Culkein Pods - Sgarbh ref: UK11726

Culkein, near Lochinver, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Sea View 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Working Farm 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Open Plan 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Perched on the hillside in the heart of spectacular North West Sutherland, Sgarbh is a fully equipped and self-contained pod. Accessed via a short track on the owner’s working farm, surrounded by sheep and enjoying incredible views across the sea to the hills beyond, Sgarbh is one of two beautifully presented pods. The accommodation is fully open plan and has a landscape theme. Pretty oranges and muted browns have been incorporated into the pretty soft furnishings and pictures. The attention to detail adds to the ambience and prettiness of this accommodation. Sgarbh has a fully equipped kitchen area with Belfast sink and electric hob, and the sofa doubles up as a bed for two small children. The main double bed at the far end of the pod has attractively presented bedding that enhances the landscape theme. The owners provide a welcome pack, and a breakfast box can be provided for each visitor, at cost by direct arrangement with the owner). Outside is a lovely, private raised decking area with outdoor dining table and chairs, and provides an ideal spot to enjoy a quiet dram whilst drinking in the amazing views across the bay, whilst lambs gamble in the foreground. The name Sgarbh is Gaelic for cormorant, which are regularly spotted along this shoreline.

The immediate area is a haven for wildlife. Ospreys, eagles, seals and otters are all seen locally and deer roam the hills nearby. Sgarbh is situated just off the North Coast 500 route, which passes through some of the most spectacular areas to be found anywhere in the British Isles. The surrounding area consists of unspoilt natural landscape with distinctive mountain ranges, which include Suilven, Canisp and Quinag. There are numerous sandy beaches, coves and dramatic coastal walks all along this coastline, with Culkein beach just a few yards away. Sailing, kayaking, mountain biking, fishing and climbing are all popular with visitors. The pretty fishing village of Lochinver, just 10 miles away, has an excellent selection of facilities, including restaurants, pubs, small shops and cafés. Beach 300 yards. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 10 miles.
Sgarbh can be booked together with Sulaire (ref UK11727) to accommodate up to 6 guests.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

4 steps to entrance.
All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space.
Living area: With 28" Freeview Smart TV.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric hob, combi microwave/oven and fridge.
Bedroom area: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


LPG central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.


Enclosed garden with decking and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    0.25 miles
  • Distance
    10.0 miles
  • Restaurant
    10.0 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    10.0 miles
  • Railway station distance
    45.0 miles
  • Lake
    0.75 miles (loch)

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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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Monday 26 October 2020 3 nights £ 540.00
Tuesday 27 October 2020 3 nights £ 540.00
Wednesday 28 October 2020 3 nights £ 540.00
Thursday 29 October 2020 3 nights £ 415.00
Friday 30 October 2020 3 nights £ 415.00
Saturday 31 October 2020 3 nights £ 415.00

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