Torran ref: UK12625

Near Halkirk, Thurso, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Open Fire 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes of lochs, distant hills and open moorland, Torran is the ultimate cottage hideaway. Accessed via two miles of well-maintained tracks leading into the hills and directly to the cottage and with no other properties in sight, Torran provides total peace and seclusion in a stunning setting.

This gem of a cottage has been lovingly furnished by the current owner, who farms thousands of acres of the historic flow country in the heart of Caithness. Whilst superbly modernised throughout, the cottage retains its original features, including wonderful flagstone flooring in the main living room, deep-silled windows set into thick stone walls, and a large wood burner for cosy evenings. The high ceilings ensure that it is light and airy, while much of the woodwork throughout has been hand-crafted by a local craftsman, adding to its unique charm and ambience. There is a deep leather suite in the living room set around the fireplace. The kitchen/dining room is bright and modern, with built-in units and appliances. There are two double bedrooms at at the far end of the cottage, with a large family bathroom. The views from the cottage and gardens are unbelievable. Panoramic vistas look east to Morven and the Scarabens, south to Ben Klibreck and west to distant views of Ben Loyal and Ben Hope. The gardens surrounding the cottage are a real delight, with a walled garden and large grassed area at the back, making an ideal spot for pets and children.

The surrounding area is an outdoor and nature lover’s paradise. With no noise from traffic and no lights to be seen, it is completely undisturbed and secluded. There are numerous grassy tracks in the thousands of acres surrounding Torran, where deer roam and birdlife abounds, including rare scooter duck on the nearby loch and osprey nesting in the adjoining hills. An RSPB nature reserve is close by. This will appeal to walkers, cyclists and anyone looking for the ultimate get away.

Visitors can fish the surrounding lochs and river for salmon and trout by prior arrangement with the owner (at cost). The nearby village of Halkirk, just 6 miles away, has a good selection of facilities, including a thriving pub with meals, local store and other amenities. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

2 steps to entrance.
All on the ground floor.
Porch: With storage for coats and boots.
Living room: With open fire, 46" Freeview TV, DVD player and flagstone floor.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

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Fourth floor


Economy 7 central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and fuel for open fire included. Welcome pack.


Large enclosed, lawned garden with garden furniture. Walled cottage gardens. Fishing available by arrangement with owner (at cost). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    6 miles
  • Distance
    14 miles
  • Restaurant
    6 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    6 miles
  • Railway station distance
    4.0 miles
  • Lake
    500 yards (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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