Strathnoon Holiday Cottage
Self-catering Holiday Cottage to rent
near Aviemore & Inverness
in Scotland

Outdoor Activities:

  • Hillwalking, Climbing, Skiing
  • Wild Salmon Fishing
  • Rough Shooting
  • Birdwatching & Golf


  • Castles & Museums
  • Whisky Distilleries
  • Loch Ness

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 cottage Strathnoon retains many original features, including lovely period Victorian tongue and groove pine panelling throughout the cottage which keeps it cosy in winter.

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.

The accommodation comprises:

  • 2 twin bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • a cosy sitting room with open fire
  • a modern, fully equipped kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer and a snug wood burning stove.
lounge in cottage lounge in cottage
kitchen in cottage kitchen in cottage

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!
bedroom in cottage landing in cottage

There is also a large porch (useful for boots and outdoor gear).
Outside there is a BBQ area.

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 (April, October, November): £540 per week
Mid Season (May, June, July): £650 per week
High Season (August - September): £700 per week

Electricity is included in the price.

Email us for details and make your booking.

The cottage is booked from Sunday to Sunday.
The cottage is available from 3.00pm on the day of arrival
and must be vacated by 10.00am on day of departure.

Click here for details of our Fishing breaks...

Any 2 consecutive weeks booking at Strathnoon attracts a 12.50% discount.

Any week booked at Strathnoon together with the full fishing package
i.e. 3 rods for 6 days similarly attracts a 12.50% discount overall.

bathroom in cottage bathroom in cottage

cottage photo

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 £80 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.

cottage photo

cottage photo

Comment from a regular guest who started coming here in 2002:
'Our stay at Strathnoon far exceeded any expectations we could possibly have had - the cottage and location are absolutely superb. Although we have visited the area on previous occasions we were overwhelmed with the scenery and the extent of wildlife. I can't think of any other location where you have red stags walking along the hill at the bottom of the garden almost every day at dusk!'

Strathnoon is positioned in Strathdearn on the River Findhorn, between Inverness (22 miles) and Aviemore (14 miles).
River Findhorn photo
Strathdearn (valley)

The nearest village is Tomatin (6 miles away) where The Strathdearn community centre has a wonderful café and shop called The 3 Bridges. They serve homemade hot and cold meals, fresh coffee and have good WIFI, as well as a brilliant bakery. The shop has most things you might need for your stay at Strathnoon. It is staffed by an extremely courteous and friendly team. 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.
Click here
for a detailed location map

What to see and do
There are lots of things to see and do in the vicinity of the cottage including:
. Landmark Visitor Centre (outdoor nature centre) by Carrbridge
. Loch Garten Nature Reserve
. Glen More Forest Park (visit the herd of reindeer or go mountain biking)
. Watersports on Loch Morlich and Loch Insh
. Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore and Kingussie
. Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig
. Strathspey Steam Railway between the Boat of Garten and Aviemore
. Tomatin Distillery

Dalrossie church and river photo

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.
From the 4000-ft summit of Cairn Gorm there are spectacular views all the way to Inverness on a clear day. Taking the chair lift is the easy option if you don't want to hike your way to the top!

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.

Tomatin bridge photo
Winter in Tomatin

photo 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, the Black Isle and Findhorn. Dolphins can also often be spotted from land - including spots such as Chanonry Point on the Black Isle and Spey Bay. dolphins photo

Enquiries & Bookings

Strathnoon Cottage
Old Clune Estate
Inverness-shire IV13 7XZ


Contact Tim Boles
Office hours: 01624 675955
SMS / Mobile: 07624 205955


50% deposit required to secure your booking.
The balance is refundable if the holiday is cancelled
giving not less than 8 weeks notice.

* Visit our Fishing web page *

Sightseeing and travel information is provided online
in the The Internet Guide to Scotland:
Aviemore and the Cairngorms - Inverness - Loch Ness - Fort William

Visit Aviemore

Strathnoon burn


Text copyright Tim Boles 1999-2023
Urquhart Castle photo copyright The Internet Guide to Scotland
Other photos copyright Scenic Strathdearn (Mark Courtney - tel: 01808 511315)
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