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Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve

Britain’s largest nature reserve and a wildlife wonderland in the heart of the Cairngorms
Red deer in a snowy wood.
  • Discover the natural wonders of this 29,000ha estate, at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

  • Calling all Munro-baggers! 15 mountains over 3,000ft (914m) are found here, including Scotland’s second highest mountain.

  • Follow in Queen Victoria’s footsteps and picnic at the Linn of Dee.

  • Spot some iconic Scottish wildlife, including red deer, ptarmigan, pine martens, golden eagles and mountain hares.

  • Explore Scotland’s newest and largest National Nature Reserve - its mosaic of habitats never fails to inspire. 

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All year, daily
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Entry prices

One adult family
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At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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About this place

The wild beauty of the Cairngorms unfolds around a 19th-century sporting lodge on this spectacular estate.

Mar Lodge Estate is made up of more than 29,000 hectares of astonishing Scottish landscape: heather-covered moorland, Caledonian pine forest, towering mountains and the Quoich wetlands, home to wading birds and otters.

There are 15 Munros here (mountains over 914m/3,000ft high), including 4 of the 5 highest mountains in the UK. The beautiful ancient pinewoods are home to red squirrels and pine martens as well as birds such as the crossbill and black grouse. We have a wide range of landscape conservation projects underway, including woodland regeneration, footpath repair and reducing the damage caused to woodland by red deer.

The estate is one of the most important areas for nature conservation in the British Isles and in 2017 it was awarded National Nature Reserve status – making it the largest NNR in the UK.

Our accreditations and awards

  • 4 Star Visitor Attraction
  • Green Tourism Gold