New Year Newsletter
8 January 2018
Here’s our first post for 2018, we hope you enjoy reading about what we have planned for the year ahead.
Self Catering Cottages and B&B News
2017 was another busy year on the estate. The cottages were well occupied throughout the whole year. Most impressive was The Old School; having opened for bookings in May it only had two weeks of availability for the remainder of 2017. If you would like to book a stay in this popular cottage, I would recommend making a booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Susan enjoyed welcoming Bed and Breakfast guests into Kingairloch House. This year she will be opening her house again for B&B, however bookings will be for a minimum stay of two nights, enabling guests to enjoy the best of Kingairloch. Throughout the year Susan will also be inviting guests staying in the self catering cottages to morning coffee or afternoon tea in Kingairloch House.
Maintenance and Refurbishing Program
Maintenance is an ongoing process on the estate. During a dry spell over the summer months, we managed to fit in the exterior painting of Riverside Cottage, Kingairloch House, Camus House and the ceilidh hall plus essential repairs were carried out to the church. On our refurbishing program for the coming weeks we are planning on improving Pier Cottage, Elastic Cottage and The Old Post Office.
Elastic Cottage is one of our properties that is in line for refurbishing.
Power from the glens
Renewable energy is very important at Kingairloch. Many of you will know that we already have one micro hydro power station on the estate that produces 100kW of power. In addition to the Ghardail Hydro, this year we are planning on construction another micro hydro scheme. We are carefully planning to ensure that disruption will be kept to a minimum for guests. An additional benefit to this scheme will be improved tracks and access to Seaview Cottage.
Activities and things to do at Kingairloch
This year guests will be able to book clay pigeon shooting and guided hill walks. When in season guests are as always welcome to fish the lochans and rivers, strictly catch and release. Over the summer months, record numbers of sea trout were caught, the most since the early 80s.
Additionally, guests can book our Finnish BBQ hut, allowing you to BBQ in ANY weather! What could be better?! The hut can comfortably seat up to 12.
(Please note that activities and BBQ hut are subject to availability and weather conditions).
We had a number of interesting suggestions from our summer questionnaire and we are planning on implementing a number of them. One suggestion was to signpost the footpath routes. Next time you are at Kingairloch, you will now see coloured markers on the routes showing you the suggested routes.
You also asked for more provisions to be available to purchase. So for this year, frozen Kingairloch venison, fresh eggs, walled garden produce (when the growing season starts), homemade breads and cakes can be arranged to be in your cottage for when you arrive. Hopefully the hens will continue to lay well!