Creag nah Iolaire Drumnadrochit - Loch Ness
Drumnadrochit, Glenurquhart, Strathglass & Beauly

About Creag nah Iolaire

Creag nah Iolaire  - Drumnadrochit, Glenurquhart, Strathglass & Beauly

Location: Drumnadrochit - Loch Ness - Drumnadrochit, Glenurquhart, Strathglass & Beauly

Sleeps: 6

Price From: £475 p.w.

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Creag nah Iolaire Holiday Cottage, Borlum, Drumnadrochit

Sleeps 6 - STB 4* - Wi-Fi - One Pet Welcome

Wilderness cottages are thrilled to be able to offer you this traditionally built self catering cottage overlooking Loch Ness at Borlum Farm, Drumnadrochit.

Creag nah Iolaire - well named, the 'Hill of the Eagles' self catering holiday cottage is perched up on the side of the hill at Strone, high above the Loch Ness side village of Drumnadrochit and has unique and breathtaking views over Loch Ness and up Glenurquhart to the distant mountains of Glen Affric. In fact, the view is panoramic! We can honestly say we have not seen better views of Loch Ness from a self catering cottage anywhere on Loch Ness! There isn't another cottage like it anywhere around Loch Ness, but don't take our word for it - come and experience a holiday here for yourself. You can go on lovely walks straight from your door, or just spend the week drinking in the scenery. It is just a short drive to the bars, restaurants and shops of Drumnadrochit or to picnic on the shores of loch Ness.

The central location of Drumnadrochit is ideal for exploring both the immediate area and further afield, with plenty of scope to take a different route each day.  Inverness offers a good shopping centre, as well as golf, swimming pool, cinema, museums and theatre.  Skye and the west coast are easily accessible for a day trip.

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The sitting room, dining and kitchen area are open plan and are in a cruciform shape. The natural maple floor is lovely and warm and spans a large area of floor space. The baby grand piano is popular with musicians and the huge windows overlooking the loch and glen, for gazing out upon the spectacular vista, are popular with everyone!

  • Kitchen is fully equipped, including microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge freezer, electric range cooker with induction hob, food processor etc. Ironing facilities available.
  • Lounge with TV, DVD, music centre and video recorder make wet weather easier, although gazing at the view even in the rain is wonderful while you are warm and dry inside. 
    There is a wood-burning stove for added atmosphere. Logs are included, coal can be obtained from the owners at cost price. 
  • Dining area with spectacular views along Loch Ness.
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Hair dryer.


  • Two twin bedrooms - The larger twin has a sitting area with incredible views of Loch Ness.
  • Bathroom with bath wash hand basin and wc. 

Elderly Guests or Guests with Children

As the property is of a traditional style the staircase leading to the bedrooms is quite steep and would need to be taken with care, especially with young children and may not be suitable for the less able person.

Included in the price

  • Bed linen (The owners have provided quality feather duvets and pillows for your comfort). Please note, towels are not supplied.
  • Electricity and some logs for the fire. Heating is by off peak storage heaters.
  • WiFi internet access, please bring your own laptop.
  • Garden furniture is provided. 
  • Sorry No cot or highchair available.

Pets Welcome

One pet is welcome at the property, an additional £25.00 fee applies.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £200.00 is required at this property.

Best Features

  • Stunning views of Loch Ness.
  • Perfect place for a monster spotting holiday! Nessie spotters are welcome and you will see lots of other wildlife also.
  • An ideal base for touring the Highlands.

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Creag nah Iolaire Reviews

The latest reviews of Creag nah Iolaire ...

Reviewed this property on 13/11/2020
And awarded it
Such a lovely location, the views are fascinating, our stay, in glorious Autumn, showed us exactly how colourful Scotland is. There's always something to view from the large windows. The track up to the cottage is steep, not suitable for a low slung vehicle. The cottage is very comfortable & well appointed. We enjoyed the bird life visiting the feeders, sadly no Eagles!

Reviewed this property on 08/10/2020
And awarded it
Absolutely love this property, its spacious and clean, but cosy and snug at the same time. Location is excellent in the sense you feel totally removed and secluded with the forest at the back and most of the way up the hill, but with Drumnadrochit just a few miles away it is handy for shops, restuarants etc, and good central point to explore the areas around the Loch. The ulimate thing about the extended crofters cottage is the panoramic views down the hill/mountain to Urquhart Bay and across / up Loch Ness to Inverness - magical - so much so it was difficult to get ourselves out in the morning, sitting drinking coffee in the corner snug area, drinking in the views of the Loch and the Mountains. Excllent walks are available straight out of the property down to the other side of the mountain for views of the Castle, or up to the top following the foresters track through the woods to the heather beds for views up the Great Glen and the start of Glen Affrik. Vanessa and Duncan, the owners, were very helpful, but we did not need to call on them during our stay as every thing is laid out well and described in detail in the Info packs in the cottage. A truly great cottage for a break around Loch Ness !

Reviewed this property on 07/10/2020
And awarded it
We had such a lovely stay at Creag nah Iolaire. It was very comfortable with an amazing view and we really relaxed in such nice surroundings. We really enjoyed exploring the woodland surrounding the house and sitting outside eating 'alfresco'. We love cooking and the kitchen is well equipped with a fabulous cooker. Very homely. We will definitely return.

Reviewed this property on 25/06/2019
And awarded it
Just the most perfect location, the best views we've ever enjoyed! We tried to go out more but spent many days just looking at the view. It's a good base for touring, the north side of the loch is busy. The cottage was super comfortable, spotless and restful. The access road was magical (and steep!) The only quibble is low level of saucepans and baking dishes, enough for two but a stretch for six. We would return.

Reviewed this property on 17/04/2018
And awarded it
This cottage has the most amazing views of Loch Ness and the surrounding countryside. The cottage itself is spacious, very comfortable, well-equipped and was spotlessly clean. There is a perfect space for relaxing in front of the log burner in the evening, another seating area in front of a window looking out across the lake, and the dining area has the best view of them all! Oh that is before you get to the main bedroom and see the seating area there! Duncan gave us a warm welcome and showed us around on arrival. It's a great location for exploring the Great Glen and Glen Affric. I couldn't recommend it more highly!

Reviewed this property on 06/09/2016
And awarded it
We had a fantastic week at Creag nah Iolaire! The owner, Duncan, met us on arrival and gave a very friendly and thorough briefing on the facilities/locality. The cottage is absolutely gorgeous and the views are just wonderful - I could never tire of eating breakfast looking out over the Loch, whatever the weather. The decor & furniture were all lovely and we felt very much at home for our stay. We visited lots of local and not so local places and found that Drumnadrochit is a good base from which to explore much of the Highlands - in particular we love the drive around to Foyers to visit the Falls, The Lovat Arms in Fort Augustus for a fantastic meal and of course the Isle of Skye which is a fair journey but worth the drive as it's so beautiful. Previous reviews have mentioned the driveway to the cottage being steep - which it is - but it presented no problems for our cars (neither of which are 4x4) as long as we kept in 1st gear and took it slowly. Once you've done it once it becomes much easier! The only thing I think could be improved is the water pressure to the bath upstairs, which is currently very slow indeed and makes running a bath quite a long affair! Overall one of the best cottages we've ever stayed in, highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 31/07/2016
And awarded it
I am going to be honest, I really don't want to leave a good review because the cottage is so amazing, that I want to keep it all to myself. It is far beyond perfect and I didn't want to leave. The pictures online were lovely but when you actually walk into the doors, your jaw drops. It is more magnificent than the online pictures show. You will literally not want to leave. Beautiful, doesn't get any more perfect.

Reviewed this property on 11/05/2016
And awarded it
Absolutely fantastic cottage with amazing views. Very homely and welcoming and we thoroughly enjoyed our week there as it was a great base for exploring the Highlands.

Reviewed this property on 07/10/2015
And awarded it
Second time staying at this lovely cottage. Fantastic setting overlooking Loch Ness. Since last stay new double glazing and curtains put in. Well equipped and comfy. Will book again for next year.

Reviewed this property on 19/08/2015
And awarded it
Perfect, cosy, well equipped, great location!

Reviewed this property on 25/10/2014
And awarded it
The cottage is fantastic. Very well equipped and spacious. Every room is spotless and beautifully decorated. The scenery and view from the cottage are breathtaking. Highly recommend the Loch cruise and riding at Borlum. Make sure you take a torch! The dark outside is pitch black. We had deer outside the cottage every night. The hill up to the cottage can be tricky in the wet. All in all, we had a truly relaxing holiday and I would go back in a minute.

Reviewed this property on 29/07/2014
And awarded it
We were the whole July in this really FANTASTIC house and enjoyed every second! Stunning view, wonderful interior (I love the new rangemaster in the kitchen), cool wildlife around and the house has the perfect position to make day trips to explore Scotland. Thank you sooooo much! We'll for sure come again as soon as possible! We love Scoland and this cottage made it even better!!!! Thank you Duncan and Family!

Reviewed this property on 20/06/2014
And awarded it
A wonderful cottage superb location with views to die for. We found it a home from home in all respects and the privacy was very much appreciated. We found the steep track to the cottage fine as we have a 4x4 but would imagine it to be hard going in the winter but it was all part of the charm of the location. Where else can you sit in the evening eating your supper and see eagles flying over and around you? Superb. Creag nah Iolaire is the best in 10 years of holidaying in the Highlands.

Reviewed this property on 20/09/2013
And awarded it
We stayed for one week in September and had the most relaxing holiday there. Duncan the owner was very friendly and welcoming. The views from the house are amazing, we almost didn't want to go out. The wildlife is plentiful we saw a golden eagle above the house and numerous deer in the woods behind the house and a stag just about 150metres from the door. There are a few places to eat in Drumnadrochit, the Loch Ness Inn has to be recommended with good local food. Go again ? Definately

Reviewed this property on 14/08/2013
And awarded it
We stayed in this wonderful cottage for a week in the beginning of August and were so upset when we had to leave! The cottage was so very welcoming, warm and comfortable with views of Loch Ness to die for!! Wonderful location with so many wonderful places to visit. We will definitely be wanting to return again in the near future

Reviewed this property on 04/07/2013
And awarded it
Never before have we experienced such a beautiful holiday cottage, complete seclusion and close to every shop or pub and plenty of worthwhile locations to visit nearby. Sunrise at all the windows, a well-equipped kitchen, a cosy sitting room with open fire and plenty of wood in the nearby garage. An extra lazy seat near the other window and an old grand piano in the bay-window. An unforgettable holiday location with only one desire, to come back as soon as possible.

Reviewed this property on 04/11/2012
And awarded it
We absolutely love this cottage and if we ever win the lottery we will be talking to the owner pronto! The cottage itself is comfortable, cosy, warm and well furnished with views down Loch Ness to die for. We would sit for hours just looking at the view and watching the birdlife - a perfect chill out.

Reviewed this property on 04/06/2012
And awarded it
Our second visit to Creag-nah Iolair over looking Loch Ness and still the most amazing place to stay, we took friends with us this time who were visiting us from the USA and they were just blown away with the cottage and the most spectacular views in the whole of the highlands, we will be back and I suspect that they will also. Anne and Chris Taylor Pine Filey North Yorkshire and Dr and Mrs Mahlon Maris Harrison Arkansas USA

Reviewed this property on 16/01/2012
And awarded it
I almost don't want to post a review as if people go here they will just keep coming back and the place will be booked forever... It was stunning - panoramic views, so well-appointed, warm even in winter, with such a friendly and helpful host/owner, riding close by (I would highly recommend even a beginner trying to ride at Borlum)close to Castle Urquhart and Loch Ness, decent convenience stores in Drumnadrochit (and a great Highland gift shop) and half an hour from lovely Inverness. Unbeatable.

Reviewed this property on 21/06/2011
And awarded it
Just returned from a week at Creag nah Iolaire. What a lovely house and a fabulous location with the most fantastic views. Warm welcome from the charming owner too. Road not as steep as mentioned in another review, had no problem with our cars. Highly recommended if you're planning a holiday around the Loch Ness area.

Reviewed this property on 09/11/2010
And awarded it
We have just had the most amazing week at Creag-nah-lolair cottage, the views were just spectacular and the cottage well what can you say but WOW, everything was just perfect, we arrived as two 70 year old pensioners and left as two 27 year old youngsters, thank you so much for having us and we will be back next year. Anne & Chris Taylor Pine.

Reviewed this property on 04/07/2010
And awarded it
Have just come back from the most loveley week in a great house. Views were stunning & we had visits from many birds including a buzzard & deer in the field outside. Cant praise it hightly enough & am looking forward to going back again.

Reviewed this property on 28/04/2010
And awarded it
Creag na H-Iolaire is a lovely, well-equipped cottage with a superb location and the views, especially from the dining area, are absolutely spectacular. Downstairs is very spacious and well laid out, the bedrooms are so comfortable - and the wood burning stove was a treat in the evenings. There are myriads of books to keep you occupied as well as board games, DVDs, videos and the piano. We also enjoyed the walks in the nearby woods, the cruise on the "Nessie Hunter", the visit to the Pottery and a meal from Baking Birds. The steep part of the road to the cottage is a bit daunting first time round but you get used to it very quickly. My daughter and I (complete novices) had a first ever lesson at the riding school. The horses selected for us were extremely good natured and the instructor was excellent - very helpful and encouraging and always on hand if you needed any extra assistance. It was a great experience. The cottage had it all - you can simply relax there and soak in the scenery and,if you want, there are lots of things to do further afield. We had a wonderful holiday!! The Grimmond Family

Reviewed this property on 23/02/2010
And awarded it
23/2/10 Quality homely cottage. Situated high above Loch Ness the views from the living area and from one of the double bedrooms upstairs are breathtaking. All you need is here. Literally hundreds of books available to read from the bookcases. Note the cottage is accessed by a very steep road. Would love to return again. Highly recommended. Ray Walters.

Reviewed this property on 04/01/2010
And awarded it
We had a lovely stay in this spacious & beautiful house. Really gorgeous decorations. The views over Loch Ness Lake are absolutely stunning. The wood fire was just what was needed during the big chill. No quibble about the amount of wood needed - just as well as it was -12 outside! The Kitchen is very well appointed & perfect for our Xmas lunch

Lots of snow walks - a fun & a healthy way to spend the week in a magical location: local castle/ruin, a trip on a boat on the lake & walks near the house afforded wonderful views & photographic opportunities.

Reviewed this property on 05/08/2009
And awarded it
We thoroughly enjoyed our third stay at Creag Nah Iolaire, and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quiet and peaceful location, with magnificent views of Loch Ness. The cottage is comfortable and well appointed, and we loved the new bathroom that had been added since our last trip.
You will receive a warm welcome, and maybe like us, you won’t want to leave !

Reviewed this property on 02/08/2009
And awarded it
Stayed Mid July. Stunning location! Not warned about the steep climb to get to it though! We have a 4x4 if you didn’t, watch out for your exhaust! Photos didn’t do the view justice, beautiful, very nice cottage with all facilities and very comfortable. Only small suggestion, a welcome of shortbread, wine or something would have been lovely as the little extras make it extra special, felt very business like rather than homely. Can’t recommend "Baking Birds" highly enough, arrived bang on time and the food superb! What a wonderful start to our fantastic break. Use them you won’t be disappointed.

Reviewed this property on 03/12/2007
And awarded it
What a fab cottage, we had the best week ever. It was like home from home everything you need for a magical week. I will be recommending to all my family and friends. Thank you.

Reviewed this property on 11/06/2006
And awarded it
We have just returned from a week at Creag Iolaire cottage and I will say that this is a special, very special place.
When we walked into the main room after a 6 hr drive, it totally took our breath away and we felt as fresh as daisys again. Our children loved it and we all had one of, if not the best holidays that we’ve ever had.
Who needs to go abroad when you have scenery and landscapes like this.
Thank you for an excellent holiday and we will be trying to return next year.

Reviewed this property on 28/02/2006
And awarded it
Just come back from a week in the cottage. Cannot fault the fantastic views of Loch Ness but you need a four wheel drive to get up the track before you reach it! Cottage is lovely but the heating is questionable especially when you have no logs as promised for the woodburner on your first night! Dogs loved the wondeful enclosed garden and the nearby walks. The closest pub/restaurant was actually about a mile and a half away, not exactly a short walk as stated on the website!

Reviewed this property on 15/11/2005
And awarded it
The cottage, the location and the views were all stunning. We sat for a good few hours just looking at the impressive views and looking out for the local deer. We also had a fantastic time visiting Glen Affric and Nairn. The dogs loved it too!! Can’t wait to go back, hopefully in the near future.

Reviewed this property on 26/10/2005
And awarded it
We have just returned from a fantastic week at Creag nah Iolaire, we had really great weather which was a bonus for exploring the beautiful surrounding coutryside but we would have been happy to spend all week in the cottage!
Creag nah Iolaire is very spacious, clean, comfortable and well equipped. The open plan style works really well and the huge picture windows frame the stunning views down to and across the loch. The walks in the surrounding woodland were great for the dog. We hope to reurn soon

Reviewed this property on 31/08/2005
And awarded it
Our holiday last week at Creag nah Iolaire was one of the best cottage holidays we have ever had -- superb accommodation in a stunning location. We were even, unexpectedly, lucky with the weather! We certainly intend to book the same cottage again soon for a longer holiday and have told several friends about it. Our only regret was having too little time to do and see everything that was available in the neighbourhood.

Reviewed this property on 25/06/2005
And awarded it
Creag Iolaire Cottage as an absolutely wonderful and very well equipped cottage. It is cosy, relaxing and situated in a most beautiful and peaceful area.
The views are incredible looking high over Loch Ness and to the mountains. You can just relax and take in the scenery.
We also loved the baby grand piano.
We will recommend it to anyone who wishes to stay in the Loch Ness area and hope to make another visit. Thankyou.

Reviewed this property on 11/04/2005
And awarded it
We arrived at Creag Iolaire at Loch Ness and were on top of the world when we saw the cottage, it had everthing you could wish for. The location couldn’t have been better. We had our two little Jack Russells with us and had plenty of choice for walking and exploring. We saw snow on the first evening and woke up the next morning to a blanket of white making the view look even more romantic! We have been back for three weeks now and we are already longing to go back and take in more of the Highland scenery. All four of us had a really good time and will definately be returning for our next ’doggy holiday’!!

Reviewed this property on 01/12/2004
And awarded it
Stunning Cottage with stupendous views of Loch Ness.
Comfortable and very well equipped with all we needed. We all enjoyed our stay and will go back. The baby grand piano was a bonus: we were able to tickle a few good tunes out of it. A stunning library of books meant we didn’t read our own. Would recommend this cottage to everyone- we changed our dates in order to get it and we were very well rewarded.

Reviewed this property on 13/10/2004
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Reviewed this property on 06/10/2004
And awarded it
The location of this cottage was absolutely perfect and the views over the Loch and surrounding countryside outstanding. The cottage itself was ideal, very comfortable with everything we needed for a relaxing holiday. The internal layout of the cottage is truely wonderful giving fabulous views wether dining, relaxing and even from the bedroom. We will definately return.

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