Self-catering cottages and holiday accommodation near Inverness, Scotland

 

Enjoy a self-catering holiday in cottages or country houses near Inverness. Plenty of sporting and sightseeing activities in the area.  Scenic landscape. Hunting, shooting, fishing and other sports can be arranged.

Glencarron Lodge - sleeps 14-16 near Inverness, Scotland

Large lodge or country house near Inverness in Scotland, self-catering, holidays

The lodge is ideal for large groups or special occasions.  Accommodation: 

  •  7 twin bedrooms, 
  • 4 single bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • drawing room
  • dining rooms
  • boot and gun room
  • drying room
  • playroom with table tennis table
  • pool table room
  • children’s sitting room
  • large kitchen equipped with a double Aga, electric cooker and fridge and there is a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in the utility room. 

There is a large garden and adjacent wood with paths leading on to the rest of the 11,500 acre Estate.  Hunting, shooting, fishing and deer stalking can be arranged.

Paradise for walking, wildlife watching, fishing and deer stalking or just exploring the Scottish Highlands and their people. There are two houses: Glencarron Lodge, a Victorian shooting lodge sleeping 18+ and East Cottage, a stone cottage for up to 5/6 people.

The 11,500 acres Estate is ideal for Munro baggers, with 4 Munros (mountains or hills over 3,000 ft.) on the estate and 8 others within 10 miles. There are Brown trout and sea trout and the chance of a salmon on 3km of the River Carron and also trout in two lochs on the Estate. A boat is available by arrangement with the stalker. Plentiful stag and hind stalking with the Estate stalker is available in season. One hour's drive from Inverness; local shops are in the nearby village. Beaches and the West Coast of Scotland to explore are forty minutes away. And the Highlands are all around. Both properties are accessible even in winter.

Accommodation

Glencarron Lodge: Sleeps up to 18+

Glencarron Lodge was built in 1872 as a traditional Victorian shooting lodge. It has 9 twin bedrooms, 2 single bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The drawing room and dining rooms are large. There is a boot and gun room, a drying room, a playroom with table tennis table, a pool table room and a children’s sitting room. The large kitchen is equipped with a double Aga, electric cooker and fridge and there is a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in the utility room. There is a large garden and adjacent wood with paths leading on to the rest of the Estate. The Lodge has electric heating throughout.

East Cottage: Sleeps 5/6 The Ghillie’s cottage has recently been modernised and comprises 1 double and 1 twin bedroom (each with an extra bed), bathroom, sitting room and large modern, well equipped kitchen with dishwasher etc. The cottage has full oil-fired central heating and is attached to the Stalker’s cottage which is occupied by the Estate’s stalker and his wife who acts as housekeeper for the Lodge.

The Location

Walking and Environment

The Estate has 4 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet): Moruisg (926m), Sgurr nan Ceannaichean (915m), Maoile Lunndaidh (1005m) and Sgurr a Chaorachain (1040m) as well as numerous tops. Bidean an Eoin Deirg (1045m) and Sgurr Choinnich (979m) border the estate. The southern part of the Estate has been designated a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) because of the wealth and rarity of its Alpine plants. At the heart of the Estate is the beautiful and entirely isolated Glenuig, where a lonely lodge is set which was used by stalkers before the advent of mechanised transport. The lodge is currently being renovated and should be available for letting in early summer 2003. There is a substantial red deer population managed in accordance with the guidance and wishes of Scottish National Heritage and the Red Deer Commission. There are red grouse, ptarmigan, mountain hare, pine martens, otters, badgers, foxes, roe deer in the woodlands and moles (!) at 2000+ feet. Considerable amounts of work, including path and bridge building, have been done in partnership with the Highland Access Project to facilitate walkers’ enjoyment of the Estate.

Things To Do

Stalking

The Estate is a hind forest with only a few stags in permanent residence, but a population of around 500 hinds which attracts stags from neighbouring lands in the rutting season stretching roughly from early September to mid-October, depending on conditions. Around 35-40 stags are taken each season. The estate is able to offer two 4 stag weeks and two 10 stag weeks for serious stalkers. In the 10 stag weeks, two parties can be taken out on the hill each day. A feeding programme is being instituted to encourage stags to remain on the Estate with a view to prolonging the stalking season. Hind shooting is available from the end of October through to 15 February and may be taken on a daily basis.

Fishing

Two rivers flow through the Estate – the River Carron to the west and the River Meig to the east. Fishing is best in the summer months. Fishing on all the waters is by fly only although under-12s may use other legal methods, at the discretion of the Estate stalker. Loch Scamhain has an abundance of wild brown trout and sea trout, as they pass through to the burns they spawn in. The loch is used as part of the stocking programme for the River Carron. There is a boat on the loch which can be used, but only with the Estate ghillie. Loch Croich na Mointeich is the other loch which is situated in the heart of the Estate and is reached on foot. The wild brown trout reach 3 to 4 pounds in weight and are reputed to be wily adversaries.

Other Activities

There are golf courses at Lochcarron, Strathpeffer and Gairloch. There is also a fine beach at Gairloch. Sea fishing can be organised at Shieldeg, north of Loch Carron and boats for fishing can be rented at Plockton. There are the beautiful and famous gardens at Inverewe, where the Gulf Stream warmth allows exotic plants to grow. There is also scope for fishing other nearby waters, by arrangement through the Estate stalker.


Travel

Easyjet has a daily flight and BA fly three times each day to Inverness Airport from Luton and Gatwick, respectively. The flight time is 1 hour and 10 minutes. Trains go to Inverness where a connection can be made to Achnasheen Station which is about 5 miles from the Lodge. Car hire is available at Inverness.

Bookings and Prices

Bookings are from Sunday to Sunday, although both the Lodge and the Ghillie’s cottage are available for shorter periods outside the high seasons. The price for the Lodge depends on the number of guests and season and starts from £900 to £2200 per week . A separate charge is made for stalking stags and hinds. (There is an additional charge for bed linen, but no other charges.) The price for the Ghillie’s (East) cottage is from £270 to £450 per week. (including fuel and bed linen) The price for the boat and ghillie for a day’s fishing on Loch Sgamhain is £50.

There is no charge for guests fishing from the bank of the lochs or on the river.

Contact: Telephone 020 8340 7421 or view details
Holiday cottage - Inverness, Scotland - East Cottage - sleeps 4-5

 

holiday cottage Inverness ScotlandEast Cottage - the Ghillie's  stone cottage on the estate sleeps 4-5 people in 2 bedrooms. The cottage has recently been modernised and comprises 2 twin bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room and large modern, well equipped kitchen with dishwasher etc. The cottage has full oil-fired central heating and is attached to the Stalker’s cottage which is occupied by the Estate’s stalker and his wife who acts as housekeeper for the Lodge. 

 

Contact: Telephone 020 8340 7421 or view details

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