Balnagown Estate has a number of unique qualities, but over and above the superb and outstanding quality of our lodges and cottages, one of the things that draws our guests back to book again and again is the that there’s so much to see and do on the estate and close by.
Unlike our two northerly estates of Invercassley and Duchally, Balnagown is situated relatively close to a number of villages and small towns, and less than 30 miles from the Highland capital of Inverness. The local towns include Tain and Dorncoch, both of which have restaurants, shops and indeed famous gold courses. But some of our guests rarely leave the estate on their one or two week stays, and instead just enjoy what the estate has to offer…
A network of paths and roads for walking and cycling
Not only do the network of paths and roads which cover the estate allow guests to easily walk or cycle around it, but they can do so safely because the estate is entirely private – something the security-controlled gates at the estate entrance ensures. Why so secure? Because the estate also has on it Balanagown Castle – a private residence for the estate’s owner, Mohamed Al Fayed. Cycles are provided free of charge and we have a good selection for all ages.
The many varied habitats of the estate – woodland, forest, meadow, farmland, river, lochs – ensures a wealth of wildlife can be seen and enjoyed. Indeed, we even have our own pair of Ospreys which nest on the estate each year.
The beautiful Balnagown River runs through the estate and guests are free to fish this for brown trout, plus our well-stocked loch for rainbow trout. The loch also has a boat for guest use. All fishing is free of charge.
Clay pigeon shooting and archery
All the equipment for both is on site, and for the clay pigeon shooting we also provide full supervision. Archery is free of charge and there’s just a very reasonable charge for clay pigeon shooting.
Games and sports hall
Although we enjoy some of the best weather in Scotland at Balnagown (about a third of the rainfall the west coast gets), we can’t always promise it will be fine and dry. Plus, if you’re staying with us in the winter months, then the shorter days means something to do in the evening would be nice! And we have just the thing in the shape of our superbly equipped games and sports hall. The hall is free for guests to use whenever they want, and facilities include a badminton court, soccer nets, fitness equipment and table football.
The castle gardens
These are truly magnificent, and all that’s required to visit them is a check with the estate office.
Balnagown Estate really does represent an outstanding experience for all our guests, which is why so many book to come back year after year – in fact sometimes more than once a year! So if you’ve yet to experience what Balnagown has to offer, then check availability now on any of our superb lodges and cottages.