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Traditional Highland Cottage Overlooking Loch Ness

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Tranquil Cottage overlooking Loch Ness with mountain views, close to Inverness, Drumnadrochit and many other stunning locations like the Black Isle and Nairn Beaches

Rowan Cottage overlooks Loch Ness with splendid views to the village of Dores on the far side also the hills and mountains beyond. Situated in the rural location of Abriachan it offers Comfort, Privacy and Tranquility while close to the City of Inverness and many other places of interest, an excellent location from which to explore the Highlands. There are walks on the door step should you wish to stay close to your base, maps and guides provided. There is one spacious, light bedroom with a King-size bed with quality mattress, original art work on the wall, thick curtains to keep out the early morning light. The sitting area has an open fire, sofa and easy chair. An entertainment cabinet holds the flat screen TV, DVD Player/Recorder and Sky Box. We provide a number of DVD's should you wish to relax and watch a film at the end of the day. More original art work. Bathroom - from the beginning of April 2016 we will have a new fitted bathroom with a top of the range power shower as well as bath. The kitchen is well equipped, Gas Hob, Electric Fan Oven with Grill, Microwave, Dishwasher, Washing Machine - all detergents and soaps provided as well as Tea, Coffee and various other sundries. We leave a very generous Welcome Pack for our guest upon arrival with home baking plus other treats and basics like Bread, Milk, Butter, Eggs. The comfortable Conservatory looks on to the Loch and beautiful mountain views as well as the private garden, where you may see all kind of wildlife like the Pine Marten and the occasional Squirrel and Deer, a lovely selection of birds come to feed upon the bird table. A Hedge provides very good privacy. There is a lovely burn running down the side of the garden which sounds delightful when in flow. Private parking to the rear of the house and a garage space is available should guests need to store mountain bikes.

Mairi Young
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
9 April, 2018

About Mairi Young

We live near the village of Beauly. My Husband and I are local to the area, John is a retired Electrical Engineer. We are still very active and enjoy meeting new people, especially welcoming them to the Highlands for the first time, second and third. We had no idea we would enjoy this time in our lives so much, the most rewarding thing for us is knowing that Rowan Cottage has been such a delight to so many guests, we were not prepared for how many new friends we would meet along the way - it really has been a joy for us.

Mairi Young purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Mairi Young chose Inverness

The minute we found Rowan we knew it was the most Idyllic spot for our guests to enjoy tranquility and peace but not to be too far away from all the attractions in the Highlands - so many right on the doorstep. Location is every thing and Rowan has Location!

What makes this cottage unique

Rowan is a traditional Highland Cottage and a little over 100 years old. Apart from the Idyllic location, it offers a comfort and welcome that puts our guest at ease straight away. We have many added extras available to guests, including a generous welcome basket on arrival. Many of our guests say they don't want to leave. Our Visitors Book is testament to the many charms and benefits that Rowan has to offer and we are pleased to say many of our guests return year after year. The conservatory particularly is enjoyed by our guest who simply like to sit and watch the bird life around the garden, read a book or gently snooze in the very comfortable chairs. At the end of the day this is often where our guests sit to eat and enjoy a relaxing refreshment like a glass of wine. In the cooler weather our guests enjoy the fireside which soon makes the living room a very snug place to curl up.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is our first trip to the Highlands and we feel so fortunate to have found Rowan Cottage. This really is a very special place to stay - so much more than just a base from which to explore. Thank you Mairi and John for the warm welcome and for all the thoughtful extras including the fabulous welcome pack (we really enjoyed our daily slice of home-made fruit cake). You seem to have thought of everything. For future guests we can only echo what others have written : stock up the bird table - you will be delighted! We would love to come back again.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to stay in such a lovely, comfortable cottage. The scenery is magnificent. Your hospitality was second to none. Thank you for the lovely fruit cake. For other guests a visit to Glen Affric is well worth the effort. We hope to return to Rowan Cottage one day.

Our 4th visit (it would be rude not to make it 5 at some point in the future). A great way to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary. We love to do all the same old familiar things but always manage to find one or two new experiences. As bike riders and walkers we are in OS heaven. For some reason we always seem to avoid rain in Scotland and have been lucky with the weather. Many thanks again for your kindness and warm welcome, we feel we are coming home when we reach Rowan Cottage.
Mar 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Inverness in Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • From April 2016 we will have a fantastic, new bathroom with a combination bath and shower. The power shower will be top of the range. A good supply of quality towels, toiletries and soap.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, spacious, light and airy, king-size bed with top of the range, new mattress and quality bed linen. Splendid views from the front window towards the Loch, at the side the view is of the garden and nearby trees offering good privacy
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Rowan is a stunning cottage, comfortable, tranquil and private, best suited to a couple - it has often been used as a Honeymoon destination. Well situated for exploring the Highlands. Our guests have been very positive and say how relaxed they feel from the moment they arrive which is what we aim to achieve. Outside: There is a hedge around the front and side of the garden which offers good privacy while still allowing the view. A number of native trees and shrubs. The garden is regularly and well maintained. There are two garden chairs and a table, plus bench and a sun chair for better weather. Towels, Bath Mats, Linen all included in the price and are of good quality. We feel sure our attention to cleanliness & hygiene is partly responsible for our return business. Other: Conservatory has two very comfortable Chairs & Table to dine at, views are stunning from here, our guests enjoy it very much. A vast selection of Birds feed from the bird table close to the conservatory. Pine Martens call around too (see our web site) also Badgers, Deer & Squirrels


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Traditional Highland Cottage Overlooking Loch Ness
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

A perfect hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately our week was a bit dull and wet so we did not get the full advantage of the sun porch or the walking paths all around. However we enjoyed our stay very much. The cottage has everything you need including a coal fire for cosy evenings. The welcome pack is very generous including a tasty home made cake! The bathroom has been recently upgraded with an excellent shower over the bath.

The cottage is up a steep hill in a sloping location so might not be ideal for someone with limited mobility as the car parking is 20 odd metres from the door.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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quiet picturesque perfect

  • 5 of 5

the property was beautifully clean, mairi was there to meet us and explained everything to us, the birds were plentiful and kept us entertained. And we had a very generous hamper on arrival. The only thing we would change is to lower the front hedge as sitting in the conservatory the views were blocked by the hedge. and in the advertisement the hedge is very low. It doesn't need to be high because it wont interfere with any one else.

the bed was comfortable but there was a slight smell of damp in the bedroom but overall we loved it all. Scotland is Beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your stay at Rowan and we appreciate your comments about the hedge which we may consider lowering but we would not wish it to be so low that it would spoil the privacy. With regard to the slight damp smell in the bedroom, Rowan is over 100 years old and as such it does not have a damp proof course, we have worked hard in the past to address this problem with more work scheduled after we close down between December and mid-March.
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Rowan Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was idyllic and was the epitome of cosiness and peacefulness..

The sumptuous welcome pack was much appreciated.

We highly recommend Rowan as a holiday hideaway and as a base to tour the Highlands.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always so rewarding to hear such a positive response to Rowan Cottage as it's not just about the business for us but the experience that we give our guests and should they return we do our best to make the experience as good if not better than before as we know their preferences and accommodate them as much as we can.
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Amazing 2-week holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful cottage! Fabulous views across Loch Ness to Dores, abundant wildlife including pine marten. So high up clouds passed by beneath us. The cottage is extremely comfortable with a lovely bathroom and well-equipped kitchen. Mairi Mae provided a very generous welcome pack including home-made cake.

The cottage is well situated about 20 minutes from Inverness with good access to the many attractions in the area including distilleries, castles, boat trips, walks, Caledonian Canal, etc.

We were very lucky with the weather, warm and dry most days and very hot towards the end of our stay.

There is so much to do and see in the area we wish we'd stayed longer than two weeks, and certainly hope to return again one day.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A home from home.

  • 5 of 5

From the moment I spoke to Mairi Mae I had a good feeling about cottage and owner. Cottage is well equipped and is ideal for sightseeing and for walking. Evenings can be spent in conservatory viewing the wildlife. Lots of birds, bees and we got to see the Pine Martin on two occasions.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply stunning

  • 5 of 5

Rowan cottage was stunning in every way possible every window has a beautiful view of loch , countryside and wildlife habitat , the cottage was truly a home from home with the added luxury of a real coal fire .Me and my new husband spent our honeymoon in rowan it was the most special time for us , mairi mar gave us the most lovely welcome and a wonderful welcome pack , carrot cake and champagne in pack were lovely , we spent our days exploring the Highlands as far as John o groats and our evenings cuddled around the real fire , we will be booking again for our 1st anniversary and we are so looking forward to returning to loch ness rowan cottage and our Highland getaway ...thankyou so much for our honeymoon being made so perfect in every way ...colette and Jim shaw .

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We have beaches within 30 minutes drive of the cottage. The Black Isle has Fortrose and Rosemarkie with Cromarty another 12 miles beyond and worth a visit. Also Nairn which you can drive to easily in 30 minutes. Dolphins can often be seen from our sea shore. Many others beaches besides if you don't mind a longer drive - Dornoch for instance.


Dalcross Airport is about 25 minutes away by car and easy to get to. Also a railway station in Inverness.


Inverness is 8 miles from the cottage and the village of Drumnadrochit around 6. Within the rural area of Abriachan there is a good community hall with events happening throughout the year, visitors are always welcome. The famous Battlefield of Culloden is close to Inverness with it's award winning Visitor Centre. Urquhart Castle and Visitor Centre is just a couple of miles along the loch side.

Further Details:

There are many good eating establishment in Inverness also in Drumnadrochit. There is a superb restaurant at the Clansman hotel which is just below the cottage on the loch side, it is possible to take the path near the cottage to it, in the past the owners have provided transport home for our guests free of charge. We are happy to advise on eating out - our passion. There are many attractions around the area, activities as well as sedate outings, you will find plenty of leaflets and tourist guides within the cottage.Many supermarkets in Inverness also provisions may be bought at Drumnadrochit.

We have many places to recommend our guests to visit if they need guidance.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Inverness, Scottish Highlands & Islands

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
7 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 May 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Oct 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We require a £50 deposit as soon as your booking is made with the balance due in full 6 weeks prior to the date of the holiday The price you see on our chart is the price you pay no additional charges. For guests coming from abroad who cannot pay by cheque we require a bank transfer or we can use the Pay Pal system.

Changeover Day:
Our Change over day is normally a Saturday, suggested arrival time 3 p.m. departure 10.30. We are able to be very flexible if we have no incoming/outgoing guests and during off season we can offer a four day break if your time is limited.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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