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July 17

Re-opening post lockdown

Re-opening post lockdown
We are thrilled to be welcoming guests back in all of our self catering properties from the 17th July onwards. We have had a very quiet time at Kingairloch during lockdown without guests. We haven’t rested on our laurels though; important maintenance has been carried out at a lot of..Read More
November 13

The Boathouse comes to a close

The Boathouse comes to a close
After 11 years we have decided to not re-open The Boathouse as a restaurant in 2020. Exciting plans are coming together for the beautiful building.
July 29

Recruiting a new couple to join the team at Kingairloch

Recruiting a new couple to join the team at Kingairloch
We are looking to recruit a couple to join the hard working Kingairloch team. This is a job of a lifetime, applicants must be willing to roll their sleeves up ad get involved in all aspects at Kingairloch; we can guarantee that no two days will be the same! Duties..Read More
July 3

New opening hours at The Boathouse

Gift shop at The Boathouse
For 2019, The Boathouse is open Wednesday-Friday 11am-3pm and 5pm-8pm (last orders). Bookings are greatly appreciated as it is a small team running the restaurant this year. 01967 411 232. We now have a small range of gifts for sale too.
April 1

Pier Cottage underwent major renovation

Pier Cottage
During the Winter 18/19 Pier Cottage underwent major renovations. The upstairs bedroom was removed and everything is now on a single storey. A beautiful new sunroom has been added and guests have enjoyed fantastic wildlife sightings from there.
February 1

Refurbishment in a number of holiday cottages

Elastic Cottage
We had a very busy winter and early spring carrying out maintenance and improvements to a number of our self catering properties. Elastic Cottage received new windows and radiators, Seaview Cottage and The Old Post Office were re decorated.
November 26

Ghardail Cottage returns as a holiday cottage

Ghardail Cottage returns as a holiday cottage
We are delighted to announce that Ghardail Cottage has once again become a holiday cottage. Set in an elevated position on the estate, this cottage has superb mountainous views. Additionally, it is well located for our series of footpath routes on the estate; so for those who love putting on..Read More
November 1

Ready for connection on the Coire Reidh micro hydro scheme

Ready for connection on the Coire Reidh micro hydro scheme
We were extremely fortunate to have an uncharacteristically dry Summer which meant the construction of the Coire Reidh hydro scheme went to schedule. We are now awaiting the installation of the Gilkes turbine and the grid connection from SSE. It is a struggle to know when is the best time..Read More
April 20

Work begins on the Coire Reidh micro hydro scheme

Constructing the seaview micro hydro
The build of the new Coire Reidh Hydro has been carefully thought out to minimise environmental impacts. Such measures include using our own borrow pit for aggregates, the result being no aggregates have had to be transported on our fragile road network. Additionally, the pipeline will be made by a..Read More
March 13

The red deer population on the whole peninsula are counted by helicopter

The red deer population on the whole peninsula are counted by helicopter
In order to accurately know the population of the red deer over the whole peninsula, a helicopter count was undertaken. This is crucial data from which we can analyse against previous foot counts and carry out population modelling for the future. With estates in our deer management group having varying..Read More
November 22

Kingairloch House Additions

Kingairloch House Bed and Breakfast
In 2017 we added a sunroom off the kitchen and changed the roofline above the front bay windows on Kingairloch House.
March 2

The Old School Opens For Bookings

Old School
After a lengthy build, we started taking bookings for The Old School from March 2017.
October 27

Rebuilding The Old School

Re-building The Old School
Work commences on rebuilding The Old School
November 17

The Ghardail Micro Hyrdo Scheme is Commissioned

Ghardail Hydro
The run of river 93Kw hydro scheme was commissioned in 2015 on the Ghardail River.
August 20

The Pier Undergoes Major Remedial Works

Pier Works
The pier in front of The Boathouse undergoes major remedial works. At the lowest tides of the year, the middle section of the pier had new concrete and gabion baskets put in place to strengthen the pier.
January 18

Footpath Routes Are Improved

Improvements to track past Seaview Cottage
Footpath routes are improved, including the track past Seaview Cottage
June 20

Work Commences of the Ghardail Micro-Hydro Scheme

Work begins on the Ghardail Micro Hydro Scheme
Work on building the Ghardail Micro-Hydro Scheme commences, a new run-of-river scheme.
February 28

The Deer Count is Carried Out By Helicopter

Red Stag
Every year the deer at Kingairloch and the surrounding area are counted to establish what the herd numbers are to calculate the next season’s cull. In 2014 a helicopter count of Kingairloch was carried out, giving an accurate snapshot of the numbers. A foot count is the norm, but we..Read More
July 22

The Gate Lodge Opens

The Gate Lodge
The Gate Lodge renovation is completed and opens for bookings.
August 9

The Gate Lodge Undergoes Major Rennovations

The former kitchen in The Gate Lodge
A firm favourite with holiday makers to Kingairloch, but in 2011 it was felt the house needed to be modernised. Major internal works were carried out, including moving a bathroom upstairs. The image is of the former kitchen in the house.
June 21

Changes to The Steadings

New Conservatory on The Steadings
A conservatory is added to The Steadings, making it much brighter in the living area. It is also decided to let the house as a self-catering holiday cottage.
March 9

Road works past The Gate Lodge

Moving road at The Gate Lodge
The private estate road is moved away from The Gate Lodge, giving guests in the house much greater privacy.
June 11

Native woodland is planted

Corrie Bahn Forestry Plantation
The Corrie Bahn glen is fenced and planted with native woodland. Small fenced blocks were created, allowing for red deer to migrate through the area.
May 9

Re-roofing of the byre at South Corrie

Re-roofing byre at South Corrie
The byre at South Corrie is re-roofed
April 8

The Steadings Opens as a Bed and Breakfast

The Steadings kitchen
After extensive renovations of a derelict shed, The Steadings was opened as a bed and breakfast.
March 2

New Biomass Heating Installed

New biomass shed built
A larger district biomass heating system is installed; heating Rose Cottage, Riverside Cottage, Kingairloch House and the Ceilidh Hall
May 14

The Walled Garden Undergoes Major Works

Raised bed construction
A much needed polytunnel is installed, raised beds and a beautiful water feature are built.
April 24

Seaview Cottage Opens For Bookings

Seaview Cottage rennovations
After major renovation works, Seaview Cottage opens for bookings. The renovation project had quite a lot of challenges due to the location of the cottage. Following the completion of this cottage,  work starts Ghardail Cottage to modernise the house.
March 7

The Boathouse Restaurant opens

The Boathouse Bistro
The Boathouse Restaurant opens in March
January 1

Conversion of the byre at Glengalmadale into The Steadings

The Steadings before work begins
The byre at Glengalmadale is converted into a bed and breakfast.
June 14

Footpath Routes Are Finished

Footpath Routes
The footpath routes built in connection with the Loch Uisge hydro are finished, in total there are 7Km of low level routes throughout the estate.
June 13

The Boathouse shed undergoes Conversion

The Boathouse starting renovation 2008
The Boathouse shed undergoes conversion to a restaurant and Seaview Cottage begins its renovation.
April 4

Kingairloch House is Extended

Kingairloch House renovations
The bedrooms and bathrooms are re-configured to now have four en-suite rooms and one bedroom with an adjacent shower room. Downstairs, one of the garages are converted to a games room and a drying room is added.
February 11

Biomass Plant is Installed at Home Farm

A biomass heating system is installed at Home Farm. This system heats the house, offices and laundry. Timber that is harvested at Kingairloch is allowed to dry and is then chipped and stored on the estate.
April 14

Native Species Replanted at Home Farm

Commercial forestry block behind Home Farm is harvested and replanted with native species
October 27

Renovations and Kingairloch Purchased From Foster Yeoman Ltd

Foster Yeoman Ltd was sold to Aggregate Industries and Kingairloch is purchased by the Yeoman & Larson family from the new owners of Foster Yeoman.  
February 1

Road Improvements and Camus House Works

New tarmac
Camus House undergoes minor renovations and the road into the Camas na Croise bay is re-tarmaced.
September 9

Loch Uisge hydro starts to generate electricity

Loch Uisge Dam
Loch Uisge hydro starts to generate power. At the time of commissioning, it was the largest conventional hydro scheme constructed in Scotland since 1963 and the first since then to incorporate a new storage reservoir. The scheme comprises a surface powerhouse with a horizontal 3.5 MW Francis turbine, a 6m..Read More
January 27

Work Continues on the Loch Uisge Hydro and many other projects take place

Riverside Cottage
Work continues on the Loch Uisge Hydro. The lochan/duck pond in the Corrie Bahn glen was re-dammed, creating a wetland area for coastal birds and mammals. Commercial timber block above Kingairloch House and Keepers Cottage is harvested and replanted. The old deer larder and gardener’s shed (building behind Kingairloch House)..Read More
July 21

Loch Uisge Hydro Construction Commences

Work commences on the Loch Usige hydro-electric scheme. The loch was considerably enlarged as the penstock for the 3.7mW hydroelectric scheme in conjunction with SSE.
March 24

Deer Larder is Opened

Deer Larder
The state of the art deer larder is opened. Carcasses are able to be 100% processed at Kingairloch, venison is able to be purchased directly from the estate.
April 27

Kingairloch House Renovations Finish

Kingairloch House renovations finish in the Spring allowing for bookings to commence from the summer onwards
April 27

Kingairloch House Undergoes Major Renovation

Kingairloch House undergoes major renovation. Work included creating more bathrooms upstairs and significant interior design throughout the house. Additionally, the private estate hill road from the B8043 leading down towards Pier Cottage is upgraded and re-tarmaced.
March 27

Mrs Strutt Passes Away

Mrs Strutt
Mrs Strutt passes away. Kingairloch is now fully managed by Susan Larson.
November 5

Keepers Cottage Bridge Repairs

The bridge in front of Keepers Cottage undergoes repairs
May 2

Cattle byre conversion at Home Farm

The cattle byre at Home Farm is converted into stables, making the farm a wonderful home for the Larson family as the girl’s ponies can now be moved in.
February 15

Kurt, Susan, Katrina and Heather Larson Move In

Home Farm
Kurt, Susan, Katrina and Heather Larson move to Home Farm to begin taking over the management of Kingairloch
February 8

Foster Yeoman purchases Kingairloch Estate

The family owned quarrying company purchased Kingairloch in 1989 following their purchase of neighbouring Glensanda in the early 1980s from the Strutt family. Glensanda is the site of one of the largest coastal quarries in Europe, however very little disturbance is felt at Kingairloch. Mrs Patricia Strutt retained management of..Read More