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"A stunning, wild 100 square kilometer wilderness reserve located deep in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, where you’re warmly welcomed and made to feel right at home."

Need to know

    • Lodge has 7 double en-suite rooms, 2 cottages and a bunkhouse
    • Dedicated to the protection of Scotland's remaining wild places and restoration
    • Check out time: 10:00, but flexible
    • Closed: Early January until April

We love

  • The environmental and rewilding efforts of the Reserve
  • Serene location in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by nature and wildlife
  • Max, the Head Chef, for the wonders he creates in the kitchen
  • Amazing hospitality - The place feels more like a home than a hotel

Top Secret

Explore the reserve and take a trip to the Badger Hide, where you can light a fire, relax and hope to catch a glimpse of some of the Reserves wildlife. The Hide sits aside the picturesque Abhainn a Ghlinne Mhoir River.


Paul, the owner and custodian, fervently believes in Alladale’s mission for the conservation and restoration of wildlife and nature in the Scottish Highlands. After a significant life event, Paul spent some time reflecting on his life, subsequently deciding to buy Alladale for the sole purpose of rewilding.

The Review

First things first, Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a Wilderness Reserve with accommodation, not a hotel set within a Wilderness Reserve. They aim to (re)create a wilderness haven in the Scottish Highlands, bringing back a wealth of flora and fauna and to restore the area back to an earlier level of beauty and biodiversity. The owner, Paul, hopes to reintroduce wolves into the reserve and surrounding area, in a pilot scheme designed to determine the feasibility of further rewilding efforts.


Alladale Lodge, the gateway into the vast, expansive Wilderness Reserve, feels more like a home than a hotel. This picturesque, Victorian lodge is a retreat where you immerse yourself in the peace and beauty of the natural landscape around you, bathe in nature and replenish your soul. The daily visits to the Lodge from deer in the reserve are a sight to behold.


The meals Max, the Head Chef, prepared were divine, with dishes that tantalize your taste buds and make you wonder if you’ve been eating cardboard your entire life! Most of the ingredients are sourced locally, and they have plans to grow all their own fruit and veg in three traditional Victorian designed greenhouses, currently under construction.


The gorgeous Ghillie’s Rest cottage and Eagles Crag Lodge offer privacy and remoteness within the Reserve, ideal if you’re looking for a retreat away with friends or family. Max, the chef, has implemented a simple yet inspired idea to cater to the cottages, should guests request catering.


Alladale Wilderness Reserve

  • Address: Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Ardgay, Sutherland, IV24 3BS, Scotland
  • Travel info: Arrive into Inverness airport (INV) and the resort is just over one hours drive North (transfer or rental)

Key Features

  • Airport Transfer

  • Stunning Views

  • Weddings

  • Car Parking

  • Pet Friendly

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Restaurant

  • Spa