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Pine Lodge

Wester Brae near Culbokie, Black Isle, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 933067)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Comfortable and well presented accomodation in a great location"

    Reviewed by MikeSep 2021

  • "Lovely location."

    Friendly neighbors. Great spot for the Highlands. Loch Ness down the road. Inverness, Culbokie & Dingwall just down the road for all your shopping needs. Need to do a bit of driving to appreciate some of the wonderful sites of the Highlands but well worth it.

    Reviewed by GordonAug 2021

  • "Lodge was beautifully clean and well equipped."

    The hosts were extremely helpful and recommended both excellent local walks and lots of suggestions for days out. Couldn’t have hoped for a better base for our family highland holiday.

    Reviewed by JackieAug 2021

  • "A great quiet location with all the facilities you could ask for very well equipped and cosy."

    A great location to explore the Highlands from loved watching the many variety of birds on the bird table especially the Woodpecker :-)

    Reviewed by BryanJul 2021

  • "Had booked to go last year but postponed because of Covid."

    Clear instructions sent by Alan & Helen on key pick up and how to work appliances etc. Two well sized bedrooms with comfortable beds / clean white bed linen. Shower was also great as plenty of hot water and pressure good. Really quiet location and can recommend the Culbokie Inn for a meal as went there on our last night and was delicious. Well worth waiting the extra year and would highly recommend. Thanks

    Reviewed by AlisonJul 2021

  • "I think the Sykes cleaning requirements, especially for the owners, are excessive."

    The virus is not passed by touching soft fabric, it hangs in the air. The cottage is in a lovely position, the owners are caring and welcoming, but the price for a week’s stay in what is pretty basic accommodation is too high, taking advantage no doubt of people needing to staycation. We have all had a tough time in this pandemic. Overcharging like this is cynical, I assume Sykes suggests the pricing. Sykes appears to look after it’s customers, but doesn’t seem to read the feedback, in my experience.

    Reviewed by EileenJul 2021

  • "Very beautiful location pine lodge everything perfect really enjoyed our stay"

    Reviewed by AlexanderJul 2021

  • "I was wanting a quiet holiday just after losing my wife, this place fitted the bill, good base for seeing sites of Scotland."

    Reviewed by BrianJun 2021

  • "Fantastic setting surrounded by countryside."

    Vast array of wildlife. Good central location but can only travel around by car. Roads not walking friendly! Lodge was perfect. Only one recommendation: Outside needs tidying up and a fresh coat of paint. For example the grass had been cut but loose cuttings everywhere which ended up in doors. No weeding had been done either. Outside bench needs replacing. Overall it just looked a but tired but in no way ruined our fabulous stay. Will definitely be back

    Reviewed by SylviaMay 2021

  • "The view and the peace and quiet are superb."

    Just looking out of the windows at the landscape (and the bird feeder) is a great pleasure. Pine Lodge is very well-equipped and instructions for guests are well-presented and clear. The Lodge is well-positioned - it feels very private, and yet it’s very easy to get to some great places.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "A very peaceful location of the edge of the forest - perfect for what we wanted."

    Reviewed by LorraineSep 2020

  • "Tea, coffee, washing up liquid, tea towels , fruit juice and milk all left for us in kitchen."

    Unexpected, but lovely.

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2020

  • "A beautiful place, peace and quiet you can rest and relax."

    The house is very well equipped, hassle-free contact with owners. A perfect starting point for further trips and exploring Scotland. I highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by WioletaAug 2020

  • "This chalet is in an idyllic location with amazing views."

    It’s really peaceful and you can even hear yourself think!! There’s an abundance of wildlife right outside the door Inside there’s everything you could possibly need. The owners have obviously thought carefully about how to make the chalet somewhere you can be really comfortable and warm. It’s a great place to use as a base for exploring the surrounding area and you can easily travel down as far as Loch Ness if you want to leave the beautiful ‘Black Isle’ We loved it and recommend it highly.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJul 2020

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    We felt welcome. There was some trouble with a leak in the roof, but everything has been perfect taken care of.

    Reviewed by AlbertJan 2020

  • "Hand.tied bouquet for greeting was great, collection of DVDs and games exceeded our expertations"

    Reviewed by RalphJul 2019

  • "Pine Lodge is in a very good location with wonderful views over mountains in the distance and a partial view of Cromarty Firth."

    The Black Isle is in an interesting part of the country to explore as well as being a good base for day trips further up the North-east coast of Scotland, or to the East coast. The cottage was well equipped and peaceful with walks available in forests to the rear. Excellent beaches are within easy reach.

    Reviewed by DylanJun 2019

  • "Pine Lodge is set in beautiful scenic Black Isle, and the views from the cottage were incredible come rain or shine."

    It was a perfect place to relax or go on walks from. The owners also went above and beyond to make sure our stay was cozy and welcoming.

    Reviewed by JacobJun 2019

  • "Great host and great location"

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2019

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the week in this lovely cottage."

    Warm welcome from the owner. Cottage spotlessly clean and very well equipped.

    Reviewed by JeanApr 2019

  • "A lovely and well equipped cottage with stunning views over the Cromarty Firth."

    Excellent walks in the forest behind the cottage. You feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by AlbertFeb 2019

  • "Sykes Cottages is the place to go if you want a place to stay in Scotland."

    Pine Lodge is all it said it would be. Very nice

    Reviewed by RickyAug 2018

  • "This is a lovely lodge in a spectacular place."

    Secluded, but with views. The owners are on site and particularly helpful and friendly, without being obtrusive. We walked, kayaked and cycled for a week and could have continued for another week. There is so much to d here.The bird and sea life is quite special and worthy of attention; as are the woods close to the accommodation where you can see see deer, red squirrel and tree finches (not to mention the other varied bird life). The lodge abounds in guide books, information and maps relating to all sorts of activities in the vicinity - visiting Culloden, walking up Glen Affric, cycling to Cromarty and over to Nigg and any number of local walks. The lodge provides a perfect place to just chill out with beautiful views. Definitely somewhere one would want to return.

    Reviewed by RachelJul 2018

  • "Fantastic lodge ,views and area was perfect for a peacefull holiday ."

    Wild life was great ,and walking was great as well .good restuarants in the area.good place to tour around

    Reviewed by HerbertSep 2017

  • "Beautiful wee cottage in an idyllic location."

    One of the best equipped places we have stayed.

    Reviewed by SandraAug 2017

  • "Pine Lodge is in a beautiful location with stunning views from the living room towards Ben Wyvis and across the Cromarty Firth."

    The lodge is very well equipped and maintained and was spotlessly clean on arrival. The owners, Alan and Helen, were very friendly and extremely helpful. With easy access to beautiful countryside and interesting places, and with lots to see and do, we had a great holiday. Recommended things to do/places to see are, firstly, dolphins at Chanonry Point, then Rosemarkie (beach and fairy glen), Fortrose (café and cathedral), Munlochy (Black Isle Brewery and tour), Dingwall, Inverness, and Loch Ness (especially Dores). Taking all this into account, I would say this represents really good value for money and would recommend staying at Pine Lodge to anybody.

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2017

  • "An excellent cottage that is centrally located."

    Facilities are clean and comfortable. Large windows in the lounge room make for a relaxing time. The owners are welcoming, friendly and genuinely helpful.

    Reviewed by GraemeJun 2016

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The property

Culbokie 5 miles.

This lovely, detached, chalet-style lodge is situated beside the peaceful haven of the Millbuie Forest on the Wester Brae Highland Lodge site, close to the village of Culbokie, Ross and Cromarty, Highland.

With widespread views across the Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth, Ben Wyvis and the mountains beyond, this attractive lodge is ideal for a couple, a family group or group of friends who want to explore this beautiful area and soak up the peace and tranquillity that it has to offer.

Presented to a high standard, there are two well-proportioned bedrooms, a double and a twin.

The well-equipped kitchen has a spacious dining area and guests can enjoy home cooking after an active day out.

The sitting room has a real wow factor with floor-to-ceiling windows from which there are spectacular views to be enjoyed from the comfort of your sofa!

On warmer days, the garden seating provides a fabulous spot for a quiet read or drink.

If you find it difficult to leave the comfort of this wonderful retreat, then just a few steps away is the forest, rich with wildlife, which is ideal for walkers, cyclist and nature lovers.

The area has much to offer and the village of Culbokie is very close by, with its friendly pub and shop.

However, the Black Isle boasts many pretty seaside villages and a walk along the beach in nearby Rosemarkie will almost guarantee sightings of the famous Moray Firth dolphins as they leap by!

Perhaps visit nearby Cromarty, an 18th century fishing port and renowned for being the best preserved village in the Highlands.

From here you can take a high-speed boat to see the dolphins and other wildlife at close quarter but remember to book first!

A fabulous area with so much to do, a great holiday home to enjoy and the whole Northern Highlands and Cairngorms at your feet to explore.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot bed/travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car with additional space for 1 car nearby
  • Front and rear lawned garden with furniture set in secluded parkland-style grounds
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 miles
  • Note: There are 6 paving steps up to front door and 3 internal steps in hallway
  • Note: As from the 10/06/2019 this property will only sleep 4

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About the location


Dingwall 6 miles; Inverness 12 miles; Cromarty 15 miles.

The small village of Culbokie sits in a pretty location on the north side of the Black Isle peninsula surrounded by the Moray and Cromarty firths, made up of a mixture nice new houses that complement the traditional stone cottages. This quiet village boasts lovely views over the Cromarty Firth and has one main street with a convenient village shop and a local inn providing hearty pub grub. For enhanced shopping facilities and a choice of good tea shops and restaurants perfect after a bracing country or coastal walk, take a pleasant drive to Cromarty, Rosemarkie or the attractive market town of Dingwall, the county town of Ross-shire. This area has world-class golf courses, excellent local distilleries and great scenery offering wonderful walking and cycling opportunities. There are many wonderful places to visit nearby from the mountain ranges of Glen Affric, to the spectacular lochs, and stunning coastline.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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