The Estate Larder
The Walled Garden
Dating back over a hundred years, this has been the kitchen garden for the estate for many generations supplying estate families with fresh produce throughout the year. Today, the towering walls surround nearly an acre of productiveness that supplies the restaurant with salads, vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers.
Guests are welcome to explore the garden that is home to a range of displays. Walking through the door, you are met by an iron stag standing guard over the garden and is made out of recycled material. Box hedges line the walkways to the various parts of the garden, however their more important role involves acting as a pest deterrent between vegetable patches. Six Black Rock hens are currently scratching away at a future vegetable patch and reside in a hen house constructed of recycled farm plastic waste.
The polytunnel provides a prolonged growing season and the raised beds are home to a diverse range of herbs and flowers. Along the walls are a series of fruit trees and the vegetable patches and fruit lines offer a rich variety. There is also a unique slate sphere that appears to float on the water feature, and with the soothing trickle of water, it’s a lovely place to sit and enjoy the garden.
The red deer population that roam the hills of Kingairloch are managed through a selective culling process through the stalking season from September-February. Most of our venison is then processed by Really Wild Venison, a new business recently formed at Kingairloch.
Venison is a tremendously healthy red meat alternative. Lower in fat than a skinned breast of chicken, has a high iron content, is low in cholesterol and also contains Omega 3, it really is a meat that ticks all the right boxes.
Our wild venison features greatly on the menu in The Boathouse, it is also available to purchase from the estate or on Really Wild Venison’s website. All of our venison is Scottish Quality Assured Wild Venison which means it has full traceability from hill to plate.
Enjoy Kingairloch’s wild venison for it’s delicious flavour and tenderness, safe in the knowledge that it is managed sustainably.