A breathtaking Highland estate
Our passionate team welcomes you.
We have put in place a small, but extremely hospitable team of staff at Letterewe, who are there to look after you during your stay. They are happy to talk to you about wildlife, lead walks on the estate or even teach fly-fishing.
Guarding one of Scotland’s great wilderness areas
Letterewe is a special place to all those associated with the estate and is managed sensitively and sustainably for the health of its wildlife and the precious native woodlands on Loch Maree.
We are preserving our past and present legacy
The landscape at Letterewe was formed by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago and we are conscious of sustaining the current environment by preventing insensitive development.
We take our corporate responsibilty seriously
We have reduced our carbon footprint by installing a mini-hydro scheme to provide power at Letterewe and have sponsored a number of scientific studies across Letterewe.
Meet our team
Each member of our professional and enthusiastic team has his or her own specialism but we all share a passion for Letterewe and the “last great wilderness”. We are happy to introduce ourselves!
Letterewe Estate is a place of history
A mountain wilderness loved and preserved through the centuries.
Letterewe was first owned by members of clan Mackenzie until 1837.
The Letterewe ironworks were established by Sir George Hay at Furnace.
By this date the construction of Letterewe House had begun, a much smaller building than the one seen today.
The first sheep-farm in the Gairloch area, managed by John McIntyre, a cattle dealer from Perthshire, was started in Letterewe.
Meyrick Bankes, an industrialist from Lancashire, bought the Estate and in 1878 Maria Ann Liot, his daughter, became the proprietrix.
The Marquis of Zetland purchased Letterewe.
Colonel Whitbread became the owner of the Estate.
Electricity was installed.
Ardlair, Carnmore and Larachantivore, part of the Letterewe Estate, was bought by Paul Fentener van Vlissingen from Colonel Whitbread.
Letterewe was bought by Paul Fentener van Vlissingen.
The family of Colonel Whitbread sold 32,000 acres of their Kinlochewe Estate to Mr Fentener van Vlissingen.
Paul Van Vlissingen was involved in the first ‘right to roam’ negotiations, the Land Reform Act which became law in 2003, known as the ‘Letterewe Accord’.
Hydro installed to generate electric power.
Red Squirrels reintroduced.
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Preserving the present for the future.
We care deeply about natural environment, the plants and animals and the awe-inspiring red deer at Letterewe and aim to manage the estate sustainability. We have installed a mini-hydro scheme that provides renewable energy for the main estate lodge, and have sponsored academic studies of our plants and animals.
WITH PASSION FOR OUR TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH ESTATE
We work hard to keep this part of Scotland truly wild. The health and vitality of Letterewe’s red deer herd, the fish in its glistening lochs and the animals in its native woods, are testament to the way the estate is managed and the care our staff has for our home in the hills.
Spacious, luxurious accommodation on the edge of Loch Maree.
Letterewe Lodge is accessed by private launch across Loch Maree, offering thrilling views of Slioch (the spear in Gaelic), which features in countless calendars. The house offers the ultimate in holiday comfort, with spacious, family friendly accommodation. Surrounded by stunning oak woods, the lodge overlooks the loch and distant Beinn Alligin (mountain of beauty).
The perfect loch side holiday home for an active break in the Highlands.
The ideal loch-side holiday for an active break in the Highlands. Ardlair, on Loch Maree, is reached by estate track from Poolewe and comes with its own boat and outboard. The house has a wonderful open plan living area and offers easy access to the hills, glens and lochs of Letterewe Estate.
A secluded lodge, perfect for fishing, walking and climbing, deep in the wilderness.
Carnmore is officially one of the remotest houses in Britain. A former farmhouse, it has no roads leading to it and is reached by estate track followed by a launch along Fionn Loch. Deep in the land of eagles and deer, it is lit in the evening by candles and storm lanterns.