The Best Kept Secret in The Highlands

Charming Bed and Breakfast situated on North Coast 500 near Inverness.

The Dower House B&B

The Dower House B&B

The Dower House Bed and Breakfast, The Good Hotel Guide 2018 Editor’s Choice for B&B, is the perfect base from which to explore the Scottish Highlands. Located on the NC500, this accommodation is also ideal for ‘getting away from it all’ and experiencing all the delights this beautiful area has to offer.

This is much more than a romantic Scottish Highland home – the house has a fascinating history to discover. It is a real ‘home from home’ where the hosts, Robyn and Mena Aitchison, offer Highland hospitality at its very best. One visit to The Dower House will never be enough. Once you have sampled the delights of this Scottish country home, you will simply have to return!

In 2008, The Dower House won the prestigious Good Hotel Guide Cesar Award to become The Scottish Guesthouse of the Year. The same year Robyn and Mena were invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace for their contribution and services to the British hospitality industry.

Guest Bedrooms

The Dower House  has two en-suite double bedrooms and one suite.

All rooms are adorned with fresh flowers and have attractive views over the gardens. Bedroom facilities include television and tea and coffee making tray. There is free, reliable and fast WiFi throughout the whole house.

Each bedroom has its own personality and is beautifully furnished to an exceptionally high standard, whilst retaining the original charm and character that is The Dower House experience.

Bathrooms come with Victorian roll-top baths or a shower.

Guest Bedrooms


April to October

Double Room or Twin Room £145 per night.

Single Occupancy £120.

Suite £165 per night. Extra bed £35 per night.

Single Occupancy £140

All prices include breakfast.

Relax in Your Home Away From Home

Relax in Your Home Away From Home
Location - We are on the NC500

Location - We are on the NC500

The Dower House Bed and Breakfast is located 14 miles northwest of Inverness, capital of the Highlands of Scotland.

The house lies on the North Coast 500 (NC500) and is the perfect place to stop off on your tour. This location is easy to get to, being well served by all modes of transport.

Inverness Airport is approximately 30 minutes drive away. Flights from London airports [Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton] and from Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham and Edinburgh arrive daily at Inverness Airport. There is also a direct flight to Amsterdam.

Muir of Ord has its own railway station operating a local train service to Inverness, Thurso and Kyle of Lochalsh. The hotel is also 3hours drive to the Orkney ferry and is within easy reach of ferry ports to the Western Isles.

The nearest mainline train station is at Inverness. There are many bus and coach services operating in the area. Car hire is available at Inverness airport and in Inverness city centre.

Stay at The Dower House — Contact Us

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+44 (0)1463 870090

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The Dower House
Muir of Ord
Ross Shire

Things to Do

Things to Do

Ideally located, The Dower House is perfect for discovering the beauty of the Highlands. There are many attraction close at hand from Highland castles to Pictish ruins.

As Scotland is the home of golf, there are courses for all levels of golfers. Royal Dornoch and Nairn are close by and we are only 20 minutes from Castle Stuart Golf Course, often a host of the Scottish Open.

Positioned between two of the world’sbest salmon rivers, the Conon and the Beauly, The Dower House is a great place to relax after a day by the river.

Ord Distillery in Muir of Ord and has a very interesting visitor centre and if you have a taste for ‘the water of life’ then The Dower House is on the Whisky Trail.

Dolphins, whales and many different types of seabirds can be seen both on The Black Isle and on the West Coast. Ask Mena about booking a boat trip.


The Dower House is a great place to base yourself for researching your family history. We have had guests from all over the world tracing their proud Scottish heritage.

The Dower House is located in the heart of Mackenzie country. Other clans in the area include Ross, Munroe, Chisolm and Fraser. Inverness Library is home to a large archives going back to 1890, some burghs even date back the 1455.

A purpose-built genealogy centre to research all your Highland past is located in nearby Inverness.


History of The Dower House

The Dower House was originally a traditional thatched farm house on the 3000 acre Highland Estate which was owned by the Mckenzies of Highfield from about 1540.At the beginning of the 1800s a conversion was made to the stone ornée style to give the lady dowager a residence out with Highfield House. This became The Dower House.

In the 1840s the estate was rented to the infamous and ambitious James Falconer Gillanders who, on behalf of the absentee landlords, was responsible for evicting hundreds of families from the Highland Glens, many of whom were forced to emigrate to America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This became known as the Highland Clearances – people were evicted to make room for something far more profitable – sheep!

In later times, The Dower House became a much sought after residence and Lord Gladstone, Prime Minister 4 times between 1868 and 1894, during the reign of Queen Victoria, took The Dower House as a shooting lodge.

At the beginning of the 20th century The Dower House was altered and extended further. In 1947 it became the Mckenzies family home when Highfield House was burnt to the ground. From then it remained very much the same until 1989 when Robyn and Mena bought the house from the Mckenzie family and converted it into a luxury hotel in 1988 then a B&B in 2017.

History of The Dower House