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Bonar Bridge, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Immaculately presented and the perfect base from which to explore the region."

    We will be re-visiting the area next year and will certainly check out Glaven first.

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2023

  • "Dear Mrs Donald!"

    We are awefully sorry and ashamed because of the garbage. We realized too late the time of the collection of the bins. Please, excuse us, we are not careless or negligent, simply inattentive. Sincerely yours Imre Haratik and his friends

    Reviewed by Imre5.0Feb 2023

  • "The master bedroom bed was creaky, and the frame made it difficult to get out of the bed."

    The access road is both steep and pot-holed and could cause problems if you have a low-slung vehicle.

    Reviewed by Guy4.7Sep 2022

  • "Glaven is a brill property, nicely located, and very well maintained."

    We'd stay there again for sure if/when we're up in the NE again, maybe come autumn or winter. One small thing: there were no oven shelves, so we couldn't use the grill. A very small and unimportant detail. Bonar Bridge is suffering from a lack of facilities, with the two hotels long closed, and the cafe and bistro only doing takeaways part of the week. However, the Crannag Bistro takeway is magnificent, with a varied and professionally-prepared menu on Thu-Sat, so I'd recommend looking that up. The food was 1st class, and the bistro was a highlight of the stay. There is a Spar in the village which is essential for, well, essentials, else the nearest place for groceries is Lairg.

    Reviewed by Fred4.7Jun 2022

  • "In general we found the property offered what we expected."

    The plus points were: it had lots of space, was well equipped, had fabulous views and it was nice and warm on cool days. It was a pity that the games room was unavailable. The couple who slept in the double room found the mattress to be very soft and slept poorly as a result. The shower in the bathroom did not hold it's position which was a problem, despite providing plenty of hot water. Despite the minor points above we had an enjoyable time and would be happy to book again.

    Reviewed by John4.1Sep 2021

  • "A little notice to inform you to beware of how hot the water is in the bathroom, might be a good idea."

    Otherwise it was beautiful

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7Sep 2021

  • "The best self catering property we have ever stayed in!"

    Clean, quiet, spacious, well-equipped, fabulous views. We look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Sep 2021

  • "You can see Osprey and Red Kites on a daily basis from the living room, which is fantastic."

    Reviewed by Calummurdo5.0Aug 2021

  • "The pictures don't do it justice."

    It has a wonderful setting just on the edge of Bonar Bridge, overlooking the Dornoch Firth / Kyle of Sutherland. Loads of room, lots of space outside in the garden / patio. Piano. Smart TV. Kitchen very spacious and well appointed - lots of utensils, plates and glasses etc. Dishwasher, fridge, separate freezer, washing machine. Three WCs, bath and shower over, and en suite shower. Walls a little thin but nothing too bad. Nice and secluded, views stunning. Bonar Bridge is a little uninspiring - Spar is fine if limited, nice butcher. That's about it. Not even sure the pub was open but not overly enticing. Tain, Dornoch all within easy reach. Lots of lovely places to visit not far away - Brora beach is gorgeous. Dornoch town is pretty. Distilleries - Glenmorangie and Clynelish within easy reach. Would happily stay here again.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Jul 2021

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Glaven so we knew what to expect - spacious, great views and very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2021

  • "Glaven was a super holiday home."

    It was spacious, warm, comfortable, clean and well equipped. It was also situated in a quiet place with views from the property all making for a relaxing holiday. We have used Scottish holiday homes for some time now and Glaven was up there with the very best! Our holidays are spent actively exploring the local outdoors and we find having a comfortable holiday home to return to after our strenuous days the best combination. The local area is beautiful and interesting with much to see and do.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2020

  • "The holiday cottage had a games room and we weren't told in advance that we wouldn't have access to it."

    Very disappointed. Also pillows need replacing as all stained.

    Reviewed by Kevin3.4Aug 2020

  • "Lovely views which change often."

    Nice cosy wood burning stove. Very quiet and peaceful. Well furnished and lots of equipment in the kitchen, lots of information about the area available.

    Reviewed by A Wj5.0Oct 2019

  • "The tv would be better in the lounge not in the small sitting room we as a party of four were ok ."

    The bed in the bedroom with the ensuite is low to the ground for someone with a disability that requires the use of the shower for access .The property is in a very nice area to walk and drive and down the road is a very nice bistro .We all enjoyed our time there and are looking to returning .

    Reviewed by Allan4.7Sep 2019

  • "A wonderful quiet, relaxing holiday in the Highlands."

    Cottage was much more spacious than expected, facilities were top rate and views from the property were stunning. A great base to explore the countryside and local attractions from. We had a great time playing games of an evening and only watched the TV to catch the weather reports. Overall, we would definitely recommend this cottage for anyone wishing to have a quiet Highland fling.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful bungalow with lovely views over the lake and furniture and fittings were delightful."

    The only negatives were with lack of cleaning in some areas. Had a problem with emptying the bath as when full of water the plug would not release - contacted number of cleaners in folder about problem but although told to twist the chrome disc this did not work. It did however release when only a quarter filled with water. Phone signal only worked from bedrooms or outside and the same with own WIFI connection (no WIFI of their own). Was well equipped in kitchen although no plastic tumbler's, plates etc for children. Also a baking tray, microwave splatter guard and a washing up bowl (don't use a dish washer) would have been useful. Beds were really comfortable and clean. Freezer drawers really dirty as was a drawer under the hob which was really greasy inside and the kitchen sink waste plugs need a deep clean underneath.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.7May 2019

  • "The Glaven is a stunning bungalow to stay at, with breath taking views."

    Well fitted out and furnished, great large kitchen and dinning area. lots and lots of space to relax and chill out. The television is in a very small room with a very uncomfortable couch at the side of the bungalow, not in the large room with double patio windows, so for a large family, it's a downer. The other thing that needs to be pointed out is, the drive to the Glaven is very steep and very uneven, so if your disabled or have a disability, going for a walk or using a mobility scooter would be impossible, your also expected to take the rubbish bin down there on a Wednesday for collection, you then need to bring it back up. The games room, well it's not as you would expect a games room to be, it's just a dusty double garage used for storage. Apart from them few complaints, it is a beautiful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Tim4.7May 2019

  • "Nothing negative at all."

    .....property ideal and would book again.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0May 2019

  • "We give Glaven a top recommendation."

    Glaven is a lovely, spacious house, set back from the road, with stunning views to the south across the Dornoch Firth. At the house, there were endless opportunities to relax and be entertained; dawn light on the water, ospreys hovering for their prey and a multitude of other birds, through to spectacular sunsets over the Kyle of Sutherland. The accommodation and facilities were as described (and better) although I do think that Wi-Fi is essential nowadays, especially when mobile coverage is so patchy in the area. The village can meet all of your basic needs with a special mention for Crannag Bistro, truly exceptional food and Ardgay Game for venison and more. Lots to do in the area as well; outdoors, golf, history and heritage are all to the fore. Handy for the North Coast 500 as well!

    Reviewed by Gus5.0Sep 2018

  • "Glaven is an exceptionally comfortable & bright holiday house."

    It has really lovely views from especially the kitchen-dining room and the lounge of the westmost end of the Dornoch Firth & of mountains & skies. This is what made our holiday there so memorable.

    Reviewed by Joan4.4Aug 2018

  • "Everything about Glaven cottage was absolutely superb, views and location were stunning, even the weather was great!"

    !! The cottage itself was immaculate, lovely big kitchen, great lounges and 3 double beds. When I go on holiday I like to look online to see local events, places to visit, the only thing that let the cottage down(in my opinion, some people see it as a plus) was no WiFi or 4G. Overall though we loved it, Gordon & Karen Fellows

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0May 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with log burner
  • Snug
  • Oil central heating supplemented by solar panels for electric and a log burner
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, oven, grill, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs, 1 Smart TV with FreeSat and 1 TV with DVD player, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for log burner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Rear garden approx 1/3 of an acre, with patio areas and furniture
  • Sorry no pets & no smoking
  • Shop, pub and cafe 2 mins walk
  • Note: Recreational ground below the property is very rough, therefore care to be taken

The property

This detached cottage takes an elevated position on the edge of Bonar Bridge, with views overlooking the Dornoch Firth and Ardgay beyond.

Perfect for families, friends, or a group of travellers, bring everyone along to experience all that this location has to offer.

Upon entering you will arrive at a cloakroom, as well as a snug room, perfect for cosying up and reading a book in the peace and quiet.

The utility area lies close by and the garage is your own little escape for some family time playing pool, or a game of table football.

Relax in the sitting room which is home to a log burner and comfortable sofas, where you can chill out in the warmth and admire the calming views.

For more of this, you can prepare those home-cooked meals in the well-equipped kitchen/diner, before wandering out through the French doors to the patio area.

A family bathroom also lies on the ground floor and has been completed to a high standard with a shower over the bath.

Choose from three bedrooms for a good nights sleep, including a king-size with en-suite, also boasting a walk-in wardrobe and beautiful views to the front of the cottage.

A double and twin room are equally as stylish, should you want a change of scenery.

Outside, mature shrubs, with wildflower and orchard slope down to the main road and you can enjoy some 'me time' on the patio area.

Bonar Bridge is ideally placed to explore this region of Scotland and the Royal Burgh of Dornoch with its beaches and famous golf course is close at hand.

The Falls Of Shin visitor centre with its waterfall, viewing platform, salmon leap, forest walks and restaurant is only a short drive away.

EPC Rating: Band B

EPC Rating: Band C

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-00217-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Dornoch 13 miles; Inverness 37 miles.

Bonar Bridge sits on an ancient fording point across the estuary that leads into the Dornoch Firth and dates from pre-historic times. Originally a ferry crossing and a fording point for cattle drovers, the first bridge was engineered by Thomas Telford and completed in 1812. Nearby historic Croick Church witnessed the Highland Clearances in the mid nineteenth century and messages scratched onto the windows of the church at the time are still visible today. Bonar Bridge is ideally placed to explore this region of Scotland. The Royal Burgh of Dornoch with its beaches and famous golf course is close at hand. The Falls Of Shin visitor centre with its waterfall, viewing platform, salmon leap, forest walks and restaurant is a half an hour’s drive. Salmon fishing and deer stalking are available locally and there is a spectacular range of flora and fauna to enjoy including buzzards, osprey, grey seals and golden eagles nearby.

Please note - No tradesmen/ worker bookings allowed in property.