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Heron Lodge

(Ref. 939755)

North Kessock, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely splendid."

    It is a real log cabin, spacious and very well equipped. Sheltered from the wind by fir trees, the cabin veranda was a delightful, sun trap. The bird feeders attracted a huge variety of birds, we counted 14 different kinds. There were bird books, for those who wish to identify them. It really is a superb choice for a holiday away from the rush and noise of modern life. Yet only a short drive from Inverness.

    Reviewed by Leon5.0Apr 2024

  • "Fabulous lodge and owners were exceptionally helpful and made sure we had everything we needed."

    The pictures do not do the lodge justice, it is very clean, everything is of good quality and they had thought of everything you could possibly think of, a true home away from home. Would highly recommend and there was even a heron and red squirrels!!

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Mar 2024

  • "A lovely comfortable lodge in peaceful surroundings and easy access to Inverness"

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Feb 2024

  • "I was really surprised by the land the owner had."

    They had their own forest for kids to explore and beautiful log cabins. It was like being in a Hollywood movie set and listening to Steven Spielberg say (Action) I couldn’t believe my eyes when I arrived. Thanks for a wonderful experience Helen & David.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2023

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful stay at Heron Lodge."

    The host welcomed us on arrival to and gave us some information about the lodge and the area. The lodge is beautiful, clean and extremely well equipped. The location is great for exploring with several historic sites and walks etc nearby. The host provided an extensive list of suggested places to visit and recommended restaurants etc which was very helpful. It is also only about a ten minute drive to the centre of Inverness with shopping, bars, restaurants and supermarkets. We couldn’t fault our stay in any way and hope to stay at Heron lodge again in the future.

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Oct 2023

  • "Outstanding!"

    Helen and David are absolutely fantastic hosts; nothing is too much trouble, but you'd hardly know they are on site as they are so discreet and allow their guests total privacy to relax.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a fantastic week."

    Amazing lodge in a beautiful location. The lodge was immaculate and had everything we needed and very dog friendly. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cabin was fantastic a real home from home."

    The cleanliness and provisions were second to none. The hot tub was a great addition and again spotlessly clean. A real credit to the lovely owners. The location was lovely and peaceful yet only a short 5 mile trip to Inverness and ideally placed to discover the Black Isle, further north or even across to the west side of Scotland and the western isles.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic week spent at Heron lodge, could not ask for a better location or accommodation if you want to unwind and explore the highlands."

    The lodge was amazing and even better than expected with everything you needed for a comfortable stay. We were greeted by the owner who was extremely helpful and gave us plenty of ideas of things to do. There were so many highlights from the week and one we will not forget for a long time. Loch Ness was stunning and close by but surprisingly not over run with visitors as I would have expected. There were so many places to see that we will be back again soon. Book soon you do not want to miss out on experiencing Heron lodge or the other lodge close by Moorhen lodge.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Excellent lodge with hot tub."

    Great communication from the property owners prior to and during our stay. Lovely welcome pack on arrival including starter pack for log burner. Lodge is perfectly positioned for day trips to surrounding areas (Inverness, Loch Ness, Culloden, Chanonry Point and many more!). We stayed for 7 nights and were not short of things to do with 2 children under 9 and our dog. Highly recommended - you won’t be disappointed!

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Apr 2023

  • "Fabulous peaceful welcoming place to stay, Every attention to detail to make our stay perfect was taken care of, The lodge is immaculate, beautifully presented and everything you could need is in the lodge, Host where fantastic and welcoming and really helpful with local information."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "Amazing property we loved it"

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Sep 2022

  • "Absolutely fabulous lodge, spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable and really well equipped."

    Dogs made to feel welcome. Hot tub an added bonus.Great location for exploring the Black Isle, Sutherland and Inverness. Would I go back ? Absolutely ! Easily one if not the best lodge I’ve been to.

    Reviewed by Julianne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent holiday in a beautiful lodge."

    We felt very priviledged to be there. The location was brilliant in such lovely woods together with the birds. We admire the way in which you are trying to be as green as possible without losing the luxury of everything involved in staying at the lodge. The lodge was very well furnished and we were not short of anything. The surrounding area was very enjoyable to explore especially dolphin watching for a good hour or more off Chanonry Point. We had another day out where we called in at the stunning resort of Eagles Brae where we photographed the friendly deer and other wild life. Together with the Cairngorm National park and stunning scenery around the Moray Firth we had a great week.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2022

  • "Our stay at Heron Lodge was incredible!"

    Everything we needed was available and the hot tub was very welcome after long days hiking. We absolutely loved it.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing place so clean and quiet."

    Will return 100% close enough for everything on your doorstep but 1.5 miles and your away from everything the perfect break. Chris & Nicky (Halesowen)

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Feb 2022

  • "This was the best place we have ever stayed & gutted to leave - will definitely return!"

    A beautiful log cabin with everything you would ever need & immaculately clean. Welcome gift pack & lovely friendly & helpful hosts. We actually sat in the hot tub one night with snow swirling around our heads - my little girl was in awe!? Also enjoyed waking up to the birds & watching them feed - beautiful red squirrel visitor too - wow! We also saw a tiny tree creeper & a woodpecker. The area is amazing - lovely little local walk to the loch through a beautiful glen. Then Glen Affric & the Cairngorms & Fairy Glen (great tiny pub in village) & wonderful drives to amazing scenery - mpuntains, trees, lochs, sea & castles! We really really didn’t want to leave & are very sad to be home apart from to see our cat. Our little dog came with us & loved it too! Amazing holiday - thank you to Helen & David for making it happen! Emma, John, Gracie & Harry me

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Feb 2022

  • "Everything about our stay has been absolutely perfect!"

    We loved watching the birds and squirrels and so did the dogs! The hot tub was perfect to come back to after our trips out sightseeing and the log fire was so cosy. Helen and David are so helpful and go above and beyond to make sure your visit is everything you want. The tips of where to go with the dogs were so welcomed. Although we were tucked away in the depths of the forest, Inverness was only 10 minutes away but you'd never know! We got breakfast from the bakery down the road each morning too. Thank you Helen and David, we are so sad to have to leave and we'll definitely be back (if you'll have us!).

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic lodge in a superb setting"

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Dec 2021

  • "Loved every minute of our stay at the exquisite Heron Lodge."

    This is the best log cabin we've stayed in (and we've stayed in quite a few around the uk). We thought the lodge was immaculate and the location superb, and the welcome hamper was a lovely touch. We couldn't really fault the lodge at all so we're sure we'll return again at some point in the future. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Nov 2021

  • "We genuinely loved everything about this place."

    It strikes a fantastic balance between modern comforts and a truly rustic area, sitting in the hot tub whilst looking out into the forest and listening to the weather. Following that up with then being able to sit in the warmth and comfort of the cabin with the log fire burning and watch a movie or two. Even if we did feel like venturing out, we were only 10 - 15 minutes away from Inverness proper so never felt too isolated. On top of this the owners are amazingly communicative and approachable and made sure our stay was perfect. Thoroughly recommended across the board.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Nov 2021

  • "Amazing lodge best we have ever stayed in so peaceful and well looked after."

    Toilet roll, dishwasher tablets, washing machine tablets, washing up liquid, soap, handwash, tea towels, hand and bath towels, flannels, oven gloves, hot tub towels are all provided so don’t need to take own which is very handy, saving room in the car/less to pack. Highly recommend this place if like to be somewhere peaceful.

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Oct 2021

  • "Fantastic log cabin in a great location we will definitely return"

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "Everything you need is at Heron Lodge."

    The owners are particularly keen on green issues in and surrounding the Lodges. You are in an area of oustanding natural beauty so for example don't bring fairy liquid or dishwasher tablets as they aren't on mains drainage or sewerage, they have a digester so salts and any other cleaning products are not advised. Everything is very close by and there are some very good pubs with great food. Glen Affric is a must. Make sure you pre-book attractions to avoid dissapointment.

    Reviewed by Christopher Richard5.0Jul 2021

  • "The lodge is just perfect."

    Great location, everything you could possibly need provided, the hosts really have thought of everything. Great base for sight seeing, loads of places you can visit not too far from lodge. We had such a relaxing break, our dog thoroughly enjoyed it too. Hope to be back in the near future. Highly recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Heron Lodge was a fantastic location for a holiday."

    The accommodation was very comfortable and very well kitted out. The hot tub and bbq were very well used. The area was excellent for walking and cycling. The hosts could not have done enough for us. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0May 2021

  • "The owners of the lodges are lovely people."

    ..nothing is too much trouble, so peaceful...we will go back.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2021

  • "Fantastic lodge."

    We had a brilliant stay with our dogs. Loads to do nearby. The owners are very lovely too. Thank you for the goodies basket upon our arrival. We’ll be coming back.

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fabulous lodge and a perfect getaway."

    Ideal for some relaxation and quiet time, yet close enough to shops should you need anything. The lodge was in very clean condition and the owners were superb and happy to help or advise at any time. The wood burning stove and the hot tub were a delight, and we will most certainly be back in the near future.

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2020

  • "Brilliant location with lots to see and do."

    The owners were helpful and friendly and had thought of everything to make the lodge a home from home. Would recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Karina5.0Sep 2020

  • "Totally amazing!"

    !! The lodge was wonderful with so many small details considered. The owners were absolutely lovely. The location is perfect, isolated yet only a 10 minute drive to Inverness and central to explore the highlands. Our expectations were exceeded and we will definitely be back to stay in the near future.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Aug 2020

  • "An amazing lodge with fantastic owners near by should you need them."

    Would happily recommend heron lodge to anyone.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jan 2020

  • "The lodge and setting allowed us to just chill out relax and recover from a busy year"

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Nov 2019

  • "Fantastic lovely cabin."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Nov 2019

  • "I can’t emphasise enough just how much our expectations were exceeded at Heron Lodge - from the warm welcome to the immaculate and perfectly appointed lodge."

    Everything had been carefully considered to make our stay as luxurious and comfortable as possible. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second coming back here again.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2019

  • "This was by far one the most beautiful holiday accommodations we have ever stayed at."

    Very high standard of cleanliness and comfort,surrounded by lovely woodlands.The hot tub was a welcome bonus,and our hosts couldn't do enough to make us welcome.

    Reviewed by Alexandria5.0Jun 2019

  • "Heron lodge was a fabulous place to stay We wanted a quiet location with high standard accomodation which was precisely what we got The woodland setting is so tranquil and calming Yet only a 5 minute drive away you have great roads to travel across Scotland far and wide and local villages such as North Kessock and Munlochy with great places to eat out."

    A super dog friendly lodge with walks on your doorstep. Will return one day sooon and would recommend to any one seeking a peaceful location

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2019

  • "We had a fantastic week away was just like home loved it, will definitely be coming back."

    Reviewed by Calum5.0May 2019

  • "Excellent cottage with friendly and helpful owners Brilliant area to explore ..."

    Excellent cottage with friendly and helpful owners Brilliant area to explore everyone we met was very friendly Had some excellent fresh salmon from the fish van Really liked beach at Nairn good fish and chips on main street Train to Kyle of Lochalsh was very good as was the Baxter’s food visitor centre

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2019

  • "Absolutely brilliant hosts, stunning location and quality log cabin."

    We would definitely return. Simply superb! Best place we have ever stayed.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Dec 2018

  • "Everything you could ever need packed into a beautiful and traditional log cabin in an ideal location."

    Lovely owners whom made our stay perfect. Thank you

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2018

  • "This lodge was better than advertised!"

    Completely secluded and quiet, with every home comfort it gave us everything we wanted for a complete break. The hot tub was a special favourite and the setting in the woods was a magical feeling. The hosts also could not do enough to make us feel comfortable and were available should we need anything but never interrupted our holiday time. Could not top this!

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Sep 2018

  • "Me, my husband and two dogs stayed in Heron Lodge."

    We could not have been happier. The log cabin is beautiful and in lovely surroundings. Everything was provided for us and the owners went above and beyond to make our stay stress free including a lovely welcome pack and lots of information of the surrounding area. Plenty of lovely walks for the dogs and the locals are also very friendly. We also enjoyed the hot tub in the evening to relax after the walks. We have recommended the lodges to family and friends and hope to return soon! :-)

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2018

  • "This holiday is by far the best uk holiday we have ever experienced ever the log ..."

    This holiday is by far the best uk holiday we have ever experienced ever the log cabin is absolutly fantastic and spotless the owners david and helen are such nice and friendly people,the cabin is situated in the wooded area which the kids found very exciting there are red squirrels deer and other wildlife around,there is also plenty of trails and paths to walk if you like that sort of thing,i did not want to come home,once i get my anual leave from work for next year we will be going back, love this place

    Reviewed by Garry5.0Aug 2018

  • "This is a lovely cabin with alot of care given to attendtion and detail so that everything is there for comfort and a restful holiday."

    There was a really nice welcome pack that we greatly apprciated and enjoyed. We loved the hot tub too! The cabin is in a great position to walk in the area or explore places such as Loch Ness, Castle Urguhart, Culloden, Brodie House and Cromarty.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2018

  • "For dog owners."

    The owners live next door and this is obviously a brand new lodge. Everything is sparkling and new and instructions clear as to the eco system but we are in a forest and we do have dogs with us so were very very respectful of the facilities and high end spec. But the lodge veranda could do with a gate. We placed a small bench across it as a visual barrier to our dogs so they did not explore the grounds. We walked them off site and kept them on the lead most of the time when “home” as improvements are still being made to the grounds and access with electronic gates installed while we were there. The owners have a blind dog who does wander around and so it is guests responsibility to look out for the home dog who wanders in front of cars. There are signs on site and this is pointed out by the owners. It might have been helpful to alert guests of this in advance as there is effectively no secure garden area for visiting dogs. It is extremely difficult to find properties of this quality and location that permits 2 dogs and we are responsible dog owners and do not let our dogs roam, bark or disturb others privacy but we did not realise there was no secure boundary to our lodge. Fortunately a forest walk is very close by for early morning exercise and toileting. It is also not clear what the house cleaning bond is about. Have we already paid this in the price paid to Sykes? It is not clear at all. If so how is this refunded? ****** Owner Response ***** We are so pleased that you found Heron Lodge to be of such a high standard "sparkling and new". Previous guests at Heron Lodge have all commented how spoilt they felt to enjoy such a peaceful, secluded, quality woodland location with unhindered access to the woodland, yet such close proximity to Inverness. Dog owners especially have commented what a holiday it was for their dogs too! Visiting dogs will now benefit from a gate on the terrace steps - so they can now lie out on the terrace and soak up the sights and smells of the forest unhindered. We encourage Red squirrels, Pine martens, Pheasants and Hedgehogs (amongst other wildlife) to share the 12 acre woodland too. We ask guests to drive slowly through the site, primarily for the safety of other guest's children (who may also be using the woodland access track) and to encourage resident and visiting wildlife. Dog owners are in for a treat here, with fantastic forestry commission walks to explore on their doorstep, and days at the beach just a stone’s throw away!

    Reviewed by Annette4.7Jul 2018

  • "Log Cabin five star accommodation, brilliant hosts, peaceful & beautiful location."

    Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2018

  • "A beautiful place, with lovely and hard working hosts."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Sheena5.0May 2018

  • "What a fantastic place, so relaxing and quiet, Cabins are excellent quality, well thought out, whilst Heron Lodge is close to it's neighbour Moorhen Lodge you don't know it's there nicely secluded by trees and banks."

    Comfortable bed, with ensuite shower and adjacent family bathroom, all very clean. Kitchen is open plan to living room and has everything you need, septic tank friendly products provided for dishwasher and washing machine. All in all a lovely place in lovely surroundings close enough to Inverness for the shops etc, but far enough away to not know it's there. Will we go back YES

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Apr 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin zip/link (can be king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • LPG central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WIFI
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Veranda with furniture, BBQ and hot tub
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking in the cabin and the entire woodland site
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: there is a £150 good house keeping bond attached to this property.

The property

Heron Lodge is a fabulously furnished Canadian lodge set in the Craigbreck Wood near the village of North Kessock in the Scottish Highlands.

Its high quality fixtures and fittings and prime location for a holiday full of peace and quiet, this is an ideal lodge for a break with friends and couples.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 970080, together they can sleep 8.

Coille Na Creige Lodges

A pair of spectacular Canadian cabins nestled in the beautiful Craigbreck Wood near North Kessock in the Scottish Highlands. Secluded within 3 hectares of private woodland, these luxury solid log cabins, are conveniently just a 10 minute drive from the Highland Capital Inverness, and just off the iconic North Coast 500 route. Just a stones throw away from the Moray Firth, these warming timber lodges come in a rural location and are perfect for friends and couples to enjoy together all year round. The Coille na Creige Lodges are accessed down a windy country lane in a beautifully tranquil spot, step inside and be instantly impressed by the high quality finish in the open plan living area. The leather sofas and woodburning stoves make them just as appealing in the crisp winter and in the summer sun. The kitchen areas are of supreme quality, providing you with all that you will need during your stay here in Kilmuir. Head to the back of the lodges and be greeted by the cosy bedrooms, the master rooms boast a fantastic en-suite shower room for your convenience. The interior of the cabins are complete with stunning family bathrooms, perfect for a long soak after a tiring day exploring the woods. The excellence of these lodges continues to the outside. Make the most of your fantastic veranda area with its lavish wooden hot tub putting the finishing touches to the Coille na Creige Lodges. Every Tuesday afternoon the local Fish Van visits, selling freshly caught langoustines, crabs, mussels, haddock and a variety of seafood for guests to purchase. The surrounding Craigbreck Wood offers a wealth of wildlife, with red squirrels, deer, long-tailed tits, red kites, herons, and owls seen throughout the year, and hundreds of visiting Canadian Geese are heard flocking overhead during the colder months. North Kessock, a stunning coastal village overlooking Moray Firth, provides you with a shop and a pub as well as access along the coast to the charming towns and villages that come with it. The beautiful city of Inverness comes just a short drive away, great for a fun-filled day out as it showcases elite shopping and eating facilities as well as some incredible buildings including the castle and cathedral. Highland Games events occur every weekend during the summer in neighbouring villages and towns. Not to mention the world class golf courses, castles, Culloden Battlefield and the famous Loch Ness to visit, all within 30 minutes drive away. The Cairngorm Ski Resort is only a 45 minutes drive away. Skiing, Husky sledge experiences as well as a resident Reindeer Herd are available to visit all year round. Organised tours can be taken from Inverness to Skye, the West Coast, Orkney and also around the local distilleries. Two outstanding, unique cabins making an ideal stay come rain or shine. The lodges are not available to Stag or Hen Parties or similar.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Arpafeelie 3 miles; Kilmuir 4.1 miles; Inverness 5.5 miles.

North Kessock is the site of an ancient ferry route between Inverness and the Black Isle. This ferry ran, with various changes and modernisations, for 700 years, up until 1982, when the Kessock Bridge was opened. The main village consists of a long line of buildings along the shore, with a steep wooded hillside immediately behind them. The rest of the Kessock community is scattered over the hillside and through the woods, and has expanded a great deal in recent years. The nearby Beauly Firth is teeming with wildlife. Bottlenosed Dolphins, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Curlew and Shelduck and the Common Seal can all be seen there. In North Kessock, a small marine Wildlife Research Base monitors dolphins and seals through sightings as well as underwater microphones. Pop in and have a listen!