Gairs Cottage ref: UK12946

Bonar Bridge, near Tain, Northern Highlands

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  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Station within 1 mile 

Description

Gairs Cottage looks out over the spectacular Kyle of Sutherland, the confluence of four famous salmon rivers. This 19th-century stone cottage is situated in the Highland village of Bonar Bridge, with restaurants, pubs and village shops just a short walk away.
The accommodation is all on the ground floor. The living room boasts solid wood flooring, original deep-silled windows and a large wood burner, creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. This also heats the radiators if required, with modern, slim-line electric panel heaters providing instant heat at all times. The kitchen/dining room is small but well-equipped and ideal for couples, with views across the water. At the rear of the cottage is a double bedroom, with patio doors leading out onto a gravelled area. Adjoining the bedroom is a bright, modern bathroom.
The local area is home to an array of wildlife, including resident otters, deer and a number of birds, including visiting osprey, whooper swans, golden eagles and buzzards. The area is also renowned for its outdoor pursuits, such as the spectacular mountain bike trails just on the edge of the village, offering easy routes for beginners as well as challenging ones for experienced riders. Golf enthusiasts are spoilt for choice, as the village has its own 9-hole course and Royal Dornoch, Tain, Golspie and Brora are all easily accessible. The historic village of Dornoch is well worth a visit, with its beautiful 13th-century cathedral, a variety of unusual shops and a superb beach, all within a 15-minute drive.
Gairs Cottage is situated on the route across to the west coast, which is truly spectacular. Breath-taking mountains are interspersed with lochs and rivers before reaching the clear waters and sandy bays of the Atlantic coastline. It is also ideal for visitors exploring the scenic and renowned North Coast 500 route. From Bonar Bridge you could travel further north to explore the wild, rugged landscapes of Caithness. Heading south, Inverness is just 40 minutes’ drive away. Bonar Bridge has excellent local facilities, including a bakery, butcher, village store, café, pubs and restaurant, all within a short walk. Fishing here is second to none, with 14 miles of some of the most prolific salmon rivers available by day ticket to visitors. There are also some lovely hill lochs for trout, and sea-fishing is also a popular pastime. Beach 15 miles. Shop 250 yards, pub 150 yards and restaurant 300 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Living room: With wood burner, 55" Freesat Smart TV with Netflix and wooden floor.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom: With double bed and patio doors leading to gravelled area.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

First floor

Second floor

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Fourth floor

Facilities

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included.

Miscellaneous

Private parking for 1 car; additional on road parking. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Tain
  • Shops
    250 yards
  • Distance
    15 miles
  • Restaurant
    300 yards
  • Nearest railway station
    Ardgay
  • Pub
    150 yards
  • Railway station distance
    1.2 miles
  • Lake
    20 yards (Loch)

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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