Dunbuie ref: UK5568

Talmine, near Tongue, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Self Catering



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  • Detached Property 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Rural Location 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Working Farm 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Green Scheme 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Dunbuie is a large traditional, detached stone cottage situated in a rural location, just a stone’s throw from a stunning sandy bay in the far north west of Scotland. Dunbuie has been in the same family since it was built over a 100 years ago. The great grandfather of the current owner was a cabinet maker by trade and some of his workmanship can still be seen in the cottage. A seafaring family, there is also a beautiful cased model of a well-known tall sailing ship, which was also the handiwork of the owner’s ancestor. Having undergone a programme of renovation, the cottage now provides warm and welcoming accommodation in a quiet and totally unspoilt setting.
All the rooms are bright and spacious, with high ceilings and large windows drinking in the superb country views. The attractive living room looks out over open countryside to the hills beyond. The kitchen/dining room has original solid wood flooring and is very well equipped. The adjoining conservatory is an ideal spot to sit and read or plan the next day’s excursion, whilst enjoying the pretty and secluded cottage garden views. There is an en-suite double bedroom on the ground floor and a twin bedroom on the first floor. A large family-sized bathroom on the first floor completes the picture. Dunbuie is set in its own grounds, and the country gardens are a profusion of shrubs and perennial flowers, with a small burn flowing just beyond the perimeter.
There are wonderful walks direct from the cottage, straight into the hills or along the shoreline. The nearby beach of Achninver is truly delightful, with white sand bordered by rocky outcrops. Whilst rural, the small hamlet of Talmine, 3 miles away, and has a thriving village shop and post office. The next village of Melness has a country pub serving food. The larger village of Tongue, six miles away, has further facilities including a general store, hotels with bars and restaurants and craft shops. The immediate area is renowned for its spectacular scenery, with the mountains of Ben Hope and Ben Loyal, numerous sandy beaches and wonderful hill and coastal walks in all directions. The region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. For sailors and kayakers, there is a slipway and harbour. The area is also renowned for its loch, river and sea fishing. Permits can be obtained locally for salmon, sea trout and brown trout and boats are also available to hire. Beach ¾ mile. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 3½ miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

3 steps to entrance.
Living room: With electric fire, Freesat TV and DVD player.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and wooden floor.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.


Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 7 steps and a 5ft drop in the garden. There is a small fenced burn just outside the garden.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    3 miles
  • Distance
    6 miles
  • Restaurant
    3½ miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    3½ miles
  • Railway station distance
    56.0 miles
  • Lake
    ¾ (beach)

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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