Balmacara Estate

Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland and just three miles from the Isle of Skye, the hidden gem of Balmacara Estate is an outstanding example of a Highland crofting estate. See the flower rich meadows of Duirinish and Kirkton, the enchanting oaks and birch woodlands of the Celtic rainforest at Coille Mhòr, the crannog on the dragonfly laden Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Murchisons Monument and the planned village of Plockton, the past and present of crofting are all around. The landscape supports a rich and diverse range of habitats and species including large quantities of migrant birds, otters off the coastline, pine martens, red squirrels, 300 types of moth and 18 butterfly and colourful dragonflies!

The Ranger service at the estate offers seasonal family activities that coincide with the school holidays and provide bespoke guided walks and activities throughout the year. To really make the most of the area, the estate also offers excellent holiday accommodation in some beautiful cottages by the shore of Loch Alsh. This in turn has boosted the local economy, opened up new job opportunities due to the attraction from tourists to stay on the beautiful estate.