Staying at the Cottage

What ameneties are there?

3 bedrooms (double / twin / bunks) – sleeps up to 6 people
1 bathroom (toilet, bath with electric shower)
living room
Family room / dining room
Kitchen
Travel cot available on request

2½ hours from Inverness by car
Airport in Inverness, Railway stations in Inverness and Wick
35 minutes to ferries to Orkney, leaving from John o’Groats, Gills Bay and Scrabster

Free off-road parking outside the cottage
Rural location with sea views on both sides
Open areas, outdoor tables, washing line (note that the compound is open to the public and can be busy during the day)

Free Wifi
TV with Netflix, DVD player, Chromecast
Selection of books, dvds, board games
Binoculars, walking guides, spotters guides, maps
Bike storage by arrangement

Central heating
Organic bed linen and towels

Electric oven with grill and hob
Electric kettle, microwave, liquidizer
Dishwasher, washing machine, separate tumble dryer
Fridge / freezer
Washing line

Welcome pack of local produce, local newspaper
Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free options available

Can we bring dogs?

Yes. We welcome house-trained dogs over a year old. We are near open water, cliffs and farm animals, so please keep them on a lead whenever they are outside.

How many bathrooms are there?

There is one bathroom with a toilet, wash-basin/sink, and a shower over the bath.

What food is provided?

This is self-catering accommodation, so will need to buy your own groceries. We provide biscuits, milk, tea, coffee and sugar. Please let us know if anyone in your party needs these to be gluten-free, dairy-free, or both. We no longer provide oil or herbs or spices, so you will need to bring or buy all cooking ingredients.

What equipment is in the kitchen?

There’s a kettle, cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and a tumble drier. You’ll also find most utensils you are likely to need, including teapots and cafetieres. Let us know if there’s anything missing that you would find useful. There is a tablet in the cottage with videos showing you how to operate the white goods. We do provide knives and a knife sharpener, but some guests prefer to bring their own cooking knives. We provide washing up liquid, a few dishwasher tabs and some laundry powder to get you started, but you may need to purchase more for a longer stay.  

What linens are provided?

We provide two towels for each guest and bed linens and duvets for each bed. If you stay more than a week, a second set of linens will be made available. There are spare pillows and bed-covers in the cottage.  It may seem obvious, but please don’t take them! We have sourced organic and fair-trade towels and linens and they are expensive to replace.

What do I have to clear up when I go?

We ask you to help us keep our cleaners safe from the risk of infection by doing the following things before you leave. Please put all laundry (bed linen, towels, tea-towels) into the laundry bags provided. Please wipe down al the high touch areas (door handles, light switches) with antiseptic wipes. Please sort all the recycling and put it in the blue bin at the gate. Put all your rubbish in the black bin bags provided and put them in the black or green bins at the gate. Please take all glass with you. Please put all washing up into the dishwasher; you are welcome to leave it running.

What wifi and broadband are available?

The wifi at the cottage is free. Like many remote places it has a download speed 1MB/s – 6MB/s. It’s fine for email and social media and most streaming services, but it’s not great for HD or online gaming. Compare the Market provides a useful table for understanding what you can do at different internet speeds.

What is the phone signal like?

Patchy – you can usually get Vodafone inside the cottage and EE outside, but coverage for other providers is poor or non-existent. If your phone supports Wifi Calling you will be fine.