A CONSERVATION JOURNEY
ALLADALE WILDERNESS RESERVE
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a 23,000-acre wilderness reserve set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, about an hour north of Inverness. We offer unique access to the Reserve and the opportunity to combine an extraordinary wild retreat with personal or business interests.
The reserve is well known for its rewilding vision: bringing the Scottish Highlands back towards their original state by restoring the native forest, plant and animal species such as the Scots pine, red squirrel and Scottish wildcat.
Today, while work continues to rewild the land, Alladale is a nature lover’s dream. The rugged terrain, dramatic glens, colourful hills, glistening rivers and herds of majestic red deer are breathtaking.
From wildlife to whisky tasting, we create an individual experience that is tailor-made to you. Alladale is an unforgettable setting in which to conduct off-grid team-building or client entertainment. Disconnect from the stress of daily life and savour being out in the wild – rewild yourself.
WHEN TO GO March – December
GROUP SIZE Minimum 4 people
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL
Land at Inverness Airport in the afternoon and transfer directly to Alladale Wilderness Reserve either by helicopter or 4×4.
On arrival, get settled in one of Alladale’s beautiful highland accommodations. The team will welcome you and explain the ethos and vision for the reserve.
Enjoy a whisky tasting from one of the local distilleries (no trip to the Highlands is complete without a wee dram) followed by an evening meal prepared by the in-house chef. There is the option for a post-dinner film screening and presentation from The European Nature Trust team or to round off the evening with some local live music!
DAY 2 – EXPLORE
After a local organic breakfast, head off in the 4X4s for a tour of Alladale with the Reserve Manager and learn about the conservation work taking place on site.
Visit the wildcat breeding programme, spot red deer on the hill and keep an eye out for some golden eagles whilst hiking up to the reserve’s highest point (845m), stopping for a lovely packed lunch on the way.
Return to the lodge and relax by the fire before enjoying another delicious home-cooked meal.
DAY 3 – ACTIVITIES
Choose from a variety of excursions; Alladale has it all to offer. Start the day with some clay pigeon shooting and add a bit of healthy competition to the weekend!
Spend the afternoon fishing on one of the reserve’s ten stunning hill lochs or go mountain biking or hiking on the lookout for more wildlife. Alternatively, the conference room is available for seminars or discussions.
There is also the option for an off-site excursion – 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!
In the evening, treat yourself to a massage or sauna, or take another walk around the lodge before a final dinner together.
DAY 4 – DEPARTURE
After a hearty breakfast and another chance to stretch your legs around the lodge, transfers will be provided back to Inverness airport to fly home.
Transfer from the airport in style – take to the sky and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Highlands as you travel to the Reserve by helicopter.
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.
WE FEEL PRIVILEGED TO HAVE STAYED HERE AT ALLADALE LODGE. IT’S A QUIET, VAST SPACE IN THE HIGHLANDS, EXPERTLY MANAGED BY THE TEAM AND WE CAN’T THANK THEM ENOUGH FOR MAKING OUR BRIEF STAY HERE THE MOST WONDERFUL FAMILY HOLIDAY WE’VE HAD. THE WHOLE TRIP HAS BEEN BREATHTAKING. IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING A STAY – JUST DO IT.
ALLADALE GUEST, 2018
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 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.