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Historic Castle and Cottage On Private Estate - as seen on Countryfile April 18 - Erchless Castle

Bedrooms 8
Separate WCs2
Space 21,527 sq. ft.
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking



Erchless Castle

Ground floor - Entrance; porch; hallway; drying room, with additional fridge; boiler room; games room, with full size snooker table and table football table and TV with DVD player; w.c, with w.c only; stairs to floor above.

First floor - Stairs; breakfast room, with table that seats 8 people, with fax machine; kitchen, with table that can seat 6 people; main hall with impressive stairs to floor above; dining room, with table that seats up to 16people, whilst an additional section can be added for up to 18 people, with open fire; stairs to triple room only; drawing room, with open fire, upright piano and FreeSat TV; double bedroom, with double bed; twin bedroom, with two single beds; shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Second floor - Stairs; double bedroom, with four poster double bed; bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin; double bedroom, with four poster double bed; twin bedroom, with two single beds; w.c, with w.c and wash basin

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About the property


Erchless Castle is a historic and romantic Scottish Castle situated on a private estate in the fertile land of the Glen of Strathglass near the pretty town of Beauly. The spacious rooms contain many original antiques and bring a real sense of history and splendour to this magnificent building. It is an ideal base for enjoying the stunning local scenery and exploring the riches of Loch Ness, Glen Affric and the surrounding area.Please not that we must respect the privacy of our guests and the castle is not open for tours or visits.

Factors Cottage is the end one of three Victorian listed stone cottages in the grounds of Erchless Castle. The rooms are airy and spacious, yet cosy in the winter with central heating and the wood burner. Please note that guests in the cottage do not have access to castle facilities such as the hot tub.

You will be welcomed with a complementary bottle of wine and tasty shortbread biscuits handmade in the Highlands,

The separate dining room in the cottage is ideal for getting around the table in the evenings and catching up on the day before settling down by a log fire. Watch for deer and red squirrels in the fields and forests or salmon leaping in the river as you enjoy walking through the estate. Whether you wish to play golf, ride, visit the local distillery or explore the area by foot or bike there is an abundance of things to do and see from watching dolphins in the Moray Firth to visiting the historic sites of Culloden, Urqhuart castle and Castle Leod. Spend a day visiting the west coast on the wonderfully scenic railway from Beauly to Kyle of Lochalsh or watch the water thunder down the drop at Plodda Falls a few miles away near the pretty village of Tomich.

The relatively short distance from Inverness airport makes the area very accessible for a short break in the spacious and well-equipped cottage or the magnificent historic castle.

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About Us

Jilly Sinclair-Knipe
Catherine Sinclair-Knipe
Bridge Cottage, Kynaston
HR8 2PD Ledbury
VAT Reg No

Property Manager
Jilly Sinclair-Knipe
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Jilly Sinclair-Knipe

The estate is privately owned by the Hon M Robson whose family have owned the estate for over 60 years. Until the 1930's the castle was the seat of Clan Chisholm.

Why Jilly Sinclair-Knipe chose Inverness

This magnificent castle is surrounded by farmland in an area of stunning natural beauty, with the dramatic landscape of the hills beyond, yet it is easily accessible by road rail and air with Inverness being only 40 minutes away by car.

Fantastic for getting together with family and friends, relaxing round the fire in cooler months or enjoying the hot tub in summer. The games room and full size snooker table can be a welcome diversion on a wet day, but the extensive grounds are a joy to explore whatever the weather. Comfortable beds, including two four posters, luxurious Toiletries from the Highland Soap Company and thick fluffy bathrobes help to soothe aching muscles after a day on the hill or just visiting local places of interest and ensure a good nights sleep.

We can also supply delicious home cooked meals on request for your arrival. - just ask for details.

The well appointed cottage, situated opposite the Erchless Burn, is ideal for smaller groups or families wishing to explore the area or watch the local wildlife. Easily accessible to local attractions such as Loch Ness, Glen Affric and the small town of Beauly, it makes a perfect holiday location.

What makes this castle unique

The castle is comfortable and spacious with a unique sense of history and wonderful views across the glen to the hills. The peace and tranquillity of the surroundings with the gentle lilt of the river in the background make it a paradise for relaxing and seeing local wildlife . including the native red squirrel.

For several centuries it was the home of clan Chisholm and still retains many original features.

Guestbook comments from the manager

“It is difficult to "rate" such a magnificent place. Erchless Castle was stunning in every way. From the cozy fireplace after a long haul up beautiful Glen Strathfarrar, to the gorgeous countryside along the River Glass, gurgling along lazily in the glittering sunlight, there is really something magical about this warm and inviting slice of the Scottish Highlands. The owners are kind, considerate and available and the caretakers are there as much or as little as you'd like...and are cheerful, knowledgeable and incredibly helpful for any questions or concerns that might arise. I regret not staying here longer to enjoy another dram of whisky or another round of pool or the hot tub while the swallows zoom around above me or the Milky Way sparkling down. My wife and two young daughters were in love with the place as well. We will return soon and are already missing it.”
Aug 2017
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Booking Notes:
Please phone for details - deposit 25%, full payment required six weeks before let

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Short breaks often available at 75% of weekly price on request out of high season - please e-mail details of request and we will get back to you.


Accommodation and facilities for Erchless Castlein Inverness in Highland

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 21527 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • river
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Bath (no shower) , Enormous bath
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , ground floor
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Very spacious with four poster
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Superking four poster
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , spacious room double aspect windows - adjoining single room
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed , optional adjoining door to room 4
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed , Spacious twin - no stairs to living rooms
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Separate floor - longer walk to bathroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed , Very pretty Italian furniture
  • Books ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
Notes on accommodation: Spacious comfortable accommodation with all the charm of a well loved family home, perfect for friends and family gatherings, humungous dining room table for sociable dining, cosy log fires and stunning views. All our bedlinen is Egyptian cotton with cosy feather duvets, pillows and mattress toppers. We have one double room with wool bedding suitable for allergy sufferers and provide toiletries by the Highland Soap Company. Non smoking. Our housekeeper will be in several times in the week for household jobs but is also an excellent cook and may provide meals on request. She has all food and hygiene certificates. .Menu available. Two additional double bedrooms and bathroom available on request for additional charge Outside: The castle is in a wonderful setting, lawn and barbecue area outside, croquet lawn and set, outdoor hot tub for summer use, peaceful gardens with river and stunning views. Mountain bikes available Cottage also has lawn and barbecue area.


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average rating of 4.75 based on 17 reviews

The castle was pure relaxation and historical. Quite spacious and good for a large group .

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 11 friends and we loved our time in this historic castle. You can walk around the estate and enjoy watching the animals in the fields and sitting by the river beauly The castle/estate is well appointed for Loch Ness, Beauly and the highlands.

Our visit was smooth with thanks to Alison and Greg.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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All 16 of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent property with rich history. My only advice....keep the drive way salted BEFORE the guests in a 2wd rental car get stuck! Can't thank Greg and Alison enough for their hospitality and awesome Christmas meal during our stay

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Baronial living

  • 4 of 5

Magical location,well appointed and fascinating building which gives you the feel of living like a lord for the stay.The staff who live in the cottages near by are most helpful but never intrusive.Looking to visit again

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Erchless Castle was even better than I imagined

  • 5 of 5

The castle was spectacular, steeped in history and appointed with such great furnishings. It's warm and cozy and a true old castle with art and beauty surrounding it. The grounds and the landscape surrounding Erchless is also stunning with walks along the River Glass and bike riding up Strathfarrar. It was a fantastic week topped off with a banquet feast cooked by Alison and Greg! Couldn't have been more special! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you -appreciation like this makes all the hard work worthwhile -we think it is a pretty special place
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Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle
Highland Folk Museum
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Cnoc Hotel
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
9 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Salmon fishing and stalking in season. We can also arrange group activities such as archery, or mini highland games,.There are many good golf courses nearby. Canoeing on the river can be arranged , a falconry experience or even dog sledding in winter, The cottage is an ideal base for cyclists with the stunning glens of Strathfarrar Glen Cannich and Glen Affric nearby.Enjoy watching the local wildlife onteh banks of the burn. There are regulr visits from red squirrels, badgers, pinemartins and numerous songbirds, Red deer live on the hill and Roedeer are often seen in the Glen.

The history of the area as the former home of the Chisholms is interesting and enigmatic. The monument on the other side of the road in memory of the last Chisholms t living in the castle is deeply moving.

Visit the distillery at Muir of Ord or enjoy the shores of Loch Ness.Urqhuart Castle on its shores is historic and intriguing and makes a good family day out The well known beautiful Glen Affric is nearby, and Plodda Falls are a must to visit. For the more energetic it is possible to bag three Munros in a day. The scenic railway from Beauly to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast is good for a more relaxing but scenic journey.

Culloden, Castle Laud,and the Museum of Childhood are all within easy reach. Inverness has all the attractions of a city and it is a delight to discover small restaurants, the castle orwatch the boats on the Caledonian Canal.


Forty minutes by car to the moray firth for coastal activities and where seals and dolphins are a common sight.


Inverness airport forty minutes by car. Flybe and Easyjet fly to Inverness. Car recommended.Nearest local railway station is Beauly 8 miles away.


Nearest town Beauly approximately eight miles. Glen Affric approximately 8 miles,

Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit, approximately 12 miles. Muir of Ord distillery, Strathpfeffer, Castle Leod approx 15 miles. Inverness 45 minutes by car.

Further Details:

Estate produced meat (beef and lamb) is available and can be pre ordered and put in the fridge for your arrival.

Local store and pub at Cannich 8 miles, restaurants shops in Beauly 8 miles. Small hotel with restaurant 1/4 mile easy walking distance.local pub 1/2 mile.

Fishing in season often available - enquire for availability

Subject to availability, there is an accomplished local piper who will play in the castle grounds by arrangement.

Local small plane trips can also be arranged.