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Luxury Highland Rental, near Drumnadrochit

This wonderful property is hidden in the Highlands, just like Nessie in Loch Ness, which is only a short drive from here. Now is the time to discover it!

This beautifully presented luxurious converted steading lodge located in a courtyard configuration is the perfect venue for a family group looking to enjoy the Highlands of Scotland. On offer is a comfortable drawing room with open fire and a separate TV room next door which will keep children entertained. The dining room houses an impressive dining table, with the well equipped kitchen suitable to cater for this number. With 5 twin bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom, the property sleeps 10 adults, and has spare accommodation in the family suite with a sofa-bed for 2 children or 2 adults if required. Situated in the idyllic Scottish Highlands, close to Loch Ness, this beautiful property is a popular destination for touring the Highlands or activity based holidays.

 The large kitchen is very well equipped with an AGA and traditional electric ovenThe dining room is the heart of the lodge, with french doors opening into the courtyardDine with friends and leave your thoughts in the visitors bookYou can't miss the grand pictures of Highland scenes throughout this fabulous lodge The drawing room is super impressive with high ceilings, fine antiques and comfy sofasPut your feet up infront of the open fire... The additional seating area and fine artwork complete the drawing roomIn addition to the fine drawing room there is a snug TV room and bar areaFirst floor landing area leading to the accommodationUtility room, with large drying room and extra storage space

Living Space

Reception rooms

The whole building forms a L-shaped structure and by entering via a back door at the kitchen it is possible, rather like a railway carriage, to walk through all the ground floors rooms until reaching the drawing room. Once in the drawing room, it is more like a drawing room at a large house or shooting lodge, with fine antiques and grand pictures of game in Highland scenes. The sofas are luxuriant and deep, and even more pleasant once the open fire has a roaring fire going. French windows open out to the courtyard and this is perfect in the summer months. Next door is the smaller TV room, which is ideal for children to lounge in and be entertained by whatever is on the gogglebox. Beyond is an entrance hall which is great for storing larger sporting equipment and at the back door, a drying room, where any wet coats or clothing may be dried.

Kitchen / Dining

The dining room is a glorious room, with a stone flagon floor, full length windows on the courtyard side, original stone wall and modern wooden pillars. It is a mix of old and new, but in great style and taste. The dining table and matching chairs are perfect to entertain all your guests in great comfort, whilst the fine feast or cheeky Chinese meal is being served. Next door is the modern and bright kitchen, with large AGA, as well as the traditional electric oven being available. It is very well equipped throughout, with additional seating for 4 people. A store room is to the rear for further storage of foodstuffs dry and frozen with a deep freezer being available.

  • 5 Star Venue
  • Aga
  • BBQ
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Freezer, chest
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Garden Furniture
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing facilities
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fires
  • Oven, hob, electric
  • Rural and private
  • Shooting, Game, local
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • TV, Sky
  • View, Area of outstanding beauty
  • Walking, hill
  • Walking, woodland
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Well equipped kitchen
One of the five comfortable twin rooms on the first floorEn suite bathroom, first floorAll of the twin rooms are bright and spaciousModern en-suite bathrooms throughout

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 12

The bedrooms are all found on the first floor, up 3 different flights of stairs. The first staircase give access to two twin-bedded rooms, each with their own en-suite bathrooms. Likewise, with the second staircase, as there are two twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms. All four bedrooms are very similar in style – all immaculate in co-ordinated colours and matching pine. The bathrooms are similar with pine and white tile and all in excellent order. The third flight of stairs has something different, which is accessed by the kitchen. Up on the first floor can be found quite a grand “cook’s room”. There is a twin-bedded room in the style of the others and opposite is a small TV room with a fold-out sofa-bed. Additionally there is a bathroom and a separate shower room available.

  • 4 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Private Bathroom
  • 1 Room With Double Sofa-bed With Separate Shower Room
This Highland Holiday home is just a short drive from Loch Ness and Castle Urqhuart The courtyard offers the perfect space for children and pets to enjoyThe private courtyard can be accessed from any of the communial rooms Luxury steading lodge in the  Highlands for groups of 12

Grounds & Surrounds

Set within an enclosed courtyard, this converted steading is situated on a 10,000 acre private Highland sporting estate. Located 20 miles south west of Inverness and 6 miles from Drumnadrochit, this property is perfectly located for a family holiday in Scotland. With a general store in the village, the nearest superstores for major shopping can be found in Inverness. Ideally positioned to explore Loch Ness and Castle Urquhart, the area has many other sites to see including Culloden Visitor Centre and Fort George. For golfers there are courses in Inverness, at Castle Stuart and at Nairn. Fishing is available locally. Dolphin watch trips can be organised on the Moray Firth. Photography trips up Glen Affric.

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; oil central heating and an initial supply of logs.

Notes & Warnings

Please note that this property does not offer weekend rentals.

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

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.

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.

LocationDrumnadrochit

At the head of Urquhart Bay, on the northern shores of Loch Ness, the pretty village of Drumnadrochit is a popular spot for holidaymakers in their quest to spot Nessie! At the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition you can learn everything you need to know about the loch and explore the mystery and history of the great monster. The village is surrounded by the beautiful glens of Urquhart, Moriston and the Great Glen, the area is perfect for cyclists and walkers; make sure you take in the nearby dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Set against the back drop of the loch, the remains of the castle are steeped in 1000 years of history. 

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 6 miles Nearest supermarket 20 miles Nearest pub 0.2 mile miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 24 miles
Nearest Train Station
Inverness 20 miles
How about some Dolphin Spotting from Kessock Bridge ... We'll give you a clue, it's the most famous loch in the world ... Double Garogie View in the local areaView across the water of Urquhart Castle

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