Wilderness Weekend: Alladale Autumn - Rewilding Retreat - A luxurious stay in a Victorian lodge at one of Scotland's most celebrated rewilding initiatives.

WILDERNESS WEEKEND: ALLADALE AUTUMN

29 Oct - 1 Nov 2021

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

A luxurious stay in a Victorian lodge at one of Scotland's most celebrated rewilding initiatives.

  • Relax and enjoy exclusive use of the sumptuous Alladale Lodge.
  • Explore the spectacular 23,000-acre reserve on a Land Rover safari.
  • Get up close with red deer and leaping salmon.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich colours of autumn.
  • Enjoy fresh, locally sourced, home-cooked food.
  • Learn about rewilding at Alladale from the reserve’s rangers.
  • Receive a complimentary digital copy of our landmark book: SCOTLAND: A Rewilding Journey.

ITINERARY

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

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

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

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

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

Following breakfast, we take a leisurely journey east towards the coast, making stops along the way to explore some of Scotland’s most northerly pine and oakwoods. We visit a spectacular waterfall to look for leaping salmon returning to their spawning grounds. This is one of Britain’s most fascinating and under-reported wildlife events and we meet up with a salmon ecologist to gain an insight into the lives of these remarkable fish and the threats they face.

Lunch will be taken on the shores of Loch Fleet while watching common seals in the bay.

We return to the lodge for afternoon tea and cake and a pre-dinner film screening that will put Scotland’s rewilding efforts into a global perspective.

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

DATES

DATESGUIDESTATUS
DATES: 29 Oct - 1 Nov 2021 GUIDES: James Shooter STATUS: Fully Booked JOIN RESERVE LIST

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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
  • 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 Ardgay Station at 4pm on arrival day and drop off at 10.00am on departure day.

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

By air: The nearest airport is Inverness (45 miles) and we can offer a free pick up at 2.30pm 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 luxury getaway. This beautiful Victorian manor, refurbished by Laura Ashley 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 team works extremely hard in restoring this unique part of the Highlands to its former glory.

Our accommodation in Alladale Lodge 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. Following tea and cake, and once you’re all settled in, we’ll enjoy a brief presentation from the Alladale team at 7.00pm and then sit down for our first evening meal together. 

MEALS 

Breakfast and evening meals will be taken within our accommodation and prepared by our resident chef. We offer home-cooked, wholesome food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. In the field we take a picnic lunch and home-bakes. 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 is served with dinner and additional alcoholic drinks can be purchased directly from the lodge.

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. 

WEATHER 

Weather can be extremely changeable, and you should expect anything from warm, calm conditions to wind and rain. Temperatures are likely to range from 0c to 12c with the possibility of strong winds.

INSECTS

Biting insects are not a problem at this time of year.