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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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2 bedroom cottage, sleeps 4 in the parish of Assynt, in Sutherland.

Torran Cottage is a roomy two bedroom cottage with all modern conveniences. It is on Stoer Head, set in the wild and beautiful townland of Assynt. The cottage has stunning views across the sea to the northern mountains of Sutherland. Whether it is whale watching from Stoer head, puffins and Arctic skuas on Handa Island or deer in the field below the cottage this magnificent landscape and it's wild beauty will enchant you.

This traditional croft cottage sleeps 4. One double bedroom and one bedroom with twin single beds. The sitting room is equipped with satellite TV which takes DVD's, CD's and IPOD's. It has an open fire place. The dining room has an open aspect on both sides and is a bright and cheery room. There is a large dining table which will comfortably sit 6. It has a music system which plays CD's and takes IPOD's. The kitchen has a set of oak cupboards and is fully equipped. There is a gas hob and an electric oven, washing machine, fridge freezer, dish washer, microwave and a coffee machine (Nespresso capsules required). There is also a sandwich maker and a toaster. The spacious bathroom has a shower, wc and sink. The cottage is centrally heated and all gas and fuel is included in the price. There is an outside dining area which has magnificent views northwards to Foinaven across Eddrachillis Bay.

Assynt is in Sutherland one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland.

It is a land of steep mountains, trout filled lochs and spectacular sea views and cliff scenery. There are 5 small, utterly quiet, sandy beaches within 5 miles of the cottage. Within a 10 minute walk there is Porsht, a small cove ideal for swimming, canoeing or snorkelling. Locally, trout fishing, both brown and sea trout, deer stalking, birdwatching, whale watching, sea kayaking, mountain walking and climbing, are all available. Assynt is bisected by the Moine Thrust, a geological fault and the area along the fault is designated a Geopark, one of only seven in the UK. The nearby villages of Lochinver or Drumbeg have a full range of shops and restaurants. In the summer this is, nearly, the land of the midnight sun, it hardly gets dark. In the winter the mountains are snow clad and with a bit of luck with the weather the Northern Lights will flash across the skies.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered

Stephen McCarthy

This advertiser has been with since 2009
Speaks french, english, Gaelic
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I am a retired, married 62 year old Irishman living in Scotland. We are interested in mountains, walking, scrambling and climbing. Also in running and cycling. As we spend a lot of time out of doors we have a keen interest in nature and natural history, the plants, birds and animals we share our world with.

Stephen McCarthy purchased this cottage in 2009

Assynt is a most beautiful part of the world. we live 2 hours drive away in Inverness and use the property ourselves regularly, particularly in the winter.

The cottage is in Assynt in the north of Scotland a place of tranquillity and wild beauty. Inside the cottage are all the comforts of modern living but the view from the front door is across Edrachillis Bay to the mountains of Fionavon and Arkle. We have seen barn owls at dusk, dolphins and whales in the bay and we get deer in the garden and badgers in the lane.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Fully modernised traditional croft cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Fully modernised traditional croft cottage
+44 (0)7949 765248
Lochinver Northern Scottish Highlands


  • 5 of 5
Our first glimpse of Torran Cottage confirmed our hopes: we would be holidaying in dramatic landscape. A croft cottage, modernised with sensitivity and imagination, it surpassed expectations. It is a light, spacious house furnished for luxury. The downstairs rooms are large - the sun room is a bonus, allowing plenty of scope for four people to relax in comfort and with space to do different things. The dining area benefitted from the light of the sun room. After an active day on the hills or on the coast, who would want to leave the comfort of this cottage? So Central to our enjoyment of the holiday was an exceptionally well equipped kitchen, which made light of meal preparations. Large enough to allow two people to work without hindering progress, it was well stocked with cooking utensils and a wide variety of dishes in a range of sizes. Essential when feeding four hungry people! Storage space is ample for a week's supply of food, with numerous cupboards and a good sized family fridge/freezer; cooking facilities are efficient and speedy. The dishwasher and washing machine were welcome and featured high in our criteria for choosing the cottage. Throughout, decoration is of high quality- attractive and very well maintained. Good views dominate all windows upstairs, including the modern bathroom, which has an extra large and powerful shower- very welcome after a long day's activity.
All the beds were very comfortable with luxurious goosedown quilts/pillows and crisply fresh linen. A god night's sleep was guaranteed!
While the cottage was remarkably warm and cosy, it was wonderful to have an open fireplace in the living room- particularly relaxing while discussing the days adventures and planning the next excursion.
Instead of the usual twee and often anodyne pictures peculiar to holiday lets, the owners have hung an interesting collection of posters that reflect their interests and also a range of their own photographs of the area. A delightful cottage that immediately feels like home.
On the doorstep, the choice of activity is myriad: for hikers, the mountains of Assynth are there for the challenge. Many of our favourite locations, like the lighthouse at Stoer, are easy bike rides. Walking to the nearby beaches at sunset made for stunning photographs. The wildness of the highlands surrounds you- a magic landscape! Further afield, Handa Island is enchanting- birds, wild flowers and spellbinding cliff. Torran Cottage - perfect choice for an ideal holiday.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your generous comments. We hope that Torran Cottage offers the right blend of home comforts and the opportunities of being in a wild and glorious part of Scotland. We hope you come back.
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Nearest Airport
104 Miles
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles

Torran Cottage is situated in the parish of Assynt. It is a wild and wonderful part of Sutherland. Mountains, lochs, sea cliffs, deserted beaches, screaming teeming bird colonies, Assynt has got it all.

Whether you want fishing, sea stack climbing, mountain bike riding, stalking deer, counting the 100,000 guillemots or paddling the ocean with whales and dolphins, its all waiting for you here.

Of course if you just want to lie on the beach, maybe play a round of golf and eat at a great seafood restaurant, we have that too.

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Availability & Rates


Lochinver Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 29 2014 - Sep 6 2014
7 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2014 - Oct 11 2014
3 night minimum stay
Oct 12 2014 - Nov 1 2014
7 night minimum stay
Winter 1
Nov 2 2014 - Dec 20 2014
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Notes 1. For July and August only bookings of 7 days or multiples of 7 days are accepted.
2. If a booking of more than 1 week is required please email me for rates. A reduction is available for longer bookings.
3. These rates are the total cost. They include heating, lighting, bed and bath linen. There are no hidden extras.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Lochinver Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Parking Off Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Safe
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Fireplace
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Since we added a new sun room last year, 2011, we have installed a futon there. The cottage could take six but there are no blinds in the sun room and in the summer it hardly gets dark at all this far north. all other facilities in the cottage i.e. chairs for the dining room table and delph are sufficient for 6 people. I must emphasise however that the extra 2 are really for overflows.
  • Games for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
Torran Cottage is a large cottage for a 4 sleeper. The bedrooms are generous and the bathroom very big. There are separate dining and sitting rooms as well as a new sun room to the rear of the property which takes the afternoon and evening sun in the summer. It is an ideal olace to sit when the wind is up or the midgies are out. The views from the cottage are on to croft grazing land, sheep and deer in the gloaming. The view north from the front door sweeps away across the croft lands over Eddrachillis Bay to the mountains Arkle and Fionnavon. The sea is a 15 minute walk away and at the little bay below the cottage there is complete privacy.
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