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Herdsman's Cottage

Bogallan, The Black Isle, By Inverness

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The Herdsman's Cottage on the Black Isle is situated in a quiet location just a few minutes drive north of Inverness, readily accessible from the fast A9, with red kites nesting in the adjacent woodland.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 2/4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (1)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
Licence No: HI-20019-F
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • Green Credentials
  • WiFi

It stands on the owners' working croft, with their gentle Highland cattle grazing nearby and is superbly situated for exploring the Moray Firth and the north west and north east coasts of Scotland.

This 200 year old cottage has been imaginatively renovated to modern standards whilst retaining its original features. It stands alone in a large, mature fenced garden. With its thick walls, double glazing, multi-fuel stove and electric heating it is cosy in all seasons. It also has 'green' credentials with its excellent insulation and solar panels that generate most of its electricity.

The open plan sitting/dining/kitchen area has a vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams and lovely views over the countryside towards the often snow-capped peak of Ben Wyvis. The modern kitchen has every appliance you are likely to need, including an integrated oven and hob and dishwasher. Both the double bedroom and the twin bedroom have TVs and are tastefully furnished with Sanderson bedding. Both bedrooms are downstairs so are ideal for those of limited mobility and they also have en suite facilities with underfloor heating. Throughout, there is lots of lovely natural wood. Upstairs, there is a further, most attractive galleried snug.

The cottage has been awarded a Green Tourism Silver Award for environmental management and has been approved by the Walkers' and Cyclists' Welcome Schemes (Herdsman's has lockable bike storage and a drying area for wet boots and clothes).

Outside, the large grass garden has a patio area (with furniture), fruit trees, a wild flower area and shrubs specifically planted to attract wildlife. Just 2 minutes' walk away is a lovely mixed woodland with lots of paths, red kites nesting in the tall pine trees and deer in the copses. Beautiful sunsets can be enjoyed from the cottage and the Northern Lights can even be spotted when atmospheric conditions are just right.

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Map & Local

Bogallan is on the Black Isle, which is not an island at all, but a peninsula sandwiched between the Moray and Cromarty Firths. The cottage is only 10 minutes' drive from Inverness which has theatres, cinemas, extensive shopping areas and numerous places to eat.

Fortrose and Rosemarkie (8 miles) are pretty villages with interesting chapel ruins and an excellent (and fiendish) golf course. There are in fact ten different golf courses within easy reach of Herdsman's Cottage. Chanonry Point, just south of there, is one of the most famous places in all Europe for seeing dolphins. The nearest beach with miles of lovely sand is at Rosemarkie.

The increasingly popular North Coast 500 driving route runs through Muir of Ord (9 miles) and has become known as 'Scotland's answer to Route 66'. This 500 mile circular route stretches all the way from Inverness up around the north coast, down the west coast and back across to Inverness with some challenging blind corners and hairpin bends to tackle and absolutely stunning scenery to take in along the way.

Further north, you can head for Dornoch (39 miles) with its cathedral, golf course and beaches, or head over to the west coast to Ullapool and Gairloch and the wonderful sub tropical gardens at Inverewe. Or if the mountains of the far north west are calling you, the walkers' and climbers' mecca of Torridon is only an hour's drive away.

You can be on Skye in a couple of hours or drive down Loch Ness and follow the Great Glen to Oban. Skiers can be at Aviemore in 45 minutes with the Nevis Range and the Lecht slightly further away.

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Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.




Sitting/dining room/kitchen with multi-fuel stove, TV (with Netflix)/DVD, electric hob/oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, etc
Utility area with washing machine/tumble dryer and freezer
Double bedroom with TV and adjacent shower room with WC and wash basin
Twin bedroom with TV and en suite bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin.


Narrow staircase to galleried snug with CD player and digital radio.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)

Available Extras

Cot (excluding linen)


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £20 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric storage heaters, electric panel heaters and multi-fuel stove (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 medium or 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

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Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 2 Sleeps 4
30 Mar 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 £895.00 £950.00
22 Jun 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £950.00 £995.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £895.00 £950.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £850.00 £895.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £750.00 £795.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £950.00 £995.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £950.00 £995.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £750.00 £795.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £795.00 £850.00
05 Apr 2025 - 20 Jun 2025 £895.00 £950.00
21 Jun 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 £950.00 £995.00
13 Sep 2025 - 03 Oct 2025 POA POA
04 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 POA POA
25 Oct 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 POA POA
20 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 POA POA
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 POA POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking and where more than one tariff is shown, the number of bedrooms made available may vary. This allows us to offer larger properties at lower rates for smaller parties. If your party size changes for any reason after booking, please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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Very Beautiful cottage with amazing views of the Black Isle. Massive pet friendly garden which our dog loved exploring.


It was well equipped and comfortable. We had a great holiday.


Good directions, location and a wide range of facilities in the cottage. Approach road/lane needs some maintenance. Som...

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Lovely Cottage in a great location. We loved the daily visits from the highland cows, they were so friendly. The kitch...

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What can we say, other than an ideal setting, lovely cottage at a good location to explore the Black Isle and miles arou...

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