Foundry Bank ref: UK5160

Bonar Bridge, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering

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  • Dishwasher 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 

Description

Situated in the pretty village of Bonar Bridge, Foundry Bank once formed part of the local foundry, where iron ore was smelted for the original Telford Bridge, which straddled the waters of the Kyle of Sutherland. Adjacent to the owner’s home, this charming, 19th century, semi-detached stone cottage has been beautifully renovated and restored and now provides bright and welcoming accommodation throughout.
The name Bonar Bridge is derived from a Gaelic phrase Am Bannath, meaning at the lower ford. The village is situated near the site of a disused ford and where the Dornoch Firth becomes The Kyle of Sutherland which is tidal for some 10 miles upstream. In the past, Bonar Bridge was a busy port with small cargo ships taking coal and other commodities to the area and uplifting wood, marble from Assynt and iron ore from Rosehall area, all of which had been floated down the Kyle on barges. All this business gradually disappeared when the railway system arrived in the Highlands. The neighbouring crofting area of Ardgay developed into a village around the railway station with a lot of activity and employment centred on goods trains and mail trains.
Original cottage doors open onto the main living area, which runs the length of the cottage. The deep leather sofa suite and the large 42’’ television provide modern comforts whilst the solid wood floors and windows with deep sills maintain the cottage ambience. There is a family shower room on the ground floor and two double bedrooms on the first floor, both attractively presented with colour coordinated, soft furnishings and views across to the bridge and the Kyle of Sutherland.
Foundry Bank is ideally located for exploring the best of the Scottish Highlands. The village of Bonar Bridge lies at a unique focus of Highland roads. The route across to the west coast from here is truly spectacular. Breathtaking mountains are interspersed with lochs and rivers, before reaching the crystal-clear waters and the white shell sandy bays of the Atlantic coastline. Travel further north to explore the wild, rugged seascapes of Caithness, or Inverness is just 40 minutes away by car. Bonar Bridge has excellent local facilities including a bakery, butcher, village store, café, pub and a bistro serving freshly cooked dishes using locally sourced produce, all within close proximity. The village also has its own 9-hole golf course. Fishing in the region is second to none, as there are 14 miles of some of the most prolific salmon rivers available to visitors with day tickets. There are also some lovely hill lochs for trout, and sea-fishing is a popular pastime along the coast.
The Kyle of Sutherland is home to an incredible array of wildlife, such as resident otters, deer and a vast array of birds, which include osprey, whooper swans, golden eagles and buzzards. The property is just 15 minutes’ drive from the renowned Falls of Shin. Here you can watch salmon leaping up the spectacular waterfall from a specially built viewing platform. The area is also renowned for its outdoor pursuits: spectacular mountain bike trails just on the edge of the village offer easy routes for beginners, as well as extremely challenging ones for experienced riders. One thing’s for certain – all will appreciate the amazing views from the hilltop! Stoney beach 100 yards, sandy beach 13 miles. Shop and pub 100 yards, restaurant 200 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
Living/dining room: With 42" Freeview TV and wooden floor.
2 steps up to...
Kitchen: Galley-style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
Narrow and steep stairs to...

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included.

Miscellaneous

Bench. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Bonar Bridge
  • Shops
    100 yards
  • Distance
    Central
  • Restaurant
    200 yards
  • Nearest railway station
    Ardgay
  • Pub
    100 yards
  • Railway station distance
    2.0 miles
  • Lake
    100 yards (sea)

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

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

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

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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