Mar Lodge Estate

£5,000 - £20,000 for Venue Hire
Up to 160
31 Bedrooms
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A breathtaking venue boasting some of the most beautiful scenery Scotland has to offer including 5 of the highest mountains in the UK - the perfect backdrop to a memorable day.
Mar Lodge Estate Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Exclusive venue hire
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Day before set up available
Couple accommodation included
Guest accommodation included
Furniture included
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Mar Lodge Estate Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time
Late Night Extension

Ceremony & Reception

Fireworks Permitted
Wedding Licence
Church Within Walking Distance
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available


Bridal Changing Facilities
Exclusive Use
On-Site Parking
Disabled Access
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Pet Friendly
Marquee Permitted
Grade I/II Listed Building

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence

Cultural Specialists

Mar Lodge Estate Full Description
If you’re looking for a scenic venue in Scotland to hold your wedding then Mar Lodge is the ideal venue for you! At Mar Lodge you’re spoilt for choice - you can choose between exchanging vows in the bright and airy Drawing Room or find the perfect outdoor location. Then choose to dine between the beautiful Craggan Ballroom or the elegant Dining Room - both with exquisite decor. Once dinner is over, you can head to the Stag Ballroom (where 2,500 stag antlers are exhibited, some from the Victorian era!) for some evening festivities. You and your guests are also welcome to take part in some outdoor activities. No matter what you’re searching for, Mar Lodge guarantees you an unforgettable experience.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Louise Kelly
Mar Lodge Estate is a unique and magical place, and we'd love to welcome you for the weekend. We offer great flexibility to create your dream wedding. As a local resident, I can offer expert local advice and put you in touch with the best regional suppliers. Mar Lodge Estate is cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, a charity dedicated to protecting Scotland’s exceptional nature, beauty and heritage. Income generated from weddings goes back into looking after this beautiful place.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Kerry & Idwer
Happy couple married in May
May 2023
Incredible and memorable weekend
We absolutely loved the wedding weekend, it was perfect in every aspect, it was an incredible and memorable weekend where both cultures met in the stunning Mar Lodge. Thanks to you, the weekend went exactly how we envisaged, we felt very much at home, so again thank you!! We are definitely looking forward to coming back for a reunion or yearly anniversary. We know how to find you ;).
Kerry & Idwer
Happy couple married in May
August 2023
Relaxed and welcoming atmosphere
Dear Louise and the team at Mar Lodge Thank you so much for hosting us over our wedding weekend at Mar Lodge. It was such a special weekend for us, and all of the guests were blown away by Mar Lodge and the grounds. It was such a lovely relaxed and welcoming atmosphere over the whole weekend and the sun coming out at the BBQ on the Sunday was the cherry on top! Best wishes Kerry & Idwer
Daniel & Leigh
Happy couple married in April
May 2023
Amazing venue
We got married at Mar Lodge on the 8th of April 2023 and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue!! It was simply stunning…. We first viewed Mar Lodge back in 2021 and the first time we drove up the drive to the Lodge we were just mesmerised, the inside was just as amazing but the stag ballroom sealed the deal for us. We were lucky enough to have the good weather to get married outside in front of the Lodge and have our meal and evening reception in the ballroom. The staff were amazing from our first meeting right up to our wedding day and over the whole weekend, all our family and friends were well looked after, and nothing was to much trouble. Mar Lodge really has to be seen to be believed it’s simply stunning, the ultimate location for a country wedding 🤍
Gordon & Sheila
Wedding: March
March 2023
There are no words to say what a weekend we've had. AMAZING! You are all wonderful!
Happy couple married in March
March 2023
Best weekend celebrating
We had the best weekend celebrating our wedding, Amazing place to stay. Staff are so helpful and lovely. Thank you thank you! Can't wait to come back.
Sarah and Calum
Happy couple married in March
May 2023
The best day
We had the best weekend celebrating our wedding at the stunning Mar lodge. I’ve visited Mar lodge since I was a child and it’s always been a special place. Louise and all the staff went above and beyond all weekend and it wouldn’t have been the day it was without them. Beautiful building and amazing views! Can’t wait to come back.
Mar Lodge Estate Location & Contact Details


Braemar, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5YJ, Scotland

Nearest Town


Nearest Airport

Aberdeen International Airport

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Mar Lodge Estate Press & Awards

Accreditations (1)

Green Tourism Awards Gold Standard
Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at Mar Lodge Estate?

Autumn weddings are stunning at Mar Lodge and we had a really special wedding here last October. The bride and her family holidayed at Mar Lodge every year since she was a child, and they were so excited to share this special place with family and friends.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

We’ve got so many beautiful locations on the estate for wedding photography, so I’d suggest going out and having a recce to find your favourite spots. ‘First look’ photos are proving popular and a great way of getting all your photos out of the way before your ceremony so you can spend as much time with your friends and family as possible.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

I love brides that are really into crafting – they create and add lots of wonderful personal touches on the day. We’ve got a cupboard full of bit and bobs from previous weddings which couples are welcome to use and recycle.

Describe Mar Lodge Estate in 5 adjectives

Royal Historic Countryside Scenic Flexible

Where’s the best photo spot at Mar Lodge Estate?

There are so many to choose from, but I really love where the Lui and Dee waters meet. A symbolic place for our wedding couples.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at Mar Lodge Estate?

We like to treat all our couples and guests as celebrities for the weekend. Mar Lodge was of course built for royalty by the first Duke of Fife and his wife Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter.

What’s your favourite canapé?

It must be haggis from our local, award winner butcher. Haggis bon bon’s with a whisky dipping sauce is the perfect ‘wee taster’ for those who haven’t tried this traditional Scottish dish before... and always goes down a treat!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

A juicy venison burger! Just don’t tell all the local deer roaming on the estate.

What is Mar Lodge Estate most unique feature?

The Stag Ballroom, a truly unique timber building displays some 2,500 stag antlers dating from the Victorian era. This spacious and flexible event space allows you to create the wedding of your dreams!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Working in hospitality it goes without saying that we do what we do to see happy, smiling customers. And after every wedding I've had the pleasure of hosting here at Mar Lodge I've had guests tell me that it was the best wedding they've ever been at!

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