Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Ardgay

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Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a 23,000-acre (93 km2) highland estate in the Scottish Highlands. The estate was purchased in 2003 by conservationist and philanthropist Paul Lister, who hopes to recreate a wooded landscape and reintroduce native animals including predators such as the Scottish wildcat and the wolf. It is now being managed as a privately-owned nature reserve that aims to promote biodiversity and associated tourism at the forefront of its mission. The idea of a wilderness reserve was inspired by Lister's visits to South Africa's ever popular game reserves, and to create an area of outstanding natural beauty, where a pack of European wolves could be released into a controlled reserve. This has been proven in South Africa, when over-grazed farmland has been returned to a more natural state.

As with all land in Scotland, there is a right of responsible access to the reserve for pursuits such as walking, cycling, horse-riding and wild camping, and the estate is an access route to the mountain Càrn Ban (845m). Ramblers and hillwalkers are concerned that the estate's plans may prevent access to grounds within the reserve. Enclosure would contravene principles of open access enshrined in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 unless stiles and gates were provided. Whilst the Ramblers support reintroductions, they see charging for access to fenced enclosures as a way for owners of large estates to subvert the Act.
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  • Beverly and I sadly left Alladale on Thursday. Our short 4 day stay was an experience of a lifetime. From meeting both Tom and Steve at the lodge to welcome us, to hooking up with Ryan and Innes... 
    Beverly and I sadly left Alladale on Thursday. Our short 4 day stay was an experience of a lifetime. From meeting both Tom and Steve at the lodge to welcome us, to hooking up with Ryan and Innes...  more »
  • We were three couples with a young baby and had an unforgettable stay at Eagles Crag cottage in the Reserve. The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped and is set in the most amazing location....  more
    We were three couples with a young baby and had an unforgettable stay at Eagles Crag cottage in the Reserve. The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped and is set in the most amazing location....  more »
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  • The beauty of the place is made even more spectacular by the passion of the people behind it. Paul, Innes, Ryan, the whole team - they have ensured that the work they have done is accessible to the world and is there to inform us about why we have so much still to save. A big thanks to the team.
  • Amazing eco-retreat with local food and aquaponics, red stag, a Scottish wildcats breeding program, horses, highland cattle, countless birds, an outstanding lodge and outstanding staff and 23,000 acres. Can’t recommend it enough. 1.5 hours from Inverness.

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