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Sleeps 24 adults
+ 9 children
Bedrooms 13 Bathrooms 11 Pets 2 Welcome Region Ross and Cromarty Town/village Tain
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Large Highland House, near Tain (188B)

If you are looking for a large holiday house in a private setting in the Highlands of Scotland to host your event or gathering of the clan, then look no further.

This west facing Georgian country house, built in 1794, is hidden from sight within 33 acres of private grounds surrounded by trees and rhododendrons, beside the Cromarty Firth. As a large holiday house in the Highlands it fits the brief on many levels, being able to accommodate over 30 people in comfort and style.

A good selection of reception rooms, a games room, plenty of bedrooms, privacy and enclosed grounds with Hobbit House with BBQ, makes this the perfect venue for a large group. There is also a large converted coach house to the rear of the house, which is available as extra for hire for larger parties, events or ceilidhs for up to a maximum size of 60 people.

A warm welcome awaitsThis is a comfortable sitting room with TV The elegant and spacious dining roomThe kitchen is well equipped with an Aga and electric cookerThe games room offers a full size snooker tableThe elegant hall leads you up the stairsThere is a second sitting room, part of the 'Magnus' suite, on the first floorThe cottage has a cosy and snug sitting room with open fireThe cottage kitchen is well equipped

Living Space

Reception rooms

On entering there is a welcoming entrance hall, with the dining room on one side and the cosy library on the other. Here you will find a front facing, comfortable room with wood-burning stove. The inner hall, with main stairs and additional wood-burning-stove, takes you to the sitting room. This is known as the conference room, and is a bright airy room which houses comfortable furniture, large screen TV and upright piano. A large games room is to be found at the rear, which houses a full size snooker table and table football table. Further on at ground level there is a small study and a more basic back sitting room, with a wood-burning stove. The cottage section to rear has a functional sitting room. On the floor above, you will find another elegant sitting room, which forms part of the Magnus suite.

Kitchen / Dining

The kitchen is a good sized functional modern kitchen with two forms of cooking available. A traditional AGA, with two hobs and two ovens, with a companion AGA ideal for keeping food or plates warm, alongside an electric cooker, with four hobs and double oven. A microwave, dishwasher and large fridge freezer are all within the kitchen too. The granite work tops and that of the island allows for great working space. There is a larder next door for additional storage of food. The cottage section to the rear also has a kitchen, which has an electric cooker, fridge freezer and dishwasher. The dining room is located at the front of the house and can seat 14 people at the main table, and with additional tables added, this room can seat up to 30 people.

  • Aga, 2 hobs, 4 ovens
  • CD Player
  • Ceilidh room
  • Coffee maker
  • Croquet Set
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer, chest
  • Fridge
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Fridge Freezer, US Style
  • Games Room
  • Garden Furniture
  • Garden, Walled
  • Grill
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Hobbit House with internal BBQ
  • Internet Access
  • Microwaves
  • Night storage heaters
  • Oven, double, hob, electric
  • Oven, hob, electric
  • Piano, Upright
  • Play area, outdoor, childrens
  • Playroom
  • Rural and private
  • Study
  • Table Football Table
  • Table Tennis Table
  • Telephone, Honesty System
  • Trampoline
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Wooded area
  • Well equipped kitchen
The 'Magnus' bedroom on the first floor is the master bedroomThe 'Magnus' suite has its own bathroom 'Hutton' bedroom is a family room on the first floor'Hutton' bedroom en-suite bathroom, first floor'Tartan' twin bedroom is located to the rear of the house on the first floorA shared bathroom at the rear of the house on the first floorThe 'Forties' bedroom on the second floor offers elegant accomodationThe en-suite shower room to the 'Forties' bedroom

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 24 + 9

Accommodation is provided for a group of 24 adults and 9 children in 13 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms and 7 shower rooms, as follows:

House, first floor - “Magnus” bedroom, with super king size double bed; “Magnus” private bathroom, with corner bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; “Hutton” twin-bedded room, with two single beds, with en-suite bathroom, with bath, shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; “Statpipe” twin-bedded room, with two single beds; bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin; “West Sole” bedroom with double bed, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; “Argyll” twin-bedded room, with two single beds; “Ninian” bedroom, with double bed; shower room, with shower cabinet and wash hand basin; bathroom, with large bath, w.c and wash hand basin; “Tartan” twin-bedded room, with two single beds;

House, second floor, stairs 1 - “Eider” family bedroom, with double bed and a single bed, with en-suite shower, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; “Fulmar” twin-bedded room, with two single beds; small shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; “Forties” family bedroom, with double bed and single bed, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

House, second floor, stairs 2 - “Claymore” dormitory bedroom, with 5 single beds and 1 double bed; small shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Cottage, ground floor – shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Cottage, first floor – double room with double bed; twin room with two single beds.

(A room, the 'Snug', on the ground floor is made-up with a single bed and a cot, and is available for day use for younger children).

  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 5 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Super King Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Double Room/s With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 2 Family Room With Double Bed And Single Bed With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Family Room With Double Bed And Single Bed With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Dormitory Bedroom With 6 Beds
The beautiful house enjoys a secluded locationThe cottage section is accessed from the rear of the main houseA BBQ Hut in the garden is available for useThe BBQ Hut has seating for approx 16 inside There is also the opportunity for games out of doorsThere is loads to keep the little ones amusedThe garden offers plenty of room to roamSpend hours in the pure Scottish air exploring The Tain area is known for a drier climate than the rest of ScotlandThe house is set in 33 acresYou will be sad to drive away at the end of your holidays

Grounds & Surrounds

After taking in the scenic view of the Cromarty Firth, access is via the private drive which winds itself up to the country house, which is within 33 acres of private grounds. The grounds around the house consist of a lawn to the front, which can be used as a croquet lawn in the summer months, then mixed woodlands, with a children’s play-area. A wooden Hobbit House with BBQ is a fun outdoor room. A former walled garden, of 2 acres in size, is available as an enclosed space to entertain outside further. The converted coach house is to the rear of the house, which is available as extra for hire for larger parties or events. A beach is a short distance from the house, where dolphins are often seen, making this a wonderful area and venue for families and those wishing to enjoy a delightful part of Scotland.


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 included within the rental. Heating in the cottage is electric night storage heating.

Notes & Warnings

Please note that weekly rentals only are offered.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair. Please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival.

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. 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.

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only.

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.


The small town of Tain is located on the Southern shore of the Dornoch Firth in Easter Ross and is a fantastic base for exploring the wilderness of the Ross highlands. Whether on foot, bike, or even horseback you can plan a route into the nearby countryside, taking in the neighbouring woodlands or skirting the Dornoch Firth; the town is surrounded with spectacular scenery, traditional of Highland Scotland. The town centre is architecturally beautiful, with many outstanding buildings with a rich history. Visit the Tain Through Time Visitor Centre, to learn of the heritage of the Easter Ross area. Tain Golf Club, a links golf course can be found on the eastern edge of the town enjoying breath-taking views across the firth, and to the west, the Glenmorangie Distillery offers tours and tasting!   

Ross and Cromarty

Originally two shires, Ross-shire and Cromartyshire were joined to form one administrative county, called Ross and Cromarty. This new county spans the width of the Highlands, with coasts on the west and east. The Western side, know as Wester Ross is famous for its dramatic highland scenery, examples of which can be found at the Torridon Hills, popular with walkers and mountain bikers. The larger towns and villages of the county are found on the eastern side. The Market town of Dingwall, on the edge of the Cormarty Firth, and is a lovely and well equipped place to visit, with a rich history to discover, and plenty to see and do. Other towns and villages worth a look include  Alness, Tain, Invergordon and Kildary, home to the Balnagown Estate. If staying in the east of this region, day tripping to Inverness is a must, as the thriving city has much to offer. Dolphin watching tours are available in the Cromarty and Moray firths. The Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park in North Kessock is also a fun family day out. The Morangie Forest is popular with pony trekkers and walkers, there are plenty of DIstilleries to whet your whistle, include Glenmorangie in Tain. 

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.


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 Ross and Cromarty Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 6 miles Nearest supermarket 9 miles Nearest pub 4 miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 43 miles
Edinburgh 185 miles
Nearest Train Station
Fearn 6 miles
Inverness 36 miles
Crossing the Cromarty FirthDalmore Distillery is one of the fine distilleries in the areaThe Ross-shire area has plenty of access to the seaThe quaint village of Rosemarkie


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13th October 2017 Bad 

House & experience let down by inadequate plumbing system & filthy windows.

Service rating : Thanks very much for your feedback. We’re glad to hear that you found the service with Scotts very good and that you enjoyed the local area. Given the size and nature of the types of property we let, they do come with some quirks. However the owner is available to help with any issues throughout your stay, they’re your first point of contact and to hand to help rectify or advise on any issues if needed. Of course we’ll also pass your comments on to ensure improvements are made where possible for future guests.  

Product : Thanks again for your comments, all guest feedback is invaluable and as mentioned we’ve passed your comments on. Hope we can help again in the future.  

5th January 2017 Excellent 

Great way to pay up with clear deadlines to meet and everyone in the group can make a payment

Service rating : We're delighted you found our staff helpful, we hope we can be of assistance with any future holiday plans.

Product : Great you found our payment systems useful and that overall you rated the holiday as five stars,

7th November 2016 Excellent 

we had an excellent stay in a beautiful manor.Very special

Service rating : Perfect to hear! We hope we can be of help again in the future.

Product : Thank you for your feedback, great you rated this Highland Home five stars, sounds like you all had a special stay.

11th July 2015 Excellent 

was missing sufficient quantity of some basic kitchen things - bowls, large dishwasher. Crazy system/request for heating wanting fires 24 hours a day plus heating was left on - far too hot and very bad for the planet (let alone waste of money)

Service rating : Fantastic hear you found our service excellent and the property a great place to stay! Please don't hesitate to get in touch again in the future.
Product : Thank you for your comments, further to our email correspondence after your holiday we understand that you had excellent time overall at this Large Highland House and wished to adjust your review. Any feedback is certainly helpful in order to improve where possible and comments are reviewed accordingly with our owners, we look forward to receiving your amended review very shortly, should you get the chance and hope we may be able to help again with your holiday plans in the future.

28th May 2015 Excellent 

An amazing house in a perfect location for what was a memorable 40th birthday for all involved. Pitcalzean house will easily stay with all of us for the rest of our lives, the perfect setting for our murder mystery event with charm and intrigue in every room. The house really did cater for all from cricket on the lawn to murder in the billiard room. Nana watched from her sun drenched window seat in one of the many beautiful bedrooms onto extensive grounds awash with bluebells and birdsong. After enjoying the days it was a pleasure to rest and all of us had 3 of the best nights sleep in remarkably comfortable beds The whole experience from start to finish was really magical and this would not have been possible without Pitcalzean house and the owner. The owner could not have done enough for us and I would thoroughly recommend getting meat from Robert Grant butchers, it was outstanding.

Service rating : Pleasure to hear you would book through us again! We were glad we could help with your groups holiday plans!
Product : Sounds like you will have some fabulous memories to cherish after your stay at this highland lodge! We will certainly pass your comments onto the owners, they will be pleased you had a great time! We do hope we may be able to help with your holiday plans again, should you ever wish to return...

22nd April 2015 Excellent 

Wonderful warm hospitable place

Service rating : Thanks for the great comments, glad you found our service helpful and we look forward to helping with the next trip.
Product : Lovely to hear your group enjoyed the stay in this beautiful country house, I’m sure this was a fantastic base for your trip to the Highlands!

5th January 2015 Excellent 

The lads thoroughly enjoyed their stay at the house, thank you.

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