Marnie's Croft Drumnadrochit - Loch Ness
Drumnadrochit, Glenurquhart, Strathglass & Beauly

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Marnie's Croft - Drumnadrochit, Glenurquhart, Strathglass & Beauly

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

Sleeps: 7

Price From: £690 p.w.

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Marnie's Croft, Self Catering Cottage overlooking Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness.

Sleeps 7 - STB 4*'s - Wi-Fi - One Pet Welcome

Marnie's croft is a modernised croft house, now providing 4 star self catering accommodation in a unique elevated location with magnificent views overlooking Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness. The cottage is in a very private and secluded location. The attractive garden is an added pleasure with quality garden furniture provided. Roe deer and other wildlife are frequently seen in the field right in front of the house. Walks on hill tracks start from the cottage door step and you can also stroll down to the shores of Loch Ness. The nearest pub is just 1 mile and shop 1.5 miles.

It is in a very private location and an ideal place to unwind! Marnies cottage is situated on Borlum hill farm, an historic farm dating back to its service to Urquhart Castle in the 16th century, providing castle inmates and retainers with necessary sustaining provisions! Today sheep and horses are seen grazing the fields around the castle.

The central position of Drumnadrochit is ideal for exploring both the immediate area and further afield. We boast, surprisingly, a favourable weather record!

A wide choice of restaurants, fishing, hill walking, boating, tennis and bowls are available locally. Borlum Bay woods are a nature conservancy site for rare woodland and bog plants and wildlife. Inverness offers a good shopping centre, golf, curling, swimming pool, museums and theatre. It is on a good bus route and takes only thirty minutes by car.

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  • The spacious dining room with wood burning stove and sitting room both have superb views overlooking Loch Ness. The lounge has a TV/DVD/Video/CD & Cassette player/Radio.
  • Large kitchen with electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with power shower. 


  • One king size bedroom.
  • One twin bedroom.
  • One single bedded room.
  • Bathroom with bath, wash hand basin and wc.

Elderly Guests and 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, including quality feather duvets and pillows. Please note towels are not provided.
  • WiFi internet access, bring your own laptop.
  • Electricity - Heating is by electricity with the addition of a wood burner which maintains a cosy, friendly atmosphere. Logs are included, coal can be obtained from the owners at cost price.
  • Car parking is limited to three cars at this property.
  • Sorry no cot or high chair available.

Good Houskeeping Deposit

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

Pets Welcome

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

Best Features

  • This area provides some of the most wonderful scenery in Scotland with much to see and do for everyone.
  • For those who just want peace and beauty, there are many roads and tracks that lead deep into the surrounding hills and glens.
  • This is the place for a fishing holiday! If you want to fish Loch Ness, we can arrange it.
  • This is definitely the place for a monster spotting holiday! Nessie spotters are welcome and ou will see lots of other wildlife also.

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Marnie's Croft Reviews

The latest reviews of Marnie's Croft...

Reviewed this property on 28/07/2021
And awarded it
We loved Marnies Croft. The view over Loch Ness is spectacular. One evening we saw 20 deer in the field in front of the Croft. There are lovely walks from the Croft and plenty of great days out locally. We enjoyed a fantastic holiday helped by the beautiful weather.

Reviewed this property on 28/06/2021
And awarded it
A perfect week in a perfect location. The owners are very Covid aware and we received well thought out instructions to ensure we had a safe stay Marines Croft is one of the best properties we have rented- everything you need is at hand We slept in the super king bedroom, the bed is so comfortable, we slept like logs The views are spectacular from every window, we had good fine weather and sat outside most days We visited the castle (book in advance of your visit), Plodda Falls, Nairn and Inverness Cafe 82 - a few minutes drive from Marnies is lovely, booking is recommended as it's very popular at weekends Yes the drive up to Marnies is steep but no problem in 1st gear and we've got a low profile car The water pressure is brilliant by the way which was surprising - I can't think of anything negative to say about our stay at all

Reviewed this property on 18/06/2021
And awarded it
From the minute we saw the house we knew we were going to have an amazing stay! It felt comfortable immediately, very clean and everything we needed was available. We sat every evening absorbing the stunning view of Loch Ness from the house and felt so relaxed. We went on the Nessie Hunter to search for Ness and visted the Culloden battlefield. Had a meal and drinks in the Loch Ness Inn. Everyone was just so friendly. The hill is steep up to Marnies Croft which was challenging by foot (we took it slowly by car) but so worth it. Many thanks to the owners for letting us stay, it was a much needed tonic.

Reviewed this property on 03/06/2021
And awarded it
The house is in such a lovely position with tranquility and nature in abundance. The views were awesome. We didn't use the car all week. Walks from the cottage door to the woods, hills and into Drumnadrochit sustained us. The house itself is comfortable and well appointed and we didn't want to leave. We hope to return in the near future.

Reviewed this property on 03/06/2021
And awarded it
Fantastic, private and peaceful location. The view from Marines Croft is absolutely stunning, overlooking Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. The Croft is very well equipped with everything you could possibly need and the beds were very comfortable. It is situated up a steep hill but this was not a problem at all. We received very good directions and Covid guidelines from Vanessa and Duncan who were both very easy to contact and extremely helpful. Would love to visit again.

Reviewed this property on 07/10/2020
And awarded it
Awesome cottage with views to die for of Loch Ness. Cottage had everything you needed and was very pleasantly decorated. It is up a steep hill which was a bit scary in the rain and in a normal car would be a challenge in the snow. Located in a great area to access many activities, towns and local villages. Would recommend the cottage 100%

Reviewed this property on 01/10/2020
And awarded it
We spent a blissful week at Marnies Croft in September 2020. The view from the cottage is stunning, over Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle. Access road is a challenge the first time, but you soon get used to it. Loads of wildlife on the doorstep & beautiful garden. Lots of room indoors lovely homely house. Beds are so comfy. We felt safe & happy due to extra Covid 19 measures taken by the proprietor. Nice & central, loads to see. Fabulous 10/10

Reviewed this property on 22/09/2020
And awarded it
Third visit. Absolutely wonderful stay. The house has everything you could possibly need. Situated in a magical position above Loch Ness with amazing views. So much to do. We mountain biked, climbed Ben Nevis , canoed and just set off on random walks. Such a beautiful area of Scotland. Owners are wonderful and caring and even with the corona crisis went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful.

Reviewed this property on 16/10/2019
And awarded it
Spacious and homely cottage. Great views and very comfortable place to relax and watch the birds and the deer. Driveway from the road is a little demanding but doable if you take care. Property is well stocked with all the essentials you need. You actually don't need too leave the place if you just want to chill out and take in the Loch.

Reviewed this property on 17/06/2019
And awarded it
A fantastically located cottage, very warm and cosy with stunning views of loch and mountains. Everything has been provided to have a wonderful holiday but you will need to take some saucepans with you as the three provided are too small (one very large) to cook for more than 2 people. We hope to return very soon.

Reviewed this property on 15/06/2019
And awarded it
Lovely house with the most amazing views of Loch Ness. Set in a very private and peaceful setting, the house is very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Beds were extremely comfortable. Lots to do in the area, can walk from the house into the woods behind or down to the lake and Drumnadrochit. Foyers and Plodders falls with their woodland walks were amazing. We spent an afternoon at Culloden Battlefield which is definitely worth visiting. We had coffee on the terrace most mornings (listening to a cuckoo) and lit the wood burner on an evening and watched the deer in the field in front (including a tiny young fawn). Just loved it and already planning to go back. The house felt like a home not a holiday let. Really special .

Reviewed this property on 06/06/2019
And awarded it
This was the first time we used Wilderness Cottages and we were very impressed with the property in which we stayed. Duncan was most welcoming and helpful and the cottage could not have been in a better location for views across the Loch. It is also very well appointed and cosy with the log burner. The kitchen has an excellent range of cooking utensils and more than enough crockery to support large parties. The master bedroom was beautifully furnished and spacious. Great walks from the door without a need to use the car and the abundance of wildlife was so refreshing to see. A great place from which to explore wonderful Glens such as Glen Affric and/or to chill and recharge one's batteries.

Reviewed this property on 24/01/2019
And awarded it
A group of old friends travelled to Marnie's Croft to spend Hogmanay together. Marnie's Croft was fabulous. The space, with open plan kitchen, dining and living room, worked so very well for us all- it gave us the opportunity to all be together, whether relaxing infront of the wood burning stove, or cooking- it gave great interaction. The house is warm and comfortable. Good beds, well equipped kitchen, clean and cosy, with the most amazing views across the loch. Close to Inverness, and local shops near by meant that picking up supplies was easy. This was such a lovely place to stay- we would definitely consider returning

Reviewed this property on 09/08/2018
And awarded it
Simply wonderful, homely cottage with everything you need, including nightly visits into the garden from a number of beautiful deer. Great location, fantastic views, peaceful & relaxing.

Reviewed this property on 01/08/2018
And awarded it
FANTASTIC!!!! We plan to return to Marnies Croft in a couple of years. My whole family loved it too and what made it more enjoyable for us was ... no Xbox or PlayStation no computers at all.

Reviewed this property on 16/07/2018
And awarded it
Marnie''s Croft, what an absolute gem. Beautiful, comfortable cottage with fantastic views up Loch Ness. Watch out for the deer in the garden each evening. House sits high on the hill above Urquhart Castle so be prepared to have nerves of steel for the drive up to the house.....but once you get there, you will not want to leave. It is wonderful. Owners very helpful and able to contact if ever needed. A little gem up at Loch Ness. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed this property on 23/10/2017
And awarded it
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Marnie's Croft - it is very comfortable and overlooks Urquhart Castle which is lit up at night too - and the large windows upstairs and downstairs gave us the opportunity to sit and watch over Loch Ness as it stretches away in each direction. They also enabled us to watch the deer each evening at dusk as they wandered into the field at the front of the Croft to graze, and the wood burning stove kept us lovely and warm as we sat and enjoyed a wee dram. The track up to the Croft is steep but well worth the effort and once inside remember to boost up the water temperature so you always have enough hot water for baths and showers, you soon get used to it.

Reviewed this property on 16/08/2017
And awarded it
Marines Croft. Delightful cottage in.spectacular location. Everything needed was provided, the cottage was clean and warm: unbelievable view over Loch and Urquhart Castle. Books, games, DVD's, all provided if needed. Would definitely book again. Only minus(slight), was road up to cottage, which was steep and bumpy.

Reviewed this property on 20/08/2016
And awarded it
Lovely cottage clean and with everything we needed beautiful area with breath taking views over loch ness, Thank you

Reviewed this property on 20/04/2016
And awarded it
What a lovely cottage! For once, the reality was much, much better than the photos. Large, light rooms with plenty of space for wet coats and muddy boots; a well-laid out kitchen and world-class views over Loch Ness and Urquart Castle. The drive up is steep and rutted but it's worth it!

Reviewed this property on 06/09/2015
And awarded it
What can we say about Marnie's Croft - it really was an amazing place to stay! We stayed as a family of four with our dog, the views over Loch Ness and Urqhuart Castle are truly amazing and to see the sun rise over the Loch in the mornings is truly memorable. The croft is extremely clean, and well maintained, the kitchen has a very good supply of utensils and we were glad to have a washing machine and tumble dryer to use as well. Heating was night storage heaters and we also used the wood burner with lots of wood and an axe supplied! The bedrooms are comfortable and it was lovely to have two bathrooms.We spent a wonderful week here and explored all of the Highlands - we would thoroughly recommend Marnie's Croft to anyone looking to stay somewhere truly special with beautiful gardens and we even saw the deer! Would love to come again.

Reviewed this property on 20/08/2015
And awarded it
this is the second time we have stayed at this cottage and it was just as good as the first. the cottage is very well equipped with all the kitchen equipment needed and it has the most fantastic views. the road up to the cottage is challenging and our car did struggle a bit but we managed to get there ok. it was very well positioned for walks and sightseeing. we saw deer, pheasants and lots of birds in the garden.

Reviewed this property on 24/06/2014
And awarded it
This cottage has the most fantastic setting, with wonderful views of loch ness. the cottage is beautifully decorated with everything you could need, the road up is a bit of a challenge but would not put us off staying again,definitely recommend this cottage, the owners were very helpful too.

Reviewed this property on 01/04/2014
And awarded it
Myself and five friends spent a week here and had a fantastic time. The house is very well furnished with stunning views from nearly every window. It's location is great as well as there as its situation up the hill means a number of walks begin nearby, while Drumnadrochit is a short walk away down the hill. If you come by car and manage to do a big food shop on your way up or in Inverness this is absolutely the most perfect place to relax and get away from it all.

Reviewed this property on 29/03/2014
And awarded it
Lovley Cottage, nice and friendly owner. And a great view!

Reviewed this property on 24/08/2012
And awarded it
Our family really enjoyed our holiday thanks to the comfortable cottage and the magnificent views of the Loch. The reception was very welcoming, we will certainly be booking again.

Reviewed this property on 16/04/2012
And awarded it
Cozy cottage in great location above Loch Ness. We had a lovely stay thankyou.

Reviewed this property on 06/01/2012
And awarded it
We have been to Marnie's Croft many times over the past 8 years. Totally love going to stay there, and hope to for many more years. Even with a 4x4, we still struggled too get up and down the hill. However this did not spoil our holiday at all, but gave us a little more excercise. Only thing I would love to change, is the dog policy, as we have 2 dogs and they would love it there. Could never tire of looking at the view, and watching for the deer in the woods. If you have never been, you must go.

Reviewed this property on 19/06/2011
And awarded it
we stayed at Marnies croft for 1 week at the beginning of june, it was one of the best holidays I have had, the views from the cottage were amazing, anyone who appreciates nature and peaceful scenic surrounding will love this place. The cottage was clean and very well equipped. The only downfall for myself my husband and my parents who came with us was that we had to come home.

Reviewed this property on 04/06/2011
And awarded it
Lovely cottage,peace and quiet,fantastic views. Location of the cottage above Urquhart Castle is magnificent. You can just simply chill out and enjoy the scenery or,if you want to be more active, there is lots to do:lovely walks nearby, cruises, horse riding, visit the castle, Culloden etc. We had a magical family holiday with relatives from USA and Canada who were overwhelmed by the beauty of this place.

Reviewed this property on 24/05/2011
And awarded it
Marnies Croft is one of the best Holiday Cottages we have ever stayed in. I just don't know where we will ever find such views again. It was so quiet and peaceful and had everything we could ever need. Could have stayed there for ever and we will definitely be back. Thank you so much

Reviewed this property on 26/04/2011
And awarded it
A beautiful cottage with outstanding views - far better than the pictures show. We feel very lucky to have come across Marnie's Croft.

Reviewed this property on 01/07/2010
And awarded it
Spent a week in June 2010 at Loch Ness and loved it. I think this is the best place we have ever stayed. Wonderful views, in fact the pictures in the brochure scarcely do it justice. Accommodation excellent and the owner showed us round when we arrived making us feel right at home. I would have no hesitation recommending it to anyone.

Reviewed this property on 10/06/2010
And awarded it
The peace and tranquility of this idyllic setting were priceless. The spectacular view over Loch Ness and into the surrounding countryside was second to none and very inspiring. The great variety of birds and wild animals around made it a wildlife watcher's dream. The cottage itself provided all the discerning holiday maker might need. Spacious and well-appointed throughout, it was a lovely place to rest and relax. We would certainly like to revisit.

Reviewed this property on 23/02/2010
And awarded it
The Cottage was perfect, did not want to leave. Warm clean and with all facilities required for a holiday. Highly recommended. Views of the Loch superb.

Reviewed this property on 22/07/2009
And awarded it
Absolutely fabulous cottage in fantastic location, could have stayed there forever. 1 week of sunshine also helped. Hope to return.

Reviewed this property on 06/10/2008
And awarded it
Marnies croft is simply idyllic. The setting high above Urquhart Castle looking down Loch Ness is breath-taking, even though the first drive to the house was a touch scary!! This was our first stay on this side of the loch as we wanted to explore Glen Affric, and it proved an ideal base.
The house itself is very comfortable with a beautiful kitchen,and lovely views from every window.
Our dog loved the garden and early morning walks from the front door up the hill.
We had a wonderful week and can’t wait to return.

Reviewed this property on 28/09/2008
And awarded it
Amazing cottage with stunning views of the loch and castle,a great time had by us and our two little jack russels,walks from your doorstep and regular visits from the local wildlife,we will return as soon as we can.

Reviewed this property on 25/08/2008
And awarded it
Wow!!! if you are looking for the wow factor then this Croft certainly has it. Fantastic ever changing views across the loch to greet you each day. Tranquility and peace. Great walks close to the croft and an exellent base for accessing other areas. Even our three teenagers said this was a brilliant place. The croft was VERY comfortable and spacious, very well equipped with cosy beds (thank you). Great local horse riding, friendly staff at the farm.
Our family is looking forward to a return visit.

Reviewed this property on 17/03/2008
And awarded it
We returned on Saturday after a week at Marnie’s Croft. I can honestly say it’s the most beautiful and comfortable cottage I’ve ever stayed in, and I’m sure that pretty much sums it up for the rest of the party too. We came as a family with the age range from 3 to 63, and a great time was had by all. Breathtaking views, definately worth getting up early for! Fantastic walks on the doorstep, as well as those a short drive away. Visit the waterfall and enjoy the woodland walks at Foyers. Book in at The Clansman Hotel for dinner it’s really good! There’s loads to do and a week just didn’t seem long enough. The views seemed different every day.

Many thanks to the owners for their welcome and helpful tour of the cottage, heating system etc!

I could go on and on about this place; I’m not one for visiting the same place again but I will be back to visit Marnie’s Croft, I imagine Spring would be even more beautiful here.

Thanks again for a wonderful week.

Reviewed this property on 24/02/2008
And awarded it
we stayed in the cottage from 9th february, half term week cold but we had some sunny days, the cottage was all you could ask for, a beautiful view of the Loch, from the living room and dining area,Urquhart Castle was beautiful when lit up on the night time, the peace was wonderful and we enjoyed some walks above and behind the cottage with our dog, we hope to visit again in the summer if we can get booked.

The owners showed us how to look after the cottage and how to get the log fire going which i thought was very good, i couldnt have asked for better customer service.

all in all the best cottage holiday we’ve had, visit the Isle Of skye, if you get the chance what a wonderful place and the drive was fantastic. Inverness is good and not too far.

Reviewed this property on 11/01/2008
And awarded it
we had a lovely time house was big views out off this world
would recomend to any one thank you

Reviewed this property on 24/08/2007
And awarded it
’I must confess, when you draw back the curtains at Maries Croft and admire the stunning views across the loch, you suddenly appreciate the relaxation and calmness your normal ever day life has been craving for!!! My family and I enjoyed a two week stay at the cottage and as there were four adults, three children and the family dog in our party, the cottage offered ample quality space.
Although the feeling of relaxation may slowly diminish over time, our memories of such a stunning location will definitely remain with us’.

Reviewed this property on 01/03/2007
And awarded it
a beautiful spacious cottage with stunning views over loch ness, we had some wonderful peaceful walks in the forest behind the croft and a lovely walk down to loch ness, the view of urquat castle at night was amazing thank you the children didnt want to leave

Reviewed this property on 05/08/2005
And awarded it
Pure peace and relaxation. The cottage is a true delight and really well equipped, clean and homely. The views are simply stunning. This will be our 4th visit to Marnie’s and I don’t think I will ever find such a beautiful place.

Reviewed this property on 05/08/2005
And awarded it
Fantastic cottage, wonderful views of the loch.
Great for birdwatching, recommend you take some bird peanuts with you.
Can’t wait for next year.

Reviewed this property on 18/07/2005
And awarded it
A fantastic cottage with magnificent views. Beautifully fitted out, with lovely gardens, patio area and a large field / paddock all at your disposal. Some great walks from the house and only a few minutes drive from Drumnadrochit. Children, dogs and adults all had a thoroughly enjoyable time and will be back.

Reviewed this property on 26/06/2005
And awarded it
We’ve previously stayed at a number of self-catering cottages in the UK. Marnie’s Croft ranks right at the top of the list. The website pictures, although lovely, do not do justice to the spectacularly beautiful views. Every room, including each bedroom, has a picture window, and each window overlooks Loch Ness and Uquhart Castle. The cottage perches on a hillside covered with flowers, both planted and wild. The cottage was well equipped very comfortable and spacious enough to accomodate the six of us (four adults and two teenagers). We’d highly recommend Marnie’s Croft to anyone looking for a peaceful getaway.

Reviewed this property on 29/04/2005
And awarded it
If you`re looking for a peaceful place with gorgeous views then Marnie`s Croft is that place. The cottage is decorated, furnished and equipped to the highest standard with breathtaking views of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle and an abundance of wildlife including deer and rabbits. We were very warm and cozy even on the windy nights yet even with our 5 children and dog it is a very spacous cottage. A perfect base for exploring the highlands with many walking trails accessed either by foot or a short drive. Looking forward to returning next year.

Reviewed this property on 30/09/2004
And awarded it
We had the most wonderful stay at Marnie’s Croft. The cottage was in superb order and the views were magnificent (even in the rain!!).
There were four adults in all and we were extremely comfortable. It was a good base to see Scotland from and we had very friendly and informative neighbours.
Visits from wildlife such as deer, rabbits and a plethora of birds added to our enjoyment.
The cottage overlooked Urquart Castle where on occasions the sound of bagpipes wafting up from below really made us feel we were part of the Scottish countryside.
I can only priase this place and we would certainly like to come back again.

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