Wild Weekend: Alladale - Rewilding Retreat - Stay in a luxury Victorian lodge at the heart of one of Scotland's most celebrated rewilding initiatives.

WILD WEEKEND: ALLADALE

10-13 Jun 2022

Sutherland, Scotland
£1260
3 nights
Fitness: Very Easy
Group Size: 8

Stay in a luxury Victorian lodge at the heart of one of Scotland's most celebrated rewilding initiatives.

  • Relax and enjoy exclusive use of the sumptuous Alladale Lodge.
  • Explore the spectacular 23,000-acre wilderness reserve on a Land Rover safari.
  • Learn first-hand about rewilding at Alladale from the reserve’s rangers.
  • Get up close to Scottish wildcats, part of a nationwide breeding programme.
  • Take to the sea on a high-speed rib to look for bottlenose dolphins.
  • Enjoy fresh, locally sourced, home-cooked food.
  • Receive a complimentary digital copy of our landmark book: SCOTLAND: A Rewilding Journey.

ITINERARY

“Ever since Alladale Wilderness Reserve began its rewilding journey almost 20 years ago, we’ve enjoyed a close relationship with the team at SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. We are delighted therefore, to collaborate and offer a luxury wilderness weekend retreat in the wilds of Sutherland.”

Remy Baczynski, Operations Manager, Alladale Wilderness Reserve

 

Day 1: We will meet at the lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy tea and cake before a brief presentation about the history and objectives of Alladale. We will then enjoy our first evening meal together.

Day 2: After a short pre-breakfast walk from the lodge, we will journey by Land Rovers along spectacular Glen Mor. Looking out for eagles and deer, our guides will also tell us about the history of Alladale and the plans for its long-term restoration.

We will see the abundance of forest regeneration and after a tasty and wholesome lunch, we look for more local wildlife that call the reserve home. We also have a privileged glimpse of Alladale’s Scottish wildcats, part of a nationwide captive breeding recovery programme.

Before dinner, our guide will make a short presentation on rewilding across Scotland and the work of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.

"Set against rugged hills and Scotland’s most northerly ancient Caledonian pine forest, Alladale Lodge is the ultimate private getaway. This imposing Victorian manor house is comfortable and spacious. In addition to its beautiful bedrooms and lounges, the property boasts an in-house sauna, gym and snooker room."

Day 3: Again, we will rise early working-up an appetite for breakfast with an (optional) walk around the reserve.

Following breakfast, we head to the coast making stops along the way to explore some of Scotland’s most northerly pine and oakwoods. After a picnic lunch on the shores of Loch Fleet, where common seals haul out on sand bars and ospreys patrol the skies, we head to the Moray Firth. Here we board a privately chartered high-speed RIB and head out in search of the world’s most northerly resident bottlenose dolphins, where they gather to hunt salmon.

We return to the lodge for afternoon tea and cake before enjoying our evening meal.

Day 4: We share a final breakfast together before farewells and departure.

DATES

DATESGUIDESTATUS
DATES: 10-13 Jun 2022 GUIDES: Helen McCallin STATUS: Open BOOK NOW

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PRICE

Price: £1260
Deposit: £300
Single supplement: £0

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 3 nights accommodation in an en-suite room
  • All meals
  • All excursions
  • Personal guiding
  • Presentations
  • Transfers to/from Inverness airport/train station

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Travel to/from the retreat
  • Travel/cancellation insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks (wine is served with dinner)
  • Personal expenses

TRAVEL

By train: Train travel is generally reliable and we can offer a free pick up at Inverness at 3.30pm on arrival day and drop off at 10.30am on departure day.

By car: Cars can be safely parked. Postcode is IV24 3BS.

By air: The nearest airport is Inverness (c.1 hour from Alladale) and we can offer a free pick up at 3pm on arrival day and drop off at 11am on departure day.

ACCOMMODATION

Set against rugged hills and the country’s most northerly ancient Caledonian pine forest, Alladale Lodge is the ultimate wilderness getaway. This beautiful Victorian manor, refurbished in traditional Scottish fashion, is comfortable and spacious.

Alladale Lodge is set amongst 23,000 acres of wilderness reserve and is one of Scotland’s most celebrated rewilding initiatives. Almost a million trees have been planted since Paul Lister, Alladale’s custodian, acquired the estate and the reserve team continues to work towards restoring abundance and diversity of life to this unique part of the Highlands.

Accommodation at Alladale is in high-quality en-suite rooms, all individually decorated and traditionally furnished. We will have exclusive use of the lodge and its facilities for the duration of our stay.

The Lodge has a Wi-Fi connection although due to its remoteness, signals can be patchy. 

Use of Alladale’s gym, sauna and snooker room are included.

Your room at Alladale will be available from 4pm on arrival day.

MEALS 

Breakfast and evening meals will be taken within the lodge and are prepared by Alladale’s resident chef. Home-cooked, wholesome food prepared with fresh, local ingredients is the order of the day. Depending on timings, we may return to the lodge for lunch or take a picnic lunch in the field. We can almost always accommodate specific dietary requirements - just tell us on the booking form and we’ll make sure you get what you want.

Wine (Scottish) is served with dinner but if you'd prefer your own wine, or additional alcoholic drinks, please bring these with you.

FITNESS 

All sites are accessible via a short walk, but the terrain can be uneven and sometimes wet. You should generally be able to walk up to 3km, sometimes over uneven ground. The rib boat trip can be wet and bumpy – please be prepared!

WEATHER 

Weather can be changeable, and you should expect anything from warm, calm conditions to wintry squalls, even in summer. Temperatures are likely to range from 10c to 20c with the possibility of strong winds, especially at the coast.

INSECTS

On warm calm days, especially in the mornings and evenings, midges can be present at this time of year. We suggest you bring a suitable repellent.