A CONSERVATION JOURNEY
RZSS | HOWL
Just an hour’s drive north of Inverness, Alladale Lodge is ready to welcome you and your friends to a very exclusive stay, where the hospitality and ranger teams will ensure you have a fun-packed time in the lodge and out on the wilderness reserve.
Alladale Wilderness Reserve’s 100 sq kms feature ten hill lochs, two rivers and the UK’s most northerly Caledonian pine forest. The Reserve is a pioneering re-wilding project within the UK, and has been the focus of numerous TV productions and commercial shoots.
Days can be filled with healthy hikes, biking, fly fishing, 4×4 safari, wildlife spotting, photography, picnics, foraging or simply just relaxing.
We pride ourselves on serving eco-local food and much of the vegetables and herbs are sourced from our very own gardens. Dinners are served in the candle-lit dining room and can be followed by a game of snooker, whilst enjoying a fine malt or chatting around the fireplace.
WHEN TO GO May to October
GROUP SIZE 8 to 12 people
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The trip price includes a £500 donation to Alladale Wilderness Reserve to support their wildlife education initiatives. Funds go towards the HOWL programme which aims to improve school-children’s understanding about the natural world, ecology and conservation. Find out more.
There is no set itinerary for when you visit Alladale Wilderness Reserve. We’ll simply listen to you and use the knowledge of our expert team members to tailor your experience according to your preference, the wildlife and weather.
- Take a mountain bike ride through the hills
- Try your hand at clay pigeon shooting
- Spend the day on the loch fishing for wild brown trout
- Cook on an open fire out in the wild
- Take a boat trip to see the dolphins in Cromarty Firth
- Take a guided tour through Abernethy Forest
- Visit the Caledonian Pine Forest
- Drive through the rugged highlands on a 4×4 safari
- Take a walk to Croick Church
- Visit the local salmon leap
- Walk to “Two Ocean Point”
- Forage for your lunch or supper
- Take a 4×4 and boat over to Handa Island
- Wildcat breeding programme
- Red Squirrel conservation
- Peatlands project
- Caledonian pine reforestation
- Watch one of TENT’s many film documentaries
- Walk & talk about rewilding with conservationists Paul Lister, Pete Cairns, Roy Dennis, and David Hetherington
- Enjoy a whisky tasting from the local distilleries
- Dine on delicious home-cooked food
- Enjoy a massage at the in-house spa
I RECENTLY HAD A SUPERLATIVE FEW DAYS AT ALLADALE! IT IS BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVED THE WALKS AND VARIETY OF LANDSCAPES. THE STAFF WERE SUPERB, EVERY LITTLE DETAIL WAS CAREFULLY CONSIDERED – FROM EACH DELICIOUS MEAL, HOME-GROWN, TO THE INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE GUIDED TOURS. OUR VISIT TO THE WILDCAT PROJECT WAS REALLY MOVING.
I AM FILLED WITH ADMIRATION FOR THE HUGE TASK THAT PAUL LISTER AND HIS TEAM HAVE SET THEMSELVES. THESE PROJECTS ARE NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED, WHEN WE CONSIDER HOW LITTLE CALEDONIAN FOREST IS LEFT YOUR RESTORATION WORK IS EXTRAORDINARY.
SARAH TOMPKINS – 2019
Take to the mountain bikes and tackle some tough terrain – a wonderful way to get active and explore the beautiful surroundings.
Spend the day foraging and fishing with our guide and explore the Reserve in preparation for dinner! At the end of the day, Alladale’s chef will prepare a tasty meal using all the ingredients you have gathered.
Alladale is the perfect place for a bit of pampering. Try some yoga, wild meditation or even various massages and beauty treatments.
The best spots in the UK to see bottlenose dolphins are only a 1.5 hour drive from Alladale – take a memorable day trip to meet these beauties and stop for a tasty local lunch.
The Highlands of Scotland are far more than just an area of immense beauty, they are also one of the UK’s last remaining wildernesses. Visiting Alladale Wilderness Reserve directly contributes to the conservation, wildlife and educational projects on and around the Reserve.
RED SQUIRREL TRANSLOCATION PROJECT
In 2013, TENT successfully released 36 native red squirrels on the reserve, with the support of our partner, Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, and Alladale’s neighbouring estates. Today, there are signs of established breeding populations and we now look to expand the red squirrels’ range.
SCOTTISH WILDCAT BREEDING PROGRAMME
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is an active participant in the recovery of the threatened Scottish wildcat. An enclosure on the Reserve houses four wildcats, as part of a captive breeding project in partnership with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Two kittens were born in July 2018, and July 2019 and all are doing well. The wildcats are being bred with the ultimate aim of release.
An integral part of the Alladale Wilderness Reserve vision is the HOWL (Highland Outdoor and Wilderness Learning) programme, which offers a specially designed and expert-led environmental education journey for school children across the UK.