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Rowan Cottage

Dornoch Firth, Near Ardgay, Sutherland

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Rowan Cottage is set in a peaceful haven on its own little peninsula that is home to a wealth of wildlife, within 17 acres of private woodland and seashore overlooking the Dornoch Firth in Sutherland.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

This traditional, 200-year old stone house has been fully refurbished to give a real 'home-from-home' feel that is ideal for 4 people or even just a couple. Comfortable seating has been centred around the wood-burning stove in the sitting room that has a useful dining area towards the back of the room. French doors flood the room with light and lead out to the garden and a lovely, suntrap patio seating area.

The spacious kitchen is well-equipped with all the appliances you could need, including a large gas range cooker that is an absolute joy to cook on. Also on this level is a handy WC.

Upstairs are two charming bedrooms, a double (king-size) and a twin room (with zip link beds that can be converted into a super king-size bed). They are both beautifully presented and have the benefit of having their own en suite bathroom facilities.

The cottage has with its own secluded walled garden (with BBQ) and there is plenty of parking right at the door.

Wildlife spotters will have plenty to look out for as the cottage shares its tranquillity with deer, osprey, seals, ducks, geese and other migratory birds. It is a great place to unwind, walk, paint and generally enjoy the lovely surroundings. The owner is also developing a reserve for winter wildfowl and waders.

The villages of Bonar Bridge (3 miles) and Ardgay (3 miles, shops, a hotel and railway station) are in easy reach and it is only 45 minutes’ drive to the ‘capital of the highlands’ Inverness.

Map & Local

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 an hour and a half 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).

Labelled by some as ‘Scotland’s answer to Route 66’, the North Coast 500 passes nearby at Tain. This circular north highland driving route is 516 miles long in total, starting in Inverness and crossing over to Applecross, then heading up the west coast to Sutherland and the tip of Scotland John o’ Groats, before heading back down to Inverness. Some enthusiasts aim to drive the entire route, whilst others choose to take in the magnificent scenery on shorter stretches nearby.

Local Events and Attractions


Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.




Sitting room/dining room with TV/DVD, CD player and wood-burning stove
Kitchen with electric/gas range cooker, microwave, deep freeze, dishwasher, washing machine, etc
WC and wash basin.


Double bedroom (king-size) with en suite bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and wash basin
Twin bedroom (zip link, can convert to super king-size) with en suite shower room with WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels

Available Extras

Cot (excluding linen)


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by biomass central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (starter pack INCLUDED). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. WiFi is INCLUDED. Sorry, no pets. No smoking.

Please note - Because of the situation of Rowan Cottage, it is not suitable for children.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
28 Oct 2023 - 17 Dec 2023 POA
18 Dec 2023 - 27 Dec 2023 POA
28 Dec 2023 - 05 Jan 2024 POA
06 Jan 2024 - 02 Feb 2024 POA
03 Feb 2024 - 29 Mar 2024 POA
30 Mar 2024 - 19 Apr 2024 POA
20 Apr 2024 - 03 May 2024 POA
04 May 2024 - 24 May 2024 POA
25 May 2024 - 31 May 2024 POA
01 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 POA
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 POA
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 POA
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 POA
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 POA
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 POA
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 POA
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 POA
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 POA
06 Jan 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking, please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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As stated above, the cottage was cosy and comfortable for the two of us. We had previously experienced the kind of brack...

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Nothing major but list of minor irritations as mentioned. No welcome from hosts despite them living in attached main hou...

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Lovely location; but pre-booking information should alert visitors to whistling trains passing nearby level crossing at ...

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Loved our week away! Will be back.


The cottage is in a lovely setting and we quite enjoyed our stay despite the issues re access and water. However, had we...

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