Mar Lodge Estate

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Mar Lodge Estate
4.5
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Mar Lodge Estate occupies nearly 7% of the Cairngorms National Park, covers some of the most remote and scenic wild land in Scotland, including four of the five highest mountains in the UK. Within its boundaries are fine examples of classic features of a Highland landscape: remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest, heather moorland, juniper scrub and a part of the high Cairngorm plateau. Fifteen of the National Trust for Scotland's 46 Munros can be found in the Cairngorms around Mar Lodge. The estate is recognised as one of the most important nature conservation landscapes in the British Isles: over 40% of the estate is covered by national and international nature conservation designations. Visitors can park in either the Linn of Dee or Linn of Quoich car parks and enjoy many outdoor pursuits such as woodland walks, hillwalking, cycling, climbing and horse riding.
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marmalade1443
Invergarry, UK41 contributions
Covid escape
Jul 2020 • Couples
This was our fourth visit to Mar Lodge this time staying in the Braeriach apartment which was perfect for a couple. The rooms are large and the view down the main drive is magnificent. Despite later arrival times and earlier departure to allow for cleaning we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. This is a perfect location to bag Munro’s and explore the surrounding area.
Our only request would be clearer information in the apartment about what items could be recycled. A very small point but would be good to know.
We certainly plan to visit again
Written 29 July 2020
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Hi marmalade1443, Thank you for your lovely review, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay and were able to relax amidst all the Covid madness. I will pass on your request to our housekeeping team. We hope to see you back again soon. The Mar Lodge Team
Written 29 August 2020
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Barry M
Milton Keynes252 contributions
Woods, Waterfalls and Wildlife
Oct 2019
The whole Estate is very scenic particularly the drive out from Braemar with views over the Dee Valley and Cairngorm Mountains. We parked up at the National Trust Car Park near Linn O Dee. From there a number of walks though the woods (mostly Scotch Pine) are available and the Linn O Dee is very near where the River Dee tumbles through a narrow gorge, quite spectacular. Certainly this is a good walking/picnic area but in good weather. We were lucky to see some Red Squirrels which have a colony here but they are very elusive (i,e, they wont wait for the camera). You need to take your food and drink with you since being remote there are no cafes or "pit-stops". For sure worth a trip
Written 22 October 2019
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Hi Barry M, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and well done for spotting some red squirrels. Autumn can be a good time of year to look for red squirrels in the Linn of Dee and they can often be seen chasing each other up and down the trees! We hope to see you back again soon to explore more of this beautiful area. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team
Written 23 October 2019
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andynelson22
Glenrothes, UK73 contributions
The Deer Rutt
Oct 2019
If you want ot see the very best of Scotland, visit Linn of Dee just beyond Braemar.

About two or three miles past Braemar you will find a few high parking lay byes overlooking on your right side, a river and grassy areas. Around or just before dusk, you will see large herds of deer coming to graze and drink there, it is an amazing scene, not to be missed.

Earlier in the day, you may wish to travel a few more miles to the second bridge over the river where you will see a wonderful gorge with rushing water, what a great picnic spot.
Written 20 October 2019
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Hi andynelson, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and we agree that the landscapes are some of the best in Scotland! Well done for spotting the deer, the lay bys overlooking Mar Lodge Estate are a great place to spot red deer and you also get excellent views of the Cairngorms and Mar Lodge itself. We hope to see you back again soon to explore more of this beautiful area. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team.
Written 23 October 2019
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Pannipannini
Maryland1,198 contributions
Two beautiful walks
Sep 2019 • Family
The estate holds two great walks to the Linn O’ Dee and the Linn of Quoich. The parking is £3 for non NTS members.

It’s a very well marked path to all places with beautiful views - for children and adults alike. It’s a route for all abilities.

Written 1 September 2019
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Hi pannipannini, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit and our way marked trails. We hope to see you back again soon to enjoy more that this area has to offer. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team PS. Just as a wee note to other readers, the way marked route is suitable for many abilities but is not suitable for all abilities, there are some stairs and some uneven areas of ground.
Written 23 October 2019
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RL K
Great Malvern, UK328 contributions
A drive up the Dee from Braemar.
Jul 2019 • Solo
One of outstanding places to visit. World class! Drive up the south side of the Dee, heading for Linn o Dee. The views of the Dee valley and Cairn Gorm mountains are breathtaking. Further up you get closer to the river and into the lovely ancient Caledonian forest. At Linn o Dee, park in the car park and walk back. The short walk is worthwhile, but be careful. If wet the path and rocks may be slippery. After Linn o Dee continue up the north side and cross the Lui Beg bridge. There is a small parking area just passed the bridge. Walk back a few hundred yards to a gate and follow the paths along the river bank. There are spectacular views. Eventually you will come to a waterfall. If there is enough water it is great. You will see the old salmon ladder that has long since been washed away. Return via Linn o Dee. One option is to get some of your party to walk through the Mar House estate over a rather lovely white metal bridge. Unfortunately cars are not allowed, so drive round via Linn o Dee and pick them up at the bridge. You can't miss it. There is only one white bridge, with a small lodge opposite on the other side of the road.
Written 6 July 2019
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Hi rlkempharper, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit and our walks around the Linn of Dee. We hope to see you back again soon to explore more of this wonderful area. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team
Written 1 August 2019
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19lel68
St Helens, UK361 contributions
Lovely Area
Apr 2019 • Family
We stayed in a cottage on the estate for one week. The area is beautiful and there is good access to walks, mainly from the Linn O Dee which has a large car park. The River Dee runs through the estate and the Cairngorms provide a stunning back drop. Parts of the estate are private access only but there's a significantly large area which is free access for all. The only disappointment for us was less evidence of wildlife than when we previously visited over 15 years ago! Just one red squirrel, no deer seen (but plenty of deer poo) and a few garden birds this time. Our previous visit was later in the year so this may have been a factor. Would love to return again one day.
Written 1 May 2019
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Hi 19lel68, Thank you for your lovely review, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. There will definitely be less deer now than when you visited 15 years ago. We control the numbers of deer on the estate in order to allow the regeneration of the Scots pine woodland. You can see all the young trees growing in Glen Lui and Glen Quoich and the increased woodland should provide lots of habitat for the wildlife that relies on it. You can still see lots of red deer in Glen Dee and around the Connie and the Christie. In relation to your comment regarding some areas of the estate as private I just wanted to let you know that the whole estate is open to the public, there are no private areas (apart from staff houses/gardens!) so you are free to wander where you like. The Lodge itself is not open to the public as it is made up of self catering holiday apartments and is quite often used for weddings but you are more than welcome to wander around the grounds of the lodge as well as the wider estate. If you would like to have a look inside the lodge and the stag ballroom we have an annual open day on Easter Sunday and a series of guided walks called the Mar Lodge Evening Stroll throughout the summer. Alternatively if none of these dates suit you then we would be happy to show you around as long as there is no private function on and we have staff available to guide you. We hope to see you back again soon. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team
Written 5 May 2019
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,406 contributions
Nice area
Apr 2019 • Couples
Mar Lodge Estate has some rental accommodation and occasional events open to the public. Otherwise the public has access to estate lands. Nice area
Written 23 April 2019
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Hi 301lisa33, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Mar Lodge Estate. We hope you come back again soon. The Mar Lodge Team
Written 26 April 2019
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graemeduncan48
Aberdeen, UK19 contributions
brilliant venue for a celebration
Oct 2018 • Family
Beautiful location and extremely comfotable lodge[Bynack] for 15 of us celebrating my son Mark`s 50th birthday.
HM Sheridan`s butchers in Ballater organised a carvery at the lodge for us one night.
Great food and service from Barry and Andy the butchers.Well worth doing.
Written 6 November 2018
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Hi graemeduncan48, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Mar Lodge and had a nice time celebrating Mark's birthday. We hope you come back again soon to explore more that this wonderful area has to offer. The Mar Lodge Team
Written 7 November 2018
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Lakesholly
Leyburn, UK197 contributions
Great scenery and views
Sep 2018 • Couples
We have just come back after an excellent week staying near Inverey and whilst there we drove the short distance to the end of the road near Linn of Quoich to the car park. Our intention was to have a walk up the Linn but it appeared as though the path was inaccessible due to the bridge being washed away, we since found out that there was another footpath which we had missed. We then returned stopping off at the Linn of Dee before heading to Braemar.
We had a lovely time in spectacular scenery and the views were worth the long drive from Yorkshire
Written 8 October 2018
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Hi Lakesholly, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit and sorry that you missed the path to the Linn. We will have a wee look at how we can improve the signage in this area to make sure people are aware of the path until the bridge is repaired. We hope to see you back again soon to explore more that this wonderful area has to offer. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team
Written 7 November 2018
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Turnwood2011
116 contributions
Favourite place to walk
Sep 2018 • Couples
We completed two beautiful walks on the Mar Lodge Estate while holidaying in the highlands. Simply the most majestic scenery! Well maintained paths and relatively easy walking for the majority.
Written 4 October 2018
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Hi Turnwood2011, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you back again soon to explore more that this wonderful area has to offer. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team
Written 7 November 2018
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