Inverness holiday cottage rental with walking, log fire and TV and rural retreat

Tomnahurich Bridge House

from £90 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 4.5/5

22 reviews

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Tomnahurich Bridge House

Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 530182

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

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

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
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
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 Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, 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
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

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.


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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15 Feb 2015


"Wonderful getaway!"

What a beautiful little cottage right on the canal. We were visiting with our 10 month old and the location could not have been more perfect. Lovely walks along the towpath, a stunning walk through the islands to the city centre in 30 minutes and right by the pool/ice skating/botanical gardens. Everything right on our doorstep. The house was quaint and beautiful. Generous sized rooms and well equipped. The only negative comment I had was that the bathroom (which is downstairs) is very cold in February as there is little heating in that part of the house. But overall we had a lovely break and would definitely return to Tomnahurich Bridge House.

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.

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.

8 Aug 2013



Had a wonderful trip and the lovely house definately made the trip. The cottage was close to the town and loch, great location. Was perfect for us with lovely interiors and the views overlooking the canal. This was perfect. I would recommend this house to anyone wanting a place to stay in Inverness!!

29 Jul 2013


"Pleasant surprise!"

What a pleasant surprise to have found this beautiful cottage at such an unique location! Very centrally located for traveling in the region, close to Inverness city centre, supermarket and playground nearby. Cottage was nicely decorated and well equipped! Cottage is on main road, so traffic can be bit noisy, but wasn't a problem.

29 Jul 2013


"lovely cottage great location"

Lovely canal side cottage in a great location for getting about the highlands,Cottage was very comfortable and spotlessly clean. it was fully equipped with everything you would need for your stay. The bonus was watching the boats passing by on the canal and the good weather we had on our stay. Would love to return in the winter so we could light the wood burning stove. A great pity we could not have stayed longer.

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