Balvaig Cottage Vegetarian Bed and Breakfast Holiday & Retreat Centre, Culrain, Sutherland


A great base for exploring southeast Sutherland and northeast Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands.


Or just somewhere to relax and enjoy tranquility.


Balvaig Cottage B&B sits in tranquil woodland near the Dornoch Firth National Scenic Area, and is close to Bonar Bridge and Ardgay.

Discover an unknown part of the Scottish Highlands.
Visit amazing places many have never heard of before.
Really get to know the area, (and us).


Worker Friendly. Biker Friendly. Family Friendly. Everyone Friendly!


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We warmly invite you to relax and enjoy your summer holiday, an autumn break, retreat, or even a very lazy guided walking holiday at our friendly and informal B&B Holiday and Retreat Centre on the edge of tranquil woodland and farmland, near the Dornoch Firth National Scenic Area, and within easy reach of Ardgay and Bonar Bridge. A "B&B holiday" usually lasts for 3 days or longer.

We would really like to show you this enchanting area of the Northern Highlands of Scotland, which has a large variety of things to see and do all year round. Therefore the longer you stay, the cheaper the nightly rate. (Please note: short stays are available only at short notice, or during the off-season.).

Ben Klibreck from Hilton, above Culrain

The northern munro, Ben Klibreck, viewed from Hilton, just above Culrain. Our B&B sits among the trees in the centre left of the picture.


We provide great knowledge of the local area, including an extensive range of our own annotated maps, enabling you to have an interesting and varied holiday or retreat here.

Suilven and Cul Mor from above Loch Migdale

Suilven and Cul Mor from above Loch Migdale (with a bit of zoom). Our B&B is in the lower centre of the picture, in the middle distance.


As we are able to adapt the accommodation for families and groups, have very flexible opening hours, and offer discounts for stays of more than one night (the longer the stay the greater the discount), we are able to provide affordable and relaxing holidays.

Morning mist over the Kyle of Sutherland and the Dornoch Firth from Carbisdale Woods

Morning mist over the Kyle of Sutherland and the Dornoch Firth from Carbisdale Woods, through which there is a network of trails, just behind our B&B.


Prices start as low as £15 per person per night (long-stay, off-season, two sharing twin room). The high season rate for the double ensuite room (two sharing) varies from £25 per person per night (long stay) to £37.50 per person per night (single night stay). More details on the prices page. Special deals for families and groups staying for 4 nights or longer are available.

Bonar Bridge from Balblair Woods

Easy walking in all seasons. Walk directly all the way to Bonar Bridge from the house via Balblair Woods.


Breakfast times are flexible, allowing you to sleep-in and take leisurely walks before and after breakfast. You are free to come and go as you please. We can provide packed lunches, full lunches, and evening meals on request, ideal for the winter.

Dornoch Beach, less than 20 miles from our B&B accommodation in Sutherland

Beautiful sandy beaches, some less than 20 miles away.


We offer a double ensuite room to which an additional fold up small double bed can be added, making it perfect for a family with young children or good for 3 or 4 adults who are happy to share and save money. We also offer a single / twin room which can be adapted for 3 people with an extra bed.

Gleann Mor Sutherland

Magnificent and easy remote glen walks less than 20 miles away. Gleann Mor.


Free WiFi is provided, and a lock up garage which is ideal for bicycles and motorbikes. We can also allow use of our washing machine and tumble drier for longer stay guests. We can usually accept pets but please check with us first. The house has good thermal insulation so stays warm. We like to maintain a reasonably quiet and tranquil atmosphere.

Loch Migdale

Beautiful lochside walks less than 10 miles away. Loch Migdale.


The B&B itself is in an area of mixed woodland and farmland with many deciduous trees, and there are lovely woodland walks right next to the house with waterfalls and country lanes lined with wildflowers in the summer. Autumn colours are splendid. We are near the villages of Bonar Bridge and Ardgay where there are shops and places to eat out.

East Amat Falls

Fine waterfalls, many less than 20 miles away. East Amat Falls.


This is a relatively unknown and under-explored part of Scotland, away from the main tourist areas, and excellent for family holidays. The Dornoch Firth, a designated National Scenic Area, is one of Scotland's best kept secrets, with its beautiful views, delightful woodland and coastal walks, hill and mountain walks, waterfalls (we are quite near the famous Falls of Shin), gorges, mountain bike trails, roads suitable for lazy cycling, golf courses, sandy beaches, historic towns and standing stones, to name but a few of the attractions in the area.

Amat Forest

Magical Landscapes. The Amat Forest, less than 20 miles away.


Getting here is easy. We are in Culrain which has a railway station within walking distance of our house, and, being near Ardgay and Bonar Bridge, we are on an east-west through route. Therefore we are in an ideal location if you wish to explore both the North West and North East coastal areas of Sutherland in Scotland as these can be accessed via a series of fine day trips which we can help plan for you.



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