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Kirkton Cottage

Helmsdale (9mls W), The Highlands
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A perfect rural getaway with stunning river and valley views
  • Ideal for walking, fishing or cycling in beautiful surroundings from the front door
  • Visit John O'Groats, Cape Wrath and the Orkney Islands
  • Visit the nature reserve at Forsinard a short drive away
  • A great area for spotting Scotland’s birds and wildlife
  • Enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside views from the recently added sun room
Property code: SU192

Offering superb views of the beautiful River Helmsdale, this picturesque detached stone cottage nestles in a perfect location for enjoying a peaceful holiday in glorious surroundings.

It’ll be hard to know where to look next at this peaceful Highland hideaway. Showcasing superb views over the meandering River Helmsdale and sprawling countryside uninterrupted by anything but trees, it is truly a paradise for discerning guests looking to immerse themselves in the undiluted beauty of Mother Nature.

 

Surrounded by mind-blowing scenery and featuring cosy traditional interiors, both leaving and returning to this Highland cottage will be a pleasure. Generously sized for four people and two dogs with three bedrooms and one bathroom, it has an undeniable charm you’ll find hard to shake.

 

Head into the kitchen after a day’s escapades and prepare hearty, wholesome dishes for your clan. While everything you could need for cooking is provided in the kitchen, the dining room awaits to join everyone together over steaming plates and brimming cups. Later, hunker down in the lounge and set the wood burner roaring, switching on the TV for some light entertainment or relax with a book in the sun room and enjoy the open countryside views. The shower room is also on the ground floor.

 

Treading the stairs to the first floor, you will come across the cottage’s three comfortable bedrooms. Quirky and comforting, these bedrooms are all set in the eaves and, whilst tall guests may need to watch their heads, create a thoroughly cosy cocoon in which to kick back at the end of the day. As well as the bedrooms (including one double and two singles)

 

Stepping outside, there will only be one thing on your mind: the views. With enclosed land in which youngsters and four-pawed pals can run around and play, you will be able to take in the panoramas worry-free. Should you want to come and go throughout the day, there is no shortage of off-road parking at the property.

 

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 3 bedrooms, all set in the eaves of the first floor: 1 double and 2 singles
  • Kitchen with electric oven, fridge, freezer and microwave
  • Lounge with wood burner and TV Dining room with wood burner
  • Shower room, with washing machine
  • Enclosed land with trees and shrubs
  • Electric (extra at current rates)
  • Initial supply of logs/coal provided
  • Ample off-street parking
  • 2 dogs by arrangement but must be kept downstairs and under control when near sheep
  • Payphone available
  • Shops 9 miles in Helmsdale
  • Arrival: 4pm

A holiday here is all about the location. Beautifully remote, it allows guests to revel in the peace and privacy of their own slice of paradise for a while. Take advantage of the mind-blowing scenery and enjoy the abundance of walks right from your very doorstep. If you are creative, you are sure to find plenty of inspiration right in front of your nose here. Bundle up a picnic and find a spot alongside the River Helmsdale and settle down; the area is known as 'golden eagle country' so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for sweeping shadows and the haunting cries of these magnificent birds.

If you are interested in local ecology, then you should travel the 16 miles to Forsinard Flows Nature Reserve. A vast expanse of blanket bog, sheltered straths and mountains, it is one of Scotland's most important natural treasures and home to a wide variety of birdlife, including dunlins, dippers, golden plovers and hen harriers. Offering a complete change of scene, the immeasurably pretty village of Helmsdale is 7.5 miles away and home to a number of restaurants, a golf course and beautiful coastline – which you can enjoy on a guided boat trip.

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Nicola 15th August 2020

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Kirkton is a fabulous place to stay. The cottage has all you need for a memorable holiday. My partner and I have said both times we have stayed that it is the one place that we feel totally relaxed when we are away from our home.

Reviewed by Catriona 6th July 2019

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Reviewed by Phil 2nd March 2019

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we have been coming for over 20 years. everytime we come we manage to find different walks .wildlife we have never seen before. The cottage is very comfortable everything you need is here ,any problems and jean is just down the road. Fabulous week again. (saw our first snow bunting at duncansby head)

Reviewed by Christine 22nd December 2018

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We spent a magical Christmas at this cottage because of its location which was idyllic. During our stay we saw four golden eagles and a herd of red deer (at least 60 in the herd). There are plenty of walks from the doorstep so it is ideal if you just want to abandon the car for a week. If you want a holiday away from it all, peace and tranquility, Read moreand an abundance of wild life then this is the perfect cottage. Would definitely return. Hide

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From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

Scotland is also a land of unique culture where the people are renowned for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Experience the peaceful Isle of Lewis where Scots Gaelic is widely spoken, or immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which are vibrant with thriving arts scenes, delicious restaurants and bustling nightlife. And no trip to Scotland is complete without exploring the castles and distilleries: learn about clan rivalries or bloody battles amongst 13th-century battlements or try a taste of Scotland itself during a tour of one of the 120 whisky distilleries. Pure Scottish culture in a glass.

With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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