At the start of the 2019 season, our American proprietor Todd Warnock, gave his blessing to a Teambuilding programme, aimed at providing meaningful local experiences for employees of Links House, while at the same time improving staff communication and teamwork.
To date two sessions have been conducted, the first being an off-road bike ride in the Kyle of Sutherland area, 15 miles west of Dornoch.
This involved some challenging off-road biking in both the Balblair and Carbisdale Woods area, either side of the Oykel river that flows into the Dornoch Firth at Bonar Bridge. Staff who attended the ride not only got a great workout but also learned quite a bit about local history, including the background of Carbisdale Castle and also the civil war Battle of Carbisdale of 1650, that culminated in the rout of a Royalist force led by the Earl of Montrose. We might have seen some wildlife had it not been for the inexhaustible high level of decibels omitted by our youngest chef Ryan!
The second session was a visit to the Highland Shooting Centre near Lairg, owned by former Alladale Wilderness Reserve Gamekeeper, Marcus Munroe. This fantastic shooting facility comprises an indoor 100 yard rifle range, an outdoor area for shooting rifle up to 600 yards and the latest in clay pigeon shooting technology, that provides everything from easy to the most challenging simulated gamebird shoots. We discovered that the female Housekeeping staff at Links House are ‘secret assassins’ – with Sophie being the ‘Queen of the Clays’ and Linda achieving the tightest group of shots with the Rifle. Well done ladies! The morning finished with a delicious selection of home-made venison tapas with tea, coffee and cookies also provided. A big thank you to Marcus’s wife Jennifer.