Loch an Eilein Cottage

Loch an Eilein Cottage

Sleeps two

Short stays in low season

  • On the north-western shore of Loch an Eilein
  • Views across the loch to 13th century castle ruins and mountains beyond

A luxurious lochside escape in a breathtaking setting

An exquisitely restored 19th century stone cottage waits for you in a truly spectacular location. Right on the shore of picturesque Loch an Eilein, this former folly is now a dreamily romantic Highland retreat.

You’ll be looking out onto one of the most beautiful views in all the Highlands. Step inside, and you’ll enjoy tranquil interiors; the cool natural palette mirrors the waters of the loch, its reflections of the Highland skies and heathery mountains. Whether you’re on honeymoon, escaping together without children for the first time, or taking a well-deserved break together just because...Loch an Eilein Cottage brings out the romantic in everyone who stays here.

The cottage was interior designed by leading London-based stylist and interior designer Fanny Ward, who designed it as a cocoon of warmth and comfort from the changeable Highland weather. A double-sided wood burning stove fills both the living room and bedroom with its welcome warm glow after a walk around the loch. The open-plan living room and kitchen are a relaxing space whether enjoying dinner or breakfast together - or simply sitting and looking out to the loch and its wildlife from a window seat.

The sumptuous double bedroom with kingsize bed has a large, underfloor-heated ensuite bathroom, with a bath and shower. The bedroom also leads to a sit-out-erie where you can unwind before dinner with a drink and a book. Or you may prefer to sink into a bubbly bath and enjoy a classic movie from the comfort of your tub whilst dinner cooks - after all, what contemporary retreat is truly complete without such modern luxuries?

You’ll feel happily secluded without being completely isolated - the walking path around the loch is nearby. You will be regularly visited by the local wildlife - deer, red squirrels, badgers and Highland birds. When (or if) you eventually decide to stray further than the loch and its forested shores, you’ll be right in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, with its dramatic, mountainous landscapes, charming towns and villages and an endless range of outdoor activities - if you feel inclined to a little exercise. If not, there are plenty of fabulous spots where you can just stop to breathe in the priceless clear Highland air and the endless views. In the knowledge that of course few can truly rival your view from the window seat back at the cottage...

Loch an Eilein Cottage’s hidden history

Loch an Eilein (pronounced "lochan-yellen") is Gaelic for Loch of the Island. It’s named for its little island with a ruined castle, originally dating from the early 14th century. The cottage looks straight out to the castle from its secluded position on the western shore. The castle itself is steeped in history, originally built as a sanctuary from clan war bands, who would frequent the ‘Thieves’ Road’ on the loch’s eastern shore to reach and plunder the herds of cattle in Strathspey.

In 1690, Government forces defeated a Jacobite army at the Battle of Cromdale, and the surviving stragglers retreated via Aviemore, attacking Loch an Eilein Castle as they passed by. Incredibly, they were held off by the occupants - a group of women, children and old folk. The castle eventually fell into disuse in the late 1700s. There is also a local legend that a zigzag underwater causeway once linked the castle island to the shore, but sadly no evidence has ever been found to prove its existence.

In 1813 Lieutenant-Colonel Grant built the cottage as a folly, first for his mother and then gifted to his daughters. He repaired and improved the cottage for them, adding a back kitchen and a flower garden.

The daughters adored the cottage, and in 'Memoirs of a Highland Lady', Elizabeth Grant wrote; "We had a pantry and a store room, well-furnished both of them, and many a party we gave there, sometimes a boating and fishing party with a luncheon, sometimes a tea with cakes of our own making, and a merry walk home by moonlight." She also writes of seeing "fish eagles" (ospreys) nesting on the walls of the castle.

Your property includes the following:

  • Wi-Fi Internet access *
  • Telephone
  • Wood burning stove
  • Firewood
  • Barbecue
  • Under floor heating in bathroom
  • Off road parking
  • Storage for sports equipment
  • Drying cupboard in sit-outerie
  • Electronic safe
  • Flat screen televisions in lounge, bedroom and bathroom
  • DVD player
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Range cooker
  • Full size fridge freezer
  • Wine cooler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Coffee making machine - Nespresso
  • Full range of appliances, crockery and cutlery
  • Hair dryer

* Please note our internet connection is from a satellite connection in a rural part of the Highlands of Scotland. As such, it is suitable for light internet browsing and should not be relied upon for full daily use or streaming music or video content. Time lag between pages loading can be slower with satellite internet compared to cable internet.

The following are also provided:

  • Linen, towels and flannels
  • Luxury soap, hand cream, shampoo, conditioner and body wash products by The Highland Soap Company
  • Fresh milk on arrival
  • Salt and pepper and a selection of herbs and spices
  • Tea, coffee and sugar
  • Coffee capsules for Nespresso machine
  • Olive oil
  • Kitchen cleaning materials - Washing up liquid, washing up cloth and brush, dishwasher tablets
  • Laundry essentials: Washing machine liquid and softener
  • Kitchen essentials: Oven gloves, kitchen roll, aluminium foil, baking parchment, cling film, bin bags
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Firelighters and matches

Arrival & Departure

The property is yours from 4pm on your arrival day until 10am on your day of departure.

Other Services

Please see the Extras page for other services we can arrange for you or available to book.

"What a heavenly place to spend a week. The loch side location is breathtakingly beautiful. The sense of tranquility is second to none...this cottage is paradise!"Read More

Location

Loch an Eilein Cottage is incredibly accessible by road, rail and air. Situated a mere 10-minute drive from Aviemore, a 35-minute drive from Inverness through stunning Highland scenery and just over an hour’s flight from London, you can be at the heart of the Scottish Highlands quicker than you may think.

By Rail

Aviemore Station is 2 ½ miles from Loch an Eilein Cottage and taxis are readily available. It is serviced by direct National Express and Caledonian Sleeper services from London and the south, and has links to all major cities (3 hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh). You can pick up a taxi from outside Aviemore Station or you can book a taxi on 01479 812 000 or 01479 811 111.

Car hire - you can travel to Aviemore by train, and collect your hire car from Aviemore Car & Van Hire right outside the train station. Please see www.aviemorecarhire.co.uk who will meet you off even the earliest or latest trains.

The newly refurbished Caledonian Sleeper is the most luxurious and romantic way to arrive here and pulls in around 7am at Aviemore Station. If you would like to arrive in even more style, please speak to us about arranging use of the private helicopter landing pad on the estate.

By Road

Loch an Eilein Cottage is situated about 3 miles from the main A9 road from Perth to Inverness and 10-minutes by car from Aviemore.

By Air

Inverness Airport is only a 45-minute drive from Loch an Eilein Cottage, taking you through some stunning landscapes on the fast A9 road. Direct flights take just over an hour from London, with British Airways serving the airport daily from London Heathrow, and Easyjet 3-5 times a day from London (Gatwick and Luton). Daily flights serve Bristol (Easyjet), Belfast and Birmingham (Flybe). LoganAir provide 2-3 flights daily from Manchester and 5 flights a week from Dublin. Daily flights with KLM link Inverness to Amsterdam Schiphol, which then links to another 176 European cities. From Inverness Airport, you can collect a hire car from a number of competitively-priced providers.