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Mar Lodge Estate

Near Ballater, Aberdeen City & Shire

Mar Lodge Estate covers over 72,000 acres of spectacular Cairngorms mountain and moorland landscape, offering some of Scotland’s most rewarding red deer stalking and walked-up grouse shooting, as well as salmon and sea-trout fishing on the River Dee.

A sporting holiday combines comfortable accommodation in Mar Lodge, built for Queen Victoria’s grand-daughter Princess Louise and completely refurbished in the 1990s, with friendly, knowledgeable stalkers and ghillies.

The Lodge can cater for 30+ guests across five self-contained apartments. There’s also a drawing room, dining room and billiards room. For smaller parties, there are also two luxurious cottages nearby sleeping between eight and 10 guests.

Sport Offered

Shooting - Red Grouse - Walked up 12 August-10 December

Shooting - Clay Pigeon

Deer Stalking/Hunting - Red Stags - For up to 3 rifles - 1 August-20 October

Deer Stalking/Hunting - Red Hinds - 21 October-15 February

Fishing - Atlantic Salmon - Fly only - 1 May-30 September (catch and release) River Dee

Fishing - Sea Trout - Fly only - 1 May-30 September (catch and release) River Dee

Fishing - Brown Trout - Fly only - 1 April-30 September, River Dee, burns and hill lochs

Other Field Sports - Clay Pigeon Shooting - On request.

Mar Lodge - five apartments sleep 17, 4, 4, 4 & 2
Claybokie Cottage, sleeps 10
Craig Bhalg Cottage, sleeps 8

For anyone who has not visited this part of the river as they feel it may be too far up then I urge them to think again, as it is without a doubt one of the most scenic places in Scotland to fish.
GT, Dundee, May 2012
I’ve been lucky enough to have shot driven and walked-up grouse for over 30 years, but those two days last week at Mar Lodge rank among the best. Well organised, some very testing wild birds and great fun. We’ll be back!
SF, Perthshire, September 2011
I had a wonderful time stalking with all of you. I got my first stag with David. I had a great stalk with James and I enjoyed getting stuck in on the river with Andrew and getting the Big Older Bruiser with you!”
DL, Kansas, December 2011
I just wanted to write to say that I had a wonderful time. It was my first time in Aberdeenshire and my first time salmon fishing and they were some of the most memorable days of fishing I have ever had, particularly in catching a salmon on Tuesday, which was an experience that will live long in the memory.
SH W Sussex, 12/05//2014

For visitors who don’t shoot, stalk or fish, there are plenty of other outdoor activities. Our Ranger team runs a busy programme of guided walks around the estate and can tailor special walks to a party’s requirements. We also welcome horses and are approved by the British Horse Society as the only Horses Welcome Centre in the region. Royal Deeside offers more visitor attractions, with Crathie, Balmoral and Glenshee, for example, all just a short drive away.

Go to the Visit Scotland Regional Information website
Contact Information
Contact Name Mar Lodge Estate
Address Mar Lodge Estate
Braemar
Aberdeenshire
AB35 5YJ
Telephone Click to see Number01339 720163
Nearest Train Perth or Aberdeen
Nearest Airport Aberdeen
Provider Information
Size of Ground 72,000 acres
Beginners Yes
Accommodation The Lodge can cater for 30+ guests across five self-contained apartments. There’s also a drawing room, dining room and billiards room. For smaller parties, there are also two luxurious cottages nearby sleeping between eight and 10 guests.
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