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Scottish Highlands Invergordon Ross-Shire By NC500 Route Short Breaks All Year

Bedrooms 1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

1 bedroom cottage to sleep 2 by the shores of the Cromarty Firth

Osprey Cottage is well situated for access to the NC500 (North Coast 500 Route) whether you are travelling by Car or Bike.

The location of Osprey Cottage allows you to do sections of the route on different days to fully take in the scenery.

Rentals at "Osprey Cottage" usually run from Saturday to Saturday, arriving after 3.00pm and departing by 10.00am.

Changeover days may also be Fridays or Mondays allowing guests to enjoy short breaks from Monday to Friday, 4 nights at 75% of the weekly rate, or Friday to Monday, 3 nights at 70% of the weekly rate.

If your planned dates fall outwith the 3-4 night break period, please contact us as we can be very flexible with dates.

'Osprey Cottage' is situated by the shores of the Cromarty Firth, this spacious detached property, adjacent to owners' home, has been renovated and furnished to a high standard. The property is just a few meters from the shoreline. It makes it the ideal place for bird watching. The owners also have a small bird 'hide' available for guests to use with beach access. The many tourist attractions in the area are all within a short drive. Beaches, distilleries, golf courses, castles and RSPB reserves.

The accommodation comprises an entrance hall with slate floor, a well equipped kitchen / dining room with beamed ceiling and slate / oak flooring. Spacious living room, partly open plan with beamed ceiling and oak flooring with an outlook over the Cromarty firth. Double bedroom with 5' bed, beamed ceiling and oak flooring. Shower room with toilet, hand basin, walk in shower and oak flooring.

Nature and bird watching: The local area is rich in both bird and animal life, the Cromarty Firth is a haven for migrating wildfowl and waders in the spring and autumn. The firth also plays host to bottle-nose dolphins and various dolphin watching trips set sail from Cromarty and Inverness. They can also be viewed from Chanonry Point on the Black Isle.

From April to September Ospreys fish along the foreshore of Nigg Bay adjacent to the cottage. The owners also have a small bird hide at the bottom of their garden that you are free to use when you are staying at the cottage.

The RSPB also have birde hides located at Nigg and Udal bays.

Dolphin watching trips from Cromarty.

More Details

Allan or Shona Macdonald
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Allan or Shona Macdonald

I have lived in the area most of my life and have lived in my own house which is adjacent but detached from Osprey Cottage for more than 30 years.

I am a self employed joiner and work locally.

Allan or Shona Macdonald purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Allan or Shona Macdonald chose Invergordon

The cottage was originally a substantial stone outbuilding and at the time there were very few self catering cottages in the local area. As we have always chosen self catering holidays we decided to give it a go and renovate and extend the cottage to make it what it is today.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful cottage. Weather was kind to us and we managed to go out every day. Wonderful scenery.

Distilleries warmed us up on the colder days.
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Invergordon in Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • The booking deposit is non refundable. If booking is cancelled 60+ days within holiday start date we will refund balance of payment, less deposit.
  • We would ask all guests to please leave the cottage in good clean condition upon departure Rentals at Osprey Cottage usually run from Sat to Sat.
  • We allow Friday or Monday changeovers allowing guests to have 3+4 night breaks.These breaks are charged at 70% + 75% of the weekly rates.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Washand Basin with Shaver socket above
  • Toilet, walk in mains pressure shower fed from 210 litre hw cylinder, wash hand basin and heated towel rail. All towels provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Vaulted / beamed ceilings, oak flooring, king size bed with memory foam mattress, wardrobe, dressing table, chest of drawers. All bed linen provided.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Binoculars
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(11 traveller reviews)

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Scottish Highlands Invergordon Ross-Shire By NC500 Route Short Breaks All Year
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 38 reviews

Lovely cottage but didn't get much sleep

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is in a very good place for exploring the area, it is very clean and extremely well equipped with some much appreciated little treats left by the owners. The only complaint we had was the uncomfortable bed and pillows, we could feel the wooden slats of the bed base through the thin mattress which was a pity as so much care had gone into making the rest of the cottage first class. Had it not been for this one thing we would have given Osprey cottage 5 stars

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Cottage was in a great location and was exactly as advertised. If I could change anything it would be the bed as we found it soft but that is a personal preference. Lots of information and places to visit.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very good

  • 4 of 5

This property was as good as ever with a good supply of treats for us on arrival. The only negative was that the parking space allocated to the cottage was under some silver birch(?) trees which were dropping a glue-like substance onto the car with the result that we had to visit the local carwash several times to get rid of it.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very impressed. Warm and welcoming.

  • 5 of 5

We were really impressed with this cottage. Very clean and very welcoming on arrival and very comfortable. Lights and heating were on so it was warm and cosy. Nice added touch was the milk in the fridge and the biscuits crisps and bottle of wine that had been left for us. Beautiful views out of the back window and we used the bird hide regularly. Would recommend this cottage to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Osprey Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful cottage in Invergordon area is a "gem". Beautifully decorated, immaculately kept, spacious and very comfortable with everything you need to enjoy your stay, the kitchen is extremely well equipped with instructions for using every appliance. On the shores of the Firth or Cromarty with its own private bird blind for bird lovers. The MacDonald's are very gracious hosts and have provided all the information one needs to enjoy the surrounding areas to the fullest. We especially appreciated the welcoming treats and starters!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Osprey Cottage for one week. We have been to Scotland many times

and stayed in lovely cottages but we think that Osprey Cottage is the most beautiful one we have stayed in. The cottage is very spacious and every room is beautifully furnished. The kitchen is equipped to a very high standard and the walk in shower in the bathroom is absolutely fantastic. It is ideally situated to visit the most northern part of Scotland. We have had a very enjoyable and comfortable stay and even the weather was kind to us. It was our first stay at the cottage and we have already recommended it to our family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2013
  • Date of Stay: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Invergordon + kildary
Nearest Ferry
180 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Car: necessary

'Osprey Cottage' is situated on the shores of the Cromarty firth between Barbaraville and Saltburn by the B817. Adjacent, but detached from the owners property and ideal for those interested in birdwatching. There are golf courses, distilleries, historical places of interest and beaches within easy driving distance.

Other Activities: Bird watching, Dolphin watching

Golf: The local area is rich with golf courses at Invergordon, Alness, Tain, Portmahomack, Dornoch, Skibo, Bonar-bridge.

Ski: The nearest Ski resort is Aviemore which is about 1 hours drive South on the A9.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Invergordon, Scottish Highlands & Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
30 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
8 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
29 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas and New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
5 Jan 2019 - 23 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rentals usually run from Saturday to Saturday arriving after 3pm and departing by 10.00am.
Changeover days may also be Fridays or Mondays,allowing guests to enjoy short breaks from Monday to Friday, 4 nights at 75% of weekly rate or Friday to Monday,3 nights at 70% of the weekly rate.
If your planned dates fall outwith the 3+4 night break period, please contact us as we can be flexible on dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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