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The Auld Kirk

(Ref. 917388)

Trantlebeg near Melvich, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "We found the term "ground floor king size double" slightly misleading as the bed wasn't as big as our king size at home however we easily worked around that and everything else was fabulous."

    To reach it from the South we had a 34mile drive up the A897 (single track with passing places) through some amazing scenery. The cottage is very isolated with stunning views and often visited by deer. It is ideally located for seeing the North coast (just don't expect decent roads) We would certainly return if we venture that far North again. The owners are very friendly and welcoming and the Auld Kirk a wonderful base.

    Reviewed by Roy4.7May 2024

  • "Wonderful and cosy, comfortable space to explore the northern coast and Orkney."

    Fascinating area and it was so lovely to come back to the Auld Kirk after a busy day. A perfect space for the family to be together.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lovely, well equipped and very clean property, you could not want for anything more in the Auld Kirk."

    Located in a beautiful area surrounded by amazing scenery in a very tranquil and peaceful spot. This is an ideal location for tranquility, relaxing and recharging your inner self. It was so good, we've booked to go back again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "The Auld Kirk is spacious and uncluttered but still has a warm comfortable homely feel as soon as you walk in."

    The house is spotlessly clean and the kitchen has everything you could possibly need for your self catering holiday. The only problem we had was finding the Wi-Fi password but we laughed when Ronnie pointed to it on the base of the router. Owners Janette and Ronnie were absolutely lovely and we look forward to seeing them again when we come back to The Auld Kirk at "Trantlebeg" xx

    Thank you Cynthia for your kind remarks we will look forward to you coming back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cynthia5.0Sep 2023

  • "The Auld Kirk was a lot bigger on the inside than it looked from the outside."

    All the rooms were very spacious , comfortable & very clean.There was everything & more you needed for a great holiday. In the family bathroom in the shower there's somewhere to put your shower gel , shampoo & conditioner so you don't have to put them on the floor , this would be a great in the en-suite rooms as well.

    Thank you for your kind remarks..Have thought about shampoo holders etc but didn’t action it but will do so for next session -thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2023

  • "Overall lovely time and lovely property."

    Our only criticism is when we arrived we could not make or have a meal because there was no cutlery ie: no knives, forks, spoons this was very disappointing as we were not informed of this and could have brought our own.also we saw no information on how to use the heating as some nights were cold for our 1 year old grandson.

    So sorry you did not find the cutlery which was below the hob -a drawer within the top drawer and easily accessible. I would have been very happy to have sorted all your queries if you had phoned me .Meantime thank you for choosing the property and taking the time to make a review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Aug 2023

  • "Great rental, good location for sightseeing."

    Auld Kirk comfortable, everything you need is supplied, highly recommend.

    Thank for your comments.Glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maria4.4Aug 2023

  • "Beautifully restored property in a great location, especially as we were fishing River Halladale for the week."

    Only caveat relates go fishing ... as fishing let's run to Saturday midnight, a Sunday to Sunday cottage let is much preferable. Owner might consider this as many anglers come to Strath every season April to September, and having to exit cottage Saturday morning definite detriment. I will probably rent again as property so fine, and location mid- river excellent, but Sunday let would be icing on cake!

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Jul 2023

  • "The cottage had every facility you could need, very well-equipped, with special mention to the extremely comfortable mattresses and bedding."

    The nearby village of Melvich has two pubs with excellent food, and the village shop is well-stocked. Within fairly easy reach of beaches and other walks.

    Thank you for your kind comments.Glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Jul 2023

  • "An excellent property in this remote location in northern Scotland."

    The cottage had everything one could possibly need, except food, of course. The cupboards and utilities are all well stocked with utensils, cutlery, even provisions like tea, coffee, sugar, salt & pepper along with dishwasher & washing machine pods. There's even a tumble dryer if you need one. It is immaculately clean, well furnished with three bathrooms! Due to its remoteness, there is a lot of driving involved to get to other locations but a day trip to Orkney can be easily managed with a bit of planning. Plenty of walks nearby. It is a very good base to explore this region of Scotland. Will definitely return another time.

    Reviewed by Ravishankar5.0May 2023

  • "Clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    Exceptionally fine conversion.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7May 2023

  • "We had an amazing stay at The Auld Kirk."

    The cottage is beautiful and absolutely spotless. It was a lovely surprise to find a bottle of red and bottle of white wine with a selection of shortbread and biscuits waiting for us when we arrived. We will definitely be booking to go back.

    Thank you for your kind remarks and glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheree5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely two week stay at the Auld Kirk."

    Lovely and very clean comfortable property. Location is superb if you want to sight see the whole of the north coast, east or west coast and visit Orkney for a day trip as well. Lots of lovely walks and beaches close by.

    Thank you for taking the time to give the Auld Kirk a good report.So glad you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Mar 2023

  • "It has been a great experience."

    Kids likes it soo much.. Meet Mrs Morrison on our day leaving. Very kind welcoming lady. Had some gift as well..Thanks, Always in touch when you needed. The location is great to explore surroundings..

    Reviewed by Mohammad Shiful3.8Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was excellent loads of space in the peaceful surrounding scenic area."

    Everything we needed was catered for. Would highly recommend staying here. The welcome package of wine and cakes was a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Jul 2022

  • "An absolutely stunning cottage in quiet and beautiful surroundings."

    Everything you need for your stay is in the cottage and it is spotlessly clean. Jeanette on hand for any issues and a lovely welcome pack was very appreciated. Would highly recommend for anyone who wants to get away from the hustle of daily life and a good base to visit the area x

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2022

  • "A lovely place to stay if you're looking for somewhere quiet."

    It's in the middle of the country surrounded by gorgeous scenery. The place itself is really big, plenty of toilets and shower facilities. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay. You need access to a car if you want to go anywhere. Highly recommend this place. I will go back.

    Reviewed by Ethan5.0Nov 2021

  • "Exceeded our expectations."

    Quality bedding and furnishings. All spotlessly clean. Owners were superb offering us help when we had a puncture with our car. Thank you. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2021

  • "The only drawback was the postcode didn’t bring us to the cottage , we didn’t go far enough and ended up calling owner but she guided us in , I would say to future guests keep going even when Tom Tom says you’ve reach your destination The cottage was amazing , everything we needed was there , we didn’t want to leave !"

    Thank you for the wine and goodies too x

    Reviewed by Sienna5.0Oct 2021

  • "Cottage was very spacious and spotlessly clean, high quality furnishings and owner had supplied plenty of extras ."

    Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Aug 2021

  • "This was not our first stay here and it remains a very comfortable place in a great location"

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely stay at a lovely cottage."

    Very clean. Had everything we needed and more. Lots of things included. Even had wine, and other goodies left for us to enjoy.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Sep 2020

  • "This cottage really has the wow factor."

    Everything you could wish for in a holiday rental.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2020

  • "Accommodate excellent Showers excellent Facilities in the cottage excellent Would definitely book again if we stay in the area next year."

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2020

  • "The outside doesn’t look very exciting but once you go inside."

    ....... cracking. Beautifully finished accommodation, great open plan sitting, dining, and kitchen. Very light and airy. The sleeping areas are quality and very comfortable. 3 Beautiful Bathrooms, 2 of which are en Suites. Well equipped kitchen with ample work surfaces. High end and modern decor. Location is on a quiet single track road and easy driving/ cycling distance to the beach/pub. Very helpful host with whom I chatted, but we had no need to contact her for anything else as everything was easy to use and we had no problems.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Aug 2020

  • "Very well equiped cottage far exceeding others that we have stayed in."

    Excellent value for money with the hosts supplying more than adequate stocks of general consumables as well as a welcome pack. Lovely location, conveniently situated for exploring the North coast and the stunning scenery. We would strongly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Aug 2020

  • "Accommodation was amazing."

    Lovely converted church in a beautiful part of Scotland. Everything you could possibly need provided.

    Reviewed by Arlene5.0Jul 2020

  • "A lovely very clean and comfortable cottage, on arrival everything was just lovely and homemade scones and cream and jam awaited us in the fridge."

    This was are second visit and we will be back for a 3rd hopefully next year. The kitchen has everything you could need for self catering, which the time of year we go you need to look after yourselves not much open early March. The bed is lovely and comfortable, and the walk in shower for us is ideal. The only reason we have not already booked for next year, is this COVID-19 we had to cut this year holiday short because of it, so we waiting a while to see what happens before we book next year. If you like lovely walks, beautiful beeches and nature, this is a lovely cottage to come back to in the evening and relax.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Feb 2020

  • "Another lovely relaxing stay at the Auld Kirk."

    The cottage has all you need and more, lovely homemade scones and wine on arrival too!. We will not hesitate to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Feb 2020

  • "This is a ideal cottage to use as a base for this area."

    We all enjoyed the area and the cottage immensely, and would recommended it to anybody who wished to go north.

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2019

  • "Great cottage."

    Now with speedy WiFi. Clean, spacious, well-equipped, comfortable, in a lovely location to explore North coast. Close to beautiful beaches and good for fishing. We have holidayed here twice now and highly recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Natalia5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was absolutely wonderful."

    It exceeded all expectations. I have rented cottages and houses all over Scotland and abroad for our family and I can honestly say that the Auld Kirk was by far the top in terms of cleanliness. I will use it again and certainly would recommend it to everyone. Can’t rate the facilities any higher.

    Reviewed by Marc5.0Jul 2019

  • "The old kirk was brilliant and more than we had expected."

    I have worked in holiday cottages for the last ten years and this was as good as I have ever stayed in. We loved the extras provided such as the odd blanket, the roasting tins, the wok, the slow cooker used twice and wine glasses that met our high expectations with red wine. I needed a bigger colinder/strainer but that's been difficult to find in Sutherland as a sieve seems to be OK but I needed a big one for rice, pasta and washing the spuds. No worries we were very happy with our stay at the Old Kirk and ideal for 3 manic fisherman.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Jun 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage although a bit hard to find."

    Really lovely to stay in although the owner Mrs Morrison is quite abrupt, rules to house she leaves are "don't do this", "dont do that" no have a nice stay as everywhere else we have stayed. There is a slow cooker which we used the night before we left, to which we left in soak, all house was tidy and had an abrupt message after we left as to she does not do dishes! Apart from this had a lovely stay the views are really amazing with loads of deer rabbits and sheep on the way there

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0May 2019

  • "This property was a delight."

    Restored to a very high standard, spacious and in a superb position. I would be happy to return.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Apr 2019

  • "The owner was there to meet us on arrival with home made scones and jam and cream."

    Very nice lady who was very helpful and even came over a few days later to see if we needed anything, which we did not. A lovely comfortable and very clean property we liked it so much we have booked again for next year. Lovely walk in shower and very comfortable bed and good quality furnishings. Even a crock pot was provided, which we have been self catering for over 25 years and stayed in many self catering properties and no one has provided one of these. Looking forward to staying here again next year.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7Mar 2019

  • "We loved it from start to finish!"

    Lovely wine and scones when we arrived! Beautiful place to stay, kids loved it too. Will hopefully return in the future.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2018

  • "Property of high standard."

    Owner keen to ensure everything was ok for us and lovely warm welcome from them with scone and jam and wine

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2018

  • "The house was beautifully appointed and was ideally placed for the fishing/beaches/visiting family that we had planned for our week - beautiful homemade scones on arrival was lovely touch!"

    Reviewed by Marianne5.0Jul 2018

  • "This was a super house to stay in."

    It had everything we needed and more( including a slow cooker which meant we went out for the day and had a tasty casserole ready when we got back). It was a spacious house , especially the bathrooms . The weather was pretty cold when we were there so it was nice to come back to a cosy house . The area is an interesting place with some dramatic coastal scenery near by. A lovely touch was the home baked scones with cream and jam . Much appreciated after a long drive . Enjoyed the wine too.

    Reviewed by Isabella5.0Mar 2018

  • "I loved the Auld Kirk it was awesome."

    The location was spectacular nestled like a jewel between the heathery hills and the quicksilver river. Looking out at the deer was fantastic. The cottage was even more beautiful than I expected and had everything that anyone would wish for. We were delighted when we discovered that Jeanette had left us home baked scones, jam and cream and a bottle of wine. I did not want to leave!!

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Mar 2018

  • "We stayed here for Christmas, the cottage is gorgeous and the area was stunning."

    It was spotless and had everything we needed, we were greeted with a lovely bottle of wine and fresh scones and cream! The cottage was decorated for Christmas which made it all that more special. This is the perfect place if you want to relax. We saw lots of wildlife and had lots of nice walks. We are going to book in again next year and would recommend it to anyone :)

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Dec 2017

  • "Fabulous cottage - well placed for trips along the North and North East coasts along the North Coast 500 route."

    Spotlessly clean, lots of space and extremely well furnished. Hope to revisit soon.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2017

  • "Excellent well appointed property lovely peaceful location."

    nice touch a welcome gift of wine scones jam and cream .

    Reviewed by Heather5.0May 2017

  • "This superb cottage was a pleasure to stay in."

    Immaculate inside with everything you need, all done to a very high standard. Great location in peaceful surroundings.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0May 2017

  • "Exceptional quality."

    Probably the best cottage yet stayed at.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Nov 2016

  • "Excellent holiday."

    Cottage was warm, cosy, well equipped. Very helpful owners. Lovely scones with cream and jam. Bottle of wine waiting when we arrived. Would definitely recommend this cottage and sykes cottage.

    Reviewed by Kim4.8Nov 2016

  • "The Highlands are no gourmet destination, in October you may even struggle to find a good cup of tea/coffee as you travel, and there are few eating places."

    Our solution is to find quality self catering accommodation and to cook..... 'The Auld Kirk' is just the place to return to after a day out climbing mountains or walking the many beautiful beaches nearby. It is beautifully renovated, comfortable, warm and well equipped. The owners are friendly and helpful and live nearby. Happy to recommend to anyone wanting to visit this wonderful area.

    Reviewed by Anne4.8Oct 2016

  • "Directions to the property inadequate."

    An indication of the distance from the A9 would have been helpful - rather than just 'located on the right hand side of the road.' The most delightful 'cottage' - a truly stand alone and outstanding property - loved it!

    Reviewed by Marge5.0Sep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms with en-suite shower, basin and WC: 1 x ground floor king-size double, 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 single
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with sofa bed
  • Utility.
  • Underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, WiFi, TV with FreeSat, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Patio garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 miles.

The property

Melvich 4 miles.

Originally a church, this stunning holiday home is situated in unspoilt countryside, four miles from Melvich, in the remote and beautiful north of Scotland.

The church dates from 1837 and has been impressively transformed into a unique, spacious holiday property, ideal for any group who will appreciate its comfort and style, and embrace the opportunity to explore this dramatic region.

This Melvich cottage has two large bedrooms both with en-suite facilities, as well as a luxurious family bathroom where guests will enjoy a peaceful soak at the end of a busy day.

A mezzanine-style balcony, complete with chaise longue, makes a perfect, private reading area, whilst the open plan living area in this Highland holiday cottage, with its high ceilings and oak flooring, exudes style and quality.

Doors from the living area in this cottage near Melvich open out to a private, rear patio garden where the only sound to be heard is that of birdsong.

The little communities of Melvich and Portskerra are just a short drive away, whilst a journey further along this far north coastline will take you to the larger village of Durness, which is surrounded by wonderful mountain scenery and spectacular coastal views, as well as having fabulous sandy beaches and bays.

For lovers of birdlife, a trip to the RSPB reserve in nearby Forsinard is a must, and for fisherman, Sutherland is a location hard to beat.

This Melvich cottage is a very special place, offering a holiday to remember in a beautiful area of Scotland.

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About the location


Thurso 17 miles.

The village of Melvich is located on the north coast of Scotland near the mouth of the River Halladale and is set in the rolling and open space of Sutherland known as 'Mackay Country'. At the head of the bay is Melvich Beach, a beautiful and unspoilt stretch of golden sand and a popular venue for surfing. Melvich has a village shop and Post Office as well as a village inn with a restaurant. Melvich attracts many visitors, especially during the summer months, as it is an ideal base for touring the north coast of Scotland. Orkney is just a short ferry ride away, and fishing is available on many of the local lochs.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas