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Tomnahurich Bridge House

Tomnahurich Bridge House enjoys a semi-rural waterfront position alongside the Tomnahurich Swing Bridge on the Caledonian Canal

Just off the A82, Tomnahurich Bridge House enjoys a semi-rural waterfront position alongside the Tomnahurich Swing Bridge on the Caledonian Canal. Situated only a mile from Inverness, this cottage is the perfect base to get out and about to explore the area. If you are looking for a secluded cottage then perhaps you may care to look at Dochgarroch Cottage.

There’s loads of room for four people, with twin and double bedrooms, a dining kitchen and a comfortable sitting room with a wood-burning stove. The whole house has been refurbished in a simple yet elegant style that blends beautifully with its 19th century roots, and as an added bonus, the only traffic you’ll find nearby is on the water.

Sit at the upstairs window seats and watch the world go sailing by, or relax outside in the private garden. Or take the short stroll to the city and get out and about in the Highland capital. Who could ask for more? When a 15-minute walk takes you to the city centre, you’d think this place would be all about Inverness. But Tomnahurich has its own sights to see, so before you hit the city, take a tour of your surroundings.

Tomnahurich Hill is the stuff of legend. In former times, according to local folklore, it was the home of the fairies. There are tales of a fiddler taken captive by the fairy queen. After spending a night in her kingdom, he returns to find hundreds of years have gone by. Look out for a confused musician while you’re on your rambles!

The hill is also said to be the resting place of Scottish seer Thomas the Rhymer. According to legend he lies with his men and their white horses, ready to rise again should Scotland need them.

He’s in good company. The cemetery built on the hill in the 19th century contains memorials for two Scottish recipients of the Victoria Cross. Major-General Sir Robert Adams won his for bravery during the Indian mutiny. Rear Admiral Sir Anthony Capel Miers received his for torpedoing a German destroyer and supply ships during World War 2.

As if local legends weren’t enough, you can also explore Nessie’s story. Tomnahurich Bridge is a pick-up point for cruise boats heading to Loch Ness to search for the elusive monster.

Yet all of this is only a mile from Inverness, with all the attractions it has to offer. Shop in the Victorian Market or the award-winning Eastgate Centre. Visit the castle or the cathedral, or Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Get a taste of the tropical at Inverness Floral Hall or a flavour of fine dining at restaurants throughout the city.
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