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“Lovely location and unexpected tour”
Review of Mar Lodge Estate

Mar Lodge Estate
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$33.80*
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National Trust for Scotland Discover Ticket: Scotland Sightseeing Pass
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Braemar
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Mar Lodge Estate occupies nearly 7% of the Cairngorms National Park, covers some of the most remote and scenic wild land in Scotland, including four of the five highest mountains in the UK. Within its boundaries are fine examples of classic features of a Highland landscape: remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest, heather moorland, juniper scrub and a part of the high Cairngorm plateau. Fifteen of the Trust's 46 Munros can be found in the Cairngorms around Mar Lodge. The estate is recognised as one of the most important nature conservation landscapes in the British Isles: over 40% of the estate is covered by national and international nature conservation designations.
Reviewed October 27, 2013

the location is astounding! Helpful staff who gave an unexpected tour. Lovely area to visit, wish there had been an opening so we could spend the night.

Thank J01938
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

well done nts for removing intrusive hill tracks, converting them to excellent footpaths, and culling the deer to allow Scots pine woods to flourish
Derry Lodge - a boarded up shell - is so sad. in any similar Alps or Pyrenees valley, it would be a much-loved tearoom encouraging people young and old to hike the 3 miles in, maybe more, with guaranteed shelter if it turns bad (and gluhwein in winter)

Thank david j
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

10 of us stayed here for a week so we could go to the Highland Gathering. The sitting and dining room was excellent with furnishings which reflected the character of the Lodge. The kitchen was well equipped with two dishwashers and a good cooker; lots of crockery and glasses together with a massive fridge. The bedrooms, judging by the first one we had, are again furnished in character with comfy beds. But in this day and age having to share a bathroom down the corridor is not what one expects for the prices the NTS charge. Our first room was so big an en-suite was perfectly feasible using modern equipment and from comments from others in our party most of the other rooms were the same. One of the showers developed a leak which apparently entailed it being removed and refitted so my partner and I relocated to the ground floor disabled facility which eased the morning bathroom rush upstairs. It had a wet room en-suite; which was fine but the room was very small with no storage space except an old wardrobe, how someone in a wheelchair gets around I don't know. In general the bathrooms lacked coat hooks for your dressing gown and shelves to put toiletries etc on, small points but they become annoying after a few days..
The location is fairly remote and very beautiful, the staff are brilliant, so helpful and friendly. There is a simple answer to the guy who objected to paying car park fees, join either the NTS or the NT.

Thank tony m
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Loved the stag heads (in particular the ballroom) the whole estate was beautiful, scenery fantastic.
Perfect for traditional scottish wedding!

Thank evansmunro
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Excellent walking and mountain biking paths give good access to the southern Cairngorms. I do have a slight objection to being charged to use the Linn of Dee car park though!

Thank Ewan M
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