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Balnagown Estate

Balnagown Estate is just a forty five minute drive north of Inverness and close to the picturesque town of Tain. The estate has in its grounds Balnagown Castle, which has been transformed over the last 30 years from a previous ruin to a stunning residence by the estate’s owner, Mr Mohamed Al Fayed.

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Although the castle isn’t available for letting, its relatively close proximity to the other properties makes a stay at Balnagown a very special one. In addition and because of the castle, the estate has obvious and very effective security measures and therefore is ideal for anyone wanting luxury accommodation combined with absolute privacy. Of the three estates, Balnagown itself offers our guests the most facilities on site and these include the following:


There are extensive cycle tracks across the Balnagown Estate and for those wanting to cover good distances, it is a great way to see the estate. We have bikes to suit all ages and the use of these is free.

Clay pigeon shooting

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If you are staying at any of the properties on the estate and as part of the price, you can take out a fishing boat on one of our well-stocked and managed lochs, with our staff providing all the necessary equipment if you do not have your own.


Archery has been practised at Balnagown for as long as there has been a castle on the estate. This ancient sport is remarkably good fun and all ability levels are welcome. Again, there is no charge for archery.

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an excellent on-site facility offering a host of indoor sports such as badminton, basketball, volley ball, pool, table tennis and many more. The hall is heated so ideal for winter days and evenings.

Observation Tower

The Observation Tower is a wonderful viewing platform from which to appreciate the remarkable natural beauty of Balnagown. You’ll even have your own key to the observation tower so you can visit it whenever you like.

Castle Gardens

The castle gardens are extensive and an enchanting part of the estate which our guests are very welcome to explore, though we just ask that this is arranged with a member of staff at the estate office.

Perfect for golfing holidays

Balnagown Estate is the perfect base for a golfing holiday to take in links courses such as the world-renowned Royal Dornoch, Tain, Brora and Golspie. All of these courses are in easy reach of Balnagown with Royal Dornoch being just 12 miles away. In addition, Castle Stewart is just a 40 minute drive to the south. Another real benefit of staying at Balnagown for your golfing holiday is that there are so many other things to do – perfect for any non-golfing members of your party!

Other pursuits and attractions in easy reach of Balnagown

Balnagown provides an excellent base from which to explore the Northern Highlands, plus south to Speyside and the Cairngorms, and the west coast which is an easy drive taking the Ullapool road.

The properties at Balnagown Estate

There are six properties available at Balnagown Estate to let, and these are Gardener’s Cottage, Grieve’s Cottage, Hill House, Swiss Cottage, Peat Cottage and The Farmhouse. The details of each of these can be found below.


Gardener’s Cottage

Gardener’s Cottage is a secluded hideaway nestled within Balnagown’s grounds that enjoys the shelter of mature trees and is situated next to the magnificent Grade B Listed walled garden. The property accommodates up to four people in a pure, simple style, that nevertheless retains a luxurious ambience. More…

Hill House

Situated well within the grounds of the beautiful Balnagown Estate, Hill House enjoys stunning, unbroken views across the fishing lochs and towards the Cromarty Firth. The house itself sleeps four, with the accompanying Coach House sleeping a further two. Both Hill House and the Coach House have exceptional standards of internal décor. More…

Peat Cottage

Peat Cottage is a one-bedroom self-catering cottage located in the centre of the Estate. Romantic walks, bird watching, fishing or cycling are just some of the activities available, or just curl up with a book and a bottle of wine!More…

Swiss Cottage

Our wonderful Swiss Cottage is a delightful part of the heritage which makes up the Balnagown Estate. Set in superb landscape that is every bit as beautiful as its traditional alpine home, this charming retreat is a perfect property in which to spend leisure time.More…

The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse is set in its own private gardens in the heart of this superb country estate.

Built of local stone over three floors, its large rooms and superb furnishings provide an air of luxurious ambience throughout. The main entrance leads through a flagstone hallway to a magnificent drawing room which features an open fireplace. There is a charming snug beyond, offering further public space. The spacious farmhouse kitchen is exceptionally well equipped. Deep stone archways lead through to a dining room beyond.More…


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