Connoisseurs' Collection - Luxury Holiday Accommodation

The Connoisseurs' Collection contains some of the National Trust for Scotland's most prestigious properties. Finely furnished and sleeping up to 17 people, they are located in some of the most spectacular areas of Scotland. These properties are perfect for house parties and family get-togethers.


All properties within this range can be booked for short breaks (minimum of 3 nights) or for full weeks. We can recommend local caterers if required, as well as sporting and sightseeing activities in the area. We can assure you of a holiday to remember.


Please note: A "good housekeeping" deposit of £500 will be required on bookings at properties within the Connoisseurs' Collection: Bynack, Claybokie & Creag Bhalg at Mar Lodge; Harmony, Melrose; The Laird's Apartment, Brodie Castle and the Preston Tower Apartment at Fyvie Castle. This payment will not be processed unless any damage occurs during your stay.

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Belmont House, Belmont House

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • 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.
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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

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The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • 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.
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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, 4 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

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • 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.
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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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Gunsgreen House, Gunsgreen House

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Scottish Borders
  • 10
  • 5
  • Not allowed
A smuggler's haunt complete with secret hiding places and knockout views, this beautiful 18th century merchant's villa has enjoyed an exciting past from its position overlooking the town of Eyemouth.
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It lies with a perfect aspect on the town's busy fishing harbour, where the first owner, corrupt merchant John Nisbet, could look out to sea for cargos of tea and brandy ready to be smuggled directly into his purpose built cellars. The house was designed by John Adam and has been beautifully preserved, with original cornicing and fireplaces.

With room for 11, it's the perfect retreat for large family gatherings - so long as you can decide who ends up in the magnificent four-poster bedded Master bedroom.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey - first and second floor


  • Sleeps up to 11 - 3 doubles, 2 twins,1 with built-in box bed


  • Large sitting room with views to the harbour


  • Dining room


  • Modern kitchen


  • First floor shower room


  • 2 second floor bathrooms


  • Access by lift or stairs




Our guests said...

"Enjoyed every minute, lovely views, especially when the sea is wild. Good memories of a lovely stay"

"Simply marvellous"




About Gunsgreen House

Gunsgreen House was designed by John Adam, one of the most expensive architects of his day, as a lavish smuggling palace for the notorious Nisbet brothers.



The brothers' 'special requirements' included cellars that lead directly to the sea, and a 'tea chute' running through the house where the leaves from smuggled tea were kept dry.



Gunsgreen's ground and lower ground floors are now home to a museum. The property is under the ownership of the Gunsgreen House Trust.



About the area

Eyemouth lies in the mouth of Eye Water, a natural harbour with pristine sandy beaches, 8 miles north of the Scotland/England border. Since the 13th century, Eyemouth has served as a fishing port for the area and today has around 80 boats still regularly fishing from it.



The High Street has a good range of shops, including a delicatessen, several fishmongers and an art gallery. Food on offer ranges from stylish seafood to traditional kipper rolls.



Things to do



  • Birdwatchers will love St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve nearby, famous for its guillemots, kittewakes and razorbills as well as its crystal clear water.


  • The Berwickshire coastline with its small villages, high cliffs and deep clear water is perfect for a day's exploring by foot and car.


  • In the summer season (March to October), take a ride across the water in a high-powered RIB and maybe spot some seals along the way.




Getting there

Eyemouth is 49 miles south of Edinburgh, and 9 miles north of Berwick upon Tweed in England. Driving into Eyemouth, continue past the High School on the left and take a right turn onto 'The Avenue'. Continue straight along this road until you see Gunsgreen House.



We only accept telephone bookings for this property. Please telephone 0131 458 0305 to check current availability and make a booking.



Gunsgreen House is also available for events such as weddings, meetings or private parties. For further information please contact Derek Janes on 01890 752062 or via e-mail, derek.janes@gunsgreenhouse.org.

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Harmony, Harmony Garden

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very 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.
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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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The Pavilion, Lamb's House

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • 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.
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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).




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Bynack, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • 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.
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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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Claybokie, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • 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.
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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.



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Creag Bhalg,Mar Lodge nr Braemar, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • 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.
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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

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Shinness Lodge, Shinness Lodge

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  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 12
  • 6
  • Dogs allowed
A perfect Highland escape needs a traditional Highland house and Shinness Lodge offers wild northern comfort at its best. Deep armchairs to sink into, roaring fires and a verandah from which to enjoy the clear night stars will help you to create a truly relaxing family break here.
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The house was a much-loved family home and has kept its warm welcoming feel. Shinness's views overlook Loch Shin and wild peatlands lie on the doorstep.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storeys


  • Sleeps 12/14 - 3 doubles, 1 twin and 2 twins with linkable beds (for super king double potential) bedrooms, plus double sofa bed downstairs


  • Spacious living room with log fire


  • Study


  • Laundry room


  • Dining room


  • Kitchen with Aga


  • Library


  • 3 bathrooms (2 with bath and shower and 1 with bath only)


  • 2 Shower rooms


  • Verandah for outdoor eating




A cook and extra housekeeping can be arranged on request.

Please note that we are unable to show available dates via the website. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 or via e-mail holidays@nts.org.uk to check availability.



...Our guests said...

"House was perfect for our family from the 61 year old to the 3 year old. We could not have asked for anything better."

"Even with a group of 12 we never felt crowded. Very homey and comfortable."



About the area

Lairg is the closest town for amenities and stocking up, but the true beauty of this area is its unspoilt countryside, made up of peatlands, golden beaches and hill lochs full of wild brown trout.



Things to do



  • Take a drive down to Dornoch, a 17th century town famous not only for its dusky pink buildings and championship golf course but as the site of the last woman to be burned as a witch in Scotland, and for Madonna's lavish wedding in 2000.


  • For the energetic, Lairg is the starting point for miles of forest walks and mountain bike trails.


  • The nearby Falls of Shin are famous in the summertime for their salmon leaping. Swimming against the torrent of water the salmon have to clear a jump of several feet with their powerful tails.




Getting there

Shinness Lodge lies off the A838 that runs alongside Loch Shin.

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