Sporting

Stalking red or roe deer is a fascinating way to discover Scotland’s landscape and culture.  You will spend time walking through beautiful landscapes – mountains, glens and forests – as you go in search of the deer.  The red deer on the estate are carefully managed on a sustainable basis producing healthy quality food in balance with the local environment.  Deer welfare, conservation and environmental enhancement are important initiatives for the estate.  You will spend time with one of the estate stalkers on the hill.  The tradition of deer stalking will offer you an insight into Scottish culture which many other visitors will never experience. Deer stalking is the term we use in Scotland for hunting and shooting deer.   It is an important part of modern-day land management.  It also contributes to the local economy; helps protect many native plants and species and maintain a healthy and strong population of red deer.  Deer stalking is also a traditional activity in Scotland, a link to the traditional culture of the Highlands. Please also discuss stalking the deer with your binoculars or camera.

  • Red Stag season 1st July to 20th October
  • Roebucks 1st April to 20th October and does 21st October to 31st March
  • During the season Stalking red deer is available by arrangement

Places to eat

There are a numerous local places to eat to suit a variety of different appetites. In addition you will find a wide range of hotels in Aviemore, Grantown and Pitlochry.

Watersports

Ben Alder Estate

Swimming Pool at Aviemore Highland Resort
Aviemore is a great place to get away from it all. Relax and  swim in the leisure facilities available at Macdonald Aviemore Resort and Hilton Coylumbridge.

Loch Morlich Watersports
From watersports to walking, mountain biking to fishing, you’ll find activities to give many fun filled days.

Loch Insh Watersports Centre
Home of the Cairngorm Canoe and Sailing School. The centre also offers snowboarding or skiing with instruction on their 60 m dry slope.

Boat Trips

Jacobite Cruises
01463 233999

Cruise Loch Ness
01320 366277

Dolphin trips on Moray Firth
01381 600 323

Avoch Dolphin Trips
01381 622383

Outdoor Centres

Wolftrax Mountain Bike Track and Cafe
Bring your own bike or hire on site. 01528 544786.

Active Highs
Caters for most outdoor adventures for all ages and abilities.

Nae Limits, Ballinluig
White water rafting and lots of other challenging activities. 08450178177

Freespirits
Marina, Loch Rannoch Hotel Boat Hire, white rafting and canoeing.

Newtonmore Riding Centre
Riding, trekking and instruction available. 01540 670000

Blair Trekking Centre
Set in the grounds of Atholl Castle. 01796 481568

Places to visit

Castles

Cawdor Castle Historic Castle and Gardens. 01667 404401.
Blair Castle Historic Castle and Gardens. 01796 481207.
Culloden Battlefield near Inverness.
Ruthven Barracks
Fort George 01667 460232
Castle Urquhart
Ballindalloch Castle

Strathspey Steam Railway
Cover the short journey from Aviemore to Broomhill and back. A memorable day for all ages.01479 810725

Fort William to Mallaig Steam railway
Travel over the historic Glenfinnan Viaduct (shown in the Harry Potter film) and enjoy some fantastic scenery.Tickets: 01524 737751.

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd are Britain’s only free range reindeer herd 01479 861228

Pitlochry Fish Ladder
Walk around Loch Faskally admiring not only the scenery but the magnificently engineered hydro dam. Spot fish swimming through the fish ladder.

Clan Macpherson Museum
Local Clan Centre 01540 673332

Inshriach Nursery
Situated on the back road south of Aviemore. Selection of highland plants and a good stop to see Scottish Woodlands birds at the bird table also for tea and cakes. 01540 651287.

The Highland Wildlife Park
Visit the Uk’s first Polar Bear cub for the last 25 years at the park

The Highlands Folk Museum
The Highland Folk Museum gives a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1950s

Local Conveniences

LOCAL FUEL AND GARAGES

Dalwhinnie – fuel, papers and basic groceries only. 01528 522311

McCormacks, Kingussie. Garage repairs  01540 661381

NO Fuel available in Kinloch Rannoch 

Blair Atholl Garage – Fuel, recovery and repairs. 01796 481221

Hiking

You are welcome to walk in any direction from any of our Lodges.  For advice on long distance and short walks please ask the Estate Office. They will also be able to advise if there is stalking taking place in the area during the stalking season.  Other good areas for walking are Loch an Eilein at Aviemore, Newtonmore wildcat trails, Killiekrankie.  Please follow the access code – www.outdooraccess-scotland.com. Everyone has the right to be on most land and inland water providing they act responsibly.  Your access rights and responsibilities are explained fully in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.  The key things to remember are to:

  • Take responsibility for your own actions.
  • Respect the interest of other people.
  • Care for the environment.

Fishing

FISHING

Guests staying in our lodges are welcome to fish on Loch Ericht and Loch Rannoch from the bank or you are welcome to bring your own boat to launch.  Please ask for rules before booking.  Both lochs have a good wild stock of Brown trout.  Good trout fishing in both lochs and further hill lochs are available but please ask about access. For instruction Alistair Gowans 01796 473718 www.anglingtayside.co.uk

ANGLING

Fishing for Brown Trout, Charr and coarse fish such as Pike is popular in the area. Anyone fishing must, by law, carry a permit to do so. There are a few salmon but these are not available for fishing as they are few and far between and should be left to repopulate the river and lochs. There is no salmon fishing in this area. Those wishing to fish for salmon should go to the Tay or lower reaches of the Tummel. Quayles in Pitlochry, opposite the Tourist Information, would be able to advise on this.When fishing The Oudoor Access Code should always be adhered to. No litter should be left, no trees cut down for firewood, no fishing without a permit. (Irresponsible Camping – As there have been problems with irresponsible camping in the last year or two, the police have agreed to patrol the area of Loch Rannoch with the water wardens to ensure that campers behave responsibly.)