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Craigendarroch House (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 12 people.

Price: £ 1185 - £3119

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The Old School House (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 5 people.

Price: £ from £ 390

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Click here for more about The Coyles Cottage

The Coyles Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people. Offering ground floor facilities, this cottage is perfect for year round family breaks.

Price: £ 267 - £ 841

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Cairns Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people.

Price: £ from £ 368

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Click here for more about Mar Lodge Estate - Bynack

Mar Lodge Estate - Bynack (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 17 people.

Price: £ 584 - £2924

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Click here for more about Meall Darroch

Meall Darroch (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people.

Price: £ from £ 423

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Mar House (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. Nestling in a secluded, wooded position overlooking the River Dee valley, this superior stone house has been totally renovated to offer the finest facilities and provide every comfort to ensure an enjoyable stay. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and fine views, and the drawing room has an open fire making the property ideal for all year round holidays. Herds of red deer, stags and hinds, graze by the river during the evenings giving a feeling of tranquillity amidst the beautiful highland scenery. It is situated in area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the Cairngorm National Park and offers access to some of the best walking and climbing in Scotland, with the challenging Cairngorm mountains within easy reach. Fishing, stalking and shooting may be arranged through the estate. Winter sports are also catered for with skiing at Glenshee only a 20-minute drive.
For the less energetic a visit to the 16th-century Crathes Castle and Gardens at Banchory (40 miles) offers an exciting day out. The gardens provide a wonderful display at any time of the year with great yew hedges and a fascinating presentation of the art of topiary dating from 1702. There is also a children's adventure playground. Closer to Mar House is Balmoral Castle - the Royal family's Highland residence which offers the opportunity to pony trek and the chance to view various exhibitions, including one on the local wildlife. Golf is available at Braemar only 4 miles away and there are also excellent courses at Ballater and Aboyne.
Inverness is within easy reach and offers many attractions for all the family. Unusual places of interest include the Kilt maker Centre, where a small visitor centre explains the whole process of making tartan, and the novel Balnain House, which explores the development of Highland music. Inverness Castle, perched above the river, offers the Castle Garrison Encounter, an entertaining interactive exhibition in which the visitor plays the role of a new recruit in the 18th-century Hanoverian army. Shop and public house 3 miles.

Price: £ from 562

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Click here for more about Horsechestnut Cottage

Horsechestnut Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people.

This is one of a delightful group of four houses set on the fringe of this Royal village with the River Clunie gently flowing past at the rear. Very well furnished and equipped to a good standard offering a pleasant, comfortable holiday break. Braemar has easy walking, climbing for the ambitious, golf, salmon and trout fishing or just peace and tranquillity to enjoy the majestic scenery. Braemar is famous for its celebrated Highland Gathering and the breathtaking Linn of Dee. Ballater 17 miles, Aberdeen approximately 50 miles. Shop and pub 200 yards.

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Click here for more about Mar Lodge Estate - Dalvorar

Mar Lodge Estate - Dalvorar (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people.


At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) and Claybokie (ref 30188) are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in a historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. Along with Dalvorar (ref 30759), it is one of the five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. Dalvorar (ref 30759) is a delightful property; the views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece is a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls and is a snug retreat to come back to after a day’s walking on the estate. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast. ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properti...

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Mar Lodge Estate - Dalvorar (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people. This first floor apartment is situated within the Mar Lodge Estate, with plenty of wildlife and walks nearby to explore.

Price: £ 865 - £ 865

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Click here for more about Mar Lodge Estate - Creag Bhalg

Mar Lodge Estate - Creag Bhalg (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. An idyllic holiday setting in an exclusive Highland hideaway, Creag Bhalg makes the perfect retreat for any occasion.

Price: £ 584 - £2924

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Click here for more about The Coyles Cottage

The Coyles Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people. These two holiday properties stand near to each other in their own grounds, each with their own garden, and enjoy a convenient setting close to the heart of the delightful small market town of Ballater with good shops, hotels, restaurants and golf course near at hand. The Coyles (SOOJ) is a wonderful family house and perfect for larger gatherings, whether enjoying a special birthday or a relaxing get together with friends, with plenty of living space and very good amenities throughout to ensure a memorable and convivial holiday. On two levels, it offers a high standard of comfort throughout and is a great choice at any time of the year. The Coyles Cottage (SBH) is set in a delightful part of the garden and is well equipped throughout with a lovely sunny conservatory, and benefits from triple glazing and central heating throughout, affording year-round comfort. An excellent centre from which to discover the many places of interest nearby; Ballater itself is a lovely base with many links to the Royal family and historic castles nearby include Balmoral, Crathies and Craigievar. The Grampians offer wonderful hill walking and wildlife, and the surrounding area of Deeside is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Leisurely walks abound on the banks of the River Dee or alternatively tackle some of the Monros and other mountains in the Cairngorms - a short drive away via some majestic scenery. Skiing is 35 minutes' drive going through parts of the Whisky Trail, and canoeing and mountain biking are also readily available throughout the region. Shops 100 yards to 400 yards, public house 100 yards.

Price: £ from 327

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Click here for more about The Old School House

The Old School House (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 5 people. This detached cottage is located in the Cairngorms National Park and is perfect for exploring this stunning area.

Price: £ 230 - £ 772

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Click here for more about Cairns Cottage

Cairns Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people. On the outskirts of Aboyne, this is a lovely property to explore the local area.

Price: £ 288 - £ 766

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Click here for more about Mar Lodge Estate - Claybokie

Mar Lodge Estate - Claybokie (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 10 people. The perfect base for a large family get-together, this lodge is in an ideal setting rich in wildlife.

Price: £ 584 - £2924

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Click here for more about Strowan

Strowan (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. With golf, walking, skiing and snowboarding all available nearby, this is a great base from which to enjoy an active holiday!

Price: £ 417 - £ 1108

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Click here for more about Stuffers Cottage

Stuffers Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 2 people. Overlooking the gentle meandering bends of the River Dee where wild red deer roam, this former taxidermist's workshop and cottage has been completely rebuilt under the 'Mar Estate Golden Jubilee Project'. After lapsing into dereliction, this magnificently appointed property has been restored to its original 1884 timber construction, taking into account every last detail. Further enhanced by the addition of modern day facilities, it stands as a real gem of a holiday home, amidst spectacular scenery. The village is home to the annual Highland Games, the Braemar Gathering. Games were first held here in the 11th century, when contests were set for the local clans in order to pick the bravest and strongest for Malcolm Canmore's army. Perth is little over an hour's drive away, as is the beautiful granite city of Aberdeen. Shops 3 miles.

Price: £ from 367

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Click here for more about Langdale

Langdale (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. Detached house close to the centre of the Royal Deeside village of Ballater

Price: £ 415 - £ 910

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Mar House (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people.

Nestling in a secluded, wooded position overlooking the River Dee valley, this superior stone house has been totally restored to offer the finest facilities and provide every comfort to ensure an enjoyable stay. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and fine views, and the drawing room has an open fire making the property ideal for all year round holidays. Herds of red deer, stags and hinds, graze by the river during the evenings giving a feeling of tranquillity amidst the beautiful Highland scenery. It is situated in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the Cairngorm National Park and offers access to some of the best walking and climbing in Scotland, with the challenging Cairngorm mountains within easy reach. Fishing, stalking and shooting may be arranged through the estate. Winter sports are also catered for with skiing at Glenshee only a 20-minute drive.
For the less energetic a visit to the 16th-century Crathes Castle and Gardens at Banchory (40 miles) offers an exciting day out. The gardens provide a wonderful display at any time of the year with great yew hedges and a fascinating presentation of the art of topiary dating from 1702. There is also a children's adventure playground. Closer to Mar House is Balmoral Castle – the Royal family's Highland residence which offers the opportunity to pony trek and the chance to view various exhibitions, including one on the local wildlife. Golf is available at Braemar only 4 miles away and there are also excellent courses at Ballater and Aboyne.
Inverness is within easy reach and offers many attractions for all the family. Unusual places of interest include the Kiltmaker Centre, where a small visitor centre explains the whole process of making tartan, and the novel Balnain House, which explores the development of Highland music. Inverness Castle, perched above the river, offers the Castle Garrison Encounter, an entertaining interactive exhibition in which the visitor plays the role of a new recruit in the 18th-century Hanoverian army. Shop and pub 3 miles.

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Click here for more about Blackbull Byre

Blackbull Byre (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 6 people.

Price: £ 455 - £1135

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Click here for more about Mar Lodge Estate - Dalvorar

Mar Lodge Estate - Dalvorar (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people. This first floor apartment is situated within the Mar Lodge Estate, with plenty of wildlife and walks nearby to explore.

Price: £ 584 - £2924

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Click here for more about Mar Lodge Estate - Bynack

Mar Lodge Estate - Bynack (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 17 people.


At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) and Claybokie (ref 30188) are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in a historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. Along with Dalvorar (ref 30759), it is one of the five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. Dalvorar (ref 30759) is a delightful property; the views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece is a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls and is a snug retreat to come back to after a day’s walking on the estate. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast. ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properti...

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Cairnie (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 6 people.

Price: £ 365 - £1115

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Mar Lodge Estate - Claybokie (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 10 people. The perfect base for a large family get-together, this lodge is in an ideal setting rich in wildlife.

Price: £ 2756 - £ 2756

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Click here for more about Bearberry Cottage

Bearberry Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 6 people.

Fully refurbished for 2014, this lovely detached bungalow is situated in a quiet area of Ballater, in the heart of Royal Deeside within the Cairngorms National Park. Surrounded by mature gardens backing onto woodland, it is warm and bright, offering all conveniences for your comfort with parking for approximately 3 cars on the driveway. The property further benefits from an enclosed and secluded rear garden with an excellent view of Craigendarroch Hill and a patio to enjoy al fresco entertaining on sunny days. Ballater's shops, restaurants and pubs are just a short stroll. Ballater is renowned for its Royal connections, with several shops displaying Royal patronage whose variety will suit all tastes. This delightful village is an excellent choice for exploring Royal Deeside's rich heritage including the Balmoral Estate (8 miles) and a number of other historic castles in the area. Ballater and the surrounding area offer a wide range of summer and winter activities to suit all ages including hillwalking, cycling, climbing in the Cairngorm Mountains, wildlife watching, gliding at nearby Aboyne and skiing at Glenshee and The Lecht. Go fishing in the Dee or visit the numerous golf courses which pepper the area, including Ballater's own 18 hole course in its beautiful setting on the banks of the Dee. The city of Aberdeen with all its facilities is just 40 miles. Alternatively, enjoy some scenic touring through Glen Muick, Braemar, Linn of Dee and Strathdon. Shop, pub and restaurant, 0.25 miles.

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The Old School House (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 5 people.

Totally renovated, traditionally spacious, detached holiday cottage set in the small hamlet of Inverey, 4 miles out of Braemar on the road to the Linn of Dee. Wide open expansive views to the rear of the heather clad hills and mountains and attractive mature woodland with wonderful walks from the front door. Tracks lead to Derry Lodge and on into the Grampian Mountains. Golf, restaurants and shops in the village. Shop and pub 4 miles.

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Black Bull Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 6 people.

Price: £ 455 - £1115

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Click here for more about The Knock

The Knock (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. A spacious and very well-equipped traditional stone house, sitting in a woodland area on Mar Estate at Inverey. Offering Magnificent views across the Upper Dee Valley to Ben Macdui, the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, here you will find mountain activities which have made this part of the Highlands a famous tourist area. It is an ideal area for those who simply wish to wander through idyllic scenery and perhaps see a glimpse of an osprey, golden eagle or capercailzie.
Braemar village nestling amongst heather covered hills, is the setting for the annual Highland Gathering, also Braemar Castle with its barrel-vaulted ceilings, underground prison and central tower with spiral staircase, has much historical interest. The area abounds with castles, including Balmoral, the Scottish baronial mansion which has been a royal residence since 1852. The Royal Family traditionally spend their summer holidays here, and the grounds are ideal for walking and pony trekking. Dunnottar Castle is one of Scotland's finest ruined castles, a huge 9th-century fortress set on a three-sided sheer cliff jutting into the sea, with dramatic views out to the crashing sea.
For family entertainment, pay a visit to the Archaeolink Prehistory Park, which gives an insight into the area's Pictish heritage. The park includes a reconstructed Iron Age Farm, a hillside archaeological site and lively audio-visual displays designed to bring prehistory to life. Also well worth a visit is the Cairngorm Whisky Centre in Tomintoul (1 hour), with its tasting room offering more than 1,000 brands of whisky.
There is extensive hill walking and challenging mountain climbing opportunities from the door and in the winter months if sufficient snow good skiing at Glenshee (20 mins). For those who do not wish to climb the mountains but still want to see the awe inspiring views, take the chairlift at Glenshee to the observation point a short distance from the top of the Cairnwell mountain. Braemar golf course (18 holes) is a gem. Fishing on the River Dee (for information see caretaker). Roe and red deer are present and stalking can be arranged (in advance) through the Estate. Shop and public house 4 miles.

Price: £ from 504

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Click here for more about Stuffers Cottage

Stuffers Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 2 people.

Overlooking the gentle meandering bends of the River Dee where wild red deer roam, this former taxidermist's workshop and cottage has been completely rebuilt under the ‘Mar Estate Golden Jubilee Project'. After lapsing into dereliction, this magnificently appointed property has been restored to its original 1884 timber construction, taking into account every last detail. Further enhanced by the addition of modern day facilities, it stands as a real gem of a holiday home, amidst spectacular scenery. The village is home to the annual Highland Games, the Braemar Gathering. Games were first held here in the 11th century, when contests were set for the local clans in order to pick the bravest and strongest for Malcolm Canmore's army. Perth is little over an hour's drive away, as is the beautiful granite city of Aberdeen. Shops 3 miles.

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Click here for more about Ford Cottage

Ford Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 9 people. Set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, this beautiful cottage is an ideal family retreat.

Price: £ 543 - £1373

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Click here for more about The Knock

The Knock (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. This spacious property is in an ideal location for exploring this stunning area of Scotland.

Price: £ 476 - £ 1766

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Click here for more about Mar Lodge Estate - Creag Bhalg

Mar Lodge Estate - Creag Bhalg (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) and Claybokie (ref 30188) are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in a historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. Along with Dalvorar (ref 30759), it is one of the five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. Dalvorar (ref 30759) is a delightful property; the views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece is a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls and is a snug retreat to come back to after a day’s walking on the estate. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast. ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properti...

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Click here for more about Meall Darroch

Meall Darroch (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people.

This traditional cottage sits on the banks of the River Dee. Meall Darroch looks pretty as a picture and has the welcoming warmth of an open fire. The holiday cottage has been fully modernised, carefully furnished and fitted with numerous labour saving appliances to make your stay totally relaxing. In this idyllic location there is freedom and space amongst moorland, heather and mountains - great walking country with real challenges for climbers. Yet this spectacular area is close to the tourist route - Braemar famous for the celebrated Highland Gathering and the breathtaking Linn of Dee. Shop and pub 4 miles.

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The Coyles Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people.

These two holiday properties stand near to each other in their own grounds, each with their own garden, and enjoy a convenient setting close to the heart of the delightful small market town of Ballater with good shops, hotels, restaurants and golf course near at hand. The Coyles (SOOJ) is a wonderful family house and perfect for larger gatherings, whether enjoying a special birthday or a relaxing get together with friends, with plenty of living space and very good amenities throughout to ensure a memorable and convivial holiday. On two levels, it offers a high standard of comfort throughout and is a great choice at any time of the year. The Coyles Cottage (SBH) is set in a delightful part of the garden and is well equipped throughout with a lovely sunny conservatory, and benefits from triple glazing and central heating throughout, affording year-round comfort. An excellent centre from which to discover the many places of interest nearby; Ballater itself is a lovely base with many links to the Royal family and historic castles nearby include Balmoral, Crathies and Craigievar. The Grampians offer wonderful hill walking and wildlife, and the surrounding area of Deeside is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Leisurely walks abound on the banks of the River Dee or alternatively tackle some of the Monros and other mountains in the Cairngorms - a short drive away via some majestic scenery. Skiing is 35 minutes' drive going through parts of the Whisky Trail, and canoeing and mountain biking are also readily available throughout the region. Shops and pub 100 yards.

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Click here for more about Glenkindie Estate Holiday Cottages - Braemorlich

Glenkindie Estate Holiday Cottages - Braemorlich (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 5 people.

Price: £ 289 - £685

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Click here for more about Orchard House

Orchard House (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 7 people.

Price: £ 445 - £1305

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Click here for more about Mar Lodge Estate - Claybokie

Mar Lodge Estate - Claybokie (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 10 people.


At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) and Claybokie (ref 30188) are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in a historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. Along with Dalvorar (ref 30759), it is one of the five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. Dalvorar (ref 30759) is a delightful property; the views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece is a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls and is a snug retreat to come back to after a day’s walking on the estate. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast. ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properti...

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Click here for more about Mar Lodge Estate - Creag Bhalg

Mar Lodge Estate - Creag Bhalg (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. An idyllic holiday setting in an exclusive Highland hideaway, Creag Bhalg makes the perfect retreat for any occasion.

Price: £ 2205 - £ 2205

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Click here for more about Glenkindie Estate Holiday Cottages - Home Farm Cot

Glenkindie Estate Holiday Cottages - Home Farm Cot (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 6 people.

Price: £ 359 - £915

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Click here for more about Blackbull Farm - Blackbull Farmhouse

Blackbull Farm - Blackbull Farmhouse (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 12 people.

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Click here for more about Mill of Old Mains

Mill of Old Mains (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. This rural property is the perfect retreat for that relaxing Scottish holiday.

Price: £ 526 - £ 1236

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Click here for more about Bearberry Cottage

Bearberry Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 6 people. Short stroll away from Ballater, this holiday property is an excellent base for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, with hillwalking, cycling, climbing and gliding all locally.

Price: £ 285 - £ 980

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Click here for more about Tornahatnach

Tornahatnach (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people. Blissfully set on the Glenkindie Estate, Tornahatnach is a homely, 19th-century holiday cottage that makes for an ideal family getaway at any time of year.

Price: £ 325 - £820

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Click here for more about The Knock

The Knock (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people.

A spacious and very well-equipped traditional stone house, sitting in a woodland area on Mar Estate at Inverey. Offering magnificent views across the Upper Dee Valley to Ben Macdui, the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, here you will find mountain activities which have made this part of the Highlands a famous tourist area. It is an ideal area for those who simply wish to wander through idyllic scenery and perhaps see a glimpse of an osprey, golden eagle or capercailzie.
Braemar village nestling amongst heather covered hills, is the setting for the annual Highland Gathering, also Braemar Castle with its barrel-vaulted ceilings, underground prison and central tower with spiral staircase, has much historical interest. The area abounds with castles, including Balmoral, the Scottish baronial mansion which has been a royal residence since 1852. The Royal Family traditionally spend their summer holidays here, and the grounds are ideal for walking and pony trekking. Dunnottar Castle is one of Scotland's finest ruined castles, a huge 9th-century fortress set on a three-sided sheer cliff jutting into the sea, with dramatic views out to the crashing sea.
For family entertainment, pay a visit to the Archaeolink Prehistory Park, which gives an insight into the area's Pictish heritage. The park includes a reconstructed Iron Age Farm, a hillside archaeological site and lively audio-visual displays designed to bring prehistory to life. Also well worth a visit is the Cairngorm Whisky Centre in Tomintoul (1 hour), with its tasting room offering more than 1,000 brands of whisky.
There is extensive hill walking and challenging mountain climbing opportunities from the door and in the winter months if sufficient snow, good skiing at Glenshee (20 mins). For those who do not wish to climb the mountains but still want to see the awe inspiring views, take the chairlift at Glenshee to the observation point a short distance from the top of the Cairnwell mountain. Braemar golf course (18 holes) is a gem. Fishing on the River Dee (for information see caretaker). Roe and red deer are present and stalking can be arranged (in advance) through the Estate. Shop and pub 4 miles.

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Click here for more about Mar Lodge Estate - Bynack

Mar Lodge Estate - Bynack (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 17 people.

Price: £ 2756 - £ 2756

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Click here for more about Viewington Cottage

Viewington Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people. Charming Victorian terraced cottage for 4 close to the centre of Ballater in the heart of Royal Deeside

Price: £ 360 - £ 530

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Strowan (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people.

Situated close to the village centre and just a short walk to all of Ballater's excellent amenities, this very attractive, comfortably furnished, end-terraced holiday property has been lovingly restored to a very good standard throughout. Great for families or couples who enjoy a varied holiday, there is a multitude of activities on the doorstep; Ballater is a popular area with walkers and cyclists, and is close to both Glenshee and the Lecht for skiing. There is a gliding airstrip near Aboyne within a 15-minute drive. Ballater golf course is a 5-minute walk away, and the area is renowned for its stunning scenery and fantastic walks and wildlife. A picturesque Victorian village in the heart of Royal Deeside, Ballater is surrounded by glorious countryside, including Craigendarroch Hill, the Dee River, and is located in the Cairngorms National Park. Ballater is 43 miles west of Aberdeen and 8 miles from Balmoral Castle. Renowned for its royal connections, the village has many shops and businesses displaying the Royal warrants of the Queen and Prince Charles. A short drive will take you to the slopes of the Lecht, a popular, seasonal destination for skiers and snowboarders. If you prefer a more sedate holiday, there are plenty of shops, cafes and eateries just a stroll from the house. An ideal destination at any time of year. Beach 43 miles. Shop, pubs and restaurants 300 yards.

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Click here for more about Burnside

Burnside (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 5 people.

Price: £ 369 - £839

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Click here for more about Pronyshiel

Pronyshiel (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 5 people.

Price: £ 315 - £709

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Click here for more about Mar House

Mar House (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. In a secluded position yet within easy reach of many attractions, this property is a great base for a family holiday.

Price: £ 643 - £ 1518

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Click here for more about Horsechestnut Cottage

Horsechestnut Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people.

Price: £ from £ 397

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Click here for more about Mill of Old Mains

Mill of Old Mains (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people.

Price: £ from £ 781

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Click here for more about Horsechestnut Cottage

Horsechestnut Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. In the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, close to Balmoral, this is an ideal property for that relaxing Scottish holiday.

Price: £ 315 - £ 1114

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Click here for more about Meall Darroch

Meall Darroch (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people. Set on the banks of the River Dee, this detached property is in a peaceful location and is complete with an inviting open fire.

Price: £ 231 - £ 627

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Click here for more about Stuffers Cottage

Stuffers Cottage (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 2 people. This peacefully located property is overlooking the River Dee with wildlife on the doorstep.

Price: £ 237 - £ 737

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Click here for more about 4 Hawthorn Place

4 Hawthorn Place (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 4 people. 4 Hawthorn Place is a terraced cottage in the village of Ballater in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It has two bedrooms comprising of a king-size with an en-suite and a double room, there is also a family bathroom, the property can sleep four people. Also inside there is a kitchen diner with a woodburning stove, a utility and a sitting room with a woodburning stove. To the outside you will find roadside parking in front of the property and a rear patio with a table and chairs. 4 Hawthorn Place is a stunning cottage in a delightful Scottish village.

Price: £ 325 - £ 714.82

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Click here for more about Granville

Granville (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 8 people. Granville is a wonderful, detached cottage in Ballater, in the heart of Royal Deeside. The cottage boasts high ceilings and intricate cornicing, as well as two feature granite fireplaces. There are four bedrooms, including two king-size double rooms, two twin rooms, one of which can be made into a king-size double upon request, and two family bathrooms. The well-equipped kitchen has a dining area, and there is an open fire in both the spacious sitting room and drawing room. Outside, there is an enclosed front garden, and an enclosed garden to the rear with a lawned area, a patio, furniture and a barbecue. Granville is the perfect base for friends and families to explore the Cairngorms National Park, all year round.

Price: £ 511 - £ 1195.83

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Click here for more about The Loft

The Loft (Ballater) sleeps a maximum of 2 people. The Loft is an attractive studio flat situated in the village of Ballater, within the superb Cairngorms National Park. Showcasing one double bedroom, this apartment can sleep up to two people. Additionally, there is an open plan living area, kitchen, dining area and sitting area, a bathroom and a snug; and to the outside, a front balcony with furniture overlooks scenery. Set in a pleasant location, The Loft is a spectacular flat in a welcoming part of Scotland, ideal for a couple.

Price: £ 245 - £ 567.74

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If you can't find a cottage here that meets your needs. You may want to widen your search to other towns in Aberdeenshire. Alternatively there are other types of self catering holidays on offer - why not consider an apartment, lodge or holiday caravan.

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