Features

  • Visit Scotland 4 star award
  • Coastal location with panoramic sea views
  • 10 minutes to Inverness; 20 minutes to airport
  • Dolphin watching from shore or by boat trip
  • Local woodland walks
  • Loch Ness boat trips
  • Excellent Black Isle restaurants
  • Good golf course in Fortrose. Club open to visitors
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Aviemore - 45 minutes
  • Sandy beach 15 minutes- with tennis court and great beach cafe
  • Linen and towels included
  • Electricity included
  • No dogs
  • No smoking

Accommodation

  • All on one level:
  • Hall
  • Sitting room with sea views
  • Dining kitchen with sea views
  • Utility room
  • WC
  • King-size bedroom with sea views
  • Double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, toilet and wash hand basin
  • Patio area and garden to front with table and chairs
  • Steep grassed area to rear with decking with table and chairs - fantastic views from here

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2017 rental rates
2018 rental rates
Mid Season Autumn £580
Mid Season Half Term £580
Low Nov/Dec £450
Christmas week £650
New Year week £670
2018 rental rates
2017 rental rates
Low Season Jan/Feb/March £450
Easter £675
Mid Season Spring £580
Whitsun Holiday £675
High Season £675
Mid Season Autumn £580
Mid Season Half term £580
Low Season November/December £450
Christmas 21st to 28th December £650
New Year 28th Dec to 4th Jan £670
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Low Nov/Dec 3 nights, commencing Friday (2017) £390
Low Season Jan/Feb/March 3 nights, commencing Friday (2018) £390
Low Season November/December 3 nights, commencing Friday (2018) £390
Low Season Jan to March 3 nights, commencing Friday (2019) £390
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Refundable good housekeeping deposit: £200
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Property information

Lilac Cottage has received rave reviews from everyone who has stayed. Check out the visitor comments for this exquisite cottage on the shores of the Moray Firth. A 4 star award well earned.

This self-catering Black Isle cottage has an enviable location in the peaceful waterside hamlet of Kilmuir. Far removed from the main roads, peace and tranquility are assured - yet you can be in the bustling Highland capital of Inverness in 10 minutes. The airport is just 20 minutes away.

Kilmuir lies in the southern part of the Black Isle. The village is not far from Inverness, but it is fairly secluded as it is placed at the end of a narrow single track road. It lies on the northern shore of the Moray Firth and east of the Kessock Bridge, below Ord Hill, at the top of which lies an ancient fort. There are excellent walks to the top of Ord Hill which gives panoramic views west down the Great Glen, south to the Cairngorms and east out towards the North Sea.

The resident Moray Firth dolphins travel up the stretch of water in front of the cottage as they pass through to feeding grounds in the Beauly Firth. Further east on the Black Isle is the famous Chanonry Point viewing point where the best and closest views of the dolphins are achieved.

The local community owns woodland behind the village and on the slopes of Ord Hill. If you park your car near the churchyard there are marked walks from there to the village, to North Kessock, and circular routes following the coast towards Munlochy Bay.

The Black Isle has many attractions for visitors and the various villages each have their own character - but all offer excellent dining out opportunities!

Mountain biking at Eathie is both challenging and rewarding as is sailing and kayaking from Fortrose. There are fishing and dolphin watching trips from Cromarty and Avoch (pronounced 'och') nearby.

Alternatively, why not just relax into the timeless peace of this secluded hamlet and enjoy the view!

Facilities

  • Electric storage heaters
  • Electric imitation wood-burning stove
  • WiFi
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric hob with separate oven
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Freeview - TV/DVD
  • Second TV in kitchen
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Garden furniture and barbeque
  • Hair dryer in each bedroom
  • Welcome pack on arrival

Further information

  • Eating Out - Recommended Black Isle restaurants: North Kessock Hotel - 2.5 miles - or shoreline walk; Allangrange Arms - Munlochy 3 miles; Station Hotel Avoch - 8 miles; Fortrose - The Anderson - 12 miles; Fortrose - Eilean Dubh - 12 miles; Rosemarkie - Crofters - 14 miles; Cromarty - Sutor Creek - 18 miles; Cromarty - The Royal Hotel - 18 miles
  • Grocery Delivery - Sainsbury's, Asda and Tesco all deliver
  • Horse Riding - Horse riding and pony trekking
  • 4 * equivalent or higher properties - Visit Scotland 4 star award
  • Internet/Wifi - WiFi
  • Beaches - Sandy beaches at Rosemarkie and Fortrose
  • Golf - Fortrose links course and clubhouse
  • Remote or secluded - Kilmuir is a secluded hamlet on the northern shore of the Moray Firth
  • Watersports/outdoor activities - Sailing Club - Fortrose
  • Wildlife & Birdwatching - Good bird watching area - especially for Red Kites

Travel information

Drive time: Inverness airport - 25 mins

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Visitor comments

  • G&E. Roberts
    Many thanks for the confirmation of the return of the house-keeping deposit. We had an excellent week at Lilac Cottage where Penny’s thoughtful provisions made for a very enjoyable and comfortable stay. The location is first class, the cottage well laid out and a brilliant view across the Firth, with dolphins spotted as well. We can thoroughly recommend Lilac Cottage, although not too strongly as we want to go back for another stay as well!!
  • Peter and Ruth Allen
    Our second visit to this beautiful cottage with superb views over the Moray Firth. Cottage very comfortable with everything you need for a perfect holiday.
  • Kathleen and charles
    We have just had a break at Lilac Cottage, and this outstanding cottage in the most stunning location is the best cottage we have ever been in. Every home comfort is catered for, lots of information on what to do, where to go where to eat etc is provided,. The personal welcoming touches of fruit, flowers and a basket of goodies, made us feel very welcome. Penny and David were so welcoming, friendly and cared for our every need, we really felt this was exceptional hospitality. Thank you so much and we will hopefully be back.
  • Linda and John
    What a perfect place to celebrate turning 65 years of age. Penny and David have a wonderful offering in Lilac Cottage. Stunning, comfortable, relaxing and the views !!!!! Penny and David are lovely people and have created a gem to visit, live in and enjoy. Thank you Penny and David and Lilac Cottage - could not have been better. THE BEST Linda
  • Hans & Rita Peters - Holland
    We've had a great two weeks in this beautiful cottage. During more than 40 years that we've rented cottages in England, Wales and Scotland, we haven't been in such a lovely cottage on such a stunning location. The cottage is very well equipped, it lacks nothing, it is a real home from home. Penny and David, thank you very much for your good help and good care during the last weeks. We'll come back next year !!
  • Peter and Ruth Allen
    A wonderful holiday in a beautiful, well-equipped and comfortable cottage situated in a stunning location. Many thanks to Penny and David for their welcome.
  • Liz
    Lilac Cottage is a beautiful home, set in a lovely location. The cottage is clean, well equipped and has everything needed for your stay, with additional home comforts; a lovely basket of treats left by our host Penny. Take time to view Penny and David's garden, a true labour of love and just stunning.
  • Geoffrey Walton
    Looking for a comfortable cottage by the sea in which to relax and unwind, then Lilac Cottage is the place for you. The owners, Penny and David, have gone to great lengths to ensure their cottage provides all you could need for a very happy holiday. It is well equipped and has heaps of information on what to do and where to go. If this not enough(!!!) Penny and David, who live next door, are always ready to offer suggestions. We felt 'at home' as soon as we walked in the door not least because there was a lovely 'welcome' basket, bowl of fruit and flowers waiting for us. The area has much to offer whatever your particular interests. Locally we really enjoyed Rosemarkie and Chanonry Point, but a day out exploring the coast all the way to John O'Groats is well worth doing and, for us, the tour inside the Castle of Mey was a delight. (from a whisky drinker the 15 Year old from Dalmore is also a must!!!!!). Wild life also abounds. A deer and red squirrel in the back garden, oystercatcher with two chicks next door, dolphins in the firth and a lucky sighting for us of a pine marten. You will not be disappointed with a stay at Lilac Cottage!
  • Janice Mackenzie
    Spent a lovely week at Lilac Cottage, the cottage is well equipped and we managed to sit outside on a few occasions and enjoy the scenery. Penny was very helpful and there was a lot of information of things to see, do and visit in the area There are a lot of lovely walks from the cottage and it is in a great location and there is lots to see and do in the area. Some of our highlights were seeing the Dolphins at Chanonry Point, walk at Fairy Glen in Rosemarkie, Dornoch, Fortrose and Cromatory. Lunch at the Storehouse is a must, the food is lovely.
  • Annie & Bob Williams
    ........to continue from our earlier comment. We have just returned to Lilac Cottage for a week's stay. People say that if you enjoy something it would be a mistake to return. well where Lilac Cottage is concerned, then any holiday there will always be a special & thoroughly enjoyable vacation. It's splendid location and comfortable furnishings ensure you have the basis for a relaxing break. Thanks Penny & David.
  • Lindsay & Mark - Glasgow
    A beautiful cottage that has everything you need, plus a few extra home touches on arrival that were just lovely (freshly cut flowers, fruit basket, separate basket of Scottish goodies etc). A 5 minute drive off the main road, yet the peace and tranquility would make you think you'd driven for hours! Beautiful views on to the Moray Firth from the kitchen, bedroom and living room where you can watch the wildlife (including the dolphins if you're lucky!). The cottage is secluded and quiet, but provides a useful base to go exploring loads of different places because it's within such each reach of the main road. Alternatively, if you just want to kick back and chill, then it provides everything you'd need to do that too! Just wonderful.
  • Chris,Viv & Adam Fletcher
    What a fantastic place and a superbly equipped cottage. It was a genuine home from home for us. We have stayed in a number of cottages before but this was the best by far. We shall miss the spectacular views from the kitchen table - dolphin watching whilst having breakfast is a unique experience though don't expect to see them every day. If you want somewhere that is remote but near lots of things then this is the place for you. That may sound odd but once you've been you'll know what I mean.
  • Robert Beazley
    Stayed in Lilac Cottage from the 8th August 2015 for a week. Fantastic setting and the cottage was very comfortable with some lovely touches (flowers, fruit and a basket of goodies!). We even managed to sit outside for breakfast and evening meals due to the lovely weather! Great walks from the cottage and everywhere you go fantastic views and wildlife. We would definitely recommend this cottage for a relaxing holiday and special thanks to Penny and David for a tour of their wonderful garden. Robert & Lynda, South Wales, & Phil and Karen, South Devon.
  • Alison Lowles
    My husband and I and our teenage daughter stayed at this lovely house in the first week of August. It is in a very peaceful location but only a ten minute drive from Inverness over the beautiful Kessock Bridge. Penny makes the house very homely with some thoughtful touches like a welcome basket of food and fruit. We weren't lucky enough to see dolphins from the window but enjoyed the lively birdlife and constantly changing Moray Firth.
  • Martin and Dee
    Helped by a week of generally good weather our stay in Lilac Cottage was idyllic. Lovely quiet location but close enough to Inverness if wanted and handy for access west and north. Very comfortable cottage and easy to relax here and unwind. Smashing views of Moray Firth and wildlife. Penny and David very friendly and helpful and what a lovely garden they have created next door. Worth a visit there when staying in the cottage. Highly recommended.
  • margo hannah
    We are sorry it took us so long to write.We spent the first week in March in the Lilac cottage. it was absolutely gorgeous. We didn't want to leave. What you see in the brochure is what you get but with so much more.The weather wasn't too bad and the scenery was stunning .Thank you Penny and Dave for all your help in telling us where was good to visit.We will definitely be back. JOHN MARGO AND CRAIG
  • Nathan and Karen Dick
    My husband and I stayed at the Lilac Cottage Oct. 21-28, 2013. It was a wonderful little cottage in a charming location. The cottage is beautifully furnished and immaculately clean. The owners, Penny and Dave, were so helpful to us in giving us ideas for hikes, wildlife viewing areas, and historic sites to visit. Many brochures, menus, etc. were available in the cottage. The owners brought added touches to the cottage like a bowl of fresh fruit, a basket of cookies and jams, etc. They made us feel like family! I would highly recommend this cottage.
  • A & B Williams
    To Penny & David, we would very much like to express our appreciation to yourselves for making our recent stay at Lilac Cottage so comfortable and relaxing. The splended location and standard of fittings gave us a holiday that we enjoyed and will always look back on with affection as time well spent. Thank you Penny & David, and we hope that we will return at a later date...........
  • Dick Collinson
    This cottage is in a position to die for - it has fantastic views and is by far the best available on the Black Isle. The cottage is very well equipped and has everything that you could possibly want. Go on, spoil yourselves and you won't regret it!
  • Adele Morgan
    We have just left lilac cottage after a 10 day stay and it was just not long enough. The cottage was beautifully situated with views to die for, you could never get bored of the view. Penny and Dave (the owners) are very warm and welcoming and a great font of knowledge. We have been going to Inverness for many years and have stayed in some nice places but this is by far the most delightfull and looking forward to returning to lilac cottage next year. ADELE MORGAN
  • Andrew & Ruth Knock
    A marvellous cottage for a couple or family of 4. We arrived after the coldest March for many years, yet once the heating was on we were really snug, enjoying such healing views of the sea/firth at our doorstep. The cottage is furnished to a high and modern standard; kitchen very well kitted; each room has a lovely ambience and a sense of peace fills the place. Though part of a tightly housed little hamlet (Kilmuir), we didn't feel enclosed at all - quite the opposite. Owners Penny and David Veitch are a really lovely couple who live next door and will be as much or as little help as you want - but make time to see their garden! We used the cottage as a base for walks, of which the Black Isle has many rewarding ones. Very highly recommended. - Andrew & Ruth Knock
  • Nathalie & Bertrand (France)
    We loved it. It is probably the best cottage we have ever booked and it is not the first time we visit Scotland. They have everything, it is well equipped, very clean, very comfortable, and the view right in front of the house is simply superb. On the top of it, the owners are helpful and very friendly (thanks for your card btw :)). We stayed there for 2 weeks and we plan on coming back in the coming 2 years. And now in French :) On a adoré ce cottage. C’est probablement notre meilleure location en Ecosse, et ce n’est pas la première fois que nous visitons ce pays. Tout y est, c’est bien équippé, ultra propre, super confortable et la vue devant la maison est simplement superbe. En plus, les proprios sont serviables, sympa et tout et tout. Nous sommes restés deux semaines, et nous avons en projet d’y retourner dans les deux ans. N’hésitez pas, vous ne le regretterez pas !
  • Walter Maurer
    Highly recommended! For more than 20 years we spend our holidays in Scotland and this is by far the best cottage we ever had. It is very well equipped and has the perfect size for a family of four. The owners are very friendly and we received a warm welcome. The location is perfect; the view over Moray Firth is simply fantastic! We definitely will return. A very big Thank You and best wishes from Switzerland.
  • A. Murray
    We had a fantastic two week stay in Lilac Cottage. The cottage is immaculate and has everything you could need and more....and the views are breathtaking! We were made to feel very welcome by the owners who were very helpful and kind. This cottage is a good base to explore many destinations and is only a short drive from Inverness but provides an idyllic haven to return to and truly relax. By far one of the best holiday cottages we have ever stayed in.
  • Ranee
    Have just left Lilac Cottage after a week's stay - wish I had booked two weeks! If you're looking for peace and quiet, a walk along the shore, and a pretty, comfortable cottage with amazing views (you're a stone's throw from the water), then this is it. I've used half-a-dozen other self-catering cottages in various places - all very nice, but this one was the best. Two things: if you have small children, be aware there is very little space for them to run around unsupervised, as the back garden is very slopping, and the front is unimpeded to the lane and the water. Also, there is no clothes dryer, just a washer (plenty of drying racks, but if the weather is damp, it takes a while.) We would certainly stay again - it's a good base for the far north, Isle of Skye, and of course, Loch Ness. Thanks!
  • A. Millet
    What for a beautiful cottage in a superb location with wonderful seaview! It is very well equipped, tastefully decorated, no better honeymoon destination for us! Our both children (1 and 6) felt like at home and everything was well thought for them (furniture, accessories, etc). The owners welcomed us warmly and were very friendly and helpful! We would like to return again! Family Müller from Germany
  • Pauline Wallis
    If you want to enjoy the beauty of Scotland this is the place to stay.Super house,comfortable and the ideal place to return to after a long day touring the Far North as we did. Inverness is a short distance away and is worth a visit. We have stayed at many properties in Scotland and this takes some beating. The owners live close by and are more than helpful, we had a great weeks stay.
  • Ros Wright
    The best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in, ideal for birdwatchers & walkers alike. beautiful & peaceful. View from the window a delight. Owners very helpful and conciderate. We will return in the autumn.
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