From the moment we stepped inside this historic cottage, former home of the brewer for the village of Tomich we fell in love with its peaceful, serene energy. We hope you will consider a stay at our homely cottage for your holiday in the Highlands of Scotland, and that you will love both the cottage and the locality as much as we do...
The cottage is set in a tranquil rural location on the edge of the historic village of Tomich in one of the Highlands most outstandingly beautiful glens – Glen Affric....'The Glen of A Thousand Whispers'. Glen Affric lies south-west of the nearby village of Cannich, its unique landscape of lochs, mountains, pine, oak and birch which collectively form the Caledonian Forest have been deemed a National Nature Reserve and a National Scenic Area. The Affric area is abound with a wide variety of wildlife including Red, Roe and Sika deer, Red Squirrels, badger. foxes and Pine Martins plus a unique and diverse variety of bird life including Black Grouse, Golden Eagles, Ospreys, Crested Tits and the Scottish Crossbill.
The Victorian model village of Tomich forms part of the Guisachan Estate the former home of Lord and Lady Tweedmouth. Guisachan House 1.5 miles west of the village, unfortunately, fell into a state of disrepair and is now derelict.
The cottage itself comes with its own tales of illicit distilling which can be read about on our cottage history page.
We are thrilled to announce that thanks to ongoing feeding and habitat improvement the list of wildlife now coming out of the wild and visiting the cottage garden is somewhat unique and extensive. Many of the mammals now visiting us, mainly during the hours of darkness has been captured on our infrared garden camera. We are still hoping that we can entice a red squirrel onto the feeders. This varied and constant flow of garden visitors is thanks to our attentive guests ... Please keep up the good work feeding and supporting our wildlife.
More information can be found on our wildlife page and footage of our garden visitors is posted regularly to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
We consider the cottage to be in the perfect location for those seeking peace and tranquillity with the option to enjoy the extensive wildlife and outdoor activities on offer in this beautiful area of the Scottish Highlands.
Cycle hire and pony trekking are available locally.
We regard the cottage a place to escape from the pressures and constraints of the outside world we hope that you will join us and embrace the cottage for what it is ..... a place to relax, recharge and simply connect with nature.
The cottage ground floor consists of an Entrance Hall leading into a Living Room with a wood burning stove, a two seater leather sofa, two Ikea rocking chairs, T.V/DVD player, and an iPhone docking station. The cottage walls contain many historical documents relating to Tomich and cottage founder Lord Tweedmouth. In addition to these documents are some of the original watercolour paintings which we inherited with the cottage depicting the local area.
The small lobby area has a phone/answer phone for incoming calls only free Wi-Fi, there's also a bookcase with a small selection of DVD's, books, maps and local information folders.
The Dining Room / Kitchen comes complete with Electric Oven and Hob, Microwave, Fridge/ Freezer, Filter Coffee Machine and Washing Machine. The dining table has been placed so as to enjoy the views out over the garden and the extensive hills beyond.
The Bathroom also situated on the ground floor offers a bath, a new power shower(over the bath) and W.C. The bathroom comes complete with underfloor heating and heated towel rail.
Upstairs the first floor comprises of one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, bed linen and towels are included. You will also find hair dryer and baby listener in the double bedroom.
A travel cot and highchair are stored under the stairs.
Outside offers a generous lawned and fenced garden with a woodland backdrop and extensive views out over the surrounding countryside, garden seating has been provided for you to sit and enjoy the garden and the surrounding landscape. Extra chairs are stored under the stairs. We have added an outdoor drying area for wet weather clothing & boots this area also doubles up as an undercover secure bike storage area.
The introduction of bird feeders to the garden encourages the extensive wildlife the area has to offer, a wildlife logbook has been placed in the cottage to record both garden and local area sightings. Bird food and pet food for the pine marten, foxes, badgers, and hedgehogs can be purchased economically at the greengrocers in Beauly. Our supply of bird seed is located in the outdoor drying area which we are happy for you to use while stocks last.
Parking is strictly limited to two cars through the double gates to the right at the top of the drive directly outside the front of the cottage. The driveway is shared with the Old Brewery next door. Please keep the gate closed at all times to keep the sheep out. The large parking area at the rear of the cottage is privately owned by The Old Brewery and NOT for guest use.
We welcome well-behaved dogs to a strict maximum of two. A small dog bed, feeding bowl, and a drying towel are provided but please bring your own dog bedding. We politely request that you do not allow your dog(s) upstairs, in the bathroom or on the furniture, and that you do not leave your dog(s) unattended in the cottage, please exercise your dog(s) off the property and ensure that you clean up after dog(s) in the garden.
We operate an honesty box system for guests to make use our own log supply if they so wish. These logs have been sourced, purchased, prepared and seasoned by ourselves as such we are asking £5 per bag. We would like to thank our guests for their honesty when using our supply.
The Historic village of Tomich
Scottish Gaelic: Tomaich) is a historic Victorian village built as a model agricultural township in the mid-19th century by the Tweedmouth family.
The Village of Tomich forms part of the Guisachan Estate which was created along with Guisachan Farm (which to this day remains largely untouched) to serve Guisachan House. The large house itself which is now derelict lies a further 1.5 miles to the west of the village was the former home of Lord and Lady Tweedmouth. Guisachan meaning 'place of pines'.
Lord Tweedmouth who purchased the sporting estate pioneered the sporting dog breed the Golden Retriever.
The estate included the old village of Tomich, Lord Tweedmouth cleared the crofts but re-sited the crofters in a new ‘model village’- the present day Tomich.
Lord Tweedmouth built a new large mansion house with a golf course, upgraded the roads and paths, planted trees and improved farming practises. The large trees on the estate drive mark the burial sites of favoured coach horses.
A large impressive monument (in the form of a large drinking fountain) dedicated to the Tweedmouths can be seen in village, the main street through the village is lined with iron lamp posts adding to its charm and uniqueness.
The house known as The Brewery was built by Lord Tweedmouth to serve the village, and the Brewers Cottage was built to house the brewer.
At the west end of the village is the property known as Knockfin (Fingal's Hill), the property was once used as a billet for the detachment of the Highland Military Patrols during and after the Jacobite uprising, the route past Knockfin was formally the main route to Glen Affric and the West coast.
The ruins of the former village can be seen by heading through the village to where the road splits. At the split bear right follow the road round over the stone bridge the road then bears to your left. Go through the farm gate (beware the cows!)You will pass through farmland and the ruins can be seen on your left-hand side. The service road eventually curves to your right to take you over into Glen Affric emerging at Dog Falls. However, if you go through the gate straight on this makes for a lovely walk through the coniferous forest to a small loch known locally as Willies Loch. This is a 10 mile round trip from the cottage. Look out for the Golden Eagle at the loch.
In its prime, the estate welcomed many prominent figures - Winston Churchill was a frequent visitor and learnt to drive in and around the village of Tomich.
Information leaflets detailing many of the estate properties printed by Friends of Guisachan are available in the cottage (while stocks last)
The Glen Affric area offers some of the most spectacular unspoilt scenery in Northern Scotland, the extensive Caledonian pine forests, lochs, waterfalls and impressive Munro’s present an enthusiast’s haven for walking, climbing, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, and salmon/trout fishing. For those who like to take life a little easier, the area offers a large variety of species for wildlife watching including: Red, Roe and Sika Deer, Red Squirrels, Otters, Pine Martin, and the superb Golden Eagles.
The Forestry Commission for Scotland has 4 short walks in Glen Affric, each has its own car parking facilities:
Dog Falls a 2 mile walk offers views out over the islands of Bienn a’ Mheadhain and the surrounding pine forests.
The Coire Loch Trail is a slightly longer 3.25 mile walk offering views of Coire Loch.
The River Affric walk takes a 1 mile route along the course of the river which offers classic views up the glen to the mountains beyond.
Plodda Falls is a 0.4 mile walk to the beautiful cascading 100ft high falls taking in the soaring trees along the walk, the walk can be extended to 1.5 miles to take in the Tweedmouth Trail. The viewing platform above the falls offers fantastic vistas of the surrounding area, in winter when the falls freeze experienced climbers come to the area to take on the scenic ice climb.(See our Plodda Falls Page for more details and photos)
For those looking for longer routes in superb mountain scenery, Glen Affric has plenty to offer, including the 11 mile Loch Affric Circuit and the many varied and spectacular Highland Munro’s - our links page has details of suitable local guides should you require specialist guidance.