Inverlunan Country Retreats is ideal for guests who are seeking rest and recreation in a beautiful and stress-free rural environment at the renowned sea-scape of Lunan bay, in the east-coast County of Angus, Scotland. There are three self-catering holiday units, each for a different group size (2,4,8).

The Inverlunan property is a former shore salmon-netting station used by commercial salmon fisheries since time immemorial. The industry has been in decline for several decades. Andrew Gauldie has owned the property (formerly known as “Lunan bothies”) since 2002.  Each of the holiday houses was subsequently developed with the help of an architect to provide modern and comfortable holiday accommodation.

The self-catering business commenced as a full-time venture in 2016; and since then Andrew and Edi Gauldie have achieved a high rate of bookings during all seasons. Guests have provided very positive formal reviews, reporting that they love being so close to the beach, and the river (“the Lunan water”), and the beautiful rural surroundings, nature, and the sea-scape. They also report enjoying the number of private bathrooms (avoiding family pressures) and a high standard of house cleaning, fresh linen and towels, and the provision of a warm welcome and on-going support.

Objectives of the owners

The objectives of the owners include provision of a “value for money” standard of accommodation and to provide facilities for guests to have a memorable holiday, provision of a clean premises and fresh consumable items such as bed linen and towels, with real-time maintenance and up-grading of fittings. If guests are struggling with a problem the owners (who live in Montrose) are almost always available to respond with advice or help; however, yet a further aim of the owners is to provide privacy and space for guests to enjoy their holiday.


Feature Beachside Riverside Fishermens’ bothy
Location (postcode) Lunan bay, Inverkeilor, by Arbroath. DD11 5ST. Lunan bay, Inverkeilor, by Arbroath. DD11 5ST. Lunan bay, Inverkeilor, by Arbroath. DD11 5ST.
Number of guests Up to 8 Up to 4 Up to 2
Double bedrooms 2 1 -
Twin bedrooms 2 1 1
Bathrooms 3 (shower over bath) 2 1
Shower room 1 (shower over baths) (shower over bath)
Cooker Gas Electric Electric
Microwave 1 1 1
Refrigeration 2, plus deep-freeze. 1, inc freezer. 1
Heating Gas central heating Gas central heating Wood burner and electric storage heater
Cot 1 (can be supplied) -
High chair 1 (can be supplied) -
Hair dryer 1 1 1
Dogs allowed (up to 2) (up to 2) (1)
Parking (up to 4 cars) (up to 2 cars) 1 car
Garden area, enc. Partially enc. Fully enc. Fully enc.
Internet  (BT Hub) Yes Yes Yes
Television Yes Yes No…(but has internet for BBC iplayer etc.)
DVD player (By  guest request) No No



Facility Advice and description
Keys Provided by owner at entry. (The owner usually meets guests).
Towns nearby Montrose 4 miles,  Arbroath 7 miles. (Inverkeilor is a village).
Restaurants Several in Montrose, also in Arbroath.(Inverkeilor)  Check on-line.
Pubs Montrose, Arbroath, (Inverkeilor).  Check on-line.
Local cafe Lunan Diner, 200 meters, walking distance. Food & drink.
Taxis Generally from Montrose. Business cards provided.
Train Station at Montrose.
Doctor Montrose Health Centre.
Veterinarian Montrose.  Check on-line.
Petrol / diesel Nearest is Shell, Montrose, north of bridge into town from south.



Up to 8 Guests

This is a large house suitable for extended families and groups of friends. There are 4 well-appointed bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities.. The principal bedroom has a spectacular view of the Lunan water and the Red Castle. The downstairs double bedroom is often selected by older guests.


Up to 4 Guests

Riverside is also a spacious house, but for 4 guests. The house faces due south, and directly overlooks the Lunan water and the Red Castle. There is an enclosed garden area which can restrain a dog (or dogs) from straying away from the house. The front of the house is a “sun-trap” and often in summer guests choose to eat and drink outside on the patio.

Fishermens' Bothy

Up to 2 Guests

The Fishermens’ bothy (also known as “Lunan bothy”) is a quaint and ancient small stone building originally used to store salmon fishing nets, and to provide temporary accommodation for the fishermen during the days and nights when they attended the nets set out in the tidal zones of Lunan bay.

Where to find us

Directions to Lunan, and Inverlunan Country Retreats. The post-code is DD11 5ST.
The journey from Edinburgh central, via Dundee, could be three hours. You can travel via Dundee, via Forfar, or via Brechin.
From the main road A92 (Dundee to Montrose) look for signposts to the right (these are well after...
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Lunan Bothies, Lunan Bay, Montrose, Angus, DD11 5ST
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