Mar Lodge Bunkhouse

Part of a former stable block, Mar Lodge Estate Bunkhouse offers excellent accommodation in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

It’s located 4 miles west of Braemar and is at the southern end of the spectacular Lairig Ghru mountain pass that runs to Aviemore.

Sleeps: 12
Royal Deeside, Cairngorms National Park
AB35 5YJ

The bunkhouse provides an ideal base for hillwalking and is suitable for mountaineering clubs, schools and university groups, or large groups of friends and family.

Accommodation details

There are four bedrooms which sleep up to 12 people. There are:

  • 2 x four-bedded rooms with 2 single beds and 1 bunk bed
  • 2 x twin rooms, one with an en-suite toilet and shower

One room is suitable for disabled visitors.

There’s a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room, dining room, drying room, showers, toilets and oil-fired central heating (running off a biomass boiler).

EPC Rating: E51

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AS-00121-F


£30 per person per night

This is an exclusive use property and can be booked for a minimum of two-night stays.

There is a minimum charge of £180 per night for smaller groups of six and under.

How to book

We regret it’s not possible to check availability of the bunkhouse online. Simply contact our Holidays Department for the latest availability on 0131 458 0305 and choose option 2, or email


  • Assistance dogs only
  • TV
  • CD player
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • No smoking
  • Payphone
  • Washing machine
  • Drying room
  • Linen is provided but please bring your own towels *
  • Available for festive breaks
  • Available for winter breaks

* Please note that, for operational reasons, we now supply a bed linen pack; bedrooms will be available for the number of guests booked with us. Please ensure all guests are booked and paid for.

Activities nearby

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Hillwalking
  • Sailing/water sports
  • Shooting/stalking
  • Winter sports
  • Horse riding
  • Golf
  • Cycling
  • Swimming

Regional information

Royal Deeside weaves along the valley of the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. The area is renowned for its magnificent mountain scenery, heathered moorland, wildlife and Caledonian pine forest.

It’s also an area rich in history; its most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral Estate in 1848. The region’s royal connections continue to this day – the Queen and other members of the royal family are regular visitors to Balmoral and to Ballater’s Crathie Kirk.

Mar Lodge Estate covers some of the most remote and scenic wild land in Scotland. It occupies nearly 7% of the Cairngorms National Park and includes the second-highest mountain in the UK (Ben Macdui at 1,309m), as well as 15 of the Trust’s 46 Munros.

The estate is recognised as one of the most important nature conservation landscapes in Britain. Red squirrels, golden eagles, ptarmigan and black grouse are all regularly seen here. The Trust’s rangers at Mar Lodge are happy to provide further information or talks and slideshows about the area to groups staying at the bunkhouse.

Property contact details

Estate Office, Mar Lodge, Braemar, Aberdeenshire AB35 5YJ

Tel: 01339 720163


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