The Schoolhouse ref: UK12800

Dalhalavaig, near Melvich, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Open Fire 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • School Conversions 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Unique Cottages 


The Schoolhouse is a unique property. Built in 1856 by The Duke of Sutherland as a free church school for the local crofting children, it has been masterfully converted and renovated to a very high standard. The building was originally split between the school on the north side and the teacher’s house on the south side. The owner has cleverly linked the two properties together creating a good flow between rooms. Upon arrival at The Schoolhouse in Dalhalavaig, you are immediately impressed with its size and elevated position from the small Highland road. The gardens are huge, and there is parking for more than five cars.

Entrance to the property is via the side door by the parking area. The old doorway leads through a boot, drying and utility area and into the main school room with vaulted ceiling. It’s incredible and has a real wow factor. The old school room has fixtures and fittings from when it was actually a school, and interestingly the owner went to this school and was the last pupil before it closed, so there is a lot of personal history here to hear about too. The renovation is stunning and incorporates the original fixtures, fittings and features brilliantly. The room has a games area at the point that you enter, in the centre of the room there is a large wood burner with seating around it and then at the opposite end there is a master double bedroom area that can be curtained off.

From the centre of the school room there are two staircases. One leads to a galleried area above the games area, where there is a large flatscreen TV and seating area. The other staircase leads to bedrooms and a brilliant family bathroom. The double bedroom has a small door in the corner of the room that leads through to a twin bedroom, and this room has a door that leads through to one the staircases mentioned in the school room.

Beyond the school room, and through the master double bedroom area, there is a door that the owner created to connect the school with the attached teacher’s cottage. Through this door and into what was the cottage you enter a living room with an open fire. The kitchen has many unique and amazing features, including a very impressive and large wooden breakfast bar/counter top. The kitchen links to a well-designed sun room with dining area. This room has great views across the garden and to the hills. From the kitchen there is also another door leading to a staircase up to the first floor.

By staying here you are also getting the opportunity to explore an area unsurpassed by another across Scotland and possibly Europe. The county of Sutherland across the north and west of mainland Scotland offers space and tranquillity found almost nowhere else. It is one of the most sparsely populated landscapes in Europe. The walking and cycling opportunities are endless, but what really separates this area is the star gazing opportunities because of how dark it is (few people living in the area), as well as the game fishing and bird watching at local RSPB Forsinard. The North Coast 500 is a few miles away from The Schoolhouse so visitors can spend time exploring the wider area, or use this as a stop-off and pause whilst making the epic journey round Scotland. Beach 6½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 6½ miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

2 steps to entrance.
Living room:
With open fire and 40" Freeview TV.
Snug: With wood burner, pool table, super kingsize bed (can be curtained off), wooden floor and vaulted ceiling.
Dining/sun room: With tiled floor and French door leading to garden.
Kitchen: Farmhouse style with breakfast bar, electric range, microwave, SMEG fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
2 sets of open-tread stairs to...

First floor

1st set of stairs to...
Sitting area: Galleried with 42" Freeview TV, Xbox 360, Wii and double sofa bed.
2nd set of stairs to...
Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds (can be also be accessed via bedroom 1).
Bathroom: With freestanding bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire and wood burner included (winter only). Travel cot available on request. Welcome pack.


1-acre, enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    6.5 miles
  • Distance
    28 miles
  • Restaurant
    6.5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    6.5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    8.0 miles
  • Lake
    3 miles (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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