Aldourie Castle Estate, Loch Ness

Self Catering

Aldourie Castle And Estate, Inverness, Inverness-shire, IV2 6EL

    Set amongst pure Scottish wilderness but less than five miles from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, with unfettered access to a stunning castle estate providing many enjoyable things to see and do on and around the Loch Ness shore

    The enchanting and peaceful Aldourie Castle Estate on the southern shores of Loch Ness features four traditional and beautifully restored stone-built Highland cottages available as holiday lets all year round. Located just 15 minutes drive (5 miles) from Inverness city centre and 30 minutes from Inverness Airport, Aldourie cottages are the ideal retreat for a holiday in the Scottish Highlands.

    Nestled within the 500 acres of grounds the collection of delightful holiday cottages are avaialble individually or as additional Castle accommodation. The four cottages can each sleep up to 6 people and enjoy all the benefits of the Aldourie Castle Estate.

    The quaint Aldourie cottages exude their own individual charm with roaring log fires, beautiful views and unique settings. They are perfect for the solitary visitor wanting a peaceful and creative environment, couples exploring the Scottish Highlands or small groups of friends and family planning a cosy house party.


    Each characterful cottage offers:

    • Ideal base from which to explore Loch Ness and the Highlands

    • Its own private garden with lawn, patio and flower beds, at the entrance to Aldourie Castle's private drive

    •Freedom to enjoy the Aldourie Castle Estate woodland – walking or cycling

    • Freedom to explore features on the Estate; formal gardens, tree house, family graveyard

    • Salmon and trout fishing on Loch Ness by arrangement 

    • Access to varied wildlife all around the estate

    • Boat trips on Loch Ness from the Aldourie Marina

    • Walks on Dores Beach and spectacular views across the Highlands


    Activities nearby Aldourie Castle:

    • Deer stalking, pony trekking and horse riding

    • Rock Climbing, Abseiling & Weaselling (nr Loch Ness)

    • Walking in the Highlands, climbing, cycling, mountain biking and golf

    •  The Falls of Foyers (waterfall)

    •  Chanonry Point – the best place in Britain for Dolphin Watching (includes beaches & great views)

    • Castles, distilleries, Culloden Battlefield, Highland Games, craft shops all nearby

    The Cottages in detail:

    Ivy Cottage is situated on the Southern edge of the Aldourie Estate in a peaceful location. It offers high quality accommodation for four people. Built in the style of a typically traditional Crofter’s cottage, abound with period character and charm, it has all the modern day comforts you could hope for.

    Two floors. Ground Floor: entrance hall, sitting room, combined kitchen and dining room, and bathroom. There are entrances both at the front and rear. Upstairs: two comfortable bedrooms (one of which with its own ensuite bathroom). For the comfort and convenience of guests, all Aldourie cottages are provided with fresh linen and towels. The Aldourie Estate is four miles from the centre of Inverness and approximately 40 minutes by car from Inverness airport. There is also a good bus service.

    Garden Cottage is tucked away on the Northern edge of the Aldourie Estate, within the grounds of the idyllic old Kitchen Garden. The location is quiet and secluded and this charming little cottage comprises very comfortable accommodation for six guests. Garden Cottage includes facilities for disabled visitors.

    Two floors. Ground Floor: sitting room, well-equipped dining room / kitchen, the third room can be used either as a study or as a third bedroom (feat. an ensuite shower room),  main bathroom, hall and two entrances. Upstairs: two good-sized bedrooms

    Gate Lodge is in the centre of the Aldourie Estate and offers tranquil and secluded accommodation for five guests. The cottage has been lovingly restored to a very high standard of comfort and is within easy walking distance of Loch Ness and the hills beyond.

    Two floors. Downstairs: sitting room, dining room / kitchen, entrance hall and separate washroom. Upstairs: main bedroom (feat. its own ensuite shower room), two further bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. 

    Pier Cottage is located right on the shore of Loch Ness, next to the Estate Marina, and offers a tranquil and secluded setting for up to six guests.

    One floor only: sitting room, large kitchen/breakfast area, separate dining room leading out to the garden, separate w/c and utility room. There are three bedrooms, two double rooms (one with an en-suite bath/shower room), and one twin room. There is also a house bathroom with shower. 

    4 Self Catering
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    Garden Cottage
    £850.00 per unit per week
    Gate Cottage
    £850.00 per unit per week
    Ivy Cottage
    £750.00 per unit per week
    Pier Cottage
    £850.00 per unit per week

    Inclusive of VAT. Heating and electricity are included and bed linen and towels are provided. IVY COTTAGE PRICES: January to March £750 April to June £850 July to October £850 November & December £750 Easter / Christmas / New Year £850 GATE LODGE / GARDEN COTTAGE / PIER COTTAGE PRICES: January to March £850 April to June £1000 July to October £1000 November & December £850 Easter / Christmas / New Year £1000

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Cottage


    • Children Welcome
    • Cot Available
    • Highchair Available


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Lochside Location
    • Rural Location
    • Waterfront Location


    • 24hr Help Link
    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking


    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop


    • Covered Drying Facilities Available
    • Electric Cooker
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Fridge
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex
    • Lounge
    • Microwave
    • Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
    • Private Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Towels Provided
    • Tumble Dryer
    • WC EnSuite
    • Wash Hand Basin
    • Washing Machine

    Leisure Facilities

    • DVD Player
    • Garden
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities
    • Satellite / Cable TV
    • Television

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Families
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Road Directions

    If approaching from Central Scotland via the A9, from Aberdeen via the A96, or from the North via the Kessock Bridge, leave the A9 at the junction signposted "Raigmore Hospital, Police Headquarters and Inshes Retail Park".
    From the roundabout take the South Ring Road west along Sir Walter Scott Road, following the signs for the B862 Dores Road. Turn left and follow the B862 toward Dores. Aldourie Castle Estate is four miles from this roundabout on the right hand side of the road.
    If approaching from Inverness follow the same directions as from the TIC.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- Aldourie Castle and Estate is on the Dores Road seven miles from Inverness TIC and one mile short of Dores village.
    Follow the B862 out from the City Centre along Island Bank Road and on to the Dores Road. Go straight through the roundabout and continue on the B862 towards Dores.
    The entrance to the Estate is on the right hand side of the road marked by two gate posts, at the start of a long hill approximately four miles from the roundabout.
    Garden Cottage is situated within the Kitchen Garden to the left of the main drive.

    Getting there by railway:- From Inverness Railway Station follow the same directions as from the TIC.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Aldourie Castle and Estate is 16 miles from Inverness Airport and can be reached in 30 minutes. Take the A96 to Inverness and turn left onto the A9. Follow it for ¾ mile to the next junction, marked "Raigmore Hospital, Police Headquarters and Inshes Retail Park".
    Turn off here and follow the same directions as for car drivers.

    As of 2015 there are now direct flights to Inverness airport from London and Dublin.

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

    Journey Planner


    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres from the main entrance
    • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • flat, (i.e. without steps)

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

    Accommodation Special Offer
    Valid 2 Nov 2015 to 31 Mar 2016

    Winter Special’ Short Break Bookings:
    Book November 2015 - March 2016 inclusive for a special winter offer on your short break in Scotland

    The four traditional and recently renovated holiday cottages on the Aldourie Estate boast some of the most dramatic and atmospheric views of Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands in autumn and winter. Snuggle up in a cosy cottage for your winter Highland holiday with friends or a family short break. Aldourie cottages on Loch Ness are also an ideal location for walking or cycling stays.


    From a Minimum 3 night rental / cost:

    Ivy Cottage

    3 night rental £350

    4 night rental £400

    5 night rental £450

    6 night rental £500

    7 night rental £550


    Garden, Pier & Gate Cottages

    3 night rental £400

    4 night rental £450

    5 night rental £500

    6 night rental £550

    7 night rental £600


    *Offer excludes Christmas, New Year, Easter and existing bookings*


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