Mar Lodge Estate

Mar Lodge Estate


Mar Lodge Estate



AB35 5YJ

Mar Lodge Estate in Western Aberdeenshire covers more than 29000 hectares (over 72000 acres) of moors, Caledonian pine forest, towering mountains (including 15 Munros!) and wetland. It is owned by the National Trust For Scotland.

Indulge in the natural beauty of Mar Lodge Estate which is home to some iconic wildlife, including ptarmigan, golden eagles, red grouse, raptors, black grouse and mountain hares. The estate also includes 4 of the 5 highest mountains in the UK and is one of the most important areas for nature conservation in Britain.

Wildlife & Outdoors

Wildlife enthusiasts will thrill at moor dwelling species such as, red grouse, meadow pipit and skylark. For birdwatchers, the woodlands are home to tree creepers, willow warblers and great tits.

World-class hill-walking is available on Mar Lodge Estate, where you can scale the peak of Ben MacDui (1,309m).


There are toilet facilities for visitors and a tourist information hut at the Linn of Dee.

It is possible to camp on the estate, but camp fires are strictly forbidden due to the possibility that they would damage the landscape and important habitats for the rare mammals and birds on the estate.

Parking is free for members of the National Trust For Scotland, or £3 per day for non-members.

The architecture of the buildings is interesting, having been built in 1895 by the Duke of Fife. There are no fewer than 5 listed buildings on the estate, including Mar Lodge itself.

The estate is bounded by the Cairngorm mountains in the North. The South and West are more welcoming, giving way to the rolling Geldie hills.

Like the rest of the Highlands, the estate can experience extreme weather conditions.

Read our guide on where to stay and what to do in elsewhere in the Highlands.

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