We are situated in the small hamlet of Kilcoy, on the Black Isle, surrounded by rolling farmland and woodland. We are close to Inverness and Dingwall for transport, eating out, nightlife, entertainment and activities. Coast, Forest, Mountain, Loch and Glen are all within easy reach, by bike, public transport or car, for stunning scenery and wildlife. A great resource for sustainable travel planning in the area is the transitionblackisle active-travel-map. We are only 20 minutes from a bus stop with regular services to Inverness so a holiday here is perfect for those using public transport.
We are ideally located for travellers on the North Coast 500, but why not take some time to slow down and explore the Black Isle and the region. Cycling, dolphin watching, history, woodland walks and tranquil coastal villages such as Cromarty, Avoch and Rosemarkie are all close by. You can find out all about it here www.black-isle.info and scotland-inverness.co.uk/blackisle. There are so many walks throughout the Highlands we can’t list them all but here is a good site for ideas https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochness/
Below are a few of our favourite places we like to visit….
From the cabin, there is an easy walk to Redcastle and Beauly Firth. Taking in Black Isle scenes, distant mountains, woodlands, a ruined castle, a babbling burn, and waterside viewing spot with bird watching. You can also take a longer longer extension to Spittal wood. Takes about 45 minutes each way (add 2 hours for Spittal wood)
Walk to Monadh Mor – The Big Moor – a remnant of the extensive bog woodland which once covered the Black Isle ridge. It’s the largest area of forest bog in Scotland, and classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Head up towards the bus stop and cross the road and head left, then you’ll come across the signpost for Monad Mhor with maps and signpost into the woodland.
A Black Isle exploration taking in Cromarty (visit Sutor Creek, a really nice restaurant with local, seasonal menu). Avoch (Harbour Fish and Chips, get your fish and chips and take a seat on the picnic benches by the small garden, lovely spot with views across the firth!). RSPB Udale Bay for wildlife. For gardeners and plant lovers, a visit to Poyntzfield herb nursery, an amazing place for organic, biodynamic plants. Rosemarkie beach, rock pools and caves, the magical Fairy Glen, Chanonry point dolphin watching. Groam House Museum for local and Pictish history. Eat and drink at Crofters Bistro, lovely food and atmosphere on the waterfront and The Plough Inn, good old fashioned pub usually with Cromarty Ales on tap….
Take a Bus or cycle to Strathpepper and walk to Knockfarrel Hill Fort along The Cats Back, see the Touchstone labyrinth, through woodland There is a nice little cafe at the old railway station. Or further along to Rogie Falls or even a climb up Ben Wyvis.
Culture, Food and Nighlife are a bus ride away in Inverness for nights out, delicious local food and drink and history. Spend a day exploring Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Ness Bank, the Cathedral, pit stop at the Castle Tavern beer garden. Old town architecture, the Caledonian canal and visit the pub garden at Clachnaharry Inn. Culture at Eden Court, and live music at Macgreggors Bar, one of our favourite bars, the Sunday music session is brilliant and the food very good. Black Isle Bar, for great pizza, organic beer and an amazing rooftop ‘secret garden’, The Mustard Seed, a favourite spot for a special occasion, has a good value set lunch and early bird evening menu. Girvans for coffee and cake.
Or from Inverness bus or walk to Dores, along Loch Ness shores with nice views down the Glen, and lunch at the Dores Inn. Also worth a visit, Bad Girl bakery, Muir of Ord, cafe with light lunches and lovely cakes. Beauly Priory and Corner on the Square, a nice cafe and deli for cakes, lunches and local foods.
If you are going further afield, there are so many options whichever direction or means of transport you choose, but some ideas…Beaches at Nairn, Dornoch, Portmahomack, Wilds of Glen Affric and Cairngorms National Park, Highland Folk Museum. Coach day trip to Ullapool, lunch at Seafood shack, An Talla Solais for exhibitions and crafts. Attadale gardens and Plockton by train. North to Golspie (try the Coffee Bothy, the Trawler fish and chips), Brora and Carn Laith Broch and Dunrobin Castle, or even the ferry to Orkney!