Journey to Wild Scotland: Corrour Estate, Kinloch Lodge & Aldourie Castle

I recently took a journey into the wilderness of Northern Scotland with a group of fellow advisors, visiting privately owned estates, some with vast amounts of wide open land. As exclusive-use only properties, they are all yours, and offer privacy, incredible vistas, fresh air, and a great variety of outdoor pursuits and adventure.

Here’s a look inside my luxurious Scotland trip…

Corrour Estate

Once a former hunting lodge, lake-side Corrour Estate home, on an eyeful of 67,000 acres, was rebuilt by its current owners in an inspired and personal contemporary style.

Inside, you’ll find every room is designed for comfort, interest, and enjoyable gatherings. The delightful and welcoming staff create gourmet meals and take care of guests with full hotel services. Enjoy a fireside dram, a snooker or football competition in the game room, a curl-up in the glass-roofed library, or a star-filled sky from the rooftop hot tub.

Outside, you’ll be able to fill your days with guided stalking (deer hunting on foot), fishing, shooting, hiking, and off-road exploring on Argocats. On your own, take a sauna and cooling jump in the lake, head out on a walk or mountain bike to explore.  You can even make a destination to the on-property train station for a fish and chips lunch!

Kinloch Lodge

Getting my vote for the most elegant “hotel” with shared bathrooms, Kinloch Lodge beckons you in and begs you not to leave.  It’s remote for sure— near to North Atlantic sea and outside the small village of Tongue.  There is very little of the modern world here, and the other-worldly landscape was worth the scenic drive, about 2 hours from Inverness.

I found the beds to be the most comfortable of all my stays in Scotland!

One of my favorite experiences on the trip was our group’s bothy* dinner, with a fire-roasted meal of fish, and beef, and lobster, serenaded by traditional Scottish music.

Aldourie Castle

Aldourie Castle in Scotland

The Aldourie Castle in Scotland

This is the traditional Scottish Castle you’ve dreamed about! It’s quite well-known as the only habitable castle on Loch Ness and sits on 500 acres of private woodland, parkland and gardens. I had a wonderful stay with our group and were delighted by the staff and service. The castle boasts elegantly furnished, luxurious large bedrooms, large but cozy drawing rooms with big fireplaces, an elegant dining room for our meals, and grand views of Loch Ness from the terrace.

The castle is only available on a private use basis, and is highly prized for family and friends house parties. Enjoy walks on the property, boating on the Loch from the private marina, and an evening of snooker and, of course, Scotch whiskey and gin. Or head out for a walk in the Highlands, play some golf, go shooting or stalking, or even mountain biking.

Aldourie Castle dining room Aldourie Castle bedroom

Gather your friends and family and let’s make your next trip a Scottish house party to remember!

*bothy = A bothy is a basic shelter, usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge. It was also a term for basic accommodation, usually for gardeners or other workers on an estate. Bothies are to be found in remote mountainous areas of Scotland, Northern England, Ireland and Wales.

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If you’re considering a trip to Scotland, please get in touch. Northern Scotland is absolutely beautiful and we’d love to help you plan your next getaway.