Aldourie Castle – A Weekend Of Culture

This isn’t a case of dipping your toe into the vast pool of culture, more diving in headfirst.

The 20th-22nd August sees the launch of the first in a cycle of literary, artistic and culinary luxury extravaganzas for an exclusive circle of guests.


Celebrated Author Lynne Truss of “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” fame will host the first event at the luxuriously restored and atmospheric Aldourie Castle, a treasure trove of cultural heritage, where just 24 guests will be treated to an intimate weekend of literary and artistic entertainment.

Aldourie Castle, set in a stunning 500-acre estate of woodlands and gardens, boasts a diverse and rich history. It’s breathtaking setting on the southern shores of Loch Ness, close to Inverness, enhanced its popularity as a destination for aristocrats, artists and industrialists during its Victorian heyday. A classic example of Scottish Baronial architecture, the castle has been authentically restored to the highest standards of opulence. Now, its extraordinary heritage is being celebrated with the launch of the unique Aldourie Castle Cultural Series.

The opportunity to attend the first (of, I imagine, many more) Cultural house parties seems too good to miss. Get away from all the hustle & bustle of the modern world and enjoy all that Aldourie Castle has to offer. This amazing location is so right for the weekend in question. The organisers should guarantee a feeling of well being and, maybe, enlightenment at the end of it all.

Lynne Truss, a diverse and prolific writer who has also authored two books on Alfred Lord Tennyson, will treat guests to readings as well as a conversational audience and question and answer session.

The exclusive weekend will also feature a tour of Aldourie Castle`s private collection of paintings with celebrated art expert and curator Veronica Franklin Gould.

Guests can try out first hand some of Mary Seton Watts` ceramics techniques with a clay modelling workshop which explores the artist`s style and designs.

Add to that an exclusive private visit to the nearby 14th century Cawdor Castle which is linked with Shakespeare`s Macbeth, gourmet meals prepared by Aldourie Castle`s award-winning chef and a range of countryside activities available, and the weekend is forecast to be the ultimate Highland break for the literary and art lover.

There are only 12 double (or twin) rooms available and fully inclusive costs for the weekend start at £1,650 per person. As an exclusive private weekend house party, all meals, drinks, entertainment and transfer transport are included. Enquiries should be directed to events co-ordinator Paul Fisher on 01756 692503;;

Imagine being on the banks of Loch Ness and being far too busy for a spot of Nessie Hunting! What an inspiring weekend.

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