House in the Highlands

Einich, Newtonmore, Inverness-shire

COVID 19 - A guide for our guests (as at 3 April 2021)

The Scottish Government has announced their roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions and have confirmed that until 26th April 2021 at the earliest, the whole of the Scottish mainland remains in Tier 4. This requires all self catering accommodation to be closed.

The Scottish Governments revised levels framework will set out the numbers permitted within holiday accommodation including self-catering.  The tables stipulate the indoor and outdoor socialising caps and include how and where children and young people are counted. 

The rules for self-catering (including overnight stays) are in line with the private dwelling socialising rules as set out in the levels framework.  

Indicatively, from 26 April – guests from one household can stay overnight in self catering.

Indicatively,  from 17 May – four guests from two households can stay overnight in self-catering (in line with ‘up to four people from two households can socialise indoors in a private home or public space’).

Children 12 years and under not included.

More information on the proposed reopening timetable, here.
We will continue to monitor and respond to any changes of the Government requirements. If you have any questions relating to your future booking then do not hesitate to contact me, or if you booked via our agent or one of their affliated companies, please contact the agent.  

We are following guidance from "Safer Stays" and the Association of Scottish Self Caterers to provide guests with the assurance that Einich is being kept to a high level of cleanliness.  

Arrival time.
Due to the more stringent cleaning requirements, and the additional time required to clean, we have moved our arrival time from 4pm to 5pm. Please do not arrive early as it is only fair on the team preparing Einich that they have the time required to ensure it is ready for your arrival.

During your stay
Ensure that the house is well ventilated during your stay.
Follow guidance on handwashing. For additional guidance see the NHS website.

Departure time.
To enable our housekeeper the maximum amount of time to thoroughly clean and air the house ready for the incoming guests, we ask that guests leave no later than 9am on the day of departure. 

Day of departure.
Prior to your departure please ensure that:

  • all bed linen is stripped and towels are bagged and placed in the rear porch ready for collection. 
  • a number of windows are opened to allow ventilation through the house.

Non essential items.
Having spent a number of years providing all the creature comforts for our guests, we have been asked to remove all non-essential items for the time being. This includes (but not limited to) items such as DVD's, game consoles, magazines, books, throws and cushions on beds. We ask for your understanding that Einich may not be quite the same for those who have visited previously (but the warmth of welcome and the wonderful countryside is!), but when we are allowed all these will be returned to there place in the house.
Supermarket and other deliveries
Asda and Tesco undertake deliveries to Newtonmore (subject to a delivery slot).
Viki, our previous housekeeper, is now providing an alcohol delivery service. If you would like to have a wee tipple ready for your arrival then for further details please contact her via The Wee Swally Bar on Facebook.

What's open and other useful information
Visit Cairngorms have produced a helpful website to provide guidance on what is open/partially open/closed. Well worth a look when you are planning your stay.

What should you do if you develop Covid 19 symptoms whilst on holiday.
In the event that someone develops symptoms whilst staying away from home, they should immediately book a test through NHS Inform or, if they can’t get online by phoning 0800 028 2816. In accordance with Test and Protect, people with symptoms are required to self-isolate for at least 7 days, and everyone in their household should isolate for 14 days. If the test is negative, everyone can end isolation. Current guidance directs that if guests who are isolating can travel home safely to isolate, avoiding the use of public transport, they should do this.

Please contact us immediately should there be a concern that someone has developed symptoms. 

Social Distancing
For up to date advice on social distancing please visit the Scottish Government website.



Einich, Golf Course Road, Newtonmore,
Inverness-shire PH20 1AT