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The small and historic town of Dornoch is situated on the east Highland coast by the Dornoch Firth, close to sandy beaches and top-class golf courses. Due to its sheltered location and sunny climate Dornoch is the ideal cottage holiday destination for families, friends and couples alike looking for a peaceful getaway in the Highlands.

Dornoch has a rich historical past and Dornoch Cathedral is on one of the town’s most prominent landmarks. Built in the 13th Century the marvellous architecture and beautiful stained glass windows are a sight to behold. Another notable landmark is nearby Skibo Castle, an impressive 12th Century building that now forms the Carnegie Country Club.

The town centre is a Conservation Area due to its rich architectural heritage and there are number of listed buildings in the High Street. The 17th Century Mercat Cross marks the site of the old market, view the last remaining Plaiden Ell measuring stone in the Cathedral grounds, or visit the Witches'' stone that commemorates the last person to be burnt at the stake, in 1727. For more insight into the history of the town, the Historylinks museum offers a fascinating glimpse into Dornoch’s past.

A beautiful expanse of golden sand welcomes visitors to Dornach beach, perfect for shore line strolls, sand castle building and rock pooling. The town’s quiet paths and roads are ideal for exploring by foot or bicycle. Loch Laoigh and Loch Lannsaidh, located nearby, offer plenty of fly fishing opportunities, and the abundance of wildlife is a major draw card for bird watchers and nature lovers.

The area has some first class golf courses including The Royal Dornoch championship course which is without doubt one of the best golf courses in the UK.

Explore a glorious corner of the Scottish Highlands when you book Dornoch holiday cottages for your getaway.

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  • Shore Cottage

    Rockfield, nr. Portmahomack

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W41133

    Twenty yards from the sea

    ’Shore Cottage’ is a delightful fisherman’s cottage that has been renovated to a good standard to provide excellent holiday accommodation. Situated in the enchanting fishing village of Rockfield with its little harbour on the south east shores of the Moray Firth. Approached by a single track road, Rockfield seems untouched by time and remains a haven for wildlife. Dolphins are regularly spotted just off shore, together with otters and an abundance of sea birds. There are superb sea fishing opportunities – from crab and lobster, to cod, mackerel and salmon – all available in season. There are miles of coastal paths to explore directly from the cottage. Shops and restaurant 1 mile. Pub 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Garden leads direct to seashore.

  • Over The Square

    Dornoch

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42778

    This lovely apartment set over two floors enjoys a central location within the town of Dornoch and is furnished and equipped to a good standard. Located between the Dornoch Firth, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Loch Fleet Nature Reserve where bird lovers from around the world congregate. There are so many things to see and do in this area. Take a stroll along the nearby sandy beach, play golf at the nearby Royal Dornoch Golf Club, visit the beautiful 11th century Dornoch Cathedral and the Old Jail, all within easy walking distance. Amongst the many activities available are mountain biking in the many forest trails, walking through Skelbo Woods with its sculpture trail or exploring some of the many unspoilt beaches. Shops 50 yards, pubs and restaurant 30 yards.

    First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Heatherwood Cottage

    Dornoch

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W41346

    Pretty parkland setting

    This detached wood lodge is set in attractive grounds within close proximity to the renowned Royal burgh of Dornoch. A walk across the world-famous championship golf course takes you to the centre of this seaside town, with its centrepiece the stunning Dornoch Cathedral. Enjoy exploring the selection of unusual specialist shops, restaurants and pubs. The spectacular wide sweeping award-winning sandy beach makes it an ideal location for a truly superb Highland holiday. The owners have thoughtfully provided surfing body boards and wet suits for visitors’ use. Riding, tennis, squash, mountain-biking, fishing and, of course, some of the best golf courses in Britain are all available close by. Ideally located for exploring the spectacular coast of the far north. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (alternative sleeping)/ kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Wee Manly

    Dornoch

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511461
    Just a short stroll from the stunning white sandy beach of Dornoch, Wee Manly is an attractively presented end terraced house situated on a quiet no-through road. On the ground floor there is a pretty cottage lounge with comfortable sofas and a large screen television. The kitchen/dining room is bright, contemporary and well equipped. Upstairs there are three pretty bedrooms and a family bathroom.

    Wee Manly is situated close to the centre of the historic town of Dornoch, a Royal Burgh since 1628. This delightful town is one of the prettiest in the Highlands. Built around the 13th Century sandstone cathedral, it has a selection of unusual and attractive shops, as well as a number of excellent restaurants and bars. The renowned Championship golf course of Royal Dornoch is just 200 yards away. The award-winning beaches of Dornoch and Embo are ideal for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Loch Fleet Nature Reserve, close by, attracts a wide variety of wading birds and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Just a short drive away is Dunrobin Castle, seat of the Dukes of Sutherland for over six hundred years. Visitors are welcome to explore the castle and grounds, which were modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Wee Manly makes an ideal base for exploring this beautiful and unspoilt area of the Highlands.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility room: With freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

  • Harbour View Cottage

    Portmahomack, nr. Tain

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W41825

    Sea views

    Harbour View enjoys a wonderful setting just yards from a sandy beach in the village of Portmahomack. Sea trips, fishing and water sports along with golf, bird and dolphin spotting are some of the variety of amenities this area has to offer. This house is a super base for exploring the north and east Highlands. Fantastic scenery along with quiet beaches and forest trails will make this a holiday to remember. Lots to see and do for all ages – castles and distilleries all within easy reach. Within striking distance of internationally renowned golf courses such as Royal Dornoch and Skibo Castle, while Loch Ness is less than an hour away. Shop, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Electricity by card meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

  • Sandy’s Hoose

    Portmahomack

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511407
    Enjoying lovely uninterrupted views towards the beach, the waters of the inner Dornoch Firth and on to the distant Sutherland Hills, this lovely traditional property has been sympathetically renovated and provides a super base for exploring this wonderful part of the Highlands. Furnished and equipped to a very good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible and conveniently located just a few steps from Portmahomack’s sweeping sandy beach and a variety of local amenities which include a post office, licensed convenience store, restaurant, bistro and golf club. Visit the Tarbat Discovery Centre which provides visitors with an insight into the areas Pictish past and Tarbat Ness home to one of the tallest lighthouses in Britain. To the south visit Inverness, the Highland Capital, Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George whilst to the north you can take a trip to experience the beautiful Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, visit the beautiful seaside town of Dornoch, or explore the vast expanses of unspoilt landscapes and rocky inlets of Sutherland and Caithness. Further afield, a trip to the Orkney Isles is recommended. Golf, mountain biking, sea trips and fishing and a large variety of watersports are just a few of the many activities available. And of course there’s plenty of walking routes for you and any four legged friends you may wish to bring along with you! So much to see and do for all ages.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD and CD/radio.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Conservatory/dining room.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Cot, highchair and stairgate. Beach towels. Freezer in the outhouse. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Front porch with seating area overlooking the beach. Rear garden with patio and furniture. Cycle store. Parking (2 cars).

  • Fairways

    Skelbo, by Dornoch

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: SDDP

    In an elevated position, this spacious detached house enjoys stunning views across Loch Fleet (National Nature Reserve) to Ben Bhraggie and the hills beyond. The panoramic windows provide an excellent vantage point for seal-spotting and viewing an abundance of birdlife. The area is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches and unspoilt coastline. Royal Dornoch, with its famous golf course, is just 3 miles, and has an excellent selection of interesting and unusual shops, together with superb restaurants and cafes. Sea, loch and river fishing are available. The surrounding area is ideal for mountain-biking, with numerous designated paths. Hill-walking, golf, riding, tennis and surfing in the area. Many places of interest, including Dunrobin Castle and the Falls of Shin. Shop 1 mile.

    Spacious living room with stunning sea views. Large dining room. Large well-equipped kitchen. Study. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, en-suite dressing room and en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet. Two twin bedrooms (zip & link beds). Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for +1). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer (in garage)
    • Enclosed ¼-acre lawned, landscaped garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: 2 steps in garden

  • The Girnal

    Littleferry, Golspie

    Grade
    10
    5
    1
    4
    Ref: CC511416
    Enjoying a spectacular location just a few metres from the edge of the shores of Loch Fleet, this lovely property makes the perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of the Northern Highlands and is ideal for those wishing privacy without remoteness. Only a few minutes from the village of Golspie, The Girnal, the Duke of Sutherland’s former granary, is equipped and furnished to a high standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. You can lie in bed and listen to the waters of Loch Fleet lapping it’s shores. Loch Fleet and the surrounding area is a designated Nature Reserve which supports a large variety of animals and species of plants including common seals (regularly seen on the shore outside the house), a large variety of birdlife with the woodlands home to roe deer, red squirrels and pine marten, a haven for ornithologists, walkers, painters, photographers and fishermen. Amongst the many activities available is golf, just a half mile from The Girnal, and mountain biking to name but a few. Visit Dornoch Cathedral and Golspie’s fairytale Dunrobin Castle with its formal gardens, well worth a visit. For the less energetic, take a stroll along some of the many beaches this area is renowned for or just sit back, relax and watch the ever changing scenery.

    The owner of The Girnal also owns Old Customs House (SXXC) also in Littleferry, and Keepers Cottage (CC511417) which is located near Rogart in the Northern Highlands.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Beamed with open fire.
    Spacious dining room.
    Kitchen: With range style gas/electric cooker.
    Drawing room: Beamed with wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD and CD/radio.
    Study.
    Utility room 1: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Utility room 2: With two fridges, freezer and two dishwashers.
    Bathroom 1:
    With bath, shower attachment and WC.
    Cloakroom:
    With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with bath, shower attachment and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 5: With king size bed.
    Bathroom 2: With shower over bath and WC.
    Shower room: with shower and WC.

    All oil, gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for fires provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large grassed area with sitting-out area and furniture. 2-acre natural, unspoilt grounds. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced, direct access onto the beach, 5 yards.

  • Heatherwood House

    Embo, Dornoch

    Grade
    10
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: S4646

    Set within two miles of the stunningly beautiful white sandy beaches of Embo and Dornoch, a Royal Burgh since 1628, this spacious and very well appointed holiday property is ideal for larger parties. Enjoying exceptionally large living areas featuring wooden flooring and very comfortable furnishings, Heatherwood House stands only a short distance from shops, bars and restaurants in the thriving small town of Dornoch, where a pleasant circular walk passes the Old Town Jail and the 13th-century cathedral (famously chosen by Madonna for her son’s Christening), before going on past the Royal Durnoch championship golf course and the beach up to the pier at the seaside village of Embo. Nearby, the Loch Fleet nature reserve (a designated SSSI) attracts a wide variety of wading birds, and guided tours of this wonderfully tranquil tidal basin can be arranged. The Sutherland hills are a short drive away and there are forest walks nearby. Just 10 miles away lies Dunrobin Castle, spiritual home of the clan Sutherland since the 13th century. Today’s visitors can enjoy falconry displays and wander through spectacular gardens, designed by Sir Charles Barry and inspired by the Palace of Versailles. For whisky enthusiasts, Glenmorangie distillery tours at Tain are a must. Shops, bars and restaurants 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/sun room. Dining area with wooden floor and patio doors/kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room, bidet and toilet, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Double futon available (for children).

    Underfloor oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Blu-ray. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

  • Drummuie House

    Golspie

    Grade
    10
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: SZZY

    Drummuie House is a beautiful, 200-year-old, detached stone house situated in its own 1-acre grounds in an elevated position and commanding superb views across the sea. This large and elegant house was built by Captain Robert Sutherland, a Napoleonic war veteran. It has been painstakingly restored and renovated and provides a high level of luxury in a superb setting. All the rooms are generously proportioned, with high ceilings and large original windows. The spacious farmhouse-style kitchen is bright, contemporary and and extremely well equipped. The dining room is simply stunning, with a solid wood dining table running the length of the room, seating up to 10 people with ease. The main living room has a superb open fire and lovely deep sofas. There is a games room on the ground floor with pool table / table tennis table and numerous games. The Highland Wildcat Trail, a mountain bike trail which features the longest descent in the UK from the summit of Ben Bhraggie and the longest technical single track climb is located behind the property.
    All the bedrooms are on the first floor. The two main double rooms are particularly sumptuous: one has a four-poster bed and the other a sleigh bed, both en-suite. With three further bedrooms and two bathrooms, Drummuie House is ideal for larger families and groups. The spacious and mature gardens are fully enclosed and ideal for children and pets. The holiday property is situated on the edge of Golspie, and is just a short walk from all the amenities this seaside resort has to offer, including a beautiful sandy beach and scenic walks. There is a variety of small shops, pubs and restaurants. Tennis, bowling and a public swimming pool are also available. It is within close proximity of many golf courses including the Royal Dornoch Championship Course. Sea and loch fishing, boats trips, kayaking, karting, or mountain bike trails are all within easy reach. Just 3 miles south of the village is the nature reserve of Loch Fleet, with an abundance of wildlife, including seals, ospreys and other birdlife. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Spacious living room with open fire. Large dining room. Large well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with gas/electric range (for cooking) and slate floor. Utility. Games room. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft four-poster bed, sea views and en-suite shower room with large cubicle and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, one with 6ft sleigh bed, sea views and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 40" satellite TV with soundbar (full package)
    • DVD
    • Wii
    • Bluetooth speakers for mobile devices
    • Gas/electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Two washing machines
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Additional fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Games room with pool table / table tennis table and games
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: 6 steps in garden

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