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Historic Castle and Cottage On Private Estate - as seen on Countryfile April 18 - Erchless Castle

Inverness, Highland, UK
  • Castle21527 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms8
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths2
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Cottage and Castle near Beauly, Scotland - Peaceful Location Close To River

Erchless Castle is a historic and romantic Scottish Castle 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.

Property Manager

Jilly Sinclair-Knipe

Member Since 2012
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Jilly Sinclair-Knipe

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.

Why Jilly Sinclair-Knipe chose Inverness

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 well appointed cottage, situated opposite the Erchless Burn, is ideal for smaller groups or families wishing to explore the area or watch the local wildlife. Easily accessible to local attractions such as Loch Ness, Glen Affric and the small town of Beauly, it makes a perfect holiday location.

What makes this Castle unique

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Very spacious with four poster
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, Superking four poster
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen, spacious room double aspect windows - adjoining single room
      • Bedroom 5
        1 twin/ single, optional adjoining door to room 4
      • Bedroom 6
        1 double, Very pretty Italian furniture
      • Bedroom 7
        2 twin/ single, Spacious twin - no stairs to living rooms
      • Bedroom 8
        1 double, 2 twin/ single, Separate floor - longer walk to bathroom


        • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Baths
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower
        • Bathroom 2
          tub, Enormous bath
        • Bathroom 5
          toilet, ground floor
        • Shower room 1
          toilet, shower
        • Toilet 1

          Location Type

            • Mountain
            • River
            • Rural


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Catering available


                        • Linens Provided
                          Egyptian cotton sheets, provided. One double room is made up with lambswool non allergy bedding.
                        • Fireplace
                          Working open fireplaces in the dining room and drawing room. Wood available.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Oil central heating
                        • Internet
                          No password needed
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Fitness Room / Equipment
                          Mountain bikes available on request - 4 adult and two smaller ones
                        • Living Room
                          Large drawing room with open fire, ornate ceiling, comfortable sofas, Historic family portrait.
                        • Parking
                          Ample parking
                        • Towels Provided
                          One bath and one hand towel provided. Separate towels provided for hot tub use. Washing machine and dryer provided
                        • Tumble Dryer
                          Tumble dryer in utility room
                        • Washing Machine
                          Washing machine in utility room


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Well equipped with dishes and cutlery up to 20 settings
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Kitchen has two large cookers and a warming cabinet, ice maker and is fully equipped. Items for cleaning such as washing up liquid etc are provided.
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              Electric Ovens (4) Addirtional Warming cupboard
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                              Three large fridges and two freezers available. Freezers on ground floor
                            • Stove
                              Gas Hobs - 8 rings total
                            • Toaster
                              four slice toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  Fabulously large dining table in Georgian dining room, glorious views of the grounds, open fire. Meals prepared by arrangement
                                • Dining Room
                                • comfy seating for 16 people


                                    • Books
                                      Books in cupboard
                                    • Foosball
                                    • Game Room
                                      Full size snooker table, table football and table tennis
                                    • Games
                                      Board Games in cupboard.
                                    • Ping Pong Table
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Sky television
                                    • Television
                                      wide screen tv


                                        • Bicycles
                                          Four adult and two childrens bicycles available (suit approx 10 year old)
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Terrace with hot tub
                                        • Golf
                                          Nine hole golf course proximity approximately 2 miles. Fishing and Stalking in season. Castle Stewart approx one hour by car. Nairn just over an hour
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Canoeing available at Struy approximately one mile away
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Beautiful established gardens, with croquet lawn and avenue of trees
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Permanent barbecue in grounds with furniture


                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Hot Tub
                                                  Operational from June - September - castle only

                                                  Onsite Services

                                                    • Staff


                                                        • autumn foliage
                                                        • churches
                                                        • forests
                                                        • museums
                                                        • restaurants
                                                        • ruins
                                                        • waterfalls

                                                          Leisure Activities

                                                            • bird watching
                                                            • horseback riding
                                                            • scenic drives
                                                            • sight seeing
                                                            • sledding
                                                            • walking

                                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                                • ATM/bank
                                                                • groceries
                                                                • laundromat
                                                                • medical services

                                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                    • cycling
                                                                    • equestrian events
                                                                    • fly fishing
                                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                                    • golf
                                                                    • hiking
                                                                    • mountain biking
                                                                    • mountain climbing
                                                                    • rafting


                                                                        • Notes on accommodation: Spacious comfortable accommodation with all the charm of a well loved family home, perfect for friends and family gatherings, humungous dining room table for sociable dining, cosy log fires and stunning views. All our bedlinen is Egyptian cotton with cosy feather duvets, pillows and mattress toppers. We have one double room with wool bedding suitable for allergy sufferers and provide toiletries by the Highland Soap Company. Non smoking. Our housekeeper will be in several times in the week for household jobs but is also an excellent cook and may provide meals on request. She has all food and hygiene certificates. .Menu available. Two additional double bedrooms and bathroom available on request for additional charge Outside: The castle is in a wonderful setting, lawn and barbecue area outside, croquet lawn and set, outdoor hot tub for summer use, peaceful gardens with river and stunning views. Mountain bikes available Cottage also has lawn and barbecue area.

                                                                          House Rules

                                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                          3 Reviews


                                                                          Latest reviews

                                                                          Erchless Castle was even better than I imagined

                                                                          Mickey S.

                                                                          The castle was spectacular, steeped in history and appointed with such great furnishings. It's warm and cozy and a true old castle with art and beauty surrounding it. The grounds and the landscape surrounding Erchless is also stunning with walks along the River Glass and bike riding up Strathfarrar. It was a fantastic week topped off with a banquet feast cooked by Alison and Greg! Couldn't have been more special! Thank you!

                                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                                          Thank you -appreciation like this makes all the hard work worthwhile -we think it is a pretty special place

                                                                          All 16 of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

                                                                          Paul A.

                                                                          Excellent property with rich history. My only advice....keep the drive way salted BEFORE the guests in a 2wd rental car get stuck! Can't thank Greg and Alison enough for their hospitality and awesome Christmas meal during our stay

                                                                          Baronial living

                                                                          Ray S.

                                                                          Magical location,well appointed and fascinating building which gives you the feel of living like a lord for the stay.The staff who live in the cottages near by are most helpful but never intrusive.Looking to visit again


                                                                          Inverness, Highland, UK

                                                                          Special interest holidays: Salmon fishing and stalking in season. We can also arrange group activities such as archery, or mini highland games,.There are many good golf courses nearby. Canoeing on the river can be arranged , a falconry experience or even dog sledding in winter, 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 at Muir of Ord or enjoy the shores of Loch Ness.Urqhuart Castle on its shores is historic and intriguing and makes a good family day out 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. Coast/Beach: Forty minutes by car to the moray firth for coastal activities and where seals and dolphins are a common sight. Travel: Inverness airport forty minutes by car. Flybe and Easyjet fly to Inverness. Car recommended.Nearest local railway station is Beauly 8 miles away. Distances: 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. Further Details: 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.

                                                                          Rates & Availability

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                                                                          Booking Notes: Please phone for details - deposit 25%, full payment required six weeks before let Changeover Day: Sunday 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.

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