near Aviemore & Inverness
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Enjoy a proper Highland experience in Scotland in comfort!
Strathnoon is a fully equipped cottage (pictured above) in a wonderful isolated spot.
It is available for weekly or fortnightly holiday lets throughout the year (closed in mid-winter).
Situated in Monarch of The Glen country in the Scottish Highlands,
Strathnoon is close to the Cairngorm Mountains
and lies in a Strath (valley) called Strathdearn alongside the River Findhorn.
Strathnoon retains many original features, including lovely period
Victorian tongue and groove pine panelling throughout the cottage. This
keeps the cottage cosy in winter together with the Rayburn AGA cooker in the
farmhouse style kitchen.
The cottage is suitable for children with a stairgate at the top of the stairs and a TV, as well as a video place with a considerable number of videos.
Accommodation comprises 2 twin bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, cosy sitting room with open fire, and a modern, fully equipped kitchen with Rayburn and electric cooker, dishwasher, clothes washing machine etc.
Bed linen is provided and each bed has an electric blanket.
Upstairs is a full size pine cot which can be used in either bedroom. Guests with babies are advised to bring their own linen for the cot - which we are sure you would prefer in any event for your own baby!
There is also a large porch (useful for boots and outdoor gear). There is a secure kennel with run next to the cottage.
New double glazed windows now fitted to all north-west facing windows.
All towels, bedding and sheets are provided.
You only need to bring your own food and drink.
Low Season (March/April and October - December): £400 per week
We do not charge extra for electricity
Email us for details and make your booking.
The cottage is booked from Sunday to Sunday.
Any week booked at Strathnoon together with the full fishing package
Any week booked at Strathnoon together with the full fishing package
Many come to visit Strathdearn to see and experience the variety of wildlife in this tranquil place. You will spot buzzards and golden eagles, and even the occasional osprey has been seen taking fish from the local burn (stream). Red kite have also been seen here recently. The moor above the house is where red deer and grouse can be seen.
Scottish wild salmon and sea trout fishing can be arranged for you in season (from April to the end of September). Three rods per day can fish the river for salmon at a cost of £25 per rod per day (£40 per rod in July, £50 per rod in May & August, and £80 per rod in September). A ghillie is available for hire with a 4x4 for £50 per day.
Visit our fishing web page for details of the Old Clune Beat.
Trout fishing is free for those staying at the cottage subject to availability (only 3 rods per day may fish and sometimes these are taken by salmon fishers who have formally booked salmon fishing on the river at the time).
We can also organise rough shooting in season - just ask us for details and we will be happy to arrange something to suit your interests.
Comment from a guest who first came in 2002 and who has been returning every year since:
Strathnoon is positioned in Strathdearn on the River Findhorn, between Inverness (22 miles) and Aviemore (14 miles).
The nearest village is Tomatin (6 miles away) which has a small convenience store staffed by extremely courteous and friendly people. Shopping can also be obtained at Carrbridge (10 miles) and from supermarkets in Inverness.
Tomatin is also home to one of the greatest and largest malt whisky distilleries in the whole of Scotland. There is a visitor centre and 10-year malts to try. Tomatin comes from the Gaelic meaning 'the hill of the Juniper bushes'.
Please note there is no WiFi at the cottage, but most mobile networks work at Strathnoon.
This area of the Highlands can be easily reached by car, train or plane. Overnight sleeper trains operate from London Euston Station, and there are regular daytime trains running between Edinburgh and Aviemore / Inverness every day. There are also daily flights to/from Inverness Airport which is within easy reach of Strathnoon. Car rental is available locally in Inverness.
Directions by car:
Take the A9 from Perth to Inverness. Approximately 3 miles north of the turn-off to Carrbridge, a dual-carriageway begins. Almost immediately take the left turn signposted to Raigbeg and Balvraid (if you go over the huge viaduct over the River Findhorn you have gone too far!). Approximately 1 mile ahead take the sharp left turn signposted 'Clune 2 miles'. Continue along this single track road, past Old Clune Lodge by a large green shed, and then after another 2 miles (and 1 cattle grid and 2 gates) you will come to Strathnoon on your left near an old stone barn.
for a detailed location map
There are lots of things to see and do in the vicinity of the cottage including:
Strathnoon is located close to the Cairngorm mountain range which is a popular ski resort in winter
and widely frequented by hillwalkers and climbers throughout the year.
One mile upstream from the cottage lies Dalarossie Church (pictured left), built in 1790 on the site of an early Christian mission dedicated to St. Fergus (Dalarossie comes from the Gaelic Dail Fhearguis meaning 'Dale of Fergus'). The stone font inside the church is thought to date from this original place of worship.
By the church, there is a small sandy beach and a pool where you are welcome to go swimming on a hot summer's day.
A short drive northwards from Strathnoon takes you to the bustling Highland Capital, Inverness, where many events take place throughout the year including music festivals, piping, Highland Games, etc.
Nearby Loch Ness is a popular tourist attraction centred on daily boat trips and the ruins of Urquhart Castle (pictured left). If you want more than Nessie hunting, then either take the road along the eastern shoreline which is much less travelled or head into the beautiful Glen Affric to the west of Drumnadrochit.
To the east of Aviemore, you can tour the numerous local distilleries by following the Speyside Whisky Trail. Castle lovers are also spoilt for choice - legendary Cawdor Castle, fairytale Brodie Castle and splendid Ballindalloch are just a few of those you can visit easily from the cottage.
Another interesting day trip from Strathnoon is to cut across country near Newtonmore to enjoy Loch Laggan and perhaps continue on to Fort William and Ben Nevis (Scotland's highest mountain).
Many visitors enjoy taking a cruise to see the famous Moray Firth Dolphins.
Boat trips are available from Inverness and Cromarty.
If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, then check out the Dolphins and Seals of the Moray Firth Visitor Centre at North Kessock (just 2 miles from Inverness). The centre includes video footage, underwater microphones and binoculars.
Dolphins can also often be spotted from Chanonry Point on the Black Isle and from Nairn.
The web site of the The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society features regular updates of local sightings and also offers you the chance to Adopt a Dolphin.
Contact Tim Boles
Click here for Booking Form
Sightseeing and travel information is provided online
in the The Internet Guide to Scotland:
Aviemore and the Cairngorms - Inverness - Loch Ness - Fort William
'If you are thinking about accommodation to the same standard in the very South of England
have a look at my sisterís holiday accommodation in Dorset: Church Farm Stables
I have recently stayed there and it is well placed for the South Coast sights and beaches etc.
as well as being extremely comfortable.' Tim Boles
Text copyright Tim Boles 1999-2014
Urquhart Castle photo copyright The Internet Guide to Scotland
Other photos copyright Scenic Strathdearn (Mark Courtney - tel: 01808 511315)
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