Knocknahighle ref: UK31555

Cromdale, near Grantown-on-Spey, Aviemore and the Cairngorms

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Horse Riding Nearby 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Working Farm 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Knocknahighle is a hidden gem of a holiday cottage found down its own track in the north east of the Cairngorms National Park. It is only 5 miles from Grantown-on-Spey and a walk away from the River Spey. The cottage sits pride of place looking down the valley on Wester Lethendry Farm, which covers the lower and upper hill ground in this area. Entering the property there is a vestibule area with lots of space for boots and coats, ideal to get rid of muddy gear after a long day exploring the National Park. From the hallway, the kitchen/dining room is off to the left and is triple-aspect so enjoys lots of light, and the patio doors leading onto the large decking area are a great feature. From the dining space you have fantastic views down the valley across open fields. There’s comfortable garden furniture on the decking, so you can enjoy long evenings outside relaxing in a truly spectacular spot. The spacious living room has a wood burner, 42" Smart TV, a Sonos sound bar and a large, stylish corner sofa and amazing views down the valley. On the first floor there are three good-sized bedrooms.
The farm interestingly hosts notable historic monuments including Lethendry Castle and Tower dating back to the Medieval age. They are fascinating spots to take a stroll and explore. The cottage setting is lovely, positioned in the centre of a large enclosed plot with views down Strathspey and with the Hills of Cromdale spilling down from the Cairngorm Mountains.
Being based on the farm near Cromdale offers a wealth of things to see and do. The Cairngorms National Park has countless opportunities for walking and mountain biking, and in the winter you can enjoy local skiing and snowshoeing. There is plenty of wildlife that will often stroll past the cottage and in the National Park where you will find red deer, golden eagle, pine marten, but also rarer species like the ptarmigan and reindeer. The landscapes are varied, majestic and unlike anywhere else in the UK. These are historic mountains and forests that offer experiences unique in this part of Europe.
Grantown-on-Spey is only 5 miles away and offers many bars, cafés and restaurants, as well as a great golf course and of course world-famous fishing on the Spey for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. The Speyside distilleries are only a short distance down river, and there are many neighbouring villages with much to offer, including Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Carrbridge and Aviemore. Stay at Knocknahighle and be in the perfect spot to have a truly unforgettable holiday. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room: With wood burner, 42" Freeview TV, bluetooth speaker and Sonos sound bar.
Kitchen/dining room: With breakfast bar, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and patio doors leading to decking.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and broadband included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot supplied on request. Highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack.


Enclosed lawned garden with decking and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: This property has a natural water supply from a spring.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    5 miles
  • Distance
    5 miles
  • Restaurant
    5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    13.5 miles
  • Lake
    12 miles

About the local area

With a rare wildlife stronghold and a landscape shaped by the ice ages the Cairngorms National Park is full of scenic variety and has a treasure trove of natural wonders for you to enjoy.

Walk the Cairngorms hills which were formed when the last age covered this country. With landscapes characterized by high, rounded humps carved through deep and spectacular gorges the variety of geology in the area is truly amazing. It is also home to a fantastic array of rare wildlife. One quarter of Britain's 400 most rare and endangered wildlife species are protected within the park. If you are lucky you might spot such species as the golden eagle, otter, pine marten, osprey and Red kite sheltering in amongst the sub-Arctic and mountain plants.

The glens of Isla, Prosen, Clova and Mark are well known destinations for walkers as they are all easily accessible by car. They offer low level walks but also provide access to tougher long distance hikes into the south east section of the park. Make sure you take the funicular railway up nearly 1,200m to the summit of CairnGorm Mountain to enjoy spectacular views.

As well as the impressive uplands in the area the lochs and rivers in the region are home to some world class salmon fishing, wildlife and habitats making it yet another area not to be missed. The waters offer a variety of scenic delights including gorges, waterfalls and tranquil expanses of streams.

For woodland and forest walks visit Loch an Eilein on the Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of Caledonian Pine Forest. Or if you are in search of a beach visit Loch Morlich where the sandy expanse proves popular with fisherman and water sports enthusiasts.

Many attractions are connected with the area's history or wildlife and are great places to learn more about the natural wonders that surround you. Whether you have a passion for wildlife, whisky or walking, or simply want to have fun, you will never be short of something new to experience in this wonderful area of The Cairngorms National Park.

Things to do nearby

Highland Wildlife and Birdwatch Safari

Guided wildlife excursions with a friendly, experienced local nature watcher. View the wonderful world of birds and wildlife in remote areas of the Scottish Highlands. Tel: 01479 811169

The Cairngorms National Park

Home to over 17,000 people and extremely popular with visitors all year round, the Cairngorms is Britain's largest national park and is home to an extraordinary range of landscapes, wildlife, history, people and activities.

Highland Safaris

For those after something a little different, Highland Safaris provides some of the most exciting and unique safari days and events in central Scotland.

Drumin Castle

Constructed in the mid 14th century this well fortified tower house was one the strong hold of Alexander Steward the `Wolf of Badenoch'. Great views and attractive walks close by. Tel: 01479 870070

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

A fantastic day of fun and discovery with watercoaster, maze, play area, tree top trail, towers and lots more. Tel: 0800 731 3446

Blair Castle

This remarkable 13th Century private home is open to the public and allows visitors to explore its magnificent gardens and grounds.

Auchgourish Botanic Gardens

A fascinating four star 10 acre garden containing collections of over 2,000 hardy and unusual plant species from across the world. Tel: 01479 831464

The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Join the reindeer herder out on the mountainside where the reindeer graze in their natural environment. Treks available from June to September! Tel: 01479 861228

Highland Wildlife Park

Discover Scotland's wildlife and endangered animals of the world's mountain and tundra regions. Meet the Amur tigers, snow monkeys, wolves, red pandas and even polar bears! All just seven miles from Aviemore.

Cairngorm Mountain Railway

Open all year round the Cairngorm Mountain Railway offers a unique gateway into this ancient glacial landscape with fantastic views of the mountain landscapes. Tel: 01479 861261

Loch Garten Osprey Centre
Loch Garten Osprey Centre

Osprey Centre overlooking nesting ospreys, spectacular fish eating birds of prey. Watch them via the CCTV linkup. Tel: 01479 831476

Highland Folk Museum

This award winning museum has a 1700's township with turf houses and open peat fires, a working croft with animals and a play area with cafe. Tel: 01463 663800

Spreyside Heather Garden and Visitor Centre

Multi award winning attraction with quality gifts, antique shop, exhibition, garden centre and wildlife viewing stations. Tel: 01479 851359

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