Aldourie Castle

Exclusive Use

Aldourie, Inverness, Inverness Shire, IV2 6EL

    Aldourie Castle is a unique and inspiring place to relax, indulge and enjoy good times with family and friends. Set within a private estate guests take exclusive hire of the 13-bed castle as their own home for a holiday, short break or special event

    Aldourie Castle is of Scottish Baronial style and Grade A listed property. It was originally known as a 17th Century mansion house and was later extended to include an arts and craft wing in 1903. Impressively, the Aldourie Estate belonged to the same family for 250 years until it was bought privately in 2004 and subsequently underwent a generous £10 million development winning it the Sotherby’s UK Restoration of the Year 2011 award. Since its grand restoration the Castle has welcomed family groups, couples, weddings and other celebrations to enjoy its wonderful calming ambience and welcome atmosphere. A medieval castle to the core, Aldourie features hidden doors, old family portraits and vast fireplaces. It epitmoises Scottish history in both its interior and external characteristics.

    Exclusive Use
    Aldourie Castle is a space to relax, indulge and enjoy good food, drink and conversation with family and friends. It is available for exclusive hire throughout the year for guests to take over as their own castle for their holiday, short break or special event. Aldourie receives tremendous testimonials from and is gaining an enviable reputation for its outstanding hospitality and spectacular setting. The Castle is ideal for both intimate parties to larger groups (4 – 50 people) and the richly-decorated rooms and magnificent views across Loch Ness and the surrounding Highlands are the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Groups or parties may hire Aldourie exclusively from 2 nights – 7 nights or longer offering them a unique and authentic opportunity to experience one of the country's most impressive and historically located properties.

    Bedrooms & Rooms 
    Tradition, splendour and comfort can easily be found at Aldourie Castle. Each interior has an old-fashioned charm but the facilities belong undoubtedly in the 21st Century. The Castle sleeps 28 guests in 13 luxurious en suite bedrooms (12 doubles – 4 of which are available as a Twin – 1 Twin and 2 singles with dressing rooms). Featuring impressive four-poster beds and outstanding parkland views the bedrooms are individually decorated to reflect an eclectic design, from the glamour of luscious fabrics and cascading curtains to the simplicity of classic wooden furniture and pastel shades. For parties larger than the capacity of the castle additional accommodation is available in the four holiday cottages on the estate (for 21 people).

    The Main Hall leads off to the Library and Drawing Room to the left and the Laird's Room, Dining Room, Kitchens and Billiard Room to the right. Two spiral staircases or a lift (featuring tartan decorated walls) take guests to the first and second floors of bedrooms, bathrooms and dressing rooms. Beautiful ornaments and wall hangings decorate the large window areas and hallways and each window offers a mesmerising view of the 500 acre estate complete with woodland, gardens and wildlife.

    The enchanting Red Drawing Room hangs a beautiful Venetian Merano Crystal chandelier casting delicate evening light for pre or after-dinner drinks. The Dining Room features a magnificent table for hosting social or corporate gatherings and the Laird's Room used for breakfasts is located at the back of the castle looking down towards the shores of Loch Ness. A terrace gives scenic views across the beach, Loch Ness and the Highlands. 

    Setting & Location
    Aldourie Castle is located just on the shoreline, within 500 acres of private estate, and has become part of the incredible landscape of the Scottish Highlands.

    An idyllic and enchanting setting, Aldourie Castle is just 6 miles from the Highlands’ capital city of Inverness, on the south shores of Loch Ness, the most iconic Loch in the world and home to the Highland Games. Hidden amongst wilderness you could be anywhere yet just minutes away guests have instant access to the main travel networks.

    Food & Drink
    Aldourie Castle offers a range of catering options depending on their group's requirements, from traditional Scottish breakfasts to Afternoon Tea, light lunches and simple suppers to grand gourmet feasts. Guests can even enjoy BBQs on the terrace or a pre-packed picnic on the shore.

    Facilities & Entertainment
    Nothing is too much trouble at Aldourie and the castle acts as your blank canvas to design the stay you desire. House staff can concierge any indoor / outdoor activity or transport request during your exclusive use stay. Inside the Castle is a dedicated games room which features a full size billiard table, wide screen wall-mounted plasma TV and, for rainy days or cosy nights, numerous board games. Excellent wi-fi is also available throughout the Castle. 

    Guests can wander freely around the estate exploring the many woodland walks (the Castle provides wellingtons and anoraks in every size), a unique man-made tree house, a family graveyard, an orangery and an immaculate formal garden. Sporting activities on the estate include boat trips, treasure hunts, croquet, kiting, cycling and fishing. 

    Local Events, Attractions & Activities:
    Deer Stalking (Sept – Jan) / Pony Trekking & Horse Riding, Drumnadrochit
    Shooting (at nearby estates)
    Golfing (at Castle Stuart, Royal Dornoch (Championship golf courses) – Nairn, Spey Valley & Brora) 
    4 x 4 Driving
    Rock Climbing, Abseiling & Weaselling, nr Loch Ness
    Chanonry Point – the best place in Britain for Dolphin Watching (includes beaches & great views)
    Various Walks & Scenic Drives in the Highlands & around Loch Ness
    Visit / walk to Fort Augustus, nr Loch Ness
    The Falls of Foyers (waterfall)
    Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, Drumnadrochit
    Wildlife Parks, Inverness
    Scottish History & Cultural Tours (Urquhart Castle, Cawdor Castle, Battlefields of Culloden (last battle fought on British soil), Glen Affric, Isle of Skye


    5 Exclusive Use Venue
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2016
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    GUIDE PRICING (includes VAT) 2 NIGHTS > £15,000 3 NIGHTS > £20,000 4 NIGHTS > £25,000 5 NIGHTS > £30,000 6 NIGHTS > £35,000 7 NIGHTS > £40,000 Catering > £150 per guest (Breakfast, Light Lunch, Afternoon Tea & Dinner) / POA at Christmas & New Year

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Activity Holiday
    • Castle
    • Holiday Rentals
    • Seasonal Breaks


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Cot Available
    • Creche Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Indoor Play Area


    • Bath Ensuite
    • Drying Facilities
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex
    • Laundry Service Available
    • Linen Provided
    • Lounge
    • Microwave
    • Open Hearth Fire
    • Private Bathroom
    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Shower
    • Shower Ensuite
    • Telephone
    • Toilets
    • Towels Provided
    • Trouser Press
    • WC EnSuite
    • Wash Hand Basin

    Health & Wellbeing

    • Beauty Treatments


    • Lochside Location
    • Mountains area
    • Remote Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View
    • Waterfront Location

    Special Requirements

    • Allergy Sufferers
    • Children Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Dogs Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Hen/Stag Parties Welcome
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Allowed
    • Pets Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Can use own suppliers
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Wedding Packages Available


    • Bar Available
    • Breakfast Available
    • Dairy Free
    • Dinner Available
    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Evening Meal Available
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License
    • Gluten Free
    • Kosher Meals
    • Licensed Bar / Clubroom
    • Lunch Available
    • Nut Free Meals
    • Organic Food
    • Patio/Beer Garden
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegan Meals Available
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegetarian Food Available

    Dietary Options

    • Nut Free Meals


    • 24hr CCTV
    • Closed Circuit TV
    • Conference Facilities
    • Equipment Hire
    • Internet Access
    • Level Access
    • Mini Bar
    • Picnic Area
    • Room Service Available

    Leisure Facilities

    • DVD Player
    • Entertainment Available
    • Garden
    • Indoor Recreational Facilities
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities
    • Radio
    • Satellite / Cable TV
    • TV Lounge
    • Television
    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • BACS
    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Internet Banking Transfer
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Airport Transport Supplied
    • Bike Storage Available
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Parking
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking
    • Taxi Rank < 100m from station

    Road Directions

    By Road from the East:

    From Edinburgh, head towards Stirling/Perth then Inverness.

    Aldourie is on the south side of Loch Ness, close to the village of Dores.

    Take the exit for Raigmore Hospital from A9 and then straight over all of the roundabouts until the final roundabout signposted for the B862 Dores

    Journey Time Approx 6.5hours.

    A great stop off point is House Of Bruar, near to Pitlochry on the A9

    Public Transport Directions

    • By Car: 30 minutes from Inverness airport / 3 hour drive from Edinburgh / Glasgow
    • By Rail: 3 hours from Edinburgh or sleeper train from London
    • By Plane: 30 minutes from Edinburgh / 1 hour from London / direct flights from London & Dublin / connections to most British cities
    • By Helicopter: 5 minutes from Inverness / 1 hour from Edinburgh / 1 hour from Aberdeen

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp, lift or stair lift
      • from the entrance to reception
      • to a public toilet
      • to the lounge
      • to the swimming pool

    Building Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 4


    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • with steps and no ramp
    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres from the main entrance
    • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • Bedrooms with no fitted carpets available
    • Bathrooms available with :
      • bath
      • bath with shower
      • level entry shower
      • separate shower unit
    • Bedrooms with non-allergic bedding available (e.g. non-feather pillows)
    • Bedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by the guest

    General Questions

    • Emergency evacuation procedures for the safe exit of guests with disabilities
    • Services for guests with visual impairments :
      • tactile route within or outside the premises
    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment
    • Proprietors/staff available 24-hours

    Restaurant / Breakfast / Dining Room

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to the restaurant/breakfast/dining-room
    • Restaurant / breakfast / dining room provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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