Glen Tanar - a destination for all


Glen Tanar Estate

At the eastern edge of the Cairngorms National Park sits Glen Tanar. The estate spans 25,000 acres of mostly high ground with 11,000 acres of heather moorland, 10,000 acres of woodland, 3,000 acres of upland farmland, as well as and around 8 miles of fishing rights on the River Dee.

The quality of wildlife and environment for both leisure and sport is at the heart of the Glen Tanar. The estate's mission is to care for the family owned estate, combining traditional knowledge and care with modern management techniques to provide exceptional hospitality and attention to detail for both guests and visitors all year round.

Glen Tanar has been in the tourism business for over 100 years. With nine luxury and four star self-catering cottages, the standard is high. Glen Tanar aims to offer visitors the best experience of natural Scotland with quality accommodation.

In 2017, the estate's historic Victorian Ballroom celebrated 150 years of hosting a variety of events and celebrations including weddings, dinner parties, ceilidhs and corporate events. In recent years the estate has hugely diversified its product offering and now runs garden workshops in the walled garden, wildlife photography sessions and learn to fish lessons for salmon on the River Dee. In addition to this, visitors to Glen Tanar can fish for trout on the private loch, walk or cycle up Scotland's most easterly Munro, Mount Keen, or book an estate safari to learn about the wildlife on, and heritage of, the estate.

The Illuminator Run, Scotland's toughest night half marathon, also takes place at Glen Tanar and follows 15 dark miles of rugged hill trails throughout the estate. This event has been a huge success in its first 2 years with the number of runners taking part nearly doubling in 2016 to 1200.

Large scale events are welcomed at Glen Tanar, not least the Scottish 6 Days orienteering event which is held in early August each year. This event has come to Deeside for the 4th time this year which is testament to the superb terrain available as well as the flexibility of tourism businesses who gladly accommodate around 750 orienteers whether it be through providing overnight accommodation, use of land for activities, or food and drink hospitality.

When visiting you might be lucky enough to come across a red squirrel, capercaillie, golden eagle, hen harrier, peregrine falcon, merlin, osprey or an adder. These beautiful and often elusive creatures are as important to Glen Tanar as the guests that visit and that is why the estate offers wildlife photography and safaris - to enable these beautiful creatures to be seen and enjoyed by the wider population. Wildlife tourism plays a vital part in not only the economy of Glen Tanar, but Scotland's economy as a whole.

Claire Bruce said: "The variety of wildlife we have here in Scotland is something to be exceptionally proud of and celebrated. At Glen Tanar we aim to maintain the balance between letting our visitors enjoy the wildlife, whilst taking care of the place these species call their home. We want people to experience Glen Tanar as a first-choice destination, where the best of natural Scotland can be explored."