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Fully modernised traditional croft cottage

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Culkein - Torran Cottage

2 bedroom cottage, sleeps 4 in the parish of Assynt, in Sutherland.

Torran Cottage is a roomy two bedroom cottage with all modern conveniences. It is on Stoer Head, set in the wild and beautiful townland of Assynt. The cottage has stunning views across the sea to the northern mountains of Sutherland. Whether it is whale watching from Stoer head, puffins and Arctic skuas on Handa Island or deer in the field below the cottage this magnificent landscape and it's wild beauty will enchant you.

This traditional croft cottage sleeps 4. One double bedroom and one bedroom with twin single beds. The sitting room is equipped with satellite TV which takes DVD's, CD's and IPOD's. It has an open fire place. The dining room has an open aspect on both sides and is a bright and cheery room. There is a large dining table which will comfortably sit 6. It has a music system which plays CD's and takes IPOD's. The kitchen has a set of oak cupboards and is fully equipped. There is a gas hob and an electric oven, washing machine, fridge freezer, dish washer, microwave and a coffee machine (Nespresso capsules required). There is also a sandwich maker and a toaster. The spacious bathroom has a shower, wc and sink. The cottage is centrally heated and all gas and fuel is included in the price. There is an outside dining area which has magnificent views northwards to Foinaven across Eddrachillis Bay.

Assynt is in Sutherland one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland.

It is a land of steep mountains, trout filled lochs and spectacular sea views and cliff scenery. There are 5 small, utterly quiet, sandy beaches within 5 miles of the cottage. Within a 10 minute walk there is Porsht, a small cove ideal for swimming, canoeing or snorkelling. Locally, trout fishing, both brown and sea trout, deer stalking, birdwatching, whale watching, sea kayaking, mountain walking and climbing, are all available. Assynt is bisected by the Moine Thrust, a geological fault and the area along the fault is designated a Geopark, one of only seven in the UK. The nearby villages of Lochinver or Drumbeg have a full range of shops and restaurants. In the summer this is, nearly, the land of the midnight sun, it hardly gets dark. In the winter the mountains are snow clad and with a bit of luck with the weather the Northern Lights will flash across the skies.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Stephen McCarthy
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Gaelic
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
3 October, 2016
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About Stephen McCarthy

I am a retired, married 62 year old Irishman living in Scotland. We are interested in mountains, walking, scrambling and climbing. Also in running and cycling. As we spend a lot of time out of doors we have a keen interest in nature and natural history, the plants, birds and animals we share our world with.

Stephen McCarthy purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Stephen McCarthy chose Scottish Highlands & Islands

Assynt is a most beautiful part of the world. we live 2 hours drive away in Inverness and use the property ourselves regularly, particularly in the winter.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is in Assynt in the north of Scotland a place of tranquillity and wild beauty. Inside the cottage are all the comforts of modern living but the view from the front door is across Edrachillis Bay to the mountains of Fionavon and Arkle. We have seen barn owls at dusk, dolphins and whales in the bay and we get deer in the garden and badgers in the lane.


based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Fully modernised traditional croft cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Near Gainesville, Florida

An excellent and well-maintained property for a Highland vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect location for a quiet walking holiday in the Scottish Highlands. When the weather is poor one can enjoy all the many amenities of the cottage provided, when the weather is better it is an excellent base for visiting and hiking the Lochinver and Stoer areas. The cottage sunroom, especially, is a most enjoyable feature.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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cozy, comfortable, secluded

  • 5 of 5

A great place for anyone wishing to get away from the daily grind. Sheep, deer and rocks in the surrounding fields, a beautiful rocky cove just a short walk away, lots to see in the area if you like the outdoors. The cottage is warm and friendly, and perfectly equipped. We particularly liked the sunroom. I found it an added benefit that there was no internet access and mobile reception was poor. I wish we could have stayed for another week or two.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent cottage

  • 5 of 5

2 weeks of relaxation, exploring & taking in the breathtaking scenery of the highlands has been amazing. The cottage was spacious, clean & very warm, most welcoming after our days adventure. We had a fantastic holiday & would return without a doubt.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks!
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A wonderful experience.

  • 5 of 5

TORRAN COTTAGE. September 2014.

From the minute of our arrival we felt at home and knew that this property was ideal for our fishing holiday.Very comfortable and well appointed.

We only regretted that our stay was short and that most of our days were spent out at the hill lochs.

We found a fair O2 mobile phone signal for most of our stay which was useful but not expected.

The in depth information from the helpful owner was second to none.

For anyone wanting to experience this area in a real sense this cottage comes recommended.

We hope to return soon.



  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb Hoiday in Torran Cottage, Stoer

  • 5 of 5

Our first glimpse of Torran Cottage confirmed our hopes: we would be holidaying in dramatic landscape. A croft cottage, modernised with sensitivity and imagination, it surpassed expectations. It is a light, spacious house furnished for luxury. The downstairs rooms are large - the sun room is a bonus, allowing plenty of scope for four people to relax in comfort and with space to do different things. The dining area benefitted from the light of the sun room. After an active day on the hills or on the coast, who would want to leave the comfort of this cottage? So Central to our enjoyment of the holiday was an exceptionally well equipped kitchen, which made light of meal preparations. Large enough to allow two people to work without hindering progress, it was well stocked with cooking utensils and a wide variety of dishes in a range of sizes. Essential when feeding four hungry people! Storage space is ample for a week's supply of food, with numerous cupboards and a good sized family fridge/freezer; cooking facilities are efficient and speedy. The dishwasher and washing machine were welcome and featured high in our criteria for choosing the cottage. Throughout, decoration is of high quality- attractive and very well maintained. Good views dominate all windows upstairs, including the modern bathroom, which has an extra large and powerful shower- very welcome after a long day's activity.

All the beds were very comfortable with luxurious goosedown quilts/pillows and crisply fresh linen. A god night's sleep was guaranteed!

While the cottage was remarkably warm and cosy, it was wonderful to have an open fireplace in the living room- particularly relaxing while discussing the days adventures and planning the next excursion.

Instead of the usual twee and often anodyne pictures peculiar to holiday lets, the owners have hung an interesting collection of posters that reflect their interests and also a range of their own photographs of the area. A delightful cottage that immediately feels like home.

On the doorstep, the choice of activity is myriad: for hikers, the mountains of Assynth are there for the challenge. Many of our favourite locations, like the lighthouse at Stoer, are easy bike rides. Walking to the nearby beaches at sunset made for stunning photographs. The wildness of the highlands surrounds you- a magic landscape! Further afield, Handa Island is enchanting- birds, wild flowers and spellbinding cliff. Torran Cottage - perfect choice for an ideal holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your generous comments. We hope that Torran Cottage offers the right blend of home comforts and the opportunities of being in a wild and glorious part of Scotland. We hope you come back.
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  • 5 of 5

Traumhafte Lage für Ruhesuchende und idealer Ausgangspunkt für Erkundungstouren in Assynt. Das Cottage ist sehr gut ausgestattet und gemütlich. Ist das Wetter typischen Schottisch, kann man sich zwischen den Touren im behaglich Warmen regenerieren.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
104 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles

Torran Cottage is situated in the parish of Assynt. It is a wild and wonderful part of Sutherland. Mountains, lochs, sea cliffs, deserted beaches, screaming teeming bird colonies, Assynt has got it all.

Whether you want fishing, sea stack climbing, mountain bike riding, stalking deer, counting the 100,000 guillemots or paddling the ocean with whales and dolphins, its all waiting for you here.

Of course if you just want to lie on the beach, maybe play a round of golf and eat at a great seafood restaurant, we have that too.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Culkein, Northern Scottish Highlands

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Term
29 Oct 2016 - 11 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
12 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Term
15 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Pre Summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

1. For July and August only bookings of 7 days or multiples of 7 days are accepted.
2. If a booking of more than 1 week is required please email me for rates. A reduction is available for longer bookings.
3. These rates are the total cost. They include heating, lighting, bed and bath linen. There are no hidden extras.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Culkein in Scotland

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Since we added a new sun room last year, 2011, we have installed a futon there. The cottage could take six but there are no blinds in the sun room and in the summer it hardly gets dark at all this far north. all other facilities in the cottage i.e. chairs for the dining room table and delph are sufficient for 6 people. I must emphasise however that the extra 2 are really for overflows.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Player
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Torran Cottage is a large cottage for a 4 sleeper. The bedrooms are generous and the bathroom very big. There are separate dining and sitting rooms as well as a new sun room to the rear of the property which takes the afternoon and evening sun in the summer. It is an ideal olace to sit when the wind is up or the midgies are out. The views from the cottage are on to croft grazing land, sheep and deer in the gloaming. The view north from the front door sweeps away across the croft lands over Eddrachillis Bay to the mountains Arkle and Fionnavon. The sea is a 15 minute walk away and at the little bay below the cottage there is complete privacy.

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