About us

View from garden Letterewe Estate

About us

A breathtaking Highland estate

Our passionate team welcomes you.

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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.

Deer at loch side - a guardian of the wilderness

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.

Ardlair - house Letterewe Estate

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.

Rainbow over Loch Maree

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.

  • 1600s

    Letterewe was first owned by members of clan Mackenzie until 1837.

  • 1610

    The Letterewe ironworks were established by Sir George Hay at Furnace.

  • 1782

    By this date the construction of Letterewe House had begun, a much smaller building than the one seen today.

  • 1803

    The first sheep-farm in the Gairloch area, managed by John McIntyre, a cattle dealer from Perthshire, was started in Letterewe.

  • 1837

    Meyrick Bankes, an industrialist from Lancashire, bought the Estate and in 1878 Maria Ann Liot, his daughter, became the proprietrix.

  • 1909

    The Marquis of Zetland purchased Letterewe.

  • 1948

    Colonel Whitbread became the owner of the Estate.

  • 1951

    Electricity was installed.

  • 1978

    Ardlair, Carnmore and Larachantivore, part of the Letterewe Estate, was bought by Paul Fentener van Vlissingen from Colonel Whitbread.

  • 1983

    Letterewe was bought by Paul Fentener van Vlissingen.

  • 1992

    The family of Colonel Whitbread sold 32,000 acres of their Kinlochewe Estate to Mr Fentener van Vlissingen.

  • 1993

    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’.

  • 2017

    Hydro installed to generate electric power.

  • 2018

    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.


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

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.

Ardlair Lodge

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 Lodge

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.

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Glad to meet you


We would love to hear from you and we are more than happy to answer any question you might have about visiting Letterewe Estate.

Contact address: Letterewe, Loch Maree, Achnasheen, Ross-shire IV22 2HH, Scotland

Phone: +44 1445 760 207

Email: info@letterewe-estate.com