3 (off peak)
Larch Cottage is in the heart of the magnificent Scottish Highlands. Inverness, Culloden, Nairn and the Moray Firth are all within easy reach, making this charming three bedroom cottage ideal for couples, friends or families of up to six guests. You could not ask for a more peaceful spot as they are in a large private garden around 500 metres from the farmhouse. Despite its secluded feeling, Larch Cottage is only two miles from the A96, making it a simple drive to all the best attractions in the Highlands.
You might not immediately think of the seaside when you imagine the perfect Highland holiday, but Nairn, seven miles from Larch Cottage, is a wonderful coastal town. The soft sandy beach is popular with families, while the water of Moray Firth is so clear that you may be lucky to see resident dolphins. The Highlands are renowned for the quality of its golf and Nairn has three championship courses at Castle Stuart, Nairn Golf Club and Nairn Dunbar Golf Club. There are also a wide choice of pubs and restaurants to suit all budgets with local seafood being a speciality on many menus, a local museum, shops, cafes and a large supermarket.
Seven miles in the other direction, Forres is one of the oldest towns in the Highlands. It has a relaxed, artistic vibe with several galleries and craft shops that cater for locals and tourists who are inspired by the beauty of the region. Brodie Castle, the ancestral seat of the Brodie Clan, is an excellent museum that showcases the books, art, antiques and curios collected by the family over the centuries. It also has lovely gardens and parkland which are particularly nice in early autumn as the red squirrels are busy getting ready for winter. Logie Steading is another Forres attraction worth visiting. The owners have created something unique, combining a shopping village of independent shops (don’t miss Logie Whisky and Wine for a special souvenir!) with an excellent cafe, heritage centre, fantastic gardens, riverside walks and a play area.
You can’t ignore the sense of history that permeates the Scottish Highlands. This region was fiercely contested for generations and evidence can be seen everywhere from the ruins of castles and strongholds that dot the landscape, to the Covenanter’s Inn in nearby Auldearn, which marks the battlefield where two thousand Covenanters were killed by Royalist soldiers in one day (many of whom are buried in the atmospherically named Dead Man’s Wood); and Culloden, a thirty minute drive from Larch Cottage and the site of the famous battle that took place on 6 April 1746.
Inverness is a further ten or fifteen minutes past Culloden. It is an exciting mix of old and new, with Inverness Castle and the Victorian Market sitting comfortably alongside a super modern shopping centre. It has everything you would expect in a major city like world-class restaurants, beautiful parklands, museums and shops.
Other attractions local to Larch Cottage include the Landmark Adventure Park in Carrbridge, Bogbain Adventure and Heritage Park near Inverness, the vast wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park, Cawdor Castle, Spynie Palace and the Dallas Dhu Museum Distillery (the farm is a member of a malting barley grain group who provide barley for the use of whiskies such as Glenmorangie, Glen Ord and Highland Park).
Spend your days walking through the magnificent Highland scenery, soaking up the area’s history and researching your Scottish heritage, shopping until your arms cannot hold any more, or simply setting out and seeing where the day leads. Whatever you do, you will love coming back to the comfort and welcome of Larch Cottage.
David Ker joined Independent Cottages in September 2017
Larch Cottage sleeps six guests in three bedrooms. Accommodation is all on one level and the cottage is decorated in soft neutral shades which adds to the relaxing atmosphere.
Outside: Larch Cottage is on a working farm, around 500 metres from the owner's house. It has a large garden and off-road parking for several cars.
Additional Information: Larch Cottage has electric heating and WiFi. All utilities and linen are supplied, and guests can either bring their own towels or have them included for an additional charge. A travel cot with linen, high chair and baby bath are all available if requested at the time of booking. No smoking. Unfortunately no pets. Short breaks (three night minimum) available outside of peak season.
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