About Polmaily House
Records show that Polmaily House was built in around 1700 and was home to Noble families on the side of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Jacobite uprisings. Set in a quiet prominent position above the A831 leading to Glen Affric nature reserve and approached by a private beech lined driveway this former hotel is now privately owned by the McLean family.
Set amidst 9 acres of private grounds there is plenty to explore.
Home to ‘The Old Man Of Urquhart’ the oldest Diador tree in Scotland… being 400yrs old and home to Owl boxes kindly provided by our local conservation ranger. If you are very quiet and look close enough you might even be lucky enough to find a few more surprises.
Other delights include a unique range of historical Bee Bole that are set within our stone-walled top garden. The honey and honey-comb was used among other things to make mead and wax for candles. A heavenly place for a mid-summer picnic with the glow of lanterns and on a clear night a magical place to relax looking down over the River Enrick and across the Glen.
Polmaily House is a haven for wildlife
Frequent visitors that can all be seen within the grounds include otters to our pond, Red Squirrel, Pine Martin and deer.
The sounds of owls and foxes, deer barking are nearby.
For those with patience rare golden and sea eagles can also sometimes be spotted. For those of you wishing to enjoy bird watching red kites and many other species of birds may be seen.
In the evening the garden comes alive with the calling of owls. Resident bats come out to play and present a memorable display.
The beautiful Glen Affric, which is close to Glen Urquhart is a national Nature Reserve and contains one of the largest surviving native Caledonian pinewoods in the UK.
Forrest’s, waterfalls and Lochs provide a stunning backdrop to a host of outdoor activities.