Balmacara Estate & Lochalsh Woodland Garden



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The Balmacara Estate comprises some 6,300 acres and seven crofting villages, including croft and farm land, moorland, villages, coastline, salt marsh, lochs and offshore islands. There are also two Scheduled Ancient Monuments - the open-air church at Plockton, and the crannog (an artificial island) on Loch Achaidh na h-Inich. There are excellent views of Skye, Kintail and Applecross. The main attraction is the Lochalsh Woodland Garden, but the whole area is excellent for walking.

Balmacara Estate & Lochalsh Woodland Garden


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Visual & audio information touch screen panels, disabled parking by arrangement
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Estate open all year, daily. Woodland Garden all year, daily 9-dusk. Visitor centre open Apr-Nov, daily 11-7. Please see website for full details

About the area

Discover Highland

Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe. 

At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.

The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century. 

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