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Sleeps 12 adults
+ 1 children
Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 5 Pets 2 Welcome Region Sutherland Town/village Lairg
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Traditional Highland Lodge, near Lairg (097)

Surrounded by silver birch trees and wild honeysuckle, and on a warm night with a light breeze, the fragrance is idyllic, just like this Highland lodge itself.

Built in 1882 as a Victorian shooting lodge, it provides comfortable accommodation for anyone wishing to be in the far flung Highlands. This large holiday home is situated on a 13,000 acre private estate in Sutherland in a quiet country setting.

Internally the property has a large sitting room with open fire, study, well equipped kitchen and a comfortable dining room. The lodge sleeps 12 adults and 1 child in 6 bedrooms, which are all situated on the first floor. With 5 bathrooms, which consist of a  shower room on the ground floor, which has been designed with less abled use in mind, and 3 bathrooms and a further shower room on the first floor. There is ample parking for five cars and there are nice grounds around the house and beyond to explore.  All-in-all, this delightful lodge is full of history and is a wonderful place to go on a true Highland holiday.

The monarch of the glen welcomes you on arrivalThe drawing room is very spaciousAnother angle of the large drawing roomThe dining room This angle of the dining room shows the serving hatch to the kitchenThe kitchen is bright and well equipped for self catering groupsYou rang my lord!Room 2 is the first of the twin bedrooms

Living Space

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.

  • Aga
  • BBQ
  • CD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Freezer, chest
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Fridge, Wine Cooler
  • Heating, Central
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing facilities
  • Microwave
  • Music, system in drawing room
  • Open Fire
  • Oven, hob, electric
  • Piano, Grand
  • Rural and private
  • Study
  • TV, Satellite
  • Walking, hill
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
Room 1 is the main double room on the first floorThis is the largest bathroom on the first floorRoom 3 is another of the double bedroomsRoom 4 is a twin-bedded roomAnother of the first floor bathroomsRoom 5 is a nursery themed double roomA shower room is also available on the first floorRoom 6 is the last of the twin bedroomsThe ground floor shower room with easy-to-use shower

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 12 + 1

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

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.

  • 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
This holiday house is perfect to explore the north of ScotlandWhen the sun shines it brings out the colourNestled in the woodlands in a rural locationAn autumnal view across to Loch ShinThe bird's eye view of the lodgeIt is a short drive up to the lodge off the main roadThe grounds are mostly wilderness with an old walled gardenThe peats are stacked and ready

Grounds & Surrounds

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.


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity and oil central heating and an initial supply of logs for the open fire.

Notes & Warnings

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.

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only.

Please be aware that the piano at the property is unused and not tuned on a regular basis, and is more a decorative item than a functional playing piano. Guests are welcome to play the piano, but for those wishing to arrange a musical event, then the provision of a professional keyboard may be more appropriate.

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.


The picturesque village of Lairg is located in the green hills and snow capped mountains of the Sutherland Highlands, on the shores of Loch Shin. The surrounding countryside offers plentiful walking and cycling routes, with Ferry Wood and the Dalchork Forest Trails being popular with visitors. Nearby the Falls of Shin are a famous spot for watching the Salmon on their journey up river. The Ferrycroft Visitor Centre is a great place to stop in, to learn more about the town, and the surrounding countryside. 


As you travel further north in Scotland, the scenery becomes more and more dramatic, and Sutherland boast some of the best. With the Atlantic coast to the north and west, and the North Sea to the south east, this county is as sparse and rugged as you will find in the UK.

The population resides in coastal towns; to the west, Lochinver, a small fishing port sits nestled under the distinctive Suilven Mountain range and to the east you will find a number of towns and villages, the fishing port of Helmsdale, the sandy beaches and Jurassic rocks of Brora, and the seaside resort of Golspie, home to the fairy-tale Dunrobin Castle.

The thriving town at Dornoch offers beautiful sandy beaches, its own SSSI, the Royal Dornoch championship golf course, and a spectacular Cathedral. The most attractive aspect of this county is its landscapes, perfect for explorers, Ben More Assynt, the highest mountain in the county offers a formidable challenge to keen hikers, and Loch Shin has much to show wildlife enthusiasts. Golden Eagles and Sea Eagles are also known to inhabit this county. 

North West and Skye

About the Area

The northern section of Scotland provides some of the most dramatic scenery that the country has to offer with stunning natural beauty. The options include travelling up the east coast, through the central region or via the western section. Choosing the east coast, from Inverness to John o’ Groats, is a distance of 120 miles. This takes in the “Black Isle” which has the Moray Firth and the Cromarty Firth on either side. Continuing on the A9 through Easter Ross, and the scenery starts to get more dramatic with the peak Ben Wyvis dominating the area. The towns that you pass through include Dornoch, Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale, with the historic cathedral at Dornoch a highlight. Beyond and you enter the sparsely populated region of Sutherland, where there are vast open spaces of moorland and heather, which meets the high cliffs to the east. There are two main towns in the northern section and they are Thurso and Wick. The north east section is the county of Caithness, and there are a lot of Norse influence in this area, having been the closest point of contact to Norway and Viking invasions. It is a favourite for tourists who like to go to John o’Groats, and it is historically known as the “start of Great Britain”, being one end of the longest distance between two inhabited points in the UK, Land's End being the other. John o' Groats is 876 miles (1409.78 km) away from Land's End in Cornwall. At the north coast is the Pentland Firth, which looks out to Orkney and a car ferry can be caught from Scrabster to Stromness. Both Orkney and Shetland have amazing historical sites and are well worth visiting. Travelling along the north coast takes you to Tongue, and it is here that the central route can be taken using the A836. This follows Loch Loyal, past Ben Loyal, Loch Naver and through Strath Vagastie and Strath Tiffy before reaching Lairg. The road is a single track road with passing places and as it is so scenic, there is no hurry. Travelling from the west coast, from the great glen of Scotland and the magnificence of Loch Ness, along the A87, this is a route that is well trodden by tourists, as this is the “road to the isles”. Along the way, it is lochs and glens, with Loch Lochy, Loch Garry, Loch Cluanie, the Five Sisters mountain range, before reaching Loch Duich and one of the most photographed and iconic castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. From here, the road leads to the Isle of Skye and access onto many of the other islands, or north. Travelling north, takes in a perennial favourite, Plockton, and continuing on you travel through Lochcarron, Kinlochewe, Ullapool and Scourie, with harbour villages of Lochinver and Kinlochbervie, well worth visiting. Once you get to the top of Scotland, you reach Durness and the most north westerly region which is Cape Wrath, and this section of Scotland is covered.


In the North Highlands and Skye, there are many attractions, but it is the geography that is the most appreciated. The line of the well known verse states “speed bonny boat, over the sea to Skye”; but nowadays, there is a bridge for the main west coast route onto the island. However, the West Highland Line links Mallaig railway station by rail to Fort William, Oban and Glasgow. This rail line, which is in use through the summer only, has been frequently voted the top rail journey in the world. Once on Skye, it is dominated by the range of mountains through the spine of the island which are the Cuillins, which is a haven for walkers. To the north near Uig, is Dunvegan Castle, the clan seat of the Macleods, which is open to the public. Whilst Skye can easily occupy a visitor for weeks, there is also access to many of the other islands, including Raasay, Uist and Harris. Back on the mainland, it continues to be all about lochs and glens. From the great glen and Loch Ness, travelling north, it a series of straths, glens, mountains and vast open spaces. In fact 40% of all the Munro’s, mountains that are above 3,000 feet in height, are in this region. Some of the more prominent ones include Ben Wyvis, Ben Hope and Ben More Assynt. The clan history of this area is fascinating and includes well known clans such as Mackay, Sinclair, Sutherland, Munro, Urquhart, Mackenzie, Fraser, Mackinnon and Macleod. On Skye, Dunvegan Castle is the clan seat and nearby can be found Macleod's Tables, which are two curious flat-topped hills that are prominent from many parts of Skye. The ascent to the top is a straightforward but rough moorland walk. Apart from travelling the region and enjoying its natural beauty, there are many castles to visit. The iconic Eilean Donan Castle is the most visited castle in this region and definitely worth seeing, even if you see nothing else in Scotland. Castle Urquhart at Loch Ness, Dunrobin Castle, Castle of Mey, Dornoch Cathedral and Dunvegan Castle and Castle Armadale on Skye are all worth visiting, along with the many historical sites on Orkney. Many signposts are written in both English and Gaelic, the Scottish language, and it is in this region where the language is kept alive. Shinty is the local sport, which to an outsider is the equivalent of hockey without rules, and if you have a chance to see a game, then it is an exciting fast paced game, which comes with crunching tackles. With regard to weather, it can be a mixed bag. Traditionally, in general the west is wetter than the east, but there are pockets that have micro climates. In the west, the gulf stream keeps the climate milder and there are a number of well known gardens, like Inverewe Gardens in the North West, which are world class. All-in-all, there are plenty of interesting attractions to visit in this region.

Things To Do 

Once you have seen the scenery and visited the castles, there are many interesting activities in this region. The food, especially the seafood is world renowned and if you can find a local restaurant or hotel that offers the seafood dish of the day, then it will be a worthwhile experience. The Kinloch Hotel and The Three chimneys, both on the Isle of Skye have excellent reputations, whilst the following 3 restaurants are also well known; 1, Fishmarket restaurant, Mallaig; 2, Captains Galley, Scrabster; 3, Plockton Shores, Plockton. Whilst this area is not the heartland of the whisky industry, there are a number of distilleries, which are well worth visiting. On the mainland they include Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Loch Ewe, Clynelish, Glen Ord and Pulteney. On Orkney there is Highland Park and on the Isle of Skye there is the Talkisker distillery. Visitor Centres, include the Falls of Shin, Assynt, Bright Water, Glengarry and Torridon. Of sporting interests, there are many rivers to fish for salmon, including the rivers Naver, Lochy, Helmsdale, Carron, Glass, Oykel and many more, not forgetting the numerous hill lochs for wild brown trout. Deep sea diving is a popular past-time, particularly off the west coast and places like Ullapool offer charter trips, where sea-fishing is readily available too. In this area, the golf courses are not as many, but the stand out golf courses are at Royal Dornoch and Skibo, though the 9-hole golf course at Durness, is a wonderful challenge and is the most north westerly golf course on mainland Scotland. Interestingly enough a young John Lennon used to holiday in the north west of Scotland and there is a memorial garden in his memory at Durness. Wildlife abounds in these more remote areas and there are opportunities to see otters, golden eagles and red deer in the wild. To see red kites and sea birds in more detail, the RSPB have a number of centres, including Tollie, Fairy Glen and Dunnet Head. For marine life, there is a dolphin and seal visitor centre at North Kessock or you can go on one of the many dolphin watch boats that monitor the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Chanonry Point being one of the most popular locations to spot the dolphins. For even more active activities, there are a number of outdoor centres and water specialists, to cater for any thrill seeking need, whether it be white water rafting or canyoning. For the surfer, the beach at Thurso East is regarded as Scotland’s prime surfing venue in the north of Scotland and has held major championships. For children, the beaches can be sandy and private havens, and there are excellent ones at Nigg, Whiteness, Dornoch, Dunnet Bay, Torrisdale Bay, Balnakiel Bay, Glenelg Bay and Barrisdale Bay. From the mountain biker to bird watcher, the Munro bagger to the garden enthusiast, there are many activities in the North of Scotland. The natural beauty is outstanding and those that make the time and effort to travel are well rewarded.

Highlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 


Area Sutherland Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 7 miles Nearest supermarket 35 miles Nearest pub 7 miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 61 miles
Nearest Train Station
Lairg 7 miles
The view from Shin BridgeLooking across Loch Shin from the south sideTour the 'North Coast 500' routeThe classic scenic view across to Bonar Bridge


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19th January 2017 Excellent 

We had a great time at Shinness 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.

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

Product : 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! 

26th August 2013 Excellent 

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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