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Struan Cottage


Near Ardgay, Sutherland

Struan Cottage
Struan Cottage
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One of three cottages at Mid Fearn, an area of 17 acres of tranquil countryside which leads right down to the sandy seashore where magnificent views over the Dornoch Firth await.  Ducks, geese, swans and widgeon (amongst others) regularly visit the shoreline just a short walk from the cottage and the passionate new proprietor of Mid Fearn is working to create a sanctuary for these welcome visitors.  45 minutes from Inverness, this private peninsula a peaceful, secluded retreat within easy travelling distance of the bustling highland capital, and for essential facilities (shops, hotel and railway station) the villages of Bonar Bridge and Ardgay are only 3 miles away.

Struan Cottage is a 200-year-old cottage which has the most fantastic view looking straight down the Kyle of Sutherland - from the bedroom window you can watch the sun rise glinting on the sea.  It is a homely, cosy cottage, self-contained and semi-detached, at right angles to the main house, with the woods and the shore just a short stroll across the field, a perfect refuge for couples wanting to 'get away from it all'.  There is a typically Highland wood-panelled ceiling in the sitting room which also has a wood-burning stove and a bed settee for an extra guest.  A whisky in front of the peat fire has been described as a 'must!' 

Sutherland and Easter Ross is a largely undiscovered corner of north-east Scotland, with some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.  The Dornoch Firth claims a micro-climate with the least rainfall and most prolonged sunshine in Scotland.  Within 15 miles are some wonderful sandy beaches, golf courses such as the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Championship links course and other excellent courses at Bonar Bridge and Tain.   Highland rivers, the Oykel, Cassely, Carron and Shin, just ask to be fished and there is a salmon leap at the spectacular Falls of Shin.   Birdwatchers can visit Loch Fleet, a few miles east of Dornoch, where large numbers of geese, ducks and waders can be seen, while seals can often be spotted basking on the sand-bar in the middle of the bay.

There are wildlife cruises in the Cromarty Firth while Lochinver and Ullapool, the glorious beaches round the Kyle of Durness and the Smoo Cave (a firm favourite with children), are just 1.5 hours away.

For whisky lovers, the area boasts some of the most prestigious distilleries which you can visit and sample the wares, such as the famously elusive Clynelish at Brora, Glenmorangie at Tain, or the area's own Balblair Distillery (visits by appointment only).

Heating is by excellent CH (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove.  Bed linen, towels and electricity are INCLUDED.  Pets are welcome by arrangement and kennels may be available on request.  No smoking within the cottage.

As in many places in the Highlands, the local water supply comes from the peaty hills and can appear slightly brown.  While its quality is still probably better than many places in the south, if you are concerned about the colour you may prefer to bring bottled water to drink. Mobile phone reception is good for most networks.

Other cottages at Mid Fearn:

Rowan Cottage

Herbie's Cottage

Guest Comment

Dave and Gillian, Edinburgh 26/12/2012

Cosy, comfortable and lots of character. A great cottage and location to get away from it all.

Struan Cottage - Guest Comments

Raymond and Anne, Aberdeen 28/04/2012

We have had a lovely time here at Struan Cottage - thank you very much. We did quite a few of the forest walks which we really enjoyed. Dornoch was worth visiting and also Dunrobin Castle which was really interesting. The weather has been really good with lots of sunshine.

George and Lorna, Dundee 05/05/2012

A great week at Midfearn brought back lots of childhood memories spent here. A really relaxing time with visits to all the local towns and villages. A very nice touch of wine and flowers when we arrived. Look forward to our next visit.

Bob and Sylvia, Aberdeenshire 23/06/2012

A beautiful cottage in a lovely setting. Lots to do and see. Castle of Mey was a highlight as was Inverewe Gardens. Very peaceful and loved the log burner. Thank you for wine and flowers and sharing your idyllic Highland home.

Jos and Tine, Netherlands 21/07/2012

We had a great week! Very nice cottage, great bed! You are very caring and keen to give us a holiday not to forget - and you succeeded. We went to Cromarty to watch the dolphins, Falls of Shin to see the salmon, and the West Coast with its wonderful views. Thank you so much for your hospitality! We won't forget.

Heide and Volker, Germany 25/08/2012

Five years ago we spent one week at Herbie's Cottage. When we returned this year, we could see a lot of improvements. The new owners have done a very good job so far and now even the bed is a dream! We promise to come back to this wonderful place!

Diane and Ray, Leeds 01/09/2012

We had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the lovely countyside. Will come again.

Annie and Richard, Dundee 22/09/2012

Had an amazing week. What wonderful scenery. Had great trips to Dunrobin Castle, salmon leaping at Falls of Shin, walk along beach at Portmahomack and favourite find, the amazing hill road between Lochinver and Kylsku and the beach at Clachtoll. Wow!

Michael and Sally, Aberdeenshire 29/09/2012

We have had a fantastic week. Enjoyed the cottage and wonderful scenery. So lucky with the glorious weather. Thank you for the wine and flowers and the lovely hospitality, Julia and Peter. We will be back!

Georgina and Darren, Devon 06/10/2012

Great cottage, great location. Thank you for the wine.

Mandy and Oliver, Germany 13/10/2012

It was a wonderful week. We enjoyed every second here - thank you!

Nick and Andrea, Aberdeenshire 20/10/2012

Thanks for letting us stay. Your cottage has been nice and cosy. Had a lovely few days away. Thank you for the wine.

Dave and Avis, Oxfordshire 27/10/2012

Lovely cosy cottage in a great location with lots of beautiful scenery. Would definitely like to come back.

Ian and Clio, Bedfordshire 29/11/2012

Thank you for your beautiful cottage. We've had an idyllic few days here and hope to visit again before long.

Weekly Price 2014

  • Sleeps:2 (3) *,
    Bedrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Short Breaks available
  • Pet Friendly
  • Two week discount

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* - babies are not included in the stated maximum for each property

  • Living room with wood burning stove and TV/DVD and single bed settee
  • Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, washing machine etc.
  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin