|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Ground floor - Entrance; porch; hallway; drying room, with additional fridge; boiler room; games room, with full size snooker table and table football table and TV with DVD player; w.c, with w.c only; stairs to floor above.
First floor - Stairs; breakfast room, with table that seats 8 people, with fax machine; kitchen, with table that can seat 6 people; main hall with impressive stairs to floor above; dining room, with table that seats up to 16people, whilst an additional section can be added for up to 18 people, with open fire; stairs to triple room only; drawing room, with open fire, upright piano and FreeSat TV; double bedroom, with double bed; twin bedroom, with two single beds; shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.
Second floor - Stairs; double bedroom, with four poster double bed; bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin; double bedroom, with four poster double bed; twin bedroom, with two single beds; w.c, with w.c and wash basin
Erchless Castle is situated on a private estate in the fertile land of the Glen of Strathglass near the pretty town of Beauly. The spacious rooms contain many original antiques and bring a real sense of history and splendour to this magnificent building. It is an ideal base for enjoying the stunning local scenery and exploring the riches of Loch Ness, Glen Affric and the surrounding area. Factors Cottage is the end one of three Victorian listed stone cottages in the grounds of Erchless Castle
You will be welcomed with a complementary bottle of wine and tasty shortbread biscuits handmade in the Highlands, The separate dining room in the cottage is ideal for getting round the table in the evenings and catching up on the day before settling down round a log fire. Watch for deer and red squirrels in the fields and forests or salmon leaping in the river as you enjoy walking through the estate. Whether you wish to play golf, ride, visit the local distillery or explore the area by foot or bike there is an abundance of things to do and see from watching dolphins in the Moray Firth to visiting the historic sites of Culloden, Urqhuart castle and Castle Leod. Spend a day visiting the west coast on the wonderfully scenic railway from Beauly to Kyle of Lochalsh or watch the water thunder down the drop at Plodda Falls a few miles away near the pretty village of Tomich.
The relatively short distance from Inverness airport makes the area very accessible for a short break in the spacious and well equipped cottage or the magnificent historic castle.
The estate is privately owned by the Hon M Robson whose family have owned the estate for over 60 years. Until the 1930's the castle was the seat of Clan Chisholm.
This magnificent castle is surrounded by farmland in an area of stunning natural beauty, with the dramatic landscape of the hills beyond, yet it is easily accessible by road rail and air with Inverness being only 40 minutes away by car.
Fantastic for getting together with family and friends, relaxing round the fire in cooler months or enjoying the hot tub in summer. The games room and full size snooker table can be a welcome diversion on a wet day, but the extensive grounds are a joy to explore whatever the weather. Comfortable beds, including two four posters, luxurious Toiletries from the Highland Soap Company and thick fluffy bathrobes help to soothe aching muscles after a day on the hill or just visiting local places of interest and ensure a good nights sleep.
We can also supply delicious home cooked meals on request for your arrival. - just ask for details.
The castle is comfortable and spacious with a unique sense of history and wonderful views across the glen to the hills. The peace and tranquillity of the surroundings with the gentle lilt of the river in the background make it a paradise for relaxing and seeing local wildlife . including the native red squirrel.
For several centuries it was the home of clan Chisholm and still retains many original features.
The castle more than lived up to expectations and accommodated us all beautifully. The castle is gorgeous and it was a real privilege to spend time there. The grounds are lovely and we were fortunate in that the weather was kind and we were able to explore and even picnic one day. We had a wonderful time with friends and family with lots of laughter and precious shared moments.
Alison and Greg are so genuine and warm and made us very, very welcome.
They were helpful and accommodating - there when we needed them, in the background when we didn't and never intruded. They are superb ambassadors for the Castle with their love for the place and their pride shining through.
Thank you very much for allowing us to share our special family time at your lovely venue
Please phone for details - deposit 25%, full payment required six weeks before let
Notes on prices:
Short breaks often available at 75% of weekly price on request out of high season - please e-mail details of request and we will get back to you.
Special interest holidays:
Salmon fishing and stalking in season. We can also arrange group activities such as archery,or mini highland games,. The cottage is an ideal base for cyclists with the stunning glens of Strathfarrar Glen Cannich and Glen Affric nearby.Enjoy watching the local wildlife onteh banks of the burn. There are regulr visits from red squirrels, badgers, pinemartins and numerous songbirds, Red deer live on the hill and Roedeer are often seen in the Glen.
The history of the area as the former home of the Chisholms is interesting and enigmatic. The monument on the other side of the road in memory of the last Chisholms t living in the castle is deeply moving.
Visit the distillery or enjoy the shores of Loch Ness. The well known beautiful Glen Affric is nearby, and Plodda Falls are a must to visit. For the more energetic it is possible to bag three Munros in a day. The scenic railway from Beauly to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast is good for a more relaxing but scenic journey.
Culloden, Castle Laud,and the Museum of Childhood are all within easy reach. Inverness has all the attractions of a city and it is a delight to discover small restaurants, the castle orwatch the boats on the Caledonian Canal.
Forty minutes by car to the moray firth for coastal activities and where seals and dolphins are a common sight.
Inverness airport forty minutes by car. Flybe and Easyjet fly to Inverness. Car recommended.Nearest local railway station is Beauly 8 miles away.
Nearest town Beauly approximately eight miles. Glen Affric approximately 8 miles,
Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit, approximately 12 miles. Muir of Ord distillery, Strathpfeffer, Castle Leod approx 15 miles. Inverness 45 minutes by car.
Estate produced meat (beef and lamb) is available and can be pre ordered and put in the fridge for your arrival.
Local store and pub at Cannich 8 miles, restaurants shops in Beauly 8 miles. Small hotel with restaurant 1/4 mile easy walking distance.local pub 1/2 mile.
Fishing in season often available - enquire for availability
Subject to availability, there is an accomplished local piper who will play in the castle grounds by arrangement.
Local small plane trips can also be arranged.