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To explore beautiful Sutherland you need somewhere lovely to stay. Craigmor and Cranstackie lie in the village of Durness, a thriving crofting community surrounded by magnificent mountains, a rugged coastline and wide unpolluted beaches. Ceannabeinne is just a few minutes drive along the coast from the village overlooking a beautiful beach. Take a voyage north to the breathtaking, rugged scenery of Sutherland in the far north-west of Scotland. This is Mackay country, and the numerous cairns, brochs and ruined settlements in the area are testament to a long and turbulent history. Norsemen would steer their longships around Cape Wrath on the way to Ireland, and sometimes came ashore in Durness. And it was the Vikings who gave the county of Sutherland its name.
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Self-catering cottages in Durness, Sutherland, Scotland
We can offer accommodation to suit everyone's needs, and available all year.
Craigmor and Cranstackie were renovated by our own craftsmen in 1991
to create two unique holiday homes. With free, fast Wi-Fi broadband these
two cottages are ideal for those who need to stay connected for personal
or business purposes.
Cranstackie was originally the village post office, which was a later addition to the original croft of Craigmor. However, when we acquired the building, the inside was completely derelict. Careful renovation enabled us to re-size the front windows and to retain many of the original features. Cranstackie has a unique open-plan layout and a cosy atmosphere of calm and serenity. As with Craigmor, Cranstackie is ideally located close to the village centre and within easy walking distance of the shops, the local pub and the local beach at Sango Bay.
Ceannabeinne is steeped in history, and is considered to be one of the best located cottages on the Scottish mainland, commanding a lofty position overlooking the beautiful and remote Ceannabeinne bay. In the 1840s, the women folk of Durness resisted the enforced clearances of the local people to make way for sheep farming. However the village of Ceannabeinne was cleared and abandoned. The ruins of this village can still be seen today. Ceannabeinne somehow survived, and became the local school and home to the headmaster and his family. Eventually abandoned and left derelict until the 1960s, the cottage was eventually renovated. We have been letting the cottage since 1987 and it has become a sought after holiday destination, and is an idylic romantic hideaway for couples and small families. Book early to avoid disappointment!!
True to their Norse ancestry, the original settlers loved to pass on stories, and there is hardly a hill, loch or bay in the area which does not boast its own ghost or legend. Although we have not so far met any of these spectral residents, we have witnessed the breathtaking Northern Lights, and joined in when locals stopped work to watch whales playing in the waters beneath the cliffs. Perhaps you too will be lucky …
Originally a croft and barn, Ceannabeinne has been converted in harmony with its dramatic location to provide an unforgettable holiday setting. Wake up to the sound of waves breaking on the shore below; stroll outside with your first cup of coffee and breathe in that refreshing sea air; then tuck into breakfast by the warmth of the Aga while you enjoy one of the best seascapes in Britain from your kitchen table.
In the evening, dine in style beneath open timber beams in the huge sitting room, then gather round a glowing fire and treat yourselves to a wee dram.
This cottage has the following amienities:
Craigmor Cottage, our four bedroomed cottage, offers spacious accommodation featuring a king sized master bedroom, separate shower and bathrooms, laundry room, and large quarry tiled kitchen. With its ample car parking, Craigmor is the ideal base for the larger family or party and has become a favourite with groups of walkers, climbers and fishermen.
Please note if you are a couple or small party, please don't discount Craigmor because of its size. It is equally ideal for smaller groups and during the off season months we can often discuss a price to suit your needs, so please contact us.
Craigmor cottage has the following amienities:
The cottage has the following amienities:
Craigmor and Cranstackie are a pair of stone built cottages dating back to 1880 situated within the quiet crofting village of Durness. Tastefully renovated by our own craftsmen, Craigmor and Cranstackie incorporate all the comforts of a high quality holiday home whilst retaining many original features.
The croft behind the cottages features rocky outcrops and is ideal for older children to scramble about on. Our friendly sheep do the grass cutting! Magnificent Sango Bay, which is ideal for children, with its expanse of pure white sand and delightful rock pools; the grocers, the gift shop and the pub are all within a short stroll. There is little traffic to worry about in Durness, so children of a suitable age can safely pop down to the sweet shop and to the beach. The garden is shared with Cranstackie.
At the end of the day, relax in the cosy, mellow atmosphere of antique pine and natural stone and enjoy the glowing comfort of a real fire. After dinner, take a walk along Balnakeil Bay and marvel at the cliffs of Faraid Head, or take a short stroll down to the local pub and watch the sun go down over Sango Bay.
Directions to Durness.
Finding Cranstackie and Craigmor Cottages
Finding Ceannabeinne Cottage