The Dower House


Wisteria swags this tucked-away, single-storey Georgian stone cottage-orné. It stands in flower-filled gardens with a fishpond, bordered by the rivers Beauly and Conon. William Ewart Gladstone used to come here for a spot of shooting. Since 1989 Mena and Robyn Aitchison have run it as a much-loved guest house, although, with log fires, antiques, rugs, book-lined walls and winged fireside chairs, it retains the feeling of a family home. Guests are welcomed by the hostess front-of-house; her husband cooks. ‘We were thoroughly spoiled,’ says a visitor who enjoyed two ‘splendid’ nights in 2015. Another comment: ‘Both the Aitchisons are indeed charming. Inevitably one sees a lot more of Mena, but Robyn did emerge from the kitchen from time to time, and was equally delightful.’ The three bedrooms and one suite have individual character. At dinner the three-course, no-choice set menu is based on fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. The cooking is modern British, ‘and quality was very high’. ‘An excellent meal included a memorable asparagus, pea and mint risotto.’
  • Extremely pleasant small b&b/hotel well-located outside Inverness. The food is really exceptional--Robyn Aitchison cooked a superb dinner for just the two of us and the breakfast (included) was first-rate too.

    Charles Elliott, 29/09/2015

  • A delightful stay with wonderful hospitality from the hosts who made us extremely welcome. Our two nights was like staying in a private club, being joined by other interesting guests all of combined to make a truly memorable stay. A shower in our room would have been helpful in washing hair!

    Ralph Wilson, 12/09/2015

  • A pleasant, peaceful stay. My small room was well suited for single occupancy, and suitable for disabled. The gardens are wonderful, with benches everywhere. The food was good, lots of herbs and spices. The house is indeed cluttered - but with interesting objects. The owners are lovely people, trying so hard to please.,

    Helen Anthony, 22/08/2015

  • What a gem!. We'd hate the clutter in our own home but in the Dower House it is a “treasure chest”. The lovely garden should be mentioned. The no-choice dinner menu wasn’t discussed in advance, at least not with us, and might have been a problem. However it wasn’t and quality was very high. The suite was good value, though a shower attachment would have been useful in the bathroom . Both the Aitchisons are charming

    Elspeth and John Gibbon, 28/08/2014

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Local attractions

Royal Dornoch Golf Club
An 18-hole championship course, founded in 1877.
Ord Distillery
A distillery, founded in 1838.
Tore Art Gallery
Art gallery housed in a former church.

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Contact Details

The Dower House

Highfield MUIR OF ORD Highland Scotland IV6 7XN


01463 870090

Further Information


4. All on ground floor




lounge, dining room, TV room, free Wi-Fi, wedding facilities, 4-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



no under-5s at dinner (high tea at 5).


allowed in bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per room B&B £140, D,B&B £216.