Craigiewood

Inverness, Highland
Bed & Breakfast


Good old-fashioned hospitality in a quiet Highlands cottage ringed by roses and roe deer. Forest and coastal walks, shortbread and tea

Bedroom

2 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

You get the best of both worlds here: Highland remoteness and Inverness just four miles away. The landscape surrounding this friendly cottage exudes a sense of ancient mystery with woodpeckers, red kites and deer in abundance along with some spectacular walks.

Araminta is a delightful host and her home has a lovely family feel; bedrooms are old-fashioned and cosy; the drawing room is snug with stove and books. Her Abyssinian cat, Bertie, likes to check out the contents of your car when you arrive – he’s so sociable and popular many guests try to smuggle him out in their luggage when they go… For breakfast Araminta gives you seasonal fruits and smoked salmon, a continental selection with homemade scones or a full Scottish spread.

Cawdor Castle and the gardens of Inverewe and Attadale are all on the doorstep. Return and meander along the mown paths around the garden and up through rowan trees to a viewpoint; sit back and enjoy the peace. 

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We think you'll love

  • Being treated like a friend
  • The Highland views and the rich wildlife
  • The excitement of spotting dolphins along the Moray Firth coast from North Kessock to Cromarty
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You should know

  • The internet is slow
  • A car is a must - there's no public transport within six miles

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4.30pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season.
Closed
Christmas & New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Pub 2 miles.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £98
Surcharges
Singles £55-£70.
2 Twins
From £98

Reviews

A truely delightful stay at this enchanting B&B. A lovely welcome, a spectacular location, comfortable accomodation, and a delicious breakfast. But most of all, the helpfulness of Minty. Her advice on where to go and what to do was absolutely spot-on. It definitely greatly enhanced our visit - so thank you!

Julia, London

This was the latest of several visits to Craigiewood where we have always enjoyed everything the area has to offer. We love the location, the accommodation is extremely comfortable and breakfasts are offered to suit all tastes. There is a wide range of local literature and the advice received is second to none. We couldn't recommend a visit to this bed and breakfast too highly.

Mary, Keighley

We enjoyed our stay with Araminta who was a great hostess. We found the instruction to get there a bit challenging but once we got Araminta in the phone all was well. She was great at providing info about local places to visit and eat. A very pleasant time!

Anne, Melbourne

There couldn't be a better place to stay near Inverness. A really lovely hillside garden, in such an incredible setting on the Black Isle and great views to the south and west. What a wonderful backdrop to Araminta's very comfortable house and her great hospitality!

Véronique, Sawday's inspector

The BEST B&B we visited in Scotland and Ireland on recent June, 2018 trip. Minty was superb - great help in planning day trips (we were there 4 nights) and the most kind and interesting host we had. Would definitely stay again, hands down.

Kathy, Pittsburg, tx

A home away from home. A hidden gem with a charming hostess. Had a wonderful three days on the Black Isle. Loved the rural feeling and yet an easy 15 minutes into Inverness. A very comfortable stay and loved reading at night in the sitting room. So comfy. Will recommend to any friends coming to the area.

Kim, Fremantle

Just walking up to the front door we knew that we were going to enjoy our stay with MInty. The woodland garden is a joy - full of bird song, flowers and little paths. The house has great character, comfortable rooms and a lovely lounge to relax in. Minty has a fun and engaging personality and goes to great lengths to make her guests comfortable. She also cooks a mean breakfast! The area is very beautiful and worthy of a much longer stay.

Keith, Horsham

Our first visit to the Highlands was made really special by the welcome we received from Minty. The house is comfortable and cosy, the breakfasts were super and we learned a lot about where to go locally from Minty, including the best Sunday lunch we have had for quite a while at Sutor Creek in Cromarty. Minty was more than helpful as she tried to dry out my mobile phone which I had stupidly got extremely wet while walking around the Culloden battlefield. It didn't work, but not for want of trying. Thanks for everything Minty!

Maureen, Oxford

This was our last stop in a tour of the Highlands and we found that we had saved the best to last. One could not fail to be bowled over by Minty, her infectious enthusiasm, her keen interest in everything we had done in our travels, and her fabulous breakfasts. We were so grateful to her for her suggestions about dolphin watching (and make sure you take her advice about the tide) and visiting Culloden. We really couldn't have felt more at home. We are now planning another tour of Scotland, if only so we can stay at Craigiewood again!

David, Guildford

Craigiewood is one of the nicest B & B's we have ever stayed in. Minty is a perfect hostess. Breakfasts are legendary together with entertaining conversation. She is a mine of information and Craigiewood is a truly 5 star destination - sufficient to say we are returning guests. Whilst in the middle of the countryside, it is only ten minutes from Inverness and within striking distance of many tourist attractions and good eating out establishments.

Mary

Wonderful B&B. Lovely comfortable bedrooms and lounge with everything you need and many extra little touches in a very beautiful and tranquil setting. Minty is an excellent host and cook and you are welcomed as a friend. Highly recommended.

Claire

We stayed 2 nights with Minty and loved it! Her place is tastefully decorated and the beds are nice and firm. She is much closer to town than you think (about 10min from the highway) and yet it's perfectly quiet and in the country. She is a very welcoming host and instantly makes you feel at ease. She is by far the best host at the best B&B we have stayed at. when you come back at night Minty will confirm your preferred breakfast time and selection (if you're having a cooked breakfast). If you need suggestions on where to go or how to go someplace, she's great!

Ashley

Minty and Gavin gave us a warm welcome to their home. The guest lounge with fire was perfect for relaxing at the end of a long cold day. The local pub recommended for dinner is charming with good food. Our host's recommendations for a westerly drive were spot on. We would happily return if we are up that way again.

Annie

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Location

The neighbourhood

Craigiewood is on the Black Isle, the peninsula between Munlochy Bay and the Inner Moray Firth waters. Famous for its rich farmland, much of which produces barley for whisky making, and its wildlife - dolphins, otters, seals, ospreys, red kites and more. Add to that castles, cairns, a museum, a cathedral and spectacular walks and you have all you need for a special break. The North Coast 500, the scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starts and finishes in Inverness, so Craigiewood is an ideal place either to start or finish your drive/bike or walk. Golf fans will be happy – there are numerous courses within easy reach. The North Kessock Hotel (three miles) has excellent food.

Local points of interest from Araminta Dallmeyer

  • Loch Ness - A “must see” for many - more interesting on the south side with the Falls of Foyers, associated with Robert Burns, a bonus.
  • Dolphins - These exhilarating animals can be seen and heard, from the shores of the Moray Firth less than five miles from Craigiewood.
  • Culloden Battlefield - The demise of the Stuart Kings is skilfully told in a “state of the art” exhibition here.
  • Fort George - Built after Culloden, this is a magnificent example of Georgian military architecture with superb views of the Moray Firth area, is a rewarding experience.
  • Cawdor Castle and Gardens - Inhabited from the fourteenth century until today, this castle and gardens have a rich social and political history and great beauty.
  • Dunrobin Castle and Gardens - Spectacular fairy-tale castle and gardens with falconry and quirky Victorian museum in superb setting. Golf - Within a few miles fine golf courses abound, Dornoch, Nairn, Fortrose and Castle Stuart to name a few.

Introducing

Araminta Dallmeyer

Araminta and her late husband Gavin built Craigiewood in 1990 little realising that eight years later - the children having flown the nest – they would be setting up B&B. Gavin planted a glorious rose-filled garden here, and many throughout Scotland, and his special touch remains. Araminta always says guests are very special to her and she likes them to treat her house as home - relaxing into the peace, admiring all the birds, switching off from everyday concerns. Many become life-long friends and a good few come back year after year.