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Taigh Cruinneachadh (Gathering Place)

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  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "A really great house with excellent facilities."

    Large kitchen, lounge and another separate lounge between the main lounge and bedrooms is a great touch for additional relaxing space. Very clean and would stay again. Highly recommend.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback we’re glad you enjoyed your stay at our property and would warmly welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2024

  • "Was a great place ,views from every window, fully equipped."

    Great to venture to other areas ..although you could look out the window all day at the sea.. Make sure WHATEVER THE SEASON that you have a jacket and jumper as you're very high up . Loved it thankyou

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2024

  • "Great house in a great location ."

    Well furnished - good beds and bathrooms. Very comfortable . I have one issue . We know the weather in NE Scotland is not always good and there will be days when you cant get out as much as you would like . I would have been nice to have had a decent TV in good location . The one provided is really old and hidden away . Further we knew broadband wasnt provided so no complaint but the owner might want to think about providing it because as said you might end up spending more time in the cottage than you planned . G4 hotspot is however good....

    Reviewed by Peter3.8Apr 2024

  • "Fantastic stay 10 out of 10!"

    , very small minors was 2x blinds need some attention. Bathroom and unsuite have come off the pull. Also some curtain hooks need replacing.

    Thanks for your comments and these issues have now been dealt with. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Mar 2024

  • "We enjoyed our week in this house."

    Great size, absolutely loved the kitchen & all the views. Would have liked it to have Wi-Fi. Would definitely recommend this property .

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Mar 2024

  • "This house has the most stunning views I've even seen."

    Looking out of a window....any window, was wonderful. The house was perfect. Huge and really well maintained. Very well equipped. Lots of crockery, cutlery, pots, glasses etc. We are a party of 7 with our Dad who is 95. We go away once or twice a year together as he loves us all being together. Always to a house/cottage. When we had our usual breakdown of our weekend at breakfast yesterday he announced that this house is" the best one we have ever stayed in". Praise indeed and we all agreed how perfect it was. Thank you for providing such a lovely house ! Regards Edna

    Wow - thanks very much for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your feedback- please also thank your Dad Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edna5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely spacious cottage with fabulous views of countryside and the sea."

    The cottage is suitable for 10+ guests. We were a group of 5 adults and 3 small dogs, and had ample space. The 2 sitting rooms were excellent. Both had views of the surrounding areas. The bedrooms are all large, with one more private downstairs. The property is very well insulated and keeps the heat in well. The bathrooms are all modern, with good water pressure for showers. Kitchen is very well equipped, everything you could need. The outside space is great for dogs, lots of space to sniff around, and is fenced in, although our very small dog could get under the fence if she wanted, but she is very tiny! The property could benefit from some outdoor seating, just some camping chairs would do? It would also benefit from having broadband, although the phone signal is very good so we had no issues (and expected no wifi). We would definitely recommend this cottage!

    Many thanks for your positive feedback- we’re glad you enjoyed your stay. We have arranged for some outdoor furniture for next summer as it has been requested by others too so thanks for that. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous property with fabulous views, the family loved the place and the surroundings very relaxing holiday."

    10 out of 10.

    We’re delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much and really appreciate your positive feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic location, views outstanding."

    Reviewed by Tania4.4Jul 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation, stunning views."

    The only thing that let's it down are the outside grounds, a little bit of grounds maintenance would have gone a long way especially when advertised as dog friendly. Some outside furniture would have been nice, glad it wasn't cold as wouldn't have been able to get fire wood due to everything being overgrown. A dvd player that worked would have been nice. Lovely accommodation otherwise but small improvements would go a long way.

    Reviewed by Gemma4.1Jul 2023

  • "Window catches dangerous Oven very greasy & residual fat in places, needs a deep clean."

    Oven trays not clean Shower trays in r/hand & downstairs bathroom not emptying quickly. Centre upstairs bedroom, sewage smells Mattresses in upstairs centre & downstairs bedroom lumpy Headboard in centre bedroom needs securing Rubbish behind above bedroom Overall could do with more drawers & door hooks in upstairs bedrooms Urine smell on carpet by cot Ramp outside is bouncy need’s securing, reported last year. Removed leaking batteries in torches & kitchen drawer. Some extra outdoor seating would be a bonus

    Reviewed by David2.2Jun 2023

  • "Had a fantastic stay at this property."

    The house layout was perfect for our family get together with fabulous view. Would definitely recommend this accommodation.

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property, very comfortable and plenty of room, lovely views"

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Oct 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the property it was really clean and comfortable ."

    Only drawback was few things that need maintenance like kettle in the kitchen was really dirty so we were unable to use that and same with the toaster both need replacement few crockery items need replacement as well other than that we are happy

    Many thanks for your feedback- we have replaced the kettle and toaster along with some of the crockery. Apologies for the inconvenience and we are delighted that otherwise you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rahat4.7Oct 2022

  • "Definitely going to book this house again, lovely position & so peaceful."

    Only things I would change would be, outside decking needs attention, feels wobbly, a couple of toilet seats need tightening or replaced, maybe a bit of a spruce up internally. Otherwise perfect.

    Thanks for your 100 percent review and we’re delighted that you intend to return. We appreciate your feedback and will look to make improvements Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2022

  • "Loved the cosy feeling of such big rooms, and the views are fantastic!"

    The only thing would have made it even more perfect is if we had wifi and the garden arranged with some outdoor seating to be able to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. Thank you for an amazing stay!

    Many thanks for your feedback and we’re glad that you enjoyed your stay. We take on board your comments and will look to provide outside furniture Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mara4.7Aug 2022

  • "So cozy, clean and such a nice place to spend your Holidays with friends and family."


    Reviewed by Andrews5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent property in a really great location and would certainly recommend it to any persons looking for a good holiday in Caithness."

    On the down side (if there is a downside) there wasn't a great deal of info regarding when the recycling and ordinary waste bins were being collected. Unfortunately we had to use another bin as the recycling bin was full to overflowing when we arrived.

    Many thanks for your feedback- we apologise for the situation with bin collection but there has been a strike. We will improve the information inside the property regarding recycling Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Jul 2022

  • "The place and views were absolutely amazing."

    It made it a perfect holiday for all of us. Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Liam4.4Jul 2022

  • "Very comfortable and peaceful house with great views."

    Super clean and very well equipped so you won't be bored. Highly recommend.

    Many thanks for your great feedback- we’re pleased you enjoyed your stay in our property Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aleksandra5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property with amazing views."

    Peace and quiet not far away from the coast and other activities.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7May 2022

  • "The house was very comfortable with lovely views all round and plenty of space to relax."

    The only complaint would be no seats outside to sit when the weather is nice as it was for our first few days.

    Thank you for your feedback - we will take on board your suggestion and look to provide outdoor seating Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexander4.4May 2022

  • "Second time in property within 6 months big nice and clean house definitely would recommend"

    Many thanks for your positive feedback and we’re very glad that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Arkadiusz5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely restful stay in this lovely house."

    Well equipped and plenty of space for 9 people.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Dec 2021

  • "Had a fantastic week and the house was faultless."

    The views are stunning and the house was well equipped and comfortable. I would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Oct 2021

  • "Perfect place to get away from it - house was clean and well equipped with truly astonishing views."

    Highly recommended

    Many thanks for your feedback and we’re delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2021

  • "The house was in a very private location, clean, lovely, warm, spacious and very comfortable."

    The price was reasonable considering there were 5 bedrooms. Not having WiFi was not an issue as we were out so much and the phone signal was generally good. Well equipped kitchen with everything one could need, comfortable beds with spotless linen and plenty of towels. Lots of space outside for children and dogs. The views from house were spectacular as it sits very high up. Caithness is beautiful. Notable outings included gorgeous beaches eg Reis, Dunnet Bay, Dunrobin Castle (spectacular) Noss point where we actually saw four orcas-very exciting!! Timespan museum was interesting and we had an amazing Jamaican lunch at the attached cafe, hidden gem in the North East of Scotland! The villages of Helmsdale and Golspie are pretty and at Dunbeath harbour we enjoyed delicious locally caught lobster and crab rolls. We had meals at the Ulbster Arms in Wick and The Bay at Dunbeath-would recommend both and the reasonable prices. Latheronwheel had a sweet little ‘fairy Glen’ walk, a hit with our small children. So yes we would recommend this house and location, we had to do a fair bit of driving around but it was definitely worth it.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2021

  • "We founds this property exactly as described."

    It was clean, well furnished and ideally located. We wanted something that was relatively secluded but yet have amenities nearby. We found that this met our expectations and more. The views were open and unrestricted and it is located just off the A9 which is ideal. The grounds have ample parking and there are wide open spaces where the kids can play. The owners of the property are very approachable and were very helpful with suggesting local scenic spots to visit. The nearby beaches are spectacular and extremely clean. The week just flew by in this spectacular place, our only regret was that we did not book in for two.

    Reviewed by J5.0Aug 2021

  • "Excellent property, but kitchen in need of a serious clean"

    Thank you for your feedback, we are very surprised to hear this as we have a professional and hardworking team of cleaners and we have received no previous feedback on this issue. We do monitor the clean with videos so we are sorry if these issues caused you any inconvenience if you had contacted us at the start of your holiday we would have been more than happy to assist you. We hope this doesn't effect you from booking our property in the future, take care. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline3.4Jul 2021

  • "Accommodation really needs refurbishment and a good thorough clean, which clearly hasn't been possible as it was fully booked for months leading up to our stay."

    It was our second time staying there and Dunbeath is such a beautiful location, and the house itself is in a stunning spot, but it felt drab and worn on our second stay, as not as much as a pillow had been fluffed since our previous visit years earlier. The place doesn't have wifi, which you can't complain about considering it doesn't advertise saying it does, but when it's literally buttons in 2021 to have such a facility, and they charge top dollar for the stay, it's a good measure of how frugal the owners have been with maintaining the place.

    Thank you for your comments. It is always nice to have returning guests, sorry you felt like our property was not to your satisfaction. We do have an amazing team who check the finer details on very change over. As advertised there is currently no wifi as per your first visit We have taken on board your comment and will review this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gavin1.9Jul 2021

  • "A fabulous holiday home for families to get together, most rooms all on one level, ideal for the young and older members of the family."

    Lovely local harbours to explore with seating, toilets facilities, picnic benches. Dunrobin Castle definitely worth a visit. The Bay restaurant, nice and local, don't be put off by the outside, inside is lovely, whiskey and gin bars, lovely views over the Moray Firth and awesome pizza's, the owner is very friendly and a great host. Wolf burn Distillery tour also a great day. Thank you for a wonderful week.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2020

  • "Spacious, well appointed, comfortable accommodation, perfect for the larger families or groups, great views over Dunbeath and coast line."

    Ideal location for exploring North East Scotland . Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Mason5.0Aug 2020

  • "The house is in a great location with a fantastic view over the village."

    The house has everything you need for a stay with a large group - in fact we wished we had realised how well equipped it was as we would not have brought so many cleaning products with us. We were a large mixed age family group. The house had space for the children to play while the adults could relax in the comfortable sitting rooms. Super library! Host was helpful and friendly. We loved our visit and would highly recommend the house.

    Reviewed by Mhairi5.0Jul 2020

  • "Spacious and comfortable house in peaceful location with great views."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2019

  • "Fantastic property, the perfect 'gathering place'!"

    Plenty of room to host two families coming together for Christmas, with everything you should need to feel at home. The kitchen is very well equipped and great to cook for a large group. Access to property is ideal for varied abilities (one member of the party uses a walking aid, managed no problem). When initially booking, we asked if there would be a Christmas tree up and on arrival we were overjoyed to see a large decorated tree in the living room which gave the room a lovely cosy feeling. The beach is only a short drive away and the shop keeper was very welcoming. We would definitely recommend a visit here.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2019

  • "We have just returned from our weeks stay at Taigh Cruinneachadh."

    What a wonderful time we had.There was 9 in our party and this included 5 children. The house was just perfect for us. it was spacious, comfortable, modern..a real home from home. It had such character and the views were incredible from all of the windows. The house had everything we needed, the kitchen was super and we cooked most nights. The location of the house is very good. We got out everyday and enjoyed the beaches (local and a short drive) or forest walks. One day we made a trip to the Orkney Isles on the ferry and had a day at John'O'Groats. We spent our last day at the Falls of Shin watching the salmon leap upstream (the has a lovely cafe and play area too).

    Reviewed by Esther4.7Aug 2019

  • "The electricity was down when we moved in and there was no welcome pack in the house so we had no idea about the surroundings or the WiFi password etc."

    The bedrooms had weird smells and the only writing table was not clean (had many paperwork and random stuff on it, I had to clean the place before using it).

    We are very sorry that you encountered problems during your stay. We did send out an electrician within an hour and 15 minutes of being made aware of the problem to put things right and we are contacting our cleaning company regarding the cleanliness. There is as yet no Wifi in the property (it does not claim to have on the Sykes website). Many thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lina2.5Aug 2019

  • "House just as pictured on the website."

    Great time had by all the family, with everyone having their own space. Kitchen was excellent!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2019

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • 1 x family bedroom with a king size bed and a single bed and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • 1 x family bedroom with a double bed and a single bed
  • 1 x family bedroom with double bed, single bed and cot
  • 1 x lower ground floor bedroom with a small double bed and a single bed and a walk-in shower room with basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • 2 x sitting rooms
  • Under floor heating upstairs, radiators on lower floor.
  • Electric range cooker with six-burner gas hob, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, washing machine, fridge/freezer, tumble dryer, selection of books and TV
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent Ample off-road parking
  • Spacious lawn garden and bbq area
  • Well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Indoor lockable storage for cycles if required
  • Shop within 0.9 mile, pub within 1 mile
  • Please note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £175

The property

Set in an elevated position and enjoying panoramic views is the spacious and flexible detached property, Taigh Cruinneachadh in Dunbeath.

The village sits on the North East coast of Scotland and is a superb base to explore Caithness, Sutherland and the Orkney Islands.

It is set right on the popular North Coast 500 route and offers excellent challenges to keen cyclists being close to the Ord and Berridale Braes.

This superb property is set in a tranquil location and has been designed to bring together large groups of family and friends to this picturesque part of Scotland.

With plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities including walking, cycling, fishing and bird watching nearby you can then kick off your boots before unwinding of an evening within this real home-from-home.

Stepping into the sitting room, you are immediately drawn in by the spectacular views that can be enjoyed from the large windows, as well as the superb selection of books and games within this comfortable, spacious accommodation.

The two sitting rooms can be opened up for large groups to socialize or divided into two for different activities.

The interior is complete with five well-presented bedrooms, each boasting a flexible sleeping arrangement to suit the needs of your group.

Continuing to impress is the spacious kitchen/diner, where the range cooker is situated in front of an exposed stone wall and takes centre stage before all of the other appliances, allowing you to whip up an evening meal for everyone.

Two of the bedrooms benefit from en-suite shower rooms and they all enjoy a bright interior, ample storage and breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside.

If you can tear yourself away from this delightful base, venture into the village of Dunbeath where you will find the local bar and restaurant as well as a shop for picking up essentials.Also there are nearby cafes, craft centres and museums as well as the pretty harbour and picturesque walks along the strath.

Explore a little further afield to John O' Groats, Thurso and Helmsdale where there are museums, restaurants and shops, or visit some of the many unspoiled beaches with opportunities to observe marine life and bird colonies.

Whatever the occasion, Taigh Cruinneachadh is a refreshing retreat for a large gathering to this part of Scotland.

EPC Rating: Band C

Please note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £175

Please note: This property only accepts Saturdays check ins.

EPC Rating: Band C

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-00090-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £175.

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About the location


Helmsdale 15 miles; John o'Groats 37 miles.

Dunbeath is situated on the south east side of Caithness and is famous for being the birthplace of the famous author Neil Gunn who based many of his novels on and around the Dunbeath area. Rich in history, this area boasts numerous Iron Age Brochs, plus at one time Dunbeath was a booming fishing village with up to a 100 boats operating from the harbour, whilst today it offers a shop, pub and an excellent community museum located in the old village school. The A9 gives easy access along this rugged and dramatic coastline and the larger village of Helmsdale lies to the south just a short drive away, whilst to the north are numerous pretty coastal villages with John O'Groats being just 37 miles away.

Please note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £175

Please note: This property only accepts Saturdays check ins.