This was one of our favourite places we stayed on our tour of scotland. The Bothy overlooks the sea from a beautiful lounge kitchen area with picture window. The beach is a stones throw and is wild and beautiful with lovely white sands and dunes.
The weather was wild outside but we were toastie warm inside and found the bothy warmed up quickly with the heating. There was good attention to detail with a well equipped kitchen, tv with sky, good wifi, lovely toiletries, slippers and gowns. We loved the touch of the home made chocolate cake on our arrival it was delicious!
The area around the both was beautiful and there were plenty of places and walks to explore nearby. We enjoyed visits to the nearby cave and walks up the beach to the headland.
The bothy is a small romantic den situated amongst stunning scenery that won't fail to leave an imprint on your soul, we loved it..
Mrs Hughes - November 2016
Perfect accommodation in a perfect location. Stunning beach - expanses of white sand, beautiful cliff headland and amazing sand dunes .... Then there are the seascapes! Wonderful views in all directions with tremendously rewarding coast walks. Cape Wrath lighthouse a must if time and weather permit. Bothy very well appointed and perfect for two (plus Labrador!)
Mr Martindale - July 2016
Our first view of the Bothy summed up our whole experience. We loved it. Just big enough for two people, cosy, well equipped and then with the view through the window of that beautiful beach.
We enjoyed our walks to Faraid Head and Sandwood Bay, plus our tours of the local area. We found the food at the Smoo Cave Hotel particularly good and served by friendly helpful staff. We would love to return in the future.
Mr Swindlehurst - May 2016
We'll be back!
Mr Henderson - October 2015
Immaculate and well furnished this bijou cottage is beautifully situated in a lovely part of "wild" Scotland. Ideal for singles/couples wanting a total break, isolation (but not loneliness) and comfort. We had a good time and re-charged failing emotional batteries.
Mr Price - September 2014
The Beach Bothy is small but it is so tastefully and well equipped that the lack of space is forgotten. Being able to step out straight onto Balnakeil beach with such ease is a great bonus. We also very much enjoyed being able to walk to the village and explore the local coastal walks directly from the cottage. If you do take the car out then a trip to the beach at Oldshoremore is recommended and if you have the stamina Sandwood Bay is well worth the effort.
Mrs Tinniswood - July 2014
...there is only one word to say- perfect :) Amazing bothy - perfect location... you are the first on the beach in the morning and the last late evening... - a few steps to the sandy beach.. and what can be the best recommendation ? we booked it for next year
Mr Schneider - June 2014
Loved the bothy, but dont be under any illusion, it is very small, but was perfect for us. Beaches were amazing.
Mr Anderson - May 2014
The Beach Bothy was in a great location, within walking distance of the lovely Balnakeil beach and Faraid Head. Good coastal walks nearby. Also friendly and helpful people at the farm. There was a problem with the wifi but after calling Liz that was fixed very quickly. We mentioned that there was no docking system (which is listed on your website) and that has been ordered so the next visitors will have that to use as well! The only improvement I would suggest is to fix the bathroom sink taps! When you try to turn the taps on the whole fitting moves round and won't turn on! You have to hold the fitting in place to turn it on but that's not something to affect the rating. We would recommend a walk to Sandwood Bay (from Blairmore) - it's a four and a half mile walk but the beach is stunning and well worth the walk!
Dr Macdonald - December 2013
The bothy is a small one, but ideal for two people & dog. The interior is excellent and modern, the house clean and tidy. - The only thing in the colder seasons. There is only a towel radiator in the bathroom, but no heating. ( The rest of the house has a central heating ) The beach is 50 metres away and its a special feeling to be the first in the morning and the last in the evening on the sandy beach. Durness offer pubs, two shops and the ` worlds best hot chocolate at cocoamountain`. You can buy fresh fish from the fish van and meat from the butcher van coming once a week. We`ll come back - next summer
Mr Schneider - October 2013
We had a fantastic week the bothey is well equipped and the location couldn't be better everything we wanted. The only thing missing was something to clean the floors which is needed given the location
Mr Streets - September 2013
Furnished to a high standard
Mrs Thomson - September 2013
We had a great time here. The location does it all and for flora and fauna it is the tops. We saw Otter near the Bothy on a walk through the Golf Club; a Puffin Colony is 20-30 minutes walk-along which you can see wild pansies; plus other sea bird sightings. Local trips would I think be an extension of the appreciation of the beauty of Scotland(Loch Eriball)- not many individual destinations as tourist attractions-but that is not what people come here for. The Balnakeil Arts and Crafts village is worthy of at least one trip with some fine artists exhibiting work of the area-and a stop at the Chocalitaire a must! (Whatever next in remote Scotland) The Bothy is well equipped and I think there is already acknowledgements to installing a dryer. The blind in the bedroom would be, for the practical use of the window cill as a bedside table, be better located against the window as are the other blinds. Great Sky TV which meant we could track Andy Murrays progress. Thanks to the owners who had the vision to do this and the designers of the fit out in such a small space. Next time - please no gale force winds!
Mr Thorn - June 2013
LOVELY AND CLEAN EVERTHING YOU COULD NEED AND MORE, A REAL JEWEL AND A BEACH TO DIE FOR.
Mr Greenheld - June 2013
Well equipped and perfectly situated.
Mr Peter - May 2013
I first visited Balnakeil around three years ago and loved the beach. I vowed to return and on returning to my car, noticed the renovation of the big house near the car park. What I hadn't seen was the little piece of heaven alongside. So when the Bothy appeared in my inbox as a new cottage, I almost fell off my seat because I knew the exact location and the likely views. It is a very long way to travel from the south of England, but I was not going to miss this opportunity before everyone else discovers it. I arrived in the far north of Scotland on a day when the snow had walloped the Highlands. The journey from Inverness was well gritted and troublefree. On arrival and entering the beautifully renovated cottage, it was wonderfully warm on a very chilly early evening. To answer the key questions you may have, the Bothy is small but very comfortable with excellent facilities. A comfortable bed, a lovely shower room and kitchen / living room with views out to sea; within a two minute walk you are on the beach. There are so many places to see and things to do, but the walks up to Faraid Head and onto the beaches of Balnakeil Bay are irresistable. I've never reached Sandwood Bay on the western coast, but am told it is worth the walk and the best beach in northern Scotland. I'd otherwise recommend Oldshoremore - a real treat for anyone into Geology - and the short drive across the northern coastal road around Loch Eribol to Hope .. and Loch Hope. And although you may not believe it, you have one of Europe's finest chocolatiers a short walk away! Cocoa Mountain's hot chocolate is to be believed and their chocolates are to die for. They are not cheap, but they are among the finest I have tasted. You may never leave! Bear in mind there is a small supermarket in Durness which will cater for your every need, but it's worth buying provisions in Inverness - and filling up with fuel - before heading north. It was a lovely, comfortable stay which was only spoilt by one crazy night where the winds was wild and the rain battered the property. I also got soaked out walking on a couple of occasions too, but frankly you shouldn't be heading to the far north if this is an issue! The main reward is that even in the height of summer you will experience decent temeratures and probably have the beach to yourself for a while. Two useful additions would be a microwave (for those who don't want to cook in the beautiful oven after a hard day's walking) and ladies would appreciate a full length mirror. The space for luggage is limited and there is no wardrobe, although plenty of hangers. Arrival with as few cases as possible. Even so, highly recommended ... and I'll be back.
Mr Chisholm - December 2012
A wonderful bothy with everything needed for a warm and comfortable stay for 2 very well planned into a very small space!! The views and location are breathtaking - the peace and quiet at the very top of north west Scotland a welcome break from the rest of the world. We are already looking to return very soon. Rated 4 star only because the lack of space restricts storage - it didn't bother us at all but it may bother some others. Otherwise it's 5 star!!
Mrs Waldron - October 2012
Recently stayed at the Beach Bothy and found it to be the best self catering accomodation we have ever stayed in. The Bothy had recently been refurbished to a very high specification and superbly equiped and furnished with everything you could possibly need. Welcome pack also provided,a great deal of thought has gone into the Beach Bothy and we will definitely be returning.
Ms Randalls - September 2012