Old School House
Situated down the remote and winding Strathdearn Glen, the School House is a simple and practical property that would suit groups keen to enjoy their time outside and explore the local area.
Positioned on the calm banks of the river Findhorn and with beautiful views down the glen, this house is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and take life at a slower pace for a while.
Traditional property in the Highlands
The School House sits next to what was once the local school for the Dalarossie community.
The building is now split into two, with the right half occupied by a long-term tenant.
The property was recently renovated, having previously been owned by a traditional family of three sisters who never used electricity and sourced water from an outdoor pump!
We hope you'll like the changes we've made since then.
An upside down layout
Set over two floors The Old School House has been described as an "upside down" house! This is because you can find the two twin rooms and one double en-suite are on the ground floor, along with a separate bathroom and linen cupboard.
You'll have to go upstairs to find the open-plan kitchen, dining area, and admire the views from the living room towards the stunning river Findhorn.
This is a magical place during the colder months. Often the only footprints you'll find are those of your own or the highland wildlife. Deer, grouse, pheasant are red squirrel are all around - look up and you might even be lucky enough to spy a golden eagle soaring through the glen.
"Beautiful home in absolutely gorgeous surroundings."
"We were really sad to leave. The peace and quiet at night time was perfect. We had a little gang of sheep visit us every morning for a short while. We would definitely stay here again."
Jeni -September 2018
Paradise for fishing
The River Findhorn is a most attractive salmon river, with a succession of deep pools and fast runs throughout its length. Up to 1000 salmon will be taken in a season.
There are few better spots than the church pool - only a 2 minute walk away - for trying your hand at fly fishing. When the sun is out why not test the water with an exhilarating dip yourself?
Time to switch off and relax
Many guests have commented on the benefits of 'coming off the grid'. With no WiFi and limited mobile phone signal you have every excuse to take an honest break from technology, put aside work stresses and really enjoy the peaceful surroundings without distraction.
"Its simplicity is what makes it so special."
"This is one of the nicest place we’ve ever been. You have everything you need to just be and enjoy. The surroundings are absolutely magnificent. If you’re looking a place to get away from it all and recharge that’s the one."
Rob & Samia - April 2018
The living room is a comfortable, welcoming area that guests can use as a base to watch the local wildlife.
During the evening it is a warm, cozy space that can be a peaceful place to read, play board games, cards or jigsaw puzzles.
There is also a television with a small selection of videos and DVDs.
Space for 3 cars
You will need a car to access the School House and get around the area.
During the winter months 4x4 vehicles are recommended - always check the local weather forecast and traffic advice as roads can be closed at times of heavy snowfall.
A basic selection of bicycles are also now available to hire.
The closest town is Tomatin (10 min drive), which has a small shop, taxi service, bus stop, and whiskey distillery. Aviemore (30 min drive), which is part of the Cairngorms National Park, has a number of restaurants, pubs, outdoor clothing outlets, and outdoor activity options - including skiing, kayaking, canoeing, and climbing. Inverness (30 min drive) is a large city that should have everything else you might need, including supermarkets, high street stores, restaurants, cinemas, gyms, etc.
"As soon as I walked into this house I felt at home!"
"I didn't want to leave the house! Each room has it's own character and the upstairs is simply perfect!
You have your own kitchen and utensils, kitchenware, tea, coffee, sugar. Heaters to keep you warm and cosy, books, DVDs, tourist guide brochures in upstairs lounge with nice views and plenty of light through windows."
Maya - May 2018
"A beautiful cottage in lovely surroundings"
" Well equipped and clean. No wifi an advantage in my opinion with teenage children!
We played monopoly and talked and walked in the breathtaking surroundings. Perfect."
Jane - October 2018
Getting to Old School House
It's easier than you'd think getting here.
The School House is tucked away down a single track glen road that leads from the village of Tomatin.
Tomatin is sign-posted from the A9 and is approximately a 25 minute drive north from Aviemore or half an hour south from Inverness.
The specific location will be shown on the map before guests book.
Please note, as the location is remote and you will need to bring food supplies with you.
Trains to Inverness and Aviemore leave daily from London Kings Cross and follow the main Eastern rail route.
These are operated by Virgin Trains East Coast: www.virgintrainseastcoast.com
A sleeper train is available from London Euston, operated by Caledonian Sleeper. This service does not run daily.
Please check the website for details: www.sleeper.scot
Flights to Inverness are available from:
- London Gatwick
- London Heathrow
- London Luton
The Old School House is approximately half an hour from Inverness.
Local Taxi Services
Inverness Taxis: 01463 222222
Inverness Airport: 01463 630247
Sneckie Taxis (Inverness): 01463 611111
Aviemore Taxis: 01479 811111
Gerry's Aviemore Taxis: 01479 812000
The Old School House
Old Mill Road The School House East, Tomatin, Scotland IV13 7YW, United Kingdom