A very quiet, country location, perfect as a base for exploring the Highlands, with stunning views of the mountains from the deck and garden. Located 4 miles outside the village of Kiltarlity, and only 15 miles from Inverness.
This quirky old cottage is full of character - if you are tall you may have to duck to enter a few of the rooms as some of the doorways are a bit low!
The cottage is on the edge of a hillside with stunning views of Glen Strathfarrar. It is a very quiet and peaceful location so ideal if you enjoy the outdoors and the countryside. There are walks and bike rides from the house and I'll be happy to give you ideas for where to explore.
The double room has a king size bed but is fairly cosy and you will have to duck to walk around to the far side of the bed as one side of the room has a sloping ceiling with a skylight. (If you would prefer to have 2 single beds please see my other room listed on airbnb - Twin room in country cottage).
Due to the age of the house the stairs are fairly steep so this house is not suitable for young children, or anyone who is unsteady on their feet.
There is a cat in the house who is very friendly and will probably try and sit on your lap.
This house is in the countryside and there are no shops or restaurants within walking distance - that is what is so lovely about the setting, and why it is so quiet. You will need a car to stay here as there is no public transport.
There are a wide range of places to visit and things to do in the area. It is a great base to explore the Highlands. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Boots n Paddles, based 5 miles from house in Cabrich – canoe trips (Loch Ness, Aviemore, and an early morning canoe safari which starts 4 miles from my house). Also offer segway tours, archery, walk on water, gorge walking and many other activities.
- Active Highs, based near Fort William – canyoning, white water rafting, canoe and kayak trips, gorge walking, and many other activities
There are many distilleries in the Highlands, but here are the closest ones:
- Glen Ord distillery, Muir of Ord (8 miles from house, 15 minute drive) – visitor centre and tours
- Tomatin distillery, Tomatin (30 miles, 50 minute drive – visitor centre and tours
- Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain (40 miles, 1 hour drive) – visitor centre and tours
Dolphin Watching/Wildlife Boat Trips
- Ecoventures – dolphin/wildlife boat trips from Cromarty (30 miles, 1 hour drive)
- Dolphin Trips Avoch – dolphin/wildlife boat trips from Avoch (20 miles, 35 minute drive)
- Phoenix Boat Trips, Inverness – dolphin/wildlife trips from Inverness (15 miles, 30 minute drive)
- Dolphin Spirit, Inverness - dolphin/wildlife trips from Inverness (15 miles, 30 minutes)
- New Era Dolphin Trips – dolphin/wildlife boat trips from North Kessock (20 miles, 35 minute drive)
Other Boat Trips
- Jacobite cruises – boat trips on Loch Ness. Boat trips start at various locations including Inverness and Drumnadrochit (both 15 miles from house)
- Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit – a beautiful ruined castle on the shore of Loch Ness (15 miles, 20 minute drive)
- Dunrobin Castle, Golspie – Beautiful castle in the style of a French chateau. Falconry displays every day (highly recommended) (60 miles, 1.5 hours drive)
- Cawdor Castle, Nairn – 14th century castle (30 miles, 50 minute drive)
- Brodie Castle, Brodie – 16th century castle (40 miles, 1 hour drive)
- Attadale Gardens, Lochcarron – Beautiful gardens on the West coast. (60 miles, 1.5 hour drive)
- Inverewe Garden, Poolewe – owned by The National Trust for Scotland. World famous garden set in a stunning location on the edge of Loch Ewe. (75 miles, 2 hour drive)
- Glen Affric, near Cannich – (20 miles, 35 minute drive) - national nature reserve often described as most beautiful glen in Scotland
- Dog Falls, near Cannich – (20 miles, 35 minute drive) – waymarked walks on way to Glen Affric
- Plodda Falls, Tomich – (25 miles, 45 minute drive) – waterfall over 40 metres high with a viewing platform
- Glen Strathfarrar, Struy – (8 miles, 20 minute drive to start of Glen) – a beautiful Glen 17 miles long which has restricted vehicular access (check opening hours before setting out)
- Corrimony Chambered Cairn – (20 miles, 35 minute drive) – a 4000 year old Bronze Age chambered cairn encircled by standing stones
- Clava Cairns, near Inverness – (23 miles, 45 minute drive) - well preserved 4000 year old Bronze Age burial cairns
- Culloden Battlefield, near Inverness – (23 miles, 45 minute drive) – visitor centre and exhibition about Battle of Culloden.
- Isle of Skye – (80 miles, 2 hour drive) – stunning island with walks and for many a `must see’ on a trip to Scotland
- Aviemore/Cairngorm mountain railway – (50 miles, 1 hour 10 minute drive) – walks, outdoor activities and beautiful scenery
- Highland wildlife park, Kingussie – (50 miles, 1 hour 10 minute drive) – great wildlife park with talks and activities for all
- Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore – (60 miles, 1.5 hour drive) – open air folk museum
- Glenfinnan Viaduct (railway viaduct made famous in the Harry Potter films) – (80 miles, 2 hour drive)
- Fort William – mountain gondola/neptunes staircase/outdoor activities – (70 miles, 1 hour 40 minute drive) – many outdoor activities including Scotlands highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
- Ullapool – (55 miles, 1 hour 10 minute drive) – beautiful village on the West coast
- Handa Island, Scourie – (100 miles, 2 hours 20 minute drive) – an island nature reserve with large colonies of seabirds, including puffins
There are lots of restaurants in Inverness, but here are a few suggestions
-Table Manors, Achnagairn Estate, Kirkhill (5 miles, 10 minute drive)
- The Priory, Beauly (6 miles, 10 minute drive)
- Shimla Indian restaurant, Beauly (6 miles, 10 minute drive)
- The Mustard Seed, Inverness (15 miles, 30 minute drive)
- The Kitchen, Inverness (15 miles, 30 minute drive)
- Loch Ness Inn, Drumnadrochit (10 miles, 20 minute drive)
-The Red Poppy, Strathpeffer (17 miles, 35 minute drive)
- the closest shop to buy groceries is the Co-op in Beauly (6 miles, 10 minute drive)
The 2 guest rooms share a bathroom with a bath and shower. (Please note that the guest bathroom is located downstairs - with the bedrooms upstairs).
A continental breakfast is provided which always includes homemade bread and marmalade, along with a choice of cereals, muesli, yoghurt, fruit.
There are 2 lounges, both available to guests, one of which has a wood burning stove, but these will both be shared with the rest of the household.
We live in the house so are always available to help and advise on local amenities, and will be on hand at breakfast so you can ask any questions about the local amenities and what you would like to do with your day.
Please note that you must follow the directions to my house that you will receive after booking. Please download the directions as you will not find the house without them. Do not follow a sat nav/GPS as this will take you to the wrong house.
Check in time is 6pm-9pm please DO NOT arrive before 6pm.
Please print off the directions to the house as the house is difficult to find and mobile reception is poor so you may not be able to access the directions while travelling.
I ask guests to remove their shoes while in the house - so please take off your shoes and leave them in the porch on the rack provided.
The kitchen should not be used for cooking after 9pm.
The cat is very friendly and will happily be stroked - but please DO NOT try to pick him up as he doesn't like it.
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Really enjoy meeting new people and welcoming them to my home. I am very keen on the outdoors and a keen walker and cyclist so if you need any help with local routes then I'm very happy to help. I have travelled extensively over the years and know what it means to be somewhere that you feel comfortable and looked after. Happy to help with any local advice and information.