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The Steading, Strath Oykel

Near Lairg, Sutherland

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Situated on the south side of Strath Oykel, cradled by moors and hills, The Steading is an idyllic holiday cottage born from a tasteful conversion of a traditional farm building. With its timeless design, this retreat provides a tranquil escape in the heart of the Oykel River valley.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (1)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • WiFi

Travelling from Bonar Bridge in Sutherland, just 11 miles away with its full range of facilities and a golf course, the road to Lairg beckons, leading you to the hidden gem that is The Steading. Poised in a commanding position above its only visible neighbor, this enchanting retreat stands proudly on a grassy terrace, accessible via a steep shared drive.

Step into The Steading's open-plan living area, where large picture and roof windows create a natural ambiance. French doors lead to a gravel terrace with comfortable furniture, offering a perfect spot to soak in the surrounding beauty.

Every detail within this space exudes warmth, from the traditional latched doors to the wooden fire surround. The overall ambiance is one of coziness and charm, creating a welcoming retreat where the beauty of natural wood intertwines with modern comfort.

The single-level layout reveals two impeccably finished twin bedrooms, each boasting breathtaking views of the valley and hills. The larger of the two bedrooms also indulges in an en suite shower room and can be made into a double bed if required, providing a touch of convenience.

The main bathroom itself becomes an intriguing visual delight, adorned in a style that effortlessly transports fishermen to the anticipation of a rewarding day's angling. As well as fishing, golfing and hiking, the nearby mountain bike trails at Carbisdale and Balblair offer a rewarding challenge for downhill enthusiasts.

Every corner of The Steading is crafted to elevate your experience, inviting you to revel in the beauty of nature and the comforts of a thoughtfully designed haven. This is not just a retreat; it's an immersive escape into the embrace of Strathoykel's enchanting landscape. Your journey to tranquility begins at The Steading, a truly unique holiday cottage.

Map & Local

The Oykel is a well-known salmon river, which is bound to be of interest to fishermen and the scenery in the immediate area is surprisingly gentle for a place so far north.

The river valley is a broad one, flanked by wildflower meadows and woodlands, but in the background there are tempting views of Ben More Assynt, reminding you that more rugged territory is not so far away. Those seeking more gentle exercise will find lovely woodland walks at Roseland woodland trails, at Raven's Rock Gorge or the Cassley Falls. Back down the road, too, are the impressive Falls of Shin.

The Steading is set in a convenient spot for exploring the remote countryside of the north west Highlands. If you cross the river to join the A837, it will take you over to the west coast, either to Ullapool (38 miles), the stunning mountain scenery of the Coigach, to Lochinver or even to Scourie and Laxford Bridge. On this road there is a hotel at Oykel Bridge (9 miles). To the south east are the glorious beaches and championship golf course at Dornoch (24 miles) and the possibility of heading right up the coast to John O' Groats.

You could head directly north from Lairg, where there is a pony trekking centre, just over 40 miles to the very north coast at Tongue. There are some wonderful deserted beaches there and you could even go right along the top to Durness, stopping off at the famous Smoo Cave on the way. Those interested in wildlife should visit the RSPB site at Forsinard, in the midst of the amazing and unique Flow Country, arguably the largest area of blanket bog in Europe, where, in summer, you can hope to see the hen harriers, golden plovers and greenshanks which come here to breed.

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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.



Single Storey

Open plan living area with TV/DVD, CD player, electric coal effect stove, electric cooker/airfryer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave etc
Twin bedroom (can be made into a double bed if required) with en suite shower, WC and wash basin
Twin bedroom
Bathroom with bath and hand shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)
Cot (excluding linen)

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £20 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil CH (first £30 INCLUDED) and electric coal effect stove. WiFi is INCLUDED subject to provider. A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 small). No smoking.



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
25 May 2024 - 31 May 2024 £795.00
01 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 £695.00
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 £795.00
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £795.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £695.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £595.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £695.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £495.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £795.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £795.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £495.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £595.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £695.00
26 Apr 2025 - 02 May 2025 POA
03 May 2025 - 23 May 2025 POA
24 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 POA
31 May 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 POA
28 Jun 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 POA
19 Jul 2025 - 29 Aug 2025 POA
30 Aug 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 POA
13 Sep 2025 - 03 Oct 2025 POA
04 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 POA
25 Oct 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 POA
20 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 POA
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 POA
06 Jan 2028 - 05 Jan 2029 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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Very easy to book and we were given helpful directions to get to the cottage.


Thoroughly enjoyable holiday spent in most attractive surroundings.

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We’re so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope you choose to return.


The Stedding is well appointed, comfortable and warm. This is our third visit and hope to be back before long. An ideal...

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You get the best of both worlds at The Steading - great location for the East and West. Don't be a stranger and we look ...

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Wunderschönes, gemütliches und sauberes Cottage mit einer herrlichen Aussicht über das Oykeltal. Gut ausgestattet und wa...

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The cottage was spacious and well equipped and the host was really helpful.

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