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The Bard

Ardgay, The Highlands
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Sun
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Internet access
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A traditional pine-panelled cottage with uninterrupted mountain views
  • Relax in front of the glowing embers of the coal fire
  • Breakfast alfresco in your peaceful private garden
  • A plethora of countryside rambles straight from the door
  • Golf, cycling and fishing all within easy reach
  • Explore the picturesque towns of Inverness and Ullapool
Property code: CA330

A two-bedroom rural retreat, ideal for friends seeking a comfortable base to return to after days spent walking, hiking and golfing among the Scottish Highlands.

Surrounded by rolling countryside against a dramatic background of pine-covered mountains, this charming two-bedroom cottage enjoys a peaceful setting with walks straight from the door across open countryside, perfect for families or friends seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. You’re not completely cut off from civilisation though as you are only two miles from the quiet village of Ardgay where there is a general store and café. Your rural retreat is a haven from the demands of the modern world, surrounded by sprawling countryside and open skies. With traditional pine-panelled walls in many of the rooms and a lovely open fire in the sitting room, your countryside cottage has a warmth and charm, no matter the weather outside.

Step through into the wood-panelled hallway. Your cosy living room is a welcoming space where landscapes adorn the walls and comfortable chairs are arranged around the open fire. Pick up some local produce in the village to prepare in your well-appointed kitchen and gather around the dining table to share meals and chat through the highlights of your day.

When it’s time for bed, climb the stairs to the first floor where the wood-panelling continues into the two inviting twin bedrooms, both with washbasins. Overlooking the countryside and woodland, your bathroom with bath, shower and WC is a soothing space to indulge in a long soak listening to the sounds of the wildlife calling in the distance.

Sit in your peaceful garden and enjoy a morning coffee at the picnic bench listening to the birds singing in the trees or enjoy an evening meal alfresco watching the colours change on the distant mountains. There is open countryside to explore from your doorstep and a two-rod salmon beat can be taken with the cottage, subject to availability. There is ample parking.

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

  • 2 twin bedrooms with washbasin
  • 1 bathroom with bath and WC, 1 cloakroom with shower and WC
  • Electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Night storage heating
  • Electricity is by £1 coin meter
  • Open fire - starter bag of coal provided
  • TV with DVD
  • Private garden
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Off road parking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • 2 dogs welcome

Your cottage is surrounded by open countryside offering fabulous walks straight from the doorstep among the wildlife that frequent Dounie. Encounter red deer and sika deer as you hike the fields and hills from the cottage.

Roam through the tall Scots pines of Balblair Forest (5 miles) to be rewarded with views of Carbisdale Castle and the Dornoch Firth. Several mountain bike trails lead through the forest suitable for all abilities, experienced riders will appreciate the black trail up Cnoc an Tionail for spectacular views and a white-knuckle descent down Candy Mountain.

Golf enthusiasts are well-rewarded with a choice of courses in the area. Described by Peter Allis as ‘a mini Gleneagles', the nine-hole golf-course at Bonar Bridge and Ardgay Golf Club (4.5 miles) offers some challenging holes in the heart of the Sutherland countryside. Combine wildlife spotting with a round at the stunning Tain Golf Club (17.5 miles) where otters, deer and herons may distract from play along the classic Links course. Situated 8 degrees below the Arctic Circle, it is rumoured you could play a round at midnight at The Royal Dornoch Golf Club (18 miles), the coastal course is seen as one of the greatest in Scotland.

This property is personally managed by Carol.


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Reviewed by Helen 22nd December 2019

We stayed in The Bard over the christmas period, it was the best decision we made and we will definitely be returning. A family of 3 we love walking, wildlife and the amazing views of Scotland. The Bard is in a peaceful, picturesque location and not far to drive to the shop and nearby towns for days out. We loved spotting various animals and wildliRead morefe and long walks with our 7 year old boy who loves animal watching and exploring. The cottage was cosy and comfortable and made us feel at home. Hide

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