COUNTRY PURSUITS & SPORTS

In the North West Highlands

take advantage of the extraordinary natural surroundings

COUNTRY PURSUITS & SPORTS

We can provide many sports and country pursuits right here at Coorie Cottage. Further options include the neighbouring Dundonnell Estate and in the wider area a number of opportunities are available.

Walking, trekking and mountain climbing is freely available and due to Scotland’s laws concerning free access to the countryside there are pretty much no limitations where you can go to find peace and the joy of exploring the wild outdoors.

The North West Highlands are blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of Europe.

Whilst at Coorie Cottage it would be a pity not to take advantage of the extraordinary natural surroundings and there are a number of ways we can help you to do this.

Country Sports

If country sports are your interest we have contact with the gamekeeper on the Dundonnell Estate who will take you deer stalking with rifle or camera (you do not have to shoot them).

This can be an extremely enlightening experience as Alastair has a huge range of knowledge about the great outdoors and the local natural world. Alistair can also teach rifle shooting on the range and Clay Pidgeon shooting which he will bring to Altnaharrie so you can just step out of the door.

Contact Alistair MacDonald on:
07818 164164

Fishing

Fishing at Coorie Cottage

We have unlimited access and shoreline along the south shore of Lochbroom which offer good and interesting sea-fishing from the tidal waters.

Either from the sheltered shore of Castaway Cove or along the rocky shoreline north or south of the cottage. Nigel will provide rods and tackle if you have forgotten yours.

We also have a freshwater loch at the top of the hill where the intrepid may catch an illusive trout. These options for fishing are free of charge but please let either Lou or Nigel know if you are fishing in the freshwater loch at the top of the hill. Just ask Nigel if you want to borrow rods and tackle (also free of charge).

Fly fishing

Alistair will also take you loch and river fishing for trout and salmon. If you do not know how to fly-fish now is a good opportunity to learn. There will be a charge for this service depending on the time and degree of tuition required.

Please remember that all these pursuits are seasonal.

Alistair will come down to Altnaharrie to collect you from the cottage for all activities. Please contact Alistair MacDonald on Mob: 07818 164164 or ask Nigel for more information.

Also contact James Curly Fly fishing. Tel: 07815 637369, see jamescurly.org or Email: info@jamescurly.org

Sea Fishing

Sea fishing trips can be arranged on a full or half day basis according to your wishes. Richard Ross is probably the most experienced local fishing boat skipper and he has won many competitions himself.

Richard will tailor a trip to suit your interests and level of confidence. You may fish in inland tidal waters of the sea lochs or many miles out in the open sea. Please contact Richard Ross on Mob: 07715 075460 or ask Nigel for more information.

Golf

Scotland is the home of golf and boasts some of the best courses in the world.

Unfortunately, we do not have any championship courses in the local vicinity but Ullapool has an interesting nine hole course which is set by the sea providing a spectacular setting for the round of your life.

More established and well known courses can be found in the Inverness area (see below).

Ullapool Golf Club

Ullapool Golf Club was opened in April 1998 by H.R.H Prince Andrew. Whilst the course has been designed and developed to the highest standards, it maintains a balance with the surrounding landscape. One of the most spectacular settings you will find anywhere.

Open to non-members. ullapoolgolfclub.co.uk

Strathpeffer Golf Club

Strathpeffer Spa course is situated in the heart of the highlands and offers a unique golf experience with breathtaking panoramic views over the Cromarty Firth and hills around Ben Wyvis. Originally a 9 hole course it was extended by the Grand Old Man of Golf – Tom Morris to 18 holes. Described as a ‘hidden gem in the highlands’ by Peter Alliss. It is one of the most scenic courses in Scotland.

The views alone are worth the green fees. strathpeffergolf.co.uk

Gairloch Golf Club

A short drive south of Coorie at Gairloch you will find a very respectable golf club situated on the coast with wonderful scenery and views. Gairloch Golf Club occupies a fabulous location above a beautiful long sandy beach with the Minch and the islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis to the west, the mountains of Torridon to the south, and the wilderness of Letterewe to the east. To the north lies Ullapool, the gateway to the Western Isles.

The 9-hole course set amongst rolling dunes provides an excellent challenge to golfers of all abilities with a testing par for low handicappers but a forgiving nature for the more casual player. www.gailochgolfclub.co.uk

The following golf courses in and around Inverness are all worth a visit.

The Championship Course at Royal Dornoch

On the shoreline of the North Sea, this Par 70 is appreciated as one of the most iconic golf courses in the world. With white beaches, soft contours, and plateaued greens, Royal Dornoch tests the imagination and strategy of any golfer.

Experience a golfer’s paradise. Famously the magic behind the most fun Tom Watson has ever had playing the beautiful game. Well and truly one for bucket list, we highly recommend perfecting your bump and run before you tackle this immaculate stretch of links golf.

Castle Stuart

Youthful in nature, Castle Stuart has already established itself as one of golf’s greatest courses since opening in 2009. Host of the Scottish Open on multiple occasions, this links course hugs the coast of the Moray Firth. With sensational views out towards the Black Isle and Ben Wyvis. Designed by Mark Parsinen, the brain behind the graceful Kingsbarns further south. Castle Stuart offers a ‘throwback to golf as it once was’ and recognition from one of the all-time greats, the late Arnold Palmer.

Nairn Golf Club

With a rich history dating back to 1887, Nairn Golf Club has a special place in Scottish golf. Having played host to prestigious events such as the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup. This course requires the perfect combination of distance and precision for it to be conquered.