Vindolanda ref: UK13275

Fearnbeg, near Applecross, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Sea View 
  • Open Fire 
  • Romantic Getaways 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Vindolanda is a charming, characterful holiday cottage perfect for a family, two couples or just one couple. It’s set within a tiny hamlet of a few croft houses called Fearnbeg, only a few steps away from its own sandy cove, which is perfect for children to explore. The aspect of Vindolanda in Fearnbeg is outstanding. From almost every room you look out across Loch Torridon to the mountains, often snowcapped throughout the year. We’re not exaggerating when we say the view out of the window is like a moving painting. The little track down to the cottage is perfectly fine to drive down, and there’s parking just out the front. A set of stairs lead up to the front door through a small enclosed garden. Entering Vindolanda you are immediately struck with the space and abundance of natural light pouring in from the sea loch side. The taste and finish of the property is also very pleasing.
From the entrance hallway you get the feeling of symmetry with two very similar sized room either end of the cottage. To the right, the northern end, there is a very spacious and comfortable dining room that’s dual aspect and has an open fire. And to the left, the southern end there is a charming and comfortable living room, again with an open fire and dual aspect. Between these two lovely rooms is the farmhouse-style kitchen and the stairs leading to the first floor. The landing upstairs has a vaulted side, so acts as a mezzanine above the hallway on the ground floor. It’s a clever and pleasing feature because it adds so much light to the first floor. At either end of the house on the first floor there are double bedrooms, both with amazing and truly unrivalled views, and also both decorated in a complementary style. Between the rooms upstairs is a spacious family bathroom.
Vindolanda means ‘white lawns’ or ‘white fields’, and if you are visiting in winter, you’ll likely experience the beauty of a snow covering, and you won’t want to be anywhere else. You will spot dolphin, seal, porpoise, otter, golden and sea eagle, red deer and pine marten from the cottage. At night, when it’s clear, you’ll have experience some of the best star gazing in Europe. You can spend a whole week just being at the cottage, walking to the sandy cove, heading off on foot or bicycle to explore more of the coastline. It’s an explorers’ paradise.
With Applecross village just over 10 miles away, you have access to a fabulous inn, the famous walled garden restaurant as well as a shop and brilliant café. And the 10 mile journey to the village will be the slowest of your life, because there’s so much to stop and see, and explore en route. Plus also the free roaming Highland cattle that will no doubt stop you in your tracks. If you did want to go further afield though, Torridon is only 40 minutes away and Skye 90 minutes for a day trip. However, Applecross really is the Highlands location you’ve been dreaming about, so you don’t need to leave the peninsula. You’ll come for a week and want to stay forever. Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 13 miles.

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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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