Wilderness Weekend

Friday July 9th – Monday July 12th 2021

Friday October 29th – Monday November 1st 2021

Friday June 10th – Monday 13th 2022

Join a unique Wilderness Weekend at Alladale, hosted by Rewilding Escapes, the nature tourism arm of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. 


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 and its associated charity, The European Nature Trust. We will then enjoy our first evening meal together.

Image by James Shooter

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 will look for local wildlife, including leaping salmon. We will also have a privileged glimpse of Alladale’s Scottish wildcats, part of a nationwide captive breeding recovery programme.

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

Image by Peter Cairns

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

Following breakfast, we will 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 we will hopefully watch common seals with their newborn pups and keep eyes on the skies for fishing ospreys, 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 pod of resident bottlenose dolphins where they gather to hunt salmon.

We return to the lodge for afternoon tea and cake.

Image by Peter Cairns

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

Your guide

The talented and highly experienced James Shooter will be your guide for the weekend. James is one of the Directors at Scotland: The Big Picture and an established photographer and filmmaker with a passion for conservation communication. He has spent several years guiding in Scotland, developing an acute knowledge of its wildlife and landscapes. A personable and engaging character, James will ensure you get the very best from your time with us.


Dates: 9-12 Jul 2021

Location: Sutherland, Scotland

Cost: £1260

Deposit: £300

Single Supplement: £0

Group Size: 8

Guide: James Shooter

Cost Includes: 3 nights accommodation in an en-suite room; all meals; transport during the retreat; guiding; presentations; transfers to/from Inverness airport/Ardgay train station.

Cost Excludes: Travel to/from the retreat; travel/cancellation insurance; alcoholic drinks (wine is served with dinner); personal expenses.


Bookings are processed via the Scotland: The Big Picture website directly.