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Balmacara Estate

With Skye on the horizon, this traditional Highland crofting estate offers a huge range of outdoor activities
View of Duirinish village on Balmacara Estate, looking along the road towards the coast
  • Explore this traditional Highland crofting estate, full of fascinating historical features.

  • Admire the spectacular views throughout the estate.

  • Discover 17 miles of walking trails.

  • Visit the planned village of Plockton, dating from 1801, and its historic open-air church.

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Today’s Opening Hours

All year, daily
Balmacara Square Visitor Centre
All year, daily
Plockton Visitor Centre
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One adult family
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About this place

Balmacara Estate is an outstanding example of a Highland crofting estate. Crofting is a small-scale and low-intensity form of agriculture that has great environmental benefits, as well as being the defining social system of Highland communities.

The estate’s rocky, moorland-covered hills are interspersed with lochs, woodlands and crofting settlements, with a long and intricate coastline scattered with offshore islands. This diversity means the estate supports a wide variety of wildlife and plants native to the Scottish Highlands including otters, pine martens, red squirrels and the ancient oak woodland of the Coille Mhòr.

The landscape of Balmacara Estate has been worked by people for thousands of years, and numerous archaeological sites and historically significant buildings give an insight into the development from early settlers to the crofting estate seen today.

The landscape can be explored using the road network and the 17 miles of footpaths that weave through the townships, woodlands, across hills and along the coastline, offering spectacular views of the estate and the surrounding Highlands and islands.

Our accreditations and awards

  • Visitor 4 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Gold Award