Cairngorms, Highlands & Islands of Scotland, United Kingdom
At a Glance
Completely off-the-beaten-track, this is the perfect retreat for families or groups of friends
Surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty in the Cairngorms National Park, you may see deer or Highland cattle
Produce is grown in the on-site vegetable garden and greenhouse, ensuring fresh, seasonal meals
The Farmhouse is warm and comfortable, home to a unique combination of Scandinavian and Scottish design
Explore the National Park by foot or by bike, or simply relax in the Farmhouse's garden
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
To start planning your vacation to Killiehuntly
Located within the Cairngorms National Park and just a couple of hours from Edinburgh, Killiehuntly is a 17th century farmhouse which sleeps up to eight guests. Perfect for families, the farmhouse is a home away from home with easy access to the outdoors.
Just a two-hour drive north of Edinburgh is the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, home to wildlife, distilleries and castles in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Within the National Park lies Killiehuntly Farmhouse, a traditional stone building which dates all the way back to the year 1603.
Following a loving restoration, Killiehuntly now proudly displays a Danish interior décor accompanied by traditional Scottish touches - dubbed "Scandi-Scot". Think minimalist interiors, with a warm grey color scheme, wooden floors and cosy furnishings. Although Killiehuntly does not conform to the style of traditional Scottish Highland abodes, the farmhouse is comfortable, welcoming, and a real home away from home. The Farmhouse can be taken exclusively, and as such is the perfect location for a family getaway.
The four bedrooms at Killiehuntly Farmhouse are all individually styled, continuing the understated Scandinavian theme, and are simple yet extremely comfortable. With views over the surrounding fields or towards the Cairngorms, each room is a private haven, ideal for those looking to relax and really get away from it all. Killiehuntly is also home to a Hayloft, which is perfect for couples, and Geordie's Cottage which offers a secluded self-catering option for families.
Delicious home-cooked meals using fresh, seasonal ingredients are served at the dining table in the kitchen, while in the summer months it is possible to sit out in the garden with an after-dinner nightcap. There is also a library within the historic stone walls, which is the perfect place to relax with a good read.
The area surrounding Killiehuntly is bursting with natural beauty, and home to a variety of wildlife including deer, Highland cattle and even reindeer. From Killiehuntly it is easy to explore with a walk through the hills, and activities such as biking and fishing nearby can also be arranged.
There are just four bedrooms sleeping up to eight guests in Killiehuntly Farmhouse, each of which subscribes to the distinct Scandinavian style of the house, although each is individually decorated. Opposite the Farmhouse, the Hayloft is a great option for couples, while Geordie's Cottage offers complete privacy for a family.
The main Farmhouse at Killiehuntly sleeps up to eight guests in just four bedrooms. Three of the four offer en-suite bathrooms, and some have superb views towards the Cairngorms. In terms of decor, each room is fairly simple, yet stylish and comfortable.
The Hayloft is located opposite the Farmhouse, and is suitable for a couple. There is a double bed and comfortable seating area, as well as a small kitchen suitable for cooking simple meals.
Geordie's Cottage provides complete privacy for a family, sleeping up to five guests in a master double bedroom, twin bedroom and single bedroom. The cottage also has a comfortable sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and shower room.
Children under 9 years are not accepted within the Farmhouse for accommodation or meals. Children are welcome with exclusive hire of farmhouse, in Geordies Cottage and the Hayloft.
The Farmhouse at Killiehuntly serves delicious homemade meals in the dining area of the kitchen. Ingredients are harvested in the summer and autumn months, while produce is sourced from local farmers, allowing for fresh, seasonal dishes. The Hayloft and Geordie's Kitchen both have kitchen facilities for self-catering purposes.
Thanks to Killiehuntly's prime location within the Cairngorms National Park there are plenty of activities on offer in the surrounding area. From fishing and cycling to walks along marked paths there is something for everyone. Those brave enough can even try wild swimming in the River Tromie!
Haile Brant (Staff)
Scandinavian in design, the moment you walk into Killiehuntly you are overcome with a bright, light and welcoming feeling. The light blue and white walls, the wood floors, the minimalistic approach to dcor are all a refreshing sight to a weary traveler after a day packed full of activities. The quaint farmhouse does not have any TVs, so you can enjoy the value of a simpler time. Here you are free to focus on the beautiful surroundings, go outside and walk to the green house, enjoy the rope swing, find the cleverly camouflaged outdoor sauna or even just gather around the fire pit and star gaze with perfect clarity due to the lack of light pollution. Divine food also awaits you at every meal time as a private chef is there 7 days a week to whip up fresh and local food showcasing the incredible Scottish produce and meat! I personally recommend the Stornoway black pudding.
A privately guided tour of the Royal Lochangar Distillery
Located close to the Balmoral Estate the Royal Lochangar Distillery received its Royal Warrant in 1848 following a visit by Prince Albert, the distillery itself was built in 1826 making it one of the oldest in Scotland.
Bagpipe and Ceilidh Class
Have a ball learning how to play the bagpipes and dance like a true Scot. Kilt optional! Our piper specializes in traditional ceilidh dancing and will demonstrate this energetic Scottish dance accompanied by a group of talented musicians.
Cairngorms reindeer adventure
Head to the hills of the Cairngorms National Park in search of the only wild reindeer herd in the UK. Accompanied by your expert guide, you'll meet the ranger and the reindeer, before a picnic lunch and a lesson in bush craft skills.
Culloden is an evocative place. The site of the last battle on British soil, and the last stand of an ancient royal dynasty whose lineage dates to the Dark Age Kingdom of Dalriada, a visit to Culloden battlefield is a must for keen historians.
Dolphin spotting on the Moray Firth
Make your way to the Moray Firth, a stretch of the North Sea located to the east of Inverness, in search of bottlenose dolphins. You'll board a private RIB boat and take to the water with the hope of finding these beautiful creatures.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amid a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor center can be explored at your leisure.
Explore the Cairngorms
The Cairngorms is the largest National Park in the United Kingdom and home to a quarter of Scotland's native forest, a third of the UK's land above 600 meters and a quarter of the rare and endangered species in the British Isles.
Fly fishing at Alladale
Enjoy a great day of fly fishing up in the hill lochs of Alladale Wilderness Reserve. Whether you're a complete novice or an experienced angler, this makes for a fantastic day out for the whole family.
Guided tour and tasting at Glenturret Distillery
Tour the Glenturret Distillery to discover the intricate process of making whisky and taste the end result paired with locally made fudge.
The fun and spectacle of the Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral.
The Jacobite Steam Train runs between Fort William and Mallaig on the wonderfully scenic West Highland railway line, famed for its iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct which may seem familiar as it is on the way to Hogwarts in three of the Harry Potter films.
Make your own tartan
This is an exciting and exclusive opportunity to design your own family tartan- the hallmark of any Scottish family. You'll be guided through the process of having your very own exclusive tartan identity as well as creating the story behind your design.
Private Luxury Cruise on Loch Ness
Step aboard a luxury motor cruiser to enjoy an exclusive boat trip along Loch Ness. Your charming local hosts will regale you of stories of the loch and its many mysteries, as well as giving a delightful insight into the local life of Inverness.
Stirling Castle & the Trossachs
Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland’s history. It has witnessed the
crowning of many Scottish Kings and Queens, and the earliest parts of the building date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries.
The Cairngorms by mountain bike and canoe
Discover the Cairngorms National Park with your knowledgeable guide, exploring by canoe and mountain bike. Make your way across one of the park's most beautiful lochs before continuing by bike on the other side towards a barbecue lunch.
Magnificently positioned above Loch Ness, the ruins of Urquhart Castle has stood for well over a thousand years. Visiting Urquhart Castle offers superlative views and a fascinating history from St Columba to the seventeenth century when it was blown up.
Off the beaten track in the Scottish Highlands
Edinburgh, Cairngorms, Alladale Wilderness Reserve
from $6100 pp 9 nights
- A real off-the-beaten-track adventure for families
- Discover Scotland's culture and traditions in Edinburgh and explore the beautiful scenery of the Highlands
- Stay in two luxurious exclusive use Highland lodges - perfect for a family getaway
Location & directions
Cairngorms, Highlands & Islands of Scotland, United Kingdom
Killiehuntly is located near the town of Kingussie, within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.