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1 of 38Ceol-na-Mara
Cottage -
3 Bedrooms , 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 5
Kirtomy, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
'Ceol-na-Mara' – Gaelic for music of the sea – is a beautifully restored former croft house in a stunning position overlooking the north Atlantic.
Listen to the waves crashing on the dramatic coastline, smell the peat smoke, and absorb the peace and beauty of this magical crofting community.
The croft house was completely restored a few years ago but it retains charming traditional features including a wood burning stove, pine panelling and a Caithness flag floor.
Set in a large enclosed garden, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Sutherland is one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. Situated in the far north of Scotland, it is a sparsely populated area of stunning scenery and tranquillity. Walk for hours in the rugged hills or along sandy beaches and craggy coastlines without meeting a soul.
Listing #HL137861
About the Owner
Caroline D
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:35%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2010
Interaction with guests
We live in Inverness so the caretaker, Joanna MacKenzie, looks after the property and ensures that the key is in the key safe. We are delighted to help you with any enquiries by phone, text or email.
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

Perfect accommodation , absolutely no complaints whatsoever. Brilliant place to base yourself for exploring the majestic north of Scotland. We'll be back 😀

Thank Betty G
Reviewed 30 December 2017

This is a beautiful croft house located in Kirtomy. We had a fabulous time here over Christmas. The house has plenty of electric heaters along with the wood burner for them cold winter nights. Beds were comfy and warm. It's a fantastic place to get...More

Thank andrew l
Caroline D, VR Owner at Ceol-na-Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2017

Thank you for your great review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Caroline 😊

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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

A comfortable and welcoming cottage which has views of the sea. It has retained many of its traditional characteristics and the furnishings are in keeping. Like most small settlements on the north coast of Sutherland, Kirtomy is remote and windswept. There is a small bay...More

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  • Blender
  • Books
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (6)
  • Double Beds:(2)
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (7)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Ocean Views
  • Parking
  • Private Garden
  • Refrigerator
  • Single Beds:(1)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 4:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
A well-behaved dog is welcome but please respect the fact that it is a crofting community and dogs should be kept on the lead outside the garden. An additional charge of £30 per...
    1 Full bath
    2 Fulls
    1 Twin
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  • cleaning: RM 162 / stay - Fee
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About the neighbourhood
Explore remote sandy beaches and coastal paths.
Walk all day in the hills and mountains.
Visit Bettyhill museum to learn about the Highland Clearances, before discovering cleared villages such as Rosal.
Take a day trip over to the beautiful Island of Orkney.
Discover more about clan history at the Clan MacKay Centre.
Visit nearby archaeological sites including a burial chamber in Kirtomy.
Getting around
The nearest airports are in Inverness and Wick. The nearest train station is in Thurso. Owing to the remoteness of Kirtomy, a car is necessary.
Car recommended
How to get there
Airport: Wick: 50.0 km
Railway: Thurso: 20.0 km
Ferry: Scrabster: 20.0 km
From Inverness take the A9 north to Evanton. At Evanton take the B9176 for about 9 miles until it joins the A836. Drive via Bonar Bridge, Lairg and Altnaharra. At Altnaharra take the B873 along Loch Naver and up to Syre. At Syre continue up Strathnaver on the B871 then take the A836 to Bettyhill. Continue along the coast road through Bettyhill and after about 2 miles take the turning for Kirtomy. Ceol-na-Mara is on the far side of the village just beyond the bridge.This is the most direct route and also the most scenic. The landscape is remote and wonderful and there is a good chance of spotting birds of prey and red deer. In winter it is essential to check the forecast before setting off. The main A9 route via Thurso is more likely to be open if there is snow.Don't forget to pack bino... more
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 5.0 km.
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