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Paye House

Cromarty, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1060411)


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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • “Delighted to see on my 2nd visit this year that the garden had been tidied up and shrubs clipped.”

    Disappointed however that there is still no outdoor seating provided.

    Disappointed however that there is still no outdoor seating provided.

    - Mr Grieve, September 2021

Hugh Miller's Cottages

Situated within the Fishertown area of Cromarty is this pair of traditional cottages. Resting next to Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage and Museum, a fantastic National Trust for Scotland property boasting an incredible display of the self-taught Scottish geologist and writer’s fossils, tools and manuscripts, as well as the attractive Garden of Wonders. Both cottages are steeped in history, offering a quaint base for a family escape to this incredible corner of the Scottish Highlands. Resting within walking distance of the properties, you will be greeted by The Cromarty Arms inn and pub, a family-run business where you can delight in a night away from the kitchen as you indulge in a heart-warming meal accompanied by a rewarding beverage, the perfect stop for after a day of walking the incredible coastline. The town of Cromarty itself is home to several shops for you to stock up on essentials, as well as sandy beaches such as Rosemarkie Beach, which has beautiful beach caves to explore, or take a brisk autumn walk and find Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins and bird colonies of international importance throughout this scenic area. Discover superb natural attractions, including the ‘Hundred Steps’ to South Sutor; the rugged rocks found along Cromarty Firth, once believed to be the workbenches of two giant shoemakers; and the National Trust for Scotland site of Culloden, where you can delve into the stories behind the Jacobite Risings and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil. Cromarty lies on the incredible North Coast 500 route, an epic road trip spanning over 500 miles around the spectacular Scottish coast, providing a perfect way to explore whether completing the full route or just a smaller section, with Hugh Miller’s Cottages making the perfect pit stop. Further afield is the vibrant city of Inverness, known as the capital of the Highlands, where you can explore the famous Loch Ness, spend a day at the Victorian Market or Eastgate Shopping Centre, or enjoy an evening of fine dining at one of the many restaurants and bars. Choose these historic holiday cottages as your resting base for an exciting trip with your loved ones, in ideal reach of the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.

About the property

Resting in the heart of Cromarty's vibrant town centre is Paye House, an 18th century cottage settled in an idyllic position behind the historic National Trust for Scotland’s Hugh Miller's Cottage.

This traditional dwelling offers everything you could need for a self-catered stay, ideal for a family of six or group of friends looking to explore the Scottish Highlands.

The cottage itself is steeped in history; originally owned by the keeper of the County Gaol, it has also served as a general store, chip shop, doctors’ surgery and a depot for antique toys throughout its life.

Settle in for an evening next to the roaring open fire in the welcoming sitting room, a lovely space to enjoy a cup of tea with your loved ones as the TV entertains you, with hues of blue that are a nod towards your desirable coastal location.

Prepare a lovingly made meal in the kitchen/diner, a well-equipped space with an impressive range of appliances including a large Rayburn cooker, perfect for the chef of the group to create their best culinary delights.

Use the formal dining space to catch up with your loved ones over a bottle of wine, or make use of the separate study area and delve into a good book.

Withdraw upstairs and take your pick from one of three beautifully decorated bedrooms, comprising two doubles and a twin, all with ample storage in the form of wooden wardrobes and dressers.

Make use of the spacious bathroom, sinking into a hot bubble bath, or choosing to take a refreshing morning rinse under the overhead shower, before grabbing a toasty towel from the heated rail.

This cottage boasts access to a private patio area; find this space up several stone steps and enjoy a tranquil corner where you can collect your thoughts in this peaceful setting.

Choose Paye House for an unforgettable retreat to Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1060409, together sleeping eight people.


  • Three bedrooms: 2 x doubles, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room/study
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil-fired central heating
  • Range cooker, electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, WiFi, radio and payphone
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Roadside parking
  • Garden with patio
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: We regret mobile reception is very unpredictable in this area and therefore we have provided a payphone in Paye House
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture or in the formal garden open to the public, you may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

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About the location


Inverness 23 miles.

Cromarty, poised on the tip of the Black Isle at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth, is the Highlands' best preserved historic town. It is a jewel, rich in history, folklore, striking architecture, and offers grand views of seven counties from the headland above it. But Cromarty is more than just an 18th century town. For modern travellers and holidaymakers it provides a wealth of attractions: sandy beaches, unusual architecture, Bottlenose Dolphins, eating places, a multi-award winning museum, beautiful countryside, wildlife, and bird reserves of international importance, to name but a few. Being only a 30 minute drive from Inverness, the 'Capital of the Highlands', Cromarty combines the advantages of its convenience as a base from which to travel throughout the Highlands, with an apparent detachment from the mainstream tourist routes, giving the best of both worlds.

Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture or in the formal garden

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas