Shepherd’s Cottage ref: UK30479

Kinbrace, near Helmsdale, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Luxury Collection 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Working Farm 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Waterside Breaks 
  • More Than Dog Friendly 


Shepherd’s Cottage is a wonderful property situated on the Badanloch Estate in majestic Sutherland in the Northern Highlands of Scotland. Finished to a very good standard, it makes the perfect Highland getaway for a family, group of friends or those keen to cast a fly. Upon entering the cottage there is a spacious, comfortable and very useful boot and coat room for drying. It also has seating and fantastic views west across to Loch Badanloch, so is in fact a lovely spot to have a dram at the end of the day. Through this room and into the original part of the building the living area is off to the left with large wood burner taking centre stage. Immediately the attractive, in keeping décor stands out and is very pleasing indeed. Beyond the living room is the kitchen and dining room to the rear of the house, where there is a door out to the enclosed garden. The garden is a good size and wraps around the cottage. There are nice sitting-out areas and the dogs will enjoy patrolling round the property. At the front of the house is a double bedroom on the ground floor with a large shower room next to it. On the first floor is a bedroom either side of the landing, one being a twin and the other another double. Another shower room separates the two bedrooms.
The Estate occupies a large swathe of the Flow Country in northern Scotland. This landscape is wild and made up of large rolling expanses of peatland and wetland areas. It’s a very important environment for a diverse range of species. In addition to regularly seeing red deer stags and hinds (even sometimes beside the cottage garden), you will see golden eagles, hen harriers and the charming ptarmigan. The head gamekeeper, Brian Lyall, will be more than happy to provide a fascinating overview to the flora and fauna of this special strath.
If fishing is your passion, there are three lochs close by that you will be able to fish free of charge when renting the cottage. There will be a boat made available to you by arrangement with the owner free of charge as well. Loch Badanloch is the closest loch and one of the bodies of water that feeds the famous River Helmsdale. If you’re lucky enough to have access to fish the River Helmsdale, Shepherd’s Cottage would make the perfect base.
Beyond fishing there are countless opportunities to go walking and cycling in the area, and being close to the North Coast 500, there are many places to visit only a short drive away. You can just as easily drive to the east coast at Helmsdale to explore, as well as go north to see what the wild, rugged coastline west of Thurso holds in store.
Shepherd’s Cottage is a special cottage, and one that everyone who visits will be happy they did so. Whether you’re staying for a few nights whilst journeying round the NC500 or spending a couple of weeks here, you’ll leave having had a true Highlands experience and will want to someday return to experience it all over again. Shop, pub and restaurant 22 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Boot room: With seating area and storage for boots and coats.
Living room: With wood burner, 40" Freeview TV with Now TV and Netflix, and wooden floor.
Dining room: With wooden floor.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and wooden floor.
Bedroom 1: With zip and link kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet, heated towel rail and tiled floor.

First floor

Bedroom 2: With zip and link kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
Bedroom 3: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet, heated towel rail and tiled floor.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack and doggy extras.


Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country). Kennels available. Fly fishing on-site. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a loch 500 yards away.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    22 miles
  • Distance
    22 miles
  • Restaurant
    22 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    22 miles
  • Railway station distance
    5.0 miles
  • Lake
    500 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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