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Tomnahurich Bridge House

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Tomnahurich Bridge House

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

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Listed as a building of special Architectural or Historic interest, this property was originally built in 1813 as the Tomnahurich Bridge Keeper's house, this striking red sandstone building on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness, has lost none of its charm. Located just 1 mile from the centre of Inverness the house enjoys a semi-rural waterfront position alongside the Tomnahurich Swing Bridge. Inverness is the ideal base for exploring the iconic Loch Ness landscape, Speyside's whisky trail and the beautiful scenery of the Glens of Strathglass. The house was recently restored by Scottish Canals and we are delighted to now be able to offer quality self-catering holidays in such a prime position.

Tomnahurich Bridge House provides accommodation for four with a double bedroom and a twin bedroom located on the first floor. Upstairs window seating provides lovely views over the canal. Downstairs the cottage has a well-equipped kitchen/diner and a cosy sitting room with a wood-burning stove. The bathroom is also located on the ground floor. Outside, guests have access to a small private garden with outdoor furniture and there is off road parking for one vehicle.

Turn your stay into a touring holiday through the Highlands by combining a short break at Tomnahurich Bridge House with a stay at one of our cottages further south.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Inverness Airport 16 km, Nearest railway: Inverness Train Station 3 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Scottish Highlands region

A route for a ship canal through the Great Glen was considered as early as 1726, but it was not until 1773-4 that it was surveyed for the same reasons, and by the same engineer, as the Crinan. Further plans were produced, but in assessing the wider problem of Highland emigration ('The Clearances') in 1801-2, Thomas Telford recommended that, as well as helping fishing, agriculture and industry, a canal would provide much-needed employment.

Work began in 1804 as a government initiative managed by a board of commissioners; uniquely amongst the Scottish canals, the Caledonian has always been a public venture. Experienced foremen (from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct for example) were brought in to oversee the works but had to manage a local workforce absent during harvests and fisheries. This, coupled with rising costs and lack of funds, meant slow progress. In order to permit the largest ships the locks were 170 by 40ft (52 by 12 m) and 'clustered' to save money - thus the magnificent lock flights at Banavie (Neptune's Staircase), Fort Augustus and Muirtown (Inverness) were built.

As well as over 21 miles of man-made canal, Lochs Oich and Dochfour had to be deepened and, to assist the passage of masted vessels, swing bridges rather than draw-bridges were planned. The canal was finally opened in 1822 and although the Baltic Trade it was built to serve had already declined, it was of immediate benefit to the fishing industry. Journey times improved after the lock gates were mechanised in 1964-69 and cruise businesses have responded to interest in the Loch Ness Monster.

The Caledonian represents a triumph of British civil engineering innovation, is littered with iconic features and makes a significant contribution to the breath-taking landscape of the Great Glen. Its cultural significance should be regarded as being of international, not just national, importance.

Inverness, Highlands

Tomnahurich is 5 minuted from the town centre of Inverness, yet feels like it is a part of the country.

All local services, from grocery shops to cinemas are accessible.

The property is excellent for walkers, cyclists or canoeists and ideally placed for accessing the Great Glen Way.

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4 Aug 2014


"Just lovely!"

This is a lovely comfortable cottage which sits in a beautiful spot on caledonian canal. It is extremely well stocked with all essentials even down to herbs and spices in cupboard. We had a lovely r… More

9 Jun 2014


"Perfect for a city and country break"

Really comfortable, spacious, well appointed and ideally situated. Sensibly priced. Easy access to city centre on foot via pleasant riverside parkland. Lovely scenic canalside walks for as far as you want to go. We walked to the sea loch at Clacnaharry and saw a Norweigan boat enter the canal. Amazing feat of engineering.
Cottage very quiet despite being apparently close to roads - A82 passes over the swing bridge but barely aware of the traffic from the cottage. Minor road runs behind the property but minimal traffic noise even at night . Bridge keepers very friendly and informative. Great variety of yachts, canal boats and canoes passing through. Fascinating to see the renovation of Bona Lighthouse on a canal trip down to Loch Ness. We will definitely visit Canalside cottages again.

1 Jun 2014


"Beautiful cottage let down by some avoidable niggles"

The cottage is strategically located out of Inverness on the road to Loch Ness with easy access to all the Scottish highlands has to offer.The cottage is very homely but let down by:1. A dangerously h… More

Thank you for your feedback – we're always looking for ways we can improve our guests' stays with us.

Regarding the issues with the shower, we have investigated but have found no faults in the equipment. We do provide a contact number for guests to report any issues, should a guest get in touch with us during their stay we do all that we can to rectify the matter.

While we do provide the essentials such as tea, coffee, linen, towels and toiletries, Tomnahurich is a self-catering property. Guests that would like a little extra during their stay can request one of our luxury hampers but we do ask that this is booked in advance.

We've found no evidence of any pest issues within the property but we do have sonar deterrents in place. Please note that Tomnahurich is more than 200-years-old and, as such, is prone to making the odd unusual noise in the night!

Apologies if our overeager staff disturbed your break. We will investigate the issues with access and look into alternative storage for the lawnmower.

We aim to give our guests the best experience possible and provide contact details should any guests wish to get in touch with us directly to discuss any matter more fully.

16 May 2014


"Gemütliches Ferienhaus"

Sauberes Ferienhaus. Liegt einigermaßen nah am Zentrum. Highlands und der Norden sind leicht mit dem Auto zu erreichen. Zentrale Lage zwischen Nordsee und Atlantik.… More

15 Feb 2014


"Idyllic setting, gorgeous cottage and an excellent base for visiting Inverness."

Had a lovely short stay at New Year. Found the cottage really easily. It was beautifully presented and well equipped. We had a toddler with us and found the cottage to be very child friendly, although as it is an old building we had to stay on our toes to keep him out of mischief. The standard of the accommodation is excellent, blending comfort and style really well. We had everything we needed provided to us and all we had to do was nip to the local Tesco for groceries. The lovely wood burning stove was even fully stocked. The cleaning standards were also excellent and would give a quality hotel a run for its money. The cottage is situated really close to Inverness and makes a great base for exploring the area. As it is on the canal we also got to go lovely country walks too. Really was a great mix of everything and we will definitely be back!

30 Dec 2013


"Lovely, peaceful cottage"

This is a great place to stay in Inverness - it is a lovely cottage out of the thick of the things, but it's easy to walk into Inverness - either through the island walk or up the side of the river, or you can rent a car (which we did) and there is parking. It was great to have a car because we could do some shopping for food as well as explore the areas around Inverness.

The cottage itself is in lovely condition and is beautiful. It has a nice big kitchen with a dining table, a very cosy sitting room with fire (plenty of wood provided) and nice big TV, and 2 bedrooms - one very big master bedroom and another smaller double. The bathroom is downstairs, which was fine. The only issue we had was that it was quite cold while we were there and we couldn't get the radiators to go any warmer except in the bedroom - but once we got the fire going, it got warmer everywhere.

They provide plenty of essentials in the kitchen and lots of kitchen tools so you can definitely do some good cooking while you're there, if you want to.

The staff at canalside cottages were very helpful beforehand and gave us a lot of tips and help before we arrived, which was much appreciated.

If I were in Inverness again, I would definitely stay here again.

18 Nov 2013


"Amazing cottage,beautifully furnished great views of canal."

Had a great stay in the cottage,very cosy & very comfortable.furnishings & fittings done to a very high standard .Ideal with the dog as had enclosed garden & great walks along the canals so every one was happy.

10 Nov 2013


"Lovely cottage"

Enjoyed our stay at the cottage, it was cosy and comfortable. We stayed with our 2 young children, and found it to be spacious enough. Obviously we had to keep an eye on them outside the property, but they enjoyed watching the boats go by, and there is a great park a few minutes walk away. Didn't find the traffic noise a problem. Would definitely recommend.

30 Oct 2013


"Great Cottage"

Spent three wonderful days at Tomnahurich Bridge cottage

.Very comfortable and cosy with the log burner blazing away. Could do with some kindling or fire lighters to get it started. Close enough to walk to Inverness via the Island Walk and to go for a sail on Loch Ness.

We were surprised to look out the window and see boats going up and down the canal at this time of year. You are right next to the swing bridge over the canal so there is a bit of traffic noise. We didn't find this a problem.

16 Sep 2013


"Fantastic house in great location"

A great location on the Caledonian canel for exploring Loch Ness or, as we did, exploring further north. Also a short drive or a longish walk from the centre of Inverness. The house was perfect for … More

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