding doors, and a ramped entrance. The cottage was endowed by the Royal Artillery after WWII for the use of disabled ex-servicemen.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin on request), 1 twin

    • Sitting/dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with bath and wheel-in shower

    • Gas fired under floor central heating and hot water

    • Car parking for 2 cars opposite cottage.

    • EPC Rating: E41


    Additional apartments are available at Culzean.
     
    About Culzean Castle
    Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
     
    228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
     
    About the area
    Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
     
    Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
     
    Things to do

    • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

    • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

    • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


    Getting there
    Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
    Please note that this property will be let Friday to Friday between 19 March and 29 October. Short breaks of either Monday to Friday or Friday - Monday will be available over the winter months. < Hide

    The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

    £2,195.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 16
    • 8
    • Not allowed
    The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
    Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

    • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms

    • Dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Drawing room

    • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

    • 3 showers rooms with WCs

    • 3 additional WCs

    • Electric storage heaters

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: G12

     
    About Fyvie Castle
    Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.
     
    Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
     
    The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
     
    Things to do

    • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

    • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

    • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

     
    Getting there
    Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
     
    Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
     
    Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
     
    Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
     
    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

    The Pavilion, Lamb's House

    £930.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Edinburgh & The Lothians
    • 6
    • 3
    • Not allowed
    The Pavilion is a newly-built, self-contained 3-storey house, sitting within the curtilage of Lamb's House in Leith. It has been built in the style of the early 18th century with particular attention to detail, including an eye-catching "ogee" roof. Inside, furniture and fittings are of a quality and style to match. A fine south-facing Italianate garden can be enjoyed by the guests. Read More >

     
    Lamb's House, built in 1610, is one of Edinburgh's most interesting buildings. A-listed, this 5-storey building is only a stones throw from the historic Port in the heart of Leith. Built as a tenement, it consisted of 6 booths on the ground floor with 6 small but very grand fats on the upper floors. These were rented to the Edinburgh merchants who controlled all trade in the port at the time..
     

    Leith, on the shore of the Firth of Forth in North Edinburgh, has served as the city's port since the 12th Century. It was the centre of manufacturing and commercial activity with mills, sugar refineries, engineering works, breweries and distilleries, ship building, lead and glass works and many more. All of these were dependant on the river and the harbour. Today it is a vibrant part of the city where some of the best restaurants have replaced the traditional industries. The much acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant, Martin Wishart is 70 metres from the Pavilion's front door.
    Short breaks (minimum of 2 nights) available. Please contact the Holidays Department by telephone (0131 458 0305) or by email (holidays@nts.org.uk) for further details.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 storey

    • Sleeps 6 - 1 twin with en suite shower and 2 double bedrooms (one with a half tester, the other with a box bed)

    • Sitting room with dining area

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with cast-iron bath

    • Utility room

    • Underfloor heating controlled by individual thermostats

    • Parking for one car in private courtyard

    • Access to Renaissance garden

     
     
    Things to do

    • The Georgian House (NTS), on Edinburgh's Charlotte Square, is a restored Robert Adam-designed town house that was home to John Lamont, 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont, and his family until 1815. It gives a fascinating insight into life both upstairs and downstairs.

    • The Royal Yacht Britannia was a home to Queen for over 40 years, sailing over a million miles around the world. It is now berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith, just a short walk from Lamb's House.

    • The Water of Leith flows from the Pentland Hills (south of Edinburgh) through the city and out into the Forth at Leith. A walkway runs beside it from Balerno to Leith (12 miles).

     
    Getting there
    Leith is in the north of Edinburgh, 3 miles from the city centre. It is very well serviced by bus routes. < Hide

    Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

    £380.00offer £323.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII. Read More >
    It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)

    • Sitting room with dining area

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • WC

    • Woodland area at rear of property

    • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available

    • Immersion water heating

    • Car parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: F27

     
    We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
     
    For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
     
    About Threave Estate
    Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
     
    About the area
    Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
     
    Things to do

    • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

    • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

    • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

      
    Getting there
    Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas. < Hide

    Belmont House, Belmont House

    £750.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 8
    • 5
    • Not allowed
    On the UK's most northerly island this slice of Georgian grandeur stands perfectly proportioned, overlooking the Bluemull Sound that runs between Yell and Unst. Belmont House has been exquisitely restored to show off all the features of its age; pavilions, symmetrical frontage, arched hallways and quadrant walls. Read More >
    The House was built by Thomas Mouat in 1775 and now provides spacious and splendid accommodation for up to 12 people. Make the most of the magnificent first-floor drawing room or relax in Mouat's writing room with its Venetian windows that look out to sea.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 storeys

    • Sleeps 8 - 12 - 1 double, 3 twin, plus additional sofa bed and two hand-built box beds suitable for children

    • Hand-built kitchen with range

    • Large dining room

    • Family room

    • Shower room and WC

    • First-floor drawing room with views to three sides

    • Thomas Mouat's writing room

    • Large child friendly garden

    • Laundry

     
    A large child-friendly garden runs from the front of the house down to the pier at Belmont, where the ferry from Yell docks.
     
    There is mobile reception (Vodaphone) and broadband at the property.
     
    About Unst
    Unst is the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, just 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, outlined by majestic cliffs, ragged sea stacks, sheltered inlets, and golden beaches. Inland, purebred Shetland sheep and ponies roam the common grazing land. Unst is a major breeding site for seabirds including gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, arctic skuas and whimbrels. Seals and porpoises are common and you may even see otters and killer whales. Try the following websites for more information:
    www.shetland.org
    www.unst.org
     
    Things to do

    • Hermaness National Nature reserve is excellent for birdwatching. You'll find rare plants at Keen of Hamar, as well as sea and loch angling. The Trust can arrange guided walks, fishing trips, and tours of the island.

    • Indulge in the local ingredients. Local lamb and shellfish can be ordered, and there is also a Farmer's Market once a month.

    • The Unst Viking project has been unearthing Norse finds all over the island. Visit their reconstructed Longhouse and ship at Haroldswick.

     
    Getting there
    Although Unst is as far north as southern Greenland, it is a very accessible island. Smooth, modern roads and frequent vehicle ferries link the Shetland mainland to Unst via the neighbouring island of Yell. The ferries are very busy in summer and it is advisable to book in advance (Tel: 01957 722259).
     
    Loganair flies from Aberdeen, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton to Sumburgh Airport on the Southern tip of mainland Shetland. < Hide

    Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 2, North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

    £550.00 | 5th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Ferocious seas and windswept headlands give these remote Lighthousekeepers' Cottages their wonderful romantic feel. It's easy to imagine the kind of shipwrecks, treasure troves, rescues and skilful seamanship of Robert Louis Stevenson's tales while on North Ronaldsay, and indeed the Lighthouse adjacent to the cottages was designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson in 1854. Read More >
    Inside you'll find it warm and welcoming with an open fire. The cottage is all on one level and designed to be comfortable and accessible for disabled visitors.
     
    Accommodation details

    • One storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

    • Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and cooker

    • Bathroom with bath only

    • Shared laundry

    • Open fires

    • Oil central heating

    • Immersion water heating

    • Fully accessible toilet and shower

     
    For larger groups Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 1 can also be booked.
     
    About North Ronaldsay's Lighthouses
    After a tragic shipwreck in 1740, North Ronaldsay was given one of the first four lighthouses in Scotland. The original Old Beacon was built and first lit in 1789, and shone until 1809 when it was considered redundant. After some years however it was decided that the island's perilous rocks did necessitate their own lighthouse. In 1852 Alan Stevenson recommended builder William Kinghorn of Leith to the Lighthouse Commissioners and the soaring red brick tower you see today was erected, the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles.
     
    About the area
    Further north than the southern tip of Norway, North Ronaldsay's remoteness has helped to preserve its traditional way of life. The Norn language survived longer here than on any other Orkney isle and you'll find many of the 60 locals have Orcadian surnames that go back for generations. Common grazing on the seashore is still the custom and the local lambs feed off seaweed, giving their meat a rare flavour highly prized by chefs. The vibrant local community (who made the restoration of the Stevenson lighthouse, cottages and Mill possible) will make guests extremely welcome and should your visit coincide with one of the many concerts, dances and social gatherings that take place there, it is not to be missed. Birdwatching tours, island tours and trips up the lighthouse can also be arranged.
     
    Things to do

    • 20 metres away from the cottages, the Lighthousekeeper's Office is a great place to learn about North Ronaldsay's maritime history.

    • Dine out at the bird observatory and join in with the bird log that takes place every night. You might spot arctic terns, redthroats, red-backed shrikes and rosefinches.

    • Felted and knitted crafts are available from the island's mill, where wool from the local sheep is processed.

     
    Getting there
    The houses are open all year round. Fifteen minute flight three times a day from Kirkwall operated by Loganair or a 3-hour ferry trip again from Kirkwall operated by Orkney Ferries. The ferry runs on a Friday, and therefore both properties are available Friday to Friday, though short breaks in the winter will be flexible on arrival and departure days.
     
    Please note, during the winter months, guests are advised to fly to the island as opposed to sail as sailings can be disrupted.
     
    Food orders can be taken (please give us two weeks notice) and it will be delivered to your fridge for your arrival. This could include local lamb, as well as general groceries. < Hide

    The Gladstone Flat, Gladstone's Land

    £400.00offer £340.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Edinburgh & The Lothians
    • 2
    • 1
    • Not allowed
    Gladstone's Land is a unique historic building that was built to be the home of the wealthiest residents in Edinburgh. The oldest part was constructed during the reign of Mary Queen of Scot's and reached its full magnificence when the Gladstone family purchased and extended the property in the early 1600's. We are often described as a 'hidden gem' and lie just a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the 'Old Town'. Guests in our self catering holiday apartments soak up the atmosphere of historic Edinburgh whilst enjoying arguably one of the best addresses the city has to offer. Read More >
    The Gladstone Family originally made their home in the top floors of the building and rented out the lower floors to a Knight and his family, and a Minister from St Giles Cathedral amongst others. When the Trust rescued the building from demolition in 1934, a wealthy Edinburgh resident gifted the Trust to help renovate the property and create apartments for those of little means.
    - Forming an essential part of Edinburgh's Old Town silhouette, the Gladstone Flat provides views over the city and into the hidden courtyards that surround the rear of the building. The area is famous for having the world's first sky scrappers and Gladstone's Land is one of those last remaining tenements.
    The Gladstone flat takes pride of place at the top rear of the building and offers the perfect cosy base for exploring the city.

    To Make Your Stay Extra Special

      On arrival, you will be greeted by the following complimentary gifts:
    • Refreshing selection of Luxury Teas

    • Fresh ground coffee from our local supplier

    • All of our cleaning supplies are sourced from the environmentally friendly brand, Method.

    Accommodation Details

    • Sleeps 2 - One Double Bedroom. Egyptian cotton bedding with luxury Himalayan fibre duvets.

    • Sitting room with Smart TV, HDMI cable and digital radio.

    • Kitchen - Fridge with freezer compartment, oven, hob, washer/dryer and microwave.

    • Shower room C

    • Gas central heating.

    • EPC Rating: D55

    • The apartment is located on the fourth floor of the building via a steep turnpike staircase.


    About The Area:

      Situated on the Lawnmarket of the Royal Mile, we are right in the heart of Edinburgh's atmospheric Old Town. Discover the oldest part of the city, once home to many important literary and philosophical figures, including Robert Burns and Thomas Geddes. You are spoilt for choice with visitor attractions and galleries that represent Edinburgh's rich cultural heritage with the Whisky Experience, Mary King's Close, the National Galleries, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland all a short walk away, as well as numerous independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Things To Do

    • Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and adjacent streets to find shops selling both traditional and lcoal products.

    • Taste Scottish and International cuisine, with a vast array of local restaurants and cosy cafes available in the area.

    • Take a walk in the beautifully laid out and award winning, Princes Street Gardens.

    • Soak up some culture at one of the many festivals Edinburgh hosts, including the world renowned 'Fringe' Festival each August.

    • Visit the elegant New Town and see how the High Society of the 18th century lived by visiting the National Trust for Scotland's Georgian House.

    Getting There
    Gladstone's Land is located in the Lawnmarket at the top of the Royal Mile. Waverley Railway station is a ten-minute walk or a short taxi ride away.
    Edinburgh International Airport offers a bus link to Waverley Station and a tram service also operates from the airport to the city centre.

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    East Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

    £440.00offer £374.00 | 5th April 2019 - 8th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Fife
    • 5
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    This single-storey Edwardian cottage is set in its own enclosed garden, near to the original stable block of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
    Built originally to house some of the gardeners and estate workers who would have kept the mansion in its splendid style, it now makes a cosy retreat for families looking to explore this picturesque part of Fife.
    Accommodation details

    • Single storey

    • Sleeps 5 - 2 double and 1 single bedroom

    • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

    • Dining kitchen

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • Full central heating

    • Enclosed private garden

    • Parking available adjacent to the cottage

    • EPC Rating: E47


     
    About Hill of Tarvit
    French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
     
    The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
     
    About the area
    Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
     
    The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
     
    Things to do

    • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

    • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

    • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


     
    Getting there
    Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
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    Braeriach, Mar Lodge Estate

    £880.00offer £748.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂĂ�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 +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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    Cormack Lodge, Brodie Castle

    £580.00offer £493.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 3
    • 1
    • Dogs allowed
    This romantic rural cottage is tucked away down a narrow road, a short walk from Brodie Castle. Wander round the 16th century castle grounds then while away evenings in front of the wood-burning stove. Read More >
    The dining room has views of the Brodie estate, and the cottage has its own private garden, perfect for alfresco breakfasts and impromptu picnics.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey - a step leads down to the bedroom and bathroom

    • Sleeps 2/3 - 1 double, 1 sofa bed

    • Bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment

    • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

    • Dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Private garden

    • Oil-fired central heating (also heats water)

    • Parking available beside the cottage

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: E54

     
     
    Larger groups can also book South Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.
     
    About Brodie Castle
    The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
     
    Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
     
    About the area
    Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
     
    Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
     
    Things to do

    • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.

    • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.

    • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

     
     
    Getting there
    Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness. < Hide

    Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    £600.00offer £510.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • 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

    £1,900.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • 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 +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.
     
    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

    Craggan Cottage, Balmacara Estate

    £1,000.00offer £850.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    This whitewashed cottage stands on the north shore of Loch Alsh. As if the outstanding coastal views weren't enough, its secluded garden leads directly down to a stony beach where you can enjoy leisurely walks before coming home to a log-burning stove. Read More >
    Craggan Cottage has been sensitively furnished with period pieces to keep with its original character. It's also a perfect place to bring your dog. If you fancy heading inland rather than hitting the beach, the woodland walks around Lochalsh go on for miles.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin on first floor

    • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove

    • Large dining kitchen

    • Bathroom with bath and shower on ground floor

    • Oil-fired central heating

    • Immersion water heating

    • Parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: F23

     
    The cottage is accessed by a narrow track, down which it can be difficult to turn vehicles. Alternative parking is available at the start of the track, about 50 metres from the cottage.
     
    Craggan Cottage is only available for full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) throughout the year.
     
    For larger families/groups additional accommodation is available at Ferry Cottage, sleeping 4.
     
    About Balmacara Estate
    Croft land, saltmarsh, lochs and coastline are just some of the varied landscapes you'll discover at Balmacara. The traditional Highland estate covers 2550 hectares and includes the early 19th century village of Plockton, as well as an original 18th century mill house and ice house.
     
    About the area
    Balmacara Square was the original heart of the estate and lies about a mile away, a cluster of 18th century farm steadings and other buildings. Here you'll find a caf窠deli, shop and Gallery. There is a visitor centre at Plockton. For stocking up on supplies head to Kyle of Lochalsh, three miles away, a whitewashed harbour village that looks across to the Isle of Skye.
     
    Easy access to the Isle of Skye is now possible by road bridge.
     
    Things to do

    • Lochalsh House Policies offer quiet sheltered walks by the lochside among mature Scots pine, oaks and beeches.

    • Spend a day on Skye discovering its culinary delights, including seafood, game and local ale. Stock up on Talisker whisky to enjoy later by the open fire.

    • The Falls of Glomach are just over 12 miles away. For the energetic, this 5 mile hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Britain will reward you with unforgettable views.

     
    Getting there
    Mainly accessed by A87(T) Inverness to Kyle road but can also be accessed from North by way of the A890 from from Achnasheen and Lochcarron. < Hide

    Dalvorar, Mar Lodge Estate

    £910.00offer £773.50 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂĂ�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 +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) 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

    Derry, Mar Lodge Estate

    £910.00offer £773.50 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • 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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    Glen Cottage, Torridon

    £880.00offer £748.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 6
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    This historic cottage lies tucked at the foot of some of Scotland's most breathtaking mountains. Torridonian sandstone peaks, sheer slopes and hulking munros form the backdrop for a wildlife-lovers' hideaway where you can truly get away from it all. Read More >
    Deer, otters and golden eagles make their home in the vicinity. Keep an eye out for them while hiking or relaxing in the cottage's enclosed garden.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 6 - 2 double, 1 twin

    • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

    • Large dining kitchen with wood-burning stove

    • 2 shower rooms one on ground floor and one on first floor

    • Night storage and panel heaters

    • Immersion water heating

    • EPC Rating: E39


    In extreme weather conditions, access to Torridon may be difficult.
     
    About Torridon
    Torridon refers to both the local village and the estate it lies in, a 6500 hectare wilderness on the shores of Loch Torridon. Five of the Trust's 46 munros are located within the estate including Beinn Alligin, 985m (3,230ft), which means 'jewelled hill' in Gaelic. The Trust's Countryside Centre has information on the history, geology and wildlife of the region.
     
    About the area
    Wild isolation is what draws most people to Torridon, but for essential supplies Torridon village and Kinlochewe are the places to head. Settlements have a long history in the area as it was used for processing pig iron in the 17th century. These days you'll find general stores, a postal service and the triple rosette-winning Torridon Hotel Restaurant.
     
    Things to do

    • Inverewe Garden is just over an hour's drive away. Here you can wander through an exotic paradise of rare and colourful flora perched on a breezy hillside above Loch Ewe.

    • Corrieshalloch Gorge is also around an hour away. This cleave in the mountains, through which the River Droma charges, was created 2.6 million years ago by Ice Age meltwater and offers spine-tingling views from its swaying suspension bridge.

    • Children will love the local deer park, or beachcombing for crabs on the shores of Loch Torridon.


     
    Getting there
    Torridon is on the A896, which leads off from the A832. From Inverness take the A835 towards Ullapool before turning off. < Hide

    Lydia Cottage, Cromarty

    £575.00offer £488.75 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 2
    • 1
    • Dogs allowed
    This traditional Cromarty cottage was built around 1911 on the site of Cromarty's former fire station. Fully refurbished with modern creature comforts it provides a spacious base for two people to explore the wildlife and history at the heart of this Black Isle town. Read More >
    The cottage lies in Cromarty's Fishertown area, once populated by herring fishers and close enough to hear the waves lapping against the shores of the Cromarty Firth. An enclosed garden with a picnic table is perfect for summer barbeques.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storeys - detached cottage

    • Sleeps 2 - 1 twin bedroom

    • Sitting room

    • Kitchen with dining area

    • Shower room with double shower

    • Open fire

    • Electric storage heaters and electric immersion heater

    • Parking available at eastern gable end of cottage - not reserved but usually available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: D64

    • The first floor is accessed by a spiral staircase and is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues


     
    About the area
    Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.
     
    Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".
     
    Things to do

    • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.

    • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.

    • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.


     
    Getting there
    Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty. < Hide

    North Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

    £600.00offer £510.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 2 StarGood
    • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
    • 4
    • 1
    • Dogs allowed
    Tucked beneath the castle cliffs and opening out onto the beach, Culzean's two Segganwell Cottages make great seashore hideaways for families with children. Read More >
    Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year. William Kirkland, a Shepherd lived here with his wife and four children, two of whom were gardeners.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess

    • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove

    • Kitchen

    • Shower room with WC

    • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding

    • Night storage heating

    • Immersion water heating

    • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps

    • EPC Rating: F24

    •  

    Please note that the bunk beds are not full size beds.
    Please bring a torch for night time.
     
    Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.
     
    About Culzean Castle
    Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
     
    228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
     
    About the area
    Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
     
    Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
     
    Things to do

    • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

    • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

    • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


    Getting there
    Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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    South Mains, Craigievar Castle

    £840.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • 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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    Stalker's Cottage, Torridon

    £630.00offer £535.50 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 4
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    Torridon is a hiker's dream; acres of craggy mountains, sheer peaks and rare wildlife. This whitewashed cottage lies nestled at the base of dramatic hills and offers the perfect wild retreat for lovers of the outdoors. Read More >
    Two open fires provide welcome warmth after a day's exploring, while the rough lawn at the rear of the cottage is yours to sit and soak up the awe-inspiring views. Keep an eye out for deer, otters and golden eagles.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 2 singles

    • Sitting room with open fire

    • Dining room with open fire

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with bath and shower

    • Night storage and panel heaters

    • Water heated by immersion

    • Parking available

    • EPC Rating: G18

     
    In extreme weather conditions access to Torridon may be difficult.
     
    About Torridon
    Torridon refers to both the local village and the estate it lies in, a 6,500 hectare wilderness on the shores of Loch Torridon. Five of the Trust's 46 munros are located within the estate including Beinn Alligin, 985m (3,230ft), which means 'jewelled hill' in Gaelic.
     
    The Trust's Countryside Centre has information on the history, geology and wildlife of the region.
     
    About the area
    Wild isolation is what draws most people to Torridon, but for essential supplies Torridon village and Kinlochewe are the places to head. Settlements have a long history in the area as it was used for processing pig iron in the 17th century. These days you'll find general stores, a postal service and the triple rosette-winning Torridon Hotel Restaurant.
     
    Things to do

    • Inverewe Garden is just over an hour's drive away. Here you can wander through an exotic paradise of rare and colourful flora perched on a breezy hillside above Loch Ewe.

    • Corrieshalloch Gorge is also around an hour away. This cleave in the mountains, through which the River Droma charges, was created 2.6 million years ago by Ice Age meltwater and offers spine-tingling views from its swaying suspension bridge.

    • Children will love the local deer park, or beachcombing for crabs on the shores of Loch Torridon.

     
    Getting there
    Torridon is on the A896, which leads off from the A832. From Inverness take the A835 towards Ullapool before turning off. < Hide

    Steading, Craigievar Castle

    £600.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • 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 >
    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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    The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

    £2,195.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 16
    • 8
    • Not allowed
    The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
    Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

    • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms

    • Dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Drawing room

    • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

    • 3 showers rooms with WCs

    • 3 additional WCs

    • Electric storage heaters

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: G12

     
    About Fyvie Castle
    Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.
     
    Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
     
    The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
     
    Things to do

    • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

    • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

    • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

     
    Getting there
    Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
     
    Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
     
    Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
     
    Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
     
    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

    Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

    £600.00offer £510.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII. Read More >
    It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)

    • Sitting room with dining area

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • WC

    • Woodland area at rear of property

    • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available

    • Immersion water heating

    • Car parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: F27

     
    We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
     
    For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
     
    About Threave Estate
    Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
     
    About the area
    Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
     
    Things to do

    • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

    • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

    • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

      
    Getting there
    Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas. < Hide

    Garden Cottage, Towie Barclay Castle

    £785.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 6
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    This charming cottage is set next to the courtyard of 16th century Towie Barclay Castle. Its restoration won the Civic Trust Award, in honour of its beautifully preserved period features such as the stone-flagged floors and timber ceilings. Read More >
    In summertime relax in the cottage's private, enclosed garden and make use of the barbeque, or drive off into the wooded countryside to explore this historic part of the north.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4-6 - 2 doubles plus double sofa bed in study off master bedroom

    • Sitting room with open fire

    • Dining Kitchen

    • Shower room

    • Utility room

    • Master bedroom has en suite bathroom with sauna

    • Private garden with patio and barbeque

    • WiFi

    • Electric Dimplex heating

     
    ...Our guests said...
    "..we felt at home the moment we stepped in the door..."
     
    "..full of charm and character. The tour of the castle and coffee was very much appreciated and a highlight of our stay".
     
    About Towie Barclay Castle
    Towie Barclay Castle, some 4 miles south of the market town of Turriff in Aberdeenshire, was built in the 16th century by the Barclay family. The castle lay in ruins until 1971 when an award-winning programme of restoration was carried out by the present owners. It is now privately owned.
     
    About the area
    In the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, close to Royal Deeside, whisky distilleries, museums, over 50 golf courses, historical sites and the cliffs of the Moray coast, Towie Barclay is an ideal base from which to discover the many lesser-known jewels in Scotland's crown.
     
    Things to do

    • A visit to the area would not be complete without taking in breathtaking Fyvie Castle, a few miles away. A little further afield, (approx 1.5 hours drive) Craigievar Castle is another fabulous example of turretted Scottish Baronial architecture.

    • Crovie village, perched on a ledge between cliff and sea and too narrow to even allow cars, is approximately 20 miles away. Take a walk along the pebble beach and keep an eye out for bottlenosed dolphins.

     
    Getting there
    The cottage is situated just off the A947, 4 miles from Turriff. Aberdeen is 27 miles away.
     
    Public transport accessible. Short breaks are not available at this property, it is restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday). Please note that the entry time to this property is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. < Hide

    Crovie Cottage, Crovie

    £760.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    This cosy, restored traditional fishing cottage dates from a time when the sea was the only mode of transport to and from Scotland's shores, and provided the livelihood for coastal communities. Perched on Crovie's unusual seashore rocky shelf the sitting room windows look out to the bay, enclosed north and south by magnificent cliffs. Read More >
    17th century wood panelling and an open fire complete Crovie Cottage's old sea dog charm. In the summertime, take to the private garden and make use of the cottage's barbeque.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 single, 1 box bed in sitting room

    • Sitting/dining room with sea view and open fire

    • Shower room

    • Kitchen

    • Private garden with patio and barbeque

    • WiFi

    • Fitted electric Dimplex heating

     
    ...Our guests said...
    "...more and more reluctant to venture away from Crovie, preferring to sit in front of the cottage and watch the changing seascape and tides, the coming & going of fishing boats, and the glorious sunsets".
     
    About the area
    Crovie is a unique place, a conservation village created on a seashore ledge so narrow it has only enough room for the cottages built on it and a small footpath. The cliffs that stretch above it form the east side of Gamrie Bay; on the other side of the village is the sea.
     
    Crovie comprises around 50 fishing cottages, most of which date back 150 years or more, and is one of the best preserved fishing villages in Europe. A pebble beach to the west end of the winding path leads to the next village, Gardenstown, one mile away. Look out for bottlenosed dolphins along the way.
     
    Things to do

    • Sample Cullen Skink in the town it hails from. The traditional smoked haddock soup is a hearty winter warmer. Cullen village is just over 20 miles away.

    • Tee off in one of the area's 50 nearby golf courses, and re-charge your batteries afterwards in Gardenstown's 18th century inn.

    • See how the other half lived at Fyvie Castle, just over 25 miles away. Sculpted turrets and fine tapestries give the castle a fairytale feel and it is steeped in local legends and myths.

     
    Getting there
    From Banff head through Macduff on A98 towards Fraserburgh. 0.50 mile after Macduff take B9031 left turn Gardenstown. 8 miles later take Crovie turn to left.
     
    This cottage is privately owned. Please note that bookings are restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday), short breaks are not available at this property. The entry time to the cottage is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. Parking is available for residents and their guests at the north-west end of the village. Parking in high season can require skill and patience. If the lower car park alongside the village is full, there is additional parking on the road to the village - luggage can be off-loaded at the bottom and taken by wheelbarrow (stored in the back garden). < Hide

    Belmont House, Belmont House

    £1,300.00 | 6th April 2019 - 13th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 8
    • 5
    • Not allowed
    On the UK's most northerly island this slice of Georgian grandeur stands perfectly proportioned, overlooking the Bluemull Sound that runs between Yell and Unst. Belmont House has been exquisitely restored to show off all the features of its age; pavilions, symmetrical frontage, arched hallways and quadrant walls. Read More >
    The House was built by Thomas Mouat in 1775 and now provides spacious and splendid accommodation for up to 12 people. Make the most of the magnificent first-floor drawing room or relax in Mouat's writing room with its Venetian windows that look out to sea.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 storeys

    • Sleeps 8 - 12 - 1 double, 3 twin, plus additional sofa bed and two hand-built box beds suitable for children

    • Hand-built kitchen with range

    • Large dining room

    • Family room

    • Shower room and WC

    • First-floor drawing room with views to three sides

    • Thomas Mouat's writing room

    • Large child friendly garden

    • Laundry

     
    A large child-friendly garden runs from the front of the house down to the pier at Belmont, where the ferry from Yell docks.
     
    There is mobile reception (Vodaphone) and broadband at the property.
     
    About Unst
    Unst is the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, just 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, outlined by majestic cliffs, ragged sea stacks, sheltered inlets, and golden beaches. Inland, purebred Shetland sheep and ponies roam the common grazing land. Unst is a major breeding site for seabirds including gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, arctic skuas and whimbrels. Seals and porpoises are common and you may even see otters and killer whales. Try the following websites for more information:
    www.shetland.org
    www.unst.org
     
    Things to do

    • Hermaness National Nature reserve is excellent for birdwatching. You'll find rare plants at Keen of Hamar, as well as sea and loch angling. The Trust can arrange guided walks, fishing trips, and tours of the island.

    • Indulge in the local ingredients. Local lamb and shellfish can be ordered, and there is also a Farmer's Market once a month.

    • The Unst Viking project has been unearthing Norse finds all over the island. Visit their reconstructed Longhouse and ship at Haroldswick.

     
    Getting there
    Although Unst is as far north as southern Greenland, it is a very accessible island. Smooth, modern roads and frequent vehicle ferries link the Shetland mainland to Unst via the neighbouring island of Yell. The ferries are very busy in summer and it is advisable to book in advance (Tel: 01957 722259).
     
    Loganair flies from Aberdeen, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton to Sumburgh Airport on the Southern tip of mainland Shetland. < Hide

    Braeriach, Mar Lodge Estate

    £420.00offer £357.00 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂĂ�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 +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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    Bynack, Mar Lodge Estate

    £1,200.00 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • 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 +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.
     
    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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    Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    £410.00offer £348.50 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • 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

    £955.00 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • 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 +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.
     
    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

    Dalvorar, Mar Lodge Estate

    £490.00offer £416.50 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂĂ�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 +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) 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

    Derry, Mar Lodge Estate

    £490.00offer £416.50 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • 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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    North Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

    £330.00offer £280.50 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 2 StarGood
    • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
    • 4
    • 1
    • Dogs allowed
    Tucked beneath the castle cliffs and opening out onto the beach, Culzean's two Segganwell Cottages make great seashore hideaways for families with children. Read More >
    Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year. William Kirkland, a Shepherd lived here with his wife and four children, two of whom were gardeners.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess

    • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove

    • Kitchen

    • Shower room with WC

    • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding

    • Night storage heating

    • Immersion water heating

    • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps

    • EPC Rating: F24

    •  

    Please note that the bunk beds are not full size beds.
    Please bring a torch for night time.
     
    Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.
     
    About Culzean Castle
    Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
     
    228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
     
    About the area
    Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
     
    Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
     
    Things to do

    • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

    • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

    • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


    Getting there
    Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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    South Stables, House of Dun

    £410.00offer £348.50 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Angus
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
     
    Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
     
    Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
     
    South Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, North Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
     

    • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

    • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

    • Sitting/dining room

    • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

    • Gas central heating

    • Free parking available in nearby NTS car park

    • EPC Rating: E50

     
    Public transport accessible. (30,30A & 30B)
     
    About House of Dun
    This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
     
    The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
     
    As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
     
    Things to do
     
    Montrose
     
    The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
     
    Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
     
    You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
     
    If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
     
    On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
    Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
     
    There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
     
    Lunan Bay
     
    Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
     
    Arbroath
     
    Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
     
    Leisure
     
    Fishing
     
    Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
     
    Golf
     
    An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
     
    Hillwalking
     
    Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
    Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
     
    Getting there
     
    House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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    The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

    £1,410.00 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 14
    • 7
    • Dogs allowed
    Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The Late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comfort of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of magnificent turreted castle. Read More >
    14 guests can stay in the apartment, and when not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There is no better place to experience the life of a contemporary Laird.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 floors - Ground to 2nd

    • Sleeps 14 - 4 twins, 3 doubles

    • Sitting room

    • Grand dining room with space for 14

    • Kitchen with dining area

    • Cocktail kitchen

    • Study/games room

    • 3 bathrooms with WC

    • 1 shower room with WC

    • 1 additional WC

    • Parking for 5 cars

    • EPC Rating: F35

     
     
    Choose from three levels of accommodation
    Fully catered - includes all meals and housekeeping
    B&B - a caterer will provide breakfast and housekeepers will make beds and clean daily
    Self-catering
     
    Prices quoted on the website and in the Holiday Accommodation Brochure are for self catering. If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay, please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641 371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers.
     
    About Brodie Castle
    The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
     
    Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
     
    About the area
    Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
     
    Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
     
    Things to do

    • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. There are 12 dolphin and wildlife watching boats operating all around the area, the closest being at Findhorn. Chanonry Point, near Fortrose; the dolphin watching centres at Kessock Bridge and Spey Bay, are all worthwhile days out.

    • There is no shortage of golf courses in the area, with at least 19 courses within an hours drive from Forres. Forrres's own course, Muiryshade has in the past hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professional Championship.

    • For those looking for something a bit different, Brodie staff are delighted to help you arrange sailing, shooting or fishing.

    • Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside which includes 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery. Forres is home to two of these Distilleries, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu.

    • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

     
     
    Getting there
    Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.
     
    Short breaks (Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday) and full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for details.
    Please note: 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 £500.00 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

    The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

    £1,645.00 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 16
    • 8
    • Not allowed
    The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
    Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

    • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms

    • Dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Drawing room

    • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

    • 3 showers rooms with WCs

    • 3 additional WCs

    • Electric storage heaters

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: G12

     
    About Fyvie Castle
    Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.
     
    Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
     
    The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
     
    Things to do

    • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

    • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

    • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

     
    Getting there
    Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
     
    Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
     
    Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
     
    Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
     
    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

    Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

    £330.00offer £280.50 | 8th April 2019 - 12th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII. Read More >
    It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)

    • Sitting room with dining area

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • WC

    • Woodland area at rear of property

    • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available

    • Immersion water heating

    • Car parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: F27

     
    We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
     
    For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
     
    About Threave Estate
    Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
     
    About the area
    Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
     
    Things to do

    • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

    • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

    • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

      
    Getting there
    Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas. < Hide

    Braeriach, Mar Lodge Estate

    £450.00offer £382.50 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂĂ�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 +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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    Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    £460.00offer £391.00 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • 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

    £1,400.00 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • 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 +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.
     
    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

    Dalvorar, Mar Lodge Estate

    £610.00offer £518.50 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂĂ�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 +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) 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

    Derry, Mar Lodge Estate

    £610.00offer £518.50 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • 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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    Macdui, Mar Lodge Estate

    £610.00offer £518.50 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • 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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    North Stables, House of Dun

    £600.00offer £510.00 | 12th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Angus
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
     
    Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
     
    Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
     
    North Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, South Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
     

    • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

    • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

    • Sitting/dining room

    • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

    • Gas central heating

    • Free parking available in nearby public car park

    • EPC Rating: E49

     
    Public transport accessible. Holiday guests also have full access to the House's formal gardens and grounds throughout their stay.
     
    About House of Dun
    This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
     
    The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
     
    As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
     
    Things to do
     
    Montrose
     
    The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
     
    Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
     
    You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
     
    If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
     
    On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
    Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
     
    There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
     
    Lunan Bay
     
    Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
     
    Arbroath
     
    Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
     
    Leisure
     
    Fishing
     
    Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
     
    Golf
     
    An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
     
    Hillwalking
     
    Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
    Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
     
    Getting there
     
    House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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    North Stables, House of Dun

    £460.00offer £391.00 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Angus
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
     
    Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
     
    Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
     
    North Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, South Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
     

    • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

    • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

    • Sitting/dining room

    • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

    • Gas central heating

    • Free parking available in nearby public car park

    • EPC Rating: E49

     
    Public transport accessible. Holiday guests also have full access to the House's formal gardens and grounds throughout their stay.
     
    About House of Dun
    This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
     
    The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
     
    As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
     
    Things to do
     
    Montrose
     
    The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
     
    Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
     
    You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
     
    If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
     
    On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
    Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
     
    There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
     
    Lunan Bay
     
    Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
     
    Arbroath
     
    Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
     
    Leisure
     
    Fishing
     
    Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
     
    Golf
     
    An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
     
    Hillwalking
     
    Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
    Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
     
    Getting there
     
    House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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    South Stables, House of Dun

    £460.00offer £391.00 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Angus
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
     
    Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
     
    Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
     
    South Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, North Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
     

    • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

    • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

    • Sitting/dining room

    • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

    • Gas central heating

    • Free parking available in nearby NTS car park

    • EPC Rating: E50

     
    Public transport accessible. (30,30A & 30B)
     
    About House of Dun
    This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
     
    The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
     
    As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
     
    Things to do
     
    Montrose
     
    The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
     
    Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
     
    You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
     
    If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
     
    On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
    Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
     
    There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
     
    Lunan Bay
     
    Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
     
    Arbroath
     
    Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
     
    Leisure
     
    Fishing
     
    Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
     
    Golf
     
    An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
     
    Hillwalking
     
    Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
    Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
     
    Getting there
     
    House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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    The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

    £2,095.00 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 14
    • 7
    • Dogs allowed
    Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The Late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comfort of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of magnificent turreted castle. Read More >
    14 guests can stay in the apartment, and when not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There is no better place to experience the life of a contemporary Laird.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 floors - Ground to 2nd

    • Sleeps 14 - 4 twins, 3 doubles

    • Sitting room

    • Grand dining room with space for 14

    • Kitchen with dining area

    • Cocktail kitchen

    • Study/games room

    • 3 bathrooms with WC

    • 1 shower room with WC

    • 1 additional WC

    • Parking for 5 cars

    • EPC Rating: F35

     
     
    Choose from three levels of accommodation
    Fully catered - includes all meals and housekeeping
    B&B - a caterer will provide breakfast and housekeepers will make beds and clean daily
    Self-catering
     
    Prices quoted on the website and in the Holiday Accommodation Brochure are for self catering. If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay, please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641 371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers.
     
    About Brodie Castle
    The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
     
    Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
     
    About the area
    Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
     
    Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
     
    Things to do

    • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. There are 12 dolphin and wildlife watching boats operating all around the area, the closest being at Findhorn. Chanonry Point, near Fortrose; the dolphin watching centres at Kessock Bridge and Spey Bay, are all worthwhile days out.

    • There is no shortage of golf courses in the area, with at least 19 courses within an hours drive from Forres. Forrres's own course, Muiryshade has in the past hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professional Championship.

    • For those looking for something a bit different, Brodie staff are delighted to help you arrange sailing, shooting or fishing.

    • Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside which includes 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery. Forres is home to two of these Distilleries, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu.

    • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

     
     
    Getting there
    Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.
     
    Short breaks (Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday) and full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for details.
    Please note: 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 £500.00 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

    The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

    £2,195.00 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 16
    • 8
    • Not allowed
    The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
    Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

    • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms

    • Dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Drawing room

    • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

    • 3 showers rooms with WCs

    • 3 additional WCs

    • Electric storage heaters

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: G12

     
    About Fyvie Castle
    Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.
     
    Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
     
    The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
     
    Things to do

    • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

    • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

    • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

     
    Getting there
    Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
     
    Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
     
    Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
     
    Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
     
    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

    The Pavilion, Lamb's House

    £930.00 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Edinburgh & The Lothians
    • 6
    • 3
    • Not allowed
    The Pavilion is a newly-built, self-contained 3-storey house, sitting within the curtilage of Lamb's House in Leith. It has been built in the style of the early 18th century with particular attention to detail, including an eye-catching "ogee" roof. Inside, furniture and fittings are of a quality and style to match. A fine south-facing Italianate garden can be enjoyed by the guests. Read More >

     
    Lamb's House, built in 1610, is one of Edinburgh's most interesting buildings. A-listed, this 5-storey building is only a stones throw from the historic Port in the heart of Leith. Built as a tenement, it consisted of 6 booths on the ground floor with 6 small but very grand fats on the upper floors. These were rented to the Edinburgh merchants who controlled all trade in the port at the time..
     

    Leith, on the shore of the Firth of Forth in North Edinburgh, has served as the city's port since the 12th Century. It was the centre of manufacturing and commercial activity with mills, sugar refineries, engineering works, breweries and distilleries, ship building, lead and glass works and many more. All of these were dependant on the river and the harbour. Today it is a vibrant part of the city where some of the best restaurants have replaced the traditional industries. The much acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant, Martin Wishart is 70 metres from the Pavilion's front door.
    Short breaks (minimum of 2 nights) available. Please contact the Holidays Department by telephone (0131 458 0305) or by email (holidays@nts.org.uk) for further details.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 storey

    • Sleeps 6 - 1 twin with en suite shower and 2 double bedrooms (one with a half tester, the other with a box bed)

    • Sitting room with dining area

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with cast-iron bath

    • Utility room

    • Underfloor heating controlled by individual thermostats

    • Parking for one car in private courtyard

    • Access to Renaissance garden

     
     
    Things to do

    • The Georgian House (NTS), on Edinburgh's Charlotte Square, is a restored Robert Adam-designed town house that was home to John Lamont, 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont, and his family until 1815. It gives a fascinating insight into life both upstairs and downstairs.

    • The Royal Yacht Britannia was a home to Queen for over 40 years, sailing over a million miles around the world. It is now berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith, just a short walk from Lamb's House.

    • The Water of Leith flows from the Pentland Hills (south of Edinburgh) through the city and out into the Forth at Leith. A walkway runs beside it from Balerno to Leith (12 miles).

     
    Getting there
    Leith is in the north of Edinburgh, 3 miles from the city centre. It is very well serviced by bus routes. < Hide

    Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

    £380.00offer £323.00 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII. Read More >
    It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)

    • Sitting room with dining area

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • WC

    • Woodland area at rear of property

    • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available

    • Immersion water heating

    • Car parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: F27

     
    We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
     
    For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
     
    About Threave Estate
    Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
     
    About the area
    Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
     
    Things to do

    • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

    • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

    • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

      
    Getting there
    Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas. < Hide

    Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 1, North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

    £550.00 | 12th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Ferocious seas and windswept headlands give these remote Lighthousekeepers' Cottages their wonderful romantic feel. It's easy to imagine the kind of shipwrecks, treasure troves, rescues and skilful seamanship of Robert Louis Stevenson's tales while on North Ronaldsay, and indeed the Lighthouse adjacent to the cottages was designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson in 1854. Read More >
    Inside you'll find it warm and welcoming with an open fire. The cottage is all on one level and designed to be comfortable and accessible for disabled visitors.
     
    Accommodation details

    • One storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

    • Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and cooker

    • Bathroom with bath only

    • Shared laundry

    • Open fires

    • Oil central heating

    • Immersion water heating

    • Fully accessible toilet and shower

     
    For larger groups Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 2 can also be booked.
     
    About North Ronaldsay's Lighthouses
    After a tragic shipwreck in 1740, North Ronaldsay was given one of the first four lighthouses in Scotland. The original Old Beacon was built and first lit in 1789, and shone until 1809 when it was considered redundant. After some years however it was decided that the island's perilous rocks did necessitate their own lighthouse. In 1852 Alan Stevenson recommended builder William Kinghorn of Leith to the Lighthouse Commissioners and the soaring red brick tower you see today was erected, the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles.
     
    About the area
    Further north than the southern tip of Norway, North Ronaldsay's remoteness has helped to preserve its traditional way of life. The Norn language survived longer here than on any other Orkney isle and you'll find many of the 60 locals have Orcadian surnames that go back for generations. Common grazing on the seashore is still the custom and the local lambs feed off seaweed, giving their meat a rare flavour highly prized by chefs. The vibrant local community (who made the restoration of the Stevenson lighthouse, cottages and Mill possible) will make guests extremely welcome and should your visit coincide with one of the many concerts, dances and social gatherings that take place there, it is not to be missed. Birdwatching tours, island tours and trips up the lighthouse can also be arranged.
     
    Things to do

    • 20 metres away from the cottages, the Lighthousekeeper's Office is a great place to learn about North Ronaldsay's maritime history.

    • Dine out at the bird observatory and join in with the bird log that takes place every night. You might spot arctic terns, redthroats, red-backed shrikes and rosefinches.

    • Felted and knitted crafts are available from the island's mill, where wool from the local sheep is processed.

     
    Getting there
    The houses are open all year round. Fifteen minute flight three times a day from Kirkwall operated by Loganair or a 3-hour ferry trip again from Kirkwall operated by Orkney Ferries. The ferry runs on a Friday, and therefore both properties are available Friday to Friday, though short breaks in the winter will be flexible on arrival and departure days.
     
    Please note, during the winter months, guests are advised to fly to the island as opposed to sail as sailings can be disrupted.
     
    Food orders can be taken (please give us two weeks notice) and it will be delivered to your fridge for your arrival. This could include local lamb, as well as general groceries.
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    Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 2, North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

    £550.00 | 12th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Ferocious seas and windswept headlands give these remote Lighthousekeepers' Cottages their wonderful romantic feel. It's easy to imagine the kind of shipwrecks, treasure troves, rescues and skilful seamanship of Robert Louis Stevenson's tales while on North Ronaldsay, and indeed the Lighthouse adjacent to the cottages was designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson in 1854. Read More >
    Inside you'll find it warm and welcoming with an open fire. The cottage is all on one level and designed to be comfortable and accessible for disabled visitors.
     
    Accommodation details

    • One storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

    • Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and cooker

    • Bathroom with bath only

    • Shared laundry

    • Open fires

    • Oil central heating

    • Immersion water heating

    • Fully accessible toilet and shower

     
    For larger groups Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 1 can also be booked.
     
    About North Ronaldsay's Lighthouses
    After a tragic shipwreck in 1740, North Ronaldsay was given one of the first four lighthouses in Scotland. The original Old Beacon was built and first lit in 1789, and shone until 1809 when it was considered redundant. After some years however it was decided that the island's perilous rocks did necessitate their own lighthouse. In 1852 Alan Stevenson recommended builder William Kinghorn of Leith to the Lighthouse Commissioners and the soaring red brick tower you see today was erected, the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles.
     
    About the area
    Further north than the southern tip of Norway, North Ronaldsay's remoteness has helped to preserve its traditional way of life. The Norn language survived longer here than on any other Orkney isle and you'll find many of the 60 locals have Orcadian surnames that go back for generations. Common grazing on the seashore is still the custom and the local lambs feed off seaweed, giving their meat a rare flavour highly prized by chefs. The vibrant local community (who made the restoration of the Stevenson lighthouse, cottages and Mill possible) will make guests extremely welcome and should your visit coincide with one of the many concerts, dances and social gatherings that take place there, it is not to be missed. Birdwatching tours, island tours and trips up the lighthouse can also be arranged.
     
    Things to do

    • 20 metres away from the cottages, the Lighthousekeeper's Office is a great place to learn about North Ronaldsay's maritime history.

    • Dine out at the bird observatory and join in with the bird log that takes place every night. You might spot arctic terns, redthroats, red-backed shrikes and rosefinches.

    • Felted and knitted crafts are available from the island's mill, where wool from the local sheep is processed.

     
    Getting there
    The houses are open all year round. Fifteen minute flight three times a day from Kirkwall operated by Loganair or a 3-hour ferry trip again from Kirkwall operated by Orkney Ferries. The ferry runs on a Friday, and therefore both properties are available Friday to Friday, though short breaks in the winter will be flexible on arrival and departure days.
     
    Please note, during the winter months, guests are advised to fly to the island as opposed to sail as sailings can be disrupted.
     
    Food orders can be taken (please give us two weeks notice) and it will be delivered to your fridge for your arrival. This could include local lamb, as well as general groceries. < Hide

    The Gladstone Flat, Gladstone's Land

    £400.00offer £340.00 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Edinburgh & The Lothians
    • 2
    • 1
    • Not allowed
    Gladstone's Land is a unique historic building that was built to be the home of the wealthiest residents in Edinburgh. The oldest part was constructed during the reign of Mary Queen of Scot's and reached its full magnificence when the Gladstone family purchased and extended the property in the early 1600's. We are often described as a 'hidden gem' and lie just a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the 'Old Town'. Guests in our self catering holiday apartments soak up the atmosphere of historic Edinburgh whilst enjoying arguably one of the best addresses the city has to offer. Read More >
    The Gladstone Family originally made their home in the top floors of the building and rented out the lower floors to a Knight and his family, and a Minister from St Giles Cathedral amongst others. When the Trust rescued the building from demolition in 1934, a wealthy Edinburgh resident gifted the Trust to help renovate the property and create apartments for those of little means.
    - Forming an essential part of Edinburgh's Old Town silhouette, the Gladstone Flat provides views over the city and into the hidden courtyards that surround the rear of the building. The area is famous for having the world's first sky scrappers and Gladstone's Land is one of those last remaining tenements.
    The Gladstone flat takes pride of place at the top rear of the building and offers the perfect cosy base for exploring the city.

    To Make Your Stay Extra Special

      On arrival, you will be greeted by the following complimentary gifts:
    • Refreshing selection of Luxury Teas

    • Fresh ground coffee from our local supplier

    • All of our cleaning supplies are sourced from the environmentally friendly brand, Method.

    Accommodation Details

    • Sleeps 2 - One Double Bedroom. Egyptian cotton bedding with luxury Himalayan fibre duvets.

    • Sitting room with Smart TV, HDMI cable and digital radio.

    • Kitchen - Fridge with freezer compartment, oven, hob, washer/dryer and microwave.

    • Shower room C

    • Gas central heating.

    • EPC Rating: D55

    • The apartment is located on the fourth floor of the building via a steep turnpike staircase.


    About The Area:

      Situated on the Lawnmarket of the Royal Mile, we are right in the heart of Edinburgh's atmospheric Old Town. Discover the oldest part of the city, once home to many important literary and philosophical figures, including Robert Burns and Thomas Geddes. You are spoilt for choice with visitor attractions and galleries that represent Edinburgh's rich cultural heritage with the Whisky Experience, Mary King's Close, the National Galleries, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland all a short walk away, as well as numerous independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Things To Do

    • Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and adjacent streets to find shops selling both traditional and lcoal products.

    • Taste Scottish and International cuisine, with a vast array of local restaurants and cosy cafes available in the area.

    • Take a walk in the beautifully laid out and award winning, Princes Street Gardens.

    • Soak up some culture at one of the many festivals Edinburgh hosts, including the world renowned 'Fringe' Festival each August.

    • Visit the elegant New Town and see how the High Society of the 18th century lived by visiting the National Trust for Scotland's Georgian House.

    Getting There
    Gladstone's Land is located in the Lawnmarket at the top of the Royal Mile. Waverley Railway station is a ten-minute walk or a short taxi ride away.
    Edinburgh International Airport offers a bus link to Waverley Station and a tram service also operates from the airport to the city centre.

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    Ardlochan Lodge, Culzean Castle

    £560.00offer £476.00 | 12th April 2019 - 15th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Situated just a stones throw from the golden beach at Maidens on the Culzean coast in Ayrshire is this pretty little lodge house - the last remaining gate house on the Culzean Castle & Country Park estate. Read More >
     
    Recently modernised and renovated to a high standard, Ardlochan Lodge opened in April 2016
     
    Accommodation details

    • Single storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double and 1 twin bedroom (can be converted to double if required)

    • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

    • Under floor heating

    • Open plan kitchen, with patio doors leading to patio area and spacious garden

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • Parking adjacent to cottage

    • EPC Rating: E50


     
    About Culzean Castle
    Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
     
    228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
     
    About the area
    Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
     
    Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
     
    Things to do

    • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

    • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

    • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


    Getting there
    Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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    Beechgrove Cottage, Pitmedden Garden

    £575.00offer £488.75 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 4
    • 2
    • Not allowed
    This sunny south-facing cottage nestles in the wooded grounds of Pitmedden Garden. The garden lies just fifteen miles from Aberdeen and features miles of geometric boxwood hedging to wander round, all secluded behind walls of granite - the same stone that gave the city its famous nickname. Read More >
    In spring and summer take advantage of Beechgrove Cottage's enclosed garden and picnic table for alfresco eating; in winter time enjoy the sitting room's open fire.
     
    Wi-Fi is now available at the property you are visiting.
    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

    • Sitting/dining room with open fire

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

    • Electric central heating

    • Night storage and panel heaters

    • Immersion water heating

    • Parking available beside the cottage

    • EPC Rating: E52

     
    About Pitmedden Garden
    Five miles of immaculate boxwood hedging create the intricate patterns that weave through Pitmedden Garden. Their original design was laid out by the 1st Baronet of Pitmedden in 1675, but the with plans lost in a fire in 1807, Edinburgh's Holyroodhouse formed the template for its reconstruction.
     
    Over 80 varieties of apple trees give off fragrant blossom in the spring and rich pickings in the autumn, while the steady drip of Pitmedden's fountains is a refreshing sound when wandering through the gardens in the summer months.
     
    About the area
    Pitmedden village is one mile away from the gardens and has the nearest local supermarket.
     
    A few miles further away is the ancient village of Tarves, thought to have been founded as a church settlement in 600AD.
     
    Things to do

    • The local Tolquhon Gallery is located in an old Victorian farmhouse nearby and hosts regular exhibitions. In the summertime, get inspired by the sights and scents of the gardens, and sign up for one of their weekend workshops.

    • Step into a fairytale landscape at Fyvie Castle, just over 20 miles away. Not only do the sculpted turrets and fine tapestries look the part, but the castle is steeped in legends, and rumour has it, harbours the odd ghost or two.

    • Haddo House, near the ancient village of Tarves is a sprawling Georgian country mansion, set in an estate that would make a Jane Austen heroine swoon.

     
    Getting there
    By Car: On A920, to the north-west of Pitmedden village and 14 miles north of Aberdeen.
    By bicycle: 2 miles from NCN1
    By bus: Infrequent bus service from Aberdeen stops on the B999 by Hillside in Pitmedden. From there, take a short 10 minute walk through the woodland to the cottage. Service number 290/1. Tel: (01224) 212266.
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    Cormack Lodge, Brodie Castle

    £580.00offer £493.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 3
    • 1
    • Dogs allowed
    This romantic rural cottage is tucked away down a narrow road, a short walk from Brodie Castle. Wander round the 16th century castle grounds then while away evenings in front of the wood-burning stove. Read More >
    The dining room has views of the Brodie estate, and the cottage has its own private garden, perfect for alfresco breakfasts and impromptu picnics.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey - a step leads down to the bedroom and bathroom

    • Sleeps 2/3 - 1 double, 1 sofa bed

    • Bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment

    • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

    • Dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Private garden

    • Oil-fired central heating (also heats water)

    • Parking available beside the cottage

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: E54

     
     
    Larger groups can also book South Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.
     
    About Brodie Castle
    The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
     
    Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
     
    About the area
    Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
     
    Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
     
    Things to do

    • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.

    • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.

    • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

     
     
    Getting there
    Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness. < Hide

    East Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

    £765.00offer £650.25 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Fife
    • 5
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    This single-storey Edwardian cottage is set in its own enclosed garden, near to the original stable block of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
    Built originally to house some of the gardeners and estate workers who would have kept the mansion in its splendid style, it now makes a cosy retreat for families looking to explore this picturesque part of Fife.
    Accommodation details

    • Single storey

    • Sleeps 5 - 2 double and 1 single bedroom

    • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

    • Dining kitchen

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • Full central heating

    • Enclosed private garden

    • Parking available adjacent to the cottage

    • EPC Rating: E47


     
    About Hill of Tarvit
    French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
     
    The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
     
    About the area
    Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
     
    The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
     
    Things to do

    • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

    • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

    • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


     
    Getting there
    Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
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    East Lodge, Crathes Castle Garden & Estate

    £880.00offer £748.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • 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

    Ferry Cottage, Balmacara Estate

    £765.00offer £650.25 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Ferry Cottage was once the waiting room for passengers travelling by steamer and sailing boat to and from Balmacara. Situated on a narrow country lane in the small village of Glaick, the one-storey cottage has magnificent coastal views from the master bedroom and sitting room. Read More >
    Its historic character has been preserved in the original wall lamps and doors. If you fancy heading inland rather than hitting the beach, the woodland walks around Lochalsh go on for miles.
     
    Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by O2 & Vodafone which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.
    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 twin, 1 double

    • Farmhouse style kitchen/sitting room

    • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

    • Night storage heaters

    • Open fire

    • Water heated by immersion

    • Parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: G01


    Suitable for the less mobile.
     
    This accommodation is only available for full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) throughout the year.
     
    For larger families/groups additional accommodation is available at Craggan Cottage, sleeping 4.
     
    About Balmacara Estate
    Croft land, saltmarsh, lochs and coastline are just some of the varied landscapes you'll discover at Balmacara. The traditional Highland estate covers 2550 hectares and includes the early 19th century village of Plockton, as well as an original 18th century mill house and ice house.
     
    About the area
    Balmacara Square was the original heart of the estate and lies about a mile away, a cluster of 18th century farm steadings and other buildings. Here you'll find a caf窠deli, shop and Gallery. There is a visitor centre at Plockton. For stocking up on supplies head to Kyle of Lochalsh, three miles away, a whitewashed harbour village that looks across to the Isle of Skye.
     
    Easy access to the Isle of Skye is now possible by road bridge.
     
    Things to do

    • Lochalsh House Policies offer quiet sheltered walks by the lochside among mature Scots pine, oaks and beeches.

    • Spend a day on Skye discovering its culinary delights including seafood, game and local ale. Stock up on Talisker whisky to enjoy later by the open fire.

    • The Falls of Glomach are just over 12 miles away. For the energetic, this 5 mile hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Britain will reward you with unforgettable views.

     
    Getting there
    Mainly accessed by A87(T) Inverness to Kyle road but can also be accessed from North by way of the A890 from from Achnasheen and Lochcarron. < Hide

    Garden Lodge, Inverewe Garden

    £955.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 6
    • 3
    • Not allowed
    Osgood Mackenzie, the man who created the horticultural Shangri-la of Inverewe Gardens, spent his final years living in this bright spacious lodge. With views of eucalyptus, Chinese lantern flowers and Californian lilac trailing down to the shores of Loch Ewe, Garden Lodge is an intoxicatingly beautiful place to relax among hundreds of rare and exotic plants. Read More >
    You'll have free run of the gardens after sunset when they are deserted, or first thing in the morning when the light is perfect. The cottage is furnished in contemporary Scottish style.
     
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    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey

    • Sleeps 6 - 1 double and 2 twin bedroom

    • Sitting room with wood burning stove and dining table

    • Kitchen with dining area

    • Bathroom

    • Shower room

    • Oil-fired central heating

    • Private garden

    • Parking available

    • EPC Rating: D61

     
    With effect from 31 October 2015, the property will sleep 6. There will be 3 bedrooms - 1 double and 2 twins.
     
    About Inverewe Gardens
    Osgood Mackenzie's plan to create a 54-acre garden from windswept moorland on a rocky peninsula beside Loch Ewe raised a few eyebrows in its day. His vision is still astonishing today, with some of the worlds largest growing trees planted into holes hewn out of the bedrock, nurtured by the warm currents of the North Atlantic Drift. In 2009, Inverewe's gardeners were delighted to introduce the world's most northerly planting of eight Wollemi Pines. A three mile network of paths weaves around the garden, and the surrounding landscape is rich with wildlife and spectacular views.
     
    About the area
    With glassy lochs, paths carving through moorland and vast beaches this corner of Wester Ross is a place to reconnect with nature. Poolewe is the nearest village, within walking distance from the lodge, with a hotel restaurant, a weekly market, and a post office. Gairloch lies 6 miles away; the butchers shop is a good place to stock up on local game, eggs and sausages.
     
    Things to do

    • Take advantage of the gardens at dusk when they come alive with scents (don't forget your midge repellent!) or get up early for an alfresco breakfast on the lawn and photograph the opening buds.

    • Try the generous seafood platters at the Fish Box Bar in Gairloch then walk off your indulgence on the stony beach that looks across to the Isle of Skye.

    • There are a number of walks round the estate and further afield where you may bump into pine martins, buzzards or even stags.

     
    Getting there
    The Inverewe Estate is off the A832 by Poolewe, 6 miles from Gairloch. Achnasheen is the nearest railway station, 35 miles away. D&E Coaches offer a connection during high season (01463 222 444). Westerbus run a connection from Inverness to Poolewe Mon - Sat all year (01445 712 255).
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    Gate Lodge, Threave Estate

    £600.00offer £510.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 5
    • 3
    • Not allowed
    This rosy 19th century sandstone lodge guards the entrance to the Threave Estate, with a perfect view onto Threave's famous gardens that bloom with daffodils in the spring. The Housekeeper to the Gordon family once lived here. Now it's a fantastic base for families to escape to a haven of wildlife and baronial splendour. Read More >
    The lodge has views over the glassy surface of Carlingwark Loch, while an open fire and a garden (not enclosed) with patio furniture make it comfortable and cosy both inside and out.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 5 - 1 twin (first floor), 1 double (ground floor), 1 single (first floor)

    • Sitting room with open fire

    • Kitchen

    • Separate dining room

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • Additional WC with shower and wash basin

    • Oil-fired central heating/hot water

    • Large unenclosed garden

    • Parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: E49

     
    For larger groups, Millwheel and Granary Cottages can be booked, each sleeping 4.
     
    About Threave Estate
    Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
     
    About the area
    Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
     
    Things to do

    • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

    • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

    • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

     
    Getting there
    Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas.
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    Glen Cottage, Torridon

    £880.00offer £748.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
    • 6
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    This historic cottage lies tucked at the foot of some of Scotland's most breathtaking mountains. Torridonian sandstone peaks, sheer slopes and hulking munros form the backdrop for a wildlife-lovers' hideaway where you can truly get away from it all. Read More >
    Deer, otters and golden eagles make their home in the vicinity. Keep an eye out for them while hiking or relaxing in the cottage's enclosed garden.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 6 - 2 double, 1 twin

    • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

    • Large dining kitchen with wood-burning stove

    • 2 shower rooms one on ground floor and one on first floor

    • Night storage and panel heaters

    • Immersion water heating

    • EPC Rating: E39


    In extreme weather conditions, access to Torridon may be difficult.
     
    About Torridon
    Torridon refers to both the local village and the estate it lies in, a 6500 hectare wilderness on the shores of Loch Torridon. Five of the Trust's 46 munros are located within the estate including Beinn Alligin, 985m (3,230ft), which means 'jewelled hill' in Gaelic. The Trust's Countryside Centre has information on the history, geology and wildlife of the region.
     
    About the area
    Wild isolation is what draws most people to Torridon, but for essential supplies Torridon village and Kinlochewe are the places to head. Settlements have a long history in the area as it was used for processing pig iron in the 17th century. These days you'll find general stores, a postal service and the triple rosette-winning Torridon Hotel Restaurant.
     
    Things to do

    • Inverewe Garden is just over an hour's drive away. Here you can wander through an exotic paradise of rare and colourful flora perched on a breezy hillside above Loch Ewe.

    • Corrieshalloch Gorge is also around an hour away. This cleave in the mountains, through which the River Droma charges, was created 2.6 million years ago by Ice Age meltwater and offers spine-tingling views from its swaying suspension bridge.

    • Children will love the local deer park, or beachcombing for crabs on the shores of Loch Torridon.


     
    Getting there
    Torridon is on the A896, which leads off from the A832. From Inverness take the A835 towards Ullapool before turning off. < Hide

    Granary Cottage, Threave Estate

    £600.00offer £510.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Granary Cottage forms one half of the old Kelton Mill, a 19th century water mill used to process corn during the years when the Solway area was a hub of industry. The old mill's character has been preserved with a broad open-plan feel, high-beamed ceilings and country-style furniture. Read More >
    It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. After WWII, it became a farm store, and was later used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would have once powered the mill.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins

    • Sitting room

    • Large open-plan kitchen with dining area

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • Separate WC

    • Walled patio

    • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating

    • Immersion water heating

    • Car parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: F35

     
    We welcome families with children to Granary Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
     
    For larger groups, Millwheel Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
     
    About Threave Estate
    Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
     
    About the area
    Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
     
    Things to do

    • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

    • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

    • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

     
    Getting there
    Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas.
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    Middle Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

    £675.00offer £573.75 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Fife
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Simple Edwardian elegance comes to life in this fairytale cottage in the grounds of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
     
    Roses climbing up the stonework, an inviting open fire, and a large private enclosed garden make Middle Cottage a perfect escape for families looking to step back in time.
     
     
    Accommodation details

    • One storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twin bedrooms

    • Sitting room/dining room with open fire

    • Kitchen

    • Enclosed private garden

    • Shower room with WC and wash basin

    • Full central heating

    • EPC Rating: F22


    About Hill of Tarvit
    French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
     
    The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
     
    About the area
    Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
     
    The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
     
    Things to do

    • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

    • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

    • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


     
    Getting there
    Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
     
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    Lydia Cottage, Cromarty

    £575.00offer £488.75 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 2
    • 1
    • Dogs allowed
    This traditional Cromarty cottage was built around 1911 on the site of Cromarty's former fire station. Fully refurbished with modern creature comforts it provides a spacious base for two people to explore the wildlife and history at the heart of this Black Isle town. Read More >
    The cottage lies in Cromarty's Fishertown area, once populated by herring fishers and close enough to hear the waves lapping against the shores of the Cromarty Firth. An enclosed garden with a picnic table is perfect for summer barbeques.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storeys - detached cottage

    • Sleeps 2 - 1 twin bedroom

    • Sitting room

    • Kitchen with dining area

    • Shower room with double shower

    • Open fire

    • Electric storage heaters and electric immersion heater

    • Parking available at eastern gable end of cottage - not reserved but usually available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: D64

    • The first floor is accessed by a spiral staircase and is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues


     
    About the area
    Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.
     
    Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".
     
    Things to do

    • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.

    • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.

    • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.


     
    Getting there
    Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty. < Hide

    Paye House, Cromarty

    £910.00offer £773.50 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 6
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    18th-century Paye House lies at the heart of Cromarty's historic conservation area, surrounded by cobbled lanes and listed buildings. Its first recorded owner was the keeper of the County Gaol who also ran an alehouse. In later years it served as one of the town's hubs as a general store, a doctors' surgery, a chip shop and a depot for antique toys. Read More >
    Enjoy the Cromarty sunsets from the garden patio, make the most of the area's fine local ingredients on the kitchen's Rayburn and come home to a roaring open fire after walks around town.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storeys

    • Sleeps 6 - 2 doubles, 1 twin

    • Sitting room with open fire

    • Kitchen

    • Dining room/study area

    • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

    • WC with wash basin

    • Garden with patio

    • Oil fired central heating

    • Free parking on Church Street, around the corner

    • EPC Rating: G20


     
    About the area
    Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.
     
    Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".
     
    Things to do

    • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.

    • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.

    • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.


     
    Getting there
    Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty.
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    South Mains, Craigievar Castle

    £840.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • 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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    South Lodge, Brodie Castle

    £600.00offer £510.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    South Lodge is sunny, secluded and perfect for families with children. The lodge lies close to magnificent 16th century Brodie castle, set in grounds that offer hours of woodland and beachside walks. Read More >
    A large garden for impromptu picnics and playful dogs, and a warm wood-burning stove in the sitting room make this a great retreat at any time of year.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 1 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

    • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

    • Kitchen with dining area

    • Bathroom with bath and shower

    • Night storage heaters

    • Immersion water heating

    • Parking available beside the cottage

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: G20

     
     
    Larger groups can also book Cormack Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.
     
    About Brodie Castle
    The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
     
    Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
     
    About the area
    Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
     
    Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
     
    Things to do

    • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.

    • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.

    • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

     
     
    Getting there
    Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness. < Hide

    Steading, Craigievar Castle

    £600.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • 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 >
    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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    The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

    £3,235.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 14
    • 7
    • Dogs allowed
    Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The Late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comfort of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of magnificent turreted castle. Read More >
    14 guests can stay in the apartment, and when not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There is no better place to experience the life of a contemporary Laird.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 floors - Ground to 2nd

    • Sleeps 14 - 4 twins, 3 doubles

    • Sitting room

    • Grand dining room with space for 14

    • Kitchen with dining area

    • Cocktail kitchen

    • Study/games room

    • 3 bathrooms with WC

    • 1 shower room with WC

    • 1 additional WC

    • Parking for 5 cars

    • EPC Rating: F35

     
     
    Choose from three levels of accommodation
    Fully catered - includes all meals and housekeeping
    B&B - a caterer will provide breakfast and housekeepers will make beds and clean daily
    Self-catering
     
    Prices quoted on the website and in the Holiday Accommodation Brochure are for self catering. If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay, please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641 371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers.
     
    About Brodie Castle
    The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
     
    Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
     
    About the area
    Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
     
    Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
     
    Things to do

    • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. There are 12 dolphin and wildlife watching boats operating all around the area, the closest being at Findhorn. Chanonry Point, near Fortrose; the dolphin watching centres at Kessock Bridge and Spey Bay, are all worthwhile days out.

    • There is no shortage of golf courses in the area, with at least 19 courses within an hours drive from Forres. Forrres's own course, Muiryshade has in the past hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professional Championship.

    • For those looking for something a bit different, Brodie staff are delighted to help you arrange sailing, shooting or fishing.

    • Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside which includes 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery. Forres is home to two of these Distilleries, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu.

    • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

     
     
    Getting there
    Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.
     
    Short breaks (Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday) and full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for details.
    Please note: 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 £500.00 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

    The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

    £2,195.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 16
    • 8
    • Not allowed
    The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
    Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

    • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms

    • Dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Drawing room

    • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

    • 3 showers rooms with WCs

    • 3 additional WCs

    • Electric storage heaters

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: G12

     
    About Fyvie Castle
    Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.
     
    Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
     
    The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
     
    Things to do

    • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

    • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

    • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

     
    Getting there
    Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
     
    Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
     
    Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
     
    Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
     
    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

    West Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

    £675.00offer £573.75 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Fife
    • 5
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    This one-storey Edwardian cottage is set in its own private enclosed garden, near to the original stable block of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
    Built to house some of the estate workers who would have kept the mansion in its splendid style, it now makes a snug retreat for families looking to explore this picturesque part of Fife.
     
    Accommodation details

    • One storey

    • Sleeps 5 - 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single

    • Sitting room

    • Dining kitchen

    • Utility room

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • Open fire

    • Full central heating

    • Enclosed private garden

    • EPC Rating: G01


     
    About Hill of Tarvit
    French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
     
    The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
     
    About the area
    Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
     
    The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
     
    Things to do

    • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

    • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

    • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


     
    Getting there
    Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
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    The Pavilion, Lamb's House

    £1,550.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Edinburgh & The Lothians
    • 6
    • 3
    • Not allowed
    The Pavilion is a newly-built, self-contained 3-storey house, sitting within the curtilage of Lamb's House in Leith. It has been built in the style of the early 18th century with particular attention to detail, including an eye-catching "ogee" roof. Inside, furniture and fittings are of a quality and style to match. A fine south-facing Italianate garden can be enjoyed by the guests. Read More >

     
    Lamb's House, built in 1610, is one of Edinburgh's most interesting buildings. A-listed, this 5-storey building is only a stones throw from the historic Port in the heart of Leith. Built as a tenement, it consisted of 6 booths on the ground floor with 6 small but very grand fats on the upper floors. These were rented to the Edinburgh merchants who controlled all trade in the port at the time..
     

    Leith, on the shore of the Firth of Forth in North Edinburgh, has served as the city's port since the 12th Century. It was the centre of manufacturing and commercial activity with mills, sugar refineries, engineering works, breweries and distilleries, ship building, lead and glass works and many more. All of these were dependant on the river and the harbour. Today it is a vibrant part of the city where some of the best restaurants have replaced the traditional industries. The much acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant, Martin Wishart is 70 metres from the Pavilion's front door.
    Short breaks (minimum of 2 nights) available. Please contact the Holidays Department by telephone (0131 458 0305) or by email (holidays@nts.org.uk) for further details.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 storey

    • Sleeps 6 - 1 twin with en suite shower and 2 double bedrooms (one with a half tester, the other with a box bed)

    • Sitting room with dining area

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with cast-iron bath

    • Utility room

    • Underfloor heating controlled by individual thermostats

    • Parking for one car in private courtyard

    • Access to Renaissance garden

     
     
    Things to do

    • The Georgian House (NTS), on Edinburgh's Charlotte Square, is a restored Robert Adam-designed town house that was home to John Lamont, 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont, and his family until 1815. It gives a fascinating insight into life both upstairs and downstairs.

    • The Royal Yacht Britannia was a home to Queen for over 40 years, sailing over a million miles around the world. It is now berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith, just a short walk from Lamb's House.

    • The Water of Leith flows from the Pentland Hills (south of Edinburgh) through the city and out into the Forth at Leith. A walkway runs beside it from Balerno to Leith (12 miles).

     
    Getting there
    Leith is in the north of Edinburgh, 3 miles from the city centre. It is very well serviced by bus routes. < Hide

    Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

    £600.00offer £510.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII. Read More >
    It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)

    • Sitting room with dining area

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • WC

    • Woodland area at rear of property

    • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available

    • Immersion water heating

    • Car parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: F27

     
    We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
     
    For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
     
    About Threave Estate
    Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
     
    About the area
    Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
     
    Things to do

    • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

    • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

    • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

      
    Getting there
    Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas. < Hide

    Upper West Wing Flat, Hill of Tarvit

    £600.00offer £510.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Fife
    • 4
    • 2
    • Not allowed
    Every bit as elegant as its name suggests, this self-contained flat takes up the first floor of Edwardian mansion house Hill of Tarvit. Remodelled in 1906 by architect Sir Robert Lorimer, Hill of Tarvit offers early twentieth century decadence in acres of graceful Fife farmland. Read More >
     
    The flat has its own front door to the rear of the house with access via an external staircase. The windows overlook terraced gardens with views that sweep up to the Hill of Tarvit monument.
     
    Accommodation details

    • First floor

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

    • Sitting room with open fire

    • Dining kitchen

    • Bathroom with bath and shower

    • Central heating with backup convector heaters

    • EPC rating: D56


     
    About Hill of Tarvit
    French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
     
    The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
     
    About the area
    Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
     
    The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
     
    Things to do

    • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

    • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

    • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


     
    Getting there
    Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
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    The Pend, Whithorn

    £440.00offer £340.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 4
    • 2
    • Not allowed
    History is built into the walls of this 16th-century lime-washed gatehouse to the Priory at Whithorn. A magnificent dark wood four-poster bed rests at the centre of its master bedroom, 17th-century windows open out onto the street, and a smoking peat fire warms the lounge. Read More >
    The Priory next door once housed the relics of St Ninian, a local missionary, bishop and mystic healer who died around 431AD. Medieval Kings and Queens travelled to Whithorn to pray at his bones, seeking either cures or salvation.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storeys

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin with 6ft box beds

    • Large sitting/dining room with working fireplace (bag of fuel provided)

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with bath and shower attachment

    • Family room

    • Small paved courtyard with garden furniture and barbeque

    • Under-floor oil-fired central heating

    • Internet access in adjacent Visitor Centre

    • Off-road parking is available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: E39

     
    The Pend has some doorways below standard height. The master bedroom's 17th-century windows open directly on to the street below and may not be suitable for young children.
     
    ...Our guests said...
    "A few quiet days in the Shire over Half Term. By and large we retraced our steps from ( many ) previous visits : trying to spot all of the crosses in St Ninian's Cave; enjoying the snowdrops in the woods at Galloway House; book browsing in Wigtown, and watching wildflowl at the hide by the harbour... As always the local produce is so good that we hardly had anything that was not sourced with D&G" (Mr. Welfare,Director of English Heritage, York)
    "A wonderful and special place for our holiday. We've never been to the area before, and your welcome and the beauty of this cottage were a gift to us...And peat fires every night" (Mr. and Mrs. Chapman, Pittsburgh, PA )
    "The Pend is just fabulous, every conceivable thing is here ( including a beautiful Christmas tree and festive table decorations) all carefully thought about." ( McNaught Family, Edinburgh)
     
    About Whithorn
    The Pend lies at the heart of the Outstanding Conservation Area of Whithorn, one of Scotland's oldest settlements and once the seat of Celtic Christianity.
     
    Visiting Whithorn Priory you will join a long line of Royal pilgrims, from Edward II of England through to Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. 15th century pilgrims from Europe were required to obtain a badge from the priory as proof of their visit - the precursor to today's passports. The ruins of the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and its adjacent crypts are only an echo of the grand structure that would once have stood.
     
    Whithorn is famed for its outstanding local produce and is at most three miles in any direction from the sea. At nearby Garlieston the shallow sandy beach is very suitable for toddlers and young children, since there is no deep water.
     
    About the area
    Whithorn lies at the south end of the Machars, or 'plains of Galloway', a peninsula surrounded by sea on three sides and, rich dairy farm country on the fourth.
     
    Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the surrounding countryside is an archaeological treasure trove. Ten miles away, Wigtown, Scotland's new Book Town, is home to a variety of bookshops and hosts a literary festival in September, as well as fairs and regular markets.
     
    Things to do

    • Pull on your hiking boots and head to the Southern Uplands, half an hour's drive away, for some challenging hill walking.

    • The Galloway Forest Park is home to the UK's first Dark-Sky Park, a hotspot for stargazing, due to its pitch black unpolluted skies.

    • Rock and harbour fishing, golf and off-road driving for the adventurous are available nearby.

     
    Getting there
    To reach Whithorn, turn south at the Newton Stewart roundabout on the A714 following signs to Whithorn.
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    Halliman Skerry, Covesea Lighthouse

    £695.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 6
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    The Lighthouse accommodation at Covesea is under the ownership of Covesea Lighthouse Community Company Ltd. Halliman Skerry is a single-storey property in the Covesea Skerries lighthouse complex and is situated in the courtyard below the lighthouse tower. As the entire complex is fully enclosed, this accommodation is great for families with young children who wish to spend a special holiday by the sea. Read More >
     
    The lighthouse complex is situated on the mainland, just opposite the Halliman Skerries which are a reef of rocks that are covered at high tide. Visitors can also enjoy two superb beaches nearby. One, West Bay, stretches for three miles to the west, beyond the headland housing Covesea Lighthouse.
     
    Accommodation details:
     
    Sleeps 4/6. Accommodation comprises: sitting room; kitchen with dining room off; 2 twin bedrooms and 1 bedroom with bunk beds (can sleep adults); and bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. Services: electric central heating. EPC Rating: G14
     
    Additional information:
     
    Parking is available beside the accommodation.
     
    If you are interested in a larger group/ family booking, additional accommodation is available at Covesea Skerry. The neighbouring cottage accommodates 4 guests.
     
    About the property:
     
    The Covesea Skerries form a group of small islands and rocks that lie off the Moray coast, 3 miles west of Lossiemouth and 1 mile west of Covesea.
     
    Following the loss of 16 ships during a storm in the Moray Firth in November 1826, many applications were made for lighthouses to be established at Tarbat Ness (near Portmahomack on the Dornoch Firth) and Covesea Skerries to mark the wide entrance to the Firth and its confusing series of inlets.
     
    Following a lengthy process, approval was finally received for the building of the lighthouse on Craighead and a beacon on the dangerous Halliman's Scars. Robert Stevenson's son, Alan, designed the new Covesea Skerries lighthouse and beacon. The iron beacon was completed in 1845 and the new lighthouse followed in 1846. Egyptian influences can be seen in the entrance to the tower, the chimneys of the cottages and the arches at the top of the lighthouse tower beneath the balcony.
     
    Covesea Lighthouse was manned until 1984 when automation meant that the keepers were no longer required and the switching on and off of the lamp could be done remotely from the Northern Lighthouse Board headquarters in Edinburgh. With the advent of new technology, the addition of a North Cardinal Buoy next to the Halliman Skerries allowed the lamp to be switched off in 2012.
     
    Covesea Lighthouse is open for pre-booked guided tours. For opening times and and bookings please contact info@covesealighthouse.co.uk or telephone 01343 810 664. Whilst groups will be welcome, access to the tower is limited to 8 people at a time.
     
    About the area:
     
    The coastal town of Lossiemouth is just over a mile away and can be reached by walking along the lovely beach. It offers the visitor a range of facilities including sea angling, stunning unspoilt beaches and wildlife , an excellent range of shopping and quality restaurants and cafes, all making the most of the plentiful supply of fresh seafood. The Silver Sands Holiday Park is just 5 minutes' walk from the lighthouse and here you will find a shop, cafe, bar and a play area for children. Lossiemouth also offers visitors a range of golfing opportunities with its two 18-hole golf courses. < Hide

    Garden Cottage, Towie Barclay Castle

    £785.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 6
    • 3
    • Dogs allowed
    This charming cottage is set next to the courtyard of 16th century Towie Barclay Castle. Its restoration won the Civic Trust Award, in honour of its beautifully preserved period features such as the stone-flagged floors and timber ceilings. Read More >
    In summertime relax in the cottage's private, enclosed garden and make use of the barbeque, or drive off into the wooded countryside to explore this historic part of the north.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4-6 - 2 doubles plus double sofa bed in study off master bedroom

    • Sitting room with open fire

    • Dining Kitchen

    • Shower room

    • Utility room

    • Master bedroom has en suite bathroom with sauna

    • Private garden with patio and barbeque

    • WiFi

    • Electric Dimplex heating

     
    ...Our guests said...
    "..we felt at home the moment we stepped in the door..."
     
    "..full of charm and character. The tour of the castle and coffee was very much appreciated and a highlight of our stay".
     
    About Towie Barclay Castle
    Towie Barclay Castle, some 4 miles south of the market town of Turriff in Aberdeenshire, was built in the 16th century by the Barclay family. The castle lay in ruins until 1971 when an award-winning programme of restoration was carried out by the present owners. It is now privately owned.
     
    About the area
    In the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, close to Royal Deeside, whisky distilleries, museums, over 50 golf courses, historical sites and the cliffs of the Moray coast, Towie Barclay is an ideal base from which to discover the many lesser-known jewels in Scotland's crown.
     
    Things to do

    • A visit to the area would not be complete without taking in breathtaking Fyvie Castle, a few miles away. A little further afield, (approx 1.5 hours drive) Craigievar Castle is another fabulous example of turretted Scottish Baronial architecture.

    • Crovie village, perched on a ledge between cliff and sea and too narrow to even allow cars, is approximately 20 miles away. Take a walk along the pebble beach and keep an eye out for bottlenosed dolphins.

     
    Getting there
    The cottage is situated just off the A947, 4 miles from Turriff. Aberdeen is 27 miles away.
     
    Public transport accessible. Short breaks are not available at this property, it is restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday). Please note that the entry time to this property is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. < Hide

    Crovie Cottage, Crovie

    £760.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    This cosy, restored traditional fishing cottage dates from a time when the sea was the only mode of transport to and from Scotland's shores, and provided the livelihood for coastal communities. Perched on Crovie's unusual seashore rocky shelf the sitting room windows look out to the bay, enclosed north and south by magnificent cliffs. Read More >
    17th century wood panelling and an open fire complete Crovie Cottage's old sea dog charm. In the summertime, take to the private garden and make use of the cottage's barbeque.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 single, 1 box bed in sitting room

    • Sitting/dining room with sea view and open fire

    • Shower room

    • Kitchen

    • Private garden with patio and barbeque

    • WiFi

    • Fitted electric Dimplex heating

     
    ...Our guests said...
    "...more and more reluctant to venture away from Crovie, preferring to sit in front of the cottage and watch the changing seascape and tides, the coming & going of fishing boats, and the glorious sunsets".
     
    About the area
    Crovie is a unique place, a conservation village created on a seashore ledge so narrow it has only enough room for the cottages built on it and a small footpath. The cliffs that stretch above it form the east side of Gamrie Bay; on the other side of the village is the sea.
     
    Crovie comprises around 50 fishing cottages, most of which date back 150 years or more, and is one of the best preserved fishing villages in Europe. A pebble beach to the west end of the winding path leads to the next village, Gardenstown, one mile away. Look out for bottlenosed dolphins along the way.
     
    Things to do

    • Sample Cullen Skink in the town it hails from. The traditional smoked haddock soup is a hearty winter warmer. Cullen village is just over 20 miles away.

    • Tee off in one of the area's 50 nearby golf courses, and re-charge your batteries afterwards in Gardenstown's 18th century inn.

    • See how the other half lived at Fyvie Castle, just over 25 miles away. Sculpted turrets and fine tapestries give the castle a fairytale feel and it is steeped in local legends and myths.

     
    Getting there
    From Banff head through Macduff on A98 towards Fraserburgh. 0.50 mile after Macduff take B9031 left turn Gardenstown. 8 miles later take Crovie turn to left.
     
    This cottage is privately owned. Please note that bookings are restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday), short breaks are not available at this property. The entry time to the cottage is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. Parking is available for residents and their guests at the north-west end of the village. Parking in high season can require skill and patience. If the lower car park alongside the village is full, there is additional parking on the road to the village - luggage can be off-loaded at the bottom and taken by wheelbarrow (stored in the back garden). < Hide

    The Harrison Flat, Gladstone's Land

    £540.00offer £459.00 | 13th April 2019 - 20th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Edinburgh & The Lothians
    • 2
    • 1
    • Not allowed
    Gladstone's Land is a unique historic building on the Royal Mile that was built to be the home of the wealthiest residents of Edinburgh. The oldest part was constructed during the reign of Mary Queen of Scot's and reached its full magnificence when the Gladstone family purchased and extended the property in the early 1600's. We are often described as a 'hidden gem' and lie just a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the 'Old Town' Read More >
    The area is famous for having the world's first sky scrapers and Gladstone's Land is one of those last remaining tenements. Guests in our self-catering holiday apartments soak up the atmosphere of historic Edinburgh whilst enjoying arguably one of the best addresses that the city has to offer; the Harrison Flat is the perfect cosy base for exploring the city.
    The Gladstone family, originally made their home in the top floors of the building and rented out the lower floors to a Knight and his family, and a Minister from St Giles Cathedral amongst others. When the Trust rescued the building from demolition in 1934, a wealthy Edinburgh resident gifted the Trust 1000 Pounds to help renovate the property and create apartments for those of little means.
    Forming an essential part of Edinburgh's Old Town silhouette, the Harrison Flat sits of the second floor of the property. In its heyday it was rented out to a wealthy Merchant named John Riddoch who imported expensive spices, lace, ribbon and trinkets. He also owned the very high-end Grocer on the ground floor which sold all the ingredients you needed to create a banquet for your VIP's and he owned the Tavern that nestled in the cellar where you could enjoy a wee dram or two!
    To Make Your Stay Extra Special

      On arrival, you will be greeted by the following complimentary gifts:
    • Refreshing selection of Luxury Teas

    • Fresh ground coffee from our local supplier

    • All of our cleaning supplies are sourced from the environmentally friendly brand, Method.
      Accommodation Details

      • Sleeps 2 - One Twin Bedroom. Egyptian cotton
        bedding with luxury Himalayan fibre duvets.

      • Sitting room with Smart TV, HDMI cable and digital radio.

      • Kitchen - Fridge with freezer compartment, oven,
        hob, washer/dryer and microwave.

      • Shower room C

      • Gas central heating.

      • EPC Rating: D55

      • The apartment is located on the fourth floor of
        the building via a steep turnpike staircase.


      About The Area:
      Situated on the Lawnmarket of the Royal Mile, we are
      right in the heart of Edinburgh's atmospheric Old Town.
      Discover the oldest part of the city, once home to many
      important literary and philosophical figures, including
      Robert Burns and Thomas Geddes. You are spoilt for
      choice with visitor attractions and galleries that
      represent Edinburgh's rich cultural heritage with
      the Whisky Experience, Mary King's Close, the National
      Galleries, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum
      of Scotland all a short walk away, as well as numerous
      independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
      Things To Do

      • Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and adjacent
        streets to find shops selling both traditional and
        lcoal products.

      • Taste Scottish and International cuisine, with a
        vast array of local restaurants and cosy cafes
        available in the area.

      • Take a walk in the beautifully laid out and
        award winning,Princes Street Gardens.

      • Soak up some culture at one of the many festivals
        Edinburgh hosts, including the world renowned
        'Fringe' Festival each August.

      • Visit the elegant New Town and see how the High
        Society of the 18th century lived by visiting the
        National Trust for Scotland's Georgian House.

      • Getting There
        Gladstone's Land is located in the Lawnmarket at
        the top of the Royal Mile. Waverley Railway
        station is a ten-minute walk or a short taxi
        ride away.
        Edinburgh International airport offers a bus link to
        Waverley Station and a tram service also operates
        from the airport to the city centre.

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    Braeriach, Mar Lodge Estate

    £420.00offer £357.00 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂĂ�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 +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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    Claybokie, Mar Lodge Estate

    £1,200.00 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • 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 +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.
     
    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

    Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    £410.00offer £348.50 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • 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

    £955.00 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • 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 +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.
     
    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

    Dalvorar, Mar Lodge Estate

    £490.00offer £416.50 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂĂ�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 +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) 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

    Derry, Mar Lodge Estate

    £490.00offer £416.50 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • 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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    Harmony, Harmony Garden

    £1,200.00 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Scottish Borders
    • 12
    • 7
    • Dogs allowed
    This 19th-century house is a peaceful haven, set in the lush walled Harmony Garden. Harmony was given its name by the Melrose joiner who built it, after the Jamaican pimento plantation where he made his fortune. Read More >
    The house has been carefully furnished to combine period detail with modern comfort. Gathering together the whole family in Harmony's opulent drawing room should be a step back in time without having to leave contemporary convenience behind.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 storey

    • Sleeps 12 - 4 twins, 1 double with ensuite, 2 singles

    • Bathroom with WC

    • Showerroom with WC

    • Separate WC

    • Drawing room

    • Library

    • Dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Laundry and drying room in separate outbuilding

    • Private garden with patio furniture

    • Parking for up to 4 cars

    • EPC Rating: F30


     
    About Harmony Garden
    Harmony Garden is a tranquil walled garden with lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit, and a rich display of spring bulbs. The garden's texture, fragrance and colour change throughout the year, making it a place to return to again and again.
     
    About the area
    Melrose's history dates back to the Bronze Age. There is still a scattering of brochs in the countryside around the town, possibly a legacy from the Romans who used them for managing the sheep grazing on the moors.
     
    The town has a good selection of shops including those selling knitwear, tweeds, books and antiques. There is also a variety of restaurants serving classic Scottish fare in cosy surroundings.
     
    In June, Harmony Garden plays host to the annual Borders Book Festival, whose past attendees have included Ian Rankin and Sir David Frost.
     
    Things to do

    • A trip to Melrose isn't complete without a wander round the Abbey. Although portions of the 12th-century structure survive, the magnificent rose-stone building dates from the 1385 rebuilding. Look out for the chapter house, where Robert the Bruce's heart is said to be buried, or the statue of Scottish medieval wizard, Michael Scott.

    • Visit nearby rustic Priorwood Garden to learn about the craft of dried flower work.

    • Walk part of the St Cuthbert's Way, following in the footsteps of the saint. The whole route takes four days and leads across the mudflats to Lindisfarne. The Melrose to St Boswell's section is 7.5 miles each way. (stcuthbertsway.info)


    Getting there
    Melrose lies off the A6091. Harmony Garden is opposite the Abbey. First Bus operates a route from Edinburgh and Peebles.
     
    Additional accommodation can be booked at Harmony Cottage, which sleeps 4. The cottage is less than a 5-minute walk from Harmony.
     
    Short breaks are available at Harmony all year round. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 4580305 for further details.
     
    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.
     
    Harmony can also be used for events such as wedding receptions. Additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
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    North Stables, House of Dun

    £410.00offer £348.50 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Angus
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
     
    Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
     
    Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
     
    North Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, South Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
     

    • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

    • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

    • Sitting/dining room

    • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

    • Gas central heating

    • Free parking available in nearby public car park

    • EPC Rating: E49

     
    Public transport accessible. Holiday guests also have full access to the House's formal gardens and grounds throughout their stay.
     
    About House of Dun
    This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
     
    The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
     
    As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
     
    Things to do
     
    Montrose
     
    The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
     
    Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
     
    You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
     
    If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
     
    On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
    Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
     
    There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
     
    Lunan Bay
     
    Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
     
    Arbroath
     
    Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
     
    Leisure
     
    Fishing
     
    Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
     
    Golf
     
    An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
     
    Hillwalking
     
    Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
    Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
     
    Getting there
     
    House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.
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    The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

    £1,410.00 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
    • 14
    • 7
    • Dogs allowed
    Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The Late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comfort of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of magnificent turreted castle. Read More >
    14 guests can stay in the apartment, and when not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There is no better place to experience the life of a contemporary Laird.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 floors - Ground to 2nd

    • Sleeps 14 - 4 twins, 3 doubles

    • Sitting room

    • Grand dining room with space for 14

    • Kitchen with dining area

    • Cocktail kitchen

    • Study/games room

    • 3 bathrooms with WC

    • 1 shower room with WC

    • 1 additional WC

    • Parking for 5 cars

    • EPC Rating: F35

     
     
    Choose from three levels of accommodation
    Fully catered - includes all meals and housekeeping
    B&B - a caterer will provide breakfast and housekeepers will make beds and clean daily
    Self-catering
     
    Prices quoted on the website and in the Holiday Accommodation Brochure are for self catering. If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay, please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641 371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers.
     
    About Brodie Castle
    The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
     
    Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
     
    About the area
    Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
     
    Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
     
    Things to do

    • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. There are 12 dolphin and wildlife watching boats operating all around the area, the closest being at Findhorn. Chanonry Point, near Fortrose; the dolphin watching centres at Kessock Bridge and Spey Bay, are all worthwhile days out.

    • There is no shortage of golf courses in the area, with at least 19 courses within an hours drive from Forres. Forrres's own course, Muiryshade has in the past hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professional Championship.

    • For those looking for something a bit different, Brodie staff are delighted to help you arrange sailing, shooting or fishing.

    • Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside which includes 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery. Forres is home to two of these Distilleries, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu.

    • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

     
     
    Getting there
    Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.
     
    Short breaks (Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday) and full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for details.
    Please note: 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 £500.00 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

    The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

    £1,645.00 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Aberdeen & Grampian
    • 16
    • 8
    • Not allowed
    The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
    Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

    • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms

    • Dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Drawing room

    • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

    • 3 showers rooms with WCs

    • 3 additional WCs

    • Electric storage heaters

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: G12

     
    About Fyvie Castle
    Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.
     
    Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
     
    The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
     
    Things to do

    • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

    • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

    • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

     
    Getting there
    Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
     
    Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
     
    Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
     
    Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
     
    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

    The Pavilion, Lamb's House

    £1,080.00 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 4 StarExcellent
    • Edinburgh & The Lothians
    • 6
    • 3
    • Not allowed
    The Pavilion is a newly-built, self-contained 3-storey house, sitting within the curtilage of Lamb's House in Leith. It has been built in the style of the early 18th century with particular attention to detail, including an eye-catching "ogee" roof. Inside, furniture and fittings are of a quality and style to match. A fine south-facing Italianate garden can be enjoyed by the guests. Read More >

     
    Lamb's House, built in 1610, is one of Edinburgh's most interesting buildings. A-listed, this 5-storey building is only a stones throw from the historic Port in the heart of Leith. Built as a tenement, it consisted of 6 booths on the ground floor with 6 small but very grand fats on the upper floors. These were rented to the Edinburgh merchants who controlled all trade in the port at the time..
     

    Leith, on the shore of the Firth of Forth in North Edinburgh, has served as the city's port since the 12th Century. It was the centre of manufacturing and commercial activity with mills, sugar refineries, engineering works, breweries and distilleries, ship building, lead and glass works and many more. All of these were dependant on the river and the harbour. Today it is a vibrant part of the city where some of the best restaurants have replaced the traditional industries. The much acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant, Martin Wishart is 70 metres from the Pavilion's front door.
    Short breaks (minimum of 2 nights) available. Please contact the Holidays Department by telephone (0131 458 0305) or by email (holidays@nts.org.uk) for further details.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 3 storey

    • Sleeps 6 - 1 twin with en suite shower and 2 double bedrooms (one with a half tester, the other with a box bed)

    • Sitting room with dining area

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with cast-iron bath

    • Utility room

    • Underfloor heating controlled by individual thermostats

    • Parking for one car in private courtyard

    • Access to Renaissance garden

     
     
    Things to do

    • The Georgian House (NTS), on Edinburgh's Charlotte Square, is a restored Robert Adam-designed town house that was home to John Lamont, 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont, and his family until 1815. It gives a fascinating insight into life both upstairs and downstairs.

    • The Royal Yacht Britannia was a home to Queen for over 40 years, sailing over a million miles around the world. It is now berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith, just a short walk from Lamb's House.

    • The Water of Leith flows from the Pentland Hills (south of Edinburgh) through the city and out into the Forth at Leith. A walkway runs beside it from Balerno to Leith (12 miles).

     
    Getting there
    Leith is in the north of Edinburgh, 3 miles from the city centre. It is very well serviced by bus routes. < Hide

    Granary Cottage, Threave Estate

    £330.00offer £280.50 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    Granary Cottage forms one half of the old Kelton Mill, a 19th century water mill used to process corn during the years when the Solway area was a hub of industry. The old mill's character has been preserved with a broad open-plan feel, high-beamed ceilings and country-style furniture. Read More >
    It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. After WWII, it became a farm store, and was later used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would have once powered the mill.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins

    • Sitting room

    • Large open-plan kitchen with dining area

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • Separate WC

    • Walled patio

    • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating

    • Immersion water heating

    • Car parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: F35

     
    We welcome families with children to Granary Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
     
    For larger groups, Millwheel Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
     
    About Threave Estate
    Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
     
    About the area
    Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
     
    Things to do

    • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

    • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

    • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

     
    Getting there
    Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas.
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    Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

    £330.00offer £280.50 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 4
    • 2
    • Dogs allowed
    The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII. Read More >
    It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.
     
    Accommodation details

    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)

    • Sitting room with dining area

    • Kitchen

    • Bathroom with shower over bath

    • WC

    • Woodland area at rear of property

    • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available

    • Immersion water heating

    • Car parking available

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: F27

     
    We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
     
    For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
     
    About Threave Estate
    Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
     
    About the area
    Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
     
    Things to do

    • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

    • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

    • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

      
    Getting there
    Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas. < Hide

    The Harrison Flat, Gladstone's Land

    £330.00offer £280.50 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Edinburgh & The Lothians
    • 2
    • 1
    • Not allowed
    Gladstone's Land is a unique historic building on the Royal Mile that was built to be the home of the wealthiest residents of Edinburgh. The oldest part was constructed during the reign of Mary Queen of Scot's and reached its full magnificence when the Gladstone family purchased and extended the property in the early 1600's. We are often described as a 'hidden gem' and lie just a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the 'Old Town' Read More >
    The area is famous for having the world's first sky scrapers and Gladstone's Land is one of those last remaining tenements. Guests in our self-catering holiday apartments soak up the atmosphere of historic Edinburgh whilst enjoying arguably one of the best addresses that the city has to offer; the Harrison Flat is the perfect cosy base for exploring the city.
    The Gladstone family, originally made their home in the top floors of the building and rented out the lower floors to a Knight and his family, and a Minister from St Giles Cathedral amongst others. When the Trust rescued the building from demolition in 1934, a wealthy Edinburgh resident gifted the Trust 1000 Pounds to help renovate the property and create apartments for those of little means.
    Forming an essential part of Edinburgh's Old Town silhouette, the Harrison Flat sits of the second floor of the property. In its heyday it was rented out to a wealthy Merchant named John Riddoch who imported expensive spices, lace, ribbon and trinkets. He also owned the very high-end Grocer on the ground floor which sold all the ingredients you needed to create a banquet for your VIP's and he owned the Tavern that nestled in the cellar where you could enjoy a wee dram or two!
    To Make Your Stay Extra Special

      On arrival, you will be greeted by the following complimentary gifts:
    • Refreshing selection of Luxury Teas

    • Fresh ground coffee from our local supplier

    • All of our cleaning supplies are sourced from the environmentally friendly brand, Method.
      Accommodation Details

      • Sleeps 2 - One Twin Bedroom. Egyptian cotton
        bedding with luxury Himalayan fibre duvets.

      • Sitting room with Smart TV, HDMI cable and digital radio.

      • Kitchen - Fridge with freezer compartment, oven,
        hob, washer/dryer and microwave.

      • Shower room C

      • Gas central heating.

      • EPC Rating: D55

      • The apartment is located on the fourth floor of
        the building via a steep turnpike staircase.


      About The Area:
      Situated on the Lawnmarket of the Royal Mile, we are
      right in the heart of Edinburgh's atmospheric Old Town.
      Discover the oldest part of the city, once home to many
      important literary and philosophical figures, including
      Robert Burns and Thomas Geddes. You are spoilt for
      choice with visitor attractions and galleries that
      represent Edinburgh's rich cultural heritage with
      the Whisky Experience, Mary King's Close, the National
      Galleries, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum
      of Scotland all a short walk away, as well as numerous
      independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
      Things To Do

      • Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and adjacent
        streets to find shops selling both traditional and
        lcoal products.

      • Taste Scottish and International cuisine, with a
        vast array of local restaurants and cosy cafes
        available in the area.

      • Take a walk in the beautifully laid out and
        award winning,Princes Street Gardens.

      • Soak up some culture at one of the many festivals
        Edinburgh hosts, including the world renowned
        'Fringe' Festival each August.

      • Visit the elegant New Town and see how the High
        Society of the 18th century lived by visiting the
        National Trust for Scotland's Georgian House.

      • Getting There
        Gladstone's Land is located in the Lawnmarket at
        the top of the Royal Mile. Waverley Railway
        station is a ten-minute walk or a short taxi
        ride away.
        Edinburgh International airport offers a bus link to
        Waverley Station and a tram service also operates
        from the airport to the city centre.

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    The Gladstone Flat, Gladstone's Land

    £330.00offer £280.50 | 15th April 2019 - 19th April 2019
    • Dates available
    • 3 StarVery Good
    • Edinburgh & The Lothians
    • 2
    • 1
    • Not allowed
    Gladstone's Land is a unique historic building that was built to be the home of the wealthiest residents in Edinburgh. The oldest part was constructed during the reign of Mary Queen of Scot's and reached its full magnificence when the Gladstone family purchased and extended the property in the early 1600's. We are often described as a 'hidden gem' and lie just a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the 'Old Town'. Guests in our self catering holiday apartments soak up the atmosphere of historic Edinburgh whilst enjoying arguably one of the best addresses the city has to offer. Read More >
    The Gladstone Family originally made their home in the top floors of the building and rented out the lower floors to a Knight and his family, and a Minister from St Giles Cathedral amongst others. When the Trust rescued the building from demolition in 1934, a wealthy Edinburgh resident gifted the Trust to help renovate the property and create apartments for those of little means.
    - Forming an essential part of Edinburgh's Old Town silhouette, the Gladstone Flat provides views over the city and into the hidden courtyards that surround the rear of the building. The area is famous for having the world's first sky scrappers and Gladstone's Land is one of those last remaining tenements.
    The Gladstone flat takes pride of place at the top rear of the building and offers the perfect cosy base for exploring the city.

    To Make Your Stay Extra Special

      On arrival, you will be greeted by the following complimentary gifts:
    • Refreshing selection of Luxury Teas

    • Fresh ground coffee from our local supplier

    • All of our cleaning supplies are sourced from the environmentally friendly brand, Method.

    Accommodation Details

    • Sleeps 2 - One Double Bedroom. Egyptian cotton bedding with luxury Himalayan fibre duvets.

    • Sitting room with Smart TV, HDMI cable and digital radio.

    • Kitchen - Fridge with freezer compartment, oven, hob, washer/dryer and microwave.

    • Shower room C

    • Gas central heating.

    • EPC Rating: D55

    • The apartment is located on the fourth floor of the building via a steep turnpike staircase.


    About The Area:

      Situated on the Lawnmarket of the Royal Mile, we are right in the heart of Edinburgh's atmospheric Old Town. Discover the oldest part of the city, once home to many important literary and philosophical figures, including Robert Burns and Thomas Geddes. You are spoilt for choice with visitor attractions and galleries that represent Edinburgh's rich cultural heritage with the Whisky Experience, Mary King's Close, the National Galleries, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland all a short walk away, as well as numerous independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Things To Do

    • Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and adjacent streets to find shops selling both traditional and lcoal products.

    • Taste Scottish and International cuisine, with a vast array of local restaurants and cosy cafes available in the area.

    • Take a walk in the beautifully laid out and award winning, Princes Street Gardens.

    • Soak up some culture at one of the many festivals Edinburgh hosts, including the world renowned 'Fringe' Festival each August.

    • Visit the elegant New Town and see how the High Society of the 18th century lived by visiting the National Trust for Scotland's Georgian House.

    Getting There
    Gladstone's Land is located in the Lawnmarket at the top of the Royal Mile. Waverley Railway station is a ten-minute walk or a short taxi ride away.
    Edinburgh International Airport offers a bus link to Waverley Station and a tram service also operates from the airport to the city centre.

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    Dalvorar, Mar Lodge Estate

    £610.00offer £518.50 | 19th April 2019 - 22nd April 2019
    • 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 ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂĂ�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.
     
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