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Shinness Lodge

Lairg, The Highlands
Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms 3
Change Sun
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Traditional stone lodge dating from the 1880s perfect rural retreat for a gathering of family or friends
  • Large drawing room with cosy open fire to relax in front of after a day out exploring the scenic countryside
  • Free trout fishing and boat available for guests to use and plenty of walks and cycle trails around Loch Shin
Property code: CA301

Set amidst the rugged beauty of the Highlands, by the eastern shores of Loch Shin, this handsome stone lodge is a wonderful base for a countryside escape.

This 19th-century traditional stone lodge, sleeping 13 guests across six bedrooms, is set on a quiet single track road looking out towards the enchanting shores of Loch Shin. Just 7 miles from Lairg in the heart of Sutherland, it’s well-positioned for large groups and families who want to enjoy time together in a country house, surrounded by nature. It’s also the ideal place to begin your group adventures in the northern Highlands or towards the East and West coasts of Alba.

With beautiful period features and contemporary creature comforts, this recently refurbished property ensures that guests enjoy a warm and comfortable stay in stylish surroundings with contemporary creature comforts. The owners have lived here until recently so the house is very well-equipped with thoughtful attention to detail. Sink into a comfortable new double bed in what used to be the nursery, with its animal frieze gracing the wall, or soak in the big claw-foot bath after a long jaunt. The whole house is fully central heated and feels warm and cosy in all seasons.

Step in from dreich days, and shake off muddy gear in the boot and utility room where there’s a drying cupboard. Venture into the drawing room where you can curl up on the cosy seating and enjoy the warmth of the central heating, and the welcoming open fire (unlimited logs supplied), and unwind with films on the TV and DVD player, though the fun banter with friends and spectacular array of games and books to read in the property may draw more interest. There’s also a grand piano and electric organ, bound to encourage fun evening entertainment.

The well-equipped kitchen includes a handsome Aga, an electric oven and hob, and ample space to create large feasts for hungry walkers. And there’s cold food storage and a larder so cooks can plan ahead. Gather together in the dining room to catch up on the day or to raise a toast for special occasions. There’s also a spacious study on the ground floor with a sofa bed, and a family bathroom with a shower and WC where you can refresh before dinner.

Upstairs, there’s two further bathrooms, and a separate WC. There’s also six cosy bedrooms on this floor, beautiful decor and inviting beds with crisp linens - three double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms which can be adapted to suit your group (zip-and-link), and one twin bedroom.

Outside, there’s a BBQ patio overlooking the loch, where you can relax with morning coffees while children and pup pals enjoy the spacious enclosed garden. There’s also table tennis in the garage and fishing boats. There’s a pub, shops, restaurants and amenities nearby in Lairg (7 miles).

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

  • 6 bedrooms – 3 doubles, 2 zip-and-link twins (can be made into doubles on request), 1 twin,
  • 3 Bathrooms -  1 bathroom with shower and WC, 1 bathroom with bath and WC, 1 bathroom with bath with shower over and 1 separate WC
  • Electric oven and hob, AGA, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Highchair available
  • Open fire – peat and logs provided
  • TV, DVD, Video, CD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed garden
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Ample off road parking
  • Grand piano and electric organ in lounge, table tennis in garage, 2 fishing boats on Loch Shin available for guests to use
  • Free trout fishing and boat available for guests
  • Cafes and shops 6 miles
  • Please note that after Lairg, the approach to the property is by a single-track road
  • Sleeps 12 + 1 using the sofa bed in the study
  • For guests with limited mobility, the ground floor offers a good quality sofa bed well as a nearby easy access shower

Escape the peace and quiet for a day and take a trip to the fantastic waterside city of Inverness, 28 miles from home. Explore the Victorian Market which is steeped in history and houses fabulous independent shops, or for a dose of retail therapy head to Eastgate shopping centre where you can find high street brands to browse. Admire the local architecture and visit St Andrew's Cathedral, built in 1869, or climb 94 steps to the top of the viewing tower at Inverness Castle for panoramic views across the city and beyond. The castle dates back hundreds of years and is awash with interesting and exciting tales.

Sitting on the edge of Loch Ness, spend days wandering the waterside and filling your lungs with fresh Scottish air. The South Loch Ness trail is well worth a roam and you will have fantastic vantage points of some wonderfully remote parts of the Scottish Highlands so be sure to pack your walking shoes and a tasty picnic to whet your appetite. Keep your eyes peeled on your hike for local inhabitants including red, sika and roe deer, otters and birdlife.

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Frances 9th August 2020

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This was a wonderful house for our break, full of character and charm. We loved staying here. We had a lovely afternoon in the rowing boats on the loch which is a very short walk away. We ate raspberries from the walled garden, enjoyed cooking on the AGA and looking at all the interesting paintings, books and memorabilia in the house. Nearby we sawRead more salmon jumping up the Loch Shin falls, drove to Ullapool, visited Sutherland castle and the fantastic Tweed shop and the tea rooms in Lairg. Hide

Reviewed by Sven 2nd August 2020

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Shinness Lodge is perfect for a stay with family and/or friends! You can spend your days exploring the beautiful surroundings of the northern highlands and the evenings with cooking and sitting together in front of the fireplace. Perfect holiday location!

Reviewed by Elisabeth 29th December 2019

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Reviewed by Karen 21st December 2019

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We took our entire extended family -- plus a few friends -- to Shinness Lodge for the holidays. Everything was perfect. The weather was crisp and cold, but sunny. The Loch was majestic -- often dappled in cloud, but more likely shimmering. The woods that surrounds the estate is vast and well worth long treks. The house itself is so well appointed tRead morehat the house felt like we'd just arrived at the house of an old friend. This is a brilliant property and we will be back! Hide

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