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The Bothy At Nonikiln

Alness, The Highlands
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Working farm
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A beautiful and thoughtfully-designed farm bothy with an open-plan layout and wood burner
  •  Located on a working family farm near the famed NC500
  • Soak up views of the countryside and the Cromarty Firth in the distance
Property code: 83888

A quaint romantic retreat for two, located near the renowned NC500 route with more than 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery. Situated off the beaten track yet within easy reach of local amenities, this peaceful escape has the best of both worlds!

This light, relaxing and welcoming bothy is set on a working farm just a few miles from the northern shore of Cromarty Firth. Offering cosy holiday accommodation for two, the property is a lovely holiday getaway, perfect for eager walkers and nature lovers exploring this stunning part of the Scottish Highlands. With the North Coast 500 route within easy reach, this delightfully secluded retreat is ideally placed for discovering the scenery, quaint villages and glorious coastlines of Easter Ross.

Looking out over Fyrish Hill, this imaginative property has been rebuilt from the stone and wood from an original farm building that once stood on this site. Some of the wood has been reclaimed and used for sills and shelves throughout the property, which also features high ceilings, a warming wood burner and French doors offering far-reaching views.

Entering the cottage, the open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner has been beautifully decorated. The cosy lounge features a Smart TV, Bluetooth speaker, plenty of seating and views out across the hills, making it an ideal space to snuggle up at the end of a great day. The central dining area is perfect for a romantic meal which you can rustle up in the fully equipped kitchen. Exploring further, you will find the pretty bedroom, with a super-king-size bed, a range of oak furniture and guest robes and toiletries. There’s also a tastefully decorated shower room, along with a handy utility area with a washing machine, dryer and plenty of storage space for bikes, fishing rods and golf equipment.

Outside, the large garden has a couple of seating areas with a BBQ, perfect for dining alfresco and watching the sunset. The garden also has an extensive lawn opening out onto wildflower areas with fields beyond.

  • 1 bedroom – super-king-size
  •  1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, and Nespresso coffee machine
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer in the external laundry room
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Wood burner – all logs provided
  • Smart TV and Bluetooth speaker in the lounge, DAB radio in bedroom
  • Large open garden leading out onto fields, with seating and gas BBQ
  • Off-road parking on the driveway for 2 cars
  • Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles
  • Please note that as a working farm, machinery will be operating at various times of the year in surrounding fields

Although surrounded by glorious countryside, and with the magical Cromarty Firth within easy reach (4 miles), the bothy is also close to a couple of thriving towns: Alness (1.5 miles) and Invergordon (4 miles), both with a choice of great shops, pubs, restaurants and attractions including the Alness Heritage Centre and a number of excellent golf clubs.

From Invergordon, you can take a boat trip down the Kyle of Sutherland, or you can head along Cromarty Firth where you may well glimpse dolphins and porpoises. Walkers, cyclists and nature lovers will have plenty to explore, with local landmarks including the 18th-century Fyrish Monument (7 miles).

Heading north, the charming town of Tain (13.5 miles) lies on the southern shore of Dornoch Firth. Scotland’s oldest royal burgh, Tain is a bustling and friendly town with a variety of independent shops and plenty of great places to eat and drink as well as historic buildings including the Old Town Hall, the Tain Through Time Museum and the world-famous Glenmorangie Distillery.

Other local attractions in this stunning area include the Mermaid of the North (15.5 miles), the Hilton of Cadbol Stone (16 miles) and Loch Eye (14.5 miles). The cottage is also a great base for visiting the Black Isle (15 miles) with attractions including the Fairy Glen Falls (21 miles) and Castle Craig (14.5 miles).

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.


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Reviewed by Ian 6th November 2021

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Amazing cottage, will definitely be returning

Reviewed by Linda 29th October 2021

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Ann and Martin are a lovely approachable and friendly couple with their concern being our comfort. The farm bothy with its own well kept garden with plenty of seating for you to sit out and enjoy the rolling hills is peaceful and relaxing. The inside of the farm bothy reflects the outside, spotlessly clean, comfortable with everything you need. TheRead morere really are no negatives to this property. We would highly recommend staying here and hope one day to return. Hide

Reviewed by John 15th October 2021

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5 stars across the board, from the warm welcome to the delicious farm eggs. A beautiful bothy with all mod cons but still reflecting the history all around. Thoughtfully designed and stylishly decorated with panoramic views across the Cromarty Firth. We loved watching the pheasants party in the garden every day. A great base for sightseeing or justRead more relaxing in front of the log burner. Hide

Reviewed by Terry 1st October 2021

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This is a lovely cottage in the middle of peach and quite and on a working farm, which it did not feel like at all. The bed is a super king size and wonderful to sleep in. The bathroom shower was also very good. The living room and kitchen had a lovely feel to it, with wonderful views over the countryside, fields and the Cromarty Firth. A glass of Read morewine at night and the views, well worth it. We went to John O'Groates, Cullen, Isle of Sky, and the NC500 routes, all within 2 hrs of the cottage 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.

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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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