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Granny's Cottage

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Dunbeath, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Electric heating struggled with outside temps."

    A little on the cold side

    Guests left a note saying they would like to return. Heating should be left on according to temperatures. We look forward to welcoming them back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carl3.4Apr 2024

  • "Unfortunately, we had to return home the day after arrival due to a family emergency."

    The property was exactly as advertised and very comfortable for the short time we were there. The hosts were really lovely and very sad we couldn't stay for the duration. Would definitely book with them again. The only issue was no WiFi, but we did go there for a break from our hectic life.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Mar 2024

  • "This is a very comfortable house in an attractive area for those who enjoy the countryside."

    Mr & Mrs Lindsay clearly take trouble to make their guests enjoy their stay.

    Reviewed by Iain4.7Nov 2023

  • "First Class as always Mr and Mrs Lindsey couldn't be nicer a fabulous couple"

    Reviewed by Barrie5.0Oct 2023

  • "Had a great time, the welcome box and having the kettle on for our arrival was ..."

    Had a great time, the welcome box and having the kettle on for our arrival was well appreciated, the cottage was very clean with everything we needed,the only down side is we had to go out the front door to get a phone signal, but we would use it again if in the area

    Reviewed by Christine4.1Sep 2023

  • "I really enjoyed my stay at the cottage it was clean and tidy and the treats left for me were very good."

    One thing the shelf opposite the toilet is in a bad location, first night I cracked my head open on the corner and spent the rest of the week carefully avoiding it.

    Reviewed by Brian4.1Sep 2023

  • "Lovely house and village,Hazel and Maurice are a lovely couple and very ..."

    Lovely house and village,Hazel and Maurice are a lovely couple and very welcoming, homemade cakes from them are amazing do yourself a favour just book granny's cottage it's great beaches are great and locals are nice will be back again,second stay with them now

    Reviewed by Mathew5.0Aug 2023

  • "MR ,MRS Lindsey are fabulous people highly regarded among village locals and we ..."

    MR ,MRS Lindsey are fabulous people highly regarded among village locals and we met quite a few of them,Speaks volumes couldn't be more happy with our stay

    Reviewed by Barrie5.0Jun 2023

  • "A very comfortable base for touring this north east area of Scotland with easy access to the John O'Groats Trail."

    The cottage was very clean and had everything you could need for a self catering holiday. The owners were very welcoming and the cakes and other goodies that were left for us were a pleasant surprise. The property is very close to the A9 which is good for getting there but the downside is some road noise especially when sitting out in the lovely front garden. Otherwise everything fine.

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Jun 2023

  • "We had a really lovely stay at Granny's Cottage."

    We had a lovely welcome on arrival. We were given homemade cake and a small basket of treats for our stay. The cottage is lovely and very well equipped with everything we needed. We loved the location. Dunbeath is a nice little village with great walks on the doorstep and you can also easily walk down to the little stony beach by the harbour. The only downside was no WiFi, but sometimes it's nice to be disconnected and the pub just up the road does have WiFi if you need it. Overall a fantastic stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Elsie5.0May 2023

  • "Very comfortable, with restaurant, shop and pub services nearby."

    Hospitable and helpful landlady

    Reviewed by Neil5.0May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time in Granny's Cottage - Hazel and Morris are lovely, so friendly and helpful they gave us such a warm welcome."

    This part of Scotland is really interesting and people are really friendly - we would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage is perfectly situated to see all the sites."

    I enjoyed getting to know the history of the cottage through the folder with everything in. The table set with cups and plates when we arrived along with the little basket of goodies was really nice. We hope to be able to book this again next time we are up there as everything about our stay was perfect.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jan 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, everything we needed was there - kitchen very well equipped."

    Lovely , thoughtful welcome pack was appreciated. It would have been helpful if there had been information about what is recycled in Dunbeath. This varies a lot round the UK (our area does glass, papers, cans, foodwaste , but only plastic bottles for example). We had a great holiday in Granny's cottage. Thank you .

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Aug 2022

  • "The property is a beautiful old fisherman’s cottage near the Dunbeath harbour."

    It was immaculately clean and beautifully kept. Fully equipped with everything you need, we only ate out once and cooked the rest of the time with no problems. My only complaint, and it’s a very personal and subjective issue, was the bed was so hard and uncomfortable I didn’t sleep for the week. The living room furniture was also more firm than we would have liked but as I have said, this is really a personal preference problem. The owners were lovely and very welcoming. A great wee base to explore the surrounding area which was, as expected, as stunning as it was rugged. If a new more medium firmness mattress was purchased then we would return without question.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Jul 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Granny's Cottage, a property we had admired many times when visiting Dunbeath."

    When we arrived Hazel welcomed us at the front door and had set the table for tea, including homemade scones. Another nice touch was fresh flowers in every room. The cottage was very quaint, clean and the beds really comfortable. There was lots of clean towels, and the kitchen was well stocked with crockery and cutlery, though more whisky tumblers please! We enjoyed our stay and would recommend Granny's Cottage to anyone visiting Caithness.

    Reviewed by Audrey5.0Jul 2022

  • "I have already done a review but here is what I wrote: Perfection is very difficult to find as we all have different perspectives."

    One man's (or woman's) meat is another man's poison so to speak. Granny's Cottage, for me, was a full-blown three course dinner! The welcome from Hazel was beyond warmly inviting. She was waiting at the threshold to welcome me into a central hall from which a warm and gently lit living room, with a glowing (imitation) open fireplace, was waiting for me to settle in for the evening. I had a quick tour of the cottage with Hazel, which is just as I imagined 'Granny' herself had left it. Upstairs were two spacious bedrooms, a double and a single. I only used the double as I was on my own and found the bed to be just right for me, firm and comfortable. Plenty of spare blankets and pillows too (not that they were needed). The bathroom is a good size with a large walk-in shower and plenty of towels etc. Back downstairs to the kitchen, opposite side of the hallway from the sitting room, and what a lovely welcome was waiting for me in here! The table had been set as a 'high tea' for one with a box of lovely 'goodies' and home baking to keep me munching on during my stay. I should mention that the kitchen is as large as the sitting room so there is plenty of room to do some proper cooking (if you are that way inclined). There was also enough room for me to turn half of the kitchen into a temporary 'art studio' (I was on a 'working holiday). This is a delightful and very well equipped 'period' cottage. Some people may consider it to be rather 'dated' with the furnishings and fittings, particularly in the kitchen with its 60's / 70's units; but for me it just took me back to my childhood days (I'm in my sixties). Each room is full of books and knick-knacks, giving Granny's Cottage a true lived-in feeling. There is nothing short or missing in this cottage. It is a wonderful home-from-home comfortable and pleasant place. Even before I ended my stay I was making plans for my next visit. Finally, the location itself. Dunbeath is a small community that has a great deal of very interesting historical 'tales'. I would recommend a visit to the Dunbeath Heritage Museum at the top of the hill to find out more about the archeology and history of the area, including the author Neil Gunn. There are lots of lovely walks to take from the doorstep. The more adventurous could walk along the Dunbeath Strath which starts from the old corn mill (now a salmon hatchery and offices above). Shorter walks to the harbour and beach are very pleasant. It is worth a walk along the beach to the cove. I can also recommend Tasty Toes shellfish to go at the harbour - a crab-filled brioche roll makes a really tasty lunch! I have pleasure in saying a big thank you to Hazel and Maurice for their wonderful hosting and conversations during my stay in Granny's Cottage. Annie

    Annie - we can only say a huge thank you for all your kind words. We so enjoyed spending time with you and having all our chats about every subject under the sun !! Take care 'til we meet again. Hazel and Maurice Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annie5.0Jun 2022

  • "We received a very warm welcome from the property owner who provided us with a lovely package of Scottish produce - very nice."

    Also the neighbours and local shop owner were very welcoming and friendly during our five day stay.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely location, most welcoming hosts with excellent knowledge about local history and facilities, a comfortable bed, ample hot water, well-equipped kitchen, reading materials provided, good parking facilities and easy to find."

    Far enough from the main road to be nice and quiet. A good 'centre' for visiting Caithness and Sutherland. Space for a drying clothes on a washing line was all that was missing.

    Reviewed by Diana4.7Sep 2021

  • "Granny's cottage was lovely, so cosy, very well equipped."

    The owners of the cottage were so helpful, and very nice. We would go again.

    Reviewed by Val5.0Sep 2021

  • "When we arrived after a long drive there were home-bakes waiting in the kitchen."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was lovely and homely. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet place to stay.

    Reviewed by Lorna3.8Jul 2021

  • "Some might find road noise annoying but after 6pm ok."

    Couple of good walks from the door.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Jun 2021

  • "The only thing missing really is WiFi as phone signal is really bad so planning ..."

    The only thing missing really is WiFi as phone signal is really bad so planning daily trips is difficult without access to internet apart from that small thing every thing was great

    Reviewed by Tom4.7May 2021

  • "The owners were very welcoming, it was a charming cottage which we could ..."

    The owners were very welcoming, it was a charming cottage which we could recommend the only improvement would be internet access

    Reviewed by Jane4.7May 2021

  • "We had a most enjoyable stay in this beautiful wee terraced cottage in Caithness."

    The owners seem to have thought of every eventuality! And indeed they were kind and hospitable - even going so far as to leaving cakes, scones and other goodies on the table for our enjoyment. Can't say better than that! :-)

    Reviewed by Niall5.0May 2021

  • "We felt at home in this cottage , it had a really good feel ."

    it was extremely well equipped with everything you would expect and mores besides. so comfortable that we did not want to leave. The Owners were amazing and we spent many a time chatting in the street, hearing about the History of the area. The information folder was well put together with a wealth of information with regards to the History of the cottage . the area was really nice with easy access to the harbour , plenty of walks and Dunbeath Broch. Such a shame the Hotel is no longer used and in a bad state of repair. we were told that the when it was open you would have been treated to an excellent meal. it could be a real gem in a great location

    Reviewed by Aileen4.7Oct 2020

  • "Grannies cottage is a delightful cottage set in a very pleasant village."

    The hosts were very wellcoming and helpfull, the cottage is very clean and comfortable, there is a good pub up the road serving food and there is plenty to see in the area. We had a very pleasant week here.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Sep 2020

  • "The warm welcome from the hosts."

    Everything we needed was provided. Cottage was in good location for what we wanted. Lits of info of area around the area provided.

    Reviewed by Kathryne5.0Sep 2020

  • "The host's were very pleasant, helpful, and our welcome cakes and biscuit most appreciated."

    Thank you , Liz and Ian,

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Aug 2020

  • "A wonderful host showing Caithness at it's most welcoming best."

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2020

  • "Greeted by pleasant, friendly owner; scones, jam and shortbread biscuits on the kitchen table when we went in - very thoughtful little touch."

    Many useful leaflets and brochures available, and two current magazines. There was a village shop 50 yards away. Location great for visiting the far North of Scotland. Quiet location. Comfortable house. We had a great holiday, and would return to Scotland.

    Reviewed by Leigh4.7Sep 2019

  • "A good place to stay, a local shop and pub."

    Proprietor and locals very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2019

  • "We arrived to a warm welcome from the owner who took time to show us around the cottage."

    She had also provided us with some lovely homemade buns and some biscuits and jam. We felt very much at home from the first day. The cottage is generally comfortable and well equipped but my husband found the sofa a little uncomfortable. Having said that, the Scottish weather was very kind to us and we spent a great deal of time out and about. Would we return? Yes!

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4Jul 2019

  • "We had a lovely time."

    You don’t need to take anything, plenty of kitchen pots,pans and cutlery, plenty of towels in the bathroom.

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Jul 2019

  • "Hazel made us most welcome and it felt like we were staying in a friends cottage."

    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2019

  • "Beautiful area."

    Lovely welcome with afternoon tea awaiting us on our arrival......delicious home-baking! Before venturing out to explore, do read the excellent info file compiled by Hazel.....just beside the t.v. J, A & E Christie

    Reviewed by Jessie5.0May 2019

  • "Wonderful time at Granny’s cottage."

    .. Hazel and Morris made us feel so welcome , bonus of scones, cakes and jam ... Yummy ! Great location and we did Route 500 ..

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Oct 2018

  • "We would recommend Granny's Cottage to anyone looking to enjoy a holiday in this area."

    There was everything we'd have expected and more besides. There were even some delightful home made cakes left for us to enjoy. Fantastic. Our only suggestion would be to include wifi

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2018

  • "We had a most enjoyable 3 nights at Granny's."

    cottage we had a lovely welcome from Hazel when we arrived with a welcome ray of homemade scones & jam etc .Hazel and hubbie Morry were very informative of the areas around Dunbeath and further which was a great help .We hope to be back to Grannys cottage sooner than later. Granny's Cottage is an ideal base fore touring north east and west of Scotland

    Reviewed by Virginia4.7May 2018

  • "Lovely welcome by owner Mrs Lindsay and comfortable house ideal as a base."

    Reviewed by Athol5.0Oct 2016

  • "Perfect for touring."

    Best of both coast`s East and west

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2016

  • "Enjoyed meeting our hosts , very friendly and helpful ."

    Caithness , wonderful , lots to see and do .

    Reviewed by John4.8Sep 2016

  • "Great location."

    Able to enjoy walks from the door and lots to see in the area. Helpful, friendly owners.

    Reviewed by Karen4.6Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with electric shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • No Wifi
  • Electric fire in each room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front lawned garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Coast 5 mins walk
  • Note: The front garden is opposite the cottage and is accessed via a road
  • Note: Children under 16 years old are not accepted at this property
  • Note: Check-in 5pm.

The property

A charming stone terraced cottage situated in the friendly village of Dunbeath on the north east coast of Scotland.

This Caithness cottage enjoys a pleasant outlook and central location and is ideal for a small group of friends or couples who want to explore the stunning north east coastline.

Spacious throughout, this Dunbeath cottage is set over two floors with the first floor offering two sunny bedrooms and a bathroom, whilst the pleasant kitchen with dining area and lovely sitting room are on the ground floor.

To the front of this Dunbeath cottage on the opposite side of a road, is a pretty and very private garden, a real suntrap and an ideal place for a quiet morning cup of coffee whilst planning the day’s events.

A short stroll away is Dunbeath’s shop, pub/restaurant, heritage centre and harbour, and this Caithness cottage makes a wonderful base for walkers, fishermen and wildlife lovers who wish to explore the far north of Scotland.

Nearby Helmsdale offers enhanced facilities for both dining out and shopping and a visit to the Timespan Museum and Arts Centre gives an insight into the colourful history of the village and the surrounding area.

A comfortable and homely Dunbeath cottage in a truly unique and beautiful area ensuring a great holiday for all!

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-00336-F

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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.

Note: Children under 16 years old are not accepted at this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas