A Highland Lodge in the midst of the spectacular scenery of Glen Etive and Glencoe

 A Highland Lodge in the midst of the spectacular scenery of Glen Etive and Glencoe

Dalness can offer many on-estate activities and is perfectly located for access to the wider Glencoe and Fort William area.

Guests may try their hand at sea-fishing on Loch Etive and salmon fishing on the River Etive or take to the hills from the doorstep of the house on one of many local walks. Perhaps a gentle game of croquet on the lawn or a bracing wild swim in the private river pool may appeal? Alternatively, experience an exhilarating trip down on the estate’s RIB speed boat for a memorable picnic on the remoter shores of Loch Etive.

Sporting Challenges

Stalking on our mountains and glens is a challenge sought by experienced and novice hunters, and we offer fully supported red deer stalking, salmon and sea-trout angling, sea-loch fishing and clay pigeon shooting exclusively to Estate guests.
Stag and hind stalking is available in season with either Lodge or Holiday Cottage lets.

Boating and Loch Fishing

The Estate has a mooring and pier for use of boats on Loch Etive, a 26 mile long sea Loch, which decants into the open sea at Connel Bridge through the Falls of Lora.
Enjoy the peaceful contemplation in fishing for trout or mackerel from the smaller ‘Orkney’ solid hull fishing boat; or experience an exhilarating ride down the loch with the motorboat, perhaps stopping for a barbeque or picnic on one of the loch beaches. Regardless of your choice of vessel, the scenery is as uplifting as the location is remote.
Private use of the Mooring and tender is available by prior arrangement for those arriving by sea.

Salmon Fishing

The River Etive runs directly through the policies of the Lodge and a further two miles of bank fishing with 15 pools on the lower Etive provides varied salmon fishing on a spate river.
The salmon season opens in August and ends on 31st October with high spate variations on the river possible throughout this period. A range of double handed Grays rods and all equipment are to be found in the Old Dance Hall rod-room where guests can plan their day with the Ghillie.
The beat is equipped with four fishing huts at various pools, and the river is accessed via a well maintained footpath, directly from the Lodge door.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting is popular with both novices and experienced guns and is located in the policies of the Lodge, where an enjoyable friendly match or some more determined practise can be had with our range of multi-shot traps.

Red Deer Stalking

The challenging mountain terrain at Dalness attracts hunters from around the globe and provides a memorable day out for novice or experienced guests alike. A good level of fitness is required as there are no roads into the estate’s glens – a long hike over difficult terrain can be expected.

All stalking parties are accompanied by our experienced Stalker and Ghillie and supported by Argo-cat or quadbike as the day requires.
Stalking is only available within the Scottish Stag and Hind seasons.

Hill Walking

For those that are unfamiliar with Scottish hillwalking, a Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3000 feet. Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro, who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891. Dalness Estate is fortunate enough to contain five Munros, and provides some spectacular hillwalking from the doorstep. Munros local to Dalness includes climbing the Buachaille Etive Mor, Ben Nevis or the famous Aonach Eagach ridge above Glencoe.

Easier low-level walks are also accessible from the Lodge, and the estate team can assist you in planning, pick up and drop off for your adventures. Local guides are available to support longer mountain excursions.

Dalness also has partnerships with many local specialist activity providers

We will share our local knowledge and contacts to support your holiday plans in the area and ensure you can make the most of your time here

Photography / Painting:

Glencoe Photography can arrange for you to learn, on location, the secrets of professional landscape photography and how to capture the classic shots of Scotland’s top photographic location.

Alternatively, for those who prefer capturing the scenery on canvas; Dalness offers a plentiful supply of landscape scenery and accessible wildlife as well as the friendly Highland Cattle fold.


Dalness Estate is surrounded by an abundance of sea and inland Lochs, with Loch Etive being just five miles from the Lodge. an offer Dalness guests can select a half or full day guided kayaking or paddleboarding expedition, or hire equipment to self- guide. Whether you are new to water sports or experienced our local partners will aim to provide an unforgettable experience.

Mountaineering / Guided Hill Walks:

The walking and hiking opportunities in the area of Dalness Estate arewithout parrallel. Abacus Mountaineering can offer a variety of guided walks, scrambles and climbs for all levels and all seasons; from novice hill walkers and family groups to the experienced mountaineer.

Local area activities:

Neighbouring Glencoe also provides for stunning and varied outdoor pursuits, whether climbing one of the many Munros or walking a section of the West Highland Way, there is plenty to suit different abilities and interests.

At the top of the glen is the Glencoe Mountain Resort, where the centre is open for 12 months of the year; for skiing in the winter and mountain bikes are for hire in the summer.

Further afield are the adjacent villages of Ballachulish and Glencoe, with its National Trust visitor centre, restaurants, tea-rooms and pubs, a 9-hole golf course and Art Gallery. Fort William, 45 minutes away, offers a wider range of shops, restaurants and whisky tasting at the Ben Nevis Distillery; as well as acting as a gateway to other places of interest such as Arisaig, Kyle of Lochalsh, Skye and Inverness. Should you have conquered the local Munros, then Fort William also gives access to Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Oban lies one hour to the south west along the meandering Argyll Coastal Route and known as ‘The Gateway to the Isles’, provides ferry access to the many stunning islands off the west coast of Scotland, and is a great location to sample local seafood.

Film fans might enjoy spending the day seeking out the recognisable scenery from some of the best loved films of all time. You could perhaps follow in the footsteps of James Bond, who can be seen returning to his childhood home in Glen Etive in the movie Skyfall; or delve into the magical world of Harry Potter, and board the Jacobite Steam train which featured in the film as the Hogwarts Express. This journey will take you from Fort William to Mallaig, over the stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct. The sweeping landscape in and around Glen Nevis and Loch Leven also provided the backdrop for Braveheart.

Throughout the summer, there are various local Highland Games taking place. This is a unique combination of culture, sport and social entertainment – from the ‘heavy’ athletics to highland dance, the Highland Games are a must for any visitor to Scotland.