Highland Retreat

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Sleeps: 4 - 10 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3


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Sustainable Collection
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request

Set in a wildly beautiful, twenty three thousand acre wilderness reserve in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Retreat offers total privacy, peace, scenic beauty and a sense of having got away from it all. The rugged beauty of this superb location allows guests to experience the Highlands in its wildest form while offering easy access to the picturesque seaside resorts of Dornoch and Ullapool, whisky and gin distilleries, outstanding golf courses and sensational walking trails. Spending a week exploring this dreamy wilderness reserve will be an unforgettable experience where you will discover rugged landscapes, lush forests, meandering rivers and much wildlife including red squirrels, red deer and the famous Scottish wild cat. It is a nature lover’s dream destination!

Highland Retreat is a characterful three bedroom cottage that is nestled on Glen Alladale, close to Ardgay. There are three other properties within the reserve, all enjoying the magical scenery and absolute seclusion. The Victorian manor house Caledonian Lodge is the largest of the properties, sleeping up to fourteen guests. Glen Rest offers two bedrooms and Wilderness Lodge boasts five bedrooms. Perhaps you may have friends that are thinking of taking a holiday in the same area who may be interested in taking a look. We feature all of the properties. One of the biggest draws of these fabulous properties is that apart from Wilderness Lodge, they are booked on a catered basis. Delicious breakfast foods will be ready for you to prepare and two course lunches and three course dinners are freshly made by the reserve’s wonderful chef using local and seasonal organic ingredients. They are delivered to you daily with simple instructions on how to heat them up. The reserve’s one and a half acre aquaponic gardens, orchards and beds produce tasty vegetables, salads, herbs and berries. There are three bee hives and over four hundred brown trout. Their ethically culled wild venison is available and they enjoy fantastic regional suppliers of fresh and wild caught seafood and local trout. Just think of venison stew, hearty pies, creamy soups, freshly caught trout and sticky date puddings in salty caramel sauce! What an amazing treat! You can walk in the hills, visit beautiful places and return to put your feet up and feast on yummy meals!

The Alladale Wilderness Reserve is simply stunning. You will be forever taking photographs! The nearest village is Ardgay, a small Scottish village on the south west shore of the Dornoch Firth at the entrance to Strathcarron, the valley of the River Carron and at the mouth of the Kyle of Sutherland. To the west you will find the pretty fishing town of Ullapool, nestled on the shores of Lochbroom. You can also explore Inverness easily, the Black Isle and the picturesque seaside town of Dornoch with its cosy shops, beautiful cathedral, stunning beach and famous championship golf course. Chanrony Point and the Cromerty Firth are among the best spots in the UK to see bottle nose dolphins. Sports lovers can enjoy canoe trips down the Kyle of Sutherland, fishing, watersports and much more. The location makes it very easy to visit quiet Highland beaches, historic buildings and lush green landscapes sprinkled with waterfalls, challenging hills and mountains. A day trip to Aviemore brings the thrills of white water rafting, skiing, quad biking, an aerial adventure course and various watersports. You can also canoe on the River Beauly or sea kayak in the Firth.

Highland Retreat offers an oasis of gracious and glorious living deep in the Scottish Highlands. It is wonderfully remote, surrounded by wild views and offers a delightful sense of privacy, the embodiment of a perfect Highland retreat. It is beautifully presented with two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a large loft family room with a separate family bathroom. This room offers four single beds and also offers a sofa bed. The cottage enjoys underfloor and wall heating as well as a cosy wood burning stove in the living room. The living space is open plan with a gorgeous beamed, vaulted ceiling. It looks amazing, especially with its unique, antler styled chandelier lights. The calm natural colour palette works perfectly with the dark wooden beams. Squishy sofas and stylish armchairs sit by the fire and television. This leads to a charming dining area where there is even a telescope so that you can enjoy the views and look for wildlife. The chef’s dream of a kitchen comes with beautiful cabinetry, a Nespresso coffee machine, coffee grinder, juicer, Nutri-bullet and all the other appliances you could ever need.

The two master bedroom suites sit on the ground floor with sumptuous kingsize beds, gorgeous Scottish fabrics, oversized headboards and fabulous ensuite bathrooms with trendy freestanding baths and walk-in showers. You will deep dive into some serious shut-eye in these wonderful rooms. Meanwhile, your children can have a ball upstairs in the wonderful loft room. This is actually also ideal for a small family with its four single beds, sitting area and family bathroom. Again, the bathroom features a freestanding bath and shower.

Outside, there is a delightful terrace for alfresco dining, a barbecue and those magical hilly views. Highland Retreat is a fabulous Scottish hideaway. You will make wonderful holiday memories here.

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What you should know…

  • The cottage is quite remote, enjoying total privacy, but please bear in mind the nearest village is 19km away!
  • Well-behaved dogs are welcome at a £50 per dog surcharge but please be considerate regarding furniture and follow the house rules
  • This cottage is catered. Delicious breakfast ingredients will be delivered to you for you to prepare plus ready-prepared two course lunches and three course dinners will be delivered on a daily basis
  • The prices vary for standard season and peak season. There will be a surcharge for the catered package for each additional guest
  • If you are interested in booking one of the other cottages on the estate for another family or friends please let us know

This home is a part of our Sustainable Collection!

  • Set on a 23,000-acre wilderness reserve
  • Aquaponic gardens, orchards and vegetable patch
  • Bee hives and fishing ponds

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Hairdryer Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV DVD Heating

Ground Floor
- Large living and dining area
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Two master bedrooms with a twin/double bed and en-suite wet rooms with bath
- Boot room
- Washroom

First Floor
- Family bedroom with a maximum six bed capacity
- Bathroom with a shower and bath

Exterior Grounds

- Outdoor terrace space

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Underfloor and wall heating
- Wood burner
- Dishwasher
- Large TV, and DVD / Blue-ray player, CD-player
- Chest freezer
- Washer-dryer
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Coffee grinder
- Juicer
- Nutri-bullet
- Iron and iron board
- Hair dryer
- Travel cot & highchair available on request
- Parking


About the surrounding area of Highland Retreat
Watersports Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Boat Trips
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Highland Retreat is nestled in Glen Alladale on the enormous Alladale Wilderness Reserve, close to the village of Ardgay in the Scottish Highlands. It is a fabulous location brimming with forests, mountains, hills, rivers and splendid views. Ardgay lies on the Dornoch Firth, close to where it becomes the Kyle of Sutherland. Ardgay owes its existence to the 3rd Duke of Sutherland whose estates were so extensive when the railway was built from Inverness in the early 1860’s that he had some control over the route. Ardgay lies at the entrance to Strathcarron, the valley of the River Carron that extends far into the mountainous area to the south west. Some walkers hike from the Kyle of Sutherland in the east to Loch Broom in the west, crossing Scotland in a day.

The cute fishing village of Ullapool is very popular. In this area you can enjoy a variety of fabulous walks in the mountains, along the rock coast and following inland footpaths with an excellent selection of fine summits. Stornoway and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides are a ferry ride away. Ullapool and its surrounding area has been described as an outdoor paradise with a ‘Scandinavian twinkle in winter and Canadian-style adrenaline in summer’ and voted as one of the top ten outdoor destinations by Outdoor Fitness magazine. The Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, just like the Alladale Wilderness Reserve, is home to a wonderful array of wildlife including pine martens, wildcats, buzzards and golden eagles.

Dornoch is just under an hour away with its stunning cathedral where services were held as early as 1239, its breathtaking sandy beach, its Royal Dornoch Golf course and its wonderful shops, restaurants and bars. The links golf course has been played on since the 16th century. You might like to take a look in The Carnegie Whisky Cellars while you are there at its unique range of malt whiskies from all over Scotland. On the way there or on the way back, you may like to stop at the Whisky Distillery at Glenmorangie or at the famous ANTA Pottery and Tain Pottery studios.

Horse lovers can visit the family run Hollingwells Equestrian Centre near Edderton. You can enjoy excellent equestrian tuition or day long treks through stunning landscapes.

If you enjoy boat trips and looking for dolphins, there are plenty of opportunies. You can take a memorable day trip to see these beautiful animals from Chanrony Point or the Cromarty Firth on the Black Isle. You can take a wonderful stroll on pretty Rosemarkie Bay, enjoying a coffee at the local beach cafe before taking out your binoculars to spot the majestic animals. Another popular trip is to Lairg, a fifty minute drive from the cottage to the small, family run Go Wild Highlands where you can take canoe trips down the Kyle of Sutherland. A day trip to Aviemore offers the thrills of white water rafting, skiing, quad biking, an aerial adventure course and various watersports. As well as Royal Dornoch, other spectacular golf courses within easy reach are Castle Stewart and Fortrose and Rosemarkie. If you take a trip to Loch Ness you will enjoy a boat cruise, stopping at the ruins of Urquhart Castle. The Black Isle is also beautiful with plenty of quaint seaside villages, smoked fish shops, craft shops and cute cafes as well as its own Black Isle Brewery where you can stop and taste the beer.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Inverness Airport


Nearest Airport 2 Aberdeen International Airport
Nearest Train Station Ardgay


Nearest City Inverness


Nearest Village Ardgay


Nearest Beach Nairn Beach


Nearest Supermarket Ardgay shop


Nearest Golf Royal Dornoch


Nearest Tennis Tain Tennis Club


Nearest Town/City Dornoch



Luxury self-catering holiday accommodation in the Highlands

Get ready to embark on a whimsical journey to the Scottish Highlands with Oliver's Travels, where fabulous, characterful homes await in this rugged and enchanting slice of northern Scotland. Mist-shrouded mountains, deep-blue lochs and ancient castles are the name of the game. It is like stepping into a fantasy novel, but with fewer dragons and more kilts!

First up on our Highland hit-list is Ben Nevis, standing at a whopping 1,345 metres. Climbers and hikers worldwide flock to its trails, ready to conquer the mountain and be rewarded with the most incredible views. If you are not up for an epic uphill battle, fear not! The Great Glen Way offers a more chilled stroll along the Caledonian Canal, connecting Fort William and Inverness. It is like a leisurely stroll through nature, with bonus canal vibes.

Now, who hasn't heard of Loch Ness? Home to historic castles such as Urquhart Castle, this legendary spot invites you to channel your inner detective and search for Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Nessie might be shy, but the views are anything but! You will enjoy ruins, mystery and just maybe, a friendly monster waving from the depths.

Inverness, the unofficial Highland capital, is where historic charm meets modern pizzazz. The River Ness weaves through the city, tickling the feet of Victorian buildings. It is a sophisticated dance of old and new. You can stroll along the riverbanks, explore Inverness Castle and soak up the local vibes at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Heading west is the hidden treasure of Plockton which boasts landscapes so picturesque, you will think you are in a watercolour painting. Whitewashed cottages add a touch of charm and the sheltered bay is the perfect spot for daydreaming. You can take a boat trip to nearby islands or just bask in the coastal serenity. In Fort Augustus, where the Caledonian Canal plays meet and greet with Loch Ness, boating and water-based antics abound. The locks of Fort Augustus are like a watery staircase, a fascinating engineering marvel that turns boat journeys into a spectacle.

The Highland Folk Museum near Newtonmore invites you to step back in time. This living history museum spills the secrets with reconstructed buildings, costumed interpreters and demonstrations of age-old crafts. Another wonder, Eilean Donan Castle is a real-life fairytale fortress perched on a tiny island where three lochs have a meet-up. It is so postcard-perfect that even Hollywood could not resist its charm. History buffs and Instagram enthusiasts, this one is for you!

Of course, we cannot forget the whisky. The Highlands are the holy grail for whisky aficionados. Glenlivet and Glenfiddich distilleries open their doors for guided tours, where you will learn the magic behind crafting Scotch whisky. Sip, swirl and savour – it is a Highland happy hour!

Whether you are scaling castles, conquering peaks, fishing, boating or just lounging by a loch, the Scottish Highlands invites you to a land where nature and history come together in a brilliant way. It is a timeless tale that leaves you in awe. Step into the magic as adventure awaits!

Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

Highland Retreat is perfect for families. It enjoys two master bedroom suites and a wonderful family loft room with four single beds and a sofa bed. The reserve is vast with much wildlife that children love spotting. The telescope in the dining area is always popular to spot wildlife and look up close at the stunning scenery. Cots and highchairs are available for little ones.

Families that love the outdoors enjoy the scenery and the activities available in the Scottish Highlands. The rivers provide much fun with canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boat trips. You can also take boat trips to watch sunsets and to look out for dolphins. Ecoventures is a brilliant company that offers super cool, high speed, offshore RIB trips to enjoy the unique scenery, wildlife and history of the area. The trips leave from Cromarty on the easternmost tip of The Black Isle with its imposing cliff coastline. It is home to a resident colony of Bottlenose dolphins. Most families take the two hour Wildlife Watch trip which heads out into the Inner Moray Firth. As well as the dolphins, you are likely to see Common and Grey seals, porpoises and occasionally a Minke whale.

There are some beautiful beaches to visit including Dornoch and those on The Black Isle. Dornoch Beach is stunning with soft sands, lots of dunes and shallow water. The beach extends all the way to the village of Embo in the north. Dornoch itself is a lovely historic town with a fantastic cathedral to visit. Cromarty Beach is also gorgeous with lots of sand and the odd dolphin out at sea to spot. It is a great beach for fossil hunting too.

In Inverness there are many family friendly attractions including the castle which overlooks the River Ness, the Ness Islands Walk and Railway, the Inverness Ice Centre, the Inverness Botanic Gardens, Frankie and Lolas indoor play centre and Whin Park with its boating lake. The Landmark Forest Adventure Park is always popular with its rope courses, playgrounds and exhibits. Cawdor Castle and Gardens is another favourite with its well-preserved castle, beautiful gardens and its 9-hole golf course.

Ullapool is also a popular family day out.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Amusement park
  • Kid-friendly excursions
  • Water excursions/Boat trips
  • Watersports
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD


At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team, who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit There is no security deposit, but should there be any damage or loss caused by you or your guests during your stay you will be liable for the cost.
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival.
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 7-night minimum stay
Pets welcome? A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs are allowed on request for an additional charge of £50 per dog. Please pick up after your dogs and ensure that they stay off furnishings.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs Included in the rental price: pre-prepared breakfast items provided. 2-course lunches and 3-course dinners freshly made by the Estate chef in the lodge kitchen using local and seasonal ingredients and delivered daily, with simple instructions on how to heat up and serve.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people: For every additional guest up to 10, it will cost an additional £54 per person per night.

Rental period Weekly
Jun 23rd 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 £5,967
Jan 3rd 2025 - Dec 25th 2025 £5,967

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people: For every additional guest up to 10, it will cost an additional €59 per person per night.

Rental period Weekly
Jun 23rd 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 €6,568
Jan 3rd 2025 - Dec 25th 2025 €6,568

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people: For every additional guest up to 10, it will cost an additional $63 per person per night.

Rental period Weekly
Jun 23rd 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 $7,023
Jan 3rd 2025 - Dec 25th 2025 $7,023

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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