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Why Scotland could be Pippa Middleton's honeymoon destination

by Chloe Best

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews have their pick of exotic honeymoon destinations to jet off to after their wedding on 20 May, but it is likely that they will celebrate their marriage a little closer to home. The couple are believed to be planning a Highland honeymoon with a short break at James' family estate, where they can enjoy complete peace and privacy following their nuptials.

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It has been reported in local press that Pippa and James will kick off their honeymoon at Affric Lodge, the Scottish mansion owned by James' family which sits in a 10,000 acre estate in Glen Affric, about 15 miles away from Loch Ness. The eight-bedroom historic Lodge would offer the perfect destination for a romantic getaway; as well as featuring a luxurious and recently renovated interiors, it is surrounded by beautiful countryside with incredible views across Loch Affric, where they can enjoy sailing, canoeing and fishing among other activities.

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are expected to honeymoon at the Glen Affric Estate

The estate is often used by the Matthews family as a retreat from their London home. It can also be rented by members of the public to host hunting parties, with a three-night stay costing £11,880 for up to eight people. Previous notable guests include the Queen's grandmother Mary, who once stayed at the hunting lodge in the 19th century, and David Beckham, who filmed an advert for his Haig Club whiskey there in 2014.

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Pippa has long been a regular visitor to Scotland, having studied at Edinburgh University and previously competing in the Highland Cross Challenge, running and cycling 50 miles coast-to-coast. Following her wedding she is also set to receive her own Scottish title, and will one day become Lady Glen Affric. James is heir to the Scottish estate bought by his father David Matthews in 2008, and will inherit the title of the Laird of Glen Affric upon his father's death. However as soon as Pippa and James marry she will be able to use the courtesy title of Mrs Matthews of Glen Affric the Younger, bestowed upon her as the heir's wife.

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The Scottish estate, owned by James Matthews' family, offers stunning views across Loch Affric

It is expected that after a few days of relaxation in the Highlands, the newlyweds will jet off to continue their honeymoon at Eden Rock, the luxurious resort owned by the Matthews family on the island of St Barts.

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