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Lilac Cottage

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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80 Customer Reviews

  • "An amazing location-the cottage was extremely well equipped and the owners were very welcoming."

    Nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2023

  • "This was our first visit to Lilac Cottage and we loved it so much we have already booked for next year."

    The Cottage is just perfect, the best ever with a brilliantly equipped kitchen complete with a basket of local fare and a fruit bowl full of lovely fruit. The cottage is very comfortable and relaxing with fantastic views over the Moray Firth, if you love nature peace and quiet then this is the place for you. There are so many interesting places for great days out you are spoilt for choice. Thank you Penny and David see you next August x

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Sep 2023

  • "Have stayed at the cottage 4 times now and can find no faults with it, brilliant location the owners next door are there should there be any issues and always give a warm welcome."

    We brought family with us this time and they loved the location and the cottage.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2023

  • "Once again, a lovely stay at Lilac Cottage."

    Absolutely no improvements necessary - just keep doing what you do so beautifully! Where else do you arrive at your holiday cottage with a fresh vase of flowers from the garden, a range of Scottish provender in a basket, and an overflowing fruit bowl. Only Lilac Cottage can do this!!

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent.Our stay was wonderful."

    Our guests were very friendly and helpful. Everything was perfect,very well provided. Very peaceful lovely view. Thanks very much Penny and David.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Lilac Cottage."

    It’s a peaceful place with stunning views over the Moray Firth. It’s the kind of place you can just sit and listen to the waves. The area is brilliant to explore with great links to the A9 for Inverness and beyond. It’s really made by the owners who are only next door and made us feel welcome. They obviously care about the place and so everything possible to make sure their guests are comfortable with some lovely touches such as a fresh fruit bowl. Thank you to them.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2023

  • "Our stay at Lilac Cottage was idyllic."

    The cottage has everything you need and is extremely clean and comfortable. Penny and David our hosts were very friendly and helpful without being intrusive. The welcome basket and fruit bowl were most welcome.The cottage is well situated to travel to various attractions such as Dunrobin and Cawdor Castles , Culloden battlefield and museum and for wildlife enthusiasts there is Findhorn and Spey Bay.If you require your entertainment to be close to the cottage then it is not for you but if you want a relaxing time and are prepared to travel short distances you won’t beat it. We are already looking for a return date.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic and very comfortable cottage on the water’s edge."

    Amazing view and so peaceful (yet Inverness is less than 20 mins drive). Within easy reach by car of many fantastic sites (Culloden, Glen Affric, Chanonry Point). If you want facilities (shop, pub etc) within walking distance/close at hand (I didn’t) then this cottage might not be for you but if you want quiet and the sea on your doorstep then this is the perfect spot. The owners are charming and have the most amazing garden next door that is well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2023

  • "I Absolutely love Penny and David; Fantastic hosts, with a fantastic property."

    Handwritten notes and tips about what is in the area. The property is just what we like, the scenery starts before the doorstep. Everything about it was magical.

    Reviewed by Lewis5.0Jul 2023

  • "Excellent our fourth visit."

    That speaks for itself. The standard of the cottage is second to none. Penny and David are the most kind and genuine people you could wish to meet. Neil and Sue XX

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lilac Cottage it’s self was immaculately clean and comfortable, with everything we needed and more, a real delight to stay in, the village so beautiful and peaceful, and as for the view totally amazing and what a pleasure waking up to such a view each morning, and what’s more if you manage to see the sunrise as I did one morning at 4."

    19am even more amazing and well worth the effort! Our holiday was perfect with such fantastic days out and evening’s too as we went dolphins

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lilac Cottage is in the ideal location for us."

    A stone's throw from Inverness from where it is possible to travel in all directions. Everything is clean and comfortable with facilities providing everything we need. It's also an added bonus to be so close to the sea and watch the ever changing patterns, colours and movement. We would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Margot5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage, that had all we could need, in a location right on the shore of the Moray Firth."

    From watching Curlew, Oystercatcher and Heron at breakfast to the history of Culloden and the fantastic Highland scenery we found it a lovely base for our week near Inverness. Penny and David were very helpful and had plenty of suggestions of what to do. Diolch yn fawr.

    Reviewed by Huw5.0Jun 2023

  • "WoW This is the best cottage we have stayed in."

    Clean, comfortable and everything we needed, the owners who live next door were very nice and helpfull and supplied us with information about the area and surprised us with the amount of goodies they left for us, very much appreciated after our long journey hindered by many road works. Lots of places to visit but if you just want a nice quiet holiday this is the place, so nice and peaceful with amazing views from the room and dining area its nice to sit and watch the world go by and see the dolphins and lots of birds. We would recommend this lovely cottage to everyone who loves the countryside and sea. The only small downside is the rear garden which is rather steep it's the lie of the land, there are steps up to a platform with chairs and a marvelous view from the top over the bay but I was only able to manage it once with my son's help, a shame but not a problem as the front garden has seating and views to die for. Thank you Penny & David for a lovely holiday and all the Best for the future,

    Reviewed by Freda5.0May 2023

  • "Lilac Cottage is wonderful."

    Location is superb and the accommodation has everything that you can think of. The owners, David & Penny, live next door and their friendly hospitality is marvellous. We can wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend this cottage…it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to better.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2023

  • "Amazing cottage the views are outstanding from the front windows and when you go out to the back slopped garden they are just beautiful."

    Penny and David are so helpful to provide information as where to visit ,restaurant s and anything else you require.So peaceful,wildlife all around you all you want to do is to sit back and enjoy.But there is some good walks near by, and a great location for visiting other places of interest The accommodation is so well laid out and there is everything you need and more with all the personal touches, home from home.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Apr 2023

  • "An amazing location, extremely helpful and friendly hosts and a fabulous cottage."

    It had everything we needed and more. A real home from home. Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage in a peaceful and stunningly beautiful location."

    The cottage is very well equipped (especially the kitchen) with everything you could possibly need including plenty of guide books, ordnance survey maps and a scope to fully appreciate the view across the bay. We received a warm welcome from Penny and David who popped round to introduce themselves and ensure we had everything we needed, they had also written and printed their own ideas of both both short and longer car trips to give plenty of ideas for days out. It’s a tremendous place to escape the hustle and bustle yet not too far from amenities. From the cottage we saw, black backed, herring and common gulls, cormorants, little grebes, red squirrels and red kites. A visit to Chanonry Point provided us with views of seals and dolphins. We would definitely recommend a stay in this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2022

  • "Thank you for letting me share the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of your wonderful part of the world."

    I can't recommend the cottage in which I stayed in for the week enough. My soul was restored at a most difficult and trying time in my life.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is a wonderful property hence we have revisited, praise to the owners for the welcome & not just for the fruit, flowers & milk that greet you on your arrival but they are always there for help if needed."

    I hope this is a property we will return too in the future

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2022

  • "We spent seven wonderful days at Lilac cottage, a beautiful cottage with all you need for your comfort, the owners David and Penny live next door they could not have been more welcoming and helpful."

    The surrounding area is filled with relaxing walks the Moray firth is right outside such a peaceful relaxing place. The shops and historical places are not far away and very easy to get to we spent most of our time exploring the woods. We honestly could not have had better weather any rain falling came through night, we came home with lots of photographs and many happy memories. Thank you Penny and David.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was our third visit to Lilac Cottage."

    What an amazing place! The view over the Moray Firth...stunning, and watching the dolphins 'perform' is well worth a visit. The owners, Penny and David are second to none, warm, friendly and welcoming. Nothing too much trouble. The facilities in the cottage are top class. It all adds up to a very enjoyable holiday. We are sure after your visit you will want to return, we definitely are, we have already booked for next year. Sue and Neil x

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lilac cottage is very comfortable and homely, we both enjoyed our stay, would ..."

    Lilac cottage is very comfortable and homely, we both enjoyed our stay, would highly recommend the cottage, Penny& David made us very welcome in their cottage,

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Delightful week at Lilac Cottage."

    The siting of the cottage on the banks of the Firth is quite special and the drive to Kilmuir from the main road, along narrow, tree lined roads is beautiful and creates an immediate sense of getting away from it all. The cottage itself was comfortable and had all the amenities and equipment we needed for a very pleasant week. The owners were very friendly and helpful and we wish to thank them for our lovely break. It was possible to sit in the gardens with a view over the Firth, the back garden slopes up steeply so there is a good raised view and the well tended front garden is close to the beach. Excellent places to vist within easy reach of Kilmuir are Cromarty, Culloden and Castle Urquhart.

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely, well equipped cottage in a beautiful location."

    The owner, Penny , couldn’t have been kinder and was extremely helpful. The cottage is ideally situated for touring the area which is beautiful and equally suited just to chill and relax . We would happily make a return visit.

    Jean McNaeMay 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our week at Lilac Cottage, it felt like a real home, very well presented, comfortable and cosy for guests."

    All in such a peaceful, beautiful setting with Penny and David being such warm, friendly and helpful hosts. Which we really appreciated. The Cottage is set in a quiet rural coastal location with stunning views of the Moray Firth by day and twinkling lights in the distance by night. The location offers the calmness of the Black Isles countryside and coast on one side of the Kessock bridge and the city of Inverness only 10 minutes away on the other side. Truly the best of both worlds. Perfect for town and country pursuits. Everything you could possibly wish for only a short car ride away. We will hopefully be back again another time soon. Would highly recommend.

    C KerrApr 2022

  • "The cottage and location are idyllic, we have never stayed anywhere with such a phenomenal view."

    The cottage is extremely clean and bigger than we thought, with two toilets which is very handy. The cottage is beautifully warm and cosy. Penny and David were very welcoming and went to extra lengths to help us and provided beautiful fresh flowers, a basket of local foods and homemade shortbread which were delicious.

    ElaineOct 2021

  • "We were very happy staying at Lilac Cottage for the week."

    The hosts were really lovely, friendly and helpful. Excellent views of the Moray Firth. Much enjoyed welcome pack. Good facilities and a comfortable place to stay. Lynn and Colin Arnold

    L & C ArnoldOct 2021

  • "We spent two wonderful weeks of our honeymoon in lilac cottage."

    After many uncertainties regarding current travel regulations, we were incredibly happy when we finally arrived at this beautiful place in the highlands. The hosts couldn't have been nicer and welcomed us warmly into their treasure of a holiday home. The location overlooking the moray firth is absolutely incredible - secluded yes, but the city of Inverness is easily reached within a 15min drive. The cottage itself is in great condition and equipped with everything you'd need. This was truly our home away from home on a much needed holiday. Thank you to the hosts of the property! And thank you to the team of LHH who have been great in responding to all our questions before and during the booking process! We'd love to come back to this beautiful part of the world at some point! Tip for train lovers: We took the Caledonian sleeper night train up from London: What a great experience! The journey to Kyle of Lochalsh by train is well worth the 2.5hrs each way! All the best Ramona & Gabriel

    Ramona & GabrielSep 2021

  • "First impressions was the spectacular view of the Moray Firth from almost every window of this cottage."

    Lilac Cottage was very clean, well maintained and had everything we needed for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Our holiday passed too quickly but we returned home with great memories of the many places we visited and the wildlife we saw. Penny and David Veitch were very welcoming, We have already booked our holiday back at this lovely cottage next year.

    Margaret And Tom McGregorAug 2021

  • "A lovely cosy cottage which is well equipped and very comfortable."

    The location is idyllic and it is the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday. The owners are very friendly and accommodating wanting their guests to feel at home in Lilac Cottage. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday there. Thank you.

    Caroline CurleyAug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week staying in Lilac Cottage, Penny and David were such lovely hosts and we were very sorry to leave."

    The cottage itself is very well equipped, cosy and exceptionally clean. Fantastic view across the water and even better when on the decking at the back of the property. Having never been to the area before there was lots to explore and see, beautiful beaches where the children loved swimming and rockpooling, lovely walks from the doorstep and stunning glens if you venture inland. There was so much more we wanted to see but unfortunately we ran out of time so we will definitely be back.

    Jennifer BolanAug 2021

  • "Just back from a week’s stay in this delightful cosy cottage right on the water’s edge with amazing views."

    Easily accessed walks straight out from the door and plenty of bird life around and a really active red squirrel population. The cottage is very well equipped, very comfortable, spotlessly clean, warm and highly recommended. Penny, the host, lives next door and made us very welcome, thanks Penny.

    Karen And Alan MitchellNov 2020

  • "Lilac Cottage exceeded our expectations."

    It had everything that you could wish for. Absolutely pristine, comfortable and in an idyllic setting with red squirrels, weasels and deer (sadly, no dolphins). Many thanks to David and Penny for being such wonderful hosts who were very welcoming, helpful and friendly. Lilac cottage is a place that you must stay at.

    Adrian And Julie ClarkSep 2020

  • "Lovely very picturesque location, very friendly and helpful owners we thoroughly ..."

    Lovely very picturesque location, very friendly and helpful owners we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lilac Cottage and look forward to returning again in the future

    Richard & Alison GallantSep 2020

  • "We have just spent a lovely week in this cosy cottage overlooking the sea."

    Cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything you could possibly think of for self catering. The new heating system provided constant hot water and kept the house as warm as toast. Thanks again to Penny and David for a very comfortable stay.

    James FerrierSep 2020

  • "We had a great week in Lilac cottage, lovely remote setting whilst still very accessible for day trips."

    Cottage is well kept and spacious with good views from garden deck over the Moray Firth. Girls enjoyed being able to go beach combing straight from front door. Penny was also very helpful with suggestions for other places to visit in the area. Look forward to visiting again.

    Chris + FamilyOct 2019

  • "We stayed in Lilac Cottage, 14-21 September, 2019."

    This is a beautiful, well equipped cottage with a stunning view over the Moray Firth. The owners Penny and David, who live next door, with a must see award winning garden of their own, could not have been more helpful on what to do and see. Their welcome pack was a lovely touch and helped get our stay off to a good start. This is an excellent cottage to use as a base for visiting Inverness, Loch Ness, The Black Isle some beautiful glens such as Glen Affric and historic sites such as Culloden battlefield, Fort George and Urquhart Castle. Would highly recommend.

    Ron & Jackie DouglasOct 2019

  • "The perfect location from which to explore The Black Isle, the eastern aspect of the Moray Firth and Inverness and its environs."

    We encountered most of the different types of weather that Scotland offers and the cottage proved to be ideal for watching rain squalls, rainbows, beautiful sunsets and the wind on the water's surface - so relaxing. It is also really well equipped, so whatever the weather we were always warm and comfortable. A lot of thought has clearly gone into making Lilac Cottage a lovely holiday home. Thank you.

    Laura BannonSep 2019

  • "Starting with a welcome of a goodies basket of marmalade jam oat biscuits etc."

    , and jug of milk in the fridge, and, and.... a posy of flowers in a vase in the kitchen and ending with a lovely visit to Penny and David's amazingly interesting vertiginous garden, we had a perfectly splendid week at Lilac cottage. The kitchen is superbly appointed; especially useful for us was the slow cooker so that a lovely meal awaited us on our days out. The rest of the accommodation was exactly what we expected - homely and comfortable. It's a great location for exploring the Black Isle and the Highlands. We loved the proximity to the Moray Firth - (is it possible to be any closer without swimming?) and the exclusive little row of cottages in which Lilac nestles was a lovely setting. Watching a full moon rising over the Firth from the large kitchen window...... Studying the afternoon shoreline club of Oystercatcher, curlew, redshank, gooseander and heron....driving through a beech avenue to the cottage every day....... improve upon it if you can! Thank you Penny and David.

    David And Mo ReevesSep 2019

  • "What a start!"

    Welcome basket of goodies, milk in the fridge, flowers in a vase in the window. Lilac Cottage was a delight from start to finish - a well-equipped kitchen served us well all week. A very comfortable bed to flop into at the end of a long day. And what a view - just a few feet from the foreshore of the Moray Firth. No dolphins this time but the afternoon club of Gooseander, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Curlew and Heron, all prospecting a few yards from us was a treat. A perfect location for forays into the Black Isle and the Highlands. We'll be back!

    David And Mo ReevesSep 2019

  • "Lilac Cottage was spotlessly clean, well equipped and very comfortable."

    We found it a calming and restful place and sometimes couldn’t tear ourselves away from just sitting, relaxing and admiring the view over the Moray Firth and beyond. It’s a stone’s throw away from Inverness and makes an excellent base from which to travel in all directions. We would highly recommend it.

    Margot & Carrie ( Sisters Who Grew Up In Inverness)Aug 2019

  • "It was the first visit to Lilac Cottage and it's fabulous!"

    The cottage has a very high standard of accommodation and the location is wonderful. Waking up to the sound of curlews, oystercatchers and herons was a treat. Penny and David (the owners) were very friendly and welcoming and the holiday was very relaxing and thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely recommended.

    Nicola SAug 2019

  • "This is a fantastic holiday destination."

    Very comfy and a very well stocked kitchen. The owners are lovely and very helpful. Lots of thought put into renting this property. We had a very relaxing and chilled out holiday. Didn't see any dolphins unfortunately. Would go back again.

    Keith And Joy ParkerJul 2019

  • "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...........

    A & B WilliamsNov 2018

  • "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.

    Chris,Viv & Adam FletcherNov 2018

  • "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.

    Lindsay & Mark - GlasgowNov 2018

  • "...."

    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.

    Annie & Bob WilliamsNov 2018

  • "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.

    Ros WrightNov 2018

  • "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

    Margo HannahNov 2018

  • "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.

    Nathan And Karen DickNov 2018

  • "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

    Adele MorganNov 2018

  • "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!

    Dick CollinsonNov 2018

  • "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.

    Robert BeazleyNov 2018

  • "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

    Andrew & Ruth KnockNov 2018

  • "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 équipe, 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 rests deux semaines, et nous avons en projet retourner dans les deux ans. N'hesitez pas, vous ne le regretterez pas!

    Nathalie & Bertrand (France)Nov 2018

  • "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.

    Walter MaurerNov 2018

  • "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.

    A. MurrayNov 2018

  • "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!

    RaneeNov 2018

  • "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 M?ller from Germany

    A. MilletNov 2018

  • "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.

    Alison LowlesNov 2018

  • "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.

    LizNov 2018

  • "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.

    Janice MackenzieNov 2018

  • "We have just returned from a weeks holiday at Lilac Cottage and its been a wonderful week."

    The cottage is near to Inverness so shopping is no problem. If you like wildlife you have every chance of seeing the Osprey catching fish while you are having a cup of tea on the front patio. We even saw a roe deer in the back garden one evening. Some evenings we had little partridges sleeping on the back wall. The cottage itself has every thing you could ask for - books, dvds and lots of information leaflets and every kitchen item you would ever need. Penny and David made us feel most welcome and were near by if we needed them. The welcome basket was a lovely touch so were the flowers and fruit. If you want a holiday that is peaceful and you enjoy looking out to sea so much so that you switch off Lilac Cottage is for you. If you get a chance go and see the baby polar bear at Kincraig Wildlife Park. We did and we will never forget seeing him swimming in his pool. We have been to Scotland a number of times and Lilac Cottage is the best place we have stayed for comfort and views we will return one day

    Paul And Tracy ConnollyNov 2018

  • "We stayed the last week of October in the Lilac cottage."

    It was wonderfull. We had very nice wether. Have seen many wild life on our tours in the region Inverness. Also on the last day we saw two dolphins in front of the house. We think we come again.

    Marga Van Bloois NetherlandsNov 2018

  • "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

    Linda And JohnNov 2018

  • "We stayed the last week of October in the Lilac cottage."

    It was wonderful. We had very nice weather. Have seen many wild life on our tours in the region of Inverness. Also on the last day we saw two dolphins in front of the house. We think we come again.

    From The NetherlandsNov 2018

  • "We had the most amazing time at Lilac Cottage."

    It is a beautiful cottage warm and welcoming, Penny and David the owner are wonderful hosts and available with help and recommendations of places of interest and places to eat. I would certainly recommend it and hope to stay there again in the future.

    Linda & Michael DyeNov 2018

  • "Just back from an amazing stay at Lilac cottage."

    Cant thank Penny enough for being such a kind host who was always available with information. The cottage has a stunning view. We did less than planned as didnt want to leave in the morning. Lovely seating in front and back garden. The cottage is just as lovely inside. So much to do, walks from the door along the shore to short drives to channory point and other attractions. We seen an otter and red kite as we enjoyed breakfast. Cant recommended it enough. Thank you for a truly amazing holiday.

    Yvonne And BillyNov 2018

  • "Congrats to Penny and David on the superb, stunning and peaceful location and the very high standard of Lilac Cottage."

    It has all the essential items for a great holiday and lots more thrown in to really make you feel at home. It is truly 5 *. We were fortunate to enjoy glorious weather during our short break at Kilmuir and amongst our local visits, were the old station in Strathpeffer, the village of Cromarty and our successful sightings of the dolphins at Chanonry Point and on the Avoch sailing trip. Unfortunately, the Dolphins did not visit Lilac cottage during our stay....we must come back!!

    Anne And Hugh McCormackNov 2018

  • "We made a last minute booking of Lilac Cottage in April 2018 and were amazed by how secluded somewhere so close to Inverness can be."

    The cottage itself is very comfortable and the right size for couples or small families. It is also very well equipped and if you need anything, the extremely friendly owners are right next door, who have gone to a great deal of effort to detail all the local places and walks you might want to try. Highly recommended.

    Kevin & SarahNov 2018

  • "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!

    Geoffrey WaltonNov 2018

  • "Our stay was amazing."

    The cottage was our perfect starting point for all the day trips we did. we had a rough start (our luggage came on an other airplane) but Penny provided us with all the most needed things and gave us a lot of useful tips ... thanks again ;-)

    Christian GaechterNov 2018

  • "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!!

    G&E. RobertsNov 2018

  • "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.

    Peter And Ruth AllenNov 2018

  • "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.

    Kathleen And CharlesNov 2018

  • "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

    Linda And JohnNov 2018

  • "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 !!

    Hans & Rita Peters - HollandNov 2018

  • "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.

    Peter And Ruth AllenNov 2018

  • "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.

    Pauline WallisNov 2018

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double
  • Shower room with walk-in shower and accessible seat, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room
  • Air source central heating
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • 2 x TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for up to four cars
  • Enclosed garden with patio, furniture, and lawn
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4.2 miles, pub 4.6 miles
  • Note: Welcome pack on arrival.

The property

Munlochy 4.7 miles.

A picturesque cottage with seaside views situated in Kilmuir, near Munlochy, Lilac Cottage offers the perfect family escape to the beautiful countryside of Black Isle, Scotland.

Welcomed by a scattering of trees along the hillside framing the cottage, you will be delighted by the seaside view directly outside as you unpack with ease from a convenient off-road parking space, overlooking the quaint scenery of the village.

Once inside, you will be able to plan your day in the airy sitting room, where green tartan chairs offer a spot to rest your feet and a scope in case you wish to view the local wildlife through the large windows.

A home-from-home kitchen/diner invites you to cook a wonderful family dinner in the spacious kitchen area, fitted with all of the amenities you will need to cook up a storm and present it on the wooden dining table with a view to the countryside.

When sleep calls, a spacious king-size room offers the perfect place to relax, with storage, artwork decorating the windows and a fresh décor to make you feel right at home, whilst a double room allows you to immerse yourself in the theme of the lush green surrounding area and a family shower room offers the perfect place for a refreshing shower after spending a day at the beach.

Outside, there is a steep rear garden area, and a front patio with furniture, where you can enjoy a picnic on the lawn, or relax outside with a coffee and a view to the bay, noting the pretty plants and stone walls outside the property.

The surrounding area offers plenty of activities to keep you occupied, most notably the wonderful beach only moments away from the front of the cottage, perfect for a family walk, where you may even see dolphins!

There is the option of mountain biking from Eathie as well as watersports from Fortrose.

The nearby town of Munlochy houses bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops selling local produce, as well as a wonderful walks through the Bug Burn and Munlochy Clootie Well.

Further afield you will find the town of Inverness, where there is a great number of activities, including Inverness Botanical Gardens and trampoline park, as well as a large range of shops, restaurants and cafes.

With such a beautiful view to the bay, you are bound to love your stay at Lilac Cottage.

EPC Rating: Band C

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-20020-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Inverness 8.1 miles; Rosemarkie 11.4 miles; Beauly 14.4 miles

Perched at the head of Munlocky Bay in the Black Isle is the small and charming village of Munlochy. Boasting a 4-star hotel which houses a bar and restaurant, ideal for a delicious bite to eat, a beautiful church, two-well stocked convenience stores for picking up any essentials and a scenic woodland trail set along the Bug Burn. Be sure to venture to the mysterious Munlochy Clootie Well surrounded by past treasures and lush woodlands. Take a leisurely stroll up to the Munlochy Bay Viewpoint, where you will have expansive views out to the bay and the Moray Firth. For a memorable day out, pay a visit to the Wildwoodz Adventure Park, where you can participate in an excellent selection of outdoor activities, including archery, axe throwing, paintballing and laser tag. Nearby is the town of Fortrose, offering a picturesque harbour where dolphins can be spotted from the Chanonry Point and an excellent golf club with stunning views. The neighbouring village of Rosemarkie offers a beautiful sandy beach where you can paddle the waters or grab a bite from the café.

Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental.