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Aigas House and Grounds

The House of Aigas is a family home; a place of good country fare, muddy boots, and crackling pine-log fires, where the air is full of the aroma of baking and the sound of laughter.

The house was discovered by Sir John Lister-Kaye in 1976 on the verge of demolition. It had once been a Georgian tacksman’s house dating from around 1760, before being taken over by a family of Glasgow merchants in the 1870’s as a summer sporting lodge and the impressive Victorian facade we see today was constructed.

The house was sold in the 1950’s becoming a council-run Old Folks' Home before being abandoned in 1971 and left to rot and ruin. Sir John renovated the house, to be his own home and a base for the first field studies centre in the Highlands, for which it has been used to this day.

Meals are eaten in the Baronial hall, next to a roaring log fire, surrounded by family portraits and Victorian artefacts. The house library, with a fabulous collection of natural history, wildlife and local history books, is freely available for guests to use, as well as a huge wall map covering the north of Scotland. The old Victorian dining room is now used as a common room for guests to use as their own; to relax, have tea or engage in their own studies.

The House of Aigas is set amongst beautiful gardens, with rockeries, a large pond and an extensive arboretum. Most of the trees were planted by the Victorians over a hundred years ago, including many exotics such as Giant Sequoia and Western Red Cedar which have now reached considerable heights, with some native trees dating even further back.

The garden is Lady Lister-Kaye's creation, a blaze of colour throughout the year, hosting a rich array of species from miniature maples to azaleas and rhododendrons and the blooms of heathers, lilies, honeysuckle and clematis. The daffodils are a fine display in spring.

Aigas Garden Open Days

The grounds and garden are opened to the public twice a year in partnership with Scotland's Garden Scheme to raise money for the Highland Hospice.

The dates for the next open days are here.

Its a fun family day out with garden and nature trail walks, home made teas in the house, traditional music and much more.

 

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