Embark on a thrilling Scottish adventure at the gateway to the Isle of Skye.
'Going to the mountains is going home
Beyond the pines is where I go
To lose my mind and find my soul
Where songbirds sing and rivers flow'
Keys2Casa had the recent pleasure of venturing to the Highlands, for a glorious autumnal stay at our traditional Scottish Hunting Lodge. The lodge is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, with mountains and forests that are home to golden eagles, red deer, pine martens, and native wild goats. It's the perfect place to reconnect with nature and forget about any malaise in your life. Whether it's a broken heart, sorrow, or a long-forgotten dream, pack the name of your lost love, head out to the mountains, and let the winds carry it away. A rebirth awaits you.
Begin your day with some fresh coffee, pack a lunch, and slip into your hiking boots to embark on a thrilling adventure through the vast mountain ranges. If you wish, the estate manager, who is an original Campbell member, can accompany you on your stalking or fishing excursion to ensure that you make the most of your trip. Whether you prefer the sea or the loch, there are plenty of options to choose from in this area. One nearby location worth visiting is Loch Duich, which is connected to the sea and provides ample opportunities to spot otters, porpoises, and seals. Shiel Bridge, a charming hamlet nestled among the Five Sisters of Kintail, is one of the best locations in the UK for outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, mountain climbing, pony trekking, fishing, and cycling. This beautiful area offers some of the best local produce for those looking to enjoy good food and drink in style. Combined with the exciting outdoor activities, you're all set to have the most fabulous Highland adventure.
After an exhilarating day in the fresh Scottish air, come back to the lodge and relax in front of a roaring fire or play a game of pool with a wee dram of the finest highlands whisky. One of the benefits of this spacious lodge is that it has two wings, which provide ample privacy and space for two families.
Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich
Glensheil Lodge is the perfect base for those attending weddings at the nearby Eilean Donan Castle. It can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests, and you can also add the newly renovated Coach House to accommodate an additional 4/5 guests. The Coach House has its own separate kitchen and living areas, which makes it an ideal choice for those who desire more privacy.
A little bit of history: In 1719, Loch Duich was the site of a significant battle between the Jacobites and the English. Eilean Donan, a small island on the Loch, served as a stronghold for the Jacobean forces during this time. Today, the castle is a popular tourist attraction and wedding venue, and it has also been featured in many Hollywood films. Visitors can learn more about the area's history at a visitor's centre located in the village of Dornie.
If you're interested in having a remote wedding in the wilderness, look no further than Glensheil. Special arrangements can be made by contacting info@keys2Casa.com.
Eilean Donan Castle
The Great Outdoors
The famous Five Sisters mountain range offers several options for walkers, ranging from easier loops (such as Sgurr na Moraich, which is the shortest at 876 meters) to more challenging hikes like Sgurr na Fhuran, which stands at 1068 meters.
Starting from Shiel Bridge, there are several way-marked paths at lower elevations. The track along Glen More is a particularly stunning route that runs along the Glenelg Peninsula. This can be turned into a circular route for serious hikers, returning through the Mam Ratagan Pass.
If getting close to history is something you enjoy, Totaig Broch could be the walk for you. Starting on the shores near Shiel Bridge it takes you around the headland, past the Iron Age fort, and onto the Castle.
Fishing trips are widely available locally or simply bring your rod as no permits are necessary. Brown trout, sea trout and even salmon can be caught in the Loch. Road cyclists and mountain bikers are equally well catered for with beautiful sweeping coastal routes or rugged downhill runs. Pony trekking is very popular in the area and a wonderful way to take in the exquisite Scottish scenery.
Eating and Drinking
The unspoilt nature of these surroundings provides the visitor with a host of delicious fresh seasonal food and drink. This is reflected in the choice of hospitality available, from cosy local pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants.
Kintail Lodge is located nearby and provides a superb menu of local produce cooked imaginatively. For a unique dining experience, why not try the Glenfinnian Dining Car? A beautifully restored 1950s train dining carriage overlooking Glen Shiel.
Glenfinnian Dining Car
Whiskey Distillery Tours are a popular draw to the area, with several located in and around Syke. If you're looking for a truly enchanting experience, you could visit the Fairytale Distillery, which was established by an Austrian couple named Thomas and Manuela. They have created a selection of fascinating gins using their small still, which they brought with them from Germany. The still, which they call 'Tinkerbell', uses fresh spring-fed water that is magically transformed into delightful gins, which are sold in stunning black stone bottles.
The Isle Of Skye
If you're looking for more reasons to visit the Lodge, its close proximity to the Isle of Skye is definitely a highlight. You can reach the gateway to Skye in under 30 minutes or take the scenic A87, also known as The Road to Skye, and enjoy an hour-long drive while soaking in breathtaking coastal views along the way. The island is home to ancient inns and internationally renowned high-end dining, offering a lot to explore. 'The Three Chimneys' is a popular restaurant run by a local family, serving fish and seafood with Head Chef Scott Davies offering a delicious tasting menu featuring Dunvegan crab, langoustines, scallops, monkfish, and beef. Priced at £95 per person (with a lunch version at £55), it offers exceptional quality way below London prices. Alternatively, 'Scorrybreac' or 'Speckled Rock' overlooking the harbour in Portree offers excellent local produce and comes highly recommended.
The Isle of Skye is the second largest Scottish island, and is renowned for its striking landscapes featuring shimmering lochs, dramatic mountains, and untamed moorland. Visitors flock to the island to experience its natural beauty and discover hidden gems. It's best to arrive with a patient, open mind and let the journey of discovery unfold. A few pointers to get you started..
Bathe with the fairies at the Fairy Pools
Enjoy a dram of Single Malt Scotch at Talisker Distillery
Take in the breathtaking scenery at the Quiraing from Neist Poin
Fall in love with Dunvegan Castle
Marvel at the breathtaking views from the Old Mann Of Storr
Enjoy a pint and a tasty treat at The Oyster Shed
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
If you're looking to experience the Scottish Highlands and all its raw beauty, book now for an unforgettable stay. Perfect for groups, family retreats, and work events.