Aiffer ref: UK11263

Portmahomack, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Stairgate 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Situated in a quiet no-through road above the picturesque seaside village of Portmahomack, Aiffer is a bright, modern semi-detached cottage. The living room is attractively presented, with a leather suite and pretty furnishings. The kitchen/dining room has built-in units and plenty of space for dining. Upstairs are two double bedrooms, both are nicely presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. There is a family sized shower room on this floor and a cloakroom on the ground floor. The gardens are laid to lawn with flowers and shrubs, and an added feature is a lovely summer house with sofa. The gardens are fully enclosed and are ideal for children and pets.
Aiffer is just a short walk from all the amenities this unspoilt fishing village has to offer. The sweeping sandy beach with rock pools and a promenade is ideal for picnics, walking or kayaking. The pretty harbour at the far end is still used by local craft. Portmahomack has a good selection of amenities, including a general store, pub, café and restaurants, all within easy walking distance. A traditional golf links course is just 200 yards away and is open to visitors. There are numerous other golf courses along this stretch of coastline, including the renowned championship course at Royal Dornoch. The road adjoining the cottage goes out to the Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, the most north-easterly working lighthouse in the British Isles.
There are wonderful walks around the point, with the opportunity to see seals and the famous bottle-nosed dolphins that are resident in the area. The views are spectacular looking across both the Cromarty and the Moray Firths. The local area is noted for its archaeological sites. At the nearby Tarbat Discover Centre there is a fascinating display of Pictish and medieval artefacts and history. Tain, the nearest town, is just 10 minutes’ drive away, mainly built of yellow sandstone, it is a charming historic town with an excellent selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs.
Aiffer is ideally located for exploring the best of the Highlands. Nearby places of interest include Glenmorangie Distillery, the Falls of Shin (one of the few places to see salmon leaping close to hand) and the charming town of Dornoch, with its magnificent cathedral and beach. A day trip to Orkney is popular with visitors and Inverness is just 40 minutes’ drive away. Beach 300 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room: With 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
Separate toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate.


Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and summer house. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    300 yards
  • Distance
    10 miles
  • Restaurant
    300 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    300 yards
  • Railway station distance
    10 miles
  • Lake
    10 miles

About the local area

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes that will make a lasting impression, from the remote rock-hewn wilderness of far north west Sutherland to the green rolling coastal lands by the Cromarty Firth. Wherever you travel you're surrounded by some of the most outstanding remote natural beauty in Scotland.

The Highlands is not only blessed with wonderful countryside, there are also miles of dramatic coastline, with quiet pristine sandy beaches, picturesque sea lochs and a scattering of pretty coastal villages close to clear turquoise waters. This is a place to really enjoy `The Great Outdoors', with plenty of activities from mountain climbing and white water rafting to gentle family walks and mountain biking for all abilities.

This part of the British Isles is also a great place to see wildlife; unsurprisingly wildlife flourishes in this great wilderness and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about on land and sea - take one of the many boat trips on offer for close encounters with seals, whales and dolphins or simply get out into the glens, hills and forests to see eagles, deer and maybe even the elusive pine martin to name but a few.

For a holiday at a more leisurely pace visit the region's many historical sites, ancient castles, stately homes and fascinating museums, learn about the Highlands rich history and culture, its clans and conflicts, the tragedy of the Highland Clearances and its role in the Jacobite risings.

Summer visitors to the Highlands (mostly July and August) may not want to miss the annual Highland Games, which are held across the Highlands and are a unique spectacle of athletic, dancing and piping events which should not be missed!

Things to do nearby

Displays about wildlife, history, geology and the cultural heritage of Assynt. Live pictures of a Herons nest and information on the North West Highlands Geopark. Tel: 01571 844194

Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park
Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park

Great if you love animals, birds and the countryside. Here you can feed the ducks, geese and swans around the ponds or visit the friendly goats, pigs and rare sheep. Tel: 01463 731656

Loch Ewe Distillery

Loch Ewe is the smallest distillery in Scotland reliving the romance of making Uisge Beatha in a case. Learn how to distill whisky using 18th century methods. Tel: 01445 731242

Dingwall Museum

Highland town museum showing history of Dingwall, outstanding military room, re-constructed kitchen and smiddy. Outdoor area and picnic tables. Free entry! Tel: 01349 865366

Brora Heritage Centre

Visitor centre with hands on guides to the rich heritage, archaeology and artefacts of the beautiful village of Brora. Tel: 01349 886606

Boats N Paddles

Safe and memorable outdoor experiences including hill walking, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and gorge walking. Tel: 0333 600 6008

Glen Ord Distillery Visitors Centre and Whisky Shop

Take a tour around the closest distillery to Inverness and have a dram of the Classic Highland Malt. There is also an excellent selection of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland. Tel: 01463 872004

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Dating back to 1400 this castle contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silver and family portraits. Informative falconry displays available every Monday and Saturday. Tel: 01408 633177

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Explore the nature reserve just one mile from Inverness! Take a walk, watch the herons fishing, birdlife on the mudflats and even Roe Deers or the Moray Firth Dolphins!? Tel: 07795 253 727

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Over 600 hectares of reserve home to a whole range of internationally important habitats and animal species.

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