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Overview Of The Two Estates - Balnagown Highland Estate Luxury Retreats

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Overview Of The Two Estates

Balnagown Estates is made of two separate estates: Balnagown estate and Invercassley Estate. These two estates each has a very different landscape and character.

Balnagown Estate

Balnagown Estate covers 8,900 acres (3,600 ha) and is located close to the shores of the Cromarty Firth along the estate’s south side. Unlike many Highland estates, Balnagown does not have a rugged landscape, but instead one of relatively level farmland, lochans, parkland and gardens, with a backdrop of rolling wooded hills to its north side.

Balnagown Estate is also where Mohammed Al Fayed has his personal residence; the beautifully restored Balnagown Castle. Although there is no access to the castle for our guests, the surrounding gardens are open for guests to enjoy and all that’s required is for this to be arranged with the estate office. Beyond the castle gardens though, there is unrestricted access to the estate and guests are free to enjoy its huge network of paths and tracks.

The estate also benefits from high security, with tall steel gates remaining closed at all times other than for access, and controlled through CCTV. Security guards are also present on the estate, with these combined measures taken purely because of My Al Fayed’s personal residence. However, for anyone who also requires security and privacy, Balnagown Estate is the perfect location to enjoy a superb and luxurious lodge or cottage, of which we have six. So for those perhaps hounded by the media and looking for a relaxed and private place to unwind with family or friends, Balnagown Estate is absolutely ideal.

Invercassley Estate

Invercassley Estate is further north than Balnagown and located within the county of Sutherland. Sutherland has the distinction of being the least populated county in the UK, and this despite its relatively vast size. However, much of the county’s wild and rugged terrain is the reason for its lack of people, with a mixture of mountain, moorland, peat bog and forest. Of course whilst such a landscape isn’t suitable for major towns, it does combine to make the perfect highland estate!

This huge size and coupled with the wild and undisturbed habitat is one of the reasons visitors are attracted to Invercassley for fishing, stalking, bird watching, mountain biking and hiking. The other reason is of course the superb holiday property we have available to let throughout the year: Inveroykel Lodge.