Hire a Castle for the weekend for business use

The advantages of booking to hire a castle for the weekend are many and in this blog we will give you a taste of what Aldourie Castle can offer. Below is the second part of our corporate hospitality blog showcasing even more of what a private hire corporate hospitality property in Scotland, such as Aldourie, has to offer business groups in the luxury group travel market.

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You’ve seen the setting; it’s undeniably beautiful. That will impress your team of staff in the first instance. But what is next on their list? We imagine we are close if we say “food”. Good home cooked food is what we specialise in at Aldourie; we offer luxury dishes using the freshest ingredients, including meat, game and vegetables. We have a variety of menus unique to the Castle that our in house chef has created to define this luxury Scottish venue.

Hire a Castle for the Weekend for Business Use

Available for group hire
When a company spends time and money choosing an ideal venue for their important business meetings or events, having a venue all to yourself is sometimes a necessity. As one of Scotland’s most impressive corporate hospitality properties, Aldourie is proud to offer only exclusive hire, allowing you to hire a castle for the weekend exclusively for your needs to any one business group. Private use of the Castle is what makes it special, more special we think than staying in a top hotel or spending the day in a modern specially designed conference centre.

Even though the Castle is historic in its look and feel it does feature contemporary aspects that make your stay here all the more enjoyable. But, for authenticity, we keep these as subtle as possible. The Castle’s main restrooms are a prime example; with marble tops and luxury interiors they are almost as comfortable as the bedrooms.

Hire a Castle for the Weekend

Uniqueness: The only habitable Castle on Loch Ness
If you as an event manager are looking for something different that your corporate group has not experienced before, there could be nothing more rewarding than seeing the reaction of your team to the first sight of Aldourie; be it the wooded entrance, the deer bouncing through the woodland or the tall turreted castle itself. Everything about the Scottish Estate is unique, from its glorious views to the atmosphere as you step inside to the fact that it features luxury bedrooms for overnight bookings.

Space for your team to enjoy
The beautiful Castle is hidden away from view, near to the main roads and networks but from these roads it is nowhere to be seen.  Despite this proximity to the local amenities and transport links Aldourie Castle is located well within a private 500 acre parkland, away from the noise of the busy traffic and instead surrounded by wildlife, nature and tranquillity. The peaceful and spacious environment at Aldourie makes it the ideal venue for important meetings, product launches and events and gives every one of our guests the chance to think and breathe. So why not call today and hire a castle for the weekend for your corporate event, or alternatively fill in our online form.

 


What does Exclusive Use of a private Castle actually mean?

The first thing to know when you hear the words ‘Exclusive Use’ in reference to a hospitality venue or private property is that it’s most likely a very special and unique place indeed. And secondly, if it’s a historic property, that it is unlikely to be open to the public, making it an even more exciting and intriguing place to visit. Thirdly, this phrase means that the property is available only for private hire by an individual or group. There is no rule who that individual or group may be; it could be a family reunion of numerous generations, a corporate booking or a close group of friends sharing an idyllic holiday. With us, you can rent an entire castle on the shores of Loch Ness.

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All of the above outlined attributes of our beloved Castle go down very well with guests. They like to know they are staying in not only a beautiful property but a special venue that can be experienced only by those who feel it worthy enough of hiring the place privately for themselves or their group. This private Scottish Estate and the enchanting Castle that sits within it is classed as a private historic property rather than a public place owned by any of the national heritage organisations that look after buildings and gardens, such as the National Trust or Historic Houses Association.

These organisations are brilliant at up-keeping hundreds of beautiful properties that are dotted around the UK and are responsible for opening their doors during certain time of the year for the public to visit and enjoy. (This is not always the first wish of their current owners but in fact a necessity to keep the contents and the properties themselves in existence). If owners are lucky enough to not to have to rely on The National Trust and HHA for their services and therefore tick all the boxes and have means to operate as a private hire property then this opens up a whole new set of opportunities for such heritage buildings.

4. Aldourie Castle from Loch Ness Use of a private Castle

Setting up your own heritage Estate as a private hire property however is not as simple as listing it on a few websites and telling some travel agents where it is located. There is hard work to be done in making it ready for the guests you want to attract. For instance, health and safety regulations have to be adhered to and any overnight accommodation has to be guest-ready (not like the red-roped bedrooms you see in various stately homes that, although look inviting and exciting to experience, would probably leave you with a bad back by morning).

Like any top hotel, private use venues have a priority; to satisfy guests with an exceptional service and comfort so they either book again for next year or recommend the property to family and friends. All this means research into what other exclusive use properties are offering on a service and comfort level, and aiming to match or go a step further than them. It then also means investment of pieces such as incredibly comfortable items befitting the property. There is a certain knack needed here which is why so often a professional interior designer is hired; the furniture must be attractive, coordinating, comfortable, endurable and at the same time, if in a historic setting, should appear as if it was placed there hundreds of years ago. The same theory applies to the decoration of floors, walls, ornaments and artwork etc. You get the idea! There is so much to prepare for before a property can even be considered as being hired out to the luxury travel market.
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Now you realise that the properties you see available for ‘Exclusive hire or Exclusive use are those which are in-keeping with their original era through design, style and architecture but have most definitely been through a period of transformation and modernisation of their facilities, both inside the property and in the grounds. This is no mean feat and, as with Aldourie Castle, often takes years of vision, research, preparation, hard work and perseverance in order to achieve the final outcome. Guests who hire an exclusive use property therefore appreciate what they are getting in return.

For there is something quite special and mystical when you rent an entire castle for a week, or even just overnight, in a country house or castle that was once lived in centuries ago by families and welcomed intriguing historical characters as visitors for weeks on end. Aldourie itself was such a Castle, complete with house party status and part of a celebrated and popular sporting Highlands Estate.

Privately hiring this Castle as your own home lets you and your guests share in the memories of years gone by, family secrets and as many historical facts as you can possibly take in. Exclusive Use is what is says on the tin: special, privileged and entirely yours. Enquire to rent an entire castle exclusively on the shores of Loch Ness today.


5 reasons to book your business meeting in a private castle

Are you searching for the best meeting and exclusive use venue Scotland? Aldourie Castle Estate features a versatile venue for corporate hospitality and is fully equipped to cater for any type of meeting or corporate event. The medieval Castle is located in the 500 acre Highland country Estate and ticks all the boxes for any type of midweek meeting hire need.

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Luxury bedrooms and private use of a Castle

An impressive setting

Aldourie Castle has hosted events for numerous high profile companies since its renovation in the early 2000s. It is a perfect backdrop for your company event – reward staff with a celebratory Christmas lunch or impress your clients with a company charity dinner. Its regal interiors and private setting make the Castle the ideal exclusive use venue Scotland for hosting creative brainstorming meetings or BoD strategy meetings where peace and quiet are important.

Exclusive use venue Scotland

How important is it that your chosen corporate hospitality venue offers fully private meeting facilities, catering and grounds? In this competitive business world where progress is key to the survival and profit of a company, having a venue all to yourself is necessary. Not only do you and your guests receive a tailor made service but knowing you have the entire venue to yourselves makes the occasion even more personal to you and your company. The individually designed luxury guest bedrooms for 24 hour hire of the Castle make for an even more exclusive stay.

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Privacy and space for important business meetings

Ideal location

The beautiful Castle is hidden amongst a cluster of tall trees in the heart of a historic country Estate. Yet, the Castle’s location is deceiving. Just outside the Castle’s walls is the main road to Inverness where there is an airport with flights to London and Edinburgh, a train station and links to the main route networks to get to other parts of Scotland. Despite this proximity to the local amenities and transport links Aldourie Castle is situated in its own private countryside away from the noise of the bustling traffic and instead surrounded by wildlife, nature and utter beauty. The peace and calm at Aldourie makes it the ideal exclusive use venue Scotland for important meetings, product launches and events.

Unique atmosphere

There is no doubt that Aldourie is one of the most unique and inspiring business meeting venues in Scotland. Too often are meetings held in bland, stuffy rooms without space to think and breathe. Aldourie is different. From the excellent hospitality on arrival through to the final cup of coffee, delicious food and drink, to the majestic setting designed to inspire all its visitors, the medieval Castle is hard to compare with any other venue. Each window has a mesmerising view of the deer-dotted Estate, the Highlands or the famous Loch Ness. There are few meeting venues that could compete with such an outlook.

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Launch your product at Aldourie

Complimentary wi-fi

Your business meeting or event will receive free wi-fi throughout the day and there is the added novelty of being out in the middle of the Scottish Highlands countryside with great connection to the Internet. Just minutes from the nearest town of Inverness with airport, train station and transport links, Aldourie sits in a world of its own but with all the mod cons you would expect from a contemporary meeting room venue.

Next time we reveal five even more great reasons to hire out Aldourie Castle exclusive use venue Scotland for your private meeting or event.


A Luxury Castle Stay in Scotland

The beauty of Aldourie Castle on Loch Ness near Inverness is that it can be used as a celebrations venue at any time of year. The surrounding Scottish Highland landscape comes into its own in every season making the baronial style castle look magnificent against its ever changing backdrop. Likewise the property itself can transform from enchanting summer fairytale castle to an ethereal winter medieval façade in a matter of months, which could be a result of a few well-placed lights outside, but, mainly due to the changing skies and weather and the reflections from the waters of Loch Ness. The natural surroundings of this old and loved castle have a lot to do with the atmosphere both in and around the luxury venue, making it truly a luxury castle stay in Scotland at any time of year.

Luxury Castle Stay in Scotland

As a wedding venue Aldourie really is the pinnacle of luxury, offering a self-contained stay for up to a week for a bride and groom and their family and friends. Celebrate in Scotland in spring and summer at Aldourie, a luxury venue, where the evenings on the parkland are never ending, where flat tree-lined paths lead guests astray into romantic woodland and beach walks, where an evening boat ride or cruise along Loch Ness can be arranged as quickly as your haggis can come out of the kitchen. Life is easy at Aldourie, the team here strives to make your luxury wedding or celebration in Scotland an experience to treasure for the rest of your life.

As a prelude to your magical big day here at Aldourie Castle the bride to be can invite her nearest and dearest girlfriends for pre-wedding fun hiring out the fairytale Castle as a luxury hen party venue for the weekend or even a week-long celebration. Hen party activities can be arranged out on Loch Ness or in the parkland or luxury games can take place in the castle itself. Why not have a stylish and sophisticated hen party in Scotland with The Hen Planner to organise activities at Aldourie Castle?

Luxury Castle Stay in Scotland

Fine dining for a unique celebration or occasion is a seamless operation here at Aldourie Castle. For those wishing to experience true fine dining in Scotland this is the place. Not only has Aldourie the spectacular backdrop for your guests to arrive to it also has the hospitality, service, experience and luxury to provide the ultimate venue for your celebration. During autumn the weather gets a little fresher and the leaves start to fall around the medieval castle floating from the hundreds of trees that enclose the venue. It’s a really magical time to experience Aldourie Castle Estate, if just for the beauty of the place. Inside, your guests can gather for pre-dinner drinks in the cosy red Drawing Room, leisurely exploring the castle with its library of books and hallways laden with portraits and heirlooms, before being seated to a three or four course dinner in the grand traditional Dining Room. Ever since the Highlands clans were diminished in the area Aldourie has made a name for itself as a fine dining venue in Scotland. Be in a corporate charity dinner, business dinner with important clients or a unique dining event in celebration of Scottish cuisine. Whatever the event celebrate it on Loch Ness in a famous castle in Scotland with impressive Scottish Highlands views and an unrivalled autumnal atmosphere.

Luxury Castle Stay in Scotland

Into the party season months of November and December a luxury castle stay in Scotland takes on another feel completely. Festivity takes over and the interior rich reds, golds and creams complement the outside of the Scottish Highlands castle. The Loch Ness property then becomes a perfect luxury party venue for events such as Murder Mystery dinner evenings and family reunions. Because the castle can be as informal as you like it is ideally suited for multi-generational stays of groups of family and friends. The child friendly party venue in Scotland is at its best when there are children exploring its every room and creating their own fun and adventures out in the Highlands estate from playing with the castle’s very own dog Loch Ness Lizzie to climbing the tree house and looking out over Loch Ness. The luxury Scottish castle with 13 bedrooms is a popular choice for family reunions and parties. Its convenient location, just outside Inverness and close to train stations and the airport, makes Aldourie Castle the luxury castle stay in Scotland for family and friends to get together in Scotland. The estate makes for a winter wonderland walk as children experience adventures in the Aldourie woodland looking for Santa’s Grotto, reindeer and sleighs hidden in the snowy parkland.

Luxury Castle Stay in Scotland

Another option available for a luxury castle stay in Scotland is murder mystery dinners for private groups in autumn and winter are always successful nights and there are many opportunities for these types of events from Halloween to Burns Night in January. What better place to spend December than at Aldourie, when Christmas is upon us and being with family and close friends is important. This enchanting castle is the ultimate house party venue in Scotland. Get everyone together for a family reunion on Loch Ness at a Scottish Highlands castle and make some lasting memories. After all, nobody needs an excuse for a party!

If you would like to book a luxury castle stay in Scotland then why not in touch via our online booking for or, alternatively, call us to discuss your particular needs.

 

 


A private marina on Loch Ness

One of the most unique aspects of Aldourie Castle Estate is that it has its own private marina. Not only that but the marina is located on the southern shores of Loch Ness with unbeatable views across the Scottish Highlands. You would struggle to find anywhere more picturesque in and around the tourist trap Inverness especially during a sunrise or sunset where the hills are brought to life against the glorious backdrop of a hazy sky.

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Highland backdrop during a ride on Loch Ness – simply breathtaking

The marina at Aldourie is the ideal spot from which to admire the idyllic Scotland views and bask in the beauty of the calming waters that surround the scenic area. Peacefulness is all abound and you can hear a pin drop if there is no one boating in the near vicinity and no cooing birds flying overhead. Although, it is the boats and the Highland birds that make the Aldourie marina so captivating and which draw people to this special place. These and the fact that Castle guests can board a boat and shortly arrive at Moray Firth to see the dolphins and whales or take off on a speed boat and stop in secret wilderness to explore the pebbly, crystal clear shoreline as they take a walk along Dores Beach.

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Cruise Loch Ness offer amazing boat trips form the Aldourie pier

With the majestic loch situated on the edge of the pier that is literally on your doorstep, you can step straight into a canoe. Canoeing on Loch Ness is a rare opportunity to share a paddling adventure with family, friends or colleagues in the most famous water in the world. No previous experience is needed and non-swimmers are welcome. Expert canoe guides will take you, our Scottish Castle group of guests, on a journey across the endless waters as you float past the sights that have inspired writers, artists, explorers and historians for centuries.

Aldourie Estate Private Marina on Loch Ness
The completely private Aldourie Estate Marina on Loch Ness

Have you ever wondered how it feels to walk on water? Climb inside a giant inflatable sphere and once sealed in off you go at your own pace, exploring the Loch, moving in any direction and most probably upside down! This is great fun for adults and children alike and even better for spectators. Have fun trying a water sport you’ve never done before against a backdrop of Highland hills and surrounded by the largest expanse of fresh water on earth. Yes, that’s right. Loch Ness is not only beautiful but it has many factual credits to its name – not to mention the Loch Ness Monster Nessie who can often be seen in the far distance as you cruise along by boat or scour the vast water from your castle bedroom window.

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A view of Loch Ness from your own private Castle

The marina is conveniently located to the south of the Aldourie Castle Estate near one of the holiday cottages aptly named Pier Cottage, just a short walk through a woodland trail. It is an idyllic hideaway if you wish for some time alone during your stay on the Scottish Highlands estate as well as an adventure filled playground for families or a romantic spot for couples attending a luxury wedding at the Castle.

 

 


Outdoor activities for your Scottish castle stay

Of all the guests who take the castle over as their own home for a few days, a week or even longer, it is very rare that they don’t organise some sort of outdoor activity, especially in the summer months. Of course, because Aldourie offers the best in hospitality, it is our staff that does the organising of such events; our castle guests are welcome to state how they wish to spend their time at Aldourie and we in turn grant them their wishes and put in place the activities they request.

Aldourie prides itself on a service of excellence and so it goes without saying that we use only the most professional and quality local suppliers to deliver any event or activity for exclusive parties of guests at the castle. We have built relationships with key companies who we can rely on for all outdoor activities, however unusual they may be. In fact, because Aldourie is so unique and spectacular a place, the more outlandish the activity the better!

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Aldourie Castle guests can enjoy exclusive outdoor activities

500 acres of private land secluded in its own picturesque country setting yet just a few miles from Inverness, main roads and the airport has quite an appeal for guests wanting to arrange outdoor activities. Why? Well, it could be because a group of corporate directors are staying at the castle and they require some downtime from their important meetings, so a little boat ride on Loch Ness is just the ticket. Or, a large company has opened a new division and is wanting to train up their newest recruits and build relationships amongst staff, so team building activities in the parkland are often a popular choice. On a completely different scale, a family reunion is taking place in the castle over the course of a weekend the parents wish to put on a host of child orientated park activities to give the children things to do during their stay. The parents will no doubt join in too.

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Archery activity days with an authentic Castle backdrop

It’s quite evident how versatile the Scottish Highland estate can be for different groups of guests who are staying at the unique baronial castle, but how varied can the castle parkland become to cater for an array of different types of outdoor activities and events?

To start with, Aldourie Castle is exceptionally place for a residential stay property and takes pride of place just metres from the southern shoreline of the infamous Loch Ness. This, to anyone looking to take over an historic castle with grounds in Scotland, is a key attribute of Aldourie. Boat trips on Loch Ness are a popular choice for exclusive stay guests who wish to experience the fabulous views across the Highlands and breathe in the fresh water’s air. Boat trips are also a must for any group stay at the castle hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie the notorious Loch Ness Monster, who only recently showed her face as she glided by Aldourie to take in the spectacular night time view of the medieval castle (we do have a photo to prove it). Boat trips on Loch Ness are available exclusively for our castle guests and they board directly from Aldourie Pier. We use the renowned company Cruise Loch Ness for the best boat rides of the famous water.

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Boat trips on Loch Ness

The woodland on the Scottish country estate is simply great for exploring; filled to the brim with mystery and adventure, it is the ideal playground for children and dogs. The tall woods cater for endless family fun time during Aldourie Castle stays and with Loch Ness Lizzie, (Aldourie’s very own Flatcoated Retriever), always around and ready to greet a fellow playmate, there is company even for your family pet! Here in nature’s wilderness guests are encouraged to make their own fun but for specific activities and requirements the Aldourie team can always call on the professionals.

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The Scottish Highlands

The Highlands’ glorious and ethereal backdrop is yet another reason why guests choose Aldourie as their favoured location for both traditional and modern outdoor activities. The aptly named Boots & Paddles offer an array of water and land based activities; from the authentic Highland Games and the active Segway to Walk on Water Balls, Kayaking and Canoeing. All these activities take place on the Aldourie Estate itself and are available for the guests who take the castle for private hire for any length of stay. There are areas of the parkland that are quite flat and therefore ideal for Segway rides, tours and experience days;the personal transporter ride that is becoming increasingly popular for team building and team activity days. The entire atmosphere that is conjured from the combination of the deer dotted parkland and the magical backdrop of Aldourie Castle brings historic outdoor activities, such as archery, to life. Guests can imagine the battle fields of long ago as they aim and fire at their targets. The photograph opportunities for these types of activities are, needless to say, an added bonus.

There are plenty of things do outside on this incredible castle estate in Scotland. The estate walls and the woodland keep within them so much potential to explore and enjoy: from the giant tree house from which children can see the immediate shoreline, Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands beyond, to the gated family graveyard and beautiful formal gardens. Imagination and creativity run wild at Aldourie which is why so many of our guests return on a regular basis whether that is to stay in the castle, attend a celebration event or simply to enjoy a relaxing holiday in one of the four self-catering cottages on the Scottish estate.

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Walk on water balls at Aldourie Castle

The Aldourie team is proud of the quality of service it provides and therefore chooses only to work with suppliers of the same status and who are proven to provide exceptional service and deliver quality products and assistance for outdoor land and water based activities. We use the same trusted suppliers over again for various events, castle house parties and residential stays as we can be sure in the knowledge they are attending to our guests as attentively as we do at the castle. As a result their time in the great outdoors is as happy and relaxed as can be and can only add to what is always an incredible Aldourie experience.

The outdoor activities that can be arranged by the castle are available for guests staying exclusively at the castle only and cannot be arranged for holiday cottage guests or for members of the public.

We are pleased to work with the following trusted suppliers to deliver the activities detailed above:

http://www.cruiselochness.com/
http://www.boots-n-paddles.co.uk/


A castle is the ultimate house party venue

There are so many reasons to hold your next birthday party, family reunion or anniversary celebration at one of Scotland’s luxurious castles. You have so much choice if you take into account all the private estates in this beautiful country. However, your search is narrowed somewhat when you consider only those castles that are available for private function or residential hire.  Aldourie Castle is one of a few castles in Scotland where guests can enjoy complete use of the property and live in it as if it was their own home.

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Aldourie – right on the shoreline of Loch Ness

Here is why the historic castle will stay a favourite among event managers and party planners when sourcing a location for their clients, and the reason why once a private group has found such a gem of a private hire venue, they will come back year after year.

Firstly, the interior decoration of most castles available to hire, if well maintained, befits any celebration where the host would like to impress and indulge their guests.  Castle venues often have portraits of ancestors and family heirlooms dotted throughout the property which gives a wonderfully magic and intriguing atmosphere to your party venue.

The hallways and corridors at Aldourie Castle appear to go on for miles, turning into discreet rooms and hidden spaces. Window seats line the walls featuring breath-taking views; pure escapism for the romantic guest.

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Luxurious bedrooms throughout the castle

The state rooms at Aldourie offer a mix of relaxation and fun for those looking for a historic house party in Scotland. The drawing room is steeped in history with lavishly decorative walls, unique ornamental features, roaring fireplaces and extremely comfortable settees and chaise lounges. The ornately designed though informal dining room is often a central part of a residential stay especially if the party wish to celebrate with family or friends dining in the evenings. There is a Billiards Room, where guests can re-acquaint or even get to know one another over a few drinks. The library is the quietest room in the castle and abound with comfort. Book loving guests can hideaway for a year and not want for more – with walls lined with books and the odd secret door…

The cosy authentic library at Aldourie house party venue
The cosy authentic library at Aldourie

Many castles have luxury bedrooms mainly in keeping with the age and style of the property and therefore portraying an abundance of charm and character, and above all, comfort. Aldourie Castle has 15 beautiful bedrooms, many complete with grand four poster beds and original Scottish decoration, along with stunning wall coverings and luxurious rugs; all adorned in wonderful colours from bright summer meadow yellows to rich, ruby reds. The guest accommodation at many private venues of this nature offer a real mix of bedroom styles to suit the variety of guests that walk through their doors.

Many historic castles acting as house party venues available for private hire welcome pets, which adds to that welcoming feel. Aldourie is one of them. The endless and scenic woodland and parkland beyond the formal gardens is ideal to let them enjoy their adventures whilst you look on from the sun terrace, just metres away from the Loch Ness shore.

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Any activity can be arranged for you and guests

For those early risers, a habitable castle can become the most sought after house party venue, offering both indoor and outdoor activities for guests. The staff at Aldourie can organise any additional activity from authentic whiskey tasting to balloon rides over the Scottish Highlands to Loch Ness boat tours. The list is as endless as the imagination of our guests!

Aldourie Castle is a medieval baronial style Scottish castle having undergone a thorough and sympathetic restoration over recent years, still maintaining a charming look and feel and exquisite features that complete such a property. Our guests at Aldourie Castle have been known to repeat their booking as soon as they have left for many of the qualities the venue has to offer. Whether you are a family or group of friends, a corporate team or business looking for a unique event setting, Aldourie Castle is a majestic and enchanting venue for any special occasion.

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Aldourie Castle at night – a perfect house party venue

A weekend at Aldourie is one you will not forget. Be a birthday celebration, an anniversary party or an excuse to meet up with loved ones, you can hire this exquisite property as your own home. Wintertime is especially memorable at Aldourie, with Christmas decorations to complement the rich castle hues and the smell of pine from outside.  With guest accommodation for up to 30 guests Aldourie is the ideal house party venue situated in one of the most iconic locations in the world, on the peaceful shores of Loch Ness, with views to match. Now if that isn’t a reason to book then what is?


Why choose private castle rental for film sets at Aldourie

Viewers have been presented with countless historic properties on their TV screens in recent years, which are being used as filming venues for period dramas, feature films as well as stately backdrops for outdoor cookery programmes, documentaries and roadshows. Aldourie Castle is the perfect corporate event location in Scotland and the ideal setting for a castle filming location. Just some of the features include ideal location with large spaces, acres of idyllic grounds, available for private use and featuring the most stunning interiors.

Private Castle Rental for Film Sets

We have had a major filming session over the past few months, which we look forward to announcing very soon. In the meantime we are promoting our Castle filming location to agents as an ideal historic venue and grounds. We think Antiques Roadshow, for instance, would be very at home at Aldourie. Here are just some of the reasons why…

A helpful and supportive team
We shall start with the basics. A film crew is already scheduled with back to back tasks once on location so what is helpful to them is a friendly and supportive logistics team. As a popular corporate event location in Scotland we are especially great at hospitality; the team is only a phone call away to provide everything from lunch to photocopying anywhere on the estate. Our five star service ensures everything is done with efficiency and a genuine Scottish smile – helping the most stressful days.

Private Castle Rental for Film Sets

Scenic surroundings
Beautiful settings are surely sought after in a filming location, particularly a castle filming location. We only have to look outside the window of the Aldourie Estate office to see the striking and mesmerising Highlands’ landscape, complete with picture perfect mountains and endless wildlife.  Spend a day, a week, a month or longer at Aldourie Castle and filming will not be a chore. It is a permanently peaceful place. Whether the film crew are on a tea break or filming the next outdoor scene the enchanting and atmospheric outside setting at Aldourie combines relaxation and inspiration with a striking backdrop.

Heritage and architecture
Aldourie and its magic can offer a castle filming location completely different from the norm. Housing centuries of heritage in portraits, characterful features, high ceilings and heirlooms the atmosphere of the Castle’s rooms themselves lend it naturally as a perfect period setting for filming. The colours and interiors of the staterooms can apply themselves as a backdrop for royal weddings and society parties whilst the cosiness and intimacy of the bedrooms could showcase Aldourie as a private yet stately mansion house.

Private Castle Rental for Film Sets

Expanse of land
A family graveyard, a tree house and marina with its own pier, old derelict buildings and bridges can be found at Aldourie, located not far from Inverness but cocooned in a private setting. And that’s not all. Tree lined paths, green countryside, pretty formal gardens, spooky woodland, trickling streams, unspoiled parkland and four characterful cottages in their own Loch Ness wilderness are captured within 500 acres of land right on Aldourie’s doorstep. And all this versatile space is available for private hire at any time of the year.

 

Overnight accommodation and private space for actors
Aldourie Castle and the cottages combined sleep over 50 guests making the Aldourie Estate perfect for actors who would otherwise have to find accommodation elsewhere. This way, they can be as close to the castle filming location as possible and the spacious bedrooms and en suites give them private time away from filming to look over scripts and take a break between scenes. Perfect for private castle rental for film sets and production crews.

Private Castle Rental for Film Sets

Variety and convenience of our corporate event location in Scotland 
Choosing to film their next big TV drama, advert or feature film on such a varied location has all sorts of benefits for a production company. Private castle rental for film sets has multiple benefits for example; everything is within walking distance at Aldourie Castle. Parkland strolls for those creative thinking sessions, inspirational views and beauty spots to explore and healthy yet delicious food and drink available on request – ideal for tight filming schedules. Production teams can take a short break from filming to enjoy a stroll amongst the delightful formal gardens and orangery, allowing five minutes to themselves on a bench amongst the winding paths. There is endless car parking and flat outside solid ground space for setting up filming equipment and access to the Castle from the main road, air and rail links couldn’t be easier.

Private Castle Rental for Film Sets

The best way to appreciate what this unique corporate event location in Scotland can offer is by visiting it. We are optimistic Aldourie’s next filming adventure is just around the corner; after all, as a Castle taken straight out of a fairytale, we’re sure when Disney finds our hidden location they’ll be knocking on our door. So, if you are looking for a private castle rental for film sets or corporate event location in Scotland, then why not get in touch with us via our easy to use online form or give us a call via our website?


The Perfect Scottish Castle Wedding Venue

Aldourie Castle – The perfect Scottish castle wedding venue

Located on the stunning shores of the famous and scenic Loch Ness and facing the magnificent Scottish Highlands, Aldourie Castle, is a truly beautiful Scottish castle wedding venue on the shores of Loch Ness. You could say it is the perfect wedding venue, and here’s why.

The fairytale castle sleeps up to 30 guests in 13 luxury bedrooms. Traditionally designed yet, stylish – guest accommodation is spread out across various floors of the castle interweaved amongst its long, spacious corridors and spiralling staircase.

Exclusive use venue in Scotland, ideal for weddings

At this exclusive use venue in Scotland, the main castle rooms can host any type of celebratory event or wedding party as well as welcoming week-long luxury holidays. You can even fit in activities such as boating trips to hunt the Loch Ness monster from our very own private jetty on the banks of Loch Ness.

Your exclusive Scottish castle wedding venue is unique amongst venues in that the castle will only be used by you and your guests. This is because we only allow the castle to be booked out to one group at a time. This means, no waiting for the your slot in the marriage register, or other guests getting involved in your celebrations. this will be your day, on your terms. The true meaning of an exclusive use venue in Scotland.

Exclusive use venue in Scotland with a sight to behold

The exterior of Aldourie Castle couldn’t be more fairytale like for a private Scottish castle wedding venue, with its soft terracotta facade and pointed turrets. The castle door is also quite a sight to behold! Combine this with colourful, beautiful and formal gardens perfect for wedding photography and long walks and you have the whole package. Further more, there is a large area of enchanting woodland for mid-afternoon strolls. Aldourie Estate in its entirety covers 500 acres of private grounds; spacious enough for any princess and her prince on their wedding day.

To book your private, exclusive Scottish castle wedding venue why not enquire online using our easy to use form, or alternatively, give us a call to discuss whatever needs and pan you may have for your perfect day?

 

 


Life as a Chef at Aldourie Castle – Fine Scottish Dining

We had a lovely chat with our head chef the other day to find out a few exciting facts about his job at Aldourie Castle. Richard has cooked and served food at the fairytale castle for four years and chefs daily for events and parties of guests who have taken over the Castle as their own home for a few days, a week or sometimes a month…

When did you know you wanted to be a chef?
My Grandfather had a small farm and butchers shop and I used work there at weekends when I was at school. I would go with my dad to deliver to local hotels and was interested in what I saw, so thought that was for me.

Where did you study?
I trained on the job by working in hotels and restaurants in Scotland and England

Describe the most challenging dinner you’ve had to cater for at Aldourie
Cooking a three course dinner by candlelight on the shore of Loch Ness was quite a challenge.

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Which is your favourite room in the Castle?
I suppose I should say the kitchen…but it would be Lady Cameron bedroom for the great view down the loch, peace and quiet.

Do you prefer summertime or wintertime on the Aldourie Estate?
Definitely summertime, it’s light for 20 hours each day.

Do you prefer cooking for summer or winter events at Aldourie?
Again, summertime produce is much more plentiful and getting to cook outside is a bonus.

Where do guests usually have lunch in the sunny weather?
On the terrace looking down to Loch Ness.

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What is your favourite Scottish dinner to serve?
I like to showcase Scottish produce so would usually start with a taste of haggis followed by hand dived scallops then maybe venison or beef, cranachan for dessert and some local cheeses to finish.

What is your favourite Scottish dish to eat?
Anything with shellfish

If you had to cook a delicious Jamie Oliver style 30 minute meal, what would you cook?
At this time of year Scottish salmon, asparagus & Jersey Royals, washed down with something from the Aldourie cellar.

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The cellar at Aldourie is full of wines from all over the world – do you know how many wines you stock at any one time?
We stock about 80 different wines at present.

Some would say the Castle is haunted. Have you ever had a ghostly experience at Aldourie – if so will you tell?
No, I won’t believe in ghosts unless I was to see one.

What do you love most about your job?
Being able to cook the best of Scottish produce and working in a great environment.

What’s your favourite past time when you’re not cooking at the castle?
Going for a big walk with Loch Ness Lizzie!