Erchless Cottage is situated near Struy in the grounds of Erchless Castle, which was once the ancestral home of the Clan Chisholm. This charming cottage has recently been refurbished and retains much of its original character and features. Struy is a sparsely populated community making Erchless Cottage a truly wonderful place for a highland holiday, and a perfect base for exploring Glen Cannich and the surrounding area.
Inside the property is spacious, ensuring that the whole family will find space to relax. Tastefully furnished throughout the property is located over two levels. On the ground floor the large sitting room complete with a wood burner is located at one end, and at the other a dining room, ideal for a family dinner after a day exploring. At the centre of the cottage the kitchen is equipped with all the usual equipment and a fabulous range style cooker. The upper level has three bedrooms; a double, a twin with an en-suite shower, and a further twin with an en-suite shower room. All the bedrooms enjoy views to the front of the property, and quality bed linen and towels are provided. A family bathroom complete with a bath with shower over, completes the facilities on this level.
Outside the garden and castle grounds are available to walk in, and located just along the road is the Cnoc Hotel with its restaurant and bar.
There is plenty of opportunity here to see an abundance of wildlife. With three of the most beautiful glens on your doorstep you will have ample opportunity to explore some of Scotland’s wild county. Glen Affric has been declared a National Nature reserve and you will have the chance to see a variety of wildlife, which could include Osprey, Golden Eagles, Capercaillie, Ptarimagan, Badgers, Otters, Pine martens and of course all species of deer, along with many smaller birds that could include Crossbills and Crested tits. If you visit Glen Cannich or Strathfarrar you will begin to understand the meaning of ‘remote’.
Glen Strathfarrar with its large area of ancient Caledonian pine forest and huge population of red deer continues the wildlife spotting opportunities while Glen Cannich boasts one of the largest dams and rugged scenery. All three glens offer the walker numerous choices from forest trails to more strenuous munros. Nearby Reelig Glen with Britain’s tallest tree and Abriachan community wood, with feature forest trails offer alternative walking experiences.
For the cyclists there are many quiet roads and hill tracks locally whilst the golfers amongst you can take in the scenery as you play at Aigas or one of a number of courses within a 40 mile radius. The beautiful village of Beauly is a short distance from Erchless Cottage (9.8 miles) and offers a range of shops, crafts and restaurants. In the area of the old market square is a 13th century Priory and Visitor Centre displaying local history, information and weaving exhibition. Also in the village is the House of Beauly a centre for Scottish arts, crafts and food products, and the Glen Ord distillery is in the locality and can be visited by prior arrangement.
A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 is required at the property.
Pets Welcome by arrangement
One pet can be taken to the property by prior arrangement, however please note that the garden is not enclosed.
Good location for exploring Highlands and everyone we met there very friendly. Plenty of parking space for more than 2 vehicles when needed However, cottage would benefit from some additions. It has been modernized with good quality wooden doors and furniture throughout and comfortable beds. However, there are no wardrobes, only coat hangers on hooks behind bedroom doors. Also nowhere to hang wet towels, even in family bathroom. Its own washing machine would also be beneficial as it is not always convenient to go to the Castle to use one there when Castle is being occupied.
Extremely good holiday. Great facilities and location.difficult to find any material faults with the cottage. (signage off main road needs improving).
Just returned from a 3 night stay at Urchless Cottage and it was fantastic. Beautiful cottage and very spacious. Has a double room and 2 twin rooms which were beautifully decorated and clean. Plenty of space for family meals and a lovely wood burning stove for those cold evenings. The cottage itself is in a beautiful location with close access to plenty of sights. Struy Inn is close by for an evening meal or a drink. Plodda falls is a short drive away which is beautiful and would recommend.