|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Welcome to Achnacarry Cottage, a cosy and homely bungalow situated in a secluded and tranquil spot approximately 2 miles outside the picturesque town of Dornoch, an historic small town on the edge of the Dornoch Firth, a designated National Scenic Area in the Highlands of Scotland.
Its tranquil location, beautiful scenery and mild climate have attracted visitors for decades. Some come to test their golfing skills on Royal Dornoch's world-famous championship course, or to walk and view wildlife in the National Nature Reserve at nearby Loch Fleet. Others simply want to relax and enjoy Dornoch's unhurried way of life.
Dornoch was once the spiritual and administrative capital of Sutherland, today it remains a thriving community. Small in population (under 2,500 inhabitants) but large in hospitality, Dornoch offers visitors and residents a wide range of shops and businesses, five hotels, two golf courses, two schools, a further and higher education college and an award-winning sandy beach. Its fine buildings include the 13th Century cathedral, a bishop's palace (now a hotel), courthouse and old town jail (now a shop). Sandstone cottages and town houses line its peaceful streets and lanes.
Small individual specialist shops offer a range of services and goods alongside several larger high-street stores.
From Achanacarry Cottage, beautiful walks can be taken along the nearby beach, where seals can often be spotted, or in the adjacent Camore Wood, which also hosts a sports trail for the more active.It is the ideal location for those who want to ‘get away from it all’, and for those who want to explore the hidden jewels of the beautiful Highlands.
Nearby attractions, apart from those in Dornoch, include the Glenmorangie Distillery, Bonar Bridge (famous for salmon fishing), the Carnegie Club, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth.
Accommodation & Facilities
Porch / Entry - The porch consists of 3 cane chairs, one armchair and a coffee table. This is where guests can enjoy the breathtaking unspoilt views of the ever-changing Dornoch Firth through the large window panes facing the garden and sea.
Living Room - The living room consists of 2 sofas, an armchair, a coffee table, two small tables, a writing bureau, a sideboard and a television. The fireplace in this room is for decorative purposes only and cannot be used.
Master Bedroom - This bedroom has one double bed, made of pine, a pine wardrobe and dressing table, a night table and lamp and a large mirror.
Second Bedroom - This bedroom consists of 1 standard single bed and a pull out single bed. There is a chest of pine drawers and a built-in wardrobe.
Kitchen - The kitchen consists of a fridge, oven and fan oven, microwave oven, washing machine, kettle, toaster, and is fully equipped with cutlery, porcelain, etc. Kitchen linen, cloths, etc. are provided.
Bathroom - The bathroom consists of a shower, wash hand basin and toilet. Towels are provided.
Hallway - The hallway connects the living room with the two bedrooms and the bathroom. Here, a set of drawers is available to guests as additional storage space.
Garage / Parking - There is a garage on the premises which houses one car. There is parking space for 2 additional cars
Garden - The house has a very large garden, situated at the back of the property.
This slopes down to unused farmland which borders on the Dornoch Firth beach. A small garden at the front of the house runs parallel to the road and leads to the garage and additional parking space.
General - The cottage has oil-fired central heating throughout.
The views make this a wonderful place for a peaceful break - we sat in the seats on the porch until dark every day watching wildlife - deer in the garden, various birds including an osprey fishing in the firth.
Good location - near enough to shops etc if you need them but far away to escape it all. Roads quiet for cycling and handy for a range of golf courses.
Homely atmosphere - obviously a much loved house but pity that there is no fire. It was warm enough but a wood burning stove would have made it cosier in the evening.
Spent a lovely week in the autumn sun and will certainly go back soon.
The cottage is more than just a holiday home, it is a house one can live in the whole year round. It is excellently equipped and provides ample space for 3-4 persons. We entered a very clean, comfortable and well looked-after house and felt at home immediately. The views from the porch are truly breathtaking. The big garden is home to some beautiful birds, we even saw peacocks and some deer who came in for breakfast one morning! The colours of the sea and the sky are constantly changing and one can sit for hours gazing out at the unique view. Although the town of Dornoch can be reached on foot, via the beach or along the country road, a car is probably essential for transpoerting shopping and/or presents bought in the lovely shops there. We would recommend the cottage to anyone looking for peace and quiet and an excellent base to explore the Highlands. We'll be back!
Excellent clean cottage with exceptional views. Great location to base or days out. Home from home and would recommend a stay here to anybody wanting to visit the Dornock and sutherlands. I will certainly be booking again to stay next year.
Our stay in Achnacarry Cottage was just what we needed. The cottage was warm, clean and had everything we needed in a lovely location and close to Dornoch for all our shopping needs and of course the Hogmany celebrations.
We enjoyed our week in the cottage as it gave us a really good break. It was quiet and we had a lovely view over the sea. We felt we could "tank up" after travelling and we never even bothered going out for an evening meal but preferred to cook "at home" - much cosier! Dornoch is a lovely little village and suited us both fine. A good place to stay for a bit of peace and quiet.