There is a superb walk direct from the cottage across the river Strathy to the wonderful sweeping sands of Strathy Bay. This unbelievably spectacular beach is never busy and with rock pools, caves in the rocks and the beautiful river alongside, it is ideal for secluded sunbathing, picnic and a host of water sports. Fishing off the rocks and in the local rivers and lochs is also a popular pastime. The area is a paradise for surfers, body boarders and beach lovers generally, yet even in the height of the summer there will only be a handful of people enjoying this amazing location. It is also a wild life watcher’s paradise. Whales, basking sharks, porpoises, seal and otters are all seen in the area. There is also a colony of puffins at nearby Melvich which can be seen in the Spring and early Summer and at Forsinard there is an RSPB nature reserve, where local rangers will take visitors to explore the bird life, flora and fauna close to hand. The pretty villages along this stretch of coastline also have good local facilities including pubs and restaurants - Strathy Inn is just a 5 minute walk from the cottage. Golf, canoeing, cycling, hill walking, climbing and horse riding are all available locally. The local riding school at Bettyhill offers superb hacking across the sands - a wonderful experience for horse lovers.