The Old Church of Urquhart

Permit number MO/PRM/0082

Urquhart by Elgin, Moray, Scotland

A former church converted into B&B or self catering apartment stays - close to the Grampian Highlands & the sea at the Moray Firth.

Key Points

  • Enjoy a stay in a church close to the Grampian Highlands with the option of a B&B room or apartment - or the whole of the ground floor for up to 13 guests.
  • The B&B rooms sleep 2-6 guests and have their own private bathrooms plus TV with Netflix.
  • Book self-catering apartments or bed & breakfast rooms.
  • Relax in the gardens outside the church or take a trip to Lossiemouth Beach.


'Parrandier', within The Old Church of Urquhart is found at the heart of the area known as The Laich of Moray. The Laich lies in the shelter of the Grampian Highlands and is well-known for its dry and sunny climate. It is better than ever after a refurb in 2019.

Your spirits lift as you approach the edge of the small village of Urquhart and spy the inspiring 70ft tower of the church. On top of a small hillock, the church offers open, uninterrupted views of the beautiful countryside...close to the Highlands and to the sea!

The converted church dates back to 1843 and is a B-listed building. Conceived in the perpendicular style of James Gillespie Graham it is situated in a superb rural location 5 miles from Elgin.

There are 2 types of accommodation on offer:

B&B rooms: A Suite for 1-2 guests, a Suite for 2-5 plus a Suite for 2-6 guests, all with their own en-suite/private bathroom. Each room comes with a continental breakfast prepared at your suite for you including tea and coffee, plus you can enjoy your favourite series on Netflix, or simply browse on your phone using the free Wifi. 

Apartments: Known as The Sanctuary Apartments; if you are a larger group and need more space, then choose to enjoy the Whole of the property for up to 13 guests, with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 lounges plus a kitchen and a kitchenette. Alternatively book just the Back of the property with its own entrance through the former vestry for up to 8 guests, which has up to 3 bedrooms,  up to 2 bathrooms, a lounge and fully equipped kitchen OR, the Front of the property for up to 7 guests which has up to 2 bedrooms, up to 2 bathrooms, a lounge and a well equipped kitchenette. 

Outside you can chill out in the 2 acres of garden with plenty different seating areas for each time of the day; relax by the pond, discover the wee waterfall and stream, the enclosure of the former stable or take a stroll along the Church Walk.  

Locally you can take a trip to Lossiemouth Beach, which can be found just around the corner from the accommodation or get lost in the Winding Walks 19th century maze gardens at Fochabers. Alternatively explore the NC500 or take a day trip to the stunning Cairngorms, the largest National Park in the UK. Here you can enjoy walking, cycling, playing golf, visiting castles and even a bungee jump!

Price range starts at just £120 for a 2-nights stay for 2 - B&B which includes a Continental Breakfast ready at the suite for for the apartments, a Self-Catering stay for 2 starts at £180 for the 2 night minimum stay; the whole of ground floor as one apartment comes to just £470 for the 2 nights minimum stay & a maximum of 13 adults...all prices subject to individual cleaning and linen charges.

All guest accommodation is at ground floor, so is accessible for those with mobility difficulties.

Up to 3 well-behaved dogs are welcome at an individual one-off charge depending on chosen accommodation.

We continue to follow strict cleaning & hygiene protocols for the safety of our guests and ours, living on site.

Room Types

Double Ensuite
Family Rooms
Interconnecting Rooms
Whole property for 5 or more



 Ground floor accom




 Family bathroom


 Hot water







 Clothes rack


 Dining area



 Sofa bed



 Dining area


 Garden - enclosed

 Seating area


Nearby (within 5 miles)


 Country walks


 Lake / River

 Local shop

 Pub / Bar

 Public transport






 Mobile - Limited mobile signal



On Arrival

 Included - Linen

 Included - Towels

 Luggage drop off

 Personal check-in

Safety & Security

 Carbon monoxide detector

 Deep Covid-19 clean

 Fire extinguisher

 Smoke alarm


 Condiments & Oil






 Kitchenware / Utensils



 Tea & Coffee


Shared Facilities

 Shared BBQ facilities

Young Children


 High chair

 Welcome all ages


 Free parking

 Parking alongside accom


 Quiet location


 Set alone

 Small site (2-4 accoms)

Nearest Airport/s

Aberdeen / Inverness

Content updated on 10th May 2023 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Andreas Peter from The Old Church of Urquhart