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…

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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?