Country Estates

The Trust cares for 76,000 hectares of Scotland's finest countryside. We are the third largest landowner in Scotland, the largest managing the land for conservation purposes. Over two million people visit us each year. Our properties include one-sixth of all Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) and attract huge numbers of hill walkers. Where better to discover them from than one of our holiday accommodation properties?
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Macdui, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very 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.
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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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Mar Lodge Base Camp, Mar Lodge Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 12
  • 4
  • Not allowed
Mar Lodge Base camp is part of the former Stable Block, is situated four miles west of Braemar, offering easy access to the Cairngorms. MINIMUM STAY 2 NIGHTS.
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Accommodation details:



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



EPC Rating: E51



Additional information:



Mar Lodge Estate Base Camp is wheelchair accessible.

Price: 20 per person per night - minimum charge 150 per night for smaller groups of six and under.



Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 or email holidays@nts.org.uk to check current availabilty. We regret it is not possible to book the Base Camp online. < Hide

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Gate Lodge, Threave Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very 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.
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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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