Including one of the Highlands’ most dramatic deep water lochs, Wildland’s vision for Eriboll is likely to lead to it becoming a jewel in the crown of this project. A beautiful house in an established yet derelict garden setting, vernacular steadings that could lend themselves to artistic, craft or other uses, the Church already under renovation, the extraordinary Tombolo of Ard Neakie, the renovated Foulain Cottage and a couple more with potential comprise the built heritage. Integrating farming with conservation is underway and the exciting Polla spate river rounds off this wonderful place.
Eriboll & Polla
– Foulain Cottage sleeps 6 –
– Self-catering –
– Climbing and Mountaineering activities –
– Boat fishing for salmon and sea trout on Loch Hope –
– Salmon & sea trout fishing on the River Polla –
– Perfect for bird enthusiasts –
Eriboll is all about careful consideration. It’s not a project to rush into. The potential for something remarkable is obvious and the whole of the Wildland team are keen to ensure that ambitions are realised in ways sensitive, harmonious and as respectful of history and heritage as is possible. …whilst giving new life to the next stage of this location’s ongoing story.
The most memorable feature of any visit to Loch Eriboll is the tombolo, or tied island, that nestles a little way into the loch and is accessible via a small causeway. The island has 17th century stone kilns built into the cliffs by the Duke of Sutherland so that lime could be burned for the improvement of his land. We would love to find some way to both preserve these and have them as the centrepiece of a larger project. The leeward side of the island offers a natural harbour and already boasts a structurally sound historic stone quay. The potential is obvious.
To date, one beautifully humble cottage on the estate, Foulain, has been renovated for Wildland’s guests to use as a base for exploring these epic landscapes. Only recently completed, the cottage sleeps six in three double bedrooms and manifests again Wildland’s distinctive Scandi/Scots feel whilst also pointed towards a ‘less is more’ philosophy entirely in keeping with the rugged nature of its environment.
Foulain Cottage is let on a self-catering basis and on the basis of a minimum seven nights booking. We can also arrange for you a two rods booking on the River Polla for the whole week too and with three miles of double bank and fourteen named pools – and with an average catch of 42 salmon and 65 sea trout it is a truly exceptional experience that we have to offer.
Do contact us for more information.
Eriboll Lodge is a listed building and demands particular care to ensure that any restoration works are appropriate to the fabric of the structure.
Yet, all of this careful consideration in no way suggests that there is little happening at Eriboll at the moment. As will always be Wildland’s guiding focus, we shall commence all projects with an eye towards our role as a part of the local community and the degree to which we can take steps, even in the early days of a project, to establish a connection.
Eriboll Church is an old Presbyterian church on the former Eriboll Estate. Many local residents were christened or married here and funerals also took place. There are strong connections to the past. There is even a memorial to HMS Hood, dedicated by Lord Mountbatten, commemorating the many visits by this historic battleship to the Loch. A full restoration of the church completed in November 2019. It is our hope that such opportunities will arise here once again.
For those that love the great outdoors and, in particular, an opportunity to climb Wildland’s hills and mountains, the Eriboll estate provides access to Cran Stackie; one of the Highland’s most popular mountain destinations.
The estate still boasts areas of native woodland, and peatlands too. With deer numbers now being managed back from an unsustainable 20 per square kilometre to 4 per square kilometre today, there are already remarkable signs of a new healthier tree growth.
Birdlife is abundant across the estate and, of particular interest, our rangers and guests have recently enjoyed observing sea eagles soaring from the cliffs of nearby Strathmore. This has certainly been a highlight of many visitor’s stay.
The farm is being reorganised to meld with our conservation objectives, provide wonderful produce for our tables and maintain the heritage and quality of the famous North Country cheviot stock.