Outdoor activities to complement a Christmas stay in a Scottish Castle

Aldourie Castle Estate is set in 500 acres of grounds including parkland, woodland, farmland and gardens. It is the ideal space to appreciate nature and the great outdoors, from fresh Highland air to mesmerising landscape views.

During the Christmas period it is easy to forget to look after ourselves as we tend to think about others and their happiness. We can get caught up in the endless spending on Christmas presents, and the frenzy of shopping in loud crowded places. We fill our December days with so many tasks and social commitments because we feel obliged to. We can sometimes forget to look after ourselves in the process of ticking off a list that seems never ending.

Whether you’ve ever holidayed over Christmas or not, we invite you to consider the pros of doing so. Getting away from it all with your nearest and dearest may offer you a new kind of festive feeling. A private castle stay on Loch Ness can provide the luxury and peace you dream of at Christmastime.

As you can imagine, Aldourie’s Highland Castle and Estate provide the stunning backdrop, the five star hospitality, the grand and comfortable bedrooms and the delicious food and drink we’ve come to expect from an exclusive use stay in a grand country house. There is, however, something else that Aldourie can provide for your Christmas retreat on a Highlands Castle Estate. And that is the physical activity we need for our bodies to stay healthy and our mind to stay focussed and calm.

Segway across scenic parkland

Segway rides offer an exhilarating experience, a sense of freedom for the rider. They also have ultimate control over their speedy experience. These are all positive feelings to have over Christmas when life can feel a little hectic despite the overarching theme of peace.

Archery towards the hills

Feel like Robin Hood with a stint at this old sport that made a comeback over recent years. We provide you and your private group of guests with a fully-qualified teacher who can help you hone your aiming skills and reach your target. This outdoor activity is ideal to experience during a Christmas getaway making you feel in the moment and focus on the here and now.

Falconry against a Castle backdrop

The beautiful birds of prey that you will get to handle during a falconry experience in the Aldourie Estate parkland will heighten your senses to the natural world. Simply being so close to these extraordinary animals make you and your party appreciate wildlife that little bit more. This is a wonderful activity to enjoy with loved ones incorporating compassion, wonder and admiration. It will be a memory to treasure especially if your Christmas falconry experience includes a little frost or snow.

Canoeing on Loch Ness

This sport is best enjoyed on a crisp morning during your Christmas holiday on Loch Ness. Nothing beats breathing in the fresh highland air over these refreshing, wild waters, as you greet a brand new day. A canoe ride on Loch Ness can be a group activity to include laughter with friends or a solitary experience with nature to treasure. The ethereal morning mist that rises over the water will bring even more magic to your Christmas holiday in a Castle.

You may have thought that staying in a Castle over Christmas in Scotland would be all about the luxurious rooms, the warming fireplaces and Scottish feasts. Don’t get us wrong; a week at Aldourie is every bit that. However, it also offers you the opportunity to find yourself and at the same time, lose yourself. The outdoor activities we offer bring you closer to nature and make you more appreciative of the outside world. This is something we believe in very strongly. We therefore encourage as many outdoor experiences for your group as possible during your private Christmas house party stay. And if you’re not too game for sport, our revitalised gardens and grounds offer ample opportunity for walking. Don’t worry, there’s always a hot cup of something brewing for your return and the finest cuisine to keep fuelling your Aldourie adventure.


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