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8 Achnabat

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Skerray near Bettyhill, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "I suspect that the wi-fi is not secure."

    the directions to get to the property are wrong; many of the people living in the area are in-comers so you need to find one of the locals to tell you where to find the property. I asked Sykes twice about directions but got no satisfactory answer

    Reviewed by Vic3.8Sep 2023

  • "It was a perfect stay for the whole family."

    The accomodation cannot be better and Scott is so friendly and helpful that we really felt at home and enjoyed the wonderful area. We hope he will let us stay again some other time. Best wishes! Doris, Tom, and family.

    Reviewed by Doris5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very comfy cottage with beautiful surroundings."

    However, the wifi was so slow. Bathtub needed to be fixed. The cottage location must be pin dropped on maps so it will be easy to locate the cottage.

    Reviewed by Ali3.4Jul 2023

  • "It's a shame that booking amazing places like this has to be through an intermediary that hikes the prices up and takes the lustre off the experience."

    Reviewed by Kenneth3.8Apr 2023

  • "A great secluded house with all the comforts you need."

    The large house is well equipped. It has a great central heating system and two log burners so we were toasty warm for our two week stay in mid January. The location is very remote with great walks straight from the front door. Craig the owner is extremely friendly and happily shares a wealth of local knowledge. The location map and details on the website are totally wrong and the house is more than a mile further north. The exact location of the house is at:- Grid Reference: NC 66394 62627 Google Maps: 58.531188, -4.296317 WHAT 3 Words: polices.bakers.outsize

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Jan 2023

  • "Excellent location for exploring the far north of Scotland, wonderful walks on the doorstep, with amazing beaches nearby; we spent 2 weeks here and would happily return."

    Property was fantastic for two of us, would be great for up to 4 (maybe 5) people. Easy to control effective central heating (needed on cooler windy June days), with an excellent electric shower in the downstairs wet room. Property very clean on arrival, and well equipped, we used oven, toaster, kettle, microwave, washing machine, and wifi, and all worked well. There is a slightly uneven 500m track to the house, but driven carefully our small car (with almost no ground clearance) made it fine. A few minor upgrades would makes this house perfect; pans a little tired and could do with a refresh; glasses a bit limited (we bought 4 and left them behind for the next visitors); in the almost-never-dark midsummer I'd have preferred blackout blinds or curtains upstairs. Nearby Borgie Lodge does good evening meals (book ahead); for coffee, visit the roadside cafe hut Coastal Coffee and Treats just beyond Bettyhill on NC500 towards Thurso. The nearby general store at Bettyhill (15 mins drive) has all the basics + fuel, but for a larger supermarket you'll need to drive for over an hour to Thurso (Co-op and Tesco) or Wick (Aldi, Co-op, Tesco Superstore). Many local roads (including A roads) are single track with passing places so getting places takes longer but views are amazing.

    Reviewed by Ellie4.7Jun 2022

  • "Unfortunately the property was poorly cleaned on arrival and despite the owner apologising there was no offer to have another clean carried out during our stay."

    We discovered the oven didn't work and despite reporting it received no response from the owner so therefore had to waste food that had been bought to be baked. There was a paltry selection of glasses - not even enough for three people never mind five! The clothes airer was broken. We had been sent details for the TV and heating but there were no instructions for anything else and no visitor information pack like we have had in every one of dozens of other properties we have stayed at. The location is amazing and we will be back to the area, but not to stay here.

    Reviewed by Richard2.2May 2022

  • "Very lovely welcome from owner, and great instructions sent before arrival on how to find property."

    Fantastic location and wonderful cottage to stay in, with all the facilities you would need. Would definitely recommend and return again in the future.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Oct 2021

  • "Amazing cottage with such a beautiful views."

    Excellent location for exploring the north of Scotland. The owner was superb and made us feel extremely welcome. Would love to return one day! Would highly recommend. We were absolutely delighted with this property.

    Reviewed by Lukas4.7Aug 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size and 1 x ground-floor single
  • Ground-floor wet room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with 2 x woodburning stoves
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with patio, lawned area and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles, pub 8.3 miles

The property

Bettyhill 8.3 miles.

Tucked away in the Scottish Highlands in the quaint hamlet of Skerray, near Bettyhill is this delightfully rustic detached cottage.

Boasting exceptional views of the surrounding hills and countryside, alongside being within easy reach of nature activities and Skerray Bay Beach, this is a charming setting for a group of five who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Ample off-road parking for four vehicles greets you on arrival, take a moment to pause and relish your panoramic vista of the Highlands's countryside.

Hang your coats up in the porch before stepping into a pleasant sitting room, unwind on the leather seating as you put on a family-favourite on the Smart TV; switch on the woodburning stove for extra warmth!

For more space to relax, progress through to the lovely living/dining room for more seating to stretch out on whilst the fire crackles away in the background.

The welcoming kitchen is well-equipped for your culinary needs, rustle up a home-cooked favourite with its array of appliances before enjoying them with your group at the dining table next door.

As the day draws to a close, find a single room downstairs with an easily accessible wet room that is ideal for those with limited mobility; before heading upstairs to find two tastefully decorated king-sizes with plenty of storage for your belongings.

Additionally, on the first floor you will discover a bathroom where bath awaits you for a well-deserved soak after a day of exploring.

Outside is the highlight of the property, enjoy an alfresco coffee on the patio as you savour the fantastic views of the hills backing the property.

For your amenities, stop in the local post office shop before travelling to the coastal village of Bettyhill and enjoying tasty dishes with a pint at the Farr Bay Inn, tour the fascinating Strathnaver Museum, before basking in the sun at the nearby Farr Beach.

For things to do without travelling far, visit the close-by Skerray Bay Beach and sail to Neave Island, hike up Alt Horrisdale, or spot the wildlife during a wander through Borgie Forest.

Travel west to the village of Tongue and trek to the ruins of Castle Varrich, before marvelling at the sights from the Kyle of Tongue Causeway.

If you're looking for more to do, be sure to travel to the fishing township of Talmine and its Bay, before heading to Thurso and stopping at Borve Castle and Puffin Cove along the way.

For a getaway to the Highlands in a peaceful location, choose 8 Achnabat.

EPC Rating: Band E

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About the location


Tongue 13 miles; Thurso 30 miles.

Bettyhill is a friendly highland village on the north coast some 13 miles from Tongue and 30 miles from Thurso, the main town serving this part of Scotland. The special attraction here is the stunning Torrisdale Bay situated to the west of Bettyhill which boasts a mile long beach of fabulous golden sands. The village has good facilities for locals and visitors such as a general store and a post office along with a museum and tourist information centre and a leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi and sauna. The area has always been popular with fishermen who enjoy trout fishing in the lochs around the area and the wildlife and rugged landscape captivate visitors time and time again.