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Lagafater Estate

Your exclusive access to 7,000 acres of moorland, river and woodland.


Moor

Rising from Dalnigap in the south to Beneraird (439m) in the north, Lagafater is defined by rolling heather moorland. On a clear day, views stretch over the sparkling sea to Belfast, south to the Lake District and up to the Mull of Kintyre. 

River

Flowing past the house, the Laggie  joins the Main Water of Luce at the pretty Strabracken Falls below the Lodge. As the Luce meanders through the estate, it offers picturesque fishing and bathing pools before dramatically leaving the estate at the Loups of Dalnigap.

Wood

Almost entirely surrounding the house, the wild and varied woodland provides the perfect opportunity for wild and exciting wide games. bush-crashing and den building. 

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Moors


 

 

 

 

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Moorland

Wild Walking

No longer managed for commercial shooting, the Estate moors and the nearby Sourthern Uplands Way now provide numerous remote and beautiful walks. 

The classic walk from the Lodge is  'over the top' of Beneraird (439m) to a well-earned pint at the pub in Ballantrae. Beneraird, the area's highest point, offers beautiful scenery, views of the rolling Southern Uplands and the four kingdoms of the United Kingdom.

windswept Nature

Lagafater is designated as a site of special scientific interest due to its abundance wildlife, specifically hen harriers, deer, peregrines, red grouse, snipe, curlew, foxes and hares.

 Test your aim by arranging clay pigeon shooting with the gamekeeper, or discover the original Estate crofts at Strabracken, Barnvannoch and Craigoch. Sheep farming here has an ancient pedigree and remains the lifeblood and livelihood of the hill farms of Scotland. 

Bracing Water

Try your hand with 'Silver Doctor' - our favourite tried and tested salmon fly - by arrangement on the Luce and surrounding rivers or bring a picnic and swim in the bracing natural pool in the Dungeon Glen.

Alternatively, bring your wellies for an exploration of the many Estate streams - the Laggie, Sgcraby Lane, Lagganabeastie, Dungeon Glen, Drummanmoan, Pinwherran, Loups of Dalnigap and the Loan of Turchloy.

 

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Woodland


 

 

 

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Woodland

Playing, Crashing and Exploring. Hours of safe, harmless fun.

WALKING & EXPLORING

Rampaging undergrowth has rendered the woodland an exciting mixture of beautiful glades and open forest, dense undergrowth and impenetrable bush. This provides wild and exciting exploration for children and teenagers. At certain times of the year, you might even persuade Jimmy, the Gamekeeper, to show you deer that might be found in the more distant plantations on the Estate.

Rivers, Streams & log Bridges

Winding through the undergrowth, small burns and streams provide hours of dam building and harbour building for children of all ages. They are usually not deep or fast, but walking through them would be a little obvious so see what you can find. 

WIDE-GAMES & DEN BUILDING

From Hide and Seek to Kick the Can to Capture the Flag, the woods are a fantastic space to hide, crawl and play in the extensive sprawl of the Lagafater Woods. Why not collect dead trees and branches to build dens, find stones and rocks to dam the burn and why not try to discover your inner Ray Mears by spending a night or two amongst the trees?

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Starry Skies


 

 

 

 

 

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Experience recognised dark skies without even leaving the Estate

 
 

The map above is recent light pollution data. As you can see, you are perfectly situated to experience the clearest night skies. 

The visibility is so good in fact, that the nearby Galloway Forest Park has been designated as the UK's first gold-tier Dark Skies Park. So take a moment to look up on a clear night, lie down on the grass and observe for yourself the heavens in their best light.