A Scottish Estate rich in historical importance and firmly invested in the future of the Highlands
Situated on the north side of Cromarty Firth and stretching from 55m to nearly 700m above sea level, Novar Estate looks towards Alness Bay and the Black Isle. The house nestles in mature, landscaped parkland with the dramatic, snow-capped peaks of Ben Wyvis to the West and spectacular forested uplands to the North and East.
The Munro family moved to Novar in 1592. In the second half of the eighteenth century, General Sir Hector Munro presided over the extensive remodelling of the house and estate. He also erected the famous Fyrish Monument: a replica of the Gate of Negapatam, a port in Madras that General Munro took for the British in the Siege of Negapatam in 1781. His work laid the foundations for the Estate’s forests and parkland. Current custodians, Ronald and Erica Munro Ferguson, have overseen Novar’s further development into what is a thriving, working landscape that plays an integral role in the local communities of Evanton, Alness and Dingwall. While the Estate will always retain historical importance, the current focus on sustainable forestry, renewable energy and wildlife conservation characterises its cultural relevance in the present day.
With a wide-ranging portfolio of luxury holiday cottages and houses, Novar Estate offers some of the most relaxing and rewarding getaways Scotland has to offer. It is renowned for excellence in this area. The holiday homes are positioned in various landscapes around the Estate and range from a small studio cottage near Loch Morie to a nine-bedroomed house in parkland. All are well-equipped and have roaring open fires or wood-burning stoves making them incredibly cosy in all seasons.
Novar Estate is deemed to be of great significance historically, architecturally and horticulturally by Historic Environment Scotland and we are proud to play our part in maintaining, and sharing, the rich heritage of the Scottish Highlands. Please read on to find out more about what we contribute to keep it alive.