Alladale, Scotland: The UK’s largest wilderness reserve

Alladale, Scotland: The UK’s largest wilderness reserve

Why go there?

You couldn’t be further from the bustle of city life at this private mountain glen, which covers a vast 23,000 acres of prime Scottish Highlands. Alladale is the UK’s largest wilderness project; the owner is trying to create a unique wildlife refuge. He’s planted almost a million trees and is thinking of introducing wolves. In the meantime, spot golden eagles, wild boar and otters.

What to do

Borrow a mountain bike or take a 4×4 safari with local wildlife rangers. There are mountains to climb, forests to explore, and waterfalls, lochs and rivers to paddle in. It’s so untamed that Bear Grylls organises survival courses there.

Where to stay and eat

There’s a fully-catered Victorian ‘Lodge’ but real get away from it all enthusiasts can opt for one of two, isolated but luxurious, self-catering cottages – perfect bases for exploring the estate, or simply relaxing in front of the fire (from £950 a week).

How to get there

It’s a long, beautiful drive north and you’ll need detailed directions. Alladale is an hour-and-a-half from Inverness, in the heart of the Highlands. Plan meals in advance – it’s 45 minutes to the nearest shop.

The route