65b Scottish highlands weekend
Almost two hours' drive from Inverness airport, the Alladale Wilderness Reserve, in the very highest of the Scottish Highlands, certainly lives up to its name. Set in 23,000 acres of rolling moorland, lush forests and dramatic glens, this beautifully wild landscape was the perfect setting for our once-in-a-lifetime 65B Scottish Highlands experience.
The landscape is unique and magnificent; the pure air, the silence.
Arriving at the luxurious Victorian era Alladale Lodge, 65B guests were welcomed with a glass of champagne in front of a roaring log fire, before sitting down to a delicious, locally sourced evening meal of mackerel pâté followed by roast venison. And thanks to the lack of internet signal, the evening was rounded off with drinks and old-school board games, including everything from Backgammon and Balderdash.
Sore heads were soothed Saturday morning with strong coffee and a hearty cooked Scottish breakfast, before heading out for a stirring round of clay pigeon shooting. With the weather unseasonably bright and sunny, guests went on to enjoy a bracing ramble through one of Alladale’s stunning wilderness glens to take in the revitalising fresh air and the endless vistas.
Shooting clay pigeons in the morning, before a walk in the incredible scenery, was amazing.
After a relaxing afternoon tasting fine Scottish whiskeys, guests were stirred from their slumber by the rousing swirl of the bagpies, artfully played by Gillian, suitably dressed in full Highland dress. Sofas were pushed back for a brave attempt at Scottish country dancing, accompanied by the not so traditional strains of everything from Rod Stewart to Elvis and Lady Gaga.
I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say it truly was a memorable weekend.
Appetites well and truly whetted, guests sat down to a final meal of borsht and locally caught salmon, from sustainable Inverness based fishery, Coast & Glen. What could be a better, and more perfectly Scottish, way to round off a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime weekend in the Highlands?