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The Hayloft 1st Floor Studio Apartment, Near Fortrose, Black Isle, Highlands

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment near Fortrose, Scottish Highlands - A Very Quiet And Peaceful Location Surround By Farmland And Just 3½ Miles From The Coast

With free high speed broadband our self catering 1st floor flat is located over our former stable/outbuilding and is separate from and not overlooked by our main house. The Hayloft is sheltered by trees and surrounded by arable farmland. On the balcony you can enjoy a glass of wine in the afternoon and evening sun. We are just 3½ miles from coastal villages with restaurants, pubs, fish & chip shops, Chinese and Indian take-away, Co-op mini supermarkets and a wonderful bakery. Nearby you can enjoy golf, horse riding, quad biking, mountain biking (we can lend you a couple of bikes) dolphin watching from the beach and boat trips. There are swimming pools in Inverness and Dingwall. It is just over an hour drive to Ullapool on the West Coast and the mountains and lochs of the Highlands are within easy reach.

Su and John Hay
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Su and John Hay

We love peace and quiet and moved here to this peaceful spot 22 years ago. After making our living editing television programmes we are approaching retirement and our family has flown the nest so we now have space to share our peace and quiet with others. The flat above our outbuilding was initially for our son to live in. He is now a cameraman in Edinburgh and so we have upgraded it for visitors to enjoy.

We love animals and birds, music, cooking and our family.

Su and John Hay purchased this apartment in 1993

Why Su and John Hay chose Scottish Highlands & Islands

We have lived at Blairfoid on the Black Isle for 22 years. We came here 24 years ago to visit friends… several times and loved it so much we moved here. Sometimes we still feel like we are on holiday.

We love the lack of traffic, the peace and quiet and the red kites & buzzards flying overhead.

Nearby at Chanonry Point we can watch dolphins.

What makes this apartment unique

Despite being very quiet and private we are only 3½ miles from the coastal villages of Fortrose, Avoch and Rosemarkie with shops, restaurants, pubs and beautiful beaches. We are just 12 miles from Inverness the capital of the Highlands.

The West Coast and the mountains and lochs of the Highlands are within easy reach.


Avoch Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with double bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: No pets and no smoking. Outside: Table and two chairs on the covered balcony. Grassed area and further seating in the garden. Ample close off-road parking. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedding, towels and tea towels provided.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

The Hayloft 1st Floor Studio Apartment, Near Fortrose, Black Isle, Highlands
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Tolle kleine Unterkunft zum Relaxen

  • 5 of 5

Tolle kleine Unterkunft, die alles hat was man benötigt. Ein kleiner Ofen war vorhanden, der bei unserer Ankunft schon angeheizt war. Das Vermieterehepaar war sehr nett und bei eventuell auftretenden Problemen oder Fragen jederzeit ansprechbar. Die Lage ist in einer sehr ruhigen Gegend in einem großen Tal, wer also sich erholen möchte, das ist der richtige Ort, kein Verkehrslärm absolut nichts. Wer den Norden Schottlands, Nordwesten sowie Nordosten erkunden möchte hat von hier aus alle Möglichkeiten. Es ist alles für schottische Verhältnisse in relativ kurzer Zeit erreichbar.

John & Sue macht es gut, bis zum nächsten Mal

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Fabulous find!

  • 5 of 5

The Hayloft was a perfect little find - clean, comfortable, cosy and a great location for exploring the area. John & Sue kindly lit the stove before we arrived which made for a lovely beginning to our stay - there was everything we needed and it was so peaceful waking up to the sound of birds singing. Also, if you like star gazing, the night sky here was beautiful!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely place to get away for a few days, very well equipped, john and sue are great hosts! Lovely people, are there if you need anything, would defiently recommend😊

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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What a find!

  • 5 of 5

A comfortable apartment, very well-equipped and exceptionally cosy with its wood-burning stove. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this well-located studio in beautiful countryside, with Sue and John being perfect hosts. We'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Wonderful place ot get away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a great fortnight unwinding in this cosy cottage, which, although compact, is very comfortable, clean and well-equipped. The owners were friendly and helpful, bur did not intrude. We enjoyed cycling around the Black Isle, despite some interesting weather! We very much enjoyed our stay here and would recommend it. Highlights were Cromarty, watching the dolphins, and Cawdor Castle.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Magical Hidden Gem!

  • 5 of 5

By far the best holiday, and property we've stayed in, up on the Black Isle to date. It's modern, spotlessly clean, and very cozy. Owners John, and Su, are lovely people, making you very welcome on arrival. The great thing was, you were just left alone, and it was so peaceful and quiet. It was such a shame to leave and go home. But a stay here, on a return trip to the Black Isle, is a no brainer! We'd both like to thank them again, for such a special holiday.

Best regards. Daron, and Lisa.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Car: necessary


Just 3½ miles to beaches. At Chanonry Point near Fortrose there is an extensive sand and pebble beach where dolphins can regularly be seen especially at low tide.

Rosemarkie has a very good sandy beach with beach cafe. There are picturesque old harbours nearby and Cromarty, about 10 miles away, is a unique time capsule. Here there are museums, fine 18th-century merchant houses and an ancient church made famous by the BBC’s ‘Restoration Village’.


Inverness airport 35 minutes drive away.

Car is recommended as we are 3 miles from the nearest town and bus route.


2½ miles to Avoch, 3½ to Fortrose, 4½ to Rosemarkie, 10 miles to Cromarty, 11 miles to Dingwall, 12 miles to Inverness.

Further Details:

In Fortrose (3½ miles) there are cash machines, bank, post office, doctors surgery, chemist, co-op, butcher, bakery and award winning pub "The Anderson" with real ale, huge selection of single malt whiskies and excellent food.

There are also good food pubs in Avoch & Rosemarkie.


Rates & Availability

Avoch Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Apr 29 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $64.18

Booking Notes:
Booking may be arranged by email or by telephoning us.

Sometimes available for short breaks, availability and price on request.

Payment is usually via Bank transfer or cheque (if time allows for clearance).

A deposit is required for a booking that is made more than 8 weeks before the commencement of the holiday. Otherwise, if within 8 weeks of the start holiday, the full amount is payable when booking.

Changeover Day:
The Hayloft has a Saturday changeover. The arrival time is 4pm and departure is by 10am to allow time for cleaning etc.

Payment usually by bank transfer or cheque if time to clear.
Approximately 25% booking deposit required, with balance to be paid not less than eight weeks before start of holiday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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