Tigh na Mara Cottage
Skerray, near Bettyhill, Sutherland
Tigh na Mara means 'the place by the sea' and this delightful, traditional little cottage is just a couple of hundred yards from the coast of Sutherland, which is about as far north as you can go in mainland Scotland without dropping off the end!
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
Peacefully situated near the little village of Skerray (with PO with some basic food stuffs and crafts), it nestles between the little single-track road and the hillside.
Much loved by its owners, it has been renovated in a charmingly simple style to retain some of its traditional features. The sitting room has comfortable seating centred round the open fire in its traditional fireplace and a TV with a Chromecast to stream programmes to. The kitchen diner is well-equipped and the original range remains most decoratively (non-operational).
There is a family bathroom and an additional sun room with a fine sea view downstairs, so you can fully appreciate your surroundings even when the weather isn’t as good.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms, a double and a twin, that both have coombed ceilings and roof windows to further admire the views from.
This is the perfect place for those who really would like to get away from the humdrum routine of their daily lives and enjoy some peace and quiet, with the convenience of still being able to keep in touch using the WiFi for calls and messages, etc.
The stunning, mostly deserted Torrisdale Beach (3 miles) is within a short drive of the cottage, or there is a glorious walk along the cliffs and moorland.
The Singing Stone is beside it, where the wind from the beach plays a symphony on the stone. You can pick mussels at low tide at the mouth of the Borgie or take your kayak and paddle down the Naver, then surf the breakers along the beach.
Further afield, you can drive along to Durness where the Smoo Cave, a 200 foot long natural wonder, carved by the sea and the burn which flows through it, should not be missed. Then take the foot ferry from Keoldale across the Kyle of Durness (May - September) to where a minibus will take you to Cape Wrath, which really is the last outpost of the mainland. The area boasts the highest sea cliffs in Britain that are home to a myriad of different seabirds. There is also a 9 hole golf course at Durness, which is one of the most scenically beautiful courses in Scotland.
To the west and south are rugged mountains, the best known of which are Ben Hope, Ben Loyal, Foinavon and Arkle. To the east are the lochs and lonely moorland of the Flow Country.
The Borgie Hotel (bar meals) is 2 miles from the cottage past Torrisdale beach. Eastwards from the cottage, Bettyhill (10 miles) has a community swimming pool and fitness centre, surgery, laundrette, grocery store and petrol station. The nearest town of any size is Thurso (35 miles). While there, you can continue on to John o' Groats and even cross in the foot ferry to Orkney.
The cottage is also close to the North Coast 500 driving route that has been labelled by some as ‘Scotland’s answer to Route 66’. This circular north highland route is actually 516 miles long in total, starting in Inverness and crossing over to Applecross, then heading up the west coast to Sutherland and the very tip of the country at John o’Groats, before heading back down to Inverness. Some enthusiasts set out 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 with open fire and TV (with Chromecast - no TV signal)/DVD
Kitchen-diner with electric cooker, washing machine, fridge/freezer and microwave
Bathroom with bath and shower over, wash basin and separate WC.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Towels (per person)
- Travel Cot
Bed linen INCLUDED and towels are available to hire. The first £15 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric panel heaters, electric oil filled radiators and open fire (starter pack INCLUDED). Wifi INCLUDED subject to fair usage policy. A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
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|
|18 Jul 2020 - 28 Aug 2020||£525.00|
|29 Aug 2020 - 18 Sep 2020||£450.00|
|19 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020||£345.00|
|10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020||£450.00|
|31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020||£325.00|
|19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020||£525.00|
|28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||£525.00|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Feb 2021||£325.00|
|06 Feb 2021 - 02 Apr 2021||£345.00|
|03 Apr 2021 - 23 Apr 2021||£450.00|
|24 Apr 2021 - 07 May 2021||£345.00|
|08 May 2021 - 21 May 2021||£450.00|
|22 May 2021 - 04 Jun 2021||£525.00|
|05 Jun 2021 - 25 Jun 2021||£450.00|
|26 Jun 2021 - 27 Aug 2021||POA|
|28 Aug 2021 - 17 Sep 2021||POA|
|18 Sep 2021 - 08 Oct 2021||POA|
|09 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021||POA|
|30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||POA|
|18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||POA|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||POA|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||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.
'Mavellous situation for a holiday cottage and so well equipped. Weather mixed but enough sunshine to show the lochs and beaches at their very best.'
'An idyllic holiday. The cottage contained everything we could possibly need. The peace, tranquility and weather were all astounding. The best holiday ever!'
'We've done lots of exploring - amazing aquamarine seas and deep blue lochs. Great geology of course! The cottage was perfect for us.'
'Our third visit - we really like it here. Fantastic local geology!'
'What an amazing week we've had at this lovely cottage. Plenty of great tips in the visitor information but the walk to Torrisdale beach and the alpine flowers is worth a special mention. Lovely, lovely spot.'