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Duchally Estate - Balnagown Highland Estate Luxury Retreats

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Duchally Estate

Duchally Estate is the most northerly of Balnagown’s estates and also the most rugged and remote. There is just one property on the estate, Duchally Lodge, an ideal Highland property for anyone wanting to escape everyday life and spend time in a remote and stunning setting, yet still in a cosy property which has been furnished to a high standard.

Duchally Estate extends to around 10,000 acres with the habitat comprising of upland moor, mountain glen, woodland and forest. It is a truly magical place and its relative remoteness, hoptunning scenery, wealth of wildlife, high quality of the stalking and fishing, brings many of our guests back year after year.

Stalking

Deer stalking, both Red Deer and Sika Deer, takes place on the estate and also at our nearby Invercassley Estate. The stalking is some of the most exceptional in Scotland and we are careful to limit the impact of our deer management, with any participation conducted as part of an organised, targeted and sustainable cull. The estate stalkers are the perfect hosts, with a full and detailed knowledge of the local terrain and deer. They will be your trusted guides, and no matter what your ability levels they will ensure you have an unforgettable experience. The stalking season is as follows: 1st July to 20th October for Stags, 21st October to 15th February for Hinds.

Fishing

The River Cassley runs through the estate and indeed very close to Duchally Lodge, and provides both salmon and trout fishing. Our estate stalker can advise on the more productive pools, and three rods are included in the price of the lodge. Outside the stalking season, the estate stalker can also advise on the best hill lochs for brown trout fishing.

A possible Macnab

Not every highland estate can offer the possibility of a Macnab – a salmon caught on the fly, a stag and a brace of grouse – but at Duchally we can. Of course we can’t guarantee it, but if anyone can help make it happen our head stalker can.

Walking

The estate provides a host of excellent walks on good tracks, with peace and solitude almost guaranteed – i.e. few, if any, other walkers will be encountered in this remote setting. Also on the estate, is the highest Munro in Sutherland, Ben More Assynt, with access from the estate paths relatively straight forward.

Mountain biking

For anyone preferring two wheels, the estate’s tracks are ideal for mountain biking with both easy and more challenging routes to choose from. For the less serious cyclists, we have a selection of bikes at the lodge which are free to use.

Bird watching and nature

A stay at Duchally Lodge will be a memorable one for the nature lover. The area is rich in wildlife and the estate’s stalker will be able to advise on the best areas to see bird species such as Osprey, Hen Harrier and Golden Eagle.

The deer in winter

For guests who stay at the lodge in winter, there is the opportunity to hand-feed a group of tame red deer which live close to and around Duchally Lodge.

Other pursuits and attractions in easy reach of Duchally Estate

Although our guests at Duchally Lodge are more inclined to stay on the estate for the duration of their stay and largely because of the privacy and peace and quiet it provides, about an hour’s drive can take guests to towns such as Tain and Dornoch. Here there are golf courses, restaurants and a wide range of shops.

Facilities close by

Rosehall is the nearest village and is twelve miles from the lodge. The village has a shop and post office, plus the Achness Hotel which has a bar and serves very good evening meals. Just a few miles further from Rosehall are the larger villages of Lairg and Bonar Bridge, which both have a wider range of shops, places to eat out and other facilities.

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