The ultimate destination for a celebration, wellness & adventure
Our knowledge of the dramatic geography and off-market properties in our own back yard has seen us organise some of Scotland’s most epic private getaways, from its magnificent Highlands to its serene islands.
We’ve seen guests stay in romantic castles and 19th-century country manors, where 12,000 private acres of wild island were the backdrop to scallop foraging led by world-class chefs and custom buggy race courses on remote beaches accessed only by heli.
Throughout, having your own private estate not only means the ultimate in private seclusion, but a blank canvas for us to build your perfect trip. That could be an Olympian-hosted wellness retreat for a private group event or the definitive Scottish ceilidh party for family-and-friends celebrations – held between epic white-sand beach setups and top, privatised whisky distilleries.
All images on this page have been taken on past Cookson Adventures trips
A Cookson favourite for truly special escapes over the years, Scotland’s contrast of wild allure and its resplendent private estates make it the ideal playground for off-the-grid adventure in comfort.
Hop from one extraordinary island to another with private boats and helis on standby – both the perfect gateway to private wild campouts, personal-chef picnic dinners and custom treasure hunts that take over an entire 23,000-acre nature reserve.
Then, return each evening to some of the world’s most impressive stately homes. We’ve got access to a range of unique off-market properties, from Palladian mansions for a couple’s wellness retreat to a centuries-old Highland house for a group party, set to privileged views of neighbouring Balmoral Castle.
Days are then spent paddling by SUP to sea-straddled seal colonies and lighthouses, enjoying forest bushcraft survival courses or tasting whiskies in special island setups and privatised distilleries.
There’s even the option to take over an entire private estate. With thousands of acres to play with, you might want us to throw an elegant bonfire party on the beach by night and create a wellness programme by day, designed for you by world-class specialists. In the past, we’ve brought in the head of performance of a top F1 team.
Unique drink & dining setups
From special tastings in leading whisky distilleries to foraging for cocktails, wild dining in a forest bothy and throwing an epic bagpipe-serenaded ceilidh, we can create some truly special setups for your group.
Adorned in history and tradition, Scotland’s opulent offerings range from Michelin-starred country houses and majestic Highland manors to romantic castles and mansions. Expect private wilderness reserves paired with fully staffed exclusivity, evident across the likes of croquet lawns, whisky libraries and some of the world’s best golf courses.
Island hopping by heli & RIB
Whether by air or by sea, Scotland’s Hebridean archipelago is something of a hidden gem of secret golden beaches and wild formations. Hopping between islands by RIB or heli, take in the sky-high views of its most dangerous whirlpool, meet the elusive puffins on the Isle of Skye or fly out to a custom-made treasure hunt in the grounds of a nature reserve.
Scotland by water
With its world-famous lochs, rivers and cragged coastline, Scotland is the perfect playground for offshore adventure seekers. Paddle out by SUP or kayak to sea-stranded lighthouses and seal-studded coves. Go diving with basking sharks or playful pods of dolphins. And, cast out for pollock and brown trout in your estate’s very own mountain loch.
Scotland’s rugged forest wilds and rolling hills make for a stunning backdrop to adventures, animated as they are by the likes of stags and golden eagles. It could be scaling a national park in a fleet of Land Rovers or searching for Scotland’s Big Five on ranger-led re-wilding projects. Then, there’s e-biking to coastal viewpoints, luxury camping on tiny islands and learning key survival skills with the experts on a wilderness bushcraft course.
Try your hand at a series of hot-shot activities, from archery and axe throwing to soaring sky-high by paramotor above your estate’s dramatic geography. We can even bring in powerful rage buggies to race on a custom-made beach course, created just for you.
Enjoy iconic estate activities like clay pigeon shooting and trainer-led rifle practice. We can also organise photography deer stalking sessions with conservationists – a vital part of the local environmental efforts which helps monitor the country’s precious ecosystems.
Special wellness setups
Scotland’s island and highland wilds are all the perfect platform for mindful and restorative group stays. From qigong and yoga to meditation and breathwork, we can bring in the very best experts to create the ultimate wellness retreat in your estate’s private grounds.
Our clients arriving by heli to their own private castle in Scotland
Bringing in bespoke details to a unique party setup on a remote beach
Taking in the local wildlife with a top ranger
Head out by private boat to explore tucked-away Hebridean islands
Flying high by paramotor above Scotland's dramatic coastal geography
One of our multi-heli landings on a previous Cookson trip
Racing across a deserted beach on our client's custom buggy course
Tee off to world-class views at one of our favourite private estates
Behind-the-scenes look at a client's bespoke drinks setup
Paddle out by kayak to spot seals lounging in hidden bays
Tasting Scotland's famous whiskies on a privatised distillery tour
Exploring epic Highland wilds by Argocat
Stunning beach and ocean views at a private island estate
Join conservationists in local projects, from re-wildling to deer stalking
Henry Cookson SUPing out to a sea-stranded lighthouse
Head underwater to dive for fresh scallops off the seabed
Local seals spotted on a paddle offshore
Scotland's rugged Highland landscape at its best
Hop over by heli or RIB to see Scotland's remote island towns
Take in your estate's dramatic geography by paramotor
Feel like royalty by taking over an entire Scottish castle
Herd of deer spotted on a guided wildlife walk
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