Mar Lodge

Braemar, Ballater, Scotland

Set in 29,000 hectares of magnificent Scottish countryside in the Cairngorms National Park, Mar Lodge Estate is surrounded by ancient forests, wild rivers and rugged peaks.

Built as a Victorian hunting lodge for the Duke and Duchess of Fife in 1895, it is an idyllic setting for Highland weddings. Civil, religious and humanist ceremonies can be held in the Great Hall, on the impressive balcony of the grand staircase or in the bright, beautifully furnished and spacious Drawing Room.

The stylish interconnecting public rooms are ideal for drinks receptions, and allow guests to relax, mingle and enjoy their surroundings before dinner in the beautifully appointed Craggan Ballroom or elegant Dining Room. From the Lodge, a short stroll leads to the Stag Ballroom for ceilidhs and dancing. For larger weddings a marquee can be erected on the lawn. Meanwhile, Mar Lodge’s impressive array of outdoor pursuits – including ranger walks, stalking days and clay pigeon shooting – make this a natural choice for team-building activities.

The Lodge can accommodate up to 150 guests for drinks receptions, 130 guests for ceremonies or 70 guests for dinner. The Stag Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests for drinks receptions, ceilidhs and dances or 160 guests for dinner. Up to 1,000 guests can be accommodated in the marquee.

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Mar Lodge is a versatile venue. Ask us for ideas and use our team of local and trusted suppliers to make your vision a reality.

  • Fresh ideas: Advice on current styling, food service and drinks trends.
  • Custom touches: Want branded water bottles for delegates? Or staff dressed in a futuristic way? Our view is holistic so the result is fantastic.
  • Trusted suppliers: Flowers, tech equipment etc.. tap into the contacts we trust to deliver.


Everyone wants the food choices to feel bountiful and exciting. The real skill is in ensuring there’s minimal wastage after the event. Hickory continues to advise and work collaboratively with venues on sustainability best practices, and we’re pushing ourselves each year to do more. During 2023, we are undertaking research, with event owners, buyers and customers which will take a closer look at the world of dietary preferences in a bid to better inform future food choices.

Why choose Hickory for your event at Mar Lodge?

Almost a decade long partnershipExcellent knowledge of Assembly Rooms layouts and optionsCreatively driven food, drink and stylingComplete understanding of any restrictions and optionsOur knowledge of the venue means accurate pricingWe ensure quality management systems with ISO 9001Highly experienced and collaborative teamTrack live events via our digital planning toolEvidenced commitment to sustainability

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