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Scottish Highlands Ghillie's Rest Retreat 

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    Holiday Duration

    7 nights

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    Price From

    £1840 per person

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    Wild Rating

    3 out of 5

Holiday Idea

This week-long holiday combines adventurous outdoor activities with the tranquillity of an idyllic Scottish Highland retreat. Escape into the heart of the Highland wilderness and explore rugged mountains, forests, rivers and lochs on foot, by bike or on a 4x4 Guided Wildlife Safari at one of National Geographic's 'Best of the World' areas to rediscover nature in 2021.



Eagle's Crag Animals, The Scottish Highlands
Ghillie's Rest exterior, The Scottish highlands

Day 1 | Arrive at Alladale

Arrive at the Alladale Nature Reserve and get settled into your home for the week, the cosy two bedroom lodge Ghillie's Rest. 

View of the rugged wilderness at Alladale Nature Reserve in the Highlands in Scotland

Day 2 | 4x4 Guided Nature Safari

After breakfast, head out for your day's adventure on a 4x4 Guided Nature Safari with one of the resident rangers. Learn about Alladale's famous 'rewilding' project which includes mass reforestation and the reintroduction of native plants and big cats. Return home to cosy up by the fire, before enjoying the freshly prepared 3 course dinner which is delivered daily. 

View down the valley of the river and Deanich Lodge with the mountain behind at Alladale Nature Reserve in the Highlands in Scotland

Day 3 | Mountain Biking

Get a taste of the rough beauty and solitude Alladale has to offer on two wheels. Cycle to Deanich Lodge along Glen Mohr and enjoy miles of unspoilt natural surroundings or ride along the Glen Alladale path for an uphill climb to breath-taking views across the reserve. On a sunny day, cycle further off site to the beautiful sands of Dornoch beach.

Alladale Animals in the Scottish Highlands

Day 4 | Explore the Reserve

Take the day at your own pace and discover the 100 square kilometres of rugged mountains, forests, rivers and lochs which make up the reserve. Grab a map and spend the day hiking into the heart of the Scottish Highlands or book a guide who will teach you about the plants, trees and animals native to this unique part of the Highlands.

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Day 5 | Clay Pigeon Shooting

Today enjoy a fun outdoor activity and try you hand at clay pigeon shooting. Amid the beautiful Alladale scenery, you will be taken to the designated shooting area where the rangers will guide you through the process of shooting your 25 clays.  After lunch, head out on the bikes again to the quiet corners of the reserve that you are yet to discover.

Alladale Animals

Day 6 | Optional Activities

After a leisurely breakfast, opt for another of the adventurous activities offered at Alladale. Give trout fishing a go or enjoy an exclusive on site tasting to try the best local whiskies. For another activity in the great outdoors, spend the day foraging for the best plants, herbs and mushrooms available to eat. At the end of the day, Alladale's chef will prepare a tasty meal using all the ingredients you have collected from the reserve.

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Day 7 | Explore the Highlands

Today is the day for venturing further afield to discover the hidden gems of the Scottish Highlands. Choose from a whole host of unique and wild destinations and activities from dolphin watching trips to castle visits and trying local and freshly-caught seafood. 

View out of the window of the valley and mountains at Alladale Lodge in the Scottish Highlands

Day 8 | Departure Day

Enjoy your final breakfast, indulging in the panoramic views of the mountain landscapes outside the window before embarking on your return journey home.

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What's included

  • Seven nights accommodation at Ghillie's Rest
  • Seven days fully catered
  • Guided 4x4 Alladale Nature Reserve Safari
  • Clay pigeon shooting activity
  • A full day guided hike
  • Bike hike for two days

The price of this holiday is based on two people staying at Ghillie's Rest. There is a charge of £270 for each additional guest (over 5 years old).

With a whole host of wild adventures on offer at Alladale, there are many choices of how you spend your day. Speak to a Scotland specialist to hear more about the activities you can chose from.

Would you like a price including flights? Get in touch today.

Our Scotland team would love to start planning your Ghillie's Rest Retreat holiday