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Sleeps 12 adults
+ 1 children
Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 6 Pets 2 Welcome Region Ross and Cromarty Town/village Rosemarkie

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Seaside Holiday Villa, near Rosemarkie (162)

Looking through the bay windows, it is possible to watch dolphins in the bay and sea otters playing on the sands, making this a memorable holiday for all who stay here.

This south east facing Edwardian holiday villa, built in 1901, is situated on the seafront of the idyllic village of Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, overlooking the Moray Firth. Here you can have the opportunity to watch dolphins in the bay, let children play on the beach or choose one of the many activities in the area, including golf. This holiday villa offers great family accommodation for up to 12 people. There are 2 open fires and 1 wood burning stove, with full central heating. With a ground floor bedroom and bathroom, this property is ideal for someone who may find stairs difficult, whilst the rest of the bedrooms and bathrooms are upstairs. Outside, to the rear is a games room, which houses a pool table and is another good place for children to find their own space. The garden is enclosed, with sloped lawn and includes a summer house and garden furniture. A public children’s play area is within walking distance. The beach is in front of the house and pubs and restaurants are walking distance from the house, making this a wonderful venue for families and those wishing to enjoy a delightful part of Scotland.

The fantastic modern country kitchen makes this property a self catering gemThe dining room, with kitchen beyondThe elegant dining room offers a formal place for socialising and feastingThe comfortable sitting room with Edwardian fireplace and picture bay windowThe well stocked external games room will keep the children entertained for hours

Living Space

Reception rooms

The sitting room is the traditional front room of the house with a bay window with wonderful views overlooking the Moray Firth. With comfortable leather sofas, TV and an open fire, this is ideal for everyone to gather after a day’s touring of the Black Isle. Next door is a small TV room with an open fire and a TV. At the back of the house, separate from the house, is an extension to the locked garage which houses a games room and some additional seating. Here you can find a TV, a small foldable pool table and a table football table, making this a great room to keep children entertained.

Kitchen / Dining

The dining room is also situated at the front of the house and likewise enjoys wonderful views overlooking the Moray Firth. The neat dining table and matching chairs can seat 12 people in some style. With a wood-burning stove and seating at the bay window this is a warm welcoming room, which opens straight into the kitchen area. The kitchen is well designed, modern and bright with an impressive stainless steel range, which is more than adequate to cook for this number. With a central work-island, there is plenty of work space as well as 3 stools to form a bar area where you can socialise or feed children in the kitchen.

  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • BBQ
  • Board Games
  • Cooker, Range
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Games Room, Pool Table
  • Garden Furniture
  • Grill
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing facilities
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire, 2
  • Piano, Upright
  • Summer House
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • Views, stunning
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning Stove
  • Easy Access
En-suite bathroom to double bedroomA beautifully presented seaside room with a seaside viewThe holiday house benefits from having five en-suite bathroomsThis bedroom is furnished to a high standard with modern and comfortable furnishingsA charming and comfortable double room

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 12 + 1

To the rear of the house at ground level is a double bed room, which has a bathroom opposite it, making this ideal for anyone who is less mobile and who may find stairs difficult. Upstairs there are five further bedrooms. The two bedrooms at the front of the house have the best views overlooking the Moray Firth, and they are the double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and the double bedroom with an en-suite shower room. Furthermore there are three bedrooms, all with their own en-suite facilities. The twin-bedded room has space to add an extra single bed for a child.

  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Private Bathroom
  • 1 King Size Bedroom With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Super King Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 2 Double Room/s With Ensuite Shower Room
Seaside holiday Villa near Rosemarkie could not be any closer to the seaA memorable holiday house for all who stay here.The enclosed garden with exterior games roomA neat enclosed garden for you to enjoy socialising with your party

Grounds & Surrounds

Enclosed with its own policy, with gate off the shore road, there is a small area of lawn, patio and private parking available. Located in the village of Rosemarkie, with seafront setting, overlooking the Moray Firth.  There is a village store and pub within walking distance. Inverness is 21 miles away for shopping at major superstores. The Black Isle, known for its mild dry climate, is a peninsula and not an island. Dolphins can be seen in the bay, at Chanonry Point or in a Dolphin Watch boat. Additional activities are available nearby including golfing at Rosemarkie, which is walking distance from the house and quad biking at Fortrose. The Culloden Visitor Centre, Castle Urquhart and Loch Ness are highlights in the area.


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 2 open fires and 1 burning stove included within the rental.

Notes & Warnings

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only. (Not bedroom).

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.


Rosemarkie is located on southern shore of the Black Isle overlooking the Moray Firth. It is a quaint village with plenty of coffee shops and a village store. It comes alvive in the summer months with tourists enjoying the drier microclimate of the area and access to the sea.There is easy access to Inverness and the bustling city life and shopping on offer. Loch Ness, Fort George and Drumnadrochit are all good trips. With many golf courses in the area including Castle Stuart, you are spoilt for choice. However, the main attraction of this area is Chanonry Point and the chance of seeing dolphins going by. Further north are the Dalmore and the Glenmorangie Distillerries, which both 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 Coastal Nearest shop 0.3 miles Nearest supermarket 1 mile miles Nearest pub 0.1 miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 21 miles
Edinburgh 165 miles
Nearest Train Station
Inverness 14 miles
The seafront and beach at RosemarkieThe beautiful seafront at Rosemarkie, Ross-shireCrossing the Cromarty Firth to the Black IsleDalmore Distillery - Ross-shire Local Area


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23rd September 2016 Excellent 

I love Tigh na Mara in Rosemarkie. It is a fabulous house to rent for family and friends to spend time in a beautiful location. Everyone who travels with me feels the same way. I wish it were mine for keeps.

Service rating : Glad you think so! It was a pleasure to help with another booking for you, we hope it's not the last!

Product : So delighted to hear you had another excellent stay at this seaside holiday home. Sounds like everyone had a great time and didn't want to leave.

11th August 2016 Excellent 

We were absolutely thrilled with our rental property. Booking was easy and Tigh Na Mara was simply stunning. I would definitely book this property again for a group!

Service rating : Many thanks for your review, perfect that you found the booking experience pleasant and the team attentive, we hope we can be of help with future plans of yours.

Product : Sounds like an excellent time was had by all at this Seaside retreat on the Black Isle.

Great to hear you would book again, don't forget to claim your loyalty discount next time with us!

9th October 2015 Excellent 

I can't say enough about Tigh na Mara. It is a wonderful house and for 4 weeks it was my home. My family and friends loved it. The kitchen was our favorite meeting place and we had many wonderful dinners and conversations in the dining room. The owners were very gracious and made us feel welcome right from the start. Our housekeeper was great. She and her husband helped us throughout our 4 week stay. Just perfect. Would go back in a second.

Service rating : Thank you for your great feedback and glad you found our service helpful. It was lovely to be a part of your exciting trip to Scotland!
Product : Fab to hear you enjoyed the holiday and that you felt at home in this beautiful villa. Sounds like the cosy kitchen was perfect for your family get together! We will pass on your kind comments to the owners and would be delighted to welcome you back again in the future.

22nd October 2014 Excellent 

Super House

Thanks for the feedback and hope you enjoyed your holiday by the seaside! If we can help with planning your next trip please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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27th August 2014 Excellent 

Great location

Thanks for the feedback and hope your family enjoyed the second visit to this lovely villa by the sea!

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30th July 2014 Excellent 

A super large holiday home. Our second visit and unlikely to be our last.

So pleased that you enjoyed your second holiday at this fantastic sea side villa.

We hope to continue to help with your holiday plans in the future!

30th April 2014 Excellent 

Excellent house

Thank you for your excellent feedback! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again in the future if you wish to re book we would be delighted to help again.

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2nd January 2014 Excellent 

The property was even nicer in reality than it looked on the website. It had every facilty / utility that you could need. It was in a fantastic location. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The basket that they left with the wine, chocolates biscuits and crisps was a very nice, thoughtful and generous touch. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Thank you for your comments. It's always a pleasure hearing nice holiday stories and we shall certainly pass your comments on.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again in the future if you wish to re book. We now offer a Loyalty Discount too! (T&C's apply)

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28th October 2013 Excellent 

Great facilities, little extras like welcome basket of food were appreciated.

Lovely to hear you had a great time at Tigh Na Mara, thanks for your comments. The fully refundable GHD (set by the owner) varies from property to property but I would be happy to confirm these should you like to return.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again in the future and claim your loyalty discount on your next booking! (T&C's apply)

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15th August 2013 Excellent 

superb large family holiday house by the sea. great location and in a really lovely area. we will go again|

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