It has become a Scottish Tradition to commemorate the life of this great poet by celebrating his birthday in great style and that is exactly what we are going to do at Aldourie Castle this year – and you are invited.
Available for exclusive hire most of the year, Aldourie is adopting a policy of opening the castle to a wider public by hosting House Parties for special occasions, and there is no better occasion that Burns’ night in Scotland!
You can treat yourself, your wife, partner – simply book a room as you would at a hotel. Here is the programme …
24 January – Guests are asked to arrive from 2pm where you will be met and introduced to fellow guests with a bonfire beach party on the banks of Loch Ness at sunset. There will be time to settle into your beautiful room before we meet for evening drinks at 8.15pm in the Red Drawing Room.
Dinner will be served at around 8.45pm after which we will enjoy some after dinner entertainment and parlour games.
25 January – Burns Night – ‘Historic Scotland’ – After breakfast, served from 8am, we will travel to the spectacular Fort George. Built in 1747 in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, the fort is the finest example of 18th-century military engineering on the British Isles and remains virtually unaltered today. We will be escorted around the fort in a private tour by a member of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment). Standing beside the Moray Firth, at Ardersier, the fort offers magnificent views across the water – look out into the estuary and you may be lucky enough to see a school of Dolphins.
We then head back to Inverness for a light lunch at the Michelin star restaurant, The Boath House, before travelling to the site of the Battle of Culloden in 1745. Our resident Highland storyteller, Ray Owens, will bring the history and the scenes of the last battle ever to be fought on British soil to life. On our return to Aldourie castle, we will be welcomed by a Highland Piper and afternoon tea.
In the evening we will be treated to a special Burns Night Supper, complete with address of the haggis and whisky toast, following which we will dance the night away with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh band.
26 January – ‘Scotland Today’ – Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then feel free to enjoy the castle grounds, Loch and the surrounding area and nearby town. There are a variety of activities and pursuits you can choose from, including river fishing, clay pigeon shooting, 4×4 driving or even enjoy a complimentary scenic waterfall walk with a local guide. For a more relaxing day, guests can also review the books in the libarary, play a game of croquet on the lawn or unwind with beauty and hair treatments at the castle. See additional price supplements for details.
After another sumptuous dinner from our gourmet chef, served around 8pm, we will hold a whisky tasting master class. Guests will discover the heritage of whisky and learn about the varying regions, types and makes, before sampling several different malts.
27th January – After breakfast, once all the guests have vacated their rooms, there will be the opportunity to take a tour of the castle with the housekeeper. Aldourie Castle has recently won the HHA/Sotherby’s Restoration Award 2011 and you will be able to discover for yourself the love and attention to detail that has gone in to this historic house.
Guests may then enjoy the castle grounds and activities for the rest of the morning. If desired, we can book you in for a pub lunch at the superb Dores Inn on the banks of Loch Ness.
We are sure you will have a wonderful stay.