Dun Caan Cottage
Near Plockton, Ross-shireGuest Rating
This charming traditional cottage has a peaceful setting in the crofting hamlet of Duirinish.
|Sleeps: 2||Bedrooms: 1|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
Situated one mile from the sea and just two miles from the lovely village of Plockton with its shops, pubs, palm trees and boating facilities. The village was the picturesque location of the television series 'Hamish Macbeth', in which Robert Carlyle first sprang to fame.
It is one of a tiny group of Highland cottages next to the Allt Duirinish burn which Highland cows frequently visit, at the foot of low hills (ideal for walking) where you can see expansive views and breathtaking sunsets over Raasay and the Cuillin Hills of Skye.
Its appealing, whitewashed exterior is an excellent guide to what awaits you within - a typical, simple but very comfortable Highland cottage, carefully renovated to provide modern comforts. In a cottage of this size the rooms are, of course, not large, but there is no sense of clutter. Everything is neat and inviting and the house is just ideal for two people seeking relaxation and time away from the hurly burly of everyday life.
The quaint sitting room has some original wood panelling and a welcoming wood-burning stove at which you can toast your toes after a day in the hills or taking in the sights. The kitchen is galley-style and compact with a dining area at one end. Also downstairs is the bathroom, with bath and shower over.
Upstairs is the double bedroom, perhaps inevitably in such a wee Highland but ‘n’ ben, with a coombed ceiling and a dormer window that faces the front with that lovely view across the stream. You will sleep sound here with only the gurgle of the burn, the call of the birds and the bleat of the occasional sheep to disturb you.
Outside, this is the most peaceful and romantic of situations. You step out of the cottage right on to the tiny village ‘street’, with the grassed areas and a sweet little bridge across the burn in front of you. Behind the cottage is a grassy area where you could sit out in a little more privacy.
Here you are less than a mile from the sea, at the end of a no-through road, 4 miles north of Kyle of Lochalsh (with shops, hotels and bridge to Skye).
You are in that gorgeous stretch of Scotland's north-west coast between Loch Alsh to the south and the mountains of Torridon to the north. The area offers wonderful walking, sea kayaking, sailing, fishing and seal watching trips.
There are also excellent opportunities for exploring such famous places as Eilean Donan Castle, Applecross, Ullapool and the gardens at Inverewe. Fort William and Inverness are also within striking distance.
No visit here would be complete without at least one day on the Isle of Skye, now so easily reached via the toll-free bridge. Once on this captivating island, the difficulty is choosing where to go. Climbers and serious walkers will doubtless make straight for the Cuillins, which can be reached in about 45 minutes. Where the road branches at Sligachan, there is the choice of continuing north to the ‘capital’ Portree, to view the Old Man of Storr and further amazing rock formations at the Kilt Rock and the Quiraing, or bearing left to Dunvegan, with its Castle, gardens and the Coral Beaches.
Alternatively, you could head south from Broadford down the Sleat peninsula, known as ‘the garden of Skye’ to the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale, or cross the peninsula to Toskavaig, for idyllic picnics and some of the best views of the Cuillins.
Back on the mainland, there is more great walking among the Five Sisters of Kintail, which overlook Loch Duich. Or you could go riding at the stables at Shiel Bridge. A fine evening out in Plockton is equally to be recommended - perhaps a peaceful stroll along the palm-lined street, watching the yachts in the bay, followed by dinner at one of the several excellent restaurants there.
For a day trip, you can head north west to Lochcarron and then over the spectacular (and not for the faint hearted) Pass of the Cattle to Applecross village, for lunch at the famous Applecross Inn or the Walled Garden followed by an afternoon on the beach.
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 wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, Stereo/CD-player and bed settee.
Kitchen/dining room with electric cooker, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave etc.
Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric heaters and wood-burning stove (1 basket of logs INCLUDED). A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 2 medium or 2 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).
- 2 Week Discount (£25)
- Save 15% Half Term (DN8) From 06/10/2018 to 26/10/2018
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2|
|06 Jan 2019 - 08 Feb 2019||£340.00|
|09 Feb 2019 - 05 Apr 2019||£365.00|
|06 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019||£450.00|
|27 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019||£365.00|
|11 May 2019 - 24 May 2019||£450.00|
|25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019||£515.00|
|01 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019||£450.00|
|29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019||£515.00|
|31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019||£450.00|
|21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019||£365.00|
|12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019||£450.00|
|02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019||£340.00|
|20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019||£515.00|
|28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||£515.00|
|06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||POA|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||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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Relaxing time enjoyed by all, even the rain didn’t bother us.
Lots of places round about to walk the dog and oursel...
Lovely cottage in a wonderful location. Even the local cows and sheep make you feel welcome!!
Everything you could need.
Really enjoyed our stay at dun Vann, cottage was clean and tidy and well equipped.
The poor condition of the internal decoration and furniture. It was clean. The towels provided were no better than ‘dog...Read More
'Our first time to this part of Scotland. Loved the village and the Highland cows and the locals were friendly and welcoming.'
'What a wonderful week! The weather has been beautiful and the surrounding area spectacular. A wonderful cottage to come back to and curl up in front of the fire!'
'What a perfect cottage. Very well-equipped. Highlights are definitely Plockton and a trip to Skye is a must! Tarskavaig beach in Sleat is the best we found for sand and perfect for dogs.'
'Beautiful location, very well equipped cottage - wanted for nothing! Great walks on the doorstep and further afield.'
'Had a fab time. The drive to Applecross is not to be missed! Didn’t cram in everything we wanted to see - we will be back!'
'A great week in a lovely cottage – very comfortable. It was a pleasure to come back to an area I’ve visited before.'