Tomich is a tiny hamlet 30 miles southwest of Inverness at the end of Strathglass and just beside Glen Affric, which is generally recognised as one of the loveliest of Scottish glens. It is reached by a peaceful country road which comes to an end a little further up the glen, and in a delightful situation on the edge of the village, above the road is Blacksmith's Cottage, a traditional and most attractive end terrace house now available to those who wish to holiday in this beautiful area.
The cottage is full of charm and character. It has a spacious living room with open fire, a neat and well-equipped modern kitchen, a double bedroom and bathroom downstairs, and upstairs, accessed by the rather steep stairs so typical of this sort of cottage, two bright twin bedrooms with coombed ceilings.
The cottage is accessed by a short path, also quite steep, from where you will park your car just off the road, so is not really suitable for those of very limited mobility. A little burn chuckles along to the side of the house to add to the picture-book charm. To the front, the grass garden slopes steeply away, and there is seating there which provides a pleasant perch from which to enjoy the view over the fields to the wooded hills beyond. To the side of the cottage another sloping path leads to the orchard where there is a lovely sheltered summerhouse with a selection of deck chairs, ideal for an alfresco lunch or afternoon tea.
Once here, you may well be happy simply to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, perhaps with a gentle stroll along to the Plodda Falls, a well-known local beauty spot. But it would be such a shame to come to this part of the world and not to experience its many delights.
There is wonderful walking in all directions, while the quiet roads up the glens also lend themselves well to two-wheel travel. For hill walkers, the nearby Munros in Glen Affric and Glen Cannich will provide a memorable day out. Those with even a passing interest in wildlife will find a rich selection on the doorstep, for example, deer, pine martens, and red squirrels, and bird enthusiasts in particular know that here they will see buzzards, osprey and golden eagles; in the early summer they can join the early morning RSPB excursion to the reserve at Corrymony to witness the lek of the black grouse.
Fishing can be arranged locally, there is a pony trekking centre at Cougie, while Loch Ness is just a 15 minute drive away. There, you can take boat trips, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster, visit Castle Urquhart, or continue to Inverness which offers every possible entertainment and activity, as well as being a bustling shopping centre.
Tomich itself has an hotel, offering excellent meals, within easy walking distance of the cottage and the nearest shop is at Cannich.
Heating is by electricity and open fire. Bed linen, towels and the first £15 of electricity are included. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the house.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Sitting/dining room with open fire and TV/DVD
- Kitchen with electric cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washer-drier and microwave etc
- Double bedroom
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin
- Twin bedroom
- Twin bedroom