As it was, we were blessed with weather allowing us to be outside most of each day and it was often gloriously sunny, enhancing our time there. The lovely gardens pulsated with birdlife and their songs were a constant soundtrack, while the views across the Bay of Nigg to snowy mountains beyond were truly magnificent, changing throughout the days with some spectacular sunsets.

Our days quickly evolved into familiar patterns as we created groups with Nature, Writing, Walking and Enquiry as the respective starting points for participants to develop as wished through the week, during small morning gatherings. These followed a half hour of communal and creative games, enlivening us for the day and yoga was on offer before breakfast each day. The 2 o’clock meeting invited comments and offerings, including walks, talks, music, visits, drawing, painting and crafts. One afternoon was devoted to offering games: croquet, volleyball, table tennis and sardines for the sun dodgers. Relaxing, cuppas and chatting were also popular!

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Pitcalzean House. Location of large self-catering property

Pitcalzean (pronounced three different ways even by locals but most commonly the phonetic form was used) provided a comfortable, beautifully appointed and well maintained base for us. Giant wood burning stoves AND central heating kept us cosy and rooms varying from baronial to plain and simple, accommodated us very comfortably. Development work is on-going there and the adjoining barn, already a venue for ceilidhs for house guests, would be available another time and provide us with a good communal gathering space, especially in poor weather....
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About Pitcalzean House

This large self-catering property is available for exclusive use. Pitcalzean House is a Georgian House with a distinguished past. It is one of the finest large properties available to rent on the NC500. This self-catering property in the Scottish Highlands is available and is perfect for large groups, family holidays or reunions. The property is available as a corporate meeting venue in the North of Scotland.  Pitcalzean House is a Georgian House available as a Wedding Venue.

You will get a personal co-ordinator to help with the catering, hold your own ceilidh and help reccomend local activities. Pitcalzean House is a large property  available for exclusive use which sleeps up to 38 in the house and cottage.

With its own party barn this property is ideal as an exclusive party venue.

Pitcalzean House, Pitcalnie, Near Tain, Ross-Shire, Scotland IV19 1QT

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