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Braemar, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1060494)


Very good

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "Have visited Derry many times over the last 16 years."

    Very comfortable and spacious. Peaceful location. Only slight downside on this occasion was during our first week, the apartment above had some very heavy footed occupants. Otherwise, all good! Will definitely return, again.

    Thank you very much for your comments and the score of 100%. We are not sure how we would deal with the heavy footed guests in the apartment above. We may put a note in to say that there are guests below as well. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2022

  • "We had a great holiday."

    Beautiful location and amazing accommodation

    Thank you very much for your kind words, we hope to welcome you back to Mar Lodge Estate. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2022

  • "Brilliant place."

    Thank you and we agree with you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by OliverApr 2022

  • "A fantastic property in a beautiful location"

    Thank you for your feedback, we agree with you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by GustavoApr 2022

  • "Fantastic stay - could not believe the amount of space allocated per lodge."

    Great facilities which allowed us to unwind from the moment we arrived with lovely walks right in the heart of the Cairngorms. Wifi could do with an upgrade as it only works within the main room only and could not accommodate multiple devices simultaneous use (looked old technology)

    Thank you for your feedback, unfortunately we are quite a distance from the exchange and have to rely on the slow BT broadband. There are plans for a community wifi sponsored by the Scottish Govt in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MargaretMar 2022

  • "Have been to Mar Lodge before and loved it, however this time we took the downstairs apartment Derry."

    The problem is ,we had cars and Van's parking across the sitting room window's and the bedroom windows and looking in. We reported this to the duty manager, who seemed quite concerned, and informed us the other downstairs apartment had the same problem. the next morning my wife was unfortunately caught in her underwear by a carpet van parked at our bedroom window. I think its only fair to let people know of this as the constant looking out for people looking in spoilt our break.

    Thank you for your feedback. We do try very hard to discourage customers and trades people from parking at the front of the building and are sorry that on this occasion the vehicles were not moved. Property Owner

    Reviewed by WilliamMar 2022

  • "The historical experience of staying in this stunning hunting lodge was lovely."

    However, the kitchen facilities leave a lot to be desired. The crockery is thick, white and utilitarian. There is the minimum of everything and the cooking pans, esp the two non -stick frying pans are disgusting. I wouldn’t use them for camping! There was no griddle tray to put over the grill pan base so grilling bacon was impossible as the fat couldn’t drain away. The units seem painted in thick reddish paint, supposedly to look like mahogany. It doesn't, it looks like a cheap diy job. Overall, we loved the historic feel of the apartment, the grounds etc but the kitchen desperately needs overhauling immediately.

    Reviewed by AnnetteMar 2022

  • "Great location, lots of great walking in the area."

    Fantastic place to see the night sky, great to see the Milky Way.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2021

  • "This is our third visit to Mar Lodge and we continue to find it a very beautiful and tranquil part of the country."

    The facilities are excellent apart from one issue that of the lack of secure bike storage. As far as we could see although there was a wooden rack in an (unlocked) shed, there was no facility to attach the bikes to something that was fixed to the floor or walls. In this day and age particularly with the increasing use of expensive e bikes, we feel this is a major omission and one that could very easily be addressed.

    Reviewed by WilmaOct 2021

  • "Should have a discreet sign to direct visitors to the rear of the building."

    The entrance door is just not obvious.

    Thank you for your feedback and we will pass it onto the Team at Mar Lodge. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GordonJun 2021

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, wheelchair-accessible shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with log fire
  • Biomass central heating and log fire
  • 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 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: Open fire is a feature only, not operational
  • 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: 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

Surrounded by rugged Munros, Caledonian pine forests and unique wildlife is the National Trust for Scotland's Mar Lodge Estate, where this quaint ground floor apartment is settled.

Found in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Derry offers an accessible base for a family or group of four looking to enjoy a rural getaway to Scotland.

Relish in a quiet evening in the comfort of the...

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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