About this listing
Within five minutes' walk of Loch Ness, and fifteen minutes' walk from the village of Drumnadrochit, well-situated for touring the North and West Highlands, a comfy double room in a spacious family home, (available again for Airbnb after accommodating after a longstay guest).
A quiet, welcoming attic room on the first floor, up a short flight of stairs, with a double bed (feather pillows, feather & down duvet), bedside cabinets, sofa, coffee table, chest of drawers and hanging rail, with waxed and polished pine floorboards and rugs. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in the room.
The windows look west over the garden, and north over the garden to the trees on the hill behind the house.
The bathroom is next to the bedroom, has a bath, integral shower, wc and handbasin and is shared with guests staying in the other upstairs bedroom.
There is a cloakroom in the entrance hall with a wc and handbasin.
At night you can hear the Drumbuie burn flowing down the hill and sometimes the hooting of owls, but very little else. It's a quiet, relaxing space to sleep in.
Wifi is fast and unlimited - fast enough for (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) conference calls or watching television on your laptop. You're welcome to browse our collection of maps of the local area and of Scotland, in varying scales, if you're planning walking or Munro-bagging.
Continental Breakfast is served downstairs in the open plan kitchen/dining room with ingredients sourced as far as possible from local independent suppliers. Usually there's orange juice, muesli, fresh fruit, yoghurt, toast/croissants, oatcakes/crispbreads, a selection of preserves, tea (black, green, herbal) and real coffee.
Happy to cater for special diets (vegan, gluten-free, etc); please give notice when you book.
The house is secluded and quiet, situated in a peaceful rural location on a steep hillside overlooking Drumnadrochit with a large, mostly wild garden where you may see roe deer, red squirrels, hares and on rare occasions pine marten and even badgers. Birdlife includes buzzards, red kites, sparrowhawks, goldfinches, flycatchers, longtail tits, pheasant, owls and much more. Highland cattle sometimes graze in the fields beyond the garden.
It's possible to see Loch Ness from the garden and the house in winter; in summer it's visible from the top of the garden over the treetops, and from the end of the drive.
You have access to the open plan living/dining room - with a woodburning stove, lots of sofas, and a piano (in tune, but past its prime) and the garden.
Interaction with guests
I'm usually here to welcome you, and chat over breakfast. If not, I'll let you know arrangements before you arrive. I work at home during the day and assume that you'll be out seeing the sights and making the most of your time in the Highlands.
Though secluded, the house is about three quarters of a mile (1.2km) walk from the Post Office in Drumnadrochit, the scenic village green, Tourist Information Centre & car park (and the bus stops).
NB: The last section of the road is up a steep (20%) hill. It is a challenge for suitcases but do-able with a backpack.
Drumnadrochit has several good restaurants, cafes and pubs, including the warmly welcoming Fiddlers Restaurant and Bar which specialises in malt whiskies, Cafe82 with fresh juices, smoothies and home-made food with vegan and gluten-free options, and the Loch Ness Inn. Last orders for evening meals locally are usually 9pm.
In Drumnadrochit, there is a general shop, Morning Noon & Night (open till 10pm every day, with a 24hr ATM), a pharmacy, bakery and two petrol stations. In Drum Farm Courtyard there's a farm shop and an old fashioned sweeties shop. The PO and General Stores, when open, operates a Bureau de Change. There is a souvenir shop opposite the car park. The local High School complex includes a public library.
Please note that at Christmas and New Year not all of these facilities are open, or are open shorter hours.
Nearby attractions include the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition, boat trips on Loch Ness, pony trekking at Borlum Farm, Abriachan Community Forest, and historic Urquhart Castle. In the surrounding area, beautiful Glen Affric, Culloden Battlefield, the Cairngorms, Fort George, Beauly, Kyle of Lochalsh, Fort Augustus, Fort William, Inverness and the picturesque town of Cromarty are all within an hour's drive. Other possible daytrips include Ullapool, Shieldaig, Oban, 'Monarch of the Glen' country and more. If you're a Munro bagger, we're handily placed for dozens of them.
The Great Glen Way passes the foot of the Drumbuie Hill about 250 yards from the house. We are also well placed for the Great Glen Canoe Trail.
The ski-ing and snowboarding centres at Cairngorm and Nevis Range are about an hour's drive; those at the Lecht and Glencoe are about an hour and a half.
Stagecoach and Citylink buses run fairly regularly from Inverness to Drumnadrochit on their way to Skye, Fort William or Cannich. The service is less frequent in the evenings, at weekends, and from October to May.
There is a shuttle bus from the airport to Inverness and most car hire companies will collect you from the airport. There is a local taxicab service with one driver; booking advisable in the summer. There is parking at the house for up to three (small to medium) cars.
Other things to note
If you're physically fit, used to walking and travelling light, with proper rain gear when necessary, and plenty of time to spare, you can tour the Highlands on foot and by public transport. Generally, however, your Highland holiday will be more comfortable and enjoyable if you bring or hire a car, especially in bad weather.
Please don't flush anything down the toilet apart from toilet paper; drainage is to a septic tank.
Please respect other guests' need for quiet after 11pm and before 7.30am.
If you lose your key, there'll be an additional charge of £20 to cover the cost of replacement.
Busy, sociable arts co-ordinator and journalist with three grown-up sons who have all left home so I now share my home with one or two lodgers but I also love opening my doors to the world - it's been a pleasure and a privilege to meet, like and learn from so many people from so many countries through Airbnb.
I've lived in Scotland, England and Germany (but I've forgotten all my German, it was so long ago). I've worked in theatre, film and television and now earn a living writing and being a project manager. I go to the theatre, dance, ballet and opera as often as I can and love all kinds of music. I can't live without books, music, and my friends.
I can understand French better than I can speak it, but enough to get by in a simple conversation..
My motto in life is 'make the most of every day'.