Iolaire Lodge ref: UK11618

Lochinver, Northern Highlands



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  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Sea View 
  • Open Fire 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Luxury Collection 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 


Perched on the hillside above the charming fishing village of Lochinver, Iolaire is a magnificent Scottish country house. It enjoys commanding views across the sea in one direction and to the stunning and distinctive mountains of Suilven and Canisp in the other.

Iolaire has the air of a baronial hall. Its large rooms with high ceilings and wide windows drink in the light and maximise the unbelievable views. The entrance hall, with comfortable seating, leads out through French doors to the garden and open hillside beyond. The kitchen is spacious and has been superbly modernised to provide the height of modern living. There is a large range cooker, ideal for larger parties. A door leads through to the large dining room, with polished wood table and chairs, seating up to 10 guests with ease. The main living room has deep leather sofas and chairs, set around a welcoming open fireplace. The views from all rooms are simply stunning: open hillside, sea, hills and heather surround the property. A wide sweeping staircase leads up to the spacious landing. There are five beautifully presented bedrooms on this floor. Outside there is a log store and drying room which also provides additional storage for bicycles.

The open gardens are mainly grassed, with paths leading out into open countryside, where guests are free to wander, hill climb or just sit beside a nearby loch and enjoy the scenery. Deer are regular visitors to the gardens and grounds. Whilst quiet and totally secluded, it is just a ¼ mile from the thriving coastal village of Lochinver, on Scotland’s renowned west coast and now part of the North Coast 500 route. There is a variety of restaurants, shops and local facilities in the village. There are numerous unspoilt beaches close by and plenty of outdoor activities. Hill-walking, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, mountain biking or climbing are all enjoyed locally. Salmon and trout fishing can be arranged on local rivers and lochs on a first come first served basis, by contacting or calling in at the Inver Lodge Hotel. For wildlife enthusiasts, seals and otters are regularly spotted and the nearby island of Handa is renowned for its bird life, including puffins and great skuas.

Iolaire is ideal for a special family get together or for groups wishing to explore this stunning region, before returning to this splendid and luxurious accommodation. Beach 4 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub ¼ mile, restaurant 300 yards.

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  • Nearest town
  • Shops
  • Distance
  • Restaurant
    300 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    0.25 miles
  • Railway station distance
    45.0 miles
  • Lake

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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