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Woodland cottage nestled in woods on the banks of a glorious Highland River

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2 bedrooms, WiFi, bed sheets
2 bedrooms, WiFi, bed sheets
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Woodland cottage nestled in woods on the banks of a glorious Highland River

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire chalet

2 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
Beauly, SCT

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationLoch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre15 min drive
  • Popular LocationPlodda Falls17 min drive
  • AirportInverness (INV)48 min drive
  • Popular LocationGlen Affric89 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Woodland cottage nestled in woods on the banks of a glorious Highland River

Adults-only chalet in Beauly
Birchwood Cottage is a cosy, Scandinavian-style chalet nestled in woods on the banks of the pristine River Glass in the majestic Scottish Highlands, in the heart of some of the most beautiful glens in Scotland: Glen Affric, Glen Cannich, and Glen Strathfarrar. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, home to some of the last remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forests, and host to diverse wildlife, such as deer, pine martens, badgers, owls, red squirrels, ospreys, otters and the newly returned beaver. Easily accessible from Beauly or Loch Ness via Glen Urquhart, this is the ideal getaway from city life.

Birchwood is a year-round home away from home, with a fully equipped kitchen, and warm and cosy bedrooms and dining space, ideal for a small family, couple, or small group of friends. We are only a short distance from Loch Ness and the majestic forests and munroes of Glen Affric. Guests are free to relax on the riverbank or swim in the bracing (!), peaty water of the Glass.

Guest access:

Guests are welcome to explore the grounds and riverbank, and they are of course free to use Kerrow as a base for exploring the majestic forests of the neighbouring glens and Loch Ness. This is a walker’s paradise. The more energetic are encouraged to explore the summits and monroes of the nearby Affric hills.
We own nearly 6 kilometres of river bank, and guests are welcome to fish for trout free of charge (fly only). Salmon fishing can also be arranged. The River Glass, one of Scotland's prettiest rivers, invites canoeists for a gentle drift downstream.

Birchwood is situated discreetly in twelve acres of wooded grounds of Kerrow House, formerly a hunting and fishing lodge built by the heads of Clan Chisholm, constructed in the 18th century by the clan chief a few decades after the battle of Culloden.


Occasional buses run from the nearby village of Cannich to Inverness, but the truth is that Kerrow is at the end of the glen and that's the way we like it! This is a place to get away from it all and relax. Though the cottage is fully connected with high-speed internet, and with good mobile reception, the only noises you will hear are the running of the river, the wind in the trees (and the occasional splash of a salmon, or hoot of an owl). We are 20 minutes' drive from Drumnadrochit, and 45 minutes from Inverness.

Kerrow and the Golden Dogs

In the 19th century, Kerrow House was the scene of an important chapter in dog history, for it was here that Lord Tweedmouth's keepers bred the dogs that in due course founded the Golden Retriever breed, when Kerrow was part of the nearby Guisachan estate. We know from the kennel records of the estate that the first "golden pups" - ie the first Golden retrievers - were born at the main house at Kerrow. Guests are welcome to bring their dogs, or simple visit the birthplace of the second most popular breed in the world!
Guest accommodation at this chalet offers coffee/tea makers. Kitchens or kitchenettes offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils.

Property amenities


  • WiFi available


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Towels provided


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property


  • Sleeps 4
  • Property does not allow children

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Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

This property welcomes adults only

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

Property is also known as

Vrbo Property
Birchwood Cottage

About this area


This chalet is located in Beauly. Urquhart Castle and Corrimony Chambered Cairn are local landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Plodda Falls and Glen Affric.

What's nearby

  • Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre - 15 min drive
  • Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition - 16 min drive
  • Plodda Falls - 17 min drive
  • The Falls of Foyers - 54 min drive
  • Glen Affric - 89 min drive

Getting around

  • Beauly Station - 20 min drive
  • Inverness (INV) - 48 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



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5/5 Excellent

Fantastic trip
The property was great and very private, there was lots to do.all around the area and plenty for the kids. We had a great stay and the hot tub in the woods was a fun.surprise 😁

5/5 Excellent

Kerrow House Birchwood Lodge
Lovely well equipped galley kitchen. Nice modern shower room. Very helpful hosts. Beautiful river setting in an area full of walking, cycling and fishing opportunities and wonderful, natural forest. Glen Strathfarrar not to be missed.