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Mar Lodge Estate

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Address: Estate Office, Mar Lodge, Braemar AB35 5YJ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1339 720164
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Mar Lodge Estate occupies nearly 7% of the Cairngorms National Park, covers...

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 Trust'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.

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Wedding venue

WOW - not much more to say really. This lodge is situated in a stunningly beautiful valley. While not everyone will agree or appreciate it's original and continual purpose... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Bob R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

WOW - not much more to say really. This lodge is situated in a stunningly beautiful valley. While not everyone will agree or appreciate it's original and continual purpose, hunting, it was ideal for our friends wedding venue. Outside catering obviously and a freedom to use the facilities I haven't come across before.

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Thank Bob R
NTSMarLodgeEstate, Manager at Mar Lodge Estate, responded to this review

Hi Bob R, Thank you for your lovely review, it sounds like you had a wonderful visit and that your friends wedding was a success. We hope you will come back again in the future to enjoy more that this wonderful area has to offer. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having previously enjoyed some walks around the Linn o'Dee, we wanted to explore the region further. It was a cloudy day after the first snow had fallen, and the contrast between the bright oranges and yellows of the forest with the white dusted tops of the hills surrounding Braemar got us excited. We had no particular destination, so we drove... More 

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From Braemar we drove down to Linn of Dee then continued round until the road ended. This really is a spectacular drive with varied views and vistas including beautiful woodland, differing views and moods of the River Dee and wide riverside plains stretching towards the snow covered peaks beyond. There were also several lovely cottages, my favourite being a gorgeous... More 

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NTSMarLodgeEstate, Manager at Mar Lodge Estate, responded to this review

Hi johnhouston2, Thank you for your lovely review, it sounds like you had a great visit! The scenery here is breath-taking whatever the weather and looks different in every season. We hope you will come back again to explore more that the area has to offer. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team More 

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed in the Macdui apartment in Mar Lodge and had a wonderful time. The apartment is beautiful and very spacious, just perfect for a family holiday. The building itself is very impressive and surpassed only by the setting. The mountains are beautiful and the whole place so peaceful. Great walking and cycling on your doorstep and the rangers based... More 

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NTSMarLodgeEstate, Manager at Mar Lodge Estate, responded to this review

Hi Maria B, Thank you for your lovely review, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay in Mar Lodge, it sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! We hope to see you back again soon. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

One of the most fantastic venues for a wedding reception. Excellent facilities with spacious accommodation. The Banqueting Hall has to be seen to be believed.

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NTSMarLodgeEstate, Manager at Mar Lodge Estate, responded to this review

Hi BobAnne2016, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and that you had a great time as part of a wedding here at Mar Lodge. We agree the Stag Ballroom has to be seen to be believed!! We hope you will come back again in the future to explore more of Mar Lodge... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Our days of hill walking are long gone, so our visit was limited to the (albeit very spectacular) drive up river from Braemar ... do pause at the viewpoints ... and a stroll at the Linn of Dee. We felt much more could .. indeed should .... be made if Mar Lodge House. No other Highland shooting lodge is open... More 

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NTSMarLodgeEstate, Manager at Mar Lodge Estate, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your lovely review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We are sorry that you felt that Mar Lodge was not accessible to the public. The house is mainly made up of self catering apartments and is regularly used for functions such as conferences and weddings. For events such as weddings guests normally book exclusive... More 

Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Went to a very memorable wedding there in August, and couldn't praise the staff and arrangements for the whole day enough. Meals, service, ceremony decor etc. were fantastic. Loved the place.

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NTSMarLodgeEstate, Manager at Mar Lodge Estate, responded to this review

Dear Sandie B, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit and had a great time as part of a wedding here at Mar Lodge. We hope that you will come back and stay with us again in the future and explore more that the estate has to offer. The Mar Lodge Estate Ranger... More 

Brigg, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I have been hiking on Pyrenees, Swiss National Park and the Apls and found the trail here is far more easier and nicer to walk and not too difficult even though some parts are washed off by the flood but you can still go around the trail. The scenery was very beautiful.

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Thank Scawby
NTSMarLodgeEstate, Manager at Mar Lodge Estate, responded to this review

Hi Scawby, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We hope you will be back again soon to explore more of the trails on Mar Lodge Estate. The Mar Lodge Estate Ranger Team More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We attended a wedding reception at the lodge on the Mar estate. The lodge building is a very fine one ( rebuilt after a fire in the late 1970s). It has lots of wood panels and some good furniture but most imposing are all the fine mounted stag heads which adorn the walls - along with some good prints .... More 

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NTSMarLodgeEstate, Manager at Mar Lodge Estate, responded to this review

Hi Mark Benjamin L, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay on Mar Lodge Estate. Mar Lodge did suffer a large fire in 1993 during renovation and the building was almost completely destroyed. However as the building was undergoing renovation at the time a lot of the furniture, including the stags heads, was... More 

Bebington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

We visited this outstandingly scenic area and also had a tour with the warden. Fortunately for us we were the only people that wanted a tour so we had a 2 hour guided tour all for ourselves. This made the walk around so much more interesting and it is a beautiful place to spend a few hours.

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Thank Andy H
NTSMarLodgeEstate, Manager at Mar Lodge Estate, responded to this review

Hi Andy H, Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and your tour with one of our Ranger team. We hope to see you back again soon. The Mar Lodge Ranger Team More 

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