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Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Near Ardgay, Scotland

Alladale Wilderness Reserve is located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by rugged hills and stunning scenery. Sleeping up to 12, this luxury lodge makes for the perfect retreat for those looking to get back to nature.

At a Glance

  • Completely off-the-beaten-track, this is the perfect place to really get away from it all

  • The 23,000 acre reserve is home to stunning scenery and a variety of wildlife

  • Extremely knowledgeable rangers can explain the various conservation projects as they guide you around the reserve

  • Warm and welcoming bedrooms offer fantastic views across the reserve's rolling hills

  • Keep an eye out for red squirrels, deer and the Highland cows that roam the reserve

Off the beaten track, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Family

Insider's View

Whisky fans should pay a visit to the Glenmorangie distillery for a tasting, just 45 minutes from Alladale

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Insider's View

Walk over the hill to Croick and visit its 19th century church to learn about the history of the Highland Clearances

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Insider's View

Although deer are prevalent here you might also have the opportunity to spot some rarer animals such as pine martens and golden eagles

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Insider's View

Don't miss a walk in through the breathtaking scenery of the 100 square kilometer reserve.

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Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Alladale Wilderness Reserve or take a look at our itineraries to Highlands Islands of Scotland

Description

Nestled in the Scottish Highlands, just north of Inverness, Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a 23,000 acre expanse of glens, rivers and hill lochs. With a wealth of wildlife and a team of dedicated rangers, Alladale has a focus on conservation and an aim to restore the local ecosystem to its former glory, bursting with flora and fauna.

In the heart of the reserve sits Alladale Lodge, the main building of the reserve which sleeps 12 guests comfortably. Built in 1887, Alladale reflects the traditional stalking lodge style whilst remaining tasteful and contemporary. The six double bedrooms are warm and welcoming, and the majority offer fantastic views of the surrounding hills. Perfect for family gatherings, there is ample living space, from the cosy drawing room and dining room to the billiard room, which invites plenty of friendly competition!

One mile further into the reserve sit two cottages, Ghillie's Rest and Eagle's Crag. These sleep four and eight respectively, and are perfect for those looking to get completely off the beaten track and get away from it all. With a contemporary take on tradition, both cottages are cosy and inviting thanks to wood-burning stoves and plush furnishings with tartan touches. Great for smaller family gatherings, you can do as much or as little as you'd like here, from exploring the wider reserve to simply spending quality time together away from technology and modern distractions.

For nature lovers, Alladale is the ultimate retreat. Get to know the reserve with a 4x4 tour or a ranger-guided walk and perhaps meet some of the local residents! Deer are in abundance here, red squirrels have been re-introduced nearby, and there is a huge herd of Highland cattle. Alternatively, head to one of Alladale's ten hill lochs to try your hand at brown trout fishing, or even try out clay pigeon shooting. With such a wealth of activities available it's possible to spend your whole time at Alladale out exploring the reserve, but don't forget to take a minute to stop and admire the incredible views - there's nothing else quite like it!

Accommodation

Alladale Wilderness Reserve is home to Alladale Lodge, as well as two cottages situated around one mile from the main building. Each offers seclusion and privacy, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the reserve. The lodge and each of the cottages provides Alladale's very own bathroom amenities in partnership with Natura Siberica, using home-grown organic Scottish thistle extract.

Alladale Lodge

The main lodge at Alladale is a fully catered property available for exclusive use. Sleeping 12 guests in six en-suite double bedrooms, it offers the perfect getaway for family or friends. The large lounge is extremely welcoming and comfortable, feeling like a true home-away-from-home. Extra touches ensure an enjoyable stay, from the gym and sauna to the traditional billiard room.

Ghillie's Rest

Located around a mile from the main lodge in Glen Alladale, Ghillie's Rest is a comfortable cottage sleeping up to four guests in one double and one twin room. A galley kitchen is ideal for self-catering, however catered options are also available.

Eagle's Crag

Just over a mile from the main lodge, Eagle's Crag sits secluded in Glen Alladale and sleeps up to eight guests in three bedrooms. Wonderfully comfortable, with a large kitchen and well-appointed dining room and lounge, you will find it hard to leave! Views of the glen are simply superb, and Eagle's Crag is the perfect place from which to admire them.

Facilities

The main lodge at Alladale is home to a warm and comfortable dining room, where all meals are taken. The cottages both have fully-equipped kitchens for all self-catering needs, and the option to have meals prepared by a private chef comes as an additional extra.

Activities

Although it's extremely easy to sit by the fire and just enjoy your surroundings, Alladale has plenty of activities on offer for those looking to get out and about in the reserve. From mountain biking to 4x4 tours and ranger-guided walks, there is something to suit everyone, and plenty of opportunity to spot some of the local wildlife including red squirrel, deer and Highland cattle. Clay pigeon shooting is also on offer, as well as brown trout fishing from May to August in one of the reserve's ten hill lochs.

Location & Directions

Near Ardgay, Scotland

Alladale Wilderness Reserve is off-the-beaten-track in the Scottish Highlands, around an hour and a half from Inverness.

When to go

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 roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the hills. Alladale is closed from mid January to mid March.

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Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Alladale Wilderness Reserve or take a look at our itineraries to Highlands Islands of Scotland

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