Journey to the enchanting Scottish Highlands for a week in the wild, untamed landscapes of this magical country. Designed for an intimate group on a truly vast private luxury estate, this tailored retreat will reconnect you with your own inner magic. There will be twice daily yoga and meditation, guided hikes, an otherworldly remote setting, and great conversations fireside. Nourish yourself each day with artfully prepared meals from a private renowned chef. Settle in to the quiet peace of this extraordinary place and marvel at the beauty around every bend.
Alladale WIlderness Reserve is a privately owned 23,000 acre estate, the UK’s largest wilderness engineering area. Its ongoing mission is “re-wilding” - a process of reintroducing native plants, trees, and wildlife. Along with its conservation work it supports scientific research, produces organic cosmetics, conducts education programs, and donates 7.5% of bookings to the European Nature Trust.
$3300 triple / $3600 double / $3700 single
A $750 deposit holds your spot and the balance of your fees is due before May 25, 2019
Morning Yoga and Meditation - Breakfast - Guided Hike - Lunch - Free Time - Early Evening Yoga and Meditation - Dinner - Relax
August is one of the most beautiful months in the Highlands of Scotland! Expect average temperatures to be highs around 65º F and lows around 49º F. Alladale is a micro-climate which also means to expect the unexpected! Temperatures can rise and drop quickly, and rain can arrive at a moment's notice. Wear comfortable clothing for moving around in yoga practices, pack layers of clothing for hiking in multiple temperatures, and have comfortable hiking boots or shoes. Alladale has hiking poles, wellington boots, hats, extra jackets and more in their stock room to borrow if you need extra layers or support for the hikes.
Alladale does have basic internet. You may or may not get a mobile signal depending on where you are on the property. Call your mobile phone service provider to check on rates and availability in the area of Scotland we are visiting. It is often cost-effective to purchase an international plan before going abroad so you can use your mobile phone while traveling. Electronics will work in Scotland but you need a plug adapter and sometimes a converter. A Type G plug adapter is needed for the United Kingdom and if your electronic devices are not marked to accept up to 240V, you will also need an adapter.
Included in your retreat are two guided hikes with the Alladale rangers. This will help you get the lay of the land so you can enjoy hiking on your own. There are hikes you can do on your own without any fear of getting lost, and there are many clear landmarks you will learn to navigate hiking Alladale's beautiful hills on your own if you choose. There are wild animals at Alladale including many bird species, Highland cattle, and various small mammals. It is always good advice to leave the animals alone.
Yes, you need a valid passport to enter and exit the United Kingdom. Check your passport now and make sure it does not need to be renewed. If it does need to be renewed, do it now! Your passport must be valid beyond your booked return date home to the United States.
The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling (GBP). You can either exchange dollars for pounds or you can take out local currency from an ATM upon arrival. Check with your bank before your trip to confirm fees associated with using international ATMs and transactions. It's always recommended to let your bank know you are traveling abroad to avoid any interruption to your banking services.
You are welcome to eat whatever you like! The meals at Alladale are deliciously prepared from local produce. Expect meals tailored to your dietary needs, delicious and modern. There will always be options for every palate! Breakfast may include eggs, fruit, homemade breads, porridge oats and sausage. Lunch may be packed for a hike or sit down with a simple starter and hearty main dish. Dinner is a seated and more formal affair at Alladale - appetizer, salad, main course and of course dessert. There will be a selection of wine and beer at dinner.
Tips are welcome for service that is enjoyed. We usually leave a group tip to be divided amongst all the employees who have helped during our stay. You are invited to contribute what you feel reflects the service you received.
Drive on the left side of the road if you rent a car :)
Maybe! If you would like to add any cultural experiences to your retreat like a bagpipe performance, castle visit, local town tour, whiskey tasting or something else entirely, please reach out as soon as possible for the best selection and availability.