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An Gearasdan (The Barracks), An Gearasdan, Glenelg, near Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 8
  • 4
  • Dogs allowed
This prize-winning contemporary home is privately owned and lies next to the ruined Hanoverian red-coat barracks that gave it its name. Literally 'the barracks' in Gaelic, An Gearasdan enjoys stunning vistas over Glenelg Bay and the Isle of Skye, and in 2008 was given the RIAS award for 'New Life for an Old Building.' Read More >
A picture-perfect setting, fresh interior design and centuries of history make this airy comfortable house a peaceful haven to escape to. With plenty of beds it has space enough for two families or a large group of friends.

Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 10 - 4 doubles plus double sofa bed

  • Cloakroom, utility room

  • WC

  • Shower room

  • Lounge (Sky TV)

  • Family shower room

  • En suite bathroom off master bedroom

  • Upstairs kitchen

  • Dining table to seat 10

  • Wood-burning stove with well stocked log shed

  • Eco-friendly air-source pump heating system

  • Picnic furniture and wooden verandah

  • Library of books and family games

  • EPC Rating: D67



About the area
Glenelg is a relaxed picturesque village, shielded by high mountains and looking out towards the sea. Its seclusion makes it a paradise for rare wildlife. Look out for pine martins and peregrine falcons inland or keep an eye on the sea for a glimpse of otters or minke whales. Glenelg has a good village shop and post office for essentials, and the famous Glenelg Inn serves delicious local produce.

Things to do

  • Cosy up with a copy of Ring of Brightwater, Gavin Maxwell's book about the otter he brought back from Iraq. Maxwell wrote the book from his cottage at nearby Sandaig. The whole area is still full of the wildlife he loved.

  • The Balmacara Estate is about an hour's drive away. Here you'll find acres of woodland walks as well as beautifully preserved 18th century farm steadings.

  • Visit the Iron Age brochs close to the barracks, inland along Gleann Beag. These tall Pictish towers are some of the best preserved in Britain.



Getting there
Take the main road to the Isle of Skye via Kyle of Lochalsh (A87). Turn off for Glenelg at Shiel Bridge. As you come into the village proper, on your right you will see a wooden gate with a sign saying ‘No Entry to Bernera Barracks' - An Gearasdan is just along this track about 100 metres. < Hide

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Beaton's Croft, Isle of Skye

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  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
There is no better place from which to explore the enchanting Isle of Skye than an original thatched cottage. 'A'-listed for its historic importance, and nestled in a landscape of rolling hills and Hebridean views, Beaton's Croft is a dream hideaway from everyday life. Read More >
Come home to a wood-burning stove after long walks and soak up the atmosphere of traditional croft life mixed with modern amenities.

Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by Vodafone & O2 which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.
Accommodation details

  • single storey

  • Sleeps 2 - 1 twin

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Kitchen

  • Shower room with WC

  • Night storage heaters

  • Electric water heater

  • Parking available at rear of cottage

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: F34


Only full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available.

About Beaton's Croft
Beaton's Croft lies in the township of Bornesketaig at the north end of Skye. In the late 19th century it was built and then occupied as one of a row of four by the four Gillies brothers. Bornesketaig at that time was known as Pennicille and was most likely established as a settlement by the old church, now a ruin which stands above the township. Superb views across to the Isles of Harris, Lewis and North Uist are the icing on the cake of this authentic historic croft.

About the area
Skye combines spectacular mountains, views to make the heart soar, and a rich heritage of historically significant events to enthral visitors of any age, from every part of the world.

The awe-inspiring peaks of the Cuillin mountains rise at the centre and provide some of the most challenging walking and climbing in Britain. Seafood is abundant and world-class cuisine is available at the famous Three Chimneys restaurant. In Portree, just over 20 miles away you'll find most amenities. Kilmuir is the burial site for Flora MacDonald, who escorted Bonnie Prince Charlie 'over the sea to Skye', while Dunvegan Castle holds more than 800 years of dramatic island history within its walls.

Things to do

  • Stock up on Talisker whisky from the local distillery, then enjoy a picnic on the beach at nearby Talisker Bay, where it's said the Irish Giant Cuillin once waded ashore to do battle.

  • Hike up to the entrancing peaks of the Quiraing. The unusual mountain shapes were formed by a series of landslips. Look out for 'the needle', 'the table' and 'the prison'.

  • The Whitewave Outdoor Centre offers kayaking, windsurfing, archery and guided walks to make the most of Skye's landscape.


Getting there
After crossing the Skye bridge, at Kyleakin Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A87 for
Portree, Uig. Join the A87, then take the A855 for Staffin. Bornesketaig will be on your left. < Hide

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Belmont House, Belmont House

  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 8
  • 5
  • Not allowed
On the UK's most northerly island this slice of Georgian grandeur stands perfectly proportioned, overlooking the Bluemull Sound that runs between Yell and Unst. Belmont House has been exquisitely restored to show off all the features of its age; pavilions, symmetrical frontage, arched hallways and quadrant walls. Read More >
The House was built by Thomas Mouat in 1775 and now provides spacious and splendid accommodation for up to 12 people. Make the most of the magnificent first-floor drawing room or relax in Mouat's writing room with its Venetian windows that look out to sea.

Accommodation details

  • 3 storeys

  • Sleeps 8 - 12 - 1 double, 3 twin, plus additional sofa bed and two hand-built box beds suitable for children

  • Hand-built kitchen with range

  • Large dining room

  • Family room

  • Shower room and WC

  • First-floor drawing room with views to three sides

  • Thomas Mouat's writing room

  • Large child friendly garden

  • Laundry


A large child-friendly garden runs from the front of the house down to the pier at Belmont, where the ferry from Yell docks.

There is mobile reception (Vodaphone) and broadband at the property.

About Unst
Unst is the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, just 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, outlined by majestic cliffs, ragged sea stacks, sheltered inlets, and golden beaches. Inland, purebred Shetland sheep and ponies roam the common grazing land. Unst is a major breeding site for seabirds including gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, arctic skuas and whimbrels. Seals and porpoises are common and you may even see otters and killer whales. Try the following websites for more information:
www.shetland.org
www.unst.org

Things to do

  • Hermaness National Nature reserve is excellent for birdwatching. You'll find rare plants at Keen of Hamar, as well as sea and loch angling. The Trust can arrange guided walks, fishing trips, and tours of the island.

  • Indulge in the local ingredients. Local lamb and shellfish can be ordered, and there is also a Farmer's Market once a month.

  • The Unst Viking project has been unearthing Norse finds all over the island. Visit their reconstructed Longhouse and ship at Haroldswick.


Getting there
Although Unst is as far north as southern Greenland, it is a very accessible island. Smooth, modern roads and frequent vehicle ferries link the Shetland mainland to Unst via the neighbouring island of Yell. The ferries are very busy in summer and it is advisable to book in advance (Tel: 01957 722259).

Loganair flies from Aberdeen, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton to Sumburgh Airport on the Southern tip of mainland Shetland. < Hide

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Craggan Cottage, Balmacara Estate

  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
This whitewashed cottage stands on the north shore of Loch Alsh. As if the outstanding coastal views weren't enough, its secluded garden leads directly down to a stony beach where you can enjoy leisurely walks before coming home to a log-burning stove. Read More >
Craggan Cottage has been sensitively furnished with period pieces to keep with its original character. It's also a perfect place to bring your dog. If you fancy heading inland rather than hitting the beach, the woodland walks around Lochalsh go on for miles.

Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin on first floor

  • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove

  • Large dining kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower on ground floor

  • Oil-fired central heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: F23


The cottage is accessed by a narrow track, down which it can be difficult to turn vehicles. Alternative parking is available at the start of the track, about 50 metres from the cottage.

Craggan Cottage is only available for full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) throughout the year.

For larger families/groups additional accommodation is available at Ferry Cottage, sleeping 4.

About Balmacara Estate
Croft land, saltmarsh, lochs and coastline are just some of the varied landscapes you'll discover at Balmacara. The traditional Highland estate covers 2550 hectares and includes the early 19th century village of Plockton, as well as an original 18th century mill house and ice house.

About the area
Balmacara Square was the original heart of the estate and lies about a mile away, a cluster of 18th century farm steadings and other buildings. Here you'll find a cafe and visitor centre. For stocking up on supplies head to Kyle of Lochalsh, three miles away, a whitewashed harbour village that looks across to the Isle of Skye.

Easy access to the Isle of Skye is now possible by road bridge.

Things to do

  • Lochalsh House Policies offer quiet sheltered walks by the lochside among mature Scots pine, oaks and beeches.

  • Spend a day on Skye discovering its culinary delights, including seafood, game and local ale. Stock up on Talisker whisky to enjoy later by the open fire.

  • The Falls of Glomach are just over 12 miles away. For the energetic, this 5 mile hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Britain will reward you with unforgettable views.


Getting there
Mainly accessed by A87(T) Inverness to Kyle road but can also be accessed from North by way of the A890 from from Achnasheen and Lochcarron. < Hide

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Ferry Cottage, Balmacara Estate

  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Ferry Cottage was once the waiting room for passengers travelling by steamer and sailing boat to and from Balmacara. Situated on a narrow country lane in the small village of Glaick, the one-storey cottage has magnificent coastal views from the master bedroom and sitting room. Read More >
Its historic character has been preserved in the original wall lamps and doors. If you fancy heading inland rather than hitting the beach, the woodland walks around Lochalsh go on for miles.

Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by O2 & Vodafone which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 twin, 1 double

  • Farmhouse style kitchen/sitting room

  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • Night storage heaters

  • Open fire

  • Water heated by immersion

  • Parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: G01


Suitable for the less mobile.

This accommodation is only available for full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) throughout the year.

For larger families/groups additional accommodation is available at Craggan Cottage, sleeping 4.

About Balmacara Estate
Croft land, saltmarsh, lochs and coastline are just some of the varied landscapes you'll discover at Balmacara. The traditional Highland estate covers 2550 hectares and includes the early 19th century village of Plockton, as well as an original 18th century mill house and ice house.

About the area
Balmacara Square was the original heart of the estate and lies about a mile away, a cluster of 18th century farm steadings and other buildings. Here you'll find a cafe and visitor centre. For stocking up on supplies head to Kyle of Lochalsh, three miles away, a whitewashed harbour village that looks across to the Isle of Skye.

Easy access to the Isle of Skye is now possible by road bridge.

Things to do

  • Lochalsh House Policies offer quiet sheltered walks by the lochside among mature Scots pine, oaks and beeches.

  • Spend a day on Skye discovering its culinary delights including seafood, game and local ale. Stock up on Talisker whisky to enjoy later by the open fire.

  • The Falls of Glomach are just over 12 miles away. For the energetic, this 5 mile hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Britain will reward you with unforgettable views.


Getting there
Mainly accessed by A87(T) Inverness to Kyle road but can also be accessed from North by way of the A890 from from Achnasheen and Lochcarron. < Hide

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Garden Lodge, Inverewe Garden

  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 6
  • 3
  • Not allowed
Osgood Mackenzie, the man who created the horticultural Shangri-la of Inverewe Gardens, spent his final years living in this bright spacious lodge. With views of eucalyptus, Chinese lantern flowers and Californian lilac trailing down to the shores of Loch Ewe, Garden Lodge is an intoxicatingly beautiful place to relax among hundreds of rare and exotic plants. Read More >
You'll have free run of the gardens after sunset when they are deserted, or first thing in the morning when the light is perfect. The cottage is furnished in contemporary Scottish style.

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Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 6 - 1 double and 2 twin bedroom

  • Sitting room with wood burning stove and dining table

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Bathroom

  • Shower room

  • Oil-fired central heating

  • Private garden

  • Parking available

  • EPC Rating: D61


With effect from 31 October 2015, the property will sleep 6. There will be 3 bedrooms - 1 double and 2 twins.

About Inverewe Gardens
Osgood Mackenzie's plan to create a 54-acre garden from windswept moorland on a rocky peninsula beside Loch Ewe raised a few eyebrows in its day. His vision is still astonishing today, with some of the worlds largest growing trees planted into holes hewn out of the bedrock, nurtured by the warm currents of the North Atlantic Drift. In 2009, Inverewe's gardeners were delighted to introduce the world's most northerly planting of eight Wollemi Pines. A three mile network of paths weaves around the garden, and the surrounding landscape is rich with wildlife and spectacular views.

About the area
With glassy lochs, paths carving through moorland and vast beaches this corner of Wester Ross is a place to reconnect with nature. Poolewe is the nearest village, within walking distance from the lodge, with a hotel restaurant, a weekly market, and a post office. Gairloch lies 6 miles away; the butchers shop is a good place to stock up on local game, eggs and sausages.

Things to do

  • Take advantage of the gardens at dusk when they come alive with scents (don't forget your midge repellent!) or get up early for an alfresco breakfast on the lawn and photograph the opening buds.

  • Try the generous seafood platters at the Fish Box Bar in Gairloch then walk off your indulgence on the stony beach that looks across to the Isle of Skye.

  • There are a number of walks round the estate and further afield where you may bump into pine martins, buzzards or even stags.


Getting there
The Inverewe Estate is off the A832 by Poolewe, 6 miles from Gairloch. Achnasheen is the nearest railway station, 35 miles away. D&E Coaches offer a connection during high season (01463 222 444). Westerbus run a connection from Inverness to Poolewe Mon - Sat all year (01445 712 255).
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Glen Cottage, Torridon

  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This historic cottage lies tucked at the foot of some of Scotland's most breathtaking mountains. Torridonian sandstone peaks, sheer slopes and hulking munros form the backdrop for a wildlife-lovers' hideaway where you can truly get away from it all. Read More >
Deer, otters and golden eagles make their home in the vicinity. Keep an eye out for them while hiking or relaxing in the cottage's enclosed garden.

Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 6 - 2 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove

  • Large dining kitchen with wood-burning stove

  • 2 shower rooms one on ground floor and one on first floor

  • Night storage and panel heaters

  • Immersion water heating

  • EPC Rating: E39


In extreme weather conditions, access to Torridon may be difficult.

About Torridon
Torridon refers to both the local village and the estate it lies in, a 6500 hectare wilderness on the shores of Loch Torridon. Five of the Trust's 46 munros are located within the estate including Beinn Alligin, 985m (3,230ft), which means 'jewelled hill' in Gaelic. The Trust's Countryside Centre has information on the history, geology and wildlife of the region.

About the area
Wild isolation is what draws most people to Torridon, but for essential supplies Torridon village and Kinlochewe are the places to head. Settlements have a long history in the area as it was used for processing pig iron in the 17th century. These days you'll find general stores, a postal service and the triple rosette-winning Torridon Hotel Restaurant.

Things to do

  • Inverewe Garden is just over an hour's drive away. Here you can wander through an exotic paradise of rare and colourful flora perched on a breezy hillside above Loch Ewe.

  • Corrieshalloch Gorge is also around an hour away. This cleave in the mountains, through which the River Droma charges, was created 2.6 million years ago by Ice Age meltwater and offers spine-tingling views from its swaying suspension bridge.

  • Children will love the local deer park, or beachcombing for crabs on the shores of Loch Torridon.



Getting there
Torridon is on the A896, which leads off from the A832. From Inverness take the A835 towards Ullapool before turning off. < Hide

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Kintail Outdoor Centre, Kintail & Morvich

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 20
  • 5
  • Not allowed
The Kintail Outdoor Centre is situated below Sgurr na Moraich, the last of the famous Five Sisters of Kintail, and Ben Attow (the Long Mountain). These spectacular mountains rise steeple from the shores of Loch Duich offering some of the best hill walking in Britain. The centre is 5 minutes from the A87, with Glenelg and the Isle of Skye in easy reach. Kintail Outdoor Centre provides a unique setting as an adventure base, offering unparalleled scope for outdoor pursuits and field studies. Local countryside rangers are on hand to offer advice, introductory talks and guided walks. Read More >
Accommodation details:
Up to 20 can be accommodated in this excellent bunkhouse property. Five bedrooms with bunk beds - one two-bedded, three four-bedded and one six-bedded. Facilities include a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with wood-burning stove, dining room, drying room and laundry. Services: oil-fired central heating.
Additional information:
20 per person per night (minimum of 4 people). Groups of 15 or more will have exclusive use of the accommodation. Smaller groups may be required to share facilities with another small group.
Please call 0131 458 0305 for enquiries and bookings or email holidays@nts.org.uk
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Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 1, North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Ferocious seas and windswept headlands give these remote Lighthousekeepers' Cottages their wonderful romantic feel. It's easy to imagine the kind of shipwrecks, treasure troves, rescues and skilful seamanship of Robert Louis Stevenson's tales while on North Ronaldsay, and indeed the Lighthouse adjacent to the cottages was designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson in 1854. Read More >
Inside you'll find it warm and welcoming with an open fire. The cottage is all on one level and designed to be comfortable and accessible for disabled visitors.

Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and cooker

  • Bathroom with bath only

  • Shared laundry

  • Open fires

  • Oil central heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Fully accessible toilet and shower


For larger groups Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 2 can also be booked.

About North Ronaldsay's Lighthouses
After a tragic shipwreck in 1740, North Ronaldsay was given one of the first four lighthouses in Scotland. The original Old Beacon was built and first lit in 1789, and shone until 1809 when it was considered redundant. After some years however it was decided that the island's perilous rocks did necessitate their own lighthouse. In 1852 Alan Stevenson recommended builder William Kinghorn of Leith to the Lighthouse Commissioners and the soaring red brick tower you see today was erected, the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles.

About the area
Further north than the southern tip of Norway, North Ronaldsay's remoteness has helped to preserve its traditional way of life. The Norn language survived longer here than on any other Orkney isle and you'll find many of the 60 locals have Orcadian surnames that go back for generations. Common grazing on the seashore is still the custom and the local lambs feed off seaweed, giving their meat a rare flavour highly prized by chefs. The vibrant local community (who made the restoration of the Stevenson lighthouse, cottages and Mill possible) will make guests extremely welcome and should your visit coincide with one of the many concerts, dances and social gatherings that take place there, it is not to be missed. Birdwatching tours, island tours and trips up the lighthouse can also be arranged.

Things to do

  • 20 metres away from the cottages, the Lighthousekeeper's Office is a great place to learn about North Ronaldsay's maritime history.

  • Dine out at the bird observatory and join in with the bird log that takes place every night. You might spot arctic terns, redthroats, red-backed shrikes and rosefinches.

  • Felted and knitted crafts are available from the island's mill, where wool from the local sheep is processed.


Getting there
The houses are open all year round. Fifteen minute flight three times a day from Kirkwall operated by Loganair or a 3-hour ferry trip again from Kirkwall operated by Orkney Ferries. The ferry runs on a Friday, and therefore both properties are available Friday to Friday, though short breaks in the winter will be flexible on arrival and departure days.

Please note, during the winter months, guests are advised to fly to the island as opposed to sail as sailings can be disrupted.

Food orders can be taken (please give us two weeks notice) and it will be delivered to your fridge for your arrival. This could include local lamb, as well as general groceries.
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Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 2, North Ronaldsay Lighthouse

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Ferocious seas and windswept headlands give these remote Lighthousekeepers' Cottages their wonderful romantic feel. It's easy to imagine the kind of shipwrecks, treasure troves, rescues and skilful seamanship of Robert Louis Stevenson's tales while on North Ronaldsay, and indeed the Lighthouse adjacent to the cottages was designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson in 1854. Read More >
Inside you'll find it warm and welcoming with an open fire. The cottage is all on one level and designed to be comfortable and accessible for disabled visitors.

Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and cooker

  • Bathroom with bath only

  • Shared laundry

  • Open fires

  • Oil central heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Fully accessible toilet and shower


For larger groups Lighthousekeeper's Cottage 1 can also be booked.

About North Ronaldsay's Lighthouses
After a tragic shipwreck in 1740, North Ronaldsay was given one of the first four lighthouses in Scotland. The original Old Beacon was built and first lit in 1789, and shone until 1809 when it was considered redundant. After some years however it was decided that the island's perilous rocks did necessitate their own lighthouse. In 1852 Alan Stevenson recommended builder William Kinghorn of Leith to the Lighthouse Commissioners and the soaring red brick tower you see today was erected, the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles.

About the area
Further north than the southern tip of Norway, North Ronaldsay's remoteness has helped to preserve its traditional way of life. The Norn language survived longer here than on any other Orkney isle and you'll find many of the 60 locals have Orcadian surnames that go back for generations. Common grazing on the seashore is still the custom and the local lambs feed off seaweed, giving their meat a rare flavour highly prized by chefs. The vibrant local community (who made the restoration of the Stevenson lighthouse, cottages and Mill possible) will make guests extremely welcome and should your visit coincide with one of the many concerts, dances and social gatherings that take place there, it is not to be missed. Birdwatching tours, island tours and trips up the lighthouse can also be arranged.

Things to do

  • 20 metres away from the cottages, the Lighthousekeeper's Office is a great place to learn about North Ronaldsay's maritime history.

  • Dine out at the bird observatory and join in with the bird log that takes place every night. You might spot arctic terns, redthroats, red-backed shrikes and rosefinches.

  • Felted and knitted crafts are available from the island's mill, where wool from the local sheep is processed.


Getting there
The houses are open all year round. Fifteen minute flight three times a day from Kirkwall operated by Loganair or a 3-hour ferry trip again from Kirkwall operated by Orkney Ferries. The ferry runs on a Friday, and therefore both properties are available Friday to Friday, though short breaks in the winter will be flexible on arrival and departure days.

Please note, during the winter months, guests are advised to fly to the island as opposed to sail as sailings can be disrupted.

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Mol Mor, Torridon

  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 10
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
Mol Mor, part of a converted farm steading at the head of Loch Torridon, provides good-quality basic accommodation for up to ten people. Read More >
Accommodation details:
The three rooms -two four bedded and one two-bedded - are fitted with bunk beds. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a comfortable lounge/dining room with a wood-burning stove and there are also showers and a laundry/bootroom. Services: oil-fired central heating, wood burning stove.
Additional information: Guests need to bring their own sleeping bags, but pillows and slips are provided. Please call 0131 458 0305 for enquiries and bookings.
Price: 20 per person per night, minimum charge per night of 100 for smaller groups of six and under.
About the area:
Torridon offers guests the chance to experience some of Scotland's finest scenery. A magnificent mountainous 16,000-acre estate, owned by the Trust, on the shores of Loch Torridon. Climbers will respond to the challenge of Liathach (3,456ft) and Beinn Alligin (3,232ft), and the nearby Countryside Centre will enhance your enjoyment of this wilderness area, perfect for all countryside pursuits.
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Shinness Lodge, Shinness Lodge

  • Dates available
  • None
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 12
  • 6
  • Dogs allowed
A perfect Highland escape needs a traditional Highland house and Shinness Lodge offers wild northern comfort at its best. Deep armchairs to sink into, roaring fires and a verandah from which to enjoy the clear night stars will help you to create a truly relaxing family break here. Read More >
The house was a much-loved family home and has kept its warm welcoming feel. Shinness's views overlook Loch Shin and wild peatlands lie on the doorstep.

Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys

  • Sleeps 12/14 - 3 doubles, 1 twin and 2 twins with linkable beds (for super king double potential) bedrooms, plus double sofa bed downstairs

  • Spacious living room with log fire

  • Study

  • Laundry room

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen with Aga

  • Library

  • 3 bathrooms (2 with bath and shower and 1 with bath only)

  • 2 Shower rooms

  • Verandah for outdoor eating


A cook and extra housekeeping can be arranged on request.
Please note that we are unable to show available dates via the website. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 or via e-mail holidays@nts.org.uk to check availability.

...Our guests said...
"House was perfect for our family from the 61 year old to the 3 year old. We could not have asked for anything better."
"Even with a group of 12 we never felt crowded. Very homey and comfortable."

About the area
Lairg is the closest town for amenities and stocking up, but the true beauty of this area is its unspoilt countryside, made up of peatlands, golden beaches and hill lochs full of wild brown trout.

Things to do

  • Take a drive down to Dornoch, a 17th century town famous not only for its dusky pink buildings and championship golf course but as the site of the last woman to be burned as a witch in Scotland, and for Madonna's lavish wedding in 2000.

  • For the energetic, Lairg is the starting point for miles of forest walks and mountain bike trails.

  • The nearby Falls of Shin are famous in the summertime for their salmon leaping. Swimming against the torrent of water the salmon have to clear a jump of several feet with their powerful tails.


Getting there
Shinness Lodge lies off the A838 that runs alongside Loch Shin.
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Stalker's Cottage, Torridon

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  • Dogs allowed
Torridon is a hiker's dream; acres of craggy mountains, sheer peaks and rare wildlife. This whitewashed cottage lies nestled at the base of dramatic hills and offers the perfect wild retreat for lovers of the outdoors. Read More >
Two open fires provide welcome warmth after a day's exploring, while the rough lawn at the rear of the cottage is yours to sit and soak up the awe-inspiring views. Keep an eye out for deer, otters and golden eagles.

Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 2 singles

  • Sitting room with open fire

  • Dining room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower

  • Night storage and panel heaters

  • Water heated by immersion

  • Parking available

  • EPC Rating: G18


In extreme weather conditions access to Torridon may be difficult.

About Torridon
Torridon refers to both the local village and the estate it lies in, a 6,500 hectare wilderness on the shores of Loch Torridon. Five of the Trust's 46 munros are located within the estate including Beinn Alligin, 985m (3,230ft), which means 'jewelled hill' in Gaelic.

The Trust's Countryside Centre has information on the history, geology and wildlife of the region.

About the area
Wild isolation is what draws most people to Torridon, but for essential supplies Torridon village and Kinlochewe are the places to head. Settlements have a long history in the area as it was used for processing pig iron in the 17th century. These days you'll find general stores, a postal service and the triple rosette-winning Torridon Hotel Restaurant.

Things to do

  • Inverewe Garden is just over an hour's drive away. Here you can wander through an exotic paradise of rare and colourful flora perched on a breezy hillside above Loch Ewe.

  • Corrieshalloch Gorge is also around an hour away. This cleave in the mountains, through which the River Droma charges, was created 2.6 million years ago by Ice Age meltwater and offers spine-tingling views from its swaying suspension bridge.

  • Children will love the local deer park, or beachcombing for crabs on the shores of Loch Torridon.


Getting there
Torridon is on the A896, which leads off from the A832. From Inverness take the A835 towards Ullapool before turning off. < Hide

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