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Creag Bhalg

Braemar, Cairngorms National Park, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1060443)


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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable property made it a home from home very relaxing, fantastic ..."

    Very comfortable property made it a home from home very relaxing, fantastic views,fabulous walks straight from the house just a special place

    Reviewed by CherylApr 2022

  • "Perfect for a peaceful and tranquil vacation, no light pollution, pedestrian footfall or vehicle disturbance."

    Thank you for your comments, we are very lucky at NTS to have such unique properties and estates in our portfolio. Plenty of scope for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2022

  • "The property was beautiful but in need of few general repairs."

    1 the gutter outside the bedrooms dripped very badly that some slabs on the veranda wobbled and need set in again. 2 the settee was very old and flat in the living room and needs replaced. 3 the very end bedroom was the coldest room in the house and we thought the heating didn’t reach this room. Perhaps an air lock? 4 the fridge freezer had a leak an old towel was underneath it to catch drips. The bedrooms were super cosy and comfortable, the fact that repairs are required did not hinder our holiday we all loved it, so thank you.

    Reviewed by AngelaOct 2021

  • "Absolutely superb location for all age groups the only niggle which didn't bother myself was the variability of the broadband connection, however the peace and tranquility more than compensated for the need to use the Internet a fantastic location."

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2021

  • "This property is so welcoming and comfortable that we never felt like strangers inhabiting someone else’s house."

    So much so that we have booked it for next year. One of the most impressive things was the availability and quantity of piping hot water. There was always more than enough to provide baths and showers for 8 people. All of the minor problems we had were dealt with quickly and efficiently. Remember that Creag Bhalg is in the middle of the highlands and internet and phone reception isn’t always the best. All of the outdoor activities we love are right on the doorstep, literally. We only took the car out to go to the shops.

    Reviewed by AllisonSep 2021

  • "Absolutely wonderful, this is our second visit and hopefully not the last."

    many thx

    Reviewed by JamalSep 2021

  • "The electrics played up a bit."

    The accommodation was great.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2021

  • "It's the fifth time we have stayed in Creag Bhalg and hope to be back next year."

    Views, log fires, general comfort all wonderful as ever. It would be good if the wifi could be improved... ps: I left three bird feeders on the trees beside the lodge. They attracted lots of birds - I hope they are maintained.

    We look forward to welcoming you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DonaldJul 2021

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  • All ground floor
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Electric central heating and open fire
  • Electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking outside the property
  • Shared garden with lawn, pond and seating
  • Access to Mar Lodge Estate
  • Sorry, no pets and 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: 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

The property

Creag Bhalg is a beautiful ground floor cottage situated on the National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge Estate, with its name referring to the nearby hill rising in the middle of the Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich.

This spacious property is perfect for a large family seeking a rural trip, surrounded by 29,000 hectares of pine woodland, munros and unique wildlife.

Find this hidden gem in a secluded spot, set within a walled garden with its own pond and illuminated woodland path.

The interior boasts country-style features throughout, with character exuding from the hallways, while the wood-panelled sitting room features high-sloped ceilings with triangle beams, mounted deer heads and a large seating area in front of a cosy open fire and TV.

Prepare homemade meals during your self-catered stay in the kitchen/diner, fitted with contemporary amenities and carrying on the rustic wood-panelled theme leading towards the dining table, ideal for an evening dinner party with your loved ones.

Also in this property is a convenient cloakroom and well-equipped utility room, suiting longer stays.

Choose from one of the four charming bedrooms, all benefiting from en-suites, with a double and a twin adjoined to an en-suite bathroom, and the other double and twin rooms accompanied by a large walk-in shower room, all rooms offer tasteful furnishings, ample storage and peaceful views towards the River Dee and Glen Ey.

Delight in the acres of idyllic Scottish landscape and the fascinating history of Mar Lodge Estate in this hidden retreat, Creag Bhalg.

Note: This property can be booked alongside Refs. 1060439, 1060441, 1060442, 1060444, 1060494, 1060500, together sleeping up to 55 guests.

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.

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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) has been closed for restoration from August 2021, however there is restricted use for National Trust guests to cross

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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