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Sleeps 18 adults
+ 2 children
Bedrooms 10 Bathrooms 4 Pets 2 Welcome Region Inverness-shire Town/village Beauly
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Highland Castle, near Beauly (153c)

This wonderful castle sits proudly in its own private estate, enjoying stunning views down a Highland glen, only 40 minutes from a major International airport.

This historic Scottish castle is located west of Inverness, sitting centrally within its own 12,000 acre private sporting estate. The L-plan building dates back to the 13th century with later additions added in the Georgian and Victorian eras. The grounds are substantial and consist of lawns, which are ideal for football or croquet. A hot tub is available from June to October. The main section of the building i.e. the heart of the castle is let on an exclusive use basis for groups of up to 20 guests (18 adults + 2 children).  

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The drawing room with antiques and comfortable sofasThe dining room is formal yet cosy with an open fire And the kitchen is well equippedThe full size billiard table will provide entertainment for allAlong with the table tennis!

Living Space

Reception rooms

Ground Floor
You enter the building at ground level from the front or the rear.  The front part of the castle is the original Lshaped Tower, forming the oldest part of the building. It is rather romantic with the spiral staircase and large studded front door. Access to the other side is through the first floor. 

There’s a large, tiled utility room for drying wet outdoor gear, followed by a store room leading back outside the building to the hot tub (available for guest use from June to October). A large traditional games room with full size billiard table and table football table is also on this level, perfect for keeping everyone entertained. Access to the main living space is up a spiral staircase.

First Floor

Whilst the rear entrance to the castle is modest, once you’ve made it up onto the first floor you’ll come across a magnificent grand hallway with a wood panelled sweeping staircase, which is more “Monarch of the Glen” than “Gone with the Wind”. This reception hall continues on and there is a very impressive array of stuffed animal heads. The drawing room is comfortably furnished with fine antique portraits and an open fire; the perfect spot to discuss plans for the day ahead. The dining room, breakfast room and kitchen are also located on this level along with two bedrooms and a shower room.

Owners Private Section

The managers retain a private section on the top floor which may sometimes be occupied but no facilities are shared except the back staircase. If in residence they'll be using the back door. 

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Kitchen / Dining

First Floor
Situated on the first floor are all the reception rooms, including the dining room, breakfast room and kitchen. The dining room is a formal room with a fine mahogany table comfortably seating up to 18 guests.
The kitchen is located opposite and is a simply furnished functional room, with two cooking ranges, both of which have 6-ring gas hobs and double ovens. A kitchen table can seat up to 6 people in this room, but there is also a breakfast room next door that can seat 8 people.

In-house catering
If you’d like to upgrade your holiday to include some home baked meals, the housekeeper can make herself available as extra with reasonable notice, so please do ask at the time of booking if this is something that appeals to you.

Ground Floor
Additionally there’s a spacious tiled utility room on the ground floor which has access from outside and inside. A perfect spot for drying wet coats and boots (and dogs!). If you are thinking of bringing a pet, please do note the owners insist on dogs being restricted to use of this room only and are not permitted anywhere else in the castle. It may therefore only suit owners of dogs who are used to this sort of arrangement.

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  • Bed, Four Poster
  • Complimentaries, Bathrobes, toiletries
  • Croquet Set
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Freezer, extra
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Games Room
  • Garden, Walled
  • Hairdryers in all bedrooms
  • Heating, Central
  • Hot Tub
  • Microwave
  • Oven, hob, gas
  • Piano, Upright
  • Snooker Room
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV, Sky
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Oven, hob, double, gas, 6 ring
Room 1. A fine double room with antique bed on first floorRoom 2. A twin room on the first floorModern shower cubicle on the first floorRoom 3. A fab four poster double room on second floorSecond floor shared bathroom Room 4. A generous four posted bed on the second floor3rd floor double bedroom3rd floor double bedroomRoom 6. A stylish double room on the second floorRoom 8 is the bright family room on the second floor

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 18 + 2

Accommodation is provided for a group of 18 adults and 2 children in 10 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms and 1 shower room, as follows:

First floor – accommodating 4 guests
Room 1, double bedroom, with double bed;
Room 2, twin bedroom, with two single beds; shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Second floor – accommodating 12 guests
Room 3, double bedroom, with four poster double bed; bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin;
Room 4, double bedroom, with four poster double bed;
Room 5, twin bedroom, with two single beds; w.c, with w.c and wash hand basin; bathroom, with bath only and wash hand basin;
Room 6, double bedroom (which adjoins to single room next door), with double bed;
Room 7, single bedroom (which adjoins to room next door), with single bed;
Room 8, accessed by separate stairs, is a triple bedroom, with three single beds.

Third Floor – accommodating 4 adult guests
Given the access (high spiral staircase and relative remoteness from other side of the castle) these bedrooms are not considered suitable for children or the infirm.

Room 9, double bedroom wc and washbasin adjacent
Room 10, double bedroom - shared bathroom accessed by stairs to fourth floor

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  • 1 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 4 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Four Poster Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Family Room With One Double Bed And Two Single Beds With Shared Bathroom
Surrounded by lawn and parkland is this hidden gemOhhh - did we mention a hot tub is available during warmer months?

Grounds & Surrounds

Situated within a private estate, surrounded by lawn and parkland. Located 18 miles to the west of Inverness, nestled within a glen surrounded by hills in the country. With a general store nearby, the major supermarkets are found in Inverness. Sporting activities on the estate are available as extra and include fishing and shooting, with wildlife photography and guided trips subject to availability. For golfers, the nearest golf course is a few miles away at Aigas. Further good courses can be found at Inverness, as well as Castle Stuart. Loch Ness is close at hand, so trips to see Nessie are a must. The Culloden Visitor Centre is a popular attraction. Trips to see the Moray Firth dolphins on dolphin watch boats are also fun for all the family.

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Conditions

Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity and heating, with initial supply of logs for the open fires.

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Notes & Warnings

Housekeeper
Please note that the housekeepers have daily access for light duties on behalf of the house.

Group Types
Due to negative experiences in the past, Stag and Hen groups may not book this property unless discussed at the time of enquiry with prior approval being sought from the Owner. Changes to the terms and conditions may apply, including an increase in the Good Housekeeping Deposit. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

Fireworks are not permitted at this property.

Pets
By prior arrangement only, 2 well behaved dogs are welcome. They will be restricted to the spacious tiled utility room on the ground floor which has access from outside and inside. Dogs will not under any circumstances be permitted further into the castle or on any of the other floors, so may only suit pets who are used to this sort of arrangement.

Piano
Please be aware that the piano at the property is unused and not tuned on a regular basis, and is more a decorative item than a functional playing piano. Guests are welcome to play the piano, but for those wishing to arrange a musical event, then the provision of a professional keyboard may be more appropriate.

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LocationBeauly

Situated in a lovely countryside setting, on the banks of the river Beauly, just a 20 minute drive from Inverness, is the small, picturesque village of Beauly. The river is best known for its Salmon fishing, and there are beats available nearby, if you would like to book a fishing day. The riverside is also a tranquil and beautiful location to enjoy walking, whether it be a hike or a gentle stroll! If you are staying with the whole family, take a trip to Robertson’s, the Larder and Children’s Farm, where the kids can experience a real working farm, and get involved, with opportunities to meet and feed the animals. A large play area will also entertain them, whilst you can enjoy the array of local and Scottish food offerings of The Larder farm shop. Before you leave, stop by the site of the once great 13th Century Beauly Priory. Now only the ecclesiastic and peaceful ruins of the Abbey Church remain, but the site is a beautiful spot to enjoy some down time. 

Inverness-shire

Inverness-shire is one of the largest county areas in Scotland. Located in the Highlands, it is predominantly mainland, but still has coastline to the west and the east, and includes the Outer Hebrides, Skye and a number of smaller Inner Hebridean Isles. The neighbouring historical county of Nairnshire is now commonly included withing the boundaries of Inverness-shire. The county has a diverse range of attractions and activities for all the family. For thrill seekers, and those in search of invigorating activities, there are two ski resorts, Cairngorm and Nevis Ski Centre, a number of activity centres and much in the way of walking and mountain biking can be found in the Highlands. For something traditionally Scottish why not pay Nessie a visit at Loch Ness? And what about a trip to stand in the shadow of the great Ben Nevis (or walk up it if you are so inclined!)? Visit the Calloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle on British soil, or take a train ride out to the west coast, over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by Harry Potter’s Hogwart's Express! The Outer Hebrides are a 200 island chain off the far north west of Scotland. Inhabited for over 6000 years, the islands have a huge historical heritage, and also contain Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves. The Isle of Skye is typical of the Scottish Highlands; with 20 Munros on the island, there is much to entertain the avid walker! Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands is a bustling and thriving city and home to the estimable red sandstone Inverness Castle. Other towns include Fort William, located in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Kingussie on the Cairngorm National Park, and Nairn, an attractive seaside holiday spot on the Moray Firth.

North West and Skye

About the Area

The northern section of Scotland provides some of the most dramatic scenery that the country has to offer with stunning natural beauty. The options include travelling up the east coast, through the central region or via the western section. Choosing the east coast, from Inverness to John o’ Groats, is a distance of 120 miles. This takes in the “Black Isle” which has the Moray Firth and the Cromarty Firth on either side. Continuing on the A9 through Easter Ross, and the scenery starts to get more dramatic with the peak Ben Wyvis dominating the area. The towns that you pass through include Dornoch, Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale, with the historic cathedral at Dornoch a highlight. Beyond and you enter the sparsely populated region of Sutherland, where there are vast open spaces of moorland and heather, which meets the high cliffs to the east. There are two main towns in the northern section and they are Thurso and Wick. The north east section is the county of Caithness, and there are a lot of Norse influence in this area, having been the closest point of contact to Norway and Viking invasions. It is a favourite for tourists who like to go to John o’Groats, and it is historically known as the “start of Great Britain”, being one end of the longest distance between two inhabited points in the UK, Land's End being the other. John o' Groats is 876 miles (1409.78 km) away from Land's End in Cornwall. At the north coast is the Pentland Firth, which looks out to Orkney and a car ferry can be caught from Scrabster to Stromness. Both Orkney and Shetland have amazing historical sites and are well worth visiting. Travelling along the north coast takes you to Tongue, and it is here that the central route can be taken using the A836. This follows Loch Loyal, past Ben Loyal, Loch Naver and through Strath Vagastie and Strath Tiffy before reaching Lairg. The road is a single track road with passing places and as it is so scenic, there is no hurry. Travelling from the west coast, from the great glen of Scotland and the magnificence of Loch Ness, along the A87, this is a route that is well trodden by tourists, as this is the “road to the isles”. Along the way, it is lochs and glens, with Loch Lochy, Loch Garry, Loch Cluanie, the Five Sisters mountain range, before reaching Loch Duich and one of the most photographed and iconic castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. From here, the road leads to the Isle of Skye and access onto many of the other islands, or north. Travelling north, takes in a perennial favourite, Plockton, and continuing on you travel through Lochcarron, Kinlochewe, Ullapool and Scourie, with harbour villages of Lochinver and Kinlochbervie, well worth visiting. Once you get to the top of Scotland, you reach Durness and the most north westerly region which is Cape Wrath, and this section of Scotland is covered.

Attractions

In the North Highlands and Skye, there are many attractions, but it is the geography that is the most appreciated. The line of the well known verse states “speed bonny boat, over the sea to Skye”; but nowadays, there is a bridge for the main west coast route onto the island. However, the West Highland Line links Mallaig railway station by rail to Fort William, Oban and Glasgow. This rail line, which is in use through the summer only, has been frequently voted the top rail journey in the world. Once on Skye, it is dominated by the range of mountains through the spine of the island which are the Cuillins, which is a haven for walkers. To the north near Uig, is Dunvegan Castle, the clan seat of the Macleods, which is open to the public. Whilst Skye can easily occupy a visitor for weeks, there is also access to many of the other islands, including Raasay, Uist and Harris. Back on the mainland, it continues to be all about lochs and glens. From the great glen and Loch Ness, travelling north, it a series of straths, glens, mountains and vast open spaces. In fact 40% of all the Munro’s, mountains that are above 3,000 feet in height, are in this region. Some of the more prominent ones include Ben Wyvis, Ben Hope and Ben More Assynt. The clan history of this area is fascinating and includes well known clans such as Mackay, Sinclair, Sutherland, Munro, Urquhart, Mackenzie, Fraser, Mackinnon and Macleod. On Skye, Dunvegan Castle is the clan seat and nearby can be found Macleod's Tables, which are two curious flat-topped hills that are prominent from many parts of Skye. The ascent to the top is a straightforward but rough moorland walk. Apart from travelling the region and enjoying its natural beauty, there are many castles to visit. The iconic Eilean Donan Castle is the most visited castle in this region and definitely worth seeing, even if you see nothing else in Scotland. Castle Urquhart at Loch Ness, Dunrobin Castle, Castle of Mey, Dornoch Cathedral and Dunvegan Castle and Castle Armadale on Skye are all worth visiting, along with the many historical sites on Orkney. Many signposts are written in both English and Gaelic, the Scottish language, and it is in this region where the language is kept alive. Shinty is the local sport, which to an outsider is the equivalent of hockey without rules, and if you have a chance to see a game, then it is an exciting fast paced game, which comes with crunching tackles. With regard to weather, it can be a mixed bag. Traditionally, in general the west is wetter than the east, but there are pockets that have micro climates. In the west, the gulf stream keeps the climate milder and there are a number of well known gardens, like Inverewe Gardens in the North West, which are world class. All-in-all, there are plenty of interesting attractions to visit in this region.

Things To Do 

Once you have seen the scenery and visited the castles, there are many interesting activities in this region. The food, especially the seafood is world renowned and if you can find a local restaurant or hotel that offers the seafood dish of the day, then it will be a worthwhile experience. The Kinloch Hotel and The Three chimneys, both on the Isle of Skye have excellent reputations, whilst the following 3 restaurants are also well known; 1, Fishmarket restaurant, Mallaig; 2, Captains Galley, Scrabster; 3, Plockton Shores, Plockton. Whilst this area is not the heartland of the whisky industry, there are a number of distilleries, which are well worth visiting. On the mainland they include Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Loch Ewe, Clynelish, Glen Ord and Pulteney. On Orkney there is Highland Park and on the Isle of Skye there is the Talkisker distillery. Visitor Centres, include the Falls of Shin, Assynt, Bright Water, Glengarry and Torridon. Of sporting interests, there are many rivers to fish for salmon, including the rivers Naver, Lochy, Helmsdale, Carron, Glass, Oykel and many more, not forgetting the numerous hill lochs for wild brown trout. Deep sea diving is a popular past-time, particularly off the west coast and places like Ullapool offer charter trips, where sea-fishing is readily available too. In this area, the golf courses are not as many, but the stand out golf courses are at Royal Dornoch and Skibo, though the 9-hole golf course at Durness, is a wonderful challenge and is the most north westerly golf course on mainland Scotland. Interestingly enough a young John Lennon used to holiday in the north west of Scotland and there is a memorial garden in his memory at Durness. Wildlife abounds in these more remote areas and there are opportunities to see otters, golden eagles and red deer in the wild. To see red kites and sea birds in more detail, the RSPB have a number of centres, including Tollie, Fairy Glen and Dunnet Head. For marine life, there is a dolphin and seal visitor centre at North Kessock or you can go on one of the many dolphin watch boats that monitor the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Chanonry Point being one of the most popular locations to spot the dolphins. For even more active activities, there are a number of outdoor centres and water specialists, to cater for any thrill seeking need, whether it be white water rafting or canyoning. For the surfer, the beach at Thurso East is regarded as Scotland’s prime surfing venue in the north of Scotland and has held major championships. For children, the beaches can be sandy and private havens, and there are excellent ones at Nigg, Whiteness, Dornoch, Dunnet Bay, Torrisdale Bay, Balnakiel Bay, Glenelg Bay and Barrisdale Bay. From the mountain biker to bird watcher, the Munro bagger to the garden enthusiast, there are many activities in the North of Scotland. The natural beauty is outstanding and those that make the time and effort to travel are well rewarded.

Highlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 



 

Area Inverness-shire Type of location Private Estate Nearest shop 4 miles Nearest supermarket 1 miles Nearest pub 18 miles

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