Boleskine House
Loch Ness, Foyers, Inverness Scotland IV1 2XT

Telephone: 0 1456 486637 ~ ~ ~ Fax: 0 1456 486637

General Details - Baile os-ceann

This beautiful, genuine, old and unique Highland Residence was built over two hundred years ago by Chiefs of a great Highland Clan for their sporting enjoyment and pleasure.

This was many years before the wealthy Victorians had discovered the delights of the Highlands and constructed their own great Shooting Lodges.

Lord Lovat was one of the most powerful Clan Chiefs of his day and owned vast areas of land around Loch Ness together with great tracts of land stretching from the east to the west coast of the Highlands.

But no part could be more tranquil and set in such a glorious and heavenly setting as where he constructed his "Sporting Cottage"

. . . above the south side of Loch Ness, hence the Gaelic name Baile os-ceann - homesteads above.

The Fraser connection lasted for about one hundred years and since then there have been various owners, some famous and some infamous, rich English eccentrics and Pop Millionaires until the present day.

It is now in the hands of the MacGillivray family, descendants of the Clan famous in the area and whose ancestors distinguished themselves at the Battle of Culloden fighting for Prince Charles Edward Stuart.

Indeed an International gathering of the clan Macgillvray met at Boleskine in the summer of 1997.

Your hosts are pleased to share their home and small estate with guests who wish to enjoy a comfortable Highland way of life, and in the grounds with its natural cliff backdrops, waterfalls, pools and woodlands right down to the loch fore shore.

You will enjoy all forms of wildlife including Deer, Red Squirrel, Pine Martins, Buzzards, Heron and Woodpeckers. This interesting and peaceful place can make the famous feel down to earth, and others feel famous.

Large reception rooms with outstanding views must surely satisfy the most discerning guest.

Your accommodation features the best of the old and new, bedrooms maintaining the character one would expect of an old Highland home and the en-suite Italian tiled bathrooms pandering to your present day needs.

Please note that smoking is allowed only in the library/smoking room.

Food and Drink

The Dining Room has an atmosphere that only two hundred years of wining, dining and dramming can impart within its walls.

A full Scottish breakfast is available each morning and in the evening, dinner is available to guests with prior arrangement.

Guests with special dietry needs can be accommodated - please advise when booking.

Whilst Boleskine House is not licensed, wine will be served with dinner, and you can also expect the odd dram or two of Highland malt.


The old General Wade road passes in front of the house and along this road came Boswell and Samual Johnston when making their Highland journey in the 18th century. Robert Burns also travelled along here to see the then famous Falls of Foyers (1.5 miles from the house) and it was Burns who wrote:-

When death's dark stream I ferry o'er
A time that surely shall come
In heaven itself, I'll ask no more
Than just a Highland Welcome

We trust that is the kind of welcome that awaits you at Boleskine.

Leisure Activities

In summer you can sit on the terrace and watch all forms of sailing and motor vessels enjoying the waters of the loch and the journey through the Caledonian Canal or take a walk to the upper woodland and view Urquhart Castle across the loch.

All this would seem to suggest a certain isolation, but no, Inverness and town activity is only a twenty minute journey, the Airport only thirty five minutes and indeed the local pub in only a ten minute walk from the house.

Your doting and generous hosts make you feel as a country house guest should - relaxed, happy, pampered, with all your needs being unobtrusively handled by caring staff.
Your hosts can arrange with ease any sporting activities required by guests on adjoining estates and they can also provide entertainment by way of Pipers and Fiddlers by prior arrangement.

Detailed Prices

Bed and breakfast from £ 55.00 per person per night (double occupancy)
Dinner approximately £ 25.00 per person

£ 20.00 per night single supplement.

Open All Year

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Boleskine House - Reference: 1784 Scotland

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