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Comfortable Shepherd's House In Beautiful Scenic Setting

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage near Durness, Sutherland, Northern Scotland - Superb Mountain Views

Renovated but retaining its original character, the cottage is compact, well maintained and comfortably furnished. Located only 11 miles from the small crofting village of Durness, this unspoilt corner of Scotland offers a wide range of activities. This is golden eagle and red deer territory and there are more often than not opportunities to spot some of the areas rare and varied wildlife from outside the front door of the house. Currently undergone an extension which has enlarged the kitchen, another utility room and a downstairs room with sofabed. Easy access to wooden deck outside.Parking outside also available.

Property Manager
Gillie Elliot
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2017

About Gillie Elliot

My husband's great grandfather broke in the land around Balnakiel and Rhigolter and have farmed in the area since 1930.His family have been involved with sheep farming here and in the Borders,although he and his family live and work in the south. Rhigolter is a working farm with 1300 sheep. David and Gillie and their family have been coming up to Durness for 40 years.

Gillie Elliot purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Gillie Elliot chose Scottish Highlands & Islands

Carbreck was always a shepherd's cottage on the working farm and is still used for shepherds when needed.

Severel of the families in Durness whose father's where shepherd's on Balnakiel lived in the cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

It's huge three foot thick walls certainly make alterations a challenge!

The views across the valley are awe inspiring.You can go out and climb the hills,except 1-20th October when stalking is in progress or you can stoke the woodburner,put your feet up and read your book.Take time out to enjoy the pleasures of as little internet as possible.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Could not believe how much walking,swimming,birdwatching and kyacking we did in a week..

The description doesn't do this cottage justice, the facilities are second to none, it is the best stocked and most comfortable cottage that we have ever stayed in, the cleanliness and maintenance were immaculate, we have already recommended the cottage to other people and our family.

The area ia a hive of mystery every day shows something different, from deer, hawks, owls, rabbits galore, and sheep at the back door.

Have really enjoyed the holiday. The venison from the freezer was delicious. Even had weighing scales for the baking I did!

Three elements here"Accomodation,weather and fishing."

" A wonderful home from home,we all wish our kitchen had that amazing view"

"The cottage brought me back to my childhood in the highlands.Got married in Thurso,wedding pictures on the beach,had all our 6 Kids there too!"

"The beds were bliss!"

A list of 65 birds seen in a week,plus animals and wild
Apr 2007
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Lairg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms+ 2 Sofa beds) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 and 2: 2 single beds which push together, bedside tables, storage space and great views out across river valley. There are electric blankets on all the beds! Hanging space in rooms. Over 200 books to read in the rooms!
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The house is not centrally heated. It has a large number of electric oil radiators and fan heaters, which easily provide enough heat. However there is also considerable warmth generated by the log burning stove in the two downstairs rooms i Dogs accepted on Ground floor only - maximum of 2 dogs. The House is non-smoking. Outside: The cottage has a small fenced garden at the front of the house. Its rear garden is the hills of Sutherland and you can wander freely in any direction that takes your fancy. The road is nearby so please mind children and animals are kept safe. Utility Room: Large fridge freezer,washing machine, tumble dryer, storage space for wellies and coats. Milkhouse attached to side of property with another washing machine. Another room,can be used as a bedroom (double sofabed). Access to outside deck. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen and tea towels included. Thoroughly cleaned between lets but guests are requested to leave the cottage clean & tidy on departure. We also ask you to take your rubbish on leaving please. Other: Sitting Room: Log /coal burning fire (wood provided, can buy coal locally) futon/sofa bed, 2 big comfortable chairs, TV satellite, DVD, video, Large selection of books, games and films to watch. Great views out of front of house.



Nearest Airport
80.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4.3 Miles
Rhiconich/Sango Sands,Durness
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Cape wrath ferry
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Balnakeil Golf Course
Nearest Train
46 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4.3 Miles
Richonich Hotel /The School House
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Game and Fishing:

The area is renowned for its fishing, with its three famous limestone lochs within 15 minutes drive and the River Dhionard meandering though the valley. There are plenty of opportunities for experts and beginners to catch a wonderful bag of fresh Salmon or Trout. Fishing permits can be arranged through the Durness Fishing club. This part of Scotland area has abundant deer. Otter can be seen on the river banks.

Wildlife and Sights:

There is an abundance of wildlife and sights of great beauty in this far northwest corner of Britain. One can take the ferry across the Kyle of Durness and then a minbus ride to visit Cape wrath lighthouse, and the see Britains highest cliffs at Clo Mhor. Birdwatchers are in for a treat as it is not uncommon to catch sights of Golden Eagles soaring overhead and it is possible to watch Puffins on the cliffs below the lighthouse.Deer are often seen on the ground below the cottage in the evenings.


The house is 11 miles from Balnakiel bay which boasts 2 miles of white sandy beach, with high sand dunes and Balnakiel house (built in 1774 as the bishop of Caithness' summer palace) as its backdrop. If one is brave enough, a swim or surf in the atlantic ocean can be very rewarding. There are also a number of beaches spead along the coastline.Kinlochbervie is 8.8 miles to the south which has a large fishing port,hotel and restaurants.


Nearest Airport - Inverness – 2 1/2hrs drive

Nearest Railway Station – Lairg - 45 mins - 1hr drive

Edinburgh: 5.1/2 hrs drive

Car hire available at airport


Durness: 9 miles

Kinlochbervie: 8.8 miles. Large fishing port. The hotel does an excellent coffee. The Old School House is a popular restaurant.Not very big so may be worth booking.

Further Details:

Local shops and restaurants - Durness has two grocery stores which stock a variety of fresh vegetables,foods,fresh bread,newspapers and a 24 hr petrol supply.Just to say the daily paper does not arrive till 11 am each day. Mackays hotel in the village offers very good meals and coffee. Kinlochbervie has similar attributes with the added advantage of seeing the fish come in on the trawlers. Take a bag or a box down with you as you can sometimes persuade the boats to give you a few free fish.

Cape Wrath Lighhouse can be visited by minibus after having crossed the Kyle in a small ferry boat.

Pods are available for overnight stays or longer on the Capeside at Daill.

The Northern Lights are often seen from Durness.

Smoo Cave is worth a visit and you can take a boat inside.

Bird watchers paradise (Handa Island Bird Sanctury, Local Puffin colony, Golden Eagles, multiple SSSI)

Challening 9 hole links golf Course (Durness)

Spectacular white sandy beaches along coastline Balnakeil and Sandwood bay

Wonderful landscape with hills and mountains suitable for walking and climbing just outside the door.

Salmon trout and sea fishing on an abundance of limestone and hill loch.

Local boat trips.

Cocoa Mountain has a large number of followers as the coffees are very different.They make amazing chocolates.

Lottie Glob has her famous pottery along the road towards Eribol and Tongue.Fabulous setting and she has wonderful pieces for sale.

Bikes can be hired in Durness.

Phil at the Craft village is a hairdresser and does body massages.


Rates & Availability

Lairg Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 2 2017 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 3
May 28 2017 - Sep 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Rate 4
Sep 3 2017 - Dec 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
christas and New year 2107/18
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 7 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $128.36

Booking Notes:
Please contact by phone or email regarding availability and reservation.
Deposit and balance: More than 1 month ahead a non refundable deposit of 30% is payable on booking, with the balance due 1 month before arrival. Less than 1 month ahead full payment is due.
There is a £100 security deposit - The electricity used will be deducted .If upon checking out, nothing is reported damaged, lost or broken, the security deposit will be returned to you minus the electrcity bill.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is usually a Saturday however do ask as we are flexible. However we ask guests to be out of the property by 10am and for new guests the check in is anytime after 4pm.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. A 30% (non-refundable) deposit will be taken on booking.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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