EMBRACE THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Alladale’s vast expanse allows guests to experience Scotland in its wildest form. We offer a wide range of activities that allow you to take a deep breath and be at one with the environment, to get closer to the natural world and to reconnect with yourself.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
Scottish Naturalist, Author, Environmental Philosopher and Advocate of Preservation of Wilderness
EXPLORE THE RESERVE
Head out into the Reserve to indulge your passions, or book guided activities to enrich your stay*. Alladale is your utopia, just waiting to be explored. Our well-stocked boot room has wellington and hiking boots available for all sizes, along with backpacks and water bottles.
* Please note that all outdoor activities on the reserve are subject to seasonal and weather conditions.
WALKING AND HIKING
Alladale’s bluffs and remote Highland glens offer a wild spectacle for hikers of all skill levels. Walk through the most northerly stand of original old-growth Caledonian forest, take a stroll over to the historic Croik Church, or hike up to Alladale’s middle ridge for a once-in-a-lifetime view of both the East and West coasts of Scotland. There are recommended walks for different fitness levels, and Highlands hiking trail maps are always available.
Guided walks available by arrangement.
Guided walks available by arrangement.
Over the years, Alladale's rewilding programme has led to an increase in species that can be observed. Look to the skies for golden eagles, search the stony tops for ptarmigan and hares, whilst keeping your eye out for our native red squirrel and black grouse. This is a landscape in recovery, where nature is returning.
In nature lies inspiration. Photographers of all skill levels will be awed by Alladale’s panoramic glens, the untamed rivers, the old-growth and recovering forests. You can capture images of red deer stags on the mountains, Atlantic salmon leaping in the waterfalls, or set out onto the reserve at first light to capture the stunning landscape at sunrise. Away from light pollution, Alladale is one of the best places for astrophotography in the UK.
Alladale offers world class brown trout fly fishing. Try your hand along one of our two rivers with dozens of pools or explore one of our many glacial lochs. If you are a keen fly fisher, or interested in giving it a try, Alladale is the ideal place. For the beginner, you can book an informative guided fishing session with one of our Rangers.
For competent cyclists, we have over 15 well-maintained mountain bikes, and 6 e-bikes available for rent, allowing you to enjoy miles of stunning Highland scenery. Cycle to Deanich Lodge along Glen Mhor to get a taste of the rough beauty and solitude Alladale has to offer. Explore the track along Glen Alladale and experience its majestic surroundings.
Alladale’s peaty bogs and old-growth woodlands are a cornucopia for the budding forager, and depending on the season, you can also discover a wide range of wild mushrooms. Led by Alladale’s foraging guide, this experience is a fantastic way to appreciate nature’s gifts.
Reset your mind and body with a wild swim in one of Alladale’s lochs, or dip into the Carron or Alladale River; the water really is some of the purest you will find anywhere in the UK.
ON-SITE WHISKY TASTING
Guests cannot leave Scotland without tasting some of our best whisky. Enjoy an exclusive on site tasting, hosted by local expert Charles Reid. Delight in the subtle differences between whiskies, while Charles explains how the taste of each individual whisky has developed.
CLAY BIRD SHOOTING
Clay shooting offers guests a competitive activity over a couple of hours. Alladale’s rangers are on hand to help you hone your skills.
On an expertly guided tour of the Reserve, you’ll venture down both of Alladale’s reforested glens and soak up the stunning views. You’ll learn about the restoration work underway, visiting the reforestation areas and spotting native wildlife, all in the company of Alladale’s skilled and knowledgable rangers.
WELLNESS & SPA TREATMENTS
Our experienced resident beauty therapist Lorraine Anderson will visit you at Alladale on your request. She specialises in various massages and beauty treatments, such as Swedish full body massages, facials, microdermabrasion treatments, waxing, eye and nail treatments. Make the time to pamper yourself.
EVENTS AND RETREATS
We host an amazing range of events and retreats, specially designed to allow you to experience wild nature while exploring your passions.
Always a special nature-watching experience, NatureTrek’s weeklong tours are some of our longest-running retreats. Explore Highland nature with like-minded wildlife lovers.find out more
Founded a stone’s throw from Alladale, Speyside Wildlife are passionate about sharing the wild side of the Highlands with curious travellers looking for the perfect retreat at Alladale.find out more
This photographic retreat offers the opportunity to perfect your photographic technique in the field: learn composition from acclaimed fine art photographer Max Milligan; build your technical skills with Leica’s expert tutors; and feast your senses in the Highlands’ most picturesque rewilding destination.find out more
Realise Earth offer sustainability leadership courses in the remote wilds of Alladale. Across their Sustainability Leadership Programme, working professionals learn skills to help them strengthen their leadership and adopt purpose-led mindsets.find out more
yoga by alisson
Weeklong Alladale trips with Yoga By Allison feature twice daily yoga and meditation, guided hikes, all in an otherworldly remote setting. The ideal restorative retreat.find out more
Perfectly positioned in the Heart of the Highlands, Alladale is the ideal base from which to experience this stunning part of Scotland. When you’re not relishing in the remote beauty of the Reserve, there are boundless opportunities to explore further afield.discover more