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.