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Lovely Traditional Highland Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom 1.5 bathrooms with sea views, close to the shore

Situated in the small fishing village of Hilton of Cadboll it offers a pleasant retreat within a stunning landscape. The village is one of three coastal villages which include Balintore and Shandwick and are collectively known as the Seaboard villages.

Mara Cottage is situated on the eastern shore of the beautiful Moray Firth and enjoys one of the most temperate climates in Scotland. The cottage enjoys spectacular views across the firth with regular sightings of the Moray Firth dolphins from the cottage as they often like to swim close to the shore.

The surrounding area has beautiful coastal walks and interesting geological features such as an ancient raised beach which can be accessed at the end of the village. The Moray Coast also offers a variety of pictish stones situated in both Hilton of Cadboll and Shandwick bay.

The nearby village of Portmahomack has an award winning Pictish Visitor Centre. Shandwick offers an award winning Blue Flag beach which is perfect for a family picnic.

There is a good restaurant, village inn, harbour, post office and local shops all within 10 minutes walk of the cottage.

Mara Cottage is a welcoming, charming cottage in a location which offers the best of both worlds - relaxation and chill out time with a selection of books and games or a base to explore the northern highlands. There is an enclosed garden to both the front and back of Mara Cottage which is suitable for children.

The historic burghs of Tain and Dornoch are within easy reach of Mara Cottage - both are charming and offer a variety of historic sights which are well worth a visit. The Highland Capital of Inverness is a thirty minute car journey or alternately catch the train from Fearn Station which is 10 minutes from Mara Cottage.

More Details

Joyce and Gary Scott
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Joyce and Gary Scott

We bought Mara Cottage as a family home and lived there for 17 years. After moving South we could not part with the cottage and decided use it as a holiday home for both ourselves and others to enjoy.

We love the peaceful tranquillity and the beauty of the area.

Joyce and Gary Scott purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Joyce and Gary Scott chose Tain

It always feels like a place to relax, enjoy the wonderful scenery of Scotland and connect with the Highland culture. As the cottage is on the coast, you become more aware of the changing landscape and the way the sea reflects the weather. The Moray Firth is a wee hidden gem in the Highlands.

What makes this cottage unique

We feel so privileged to be able to see dolphins from the window and all of the coastal wildlife. Not to forget the links golf courses followed by the excellent malt whisky from local distilleries including, Dalmore, Glenmorangie and Balblair!


Tain Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • tennis
There are coastal walks directly from the cottage which take you past the Hilton of Cadboll stone - a replica of the original Pictish Stone which is now in the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.


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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Balintore Hotel
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Metres
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
150 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Balintore Hotel
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Car: necessary

The Moray Firth was part of an ancient Pictish settlement and there are many carved standing stones in the area. The Groam House Museum the Tarbet Discovery Centre and Nigg Chuch all hold information and artefacts about these fascinating peoples.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $69.24
Refundable damage deposit $138.49

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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