The wild beauty of the Cairngorms unfolds around a 19th-century sporting lodge on this breathtaking estate. A walker’s paradise, Mar Lodge Estate is Britain's largest national nature reserve. It comprises over 29,000 hectares of astonishing landscape: 15 Munros, heathered moors, Caledonian pine forest and a wonderland of Scottish wildlife.
Mar Lodge Estate is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. On the moors, red grouse, meadow pipit and skylark are active, while tree creepers, willow warblers, stonechat and great tits are at home in the woods. Fortunate birdwatchers may spot a golden eagle soaring high above. But perhaps the most spectacular display comes in autumn when red deer stags start to rut – their roaring and clashing battles echo across the glens.
Hill-walking on Mar Lodge Estate is unsurpassed. Scale the peak of Ben MacDui (1,309m), one of our 15 Munros. There are several mountain bothies, as well as opportunities for wild camping. Please note there is no waymarking as our policy is to minimise interference in the landscape.
From the Linn of Dee car park there are also a number of low-level walks to be enjoyed, with views of the rushing falls. Throughout the estate, there are many reminders of the area’s human history, from Mesolithic remnants and post-medieval townships to the remains of 19th-century sheep farming.
We have a wide range of landscape conservation projects underway, including repairing footpaths and reducing the damage caused to woodland by red deer.
Mar Lodge estate is 3 miles west of Braemar, in Aberdeenshire.
Access from A93 via unclassified road to Linn of Dee Ordnance Survey Ref: NO096899
Stagecoach Bluebird service numbers 201, 202 and 203 (Aberdeen - Banchory - Torphins - Aboyne - Ballater - Braemar) all stop at Braemar. (These services also stop at Crathes Castle and Drum Castle.)
There are, however, no public transport services from Braemar to the Mar Lodge Estate.
Aberdeen bus station is just a couple of minutes’ walk from Aberdeen railway station. From Aberdeen bus station (65 miles away from Mar Lodge), take any of the services detailed above to Braemar.
Sitting within the stunning Cairngorms National Park, there is a huge variety of low-level and high-level walks in and around Braemar.