Ghoirtein Bed & Breakfast –

Bed and Breakfast accommodation near Loch Ness and Glen Affric.

Ghoirtein B&B is located in the small village of Balnain in Glenurquhart just 4 miles from Drumnadrochit on the shores of Loch Ness so if you like peace and quiet this is the place to be. The B&B accommodation is architect designed with wonderful views over the valley towards Glen Affric and the mountains.The house is situated in 2.5 acres of woodland with a small lochen. Guests are more than welcome to explore the garden which is quite wild.

The area around Ghoirtein Bed & Breakfast is renowned for its natural beauty and nearby Loch Ness together with the proximity to Strathglass with its superb Glens – Glen Cannich, Glen Strathfarrar and Glen Affric – offer the visitor a truly memorable experience.

Ghoirtein Bed and Breakfast accommodation is also situated very close to the Affric Kintail Way between Drumnadrochit and Cannich.

We offer a continental breakfast buffet of cereals, toast, croissants or danish pastries and we are happy to offer a boiled egg. Our eggs come from our own chickens which free range in part of the garden.

Our wildlife…….

We are really lucky to have an abundance of wildlife on our doorstep and literally in our garden that our guests are welcome to explore – we have 14 hens, 8 ducks and 2 cats.

We regularly see deer in the field we overlook but we do not encourage them in our garden as they do so much damage.  We do have pine martins, red squirrels and foxes visiting, mostly during the night.  Herons often visit our pond which has both rainbow and brown trout and hopefully still some koi carp (not seen lately!).  Above us we see red kite and hawks hunting.  Our bird feeder is inundated with gold finches and green finches, siskins and blue tits, plus ground feeders, robins, blackbirds, the odd thrush and jays.  During the night we hear owls and see bats.

I was very lucky one day to see a king fisher on our pond and during the seasons we have frog spawn, tadpoles and then frogs.  Dragon and damsel flies, swallows swoop over the pond catching flies and a heron comes to fish.

Guest information…….

The bedrooms we offer are spacious, tastefully decorated, thoughtfully furnished and equipped using our knowledge as hoteliers.

We are purely a bed and breakfast so do not offer cooking/eating facilities to our guests. We do expect our guests to go out to eat and not bring food back to their rooms and we are very happy to make a reservation at a local pub/restaurant for you. We are however happy to heat up milk for an infant if required.

We also have two cats – these are not allowed upstairs in the guest bedrooms under normal circumstances but guests do encourage them sometimes and Sam does follow me around when guests arrive as he is very nosy and does like meeting new people. I always tell guests to throw him out if he is a nuisance!

At Ghoirtein B&B we are happy to advise our guests on what to see and do in the area around Loch Ness and Glen Affric.

  • Parking on the premises
  • WiFi
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • TV
  • Large Garden

Our normal check in times are between 5pm and 8 pm. If you require an earlier check in  let us know on or before day of arrival by 11 am. If you require a later check in let us know when you book. Our latest check in time would be 10.30pm unless of course an emergency arises.