A table with a stunning view of the Gardens at the Coul House Hotel, Contin, Scotland.

Coul Opportunity.

Coul House Hotel is currently looking for detail orientated, enthusiastic hard working people to join the restaurant team.


Coul House Hotel, Luxury hotel scotland Contin near Inverness.

Experience preferred but not essential, a good attitude and a willingness to enhance our guests visit is more important. If you know of anyone that fits the bill or indeed yourself please make contact with us as soon as possible.


We have live-in accommodation available if necessary and offer good rates of pay. Full or part-time work available.


Contact us by e-mailing stuart@coulhouse.com   stop-by or call 01997 421487

Coul House Hotel, a country house hotel in Contin, Ross-shire, Inverness.

Love Coul. Deliciously Relaxing.

Coul House Hotel is a stunning country house hotel located in the wee village of Contin, Ross-shire near Strathpeffer.


An image of a miniature swing with a carving of 'Love' from the Coul House Hotel Fairy Garden

Whether you want a deliciously relaxing break, some leisurely pursuits, or a full on adventure there’s something for everyone, very nearby.

Don’t just take our word for it, this client from San Diego, USA gave us a 5 star review on TripAdvisor

“Where to start reviewing this beautiful property? The hotel itself is so elegant, rooms are beautifully designed and set up. The grounds are so appealing and full of charm (and beautifully maintained, I might add). We adults walked the children’s Fairy Walk and enjoyed it as much as the little ones.

Coul House Hotel, Contin, Ross-shire, Inverness, Highlands, Scotland.

Service and food — utterly amazing. Dinners were Michelin Star worthy. We were talking with a local couple who dine here regularly as the food is consistently superb. The wine selection is very good, and all of the public areas decorated for elegance and comfort. Service was top notch. I loved our stay so much that I was reticent to check out. We spent 12 days touring around Scotland and this by far, was my favourite hotel.


Come by and see for yourself.


Image of a wildcat in Contin scratching a tree.

Coul Wildlife in Contin.

Alfie, Bella and Stuart have been captured on the local wildlife camera several times, the camera is within a mile from the Coul House Hotel.

An arial image of the Coul House Hotel and grounds in the stunning Scottish highlands.


Volunteer and SNH ecologist Phil Baarda talks camera trapping and helping Scottish Wildlife Association.

One of the pleasurable things about being an ecologist with SNH is that you come across a lot of interesting and worthwhile projects, some of which I get involved with in my own time.  One that I’m particularly enjoying is the Scottish Wildcat Action project to Save Our Wildcats.

The ‘Highland Tiger’ used to be reasonably common across Scotland, though now is reduced to a handful of small populations. At least, that’s what the research suggests, and which the Scottish Wildcat Action project is examining – with a team of volunteers working alongside the experts, looking for cats in the wild.

I’ve been a volunteer with the project for the last couple of years, and have been running one of the many camera traps set up within the project’s ‘hotspot areas’.  However, I hadn’t seen a cat on my camera trap in all that time – until recently.

I live in Contin, which is in the Strathpeffer hot spot. The land is highly suitable for cats – it’s largely an area of non-intensive agriculture, with pockets of scrub and trees and rough grassland, and cats have been seen locally for many years.

I’d seen a wildcat-like cat walking past my kitchen window one winter’s morning a few years ago, which very swiftly disappeared as soon as I opened the back door.  I’d even found a dead wildcat-like cat freshly killed on a road, but, a live cat, on camera, was proving much more elusive.

I had, however, captured photos of a remarkable amount of other wildlife: pine martens, badgers, deer, the odd buzzard and even mid-flight blackbird – as well as a load of dogs, walkers, and cows.  But, frustratingly, no cats.

Recently, though, the wait had been worth it. On checking one of the two cameras I look after, the bait had gone, and the camera’s photo bank showed a series of images of a cat tearing at the dead quail bait, and then coming back for more.

After a call to Project Officer Nicola Tallach, and a visit from project volunteer Lara, I’m now looking after a cage trap too – baited and ready to catch a real cat – which would then go off to the vets for a health check and DNA analysis.  If the cat’s a feral hybrid we might then neuter it before returning it back in the wild – to prevent it reproducing, and therefore passing on and diluting true wildcat traits into future generations.

Exciting times – let’s see what happens!

Article by Phil Baarda from Contin.

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Coul House Hotel, Scottish highlands country house hotel.

Coul Dining. New menu.

A Delicious Dining Experience at Coul House Hotel.

Coul House Hotel, Luxury hotel scotland Contin near Inverness.
Our new a la carte menu has just been launched to rave reviews…

Coul House Hotel, New A la carte menu

Whether you’re coming for a quick or leisurely lunch, a romantic meal or to celebrate a large family occasion, you’ll find the surroundings beautiful and the atmosphere relaxing for a delicious dining experience.

Just 17 miles North of Inverness in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, come in and experience the Coul House Effect.

To view or download our Delicious New Menu visit our website at https://coulhousehotel.com/delicious-dining/

We hope to see you soon.

Coul House Hotel Gardens Fairy and Scry Trail, Coul for Kids, deliciously enchanting.

Coul for Kids. Deliciously Enchanting.

Image of a beware sign in the Coul House Hotel gardens Fairy and Scary trail. Fun for kids, deliciously enchanting.


Coul House Hotel Garden, Fairy and Scary trail, could fun for kids, deliciously enchanting.
Children simply love the magic of the Coul House Gardens. Take flutter round the Fairy Trail or, if you’re brave enough, venture into the scary trail. Play pitch and putt or simply relax, the choice is yours. All are great fun for kids and right on your Coul House doorstep.
Coul House Hotel Garden, Fair and Scary Trail. Fund for kids, deliciously enchanting.
For adults, feel free to wander around the immaculate grounds and discover rare species of ancient trees and the beautiful flowers that bloom at this time of year.  Treat yourself and your family to a traditional afternoon tea on the terrace or a delicious meal in one of our stunning lounges.
We still have availability for April and some rather special offers which are available on a first-come first served basis.
Contact us on 01997 421 487 or visit our website for further information.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.
“Fantastic place to visit. My kids love the fairy trail, beautiful area and food was delicious. Also such a friendly place to visit too.”

Offers are subject to availability* please check our Offers page or contact us for availability. https://coulhousehotel.com/offers/

Coul Weddings. Deliciously Romantic.

Weddings at Coul House have a unique and romantic feel, we don’t do off-the-shelf. Instead we work with you to create your Dream wedding for a Deliciously Romantic, Stress Free experience and a day you’ll never forget.


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A Classic Country House Hotel with great food and glorious gardens for the most stunning wedding photography, Coul House really is the perfect wedding venue.

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Winter, Summer Autumn or Spring, you decide. Coul House changes with the seasons and with each comes its very own charm. Roaring coal fires in the Winter make for a cosy romantic setting, In Summer, garden receptions are not uncommon. In Spring you’ll waken to frosty mornings and the low Sun, in the Autumn, walk amongst the leaves which fall from our beautiful range of rare species trees.

Say I do at Coul House Hotel.



An image of a miniature swing with a carving of 'Love' from the Coul House Hotel Fairy Garden

Love Valentines. Love Coul House.

Deliciously Romantic Creative Cuisine.
Why not treat someone you love to a sumptuous meal at the Coul House Hotel.

An image of a miniature swing with a carving of 'Love' from the Coul House Hotel Fairy Garden

Enjoy a drink from our generous selection of fine Wines and Spirits by the fire whilst we prepare your meal from scratch, using only the finest local ingredients. Chef Garry offers a range of tasty dishes including both contemporary Scottish Cuisine and some traditional favourites. There’s something for everyone to relish and enjoy within our deliciously relaxing Country House Hotel.

A meal and some wine on a table in the dining room at the Coul House Hotel, Contin.

A table with a stunning view of the Gardens at the Coul House Hotel, Contin, Scotland.

Treat someone you love today (or tomorrow). To book a table or a well deserved romantic retreat, contact us.


An Ariel image of the Coul House Hotel and its acres of gardens.

Coul for Dogs

Bella the Coul House Hotel dog greeting guests in the hotel car park

New Year at The Coul House, or ‘Dogmanay’ as we like to call it, we had seventeen dogs staying for three days during the festive period.  Shy host Alfie and of course the not so shy head of security Bella were hard at work looking after their guests and making sure they had nice walks, delicious treats and lots of fun.

We think it’s fair to say that with acres of grounds to run around in, a number of beaches nearby and an open fire to relax in front of at the end of an exciting day, Coul House really is heaven for dogs (and their human friends).



Why not come and visit sometime soon.


Road closure sign on Coul New page

Travel News

Road closure sign on Coul New page

A834 Road Closure

The A834 road between Strathpeffer and Dingwall is closed for a total of three weeks (scheduled to reopen Mid-February) while Scottish Water update the sewage system in the village of Strathpeffer.

Access to Coul House should be made using the main road; the A832 rather than attempting to coming through Strathpeffer as the road is closed.


Bealach na Ba Road Closure at Applecross

If you are coming to visit us during April please note that the North Coast 500 Bealach na Ba route to Applecross will be closed for much of this time. The road will be open until 9th April and then thereafter for six weeks it will close during the day Monday – Friday.

Also remember that closure of the Bealach will have the effect of increasing traffic on the alternative coastal route, itself with many tight bends and drops – be very careful!


An image of the Coul House Hotel and gardens with blue sky and snow.

Coul Winter Weekend.


The snow has arrived and the house and grounds are looking like a magical winter wonderland, it’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Come on in and warm yourself with a hot drink or wee whisky by one of our magnificent fireplaces and enjoy the superb views our wonderful country has to offer.