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Dularich, 7 miles from Loch Ness.

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The house in summer.

Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Sleeps 4. 2 bedroom farmhouse. Please note ADULTS & TEENS ONLY and sorry, but no dogs. We have many horses here and there are risks for children. The house is in a great location for visiting the Highlands, with easy access in all directions. The west coast, for Skye and the west coast scenery, Aviemore and the Cairngorms and the vast beaches of the Moray Coast can all be reached in a little over one hour. Closer to hand are The Culloden Battlefield and The Black Isle with its small coastal villages such as Fortrose, Rosemarkie and Cromarty. Fortrose is well known for dolphin spotting.

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Set in the owners 22 acres with their house nearby. Most of our land is used for horses but we have no horses for the public to ride, they are all someone's pet! Quite often the farrier can be seen shoeing the horses and you can watch Cath practising dressage occasionally. Trekking & riding lessons are available in Drumnadrochit, 7 miles. We have much wildlife here, many badgers – a neighbour who feeds and photographs them had nine badgers visit one night - and foxes, hares, pine martens, red kites, buzzards, woodpeckers, sparrow hawks and many other birds are seen occasionally. The house is very quiet, being down a long drive off a country lane, all you can hear at night are the owls. There are six other well spaced houses in the hamlet and the owner's house is nearby. There's a hotel with a restaurant and bar three miles away near the village of Kiltarlity, which has a post office/shop and the nearest supermarket is in the pleasant village of Beauly, 7 miles away. The City of Inverness has good facilities, a large theatre, swimming pool, harbour, cinemas and many supermarkets & shops, plus the Caledonian Canal which leads to Loch Ness has a marina and an impressive 'stair' of locks. There are two large forests close by and the local roads make pleasant walking or cycling with little traffic. Mountain bikers and walkers have many forests to choose from, as well as the Caledonian Canal towpath and the Great Glen Way; our lane is on the Great Glen Cycle Route. There are many activities in the area apart from sightseeing - walking groups, archaeology groups, skiing in season, fishing, ceilidhs & music – the Tartan Heart Music Festival is held 3 miles away (just out of earshot) and there are several castles and NT properties such as Brodie Castle, Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness and Dunrobin Castle is just over an hour away. We have lived here since 1991 and can suggest many trips and activities to keep you entertained. The spectacular Glen Affric is 35 minutes west by car.

Bedroom 1 with king size bed and en suite shower room. Small wardrobe and two chests of drawers. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and en suite whirlpool bath. Pine wardrobe and chest of drawers. All beds with duvets .

The kitchen has oak units, double oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge freezer, kettle, toaster and lots of crockery, cooking utensils etc.

Utility room with washing machine, iron and ironing board, cupboards, boot rack and coat hooks. Back door leading to the garden. Off the utility room is a WC.

Comfortable living room with two sofas and armchair, coffee tables and TV with free-sat and DVD player. Leading into a separate dining room with a sideboard and mahogany table and chairs. Secure Wi-Fi.

Outside are large informal gardens mainly laid to grass with mature mixed trees to one side and fruit trees in another area. There is a south facing sheltered patio with garden furniture. Ample parking in front of the house and provision to store bikes in the barn. The fields are used to graze horses and you can often watch them being exercised in the arena. One can walk on quiet roads from the house and into a forest in 10 minutes.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 10 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Inverness 40 km, Nearest railway: Inverness 21 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

The Scottish Highlands region

In our opinion, Scottish scenery at its best begins in Perthshire and extends up beyond Inverness, extending across to the west coast as it does so. The area is full of archeological remains stonecircles, Neolithic cairns, hill forts, hut circles etc. Did you know that after the Ice Age the Orkney Islands were inhabited before southern England? Of course there are also many castles, mostly towards Aberdeenshire but there's Brodie to the east and Dunrobin further north.

There are spectacular beaches on the Moray Coast and fishing villages scattered away to the east. Dolphins are often seen around Fortrose, a small village on the Black Isle (also a Royal Burgh with a ruined cathedral), The 'Black Isle' is not an island but a peninsula north of Inverness. At the eastern end is the village of Cromarty, an interesting place to explore with many old houses, two museums, cafes and hotels and a long military history.

If you walk or cycle you will be spoilt for choice, our house lies on the Great Glen Cycle route, which extends down the side of Loch Ness. Urquhart Castle near Drumnadrochit is a very popular tourist attraction right on Loch Ness. Fort William on the west coast leads to islands such as Mull and Skye can be toured in a day from Kyle of Lochalsh, passing Eilean Donan Castle (featured on countless calendars) en route.

Beauly

Many people looking at a TV weather forecast covering the entire UK will often assume the Scottish Highlands are swathed in snow from October to March. In fact we hardly had any snowfall last winter, not enough to warrant clearing the paths. Many times we have seen the south-east of England blanketed in snow whilst it's clear here. It is certainly somewhat cooler than southern England but people don't come to the Highlands for the sun, they come to see the scenery and get a flavour of Scotland.

The prevailing wind is from the south-west and the west coast usually gets more rain than elsewhere. There's no truth in the rumour that one can develop webbed feet if one lives there too long. The Inverness area is dryer, however.

The mountains here are not higher than about 4,000 feet, but in the winter it can be deceptively cold on them. Even in summer, one should not venture into the mountains without the proper equipment, certainly not jeans, trainers and a T shirt.

I cannot think of any normal outdoor activity that can't be done in the Highlands, it's all here. Fishing - we may be able to arrange private trout fishing - golf, flying (Inverness airport), skiing; there are 4 skiing areas, Aviemore is about 90 minutes to the ski lift from here, canoeing, kayaking, sailing (Loch Morlich near Aviemore for lessons), walking, mountain biking, the list goes on.

There's a great children's adventure park at the Landmark Centre, south of Aviemore, not forgetting the Highland Wildlife Park, a little further south near Kingussie.

There are annual music festivals, Rock Ness near Inverness and the Tartan Heart Festival just 3 miles away from the house. Beauly, 7 miles away, has an annual traditional music festival in November with tutorials, finishing with 'Blazin' in Beauly' concerts.

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16 Jun 2014

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"Stay at Dularich May 31st - June 7th 2014"

Dularich is a quiet, peaceful and comfortable holiday location - ideal base for exploring the countryside and wildlife in the Highlands. The grounds and surrounding area are superb, with plenty of loc… More

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