A great base for exploring southeast Sutherland and northeast Ross-shire.
Or just somewhere to relax and enjoy tranquility.
Wonderful Holiday Location in the Northern Highlands
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We are located in the northern Scottish Highlands, the area north of the Great Glen, near the head of the Dornoch Firth, close to the Kyle of Sutherland, in the village of Culrain, and very near Culrain railway station (where we can meet you and provide a lift to the house if need be).
Looking for somewhere "off the beaten track" in the Highlands of Scotland, that is quiet, avoids the main tourist areas, and yet is fairly easy to get to? With lots of variety, not just mountain and moorland, and with plenty for families to enjoy? Enjoyable and accessible at all times of the year, not just the summer, and things to do and see in all weathers with indoor and outdoor attractions that can be appreciated regardless of the weather?
We are in the south east of the county of Sutherland, near to the border with Easter Ross. Historically speaking, we are really in Easter Ross, as we are south of the natural dividing line of the Kyle of Sutherland - however administrative boundary changes have placed Culrain in Sutherland. Easter Ross is an area with many attractions which are often overlooked - for example, the wonderful beach at Shandwick Bay and the fascinating village of Portmahomack with its Pictish Museum and amazing sandstone rock formations at nearby Rockfield. Geology and archaeology abound in this almost-forgotten region.
Because the Dornoch Firth and Kyle of Sutherland extend so far inland to the west, and because we are near the Ardgay to Strath Oykel / Glen Oykel route which cuts through from the east to the west coast, we are well situated for exploring north west as well as north east Scotland. For those of you who enjoy longer drives, we also provide itineraries by means of which you can tour the whole of Northern Scotland easily from our house.
Our website focusses almost entirely on south east Sutherland and north east Ross-shire as these are our "home" areas, and we like to show places that can be visited within 35 miles' drive from our house, many much closer, including walks and cycle routes that can be accessed immediately from our house. There are fine mountains nearby in Strathcarron (not to be confused with its namesake over in the west). The main tourist attractions on the fascinating Black Isle are just slightly outwith our 35 mile criterion, and are well worth a visit, especially for dolphin trips.
You can enjoy delightful woodland and coastal walks, hill and mountain walks, waterfalls, visit gorges, follow mountain bike trails, and enjoy cycling on roads suitable for lazy cycling, play golf in stunning surroundings, wander along beautiful sandy beaches, visit historic towns and standing stones, to name but a few of the attractions in the area.
Probably the finest scenic golf courses anywhere in Britain lie in this area. In addition to the world famous Dornoch golf course, there are numerous others with lovely views - such as the enjoyable course at Bonar Bridge. There are Mountain Bike Trails at Golspie and Bonar Bridge. There are intriguing archeological sites which you can visit - such as the standing stones which form part of the Pictish Trail.
Although situated in the south east of Sutherland we are ideally located for exploring the whole of Nothern Scotland due to proximity to the roads that head north and west. The marker shows roughly where we are.
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