The Old Church of Urquhart

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 bathrooms. Each room comes with a continental breakfast 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; relax by the pond, discover the wee waterfall and stream 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. 

Prices range between £50-£300 for a nights stay for 2 B&B (1 night minimum stay). This includes a Continental Breakfast ready at the suite for you.

As for the apartments, a self-catering stay for 2 in Sanctuary III starts at £205/night (2 night minimum stay).

The whole apartment - front and back costs £342.50/night for a maximum of 13 adults (2 night minimum stay). All rooms are at ground floor, so are accessible for those with mobility difficulties.

Up to 3 well-behaved dogs are welcome at a one-off charge.



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








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 26th April 2022 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Andreas Peter from The Old Church of Urquhart