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The Ghillies' Quarters

Lairg, The Highlands
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Working farm
Fishing onsite / nearby
Luxury
Romantic
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Set in a remote farm setting in Sutherland by the River Oykel
  • Great for families and couples looking for a peaceful retreat
  • A beautifully furnished annexe of the main lodge
Property code: 83246

A gorgeously styled annexe in a rural Highland location. Great for couples and families who are looking for a remote holiday home to escape the daily grind.

The Strath Oykel is a wide, green and fertile valley dominating the landscape in this wild but very beautiful part of the Northern Highlands. The property also sits in the heart of the NC500 route. The River Oykel, known for salmon fishing, rises in the mountains near Ullapool on the west and drains into the North Sea via the Kyle of Sutherland on the east, and is situated just a stone’s throw from the property. Munro baggers have both Ben More Assynt and Conival nearby to climb, and a visit to the Falls of Shin to watch the leaping salmon is a must. Day trips to the likes of Ullapool, Gairloch and Achiltibuie on the West Coast are certainly possible, where you will find plentiful white sandy beaches.

Enter through the front door of the annexe into a small hallway, that leads off to an ample-sized lounge/dining area that seats four people, which has been tastefully decorated. The lounge contains a Smart TV, DVD and cosy wood burner. The kitchen is accessed from the lounge where there is an electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge with ice compartment. There is a washing machine in the hall cupboard. The bathroom with shower over bath and WC contains quirky fish-themed wallpaper, in keeping with the strong fishing association of this property’s location. Walk up the stairs to the first floor, where you’ll find it has been lovingly stripped and painted to give a rustic feel to the interior, and you will also find both bedrooms. The king-size bedroom has been stylishly decorated with the same colours as the lounge downstairs and has the added benefit of an en-suite shower room with a shower and WC. The twin bedroom has been similarly decorated and contains two full-size single beds.

The outside garden space consists of a large patio area with garden furniture and is completely enclosed. There is enough parking for two cars outside of the garden. Please note that this property is located on a working farm, therefore various animals including chickens and peacocks will be roaming around outside the garden.

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

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with shower over bath with WC, 1 en-suite shower room with shower and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with ice compartment and washing machine
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Travel cots and highchairs available
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Smart TV/DVD (please note Freeview is not available in this location but online viewing platforms can be used via the Smart TV)
  • Enclosed patio area
  • Ample private parking
  • Access to the property is via a rough farm track (approx. 1.5 miles long)
  • There is alternative access via the main road where you can park by the river and walk to the property via a footbridge 250 meter walk. Owner is happy to pick you and your luggage up or just take your luggage to the property.
  • Please note that this property is located on a farm where animals such as goats, chickens and peacocks roam outside the garden
  • Shop, restaurants and cafe 4.5 miles, pub 14 miles

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Carol 11th September 2021

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Very comfortable cottage in a quiet location. Friendly, helpful hosts and plenty of entertainment provided by the peacocks, ducks and chickens. The track to the cottage was easily managed. An excellent base to visit the remote glens of the north and enjoy the majestic views of mountains, rivers and northern coastline.

Reviewed by Richard 4th September 2021

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Went for a week's holiday with just my wife and I. Lovely accommodation and the owners were very welcoming. Location is certainly remote with the last 1.5 miles being on a very bumpy road but drivable with most cars. Once having unloaded there is a parking area back on the main road that can be accessed with a short walk over a pedestrian bridge. TRead morehis was extremely helpful and saved us having to drive on the rock track every time we used the car. Hide

Reviewed by Amy 23rd August 2021

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Reviewed by Igor 15th August 2021

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Access to the cottage is along rough farm track with nasty potholes, over 1.5 miles long. Definitely not recommended for the average family car unless the state of suspension/tyres is not an issue. There is also a parking space, across the river, with access via suspension bridge, some 30 yards long. Fine in the good or mild weather but probably a Read morebit hair-raising in heavy rain. The cottage itself is quite small and self-contained. The master bedroom is of good size though the main bathroom is downstairs. TV only available via the internet. The kitchen is quite basic, more suitable for heating up ready-made food than serious cooking. There is a limited supply of cooking pots and pans. Will was a very friendly and helpful host. With its remote location and difficult access it is a perfect retreat if you are seeking peace and tranquillity, walks along the river or angling. There are plenty of farm animals and a couple of friendly dogs on the site too. Hide

Reviewed by Helena 24th July 2021

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We stayed here as a family of 4 with 2 dogs for a 2 week stay in July/August 2021. The cottage is beautifully finished with all the modern amenities you would ever need. Very clean upon arrival with a lovely welcome basket of Scottish goodies. Will and Charly are lovely and were always very helpful with recommendations of things to do, or even justRead more a chat! Its a great base to explore the Highlands as an alternative to driving the NC500. Would definitely recommend! Hide

Reviewed by John 10th July 2021

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Beautiful cottage in a stunning location. The cottage was spotlessly clean and decorated to a very high standard. It had everything we needed. It was an excellent base for touring the NC500.

Reviewed by Nick 3rd July 2021

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Wonderful cottage in the middle of a farm. W Charly and Will are amazing hosts and the cottage was tastefully and carefully equipped. A little gem.

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Location

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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.

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