Ballanriach ref: CC511377

Rearquhar, by Dornoch, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • WiFi 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Ballanriach is situated in open countryside, approached via a quiet country lane and surrounded by farmland, fields and hills in the heart of the beautiful county of Sutherland. Set over two floors, the accommodation occupies a separate wing of a large modern country house. Accessed via its own front door and private gardens, it provides bright and spacious accommodation for up to six people with ease. The main lounge/dining room has deep leather sofas, a superb open fireplace and patio doors that lead out onto the enclosed gardens. The kitchen is fully fitted and well equipped. With three large bedrooms and two bathrooms it is ideal for families and larger groups.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

The property has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge/diner: with open fire, satellite Freeview TV, DVD, Wi-Fi and radio/CD; large dining table and chairs for six, patio doors open onto private garden.
Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
Bedroom 1: with king-size bed and en-suite with double shower, WC and wash basin Access to shower room also from hallway.

First floor

Bedroom 2: with double bed and sofa.
Bedroom 3: with two single beds.
Shower room: with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


All oil and electricity included. First supply of logs supplied. Bed linen provided. Wi-Fi.


Fully enclosed garden area for visitor’s sole us. Off road parking for three cars.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    4 Miles
  • Distance
    4 Miles
  • Restaurant
    4 Miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    4 Miles
  • Railway station distance
    8.0 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

The immediate area is ideal for walkers and cyclists, with quiet lanes, woodland and hills to explore right on the doorstep. It is just 5 minutes’ drive from the delightful seaside village of Dornoch. The centre of this historic village is dominated by the beautiful 13th Century Cathedral, constructed of mellow sandstone with beautiful stained-glass windows. Just off the ancient square can be found the Old Town Jail (now an upmarket clothes store and gift shop), adjacent to the Bishop’s Palace and old Court House. Once the spiritual Capital of Sutherland, Dornoch is now a thriving Highland village with excellent facilities, including unusual and interesting shops and an excellent selection of good restaurants and bars. Sandstone cottages and town houses line its peaceful streets and winding lanes. Known as Royal Dornoch, due to its status as a Royal Burgh, the town is renowned for its championship golf course, its award-winning wide sandy beach and its mussels, which are harvested and exported world-wide. The region is designated a National Scenic Area, with miles of unspoilt coastline, incredible wildlife and fascinating historical sites. Andrew Carnegie, the famous Victorian philanthropist who bought nearby Skibo castle stated: “If there is a heaven on earth it is here.”

Ballanriach is also ideally placed for exploring the cream of the Scottish Highlands. The route across to the west coast is truly spectacular. Breathtaking mountains are interspersed with lochs and rivers before reaching the crystal clear waters and the white shell-sand bays of the Atlantic coastline. Travel north to explore the wild, rugged seascapes of Caithness. From here a day trip to the Orkney Isles is a must. To the south lies Inverness, the Capital city of the Highlands, which is just 40 minutes’ drive away. The area is renowned for its outdoor pursuits. Mountain bike trails, horse riding in the hills, climbing, hill-walking, canoeing, sailing and fishing are all available in the immediate area.

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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