Playground of the rich – ‘£20,000 for three to four days’ to rent a lodge by a loch | Travel News | Travel

 

Paul Murton took viewers on a grand tour of Scotland’s Lochs on the BBC Two programme. Starting in Loch Leven, Paul went across the moors and inland to the artificial loch of Blackwater Reservoir.

He then went on to Loch Ossian and Loch Laggan.

Along the way, Paul discovered the history and nature surrounding the beautiful lochs.

He said: “You almost feel lost in the landscape, tiny and insignificant.”

The grandiose landscapes seemed to swallow him whole, but he braved the Scottish weather and midges to show viewers the beauty of the Scottish lochs.

He was forced to camp by Loch Chiarain.

And had to fight “swarms of ferocious midges” while setting up his tent for the night.

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The next day, he went on to Corrour railway station, made famous by the movie Trainspotting.

It’s here Paul experiences a true slice of luxury.

Corrour station was constructed to allow guests of the Corrour estate to get the train straight from London.

The shooting estate was a playground of the rich and famous in Victorian times.

And it is still the same now.

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With the closest road 10 miles away, the new lodge is rumoured to have cost £20 million.

This is the Swedish owners’ Scottish holiday home, but they also rent it out to “those who can afford it”.

The Victorians came to the estate to “play and kill things”, and the modern visitors can also enjoy hunting, fishing and shooting.

There are four or five bookings for the lodge each year, and the price is staggering.

It cost “a bit more than £20,000 for three to four days” to rent the lodge.

And the guests are still the rich and famous.

“One famous Hollywood actress” and the “lead singer in a famous Irish rock band” were mentioned.

Ordinary Britons can stay at the Loch Ossian Youth Hostel on the other side of the loch.

Paul made the most of his visit, and tried his hand at clay shooting, as well as enjoying a beautiful venison Wellington.

He then made his way to Loch Laggan and the two small islands in its middle.

The islands were the playground of the Kings of old.

Back in the Dark Ages, the Caledonian Kings would come to the islands for feasting.

The area has truly been a playground for the elite throughout history.

Paul ended his journey on the biggest freshwater beach in the country, at the eastern end of Loch Laggan.

The beach was made famous by the popular TV show Monarch of the Glen, and Paul called it “an ideal place to rest my weary bones”.

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