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B&Bs in the Scottish Highlands
Inverness - Loch Ness - Nairn

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Members on this page offer B&B accommodation in and around:
Nairn (2) - Inverness (3) - Drumnadrochit (2) - Beauly (1)

Please note that double/twin room prices are per person per night based on two persons sharing. To make enquiries or bookings, please contact the proprietor direct via phone, fax or email as detailed on the relevant entry. If you are outside the UK, first dial the appropriate international dialing code for your country (011 from the States for example), then dial 44 and omit the initial 0 of the number given in these pages, before dialing the remaining digits.

The eastern part of the Highland area has a variety of attractions, from the city of Inverness and town of Nairn to little villages like Drumnadrochit, from lovely beaches at Nairn and Rosemarkie to fabulous scenic glens like Glen Affric, Glen Cannich, Strath Farrar and Strath Conon.

Nairn is a dignified seaside town with many large Victorian houses and a fine beach looking across to the Black Isle. The harbour area has recently undergone a facelift and an interesting part is the old Fishertown where old houses jostle together on narrow streets. There are two golf courses, including a Championship course, host to the Scottish Open in 1999.

Not far from Nairn, to the east, is Brodie Castle and between Nairn and Inverness is Cawdor Castle, mentioned, incorrectly, in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' as home of King Duncan, but nevertheless a fascinating place to visit.

Cawdor Castle
Cawdor Castle

Nearer to Inverness is Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highland clans were defeated by the government troops and those on their side. The prehistoric Clava Cairns, believed to have been constructed about 4,000 years ago, are a short drive from the Battlefield.

Inverness itself, the capital of the Highlands and Britain's newest city has road, rail and air connections to other parts of Scotland and the rest of Britain. Quiet in winter, in summer Inverness welcomes an influx of visitors from all over the world. Most of them come to see Loch Ness but spend some time in Inverness shopping, enjoying the floral displays around the town or wandering along the beautiful riverside. Walking along here visitors can explore the series of little islands in the river, interconnected by bridges. The Floral Hall surprises visitors with an amazing display of exotic cacti while families can enjoy the nearby Aquadome.

Inverness
Inverness and the River Ness

From Inverness there are cruises on Loch Ness and boat trips on the Moray Firth to see the bottle-nosed dolphins, one of only two colonies in British coastal waters.

The road on the south-east side of Loch Ness is quiet with lovely views and forest walks. In spring the mossy banks along the roadside are covered in primroses.

Coming north again on the other side along the A82, brings you to Drumnadrochit, an attractive village with cafes and craft shops. Close to Drumnadrochit are the ruins of Urquhart Castle watching over Loch Ness and a vantage point for monster hunting. From Drumnadrochit westwards, the A831 road through Glen Urquhart passes the site of Corrimony ancient chambered cairns. It then leads to Cannich and the magnificent Glen Affric, well known as one of the loveliest glens in Scotland.

It is about 40 miles from Inverness to the top of the glen with some narrow stretches of road but it is a highly recommended excursion. The first part is narrow and wooded but further on the glen opens out to give wonderful views of mountains and lochs and plenty of opportunity to take scenic photographs.

Not far from Glen Affric, but not so well known, is Glen Cannich where there is always a good chance of seeing deer. In autumn, just listen for a while and you will probably hear the stags on the hills roaring or be lucky and see an eagle soaring above. In the same area is Strath Farrar, where it is necessary to sign in at the gate-keeper's cottage and access can sometimes be restricted because it is controlled as a nature reserve and is one of the few remaining examples of the old Caledonian pine forests.

From Cannich it makes a good circle to take the road following the River Beauly back to Inverness, maybe calling into Beauly itself where visitors can see beautiful Scottish made craft items, knitwear, glassware etc at the Made In Scotland exhibition and shop. The route from Beauly to Inverness skirts the Moray Firth with beautiful views to Ben Wyvis to the north and spectacular sunsets over the water.

North of Inverness via the A9 to Tore roundabout, take the A862 to Contin where you can turn off up Strathconon, notable for its varied and beautiful scenery. Deer and eagles can sometimes be seen by the alert. Try watching for an eagle above the hillside on the right of the road just after you pass the small church.

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BRACADALE HOUSE
Mrs Hannah MacLeod
Albert Street - Nairn IV12 4HF
Tel: 01667 452547
Email:
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  • 2 double (en suite)
  • 1 twin (en suite)
  • Open March - Oct
  • B&B 22 - 27 Pounds Sterling
  • D,B&B 37 - 42 Pounds Sterling
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Bracadale House is an elegant Victorian house built in the late 19th century. Perfectly situated on the beautiful Moray coast, minutes from the Championship golf course and beach. Settle into and relax in our guests' lounge. A warm Highland welcome awaits you from your Gaelic speaking host.
Private parking Tea/coffee facilities Vegetarian diets catered for Evening meals by arrangement TVs in rooms Payphone Central heating Lounge Golf nearby Fishing nearby No smoking Garden Hairdryers Credit cards accepted

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CEOL MARA
Irene and Ken MacKintosh
Links Place - Nairn IV12 4NH
Tel: 01667 452495 / Fax: 01667 451531
Email:
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  • 1 double (en suite)
  • 1 single (en suite)
  • 1 triple (en suite)
  • Open Jan - Dec
  • B&B 20 - 26 Pounds Sterling
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Tastefully decorated seaside cottage, with some 19th century family furniture. Situated in 'Fishertown' conservation area. Panoramic seaview of Moray Firth. Beach 200 yards. 2 championship golf courses 5 minutes. Come, enjoy Highland hospitality at its best. Welcome tray on arrival. 'Which? Good Bed and Breakfast Guide'.
Private parking Tea/coffee facilities Vegetarian diets catered for Special diets catered for TVs in rooms Payphone Central heating Golf nearby Fishing nearby No smoking Garden Child rates and facilities Hairdryers Credit cards accepted Agents commission given
Dogs accepted by arrangement

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CLACH MHUILINN
Jacqi and Iain Elmslie
7 Harris Road - Inverness IV2 3LS
Tel: 01463 237 059 / Fax: 01463 242 092
Email:
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  • 1 king size double (en suite)
  • 1 super king double/twin (en suite) with own sitting room
  • Open March - November
  • B&B 35 - 42 Pounds Sterling
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Explore the Highlands from the hospitality of Clach Mhuilinn. Charming en suite bedrooms with king size beds, fresh flowers and every comfort make your stay special. Delicious breakfasts served overlooking the beautiful garden. No smoking throughout. Convenient for golf course, Loch Ness, Culloden, Cawdor Castle.
Private parking Tea/coffee facilities  Vegetarian diets catered for Special diets catered for TVs rooms Lounge Central Heating Garden Golf nearby No smoking Hairdryers Credit cards accepted Agents commission given Animal free house
Scotland's Best certificate

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HIGHFIELD HOUSE
Mrs Margaret MacGruer
62 Old Edinburgh Road - Inverness IV2 3PG
Tel: 01463 238892 / Fax: 01463 238892
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  • 1 double (en suite)
  • 1 triple/family (priv. facs)
  • Open Feb - Oct
  • B&B from 24 Pounds Sterling
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4 star award Situated in a quiet area, 10 minutes walk from the town centre, our family home offers quality Bed and Breakfast accommodation, a friendly atmosphere and warm Scottish hospitality. Private parking. Non smoking. Tasteful décor throughout. Ideal base for golf, fishing, walking or touring.
Private parking Tea/coffee facilities Vegetarian diets catered for Special diets catered for TVs in rooms Lounge Central heating Garden Golf nearby Fishing nearby No smoking Child rates and facilities Hairdryers Animal free house

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MILLWOOD HOUSE
Gillian & Bill Lee
36 Old Mill Road - Inverness IV2 3HR
Tel: 01463 237254 / Fax: 08704 296806
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  • 2 double (en suite)
  • 1 double (priv.facs)
  • Open Jan - November
  • B&B from 36 Pounds Sterling
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5 star award A beautiful country haven within walking distance of the city centre. Come and enjoy a warm welcome, generous hospitality, wonderfully comfy beds and cosy cottage charm. Close to golf courses, castles, Loch Ness and touring in the Scottish Highlands. Truly a special place to stay.
Private parking Tea/coffee facilities  Vegetarian diets catered for Special diets catered for TVs rooms Lounge Central Heating Garden Golf nearby Fishing nearby Payphone No smoking Hairdryers Ground floor bedrooms Credit cards accepted Agents commission given
Scotland's Best certificate

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ARDGOWAN LODGE
Liz Brown & Peter Redsell
Wester Phoineas - By Beauly - Inverness-shire IV4 7BA
Tel / Fax: 01463 741745
Email:
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  • 2 double (en suite)
  • 1 twin (priv.facs)
  • Open March-October
  • B&B 26 - 28 Pounds Sterling
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4 star award Ardgowan Lodge, part of a former Victorian coach house and stables, sits peacefully in two acres of secluded gardens. Tastefully converted and elegantly furnished, it offers comfort and hospitality at its very best. A perfect base for exploring this glorious corner of Scotland.
Private parking Tea/coffee facilities TVs rooms Lounge Vegetarian diets catered for Special diets catered for Central Heating Garden Golf nearby Fishing nearby No smoking Hairdryers Credit cards accepted

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BRIDGEND HOUSE
Miss Rosalyn Luffman
Village Green - Drumnadrochit IV63 6TX
Tel: / Fax: 01456 450865
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  • 1 double (priv.facs)
  • 1 family/twin (en suite)
  • 1 single
  • Open Feb - Dec
  • B&B 23 - 28 Pounds Sterling
  • D,B&B 43 - 48 Pounds Sterling
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Welcome Host
Centrally placed, Bridgend House is situated on the village green close to mysterious Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Ideal for the Great Glen Way, Glen Affric, Skye, Inverness and the Black Isle. Perfect for that well deserved break in the Highlands.
Private parking Tea/coffee facilities Vegetarian diets catered for Special diets catered for Evening meals by arrangement Lounge Golf nearby Fishing nearby No smoking Garden Hairdryers Credit cards accepted
Dogs accepted by arrangement

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ARDEN LODGE
Sue & Dennis Day
East Lewiston - Drumnadrochit IV63 6UJ
Tel: / Fax: 01456 450107
Email:
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  • 1 King (en suite)
  • 1 Super-king/Twin (en suite)
  • Open March - Nov
  • B&B 26.50 - 27.50 Pounds Sterling
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4 star award Newly built luxury accommodation close to Loch Ness. Two large en-suite bedrooms, tastefully furnished to a high standard with large beds and no shared walls. Ideal centre for touring the Highlands and Skye. No smoking throughout. Sorry, no children or pets allowed.
Private parking Tea/coffee facilities TVs in rooms Vegetarian diets catered for Special diets catered for Central heating No smoking Garden Hairdryers
Animal free house

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To make enquiries or bookings, please contact the proprietor direct via phone, fax or email as detailed on the relevant entry. If you are outside the UK, first dial the appropriate international dialing code for your country (011 from the States for example), then dial 44 and omit the initial 0 of the number given in these pages, before dialing the remaining digits.

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December 2004
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