Heather Barn ref: UK5725

Balnain, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering

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  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Open Plan 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 

Description

This lovely little studio cottage for two has been lovingly renovated and now provides a very good standard of holiday accommodation in a peaceful setting. Set at the top of a hill, just a few miles from the popular village of Drumnadrochit, Heather Barn is a super base for exploring the many attractions and amenities this part of the Northern Highlands has to offer. Drumnadrochit has a small selection of restaurants and bars, and Inverness, the Highland capital, is just 23 miles away where you will find an extensive range of shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries and swimming pools. A visit to the ruins of Urquhart Castle, a very popular visitor attraction, is highly recommended along with a boat trip on Loch Ness - good monster spotting area. There are many attractions of scenic and historical interest within easy reach including Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie castles, or take a trip along the Malt Whisky Trail, the only one of its kind in the world. Visit some of the beautifully scenic fishing villages of the Moray coastline, peppered with miles of unspoilt beaches, voted one of the world’s top 20 coastal destinations in 2017! Take a drive over to the west and you will find the beautiful Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar, both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can walk and hill climb or try some of the finest mountain bike trails in Scotland.
Further afield, take a trip to the beautiful Isle of Skye and on the way there you can stop and visit the popular Eilean Donan Castle. To the south, visit Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK, where you can hike up Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, or take the mountain gondola and ski on the slopes of Aonach Mòr. Some of the most spectacular scenery can be enjoyed from the top of the mountains and hills, a Munro bagger’s delight! Amongst the many activities available in the area are golf, with many courses within easy reach, mountain biking on numerous trails, hill climbing and walking with many forest trails on the doorstep, a variety of water sports on Loch Ness or on the Moray coastline and skiing and snowboarding in the Cairngorms or the Nevis range. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Tiled floor throughout.
Open plan living space.
Living area: With 46" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and Bose sound system.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
Bedroom area: With kingsize bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and broadband included.

Miscellaneous

Courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 1 small dog welcome. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Inverness
  • Shops
    4 miles
  • Distance
    23 miles
  • Restaurant
    4 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Inverness
  • Pub
    4 miles
  • Railway station distance
    19.0 miles
  • Lake
    4 miles (loch)

About the local area

Inverness, Capital of the Highlands lies at the north end of the Great Glen, where the River Ness flows into the Moray Firth. With its suspension bridges across the River Ness and old stone buildings, it is a pretty place which is well-known for its floral displays.

The River Ness provides a key focus within the city, and attractions like the castle, Inverness Cathedral and the Eden Court Theatre can all be found on its banks; together with some of the city's many shops and restaurants.

Follow the River Ness for long enough and you will end up by the shores of the best known loch in Scotland - Loch Ness. Thanks to its famous resident - Nessie, the friendly Loch Ness monster it has become one of the most popular areas for tourists to visit. Explore the visitors centre by the shore and learn the history of this legend. You might even spot this illusive creature for yourself as you stroll the area.

To the East of Inverness is Nairn, rated second in a list of top desirable destinations for 2010! But its not surprising because with its long, sandy, Blue Flag beaches and promenades it competes with some of the popular tourist beaches in the south of England. Its unique micro-climate also helps to ensure that it has more hours of sunshine and less rainfall than towns just 15 miles away.

Off shore The Moray Firth is home to one of only two colonies of dolphins in the UK and they are often spotted from viewpoints along Nairn's shore. The seafront also hosts an active harbour, with boat owners offering trips to see the resident bottle-nose dolphins or simply to view Nairn from a different angle.

Areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Culbin Forest and Culbin Sands Nature Reserve can be observed inland. Enjoy spotting many species of flora and fauna, as well as birds and migratory flocks. And for those who enjoy the invigorating sea air, there are magnificent views across the Moray Firth.

Things to do nearby

Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park
Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park

Great if you love animals, birds and the countryside. Here you can feed the ducks, geese and swans around the ponds or visit the friendly goats, pigs and rare sheep. Tel: 01463 731656

Floral Hall and Gardens

An award winning subtropical indoor oasis landscaped with a superb array of exotic plants and cacti. Under 18's go free. Tel: 01463 713553

Bogbain Adventure Heritage Farm

Activities for all ages including quad biking, in and outdoor facilities, clay pigeon shooting, archery, ceramic art studios and an award winning highland market. Tel: 01463 772800

Nessieland Castle Monster Centre

Exhibition and superb documentary available about the Loch Ness Monster including eye witness accounts! Tel: 01456 450342

Highlands and Rare Breeds Croft
Highlands and Rare Breeds Croft

Here you will find Highland Cattle, ponies, red deer, rare breed sheep, poultry, ducks and rabbits, You will also see a variety of wild birds that visit the pond and a variety of wild flowers. Tel: 01320 366433

Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre

The site of the last pitched battle on British soil is now home to a visitor centre with interactive exhibition, portable battlefield guides and genuine accounts from characters involved in the events of 1746. Tel: 0844 493 2159

Boats N Paddles

Safe and memorable outdoor experiences including hill walking, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and gorge walking. Tel: 0333 600 6008

Glen Ord Distillery Visitors Centre and Whisky Shop

Take a tour around the closest distillery to Inverness and have a dram of the Classic Highland Malt. There is also an excellent selection of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland. Tel: 01463 872004

Loch Ness by Jacobite

Sail to the heart of the mystery and learn the fascinating story of Loch Ness on one of the cruise or tours which range from one hour to full day excursions. Tel: 01463 233999

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Explore the nature reserve just one mile from Inverness! Take a walk, watch the herons fishing, birdlife on the mudflats and even Roe Deers or the Moray Firth Dolphins!? Tel: 07795 253 727

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