Dunmore is situated on Brora Harbour. Close to the beach, golf course, all amenities.The village has a small supermarket, a pub, Chinese, Indian,takeaway.The train station is a 5 minute walk away.The cottage comprises of 3 bedrooms, entrance lobby, living room, kitchen diner,washing machine, bathroom large shower. Garden to the rear with a patio area with picnic table and a small front yard with a bench overlooking the harbour. Pets very welcome and not restricted from any part of the property.
“Nous avons passé une semaine merveilleusement relaxante à Dunmore. Le cottage de Paula est un petit bijou d'hôtel. Il est équipé de tout ce dont vous pourriez avoir besoin pour un court séjour et est confortable mais pas à l'étroit. C'est propre et bien entretenu. Paula est un hôte formidable, très accommodant à nos besoins. Toujours à portée de main si nécessaire mais en aucun cas intrusif. Ses recommandations et ses connaissances locales se sont avérées utiles. Nous avons passé une excellente semaine et je ne le recommanderai jamais assez.”
My self catering flat stands in my family’s Sutherland croft, on a hill approximately 153 metres above sea level. The property is compact and cosy, with electric central heating, and it is my priority that visitors have everything they need for a comfortable stay. The lounge/kitchen area is fully equipped with hob, oven, microwave, toaster, steamer, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, pots, crockery, cutlery, table and chairs, Sky TV, Wi-Fi being installed, comfortable sofa-bed and armchair. The bedroom has a kingsize bed, and ample wardrobe storage. For the shower and washbasin, I have provided Arran Aromatics lovely hand- and body-wash products to relax and soothe you. Because this is a highland home, I have kept a certain sense of tradition in the decor, with a variety of plaid fabrics, and some old photographs and objects which I hope you will enjoy looking at. You may browse a selection of books by a diversity of Scottish authors. The views are amazing. From the front windows, the Moray Firth in all its moods leads the eye south west to the distant Cairngorms, or the vast open horizon of the North Sea. On the other sides, the views are framed by some of the oldest hills in Europe. Once mighty Alps, the passage of time and ice ages have worn these to gentler slopes of fractured volcanic rock. Thinly coated in peat and heather, they are the very private habitat of such fauna as grouse, stoat, and hare, and the equally public domain of seasonally grazing sheep, cattle and growing numbers of red and roe deer. You might simply be a bird of passage, staying briefly here while travelling to or from the Northern isles of Orkney and Shetland, or experiencing the wonderful North Coast 500 route. On the other hand, you might want to make this your base for a while, as you explore the area known as the ‘Common Grazings’ - 1011 hectares of wild hillsides, which reach almost to my back door. With wildlife spotting, fishing for tasty little brown trout in a nearby burn, finding examples of iron age archaeology, or simply strolling through the glorious spaciousness, where you’ll rarely encounter another human being, you might not want to travel much further during your entire stay, than down to the village of Helmsdale for supplies, souvenirs or eating out. Being only about half a mile from the A9, it is also easy to base yourself here, and travel up the Strath of Kildonan to the North Coast, follow the East Coast to John O’ Groats, or take a day trip across to Ullapool and the West. Close to hand, Helmsdale village (3 minutes away by car, 20 on foot) has a heritage centre (Timespan) with a riverside cafe. On the main street visitors will further find two restaurants, a takeaway, two bars, a mini market, a gift shop and an old-fashioned ironmonger’s store. Helmsdale also offers golf, river and sea fishing opportunities. Visitors may travel here by car, bike, train, bus or, of course, on foot! I can arrange collection from the train station or bus stop. If you plan driving here in the winter months, I strongly recommend winter tyres. My driveway is rather rough, though everyone seems to manage, driving carefully. No matter when you plan to visit, remember this really IS the great outdoors, so bring weatherproof clothing and footwear, and midge/tick repellant in the summer. I am not a professional linguist, but I speak some French, Italian, German and Polish. I look forward to welcoming you to The Stroops!
“C’est un endroit fabuleux où séjourner pour visiter le NC500. Perché au-dessus de la mer du Nord, la vue est absolument spectaculaire. L'endroit a tout et bien plus que ce à quoi on pourrait s'attendre dans un hébergement indépendant, y compris un excellent chauffage. Les petites attentions supplémentaires ont été très appréciées, notamment le sablé et un "petit drame". Ruth est extrêmement accueillante et hospitalière. La montée de l’autoroute jusqu’à l’hébergement représentait la moitié de l’aventure. Assurez-vous de suivre les instructions de Ruth. Je le recommande vivement.”
Burnside Shepherd Hut (En-Suite) is located in the small fishing village of Brora, part of the NC500 route through the Highlands, set on a private 6 acre croft, with beautiful sea views across the Moray Firth, with easy access to Hill and Coastal walks, golf, fishing, and the award winning Brora Beach, makes for a perfect base to explore this beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands.
“La cabane était parfaite pour notre séjour d'une nuit, joliment décorée et impeccablement propre. A tout ce dont vous avez besoin avec une vue magnifique, nous aimerions revenir et rester un peu plus longtemps”