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Set in the beautiful quiet country side of the Black Isle which is not actually black nor an island but a peninsula that reaches out into the North Sea. we are just 10 miles from Inverness city and close to the A9, ideal for a stop over if travelling the North Coast 500 or just looking for a short break. We will have three fully insulated luxury glamping pods, each with their own private hot tub (included in the price), as well as a small self-contained chalet that can sleep up to four. This also has its own hot tub (availble as an extra charge).

Dogs are permitted (maximum of one in a pod or two in the chalet) but require to be booked in advance. Please also check our FAQs.

The three pods (all named after some of the ferries that crossed the Beauly Firth before the Kessock Bridge was built) and are fully self-contained each with a double bed, sofa bed, ensuite shower room, kitchenette and smart tv. Each pod has it's own hot tub. There is a separate laundry with washing machine and tumble drier.

 

The chalet, An Sealladh, (meaning "The View" in Gaelic) is also situated within the grounds of Knockbain Mains but has its own garden and driveway. It has ramped access and as it's name suggests, has a superb view to the south over Munlochy Bay and on towards the Cairngorms. A

private 4-person hot tub is available to book as an extra.

 

LOCATION

The properties are situated in the countryside of the Black Isle with views to the south towards the Cairngorms. If it is a quiet, relaxing holiday you are looking for, with lovely views in a beautiful location yet within easy reach of all local amenities then this is the place for you.

Three miles away is the village of Munlochy which has a well stocked store, newly refurbished hotel serving fantastic pub grub and a doctor's surgery. Two miles in the opposite direction is the village of Culbokie with similar amenities including a Post Office.  

 

THE BLACK ISLE

The Black Isle is famous for its fertile farmland, lovely fishing villages, mountain biking and one of the best places in Scotland for spotting dolphins at Chanonry Point near Fortrose. The whole of the Black Isle can be travelled around in a day, stopping for lunch or a pint at the many village pubs on the way, Allangrange Arms in Munlochy, The Anderson in Fortrose, The Plough Inn in Rosemarkie, Cromarty Hotel, Sutor Creek for pizza or coffee at the Slaughterhouse Cafe in Cromarty and Culbokie Inn to name just a few. The beach at Rosemarkie is safe for children with a café, play area and tennis court and the Fairy Glen walk and waterfalls close by. Cromarty is on the eastern shore of the Black Isle with a beach, small car ferry to Nigg just across the Cromarty Firth , oil rig spotting and lovely coastal walks. Black Isle brewery at Allangrange produce organic craft beer and well worth a visit. 

 

SURROUNDING AREA

The Highland Capital of Inverness has a modern shopping centre, theatre, museums, cinemas, 10 pin bowling and swimming pool. There are also many hotels and bars to suit all tastes. It is only a half hour drive to picturesque Loch Ness with daily boat trips from Inverness up the Loch to do some monster watching! Many places of historical interest are within easy reach: Culloden Battlefield and visitor centre, Fort George, numerous castles, standing stones, ancient burial sites and the Pictish Trail.
Black Isle Pods and Chalet is an ideal base to travel the whole North of Scotland including the NC500. We are only a couple of miles from the A9 and convenient for stopping off on the route in either clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. 

The beautiful West and North Coasts being only 1 to 2 hour drives away, are ideal for sight seeing, hill walking, fishing, cycling and maybe a wee dram at all the distilleries you pass by! Other sporting activities nearby include sailing, golfing and in winter skiing at Aviemore (45 min drive). There are many local Lochs close by for wild swimming, paddle boarding and canoeing.

EXTRAS

Breakfast packs can be purchased while booking.

Wood and kindling can also be purchased on site for Firepits.

Local Black Isle ice cream will be for sale as will extra breakfast packs if required.  

HOW TO GET HERE!

From the South -  Stay on the A9 dual carriageway past Inverness and across the Kessock bridge for about 7 miles until you come to Tore roundabout. Take the third exit continuing on the A9 North, after 100 meters take the first right signposted Killen. Follow this road for around 2.2 miles you will come to a cross roads turn left. Continue on this road for 0.8 of a mile, we are second on the left after an old red telephone box. Our road is sign posted Knockbain Mains and Black Isle Pods. You will find us 0.5 miles on the left.

From the North - At the Cromarty bridge continue south on the A9 up the hill for 2 miles, turn left onto the B169 signposted Culbokie, in half a mile turn right signposted Knockbain, in 2.3 miles as you come down the other side of the hill take second right. Our road is sign posted Knockbain Mains and Black Isle Pods. You will find us 0.5 miles on the left.