May 18, 2020

Checking In: The Old School House with Airbnb

Cairngorms National Park

Lying high above the southern shores of Loch Ness, The Old School House is tucked away in the small Scottish village of Errogie and provides the perfect base for exploring the great outdoors. It’s a period property, that’s been thoughtfully maintained and has so much beauty right on the doorstep, making it an idyllic spot for exploring the great outdoors. Although it’s right in the heart of the countryside, Inverness, Moray Firth and the Cairngorms National Park (home to the ever-brilliant Mountain Cafe) are all within easy reach of this Old School House. Wake up to Loch Mhor views each morning and admire the Monadhliath Mountains from the back-garden where you can also find some very friendly chickens clucking about. Surrounded by serene landscape, it has everything you need for a bit of R&R.

The period property dates back to 1873 and was a teacher’s house for over 100 years (which explains where it gets its name). The house is split across two levels and would comfortably accommodate four guests but also works well for a romantic couple retreat. Each room has been lovingly renovated so that much of the original features and character of the house has been maintained.

We stayed in the front bedroom which overlooked Loch Mhor and had a giant bed, ample space for clothing if you’re thinking of staying for a longer period of time and a spacious bathroom. Downstairs, the lounge has a homely cosiness to it, with a log burner set in the heart of the room with books lining each side. It’s the ultimate chill-out spot for a rainy day (for which there are many in Scotland) – perfect for getting stuck into a book or playing a game or two of cards.

Lounge of the Old School House - corner chair with cosy fire in middle of the room and a wall of books.

I’d definitely recommend staying a few nights so you can make the most of the farm-house style kitchen, which is so well-equipped that it’s effortless to put together a special holiday brunch or cooked breakfast. Extra brownie points to the kind hosts who left us home-made oatcakes and some flowers, which was a lovely touch.

Regardless of what the weather is doing, you have to pop down to the nearby Loch Mhor which is all of a two minute walk from the front door. Be sure to bring a warm coat (that’s also waterproof) unless you’re travelling in the heights of summer and soak up all the surrounding nature which is abundant in this area. The phone reception is a tad hit-and-miss (which means it’s also a distraction-free retreat) so it’s worth saving walking routes ahead of time so you don’t get lost, if you don’t have the best navigational sense (like me).

Whether you’re a city-dweller looking for a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle or live in the country and want to experience more of what nature has to offer, be sure to book a visit at the Old School House.

Shot from the bedroom window of the nearby Loch and mountains in the distance.

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