3 (all year)
The Coach House is a pretty stone cottage in the Scottish Highlands which sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms. As part of the fantastic 4,000 acres of the Gruinards Estate in Ardgay, guests are surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland, making it simple to step outside the front door and immerse yourself in this incredible landscape. This cottage is ideal for couples and families who appreciate home comforts and big sky views.
The Scottish Highlands are particularly well known for the quality of hill walking and fishing, and both are easily accessible from The Coach House. The River Carron runs close by and the Oykel a few miles distant with fishing permits available to purchase in Ardgay. The village of Ardgay also has a shop and cafe, together with children's playground and indoor soft-play area, and it is also possible to arrange bike hire to make the most of the fantastic mountain bike trails in the region. A tennis court is adjacent to the cottage for Tenant's use, so you can also enjoy a game in the finer weather. A family-friendly bistro is located just 10 minutes away in Bonar Bridge.
Golf is another favourite activity in Scotland. There is a 9 hole golf course in Bonar Bridge and the famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club is half an hour away with fantastic views of the water and beaches of Dornoch Firth. Larger than Ardgay, Dornoch has a good range of amenities including places to eat and drink (notably the renowned 'Luigis' bistro), shops and boutiques, a beach, cathedral and museum. Beyond Dornoch, Dunrobin Castle always provides a fun day out with beautiful interiors and gardens, a museum and birds of prey displays. As the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland, it has been continuously inhabited for 700 years.
Inverness, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle are all within an hour's drive of The Coach House, or you can take the train from Ardgay station which has regular rail links not only with Inverness but also Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Despite their fame worldwide, the Highlands of Scotland remain delightfully unspoiled. The vast expanse of wilderness features crystal clear rivers running with salmon, pristine beaches of soft sand and turquoise water, woodland and mountains, together with friendly communities who are happy to show off the beauty of their region to visitors.
Helen Franklin joined Independent Cottages in March 2019
The Coach House is a classic Highlands stone cottage with accommodation over two levels.
Outside: The Coach House has a patio with table and chairs, and off street parking.
Additional Information: Utilities, sheets and towels are all included, as is WiFi. A cot and highchair are available on request - please ask when booking. One well-behaved dog is welcome with prior agreement from the owner (an additional charge of £25 per stay applies). Bookings typically run from Saturday to Saturday, but the owner is happy to consider alternative arrangements if availability allows. Smoking is not permitted. Short breaks (three night minimum) available out of peak season and possibly during peak upon application, depending on availability. Cot/high chair/changing table available (£25 charge per stay applies). Gruinards rental terms and conditions will apply. £50 breakage deposit payable to the owner at the time of booking (returnable on departure).