Inverness, Highlands & Islands of Scotland, United Kingdom
At a Glance
Aldourie Castle is only available for exclusive hire and has 15 bedrooms, sleeping up to 28 guests
The only habitable castle on the shores of Loch Ness
Easy access given it is only eight miles from Inverness
Perfect blend of old and new with traditional architecture but with all the modern conveniences
Huge range of activities to do by day from walking, boat trips and exploring this amazing corner of Scotland
Best time to Visit
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
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Aldourie Castle is located on the banks of Loch Ness near Inverness in Scotland and is a classic example of Scottish baronial architecture and only available for exclusive hire. Set within a 500-acre estate, it is the definitive Scottish castle retreat.
Dating back to the 17th century, Aldourie Castle Estate is the only habitable castle to sit on the banks of Loch Ness. It underwent a massive renovation in 2004 to become an exclusive retreat for private parties, yet retained all of the magic of its baronial past. There are just thirteen double rooms and two single rooms set over two floors, alongside elegant reception rooms downstairs. It is very much the fairytale castle, complete with turrets, roaring fire-places, nooks, crannies, secret doors and awash with traditional and vibrant fixtures and fittings. Yet the triumph of Aldourie Castle is that it blends old and new so fantastically - expect inviting four-poster beds and modern bathrooms, yet feeling like you truly are the Monarch of the Glen sitting in your picture-perfect castle overlooking Loch Ness.
Aldourie Castle is set within a 500 acre estate, with a multitude of things to do by day. This part of Scotland is very much the 'real' Scotland - where the Highland spirit is there in all its glory. From September to January you can head off deer stalking, maybe try your hand at shooting at nearby estates, seek out a traditional Scottish links for a spot of golf, 4x4 driving, fishing and boat trips on Loch Ness. What we love is simply getting out and about on foot, breathing in the freshest of Scottish Air and looking out over some of the most remarkable views that Scotland has to offer. A team of on-site staff are on hand to arrange bespoke experiences for you and your party.
After a day out exploring, throw off your wellies, have a quick soak in your free-standing bath and head to the Red Drawing Room for a drink beside the fire. Wander into the Red Drawing Room (maybe with a bagpiper in tow) where you and your friends and sit back to traditional Scottish fare, cooked by Aldourie's team of chefs. After dinner, take your single malt for a frame of snooker in the billiards room, or just sit by the fire feeling all rather smug about you and your castle.
There are fifteen bedrooms – thirteen doubles (of which five can be made into twin rooms) and two small interconnecting singles – at Aldourie Castle, ranging from grand four-posters, swathed in velvets and brocades, to the cosiest little single rooms, with a charm all of their own. This means you can sleep 28 people in various formats.
Each bedroom and bathroom is individually designed: one may be furnished with classic simplicity, another with generous dashes of eccentricity, yet all are wonderfully comfortable with all the modern convieniences. Each of the bedrooms has its own personality, as well as its own distinctive furnishings. Some are decorated in honour of a previous owner at the Castle; some are themed around a period style and others around the architectural features of that particular room. The bathrooms are equipped with the very best of classic British fitments, designed in traditional style.
There are nine room on the first floor (Fraser Wing, Morris, Lorimer, Loch, Garden Room, Napoleon, Mackintosh, Lady Grey and Peacock) and all have slightly taller ceilings and larger windows.
There are six rooms on the second room and there are a great deal of landings, towers and doorways (Twin Chimnies, Tower Room, Chinese Room, Old Nursery, Lady Cameron and Four in Hand.
A self-contained apartment, with a sitting room,
four-poster bedroom, little study and en-suite bathroom.
A king or twin-bedded room with Arts and Crafts
A traditional double bedroom, connecting with the Print Bathroom.
A delightful four-poster room, smaller in scale, with the Nymph Bathroom adjacent.
A four-poster room with distinctive Arts and Crafts wood panelling and a large en-suite bathroom.
A classic four-poster bedroom, with en-suite bathroom; connects with Peacock.
A splendid four-poster room, with en-suite
marble shower room.
A charming single room, connecting with Mackintosh.
A single room, connecting with Lady Grey.
A king or twin-bedded room, reached by its own
stone spiral staircase, with en-suite bath and shower.
|The Tower Room||
The Tower Room is a classic Elizabethan four-poster.
|Four in Hand||
A double room, unusual in shape, featuring a large alcove and the adjacent Wildlife Bathroom.
Lady Cameron is a spacious and beautifully interiored king or twin-bedded room, adjacent to the Turret Bathroom.
|The Old Nusery||
The Old Nursery is a king or twin-bedded room, next door to the Nursery Kitchen, which offers its own cooking and dining facilities and is ideal for families with children.
Next to the Tower Room you find adjacent stone stairs leading up to the twin-bedded Chinese Room, with en-suite bathroom.
Aldourie Castle has a range of reception rooms including the Red Drawing Room, Billiards Room, Dining Room and Lairds Rooms. WiFi is available throughout.
A Round of Golf at Gleneagles
With three championship golf courses, Scotland’s PGA National Golf Academy, and a member of Great Golf Resorts of the World – golf is at the very heart of Gleneagles.
Clay Pigeon shooting
Whether you are a novice or a crack shot, a morning or afternoon spent clay pigeon shooting at the world-famous Gleneagles Shooting School is an exhilarating pursuit that can safely be enjoyed by anyone over the age of eight years old upwards.
Dolphin spotting on the Moray Firth
Make your way to the Moray Firth, a stretch of the North Sea located to the east of Inverness, in search of bottlenose dolphins. You'll board a private RIB boat and take to the water with the hopes of finding these beautiful creatures.
Make your way to the ancient home of the Sutherland Clan, Dunrobin Castle, where you will enjoy a tour of the historic building and its beautiful grounds. After a delicious lunch you'll be treated to an impressive private falconry display.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amongst a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor center can be explored at your leisure.
The fun and spectacle of a Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral you.
The Jacobite Steam Train runs between Fort William and Mallaig on the wonderfully scenic West Highland railway line, famed for its iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct which may seem familiar as it is on the way to Hogwarts in three of the Harry Potter films.
Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the Hebrides, an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland and is a paradise for those who love the great outdoors.
Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is derived from the old Norse sky-a which translates to "cloud island", so called because of its often mist-cloaked hills.
Private Tour of a Whisky Distillery with a Master Distiller
Join a master distiller and learn the secrets of the finest whiskies in the world before sampling the golden nectar afterwards. We can arrange exclusive visits to legendary distilleries such as Dalmore, Glenlivet, Laphroaig and Macallan.
|Closed for Refirbishment||
Please note Aldourie Castle will be closed from October 2018 for 18 months for refurbishment. Please call our sales team who will kindly advise you on alternative options.
Location & directions
Inverness, Highlands & Islands of Scotland, United Kingdom
Aldourie Castle Estate is situated on the south side of Loch Ness, approximately five miles from Inverness.