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Braemar, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1060441)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


2 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great stay in a very comfortable and well kept property."

    our only quibble was that the cooking was a little erratic as the hob and oven temperatures had to be guessed as the markings had worn off the cooker with cleaning.

    Many thanks for your feedback about Bynack at Mar Lodge. Just to let you know that we have a new cooked front panel on order and are waiting for its delivery. Property Owner

    Reviewed by FionaOct 2021

  • "Beautiful stately home where the whole family could relax in comfort."

    Spectacular scenery - walking every day. Staff on site were so helpful and welcoming. The facilities were good. The only issue was the oven, which didn’t work efficiently - cooking is essential as the location is so remote. We also felt check in time of 5 and checkout time of 9.30 was unhelpful. We had stayed before when it was administered by The National Trust and we got in earlier and check out time was later. The cost was high and we had travelled quite a distance so we would have appreciated a 3 or 4 o’clock check in and a bit more time in the morning to get 17 people (four of them young children) out! However, we all had a wonderful time and we do hope to stay again.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We have ordered a new front panel for the cooker in Bynack. The check in and check out times were adjusted when we reopened after the lockdown. This extra time allows the property to be properly aired before the housekeeping staff enter the apartment to clean. This procedure was put in place to protect our staff and customers, and is part of the guidance given to selfcatering properties from the Scottish Government. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AOct 2021

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Mar Lodge Estate

Resting within the heart of the Cairngorms National Park is Mar Lodge, a beautiful Victorian sporting lodge that has been carefully restored by the National Trust for Scotland to offer wonderful holiday accommodation amidst one of the country's most iconic landscapes. With eight properties in total across the estate, Mar Lodge is ideal for large family gatherings or celebrations, providing couples and small groups with a perfect country retreat too. The picturesque lodge itself has been split into five luxuriously furnished apartments, including Dalvorar, Macdui, Braeriach, Derry and Bynack, whilst the remaining three, Claybokie, Garage Cottage and Creag Bhalg rest within a high-walled garden facing onto the river within the estate's pine woods. The main lodge is a true delight, with high ceilings, grand hallways and a fabulous billiards room, open to all apartments within the lodge at a small extra cost, the perfect space for socialising with your loved ones. This prime Highland estate has been visited by nobility since the medieval period and is now recognised as one of Scotland's most important conservation sites, with ongoing preservation work to maintain the beauty of the ancient Caledonian pine forest and to protect the native wildlife. If you're seeking a holiday rich in breath-taking scenery and outdoor adventures, then Mar Lodge Estate is a superb choice. Take walks through wooded glens, stroll alongside crystal clear burns and soak up the marvellous mountain scenery, with this estate being home to four of Britain's five highest mountains. Plenty of excitement can be had on a holiday here, with thrilling mountain-biking routes being perfect for adrenaline-seekers, the River Dee offering some of the best salmon fishing in the world, and classic sports like shooting and stalking being popular too. Head into the nearby village of Braemar for all your self-catering needs, home to a highly recommended local butcher, alongside some delightful cafés, shops and pubs to enjoy throughout your stay. Attractions nearby include the Queen's Balmoral Castle and Estate, with royalty often visiting the area since the estate was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, you can now visit too and attend a fascinating guided tour. Less than fifteen miles away is the Glenshee Ski Centre offering 40km of pistes for skiing and snowboarding in the winter months, so you can find excitement here all-year-round! History lovers will delight at the ease in which an array of wondrous NTS castles can be reached, including the fairytale delight of Craigievar Castle, Crathes Castle, home to diverse wildlife and an impressive interior, and Drum Castle, one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses, all just a scenic drive away. Enjoy the wonders of this location from the luxury and comfort of Mar Lodge Estate.

The property

Situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park is the beautiful eight-bedroom apartment, Bynack, found within 29,000 hectares of the National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge Estate.

This dwelling is perfect for a large family celebration, surrounded by striking landscapes of rugged moorland, 15 Munros and a Caledonian pine forest.

Find comfort in this grand home, making use of the spacious kitchen, fitted with all of the essentials for a week-long trip, as well as a quaint table where you can enjoy your morning coffee accompanied by a hearty breakfast.

Evenings can be spent amidst the splendour of the living/dining room, decorated with period furniture and features, alongside an elegant formal dining table with seating for 17, settled before an inviting lounge space with a selection of plush seating and a large TV.

The ground floor also holds a convenient cloakroom and a lovely double bedroom with its very own en-suite wet room.

Further bedrooms rest on the first floor, comprising two doubles, four twins and a family room with a double and single, all featuring quirky décor, ample storage and wonderful views of the impressive grounds.

The first floor bedrooms have access to three stunning bathrooms, each with a roll top bath and a shower, or utilise the shower room, boasting a large walk-in shower.

During your stay, wander around over 29,000 hectares of estate at Mar Lodge, taking your pick from a wealth of adventurous walking trails among scenic Scottish landscapes, wetlands and wildlife.

Bring the family along for an amazing stay in this charming apartment at Bynack, tucked away in the exceptional grounds of Mar Lodge Estate.

Note: This property can be booked alongside Refs. 1060439, 1060442, 1060443, 1060444, 1060494, 1060500, together sleeping up to 55 guests.


  • Over two floors
  • Eight bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double with en-suite wet room, basin and WC, located at entrance of apartment, 2 x double, 1 x family room with a double and a single, 4 x twin, within apartment
  • 3 x bathrooms with roll top bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Living/dining room.
  • Biomass central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking in rear car park
  • Access to Mar Lodge Estate
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4.1 miles
  • Note: The stag ballroom, grand dining room, library and drawing room at Mar Lodge can be hired separately for private events – please contact the lodge for further details on +44 (0)13397 41276
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture, you may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws
  • Note: Horse owners can bring their equine friends and take advantage of the horse B&B, for further details please contact the lodge on +44 (0)13397 41276
  • Note: Mar Lodge Ranger service runs a number of scheduled walks and events throughout the year- information on these can be found by visiting here
  • Note: Please be aware there is livestock on the estate
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here
  • Prices have been discounted to accommodate smaller groups in line with Government restrictions, as such, only the beds required will be made up and only the number of towels will be provided’ for dates between 23/04/2021 -27/05/2021

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About the location


Ballater 17 miles; Aberdeen 59 miles.

The village of Braemar in Royal Deeside sits amongst some of the most beautiful scenery Scotland has to offer. Nestling in the River Dee valley within the Cairngorms National Park, Braemar and the area around it are a treasure trove for the outdoor enthusiast, boasting 24 Munros, the highest 18-hole golf course in the country and close proximity to the Glenshee Ski Centre. The village offers plentiful opportunities for relaxation as well in the many cafes, shops and restaurants. The famous Highland Gathering in September, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth, is a spectacular feast of highland games, music and dancing. Inverness, Aberdeen and Perth are a great day out, are accessed through great scenery, and are well worth a visit. Royal Deeside boasts many rare wildlife and plant species such as capercaillie, roe deer, red squirrels and golden eagles. With Braemar and Balmoral Castles and the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in this area, there is indeed something for everyone in this delightful part of Scotland.

Note: Mar Lodge Ranger service runs a number of scheduled walks and events throughout the year- information on these can be found by visiting here.
Note: Please be aware there is livestock on the estate
Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here.
Note: Victoria Bridge (Mar Lodge main access bridge) will be closed for restoration from 13 August with restricted use until the end of 2021. A short detour (5 miles) via the Linn of Dee will be necessary over this period. Diversion signage will be in place when the bridge is closed.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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