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Cormack Lodge, Brodie Castle

£550.00 | 5th May 2018 - 12th May 2018
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
This romantic rural cottage is tucked away down a narrow road, a short walk from Brodie Castle. Wander round the 16th century castle grounds then while away evenings in front of the wood-burning stove. Read More >
The dining room has views of the Brodie estate, and the cottage has its own private garden, perfect for alfresco breakfasts and impromptu picnics.
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - a step leads down to the bedroom and bathroom

  • Sleeps 2/4 - 1 double, 1 sofa bed

  • Bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Private garden

  • Oil-fired central heating (also heats water)

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: E54

Larger groups can also book South Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.
About Brodie Castle
The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
About the area
Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
Things to do

  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.

  • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.

  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

Getting there
Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness. < Hide

East Lodge, Crathes Castle Garden & Estate

£840.00 | 5th May 2018 - 12th May 2018
  • Dates available
  • None
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Opening October 2016. Read More >
Laced with gothic charm this Victorian gate lodge guards the entrance to Crathes Castle. Crathes is a Renaissance dream of winding turrets and pink-harled walls, set among acres of manicured gardens.
The lodge's arched latticed windows look out onto the castle driveway. An enclosed private garden with a picnic table is perfect for outdoor dining when the sun shines.
Accommodation details

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting room with dining area

  • Kitchen

  • Shower room with WC

  • Oil fired central heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking available outside the cottage

  • EPC Rating: F34

About Crathes Castle
Crathes estate dates back to 1323 when King Robert the Bruce granted the lands of Leys to the ancient Burnett family. The jewelled ivory Horn of Leys, symbolic of the gift, now hangs in the castle's Great Hall. The castle you see today was completed in the late 16th century and retains ornate ceilings, family portraits and even a 'trick-step' designed to confuse attackers.
Six different trails lead round the 240 hectare (595 acre) estate. Crathes's grounds are known as a hotspot for spying bats, as well as buzzards, kingfishers and herons.
About the area
Crathes is a settlement of around 25 houses, spreading out into farms and countryside, close to Banchory in Royal Deeside.
Things to do

  • Steam-train enthusiasts will love the Royal Deeside Railway. Still undergoing a restoration project, the railway line currently runs for a mile along the River Dee.

  • Pack up a hamper and head to the Linn of Dee, a 300 metre rock gorge, part of Mar Lodge estate and one of Queen Victoria's beloved picnicking spots.

  • In the summer months, trace Scottish architectural history through the ages with a visit to
  • Drum Castle, the oldest intact building in the National Trust for Scotland's care. A medieval tower, a Jacobean mansion and Victorian extensions make this fortified ancestral home truly unique.

Getting there
Crathes Castle is off the A93, 15 miles west of Aberdeen and 3 miles east of Banchory. Aberdeen is the nearest railway station, and Aberdeen airport (Dyce) is 12 miles away. < Hide

Glen Cottage, Torridon

£800.00 | 5th May 2018 - 12th May 2018
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This historic cottage lies tucked at the foot of some of Scotland's most breathtaking mountains. Torridonian sandstone peaks, sheer slopes and hulking munros form the backdrop for a wildlife-lovers' hideaway where you can truly get away from it all. Read More >
Deer, otters and golden eagles make their home in the vicinity. Keep an eye out for them while hiking or relaxing in the cottage's enclosed garden.
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 6 - 2 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Large dining kitchen with wood-burning stove

  • 2 shower rooms one on ground floor and one on first floor

  • Night storage and panel heaters

  • Immersion water heating

  • EPC Rating: E39

In extreme weather conditions, access to Torridon may be difficult.
About Torridon
Torridon refers to both the local village and the estate it lies in, a 6500 hectare wilderness on the shores of Loch Torridon. Five of the Trust's 46 munros are located within the estate including Beinn Alligin, 985m (3,230ft), which means 'jewelled hill' in Gaelic. The Trust's Countryside Centre has information on the history, geology and wildlife of the region.
About the area
Wild isolation is what draws most people to Torridon, but for essential supplies Torridon village and Kinlochewe are the places to head. Settlements have a long history in the area as it was used for processing pig iron in the 17th century. These days you'll find general stores, a postal service and the triple rosette-winning Torridon Hotel Restaurant.
Things to do

  • Inverewe Garden is just over an hour's drive away. Here you can wander through an exotic paradise of rare and colourful flora perched on a breezy hillside above Loch Ewe.

  • Corrieshalloch Gorge is also around an hour away. This cleave in the mountains, through which the River Droma charges, was created 2.6 million years ago by Ice Age meltwater and offers spine-tingling views from its swaying suspension bridge.

  • Children will love the local deer park, or beachcombing for crabs on the shores of Loch Torridon.

Getting there
Torridon is on the A896, which leads off from the A832. From Inverness take the A835 towards Ullapool before turning off. < Hide
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