The Glencalvie Estate, approached through part of the Ancient Forest of Caledonia at the head of Strathcarron, is one of the finest sporting estates in the Highlands.
Extending over 20,000 acres, or over 30 sq miles, the ground rises from the lodge at 300ft above sea level to the high top of Carn Chuinneag at 2,749ft. The average rainfall of 40" per year compares favourably with the 100" experience on many West Highland estates.
Glen Diebidale and Glencalvie are some of the most picturesque glens in this part of Ross-shire. There are spectacular views from the high tops towards the east and west coats and the estate supports an impressive variety of wildlife. As well as red, sika and roe deer you may see golden eagle, buzzard, red grouse, peregrine falcon, ptarmigan and many resident and migratory smaller species.
The estate offers superb mountain and woodland walking and tours can be arranged in what is one of the most historically interesting glens in the Highlands. Glencalvie offers guests the rare opportunity of enjoying a sporting and family holiday in the Victorian and Edwardian tradition with all the comforts of modern living. A memorable Highland experience.
Glencalvie Lodge was built in 1910 by C W Dyson Perrins (of Lea and Perrins fame) as one of his sporting lodges in Ross-shire.
The reception rooms include a fine drawing room with birch log fire, dining room, breakfast room and games room with a half size billiard table. There is also a conservatory and the lodge is well equipped with an excellent gun and rod room, drying room and kitchen with Aga.
The lodge is looked after by the housekeeper, who lives on the estate, supported by a daily help.
We suggest you bring your own cook but if this is not convenient we can supply or suggest suitable agencies. Should you wish traditional highland lodge after-dinner entertainment, we can also arrange for the services of a piper.
There are five double bedrooms with private bathrooms, three single bedrooms (two with private bathrooms) and two staff bedrooms.
For guests who require it, we can arrange additional telephone and fax facilities.
The 5 acres of lawns and gardens are most attractively laid out and lovingly maintained with a small loch in front of the lodge which is stocked with both rainbow and brown trout. There is also a hard tennis court. As guests of the estate you are honorary members of the Carnegie Golf Course at nearby Skibo Castle. Royal Dornoch is only 40 minutes away and Bonar Bridge course is 25 minutes.
Glencalvie has some of the best fishing on the River Carron including the famous Falls Pool and there is salmon fishing for 4 rods with an annual catch of 80-100 fish. There is a reciprocal arrangement with the neighbouring Amat Estate whereby guests will fish two beats on a half day about basis, ensuring that there is double bank fishing at all times.
The first fish arrive at Glencalvie at the beginning of May, and the run continues through until the end of the season on 30th September, given the right water conditions, rods can enjoy spectacular sport. A knowledgeable ghillie will ensure that you make the most of the fishing.
There are a number of hill lochs on the estate with both wild and stocked brown trout. Boats are available on three of the lochs.
The forests of Glencalvie and Diebidale carry a good stock of deer and 2 rifles can expect to take 5-10 stags each week during September and October.
Spectacular views with an impressive variety of wildlife
Glencalvie Lodge, by Ardgay, Sutherland IV24 3BS
Glencalvie is one hour from Inverness mainline station and 1¼ hours from Inverness airport. Guests can be collected by limousine or helicopter transfer can be arranged from the airport at extra cost.