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Traditional Highland Lodge | 097

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  • At a Glance
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation

    • Sleeps 13 (12 adults + 1 children)
    • 6 bedrooms
    • 5 bath / shower rooms

    Your holiday home

    • £0 - £0 per week
    • Security Deposit £250 (refundable)
    • Sunday changeover
    • 6:00 PM check in
    • 10:00 AM check out
    • 2 pets welcome (Pets go free)
    • No smoking
    • Property rating: 4
    • Facilities

      • Dishwasher
      • Washing machine
      • Central heating
      • Wifi
      • Microwave
      • BBQ
      • CD player
      • DVD player
      • TV (satellite)
    • Features

      • Fire/woodburner
      • Fishing


Hidden amongst silver birch woodland not far from the shores of Loch Shin, a traditional Victorian shooting lodge beckons you indulge in Highland pursuits.

Built in 1882, this traditional late Victorian shooting lodge is situated in its own grounds, surrounded by mixed woodlands. In recent years it has been fully refurbished, whilst at the same time it retains its warmth and charm of yesteryear.

On entering at ground level is the welcoming hall, a study with a sofa-bed, and a very large drawing room with open fire and grand piano, which is ideal for everyone to gather and plan the day ahead. The dining room with dining table that can seat 12 adults is next door, which has a serving hatch through to the kitchen, allowing for easy food distribution. Additionally there is a bathroom with wheelchair accessible shower at ground level.  The installation of a wood-chip boiler provides ample heating and hot water throughout the lodge. 

The bedrooms are situated on the floor above, and include three double rooms, two twin or double rooms with zip-and-link beds and one twin room. There are three bathrooms and a separate w.c upstairs. Features of the house include the original pitch pine throughout, the family home atmosphere, the original roll top baths and the painted friezes. Within its own 13,000 acres of private estate, this delightful lodge is full of history and is a wonderful place to go on a true Highland holiday.

  • Living
  • Beds & Baths
  • Grounds
  • Please note
  • Reception Rooms
    At the front door is a pleasant verandah, where boots can be stored before entering, which takes you into the main hall, which as a shooting lodge is traditionally decorated with stags heads. There is a small study off this hall, which is ideal to find a book on ornithology to check to see if it is really an Osprey you can see flying towards the loch each day. The main sitting room is a full length drawing room, with a grand piano on one side of the room, with comfortable seating, TV and an open fire at the other. It is very much two rooms in one, making this a great space to entertain all your group.

    Kitchen & Dining
    The dining room and kitchen are located next door to each other. The dining table seats 10 people comfortably, with another table being added to make the numbers up to 12 people. There is a serving hatch to the kitchen to aid speed of service. The kitchen itself is a typical lodge kitchen, where the emphasis is function over style. There is an AGA and an electric cooker to cover all cooking requirements. There is everything you would expect here with microwave, fridge freezer and dishwasher, with a pantry next door for further storage.

  • Accommodation is provided for a group of 12 adults and 1 child in 6 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms and 2 shower rooms, as follows:

    • 2 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • 3 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • Study With Foldout Sofa-bed

    Ground floor

    Study, with fold-out sofa-bed (for the + 1); shower room, with specifically designed shower unit for disabled use with sides, w.c and wash hand basin.

    First floor

    Room 1, double room, with double bed with wash hand basin; bathroom, with shower over bath, w.c and wash hand basin;

    Room 2, twin/double room, with zip-and-link bed and wash hand basin; bathroom, with roll top bath, separate shower cabinet, bidet, w.c and wash hand basin;

    Room 3, double room with double bed;

    Room 4, twin room, with two single beds; shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin;

    Room 5, double room, with double bed, wash hand basin; bathroom, with shower over bath, w.c and wash hand basin;

    Room 6, twin/double room, with zip-and-link bed, with wash hand basin.

  • Set within the silver birches, it is surrounded by mixed lawns, woodlands and moorlands, in a very natural setting, which is wonderful for children to explore. It is located 7 miles from the village of Lairg, near Loch Shin, where there is a village store, whilst the nearest supermarket is 35 miles away at Alness. Fishing can be arranged on Loch Shin for salmon and trout. The nearest golf course is at Bonar Bridge, with more well known courses at Royal Dornoch and Skibo within the hour. The nearest distillery is Glenmorangie. This is an excellent area for walking, climbing and mountain bike activity.


    Loch Shin, one of the largest and finest lochs in Sutherland, and is an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Over 17 miles long, Loch Shin boasts magnificent scenery, flanked by “blue” hills. Ben More Assynt, one of the Scottish Munros to the West of the Loch, will challenge hill walkers at 3,273 feet. There are many fishing opportunities in the loch and rivers in the surrounding area, including salmon fishing for both the inexperienced and expert fisherman. Harry Potter fans can make a pilgrimage to the Black Rock of Novar, used as a backdrop in the famous films. Loch Ness is within an hour’s drive. For the whisky enthusiast, Glenmorangie distillery is nearby at Tain. For golfers, Royal Dornoch is an essential golf course to play.

    Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

    WIFI - a note from the owner
    The wifi is not unlimited but is capped at 30GB per month, refreshing on the 3rd of each month. It will slow down if it is all used up however in our experience we've not had a problem since installing the new system which we can check remotely. Guests are asked to turn the system off when they're not using it so that background usage (e.g. automatic uploads of film, or background programs left running on their mobiles) does not use up the capacity unintentionally - this is important as we found (before it was capped) that our resident keeper ran up an unintentional bill of £200 without knowing! Our intention is to enable guests to receive emails and use the internet, but we don’t know if the connection would be fast enough for streaming films for example. We receive the internet via Vodafone from a nearby mobile mast which operates Vodafone and O2 (possibly EE) on the 4G network so anyone with a device using these networks can use their own packages to use the wifi on whatever basis they normally do.

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Nearest shop
7 miles
Nearest supermarket
35 miles
Nearest pub
7 miles
Train Stations
Nearest Train Station
Lairg 7 miles
Invershin 12 miles
Culrain 13 miles


The bird\'s eye view of the lodge
This holiday house is perfect to explore the north of Scotland
The monarch of the glen welcomes you on arrival
The drawing room is very spacious
Another angle of the large drawing room
The dining room
This angle of the dining room shows the serving hatch to the kitchen
The kitchen is bright and well equipped for self catering groups
You rang my lord!
The pitch pine staircase leads to the first floor landing
Room 1 is the main double room on the first floor
Room 2 is the first of the twin bedrooms
This is the largest bathroom on the first floor
Room 3 is another of the double bedrooms
Room 4 is a twin-bedded room
Another of the first floor bathrooms
Room 5 is a nursery themed double room
A shower room is also available on the first floor
Room 6 is the last of the twin bedrooms
The ground floor shower room with easy-to-use shower
When the sun shines it brings out the colour
Nestled in the woodlands in a rural location
An autumnal view across to Loch Shin
It is a short drive up to the lodge off the main road
The grounds are mostly wilderness with an old walled garden
The peats are stacked and ready
The view from Shin Bridge
Looking across Loch Shin from the south side
Tour the \'North Coast 500\' route
The classic scenic view across to Bonar Bridge
This is the scenery one comes to the Highlands of Scotland on holiday for


24 September 2020
Rated 5 out of 5

This felt like a home with lovely books, pictures, piano, rugs. Very good location with access to West north and East coast and several Munroes. We were there for walking not stalking and were pleased there were not too many antlers on the wall! great sunsets and beautiful views of the Loch in all conditions.

Courteous and efficient

19 January 2017
Rated 5 out of 5

We had a great time at the lodge. The house was just as we expected and both the adults and the kids (aged 2 - 14) loved it. Being able to do clay pigeon shooting near the house was a real bonus for the adults.

So nice to hear the whole family enjoyed the Highland experience, we would be delighted to assist with any future holiday plans if you would like to re book for another get together! 

Excellent customer service! Very helpful and responsive to questions.

Thank you very much for the excellent rating for our service, it was great to help with your holiday plans!

26 August 2013
Rated 4 out of 5

Wireless never worked (although a hard wired connection to the Internet was possible). One of the bedrooms had water damage that caused respiratory problems for some members of our party. However, space, amenities and location were wonderful.

Many thanks for your comments, glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful location. A property inspection has been arranged this month to check your comments, but by all accounts the Internet is working. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help with any future holiday plans to Scotland and we will be happy to assist!

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In general, we had a very good experience. However, the initial booking was rather painful as we had to wait a long time to hear whether the property we requested was available. At least twice, after long waits, we were told that the property was not available. It would be helpful for you to know directly from owners when they are reserving the property for their own use.

Many thanks for your comments, glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful location. A property inspection has been arranged this month to check your comments, but by all accounts the Internet is working. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help with any future holiday plans to Scotland and we will be happy to assist!

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