Mingro ref: UK30515

Stronsay, near Whitehall, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Self Catering

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  • Detached Property 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Sea View 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Waterside Breaks 

Description

Mingro is a traditional stone cottage located on Rothiesholm Beach on the island of Stronsay in the Northern Orkney Isles. The beach is pretty much your own, and at high tide the sea is just a stone’s throw away from the back door.
Mingro is a retreat from modern life with no Wi-Fi or TV. It’s a refreshing and revitalising place to stay at for a week or two. You can completely switch off and get back to nature. Take long walks along the beach and coastline, chill out and devour those books on your reading list, and ponder why life can’t always be like this.
You may have to travel a little further to reach Mingro which is situated on the Island of Stronsay - 7 miles long by 4 miles wide. You catch two ferries to reach the cottage, one from the Scottish mainland to Orkney, and then the second from Kirkwall to Stronsay. Alternatively you can fly from Kirkwall to Stronsay, which only takes a few minutes. You can make your way the 5 miles from the airport to the cottage via bicycle (there’s a free scheme to borrow a bike in the village), on foot or by local taxi (booked in advance). Your adventure starts when you take the first ferry and you won’t regret it.
Stronsay is known as the Island of Bays due to it’s miles of empty sandy beaches. The three most spectacular bays are Rothiesholm Beach which Mingro sits beside, St Catherine’s Bay an excellent place to dig for ‘spoots’ (razor clams), and Mill Bay which is a favourite haunt for collecting sea glass and home of Stronsay Bird Reserve.
Beyond the bays and beaches there’s miles of outstanding coastline to explore, including arguably Orkney’s most impressive sea arch, the Vat of Kirbister. There’s a brilliant walk from Odiness Bay to the arch that takes in sea stacks, hermitage sites, caves, natural swimming pools and an iron age fort as well. Certainly a must-do when visiting the island, especially as along the way you will see a huge array of sea birds, including the cherished puffins at certain times of the year.
Beyond the inspirational natural surroundings there’s a wealth of history to explore. Stronsay has five Iron Age brochs, Bronze Age dykes and evidence of Neolithic tombs, at least 3000 years old. There’s also Norse history with evidence at Dane’s Pier, an old Viking harbour. More recent history can be seen in Whitehall village, the island’s capital, which was a centre of the herring fishing industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. The population now is under 400 people, but during the herring years there were over 5000 people employed curing fish and also collecting kelp. The heritage centre in Whitehall makes for a fascinating visit. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Entrance hall: With coat and boot storage.
Living room: With multi-fuel burner (no TV).
Kitchen/dining room: With multi-fuel burner, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tiled floor and patio doors leading to garden.
Bedroom: With double bed and wooden floor.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and tiled floor.

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Fourth floor

Facilities

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for multi-fuel burners included. Welcome pack.

Miscellaneous

1-acre enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Whitehall
  • Shops
    5 miles
  • Distance
    5 miles
  • Restaurant
    5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Thurso
  • Pub
    5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    70.0 miles
  • Lake
    100 yards

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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