Holiday House Details
Shinness Lodge
(3 reviews)
From £1,300 per week
Sleeps 13
6 bedrooms
3 doubles, 3 twins

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sun 24 Jun 2018Sat 08 Sep 2018£1,850£555
Sun 09 Sep 2018Sat 22 Sep 2018£1,750£525
Sun 23 Sep 2018Sat 06 Oct 2018£1,550£465
Sun 07 Oct 2018Sat 27 Oct 2018£1,550£465
Sun 28 Oct 2018Sat 10 Nov 2018£1,450£435
Sun 11 Nov 2018Fri 21 Dec 2018£1,300£390
Sat 22 Dec 2018Fri 28 Dec 2018£1,950£785
Sat 29 Dec 2018Fri 04 Jan 2019£2,150£645
Sat 05 Jan 2019Sat 09 Feb 2019£1,300£390
Sun 10 Feb 2019Sat 06 Apr 2019£1,450£435
Sun 07 Apr 2019Sat 27 Apr 2019£1,750£525
Sun 28 Apr 2019Sat 25 May 2019£1,550£465
Sun 26 May 2019Sat 01 Jun 2019£1,750£525
Sun 02 Jun 2019Sat 22 Jun 2019£1,750£525
Sun 23 Jun 2019Sat 07 Sep 2019£1,850£555
Sun 08 Sep 2019Sat 21 Sep 2019£1,750£525
Sun 22 Sep 2019Sat 05 Oct 2019£1,550£465
Sun 06 Oct 2019Sat 26 Oct 2019£1,550£465
Sun 27 Oct 2019Sat 09 Nov 2019£1,450£435
Sun 10 Nov 2019Sat 21 Dec 2019£1,300£390
Sun 22 Dec 2019Sat 28 Dec 2019£1,950£785
Sun 29 Dec 2019Sat 04 Jan 2020£2,150£645


Shinness Lodge, 7 miles north west from Lairg on a single track road, looks over Loch Shin in the heart of Sutherland, with easy access to the East, North and West Coasts.

The traditional stone lodge dates from the 1880s but has been fully modernised and is a warm and comfortable self catering holiday home. The owners have lived there until recently so the house is well equipped for easy living. You can sink into a comfortable new double bed in what used to be the nursery, with its animal frieze still on the wall, or bath in the big claw foot bath with lashings of hot water. For disabled users there is a good quality sofa bed in the ground floor study and a nearby easy access shower.

The whole house is fully central heated and feels warm and cosy, especially with the Aga in the kitchen. On a winter evening light a big fire in the living room from the unlimited supply of logs and sink into the comfortable arm chairs and sofas. In summer, enjoy a lunch time barbecue on the outdoor verandah overlooking the sparkling loch.

For naturalists the area is a haven for flora and fauna with great bird watching opportunities. Black Throated Divers nest on Loch Shin and deer can often be seen from the house in early morning and at dusk.

The Lodge owns two boats on Loch Shin for fishing or just for messing around in boats. The Ghillie is on site and available by arrangement to help and the hill lochs and Fiag and Tirry rivers provide lots of opportunities for fishermen.

Shinness is the perfect self catering holiday home from which to visit the northern Highlands. Play golf, go hill walking or watch the salmon leap up the Shin Falls just beyond Lairg and then enjoy a lovely meal. Go east for great golf courses at Dornoch, Brora and Golspie and visit romantic Dunrobin Castle. Bonar Bridge has serious off road cycling trails, a great nine hole golf course and a good bistro. The huge cliffs at Durness and the mysterious Smoo caves are an easy hour away, together with the empty white sands of the long West Coast beaches. Bird watching is wonderful at Handa Island and the hill walking opportunities include Ben Hope, Scotland’s most northerly Munro.



Ground floor:

Hall. Study with sofa bed suitable for disabled access. Drawing room with open Jetmaster fire. Dining room, kitchen, larder, boot/utility room with drying cupboard. Bathroom with shower, WHB and WC. Whole ground floor has wheelchair access.

First floor:

3 double bedrooms, 2 twin/double (zip link beds) bedrooms, 1 twin, bathroom with bath, WHB and WC. Bathroom with bath, shower, WHB and WC. Separate WC and WHB.

Other information:

Grand piano and electric organ - An abundance of books and games available. Table tennis in garage. 3 fishing boats.

What else makes us different:
We can be flexible on your arrival day for your 7 day stay and we are happy to allow you to add days to you stay on a pro-rata basis which is ideal for those Bank Holiday times.

Call our sales team for details 01738 451 610


  • Shops/restaurants/Post Office -
  • 6 miles
  • Overscaig Hotel - 5 miles north
  • Aga
  • CD
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD
  • Electric oven and hob
  • Enclosed garden
  • Freezer
  • High chair
  • Large fridge
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Microwave
  • Oil central heating & electricity included
  • Open fire - peat and wood supplied
  • TV and Video
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wi-fi
  • 1 Pet only - £20.00 charge per Week per Pet
  • Reviews

    (3 reviews)
    Shinness Lodge reviews
    This worked excellently for us as a joint vacation for 4 couples -- the kitchen and the living room (lounge) were the center of our activities. Bedrooms and beds worked out really well -- no complaints about too soft, too hard, too short. Easy access to three charming villages - Tain, Dornoch, and Cromarty. A bit of a long haul down to Inverness, but doable. The groundskeeper was very helpful, and even attempted to speak American to us. We regretted having to leave and we'd go again, in a flash.
    Mr Jones - September 2014
    We had everything here we could possibly want for a happy and comfortable holiday.
    Mrs Clarkson - May 2014
    Our family group of 13 persons, were 9 adults and 4 children (8 to 15). All had a wonderfull time. Plenty of books, games, CDs and the Lodge decourated with a large variety of atrifacts to ensure interest. Large warm kitchen and good laundry/ drying room were much appreciated. Large comfortable lounge.The caretaker was very helpful particularly with fishing equipment and information. Our family thoroughly enjoyed Shinness Lodge. A very pleasant week we will not forget. Lairg Visitors Information Centre is a delightful building with very helpful staff and well worth a visit.
    Mr Buchanan - July 2012

    Holiday Protection Scheme

    This property is covered by our Holiday Protection Scheme.

    Holiday Protection Scheme

    Cottages & Castles Ltd. (acting as agents for property owners) provides a guarantee for tenants who have to cancel their holiday at a cottage.

    If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, for any of the reasons A 1-5 below, you may do so at any time up until the close of business on the last working day before your tenancy commences and we will refund your balance. Your deposit is not refundable. If you have made a late booking and paid in full you will receive your payment minus the normal deposit sum (usually 30%).

    There is no charge for this holiday protection – it is included in the cost of your holiday. Please note that the protection does not apply to holidays in our properties with codes beginning with P (usually castles, mansions and lodges).

    Deposits may be transferred to a different date for a holiday at the same property within 12 months of the original holiday date, subject to availability, but not, however, for a different property. If the new booking is at a higher rate the tenant must pay the extra cost. No refund will be made if the new date is at a lower rate.

    1. Death, accidental bodily injury, or illness (excluding pre-existing or chronic illness/conditions, or illness arising through epidemics or pandemics)
    a) the Proposer and/or persons with whom he/she has arranged to travel.
    b) any close relative or business associate of the Proposer or of any person with whom he/she has arranged to travel or arranged to meet at the specified holiday establishment. We will require appropriate documentary evidence of illness or bodily injury from a registered medical practitioner. This evidence must state that the Proposer is unfit to travel.

    2. Jury service, witness call or unemployment through redundancy of the Proposer after the date of booking and prior to the commencement date of the holiday.

    3. Fire or theft which is the subject of an insurance claim at the Insured’s main residence or business premises within seven days before commencement of the holiday.

    4. Occupational postings not contemplated at the time the holiday is booked.

    5. Cancellation or curtailment of scheduled transport services due to strikes, riots or civil commotion, but limited to the cost of alternative transport up to £50 per person for the outward journey only.

    But not, however:

    1. Disinclination to travel.

    2. Failure of public or private transport.

    3. Suicide, attempted suicide, insanity, the influence of intoxicating liquor or the effect of drugs not taken in accordance with treatment prescribed and directed by a qualified medical practitioner or booking a holiday which is or would be against the advice of a registered medical practitioner.

    4. Pregnancy unless problems occur which prevent the person travelling. A  verification must be signed by a registered medical practitioner to this effect

    5. Any loss which is otherwise insured.

    6. Holiday accommodation booked outside Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands