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The Beach Bothy

Durness, The Highlands
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
9 more

At a glance

  • A unique property on the sandy Balnakeil Beach
  • Explore the rugged coastline of the Scottish Highlands
  • A cosy property, ideal for a romantic getaway
  • Enjoy local dog walks and more challenging hikes
  • Sit down to dinner with stunning views of the choppy North Sea
  • Fall asleep to the sound of the waves on the shore in the distance
Property code: CA331

Relax in this charming beachside cottage, with the coast on your doorstep. It''s the perfect space to cosy up in the cold Scottish winter or bright Highland summer. Enjoy a 1.5-mile stretch of beach or head to Durness Golf Club.

Situated directly on Balnakeil Beach, this charming, one-bedroom cottage is in the perfect location for soothing solitude or a romantic break. On the edge of the United Kingdom, you can step out of the front door and feel the sand between your toes, walk along a mile-and-a-half of white sands, then hear the waves from your bed as you drift off to sleep. You’re not completely cut off from civilisation, though – a village shop is 1 mile away.

The single-storey stone cottage has a charming cabin-style feel, with soft neutral tones and wooden details to complement the surrounding natural environment. The windows have been strategically positioned so you can enjoy the incredible seaside views from virtually every angle, creating a calming and peaceful atmosphere.

Enter the stone cottage through the front door and step into the open-plan interior. Prepare yourself a delicious meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then gaze across the sea as you dine. Snuggle up on the sofa in front of the TV – or simply enjoy the view as the sun sets over the bay. Then relax in the king-size bed and get a peaceful night’s sleep, ready for a day of exploring the beauty of the Scottish coast. Despite its remote location, the cottage has modern additions including Wi-Fi, an iPod dock and Freeview – perfect for hunkering down in the evening. The cottage also has a shower room.

Outside, there is garden furniture and a BBQ for al fresco dining, where you can also further enjoy the dramatic landscape. Parking is available outside the cottage. As the cottage is directly on the beach, you can enjoy a wide arrange of waterside walks straight from your front door.

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

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 1 bedroom: king-size bedroom
  • 1 bathroom: WC and shower cubicle
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine
  • TV with Freeview and DVD player, iPod dock
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Telephone - 1-hour max on UK calls only, others will be charged
  • Heating and electricity included
  • Outdoor furniture and charcoal BBQ
  • Off-road parking
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Beach less than 100 metres, village with shops and pub 1 mile

The area surrounding the cottage is a haven for nature lovers, with sweeping green fields and high mountain tops creating the perfect habitat for a diversity of wildlife.

Balnakeil (half a mile) offers a chocolate shop and cafe to satisfy your sweet cravings, as well as a craft village and an art gallery which will delight culture vultures. Golf lovers will enjoy teeing off at Durness Golf Club, under a mile away. You can explore Durness, 1 mile away, and discover beautiful beaches and bays as well as lovely places to eat. Durness is also home to a small supermarket and a petrol station.

One place not to be missed is Sango Sands (1.5 miles), a picturesque beauty spot with clifftop vistas and turquoise seas. The North Coast 500, Scotland's equivalent of Route 66 which comprises 500 miles of coastal roads, also passes through Durness and is a great route if you want to explore more of the Highlands' stunning scenery.

Keen anglers should head to Loch Caladail (2 miles), a limestone loch famed for its trout fishing where both boat and bank fishing are available. Or simply strike out from the cottage on foot, to enjoy beautiful walks and breathtaking landscapes in all directions.


This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Dr Witts July 2018

The Beach Bothy is a stylish property with high-quality materials used throughout. It's well equipped and very comfortable. The location is unique and utterly beautiful. The guest information folder isn't presented to the same high standard as everything else and could do with some attention, especially clarifying the wi-fi code. (There were variouRead mores different hand-written amendments which were hard to decipher!). The Durness Walking Network booklet is excellent and the Walk Highlands website is also very useful for walks in this area. The hot chocolate at Cocoa Mountain, only half a mile away, is every bit as delicious as claimed! For normal provisions, the Spar in Durness is very good for such a remote location. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Kelly February 2018

Beautiful warm Beach Bothy, amazing views and very comfortable bed. This bothy is situated in the lovely Balnakeil bay, you can freely walk in any direction, views are constantly changing and quote amazing. We are relatively fit retirees but surrounding walks are very manageable. We experienced quite a lot of snow and did have to clear the drive thRead moree night before leaving as it is on a slope but this added to the experience. The roads to the north are generally single track with ample passing places and despite the snow felt safe as very little traffic. We were there in February so unsure how busy they would be in summer. Very useful and friendly village shop just over a mile away, craft village closed in February. We flew to Inverness, picked up hire car and food there. Would definitely recommend if you like solitude, walking, wonderful countryside, beaches and a comfortable clean and cosy base. Hide


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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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