Arnaval ref: UK5973

Davidston, near Cromarty, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • Wheelchair Access 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Arnaval is a large, modern, detached house situated in the quiet hamlet of Davidston, amidst open fields, in the county of Ross-shire. This beautifully presented family home is ideally located for exploring the historic Black Isle peninsula and Highland region. Named after a Hebridean mountain, Arnaval is just 2½ miles from Cromarty, renowned for being the best preserved historic town in the Highlands. There is a large kitchen/dining room with patio doors leading out to the lawned gardens that surround the property. It is very well-equipped, with built-in units and integral appliances. The main living room has large picture windows overlooking the gardens, with open fields beyond. It is tastefully furnished throughout, with solid wood flooring contributing to its sense of character. There is a sitting room, ideal for larger families and groups to spread out. A staircase from the living room leads up to the first floor where you will find two spacious double bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, as well as a twin bedroom and single bedroom. The family-sized bathroom makes Arnaval ideal for families holidaying together and groups of friends. The integral garage acts as a games room, with a pool table and storage available for bikes and outdoor gear.
The surrounding area is noted for its wildlife. The nearby Udale RSPB Nature Reserve is well-known by bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts, with many interesting and unusual species spotted throughout the season. And of course the famous resident bottle-nosed dolphins are regularly seen along the coastline of the Cromarty Firth. The hamlet of Davidston is home to the Cromarty Brewery, one of the best craft breweries in the north of Scotland, and well worth a stroll along the lane to visit. For the energetic, there are superb purpose-built mountain bike trails just a few minutes’ drive away at Learnie Red Rock, where all abilities are catered for, and offering wonderful views from the top. The charming town of Cromarty, poised on the top of the Black Isle, is 5 minutes away. Here there are a number of historic places of interest including the old courthouse and museum. Small winding cobbled streets add to its charm and ambience. There is a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants here, as well as a thriving harbour, with boat trips to view the dolphins and other sea life closer to hand. The Black Isle has superb sandy beaches dotted along the coastline, interspersed by pretty, unspoilt fishing villages. It is also easily accessible to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, just 30 minutes away. Loch Ness, Culloden battlefield and Fort George are just a few of the many interesting places to visit. Fishing, golf, sailing, kayaking, hillwalking and wildlife watching are all local pastimes. Beach 5¼ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Ramp to entrance.
Living room: With 46" Freeview Smart TV and DVD player.
Sitting room.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and patio doors leading to garden.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Separate toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bedroom 4: With single bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Garage with pool table.


Large lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. Wheelchair access. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    2.5 miles
  • Distance
    2.5 miles
  • Restaurant
    2.5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    2.5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    19.5 miles
  • Lake
    1.7 miles (sea)

About the local area

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes that will make a lasting impression, from the remote rock-hewn wilderness of far north west Sutherland to the green rolling coastal lands by the Cromarty Firth. Wherever you travel you're surrounded by some of the most outstanding remote natural beauty in Scotland.

The Highlands is not only blessed with wonderful countryside, there are also miles of dramatic coastline, with quiet pristine sandy beaches, picturesque sea lochs and a scattering of pretty coastal villages close to clear turquoise waters. This is a place to really enjoy `The Great Outdoors', with plenty of activities from mountain climbing and white water rafting to gentle family walks and mountain biking for all abilities.

This part of the British Isles is also a great place to see wildlife; unsurprisingly wildlife flourishes in this great wilderness and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about on land and sea - take one of the many boat trips on offer for close encounters with seals, whales and dolphins or simply get out into the glens, hills and forests to see eagles, deer and maybe even the elusive pine martin to name but a few.

For a holiday at a more leisurely pace visit the region's many historical sites, ancient castles, stately homes and fascinating museums, learn about the Highlands rich history and culture, its clans and conflicts, the tragedy of the Highland Clearances and its role in the Jacobite risings.

Summer visitors to the Highlands (mostly July and August) may not want to miss the annual Highland Games, which are held across the Highlands and are a unique spectacle of athletic, dancing and piping events which should not be missed!

Things to do nearby

Displays about wildlife, history, geology and the cultural heritage of Assynt. Live pictures of a Herons nest and information on the North West Highlands Geopark. Tel: 01571 844194

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

Loch Ewe Distillery

Loch Ewe is the smallest distillery in Scotland reliving the romance of making Uisge Beatha in a case. Learn how to distill whisky using 18th century methods. Tel: 01445 731242

Dingwall Museum

Highland town museum showing history of Dingwall, outstanding military room, re-constructed kitchen and smiddy. Outdoor area and picnic tables. Free entry! Tel: 01349 865366

Brora Heritage Centre

Visitor centre with hands on guides to the rich heritage, archaeology and artefacts of the beautiful village of Brora. Tel: 01349 886606

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

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Dating back to 1400 this castle contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silver and family portraits. Informative falconry displays available every Monday and Saturday. Tel: 01408 633177

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

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Over 600 hectares of reserve home to a whole range of internationally important habitats and animal species.

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