Culgower House

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Living in such a stunning part of Scotland we are very aware of our impact upon the area in which we live.  We want to ensure that we preserve as much as possible of both the environment and the cultural heritage to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy them as much as we, and our guests, do.

environmental policy and aims

Our policy is therefore to provide a high quality service to our guests whilst being committed to working in a sustainable way and to reducing our impact upon our environment.

We have identified the following aims in order to achieve this:
  • we are reducing our use of energy, water and other resources;
  • we are seeking to reduce pollution, emissions and waste;
  • we try to source our goods and supplies locally in order to minimise travel miles and to encourage other local businesses; and 
  • we are minimising our risks associated with environmental issues.
With all of the above in mind we joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme in 2011 and are delighted to hold their Gold level grading. We also hold the Platinum Greenleaders award from TripAdvisor and we are recommended by

what we are doing

Energy use Over the past 14 years we have reduced our overall energy consumption by 40% and now almost 60% of our remaining use is from sustainable sources.  We have achieved this by improving the thermal efficiency of the house and by installing micro generation schemes. To date we have installed solar thermal panels for hot water, solar photo voltaic panels for electricity and a ground source heat pump to provide our heating and hot water top-up. Our lighting has been changed to LED or other low-wattage bulbs and all of our domestic appliances have a rating of 'A' or better.

Linen policy For guests staying with us for longer periods we would normally change linen and towels every 3 days, we are happy to extend this at your request.

Recycling Over the past 14 years we have reduced our waste to landfill by 60%. We re-use or recycle all the materials that we can - currently newspaper, card, glass, plastics, printer cartridges and textiles - and we compost the majority of our kitchen waste.

Purchasing We maintain a kitchen garden for the supply of vegetables, herbs and fruit, keep our own hens and make our own jams, chutneys, bread, biscuits and cakes. We prepare our breakfasts to order to help minimise waste and we source a large portion of our purchased food from local suppliers; further information is on our provenance page. Our bathroom products are made in Lochaber by the Highland Soap Company from organic ingredients and they are free from artificial foaming ingredients and Paraben preservatives. We use environmentally friendly cleaning products where practicable, e.g. Ecover products and micro fibre e-cloths. When we purchase new linen, towels or kitchen items we donate the items being replaced to the Brora Thrift shop.

Wildlife We aim to garden organically, we use companion planting and have planted our borders with the aim of attracting birds and insects. We have a woodland area which is left unstrimmed and with wood debris to provide a habitat for insects and small mammals. We keep a wildlife notebook in the sitting room to record sightings of wildlife and flora by our guests and ourselves. Sightings in the area recently have included ospreys, peregrine falcons, red deer (on our lawn at night), puffins (at Duncansby), seals and dolphins.

Charities We are members of and support the John Muir Trust which works to protect wild places. Locally we volunteer for the Helmsdale Woodlanders, the Helmsdale Kitchen Garden Group, Golspie High School Parent Council and Timespan.


Culgower House, Loth, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6HP, Scotland
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