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Fully modernised traditional croft cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Stephen McCarthy
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, French, Gaelic
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

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 Culkein

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Culkein in Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • 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
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 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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Fully modernised traditional croft cottage
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

Great cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at this stunning cottage with friends. Amazing views, fully equipped with a rustic charm. The kitchen has everything you need and the rooms where very comfortable. Beds great. The weather was horrendous so did spend most of our time in the cottage. Had a power cut ( Its what you expect being do remote) but to me just added to the great experience. Plenty iof books to read in front of the fire with glass of vino. Will definitely be back! Thanks :)

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks.
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Thornhill, Stirling

Lovely cozy cottage, bags of room and excellent location for exploring Assynt

  • 5 of 5

Super, spacious, well-equipped cottage. Pretty view of Porsht cove from the garden and location perfect for exploring the area. We felt very at home in the evenings, curled up in front of the fire and beds are super comfortable. Will be renting this gem again :)

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many Thanks, Stephen.
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The fact that it was the third time I've been speaks for itself. The area is breathtaking.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very comfortable, warm, furnished beautifully, with a lovely sun room - the perfect place to watch the sheep and cows - and a new, roomy shower in a bathroom with a view over the hills. It is unbelievably peaceful. The lack of internet and the view of the sea and distant mountains from just outside the door are a perfect combination to refresh the soul.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet location; good access to some great walking

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our time at the cottage. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay and we particularly liked the conservatory room. We walked from the house right round the Stoer peninsula.

We weren't sure as to whether we could light the fire: some guidance might be helpful (as well as advice to bring fuel if its not provided).

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. Your advice about the fire and fuel is spot on and I will act on it from now on. I am glad you enjoyed your stay.
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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: 25-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 02-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: 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

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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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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