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Aberdeen City & Shire

Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve

Britain’s largest nature reserve and a wildlife wonderland in the heart of the Cairngorms

Planning your visit

There are toilet facilities and a small information hut at the Linn of Dee, open seasonally.

Wild camping is permitted on Mar Lodge Estate but campfires are not permitted at any time. This is due to the risk of wildfires severely damaging ecologically sensitive and important habitats.

There are Pay & Display car parks at the Linn of Dee and the Linn of Quoich; parking is free for members or £3 per day for non-members. 

Coach parking is available at the Linn of Dee car park.

Dogs are welcome on the estate but please keep them under close control or on leads, especially during the bird nesting season between April and July.

For more information about planning your visit please see our frequently asked questions.

If you would like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: or telephone 01339 720163.


See full accessibility information
Accessible parking
Accessible toilet
Children’s activities
Coach parking
Dogs welcome
Free member parking
Guided tour
Pay & Display
Self-guided trail
Wheelchair access

Opening times


Current periodAll year, daily

Open day at Lodge for non-residents on Easter Sunday, 10.00–16.00

Entry prices

Mar Lodge Estate
One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50


  • Accessible parking and toilets are available in the Linn of Dee car park.
  • There is an easy access trail beginning at the Linn of Dee car park.
  • The area immediately surrounding Mar Lodge has a level tarmac surface but the wider estate has rough country paths.
  • Several of the self-catering holiday apartments within Mar Lodge are wheelchair accessible.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We would love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what is good and where we need to do better.