Woodpecker Pad is a luxury three bedroom self catering holiday home, has been awarded Gold for Green tourism. Situated on a 200 acre farm, which lies amidst the beautiful and picturesque valley of Strathnairn, the cottage sits in a secluded idyllic woodland location, only 6 miles southeast of Inverness, 11 miles from Loch Ness and 26 miles from the skiing centre of Aviemore.
Nearby, and within walking distance, is the rural village of Inverarnie, with a well stocked shop and Post Office. For couples, families or for the larger party (you could hire one of the other cottages Rowan Ridge or The Haven, as well) this is an ideal spot for your holiday in the Scottish Highlands. With superb views all round, much thought and care has gone into the layout and spacings of the cottages to provide maximum privacy and secure the best views of the mountains around.
From the doorstep of Woodpecker Pad you can access 3.5 miles of beautiful woodland and riverside nature walks, these connect into Forest Enterprise roads/walks allowing you to walk for miles into the hills (or mountain bike) on good quiet forest trails. We are sure your four legged friend will simply love this freedom.
Over a mile stretch of river runs through the centre of the farm and passes just below the cottage. There is a wide variety of wildlife and birdlife, with several RSPB reserves local to Woodpecker Pad, including Loch Ruthven, the main breeding place of the rare Slavonian grebe. Gold eagle, red kite, osprey, buzzard, owl, hawk and woodpeckers are frequently seen.
Choosing your accommodation close to the city of Inverness and Loch Ness, has numerous benefits - excellent shopping and sports facilities within Inverness, Loch Ness cruises, many top class golf courses, Culloden battlefield, Moray Firth dolphins and a central location for wider tours in the Highlands and Islands. For winter visitors, this is an ideal base for a skiing holiday, with Aviemore only 30 minutes by car.
We were actually upgraded from woodpecker pad to nearby Cathies Cottage, presumably because previous guest wanted to extend their stay in woodpecker pad- and I can understand why. It is a truly stunning location. It was nice to have somewhere really live up to the claim of being dog friendly. Ther is and extensive network of beautiful walks within the grounds . Cottage itself was large, tasteful and comfortable. We all had plenty of space to enjoy indoors and out.
A wonderful natural location and a perfect holiday destination for a very active spaniel! The trails, streams and walks from the gate at the bottom of the garden were just amazing and it was manna to the soul to just sit and watch the wildlife going about their business. The cottage was warm (roasting!) clean and very comfortable with everything we could possibly have needed. Would return tomorrow.
Very well equiped cottage and ideally situated to explore Inverness and surrounding area. Will return in future
3 generations really enjoyed staying at Woodpecker pad. The cottage had everything we needed. The added bonus was the bird table outside the window from where we saw birds that we have never seen before, we were so excited. Walking distance to the play park and the shop was appreciated and well used. Location and nature trails were great. Hope to return soon as we love Scotland.
Excellent property. Highly recommend this cottage to all ages. Great location for exploring the area or just sitting watching the wildlife
We have stayed at Wilderness Cottages many times but this was our first stay at Woodpecker Pad.
The cottage is modern and very well equipped. For us, with our two Newfoundlands Nevis and Cuillin, the setting of Woodpecker Pad was perfect, with easy walks at the doorstep.
We had an excellent week and will not hesitate to come back to Woodpecker Pad.
Excellent holiday, the cottage was absolutely wonderful, so well equipped with all mod cons. There were three generations of us and we all had a smashing time in the evenings going for walks, playing cards, swingball,scrabble and not forgetting the table football in the shed! The cottage was lovely and clean.
We've just returned from Woodpecker Pad, Dalvourn Farm, Inverarnie. Wow, what a location. Each of the lodges is placed just so, so it feels as if you're the only ones there. Stunning location - all you can hear is the river at the bottom of the valley, the rustling of the leaves and the singing of the birds. We can't wait to return!