Oystercatchers Dornoch holiday cottage
A seaside holiday home with abundant wildlife and sparkling views
Oystercatchers is a charming Highland self-catering holiday cottage nestling on the edge of the dunes of the Sutherland coast. Set within the Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve it's the perfect place for a Scottish family holiday or a peaceful break amongst inspiring scenery and wonderful wildlife. You can launch into the great outdoors, roam far and wide or simply relax and enjoy the view. And Oystercatchers is just 3 miles from Dornoch, one of Scotland's prettiest villages, with sweeping sandy beaches, world famous golf course (consistently ranked in the world's top ten), parading pipe band, cathedral, castle and cafes (popping to the shop is actually a bit of a treat).
The cottage is a homely mix of old and new that invites you to mull over the day's adventures or sink into a sofa and watch the ever-changing light on the heather-clad hills across the loch. The cottage sleeps 6 in one double and two twin bedrooms and once the two steps to the front door have been negotiated one of the bedrooms (and a shower room) is on the ground floor with level access.
"In 18 years of holidaying in Scotland, it's the nicest cottage we've ever stayed in. We will definitely make it our home in the Highlands every visit (and hope to be back as early as next year)."
G&L B, Los Angeles
A path from the large enclosed garden meanders through the grounds to the shore of Loch Fleet from where a short, beachcombing wander, with entertainment provided by the seals, otters, ospreys and countless other wildlife residents with whom we share the Loch Fleet nature reserve, takes you to the open sea.
Oystercatchers might be romantic walks along deserted beaches that stretch for miles; light on the horizon through summer nights and a glass of something once autumn evenings draw in but tomorrow could bring an expedition to the West coast, a mountain walk or a voyage of dolphin watching adventure. There are plenty of wonders close to home but the whole of the north is within easy reach.
Less than an hour's drive from Inverness airport which is only a 90 minute flight from Gatwick, (or an even shorter flight from Heathrow, Luton, Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Dublin or Amsterdam), Oystercatchers is a short hop to a very different place.
But if you've found the Oystercatchers website you're probably already seduced by the unique attractions of the Scottish Highlands. What Oystercatchers gives you is a neatly packaged essence of that Highland experience: a very characterful, convenient and homely base on the edge of the wilds: a breath of fresh sea air and a real holiday home from home.
"Many holidays in many cottages in the North of Scotland but this must be up there at the top of the list."
C&B F, Penicuik
We don't want to tempt fate but in most years Oystercatchers is free of the curse of the midge.