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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (9)
  • well (6)
  • clean (5)
  • lovely (5)
  • beach (4)
  • equipped (4)

11 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was comfortable and clean and very well equipped."

    Unfortunately I would not return due to the parking facilities and the ground outside . This was dangerous and not suitable with the slope and sliding on the steep incline . I would also not recommend the stairs inside . I found these a bit uncomfortable do to nature of the slope . It is a lovely cottage but outside needs money spent on it .

    Hello Ms Martin Thank you for the feedback. I am sorry you found the slope to the house for parking too steep but I hope you were comfortable using the roadside parking at the foot of the slope. Thank you for your positive comments about the house. I will review the information on Sykes website to make it more clear that the stairs are quite steep so that people know in advance of booking. Despite these things I hope you had a good holiday. I take all feedback seriously and address any issues as possible, so thank you for taking the time to make your points. kind regards, Mairi Cuthbert Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth3.4Jun 2024

  • "Cottage had everything we needed for our fishing week."

    Thank you for your positive feedback. I hope the fishing was also good. Mairi Cuthbert Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely traditional cottage in a beautiful location, surrounded by birdsong and close to spectacular beaches and coastal walks with abundant wildflowers."

    The house has been modernised for comfort, practicality and convenience while retaining attractive traditional features and aesthetic. It is well maintained and equipped, and was a welcoming place to feel at home. Thanks to Mairi for her care and attention to details.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I am glad that you liked the house and the stunning area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very enjoyable stay."

    Ornum was an ideal cottage for us to stay in. Very clean and cosy and comfortable beds.

    Thank you. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Mairi Cuthbert Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2023

  • "We loved the cottage - it was clean, well equipped and comfy, a lovely homely place to relax after a busy day, with a very quiet location perfect to take in the busy natural world around it."

    Skerray Harbour was like a secret surprise to discover just a short walk up the lane - a contast to the magnificence of Torrisdale Beach. We enjoyed excellent walks - the North Coast (I don't mean the NC500!) is amazing.

    Thank you so much for your lovely positive feedback. I am so glad you liked the house and the amazing area and had a good holiday. Mairi Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2022

  • "A lovely well kept cottage ."

    Very clean with everything you would need for making a meal.Beautiful area .Great grandfather would be very proud of his house today. thank you for a lovely holiday. Muriel

    Thank you so much and really glad you liked the house and had a good holiday. Mairi Property Owner

    Reviewed by M5.0Jun 2022

  • "Cottage was as described."

    The cleanliness was excellent. We were able to gain entry on day of arrival at 4pm. All instructions were clear. The area is stunning with at least 5 places for evening meals within 10-15 miles. Plenty of local walks and beaches. Skerray itself is nice and quiet. The polytunnel (Torrisdale Tunnel) is worth a visit. However, no proper shop in Tongue so worth taking your own food, though Tesco seem to do a roaring trade in home deliveries. Coffee places mixed and sometimes hard to find. Only slight negative on the cottage is that a dishwasher would have been more use to us than a washing machine.

    Reviewed by Geoff4.7Aug 2021

  • "Loved the remote location and peace & quiet."

    It was spotlessly clean and tidy. WiFi worked well all week and the Freesat TV was great too. There is a tiny community Post Office in the building next door that is open for two hours a day but other than that the closest shop is the Bettyhill General Merchants where there is a petrol/diesel pump too. The nearest supermarket is in Thurso so come prepared. Better still eat out like we did. We had lovely meals in the Borgie Lodge hotel which is about 10mins drive. Also had a good meal at the Bettyhill Hotel but the Borgie Lodge hotel was better.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was fantastic but the only thing that let it down was the blinds/curtains in the bedroom which were useless."

    Tge sun comes up at 3am and that's when you get woken.

    Reviewed by Frazer5.0Jun 2021

  • "A peaceful stay in a beautiful setting."

    Having been built by the owner's great grandfather, Ornum wears it's history on it's sleeve and it sits well in this deeply historical landscape. The house is well equipped and comfortable but it is the surrounding area which is breathtaking. Beautiful beaches, huge skies and big landscapes. Skerray is slightly off the beaten track and very peaceful. We loved our stay here and discovered hidden gems every where. Thank you very much, Mairi, for sharing it with us.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2020

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable time."

    The cottage was warm, cosy and perfect for our "retreat" which included walking, reading, relaxing relaxing and relaxing! Skerray was a good centre to base ourselves.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Oct 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x Double, 1 x twin and 1 x single
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove .Note: The single room opens directly to the top of the staircase
  • Electric heating, woodburning stove and freestanding fire guard
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent.
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Front enclosed lawned garden and rear enclosed gravelled area with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 6.4 miles
  • Note: Check-in time is 4pm
  • Note: As there are no immediate local amenities/shop, you will need to bring initial supplies
  • Note: the property is located 3 miles from the North Coast 500 route
  • Note: This property only accepts last minute short breaks for a minimum of 4 nights.

The property

Bettyhill 6.4 miles.

Nestled on the outskirts of the pretty hamlet of Skerray, and 3 miles from the North Coast 500 route is this stunning stone cottage.

A property doesn't get more rural than this, situated at the very top of the Scottish Highlands, boasting fabulous countryside views from the front and lovely farmland views from the rear.

ORNUM offers a superb base for exploring all the North Coast of Scotland has to offer, with lovely period features showcasing the wealth of character this property has.

The ground floor offers a welcoming sitting room, with plenty of seating options for a relaxing evening with your loved ones, while the woodburning stove provides that extra bit of heat during those chilly winter months.

Step through to the dining room, which has plenty of heating for families to dine together.

The kitchen is wonderfully-appointed to the rear, with high-quality appliances on-hand to rustle up a delicious home-cooked meal for everyone.

A large shower room completes the ground floor, with quality fixtures and fittings.

Follow the stairs that lead to the 3 bedrooms; one double-size, one twin and one single.

Each bedroom has a range of furniture for storing your personal items, with magnificent views.

Use the rear gravelled area to sit out of an evening and enjoy a refreshing beverage.

This remote part of Scotland has many places to visit, including the fabulous historic Castle Varrich, boasting castle ruins and plenty of hiking to get involved with.

Venture towards Ben Loyal, an isolated mountain, which offers climbing and hiking opportunities.

With easy access to a number of beaches situated across the coast, for fun-filled family day trips.

Return to ORNUM for a relaxing holiday on the north coast of Scotland.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band F

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-00388-F

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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.

Note: This property only accepts last minute short breaks for a minimum of 4 nights.