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Alladale Wilderness Reserve

ULTIMATE LUXURY IN THE UK'S MOST REMOTE CORNER

Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a 23,000-acre gem in the Scottish Highlands, about 1.5 hours North of Inverness. The team here work hard to keep this part of Scotland truly wild, and have been busy replanting lush forest and reintroducing original Highland plant & animal species.

Alladale’s rugged terrain, dramatic glens, colorful hills, glistening rivers, and herds of majestic red deer will take your breath away.

Alladale offers three types of accommodation on site: the luxury Victorian lodge, two comfortable self/catered cottages, and a rustic bunkhouse tucked away deep in the reserve.

7% of all the revenue from the accommodation at Alladale is transferred to a partner called, The European Nature Trust. So by staying with Alladale, you will contribute directly to a variety of conservation and restorations efforts throughout Europe.

The main lodge at Alladale, Alladale Lodge is our go-to property on the reserve for families and groups. 

Alladale Lodge: 

Set against rugged hills and the country’s most northerly ancient Caledonian pine forest, the Alladale Lodge is the ultimate private getaway. This beautiful Victorian manor, refurbished by Laura Ashley, is comfortable and spacious. Its traditional design makes it a true Scottish home away from home.

The property boasts a set of lovely extras, such as an in-house sauna, gym and pool room.

The lodge sets itself apart from other accommodations on site not only by its Victorian style and extras, but also by its fully catered and serviced character. With a talented chef putting up amazing meals every day and staff to cater to your every need, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy an evening by the fire after a day of exploring the reserve.

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Although strikingly beautiful, the Highlands are not what they once were. These barren lands used to be home to lush pine forest and large predators. Few people know that just one per cent of what the Romans called ‘the Great Forest of Caledon’ remains today. As a result, much of the flora and fauna that once thrived here, have disappeared and the landscape has altered dramatically.
The Alladale team works hard to restore this unique part of the Highlands to its former glory, reintroducing original plant and wildlife species.

Custodian Paul Lister: Leaving a Legacy

“I’ve been on both sides of the debate about land use in the Highlands. In the early 1980s my family invested in commercial forestry during which time I learned about deer management and grew to love these wild uplands. Over the following decade, however, I came to understand that the ecosystem of the Highlands was broken; the natural forests were gone, the soils depleted and large predators were extinct.

When I acquired Alladale in 2003 the aim was to repair some of that damage by restoring the native flora and fauna and provide environmental education rather than focusing on the activities of a traditional sporting estate. More than 800,000 Scots pine have been planted in the past 10 years, and other native Highland species are being reintroduced.

Of course none of this would have been possible without the dedicated support of our staff, stakeholders and partner organisations. To all of you, I am very grateful. We live by a simple ethos here at Alladale: Leave the land in a better condition than you received it.”

– PAUL LISTER