Cata Sand Cottage ref: UK30680

Sanday, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Self Catering

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6
Sleeps
bedrooms
3
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
2
Bathrooms
Pets
2
Pets allowed
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  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Sea View 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Horse Riding Nearby 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Working Farm 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • More Than Dog Friendly 

Description

Cata Sand Cottage is a fabulous holiday cottage located on the island of Sanday, one of the north isles of the Orkney Islands, and the third largest island of the archipelago. Cata Sand Cottage is nestled within its own farmstead with views across Cata Sand to the dunes, it’s an awe-inspiring spot. The cottage is made up of the original 19th century croft house and adjoining barn, as well as a couple of small extensions, one of which is a stunning timber clad sun room. Entering the property you have a porch area with space for boots and coats, ideal for your return home from exploring your beautiful surroundings. The fantastic kitchen/dining room has many differently sized windows, which let an enormous amount of light in and the finish of the interior is of a high standard. The sun room is south facing and triple-aspect with floor to ceiling windows, the perfect place to read and watch the birds go about their business across Cata Sand. The cottage is on the edge of Lady Village in the centre of the island, and it has a brilliant little community shop with coffee shop, and a very interesting heritage centre.
The island has been occupied since Neolithic times, with the nearby Quoyness chambered cairn dating back to 2900BC. There are many Bronze Age sites across Sanday, as well as Iron Age and more recent layers of history. It’s a very popular archaeological destination for academics and tourists alike. Sanday, as you would expect from the name, is surrounded by many magnificent sandy beaches and from the cottage you are only 500 yards away from Cata Sand, a huge expanse of beach at high tide. There are many other interesting walks on Sanday, exploring other beaches and bays, and a local favourite to the striking Start Point lighthouse at the eastern end of the island.
Those partial to a round of golf will notice the unusual Sanday Golf Club enroute to the lighthouse. Fishing is also an enjoyable pastime on the island. As well as many types of sea fishing, there are three lochs that you can enjoy fly fishing for brown trout. All lochs are free to fish, permission is just required from the landowner, and this can be arranged through the owner. Beach ½ mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Living room 1: With 56" Freeview Smart TV.
Living room 2.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, slow cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and coffee machine.
Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and bike store.
Sun room.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Shower room: With walk-in shower, toilet and heated towel rail.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Electric central heating (underfloor in sun room), gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.

Miscellaneous

Garden with patio and garden furniture, 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (working farm). Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Lady Village
  • Shops
    500 yards
  • Distance
    500 yards
  • Restaurant
    2 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Thurso
  • Pub
    2 miles
  • Railway station distance
    75.0 miles
  • Lake
    1.5 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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