Alladale Wilderness Reserve
Near Ardgay, Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
To start planning your vacation to Alladale Wilderness Reserve
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.
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!
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.
The main lodge at Alladale is a fully catered property available for exclusive use. Sleeping 14 guests in seven 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gwen Nicol (Staff)
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a remote Victorian manor house in the Scottish Highlands that has 8 bedrooms and land as far as the eye can see. The remote location makes this hotel a destination in itself and it offers guests the real wild Scotland they might be looking for. The house is grand and beautifully appointed but it is also warm and welcoming so that you will feel as if you are in your own home while staying there. The activities on site include hill walking, fishing, cycling, clay pigeon shooting and wildlife watching. Your stay at Alladale will include all of your meals and the food is thoughtfully prepared using locally-sourced game, meat, fish and produce. This is a hotel for those that are looking for a stunning location, a luxurious and private home experience and plenty of things to do on site.
Robyn Ewart (Staff)
If you are looking to get away from it all and really escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, Alladale is the place to be. I found that being surrounded by 23,000 acres of breathtaking scenery with no phone signal and limited WiFi was the ultimate way to relax, especially when sat in front of the drawing room fire with a delicious glass of wine! The main lodge is wonderfully welcoming, with large, comfortable beds, plush furnishings, and outstanding food. The reserve itself is a fantastic place to explore, in particular on the 4x4 guided tour where you can learn a great deal about Alladale's conservation projects, and you'll witness some truly incredible views.
4x4 guided reserve tour at Alladale
Explore the 23,000 acres of Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the back of a 4x4 with your expert ranger guiding the way. Take in the beautiful scenery and learn about the conservation efforts of the reserve as you go.
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.
Fly fishing at Alladale
Enjoy a great day of fly fishing up in the hill lochs of Alladale Wilderness Reserve. Whether you're a complete novice or an experienced angler, this makes for a fantastic day out for the whole family.
Glencoe is Scotland’s most famous glen, and its dramatic scenery has been the backdrop to an equally dramatic history. Glencoe today remains irresistible to climbers and walkers keen to explore this magical and mysterious place.
Mountain biking at Alladale
Borrow a bike from Alladale Wilderness Reserve and take to the hills in an exhilarating mountain biking adventure. You'll have the chance to discover the beauty of Alladale Glen as you cycle, perhaps finding some deer or even a Highland cow on the way!
Ranger guided walk at Alladale
Discover Alladale Wilderness Reserve on foot, with your expert ranger guiding the way. From a gentle walk to a full-day hike, the excursion will be tailored around your group and your personal preferences.
Off the beaten track in the Scottish Highlands
Edinburgh, Cairngorms, Alladale Wilderness Reserve
from $6200 pp 9 nights
- A real off-the-beaten-track adventure for families
- Discover Scotland's culture and traditions in Edinburgh and explore the beautiful scenery of the Highlands
- Stay in two luxurious exclusive use Highland lodges - perfect for a family getaway
Location & directions
Near Ardgay, Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is off-the-beaten-track in the Scottish Highlands, around an hour and a half from Inverness.
How to get there
Alladale is a one-hour thirty-minute drive from Inverness Airport, which has connections to London, Manchester and other major cities.