The Ice Barn - holiday property for rent in Scotland

Awarded 4 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board, The Ice Barn is a unique and most charming Scottish holiday cottage in Balmerino, on the banks of the River Tay, Fife. 

Three centuries ago, The Ice Barn was used by Balmerino's local fishermen to store ice for their catches throughout the year as its thick stone walls prevented the ice from melting in the spring. Today, this keeps the house wonderfully warm in the winter and nice and cool in the summer.

There are many other original features which were also maintained during the conversion including the high barreled ceiling in the kitchen and the pan-tiled roof style of the era. The spacious lounge has a beamed ceiling, a wood burning stove, and arched picture windows to take advantage of the most spectacular river views. 

The Ice Barn provides you with a very high level of comfort and quality of accommodation for up to 7 people, including: -

  • 2 Double bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom
  • 1 Twin bedroom with separate bathroom
  • 1 Very small single room (suitable for a child)
  • Large and well equipped kitchen-dining room with AGA cooker
  • Spacious sitting room with river views and wood burning stove
  • Private parking


Balmerino (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Meireanach) is a most picturesque coastal village along the north coast of Fife, and nowadays an official conservation area.

A short walk from The Ice Barn, following the path along the river bank, leads you to what Balmerino is best known for, its Abbey where Mary Queen of Scots spent a relaxing two days on her way to St Andrews in 1565. This 13th century Cistercian monastery, now mostly in ruins, was considered a place of refuge and tranquility during the turbulent middle ages.

Continue west along the river for magnificent woodland scenery with well marked footpaths. In season, you will find blue bells, wild garlic flowers, and dwarf orchids amongst coppice beech.

Heading east from The Ice Barn, the footpath takes you to the neighboring villages of Wormit and Newport, providing a closer view of the famous Tay bridges.


�Outstanding holiday spot! Loved everything about this awesome place. The scenery is lovely, the house exceptional and very well appointed. Loved our visit and will return again!� S & A Semple, USA.

�Spectacular property and views. Really relaxing. Everything we were looking for in a holiday cottage. Had an amazing time in Scotland. Will be back again!� A & J Brown, UK.

�Thank you for this wonderful Scottish experience. The castles, the rivers and beaches, the seals, the forests, the shells and agate stones on the beach. An excellent riverside feeling in The Ice Barn�. Kunze Family. Germany.

�Great house, very spacious and comfortable. Excellent location. Superb views. What more can we say!� J & S Macinnes, UK.

"Came here to get away from everything. The Ice Barn is even better than we had imagined. Not sure if we can live without the Aga anymore! Saving up to buy our own and to return one day�. Kopper Family, Holland.

�The Ice Barn has exceeded our expectations. A wonderful warm �home from home� in a stunning and tranquil setting. We�ll return!� C & C Reeves, UK.

�Beautiful house. Great location. Very peaceful and serene. The Aga works great. Jan was wonderful�. M & W, USA.

Balmerino Seaview

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Balmerino Beach