Our two contemporary luxury lodges are built to give our visitors a truly wonderful holiday experience with the least impact on the environment. State-of-the-art green technology, including ground source heating, solar panels and cellulose insulation, combines with stylish interiors and stunning views to give the modern Scottish feel. Relaxation and comfort are assured in the peace and tranquillity of the woodland setting, home to abundant wildlife.
Sea & Wildlife
The Lodges at the Mains are located within reach of Loch Ness, the Moray Coast, Cairngorms National Park and picturesque Speyside and benefit from being only a few miles from Inverness Airport. It couldn’t be easier to get away from it all…
Our luxury lodges look onto a man made Lochan – where one of our guests even photographed an Otter! Our feeders allow you to watch Red Squirrels and we have a huge variety of birds easily seen from the Lodges including Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Jays, Heron, Buzzards and many more.
The Lodges look down to the Moray Firth and the far shoreline of Cromarty and Chanonry Point –one of the best places in the UK to see Dolphins.
You may also want to try and catch a glimpse of the Highlands’ most famous resident – Nessie – Loch Ness is only a 20 minute drive from the Lodges.
History & Scenery
The local area is rich in history and offers some of the most stunning scenery anywhere in the world.
There are many historic castles in the area:
- Cawdor Castle, home of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
- The romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.
- The site of the last battle on British soil at Culloden Moor
You are also within easy reach of many of the stunning locations from movies and TV series including Skyfall, Brave, Harry Potter and Outlander.
The Lodges at the Mains make an excellent base to explore Speyside’s Malt Whisky Trail which starts at Benromach – a mere stone’s throw from our lodges – and continues east to Dallas Dhu, Glen Moray, Cardhu, Glenlivet, Glen Grant, Speyside Cooperage, Glenfiddich and Strathisla.
In addition to the Whisky Trail there are yet more distilleries to visit during your stay, including Tomatin, Dalmore, Glenmorangie and Clynelish.
Within walking distance are many accessible trails and cycle routes including the North Coast 500 (Scotland’s answer to route 66) and further afield the beach at Nairn and forest at Culbin offer excellent walks.
A short drive to the Cairngorm Mountains is Aviemore, located within the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, and Britain’s premier skiing and mountain sports resort.
Sailing and kayaking are available locally as well as quad biking, mountain biking and 4×4 experiences.
The Lodges make the perfect base for a golf break – located just a few minutes’ drive from Castle Stuart Golf Links and less than 10 miles from Nairn Golf Club.
Famed Links courses including Royal Dornoch – regularly rated in the world’s top ten courses – and Tain, Brora and Moray are within easy reach, while hidden gems at Fortrose & Rosemarkie, Spey Valley and Boat of Garten, make this the perfect destination for a luxury Highland golf break
Hunting and Fishing
There is a strong tradition of field sport in the area and there are many opportunities to fish or hunt during your stay.
Depending on the season deer stalking, pheasant shoots and salmon or trout fishing are easily organised.