Kyle House, the previously derelict cottage on the Kyle of Tongue that’s been beautifully reimagined by Custom Lane residents GRAS, has featured in Cereal Magazine, the minimalist bible of travel and style, with stunning photography by Scottish photographer Richard Gaston.
In 2007 Anders and Anne Holch Povlsen established Wildland Limited as a vehicle for taking forward the conservation, protection and sustainable development of some of Scotland’s most rugged, precious and beautiful landscapes. Kyle House is the latest Wildland hospitality project, designed to create opportunities for visitors to enjoy monumentally beautiful big open spaces, unforgettable forays into Great Britain’s last true wilderness and the comfort and cuisine that will bring a perfect end to a perfect day.
The Cereal feature constitutes an exploration of Scotland’s best, with the Highlands location of Kyle House, the architecture of Edinburgh-based GRAS and photography by Richard, who was born in Ayrshire and works nationwide.
Richard described how he came to be involved with such a Scotland-centric project:
“Specialising in landscape photography, particularly in Scotland, I’d like to think that this project was ideal for me, especially considering the aesthetic the team at Kinloch Estate refer to as Scandi-Scot (with origins from Denmark; where I met Rich).”
“Photography has been my passion for over 10 years now and since the magazine began almost 9 years years ago, I have admired what they have created from the beginning. When I started photography, I couldn’t have come to terms with the prospect of shooting for Cereal, so it truly feel like a significant milestone in my career and I hope of many more to come.”
Through years of friendship and professional relationship with Cereal, I’d like to think the time was right for me to shoot for the magazine.
The process was a thrilling one for the photographer, who embraced the challenges of shooting in the wild Scottish landscape.
“By the end of my time at Kyle House, I really had a sense of what the team at Wildland Limited were aiming to achieve in the 500 year conservation project. It was truly refreshing to hear of the positive changes that has been made to the landscape and the future of Scotland’s wildland. Not to forget, staying in the most beautiful lodge and experiencing exceptional hospitality; eating fresh local produce – farmed by the estate themselves – in the conservatory with Ben Loyal in the background.”
“The challenges faced were down to weather, in typical Scottish fashion. Shooting in rural Scotland tends to be unpredictable, which also has it’s benefits when the landscape is affected in mysterious ways by the weather.”
I’m happy it wasn’t a sunny day as I wanted this project to represent Scotland as accurately as possible; atmospheric and moody.