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Comfortable Shepherd's House In Beautiful Scenic setting.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Durness, Sutherland, Northern Scotland - Superb Mountain Views

Renovated but retaining its original character, the cottage is compact, well maintained and comfortably furnished. Located only 11 miles from the small crofting village of Durness, this unspoilt corner of Scotland offers a wide range of activities. This is golden eagle and red deer territory and there are more often than not opportunities to spot some of the areas rare and varied wildlife from outside the front door of the house. Currently undergone an extension which has enlarged the kitchen, another utility room and a downstairs room with sofabed. Easy access to wooden deck outside.Parking outside also available.

Property Manager
Gillie Elliot
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Gillie Elliot

My husband's family are well known sheep breeders here and in the Borders and have farmed in this area since 1906. David and Gillie and their family have been coming up to Durness for 40 years. Rhigolter is a working farm with 1100 sheep. Carbreck was always a shepherd's cottage on the farm. The father of several of the families in Durness was the last shepherd to live in the cottage with his wife and children.We bought this cottage in 2006.

Gillie Elliot purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Gillie Elliot chose Durness

Carbreck was always a shepherd's cottage on the working farm and is still used for shepherds when needed.


Severel of the families in Durness whose father's where shepherd's on Balnakiel lived in the cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

It's huge three foot thick walls certainly make alterations a challenge!

The views across the valley are awe inspiring.You can go out and climb the hills,except 1-20th October when stalking is in progress or you can stoke the woodburner,put your feet up and read your book.Take time out to enjoy the pleasures of as little internet as possible.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Could not believe how much walking,swimming,birdwatching and kyacking we did in a week..

The description doesn't do this cottage justice, the facilities are second to none, it is the best stocked and most comfortable cottage that we have ever stayed in, the cleanliness and maintenance were immaculate, we have already recommended the cottage to other people and our family.

The area ia a hive of mystery every day shows something different, from deer, hawks, owls, rabbits galore, and sheep at the back door.

Have really enjoyed the holiday. The venison from the freezer was delicious. Even had weighing scales for the baking I did!

Three elements here"Accomodation,weather and fishing."

" A wonderful home from home,we all wish our kitchen had that amazing view"

"The cottage brought me back to my childhood in the highlands.Got married in Thurso,wedding pictures on the beach,had all our 6 Kids there too!"

"The beds were bliss!"

A list of 65 birds seen in a week,plus animals and wild
Apr 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Durness in Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please notify Gillie of any breakages/damages Please take your rubbish away when you leave. No animals upstairs please.
  • Please keep an eye on the blue water pipe attached to fence stob up the burn . If it stops for more than 4 hours please let me know .
  • Please let me know if you have any problems. We appreciate your comments in the visitors book!
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with power shower, WC, basin, dual voltage shaver socket. Window. Underfloor heating. Heated towelrail.Elevated fan heater in bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms+ 2 Sofa beds) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 and 2: 2 single beds which push together, bedside tables, storage space and great views out across river valley. There are electric blankets on all the beds! Hanging space in rooms. Over 200 books to read in the rooms!
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The house is not centrally heated. It has a large number of electric oil radiators and fan heaters, which easily provide enough heat. However there is also considerable warmth generated by the log burning stove in the two downstairs rooms i Dogs accepted on Ground floor only - maximum of 2 dogs. The House is non-smoking. Outside: The cottage has a small fenced garden at the front of the house. Its rear garden is the hills of Sutherland and you can wander freely in any direction that takes your fancy. The road is nearby so please mind children and animals are kept safe. Utility Room: Large fridge freezer,washing machine, tumble dryer, storage space for wellies and coats. Milkhouse attached to side of property with another washing machine. Another room,can be used as a bedroom (double sofabed). Access to outside deck. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen and tea towels included. Thoroughly cleaned between lets but guests are requested to leave the cottage clean & tidy on departure. We also ask you to take your rubbish on leaving please. Other: Sitting Room: Log /coal burning fire (wood provided, can buy coal locally) futon/sofa bed, 2 big comfortable chairs, TV satellite, DVD, video, Large selection of books, games and films to watch. Great views out of front of house.


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Comfortable Shepherd's House In Beautiful Scenic setting.
average rating of 4.714286 based on 8 reviews

Tranquil property in a beautiful spot

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful spot. No houses in sight. Only mountain, sheep and stage outside the door. Loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments which actually sum up Carbreck in a nutshell! Glad it helped you around the Route 500.
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Really comfortable, beautiful location.

  • 4 of 5

A great base for lots of stunning beach walks.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful views and a great location for exploring the area by car,hill walking or cycling.

  • 5 of 5

Property owners very professional and friendly. Everything ready for us when we arrived, keys,information leaflets etc. The cottage was cosy and yet full of character, a traditional shepherds croft we loved staying in the cottage. Could see wildlife as we were sitting at the kitchen counter having breakfast. Deer,Sheep,Kites, It was amazing, such a wonderful area to explore and a lovely cottage to stay in

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We do try to make it all as welcoming as possible for your arrival as often guests have travelled for many hours. There are several areas for sitting and relaxing in the cottage depending on the time of day or the weather.I am glad you were able to make the most of all the opportunities to walk, cycle, hill climb , sightsee and relax in your short time there along with car trips up the various places. Thank you for staying in our cottage.
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Quiet and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Set in a remote and rugged part of Scotland. Carbeck sits on its own with awesome views from every window.

So much wildlife to be seen from the kitchen window while eating breakfast.

The only sounds to be heard were calls of birds and lambs.

On arrival a Curlew was in the reeds at the back of the cottage and lambs with their mothers outside the back door.

And the highlight an eagle soared right over the top of the cottage during our stay.

While walking in the area around Carbreck we were very privileged to come across a heard of Red Deer containing 14 young stags.

With a large number of high peaks and coastlines to explore no chance of getting bored.

And so quiet and peaceful in the evenings nothing better than sitting back with a nice glass of wine and reading a good book.

There is Sky TV and video collection to watch but we chose not to.

The cottage is spacious with a fully equipped kitchen and two log burners to keep the place warm and cozy.

Limited phone signal and little to no mobile broadband,

made Carbreck the perfect place to kick back and chill out.

We only ate out once and stopped at the Old School Room in Kinlochbervie, friendly staff gave a warm welcome. The food was excellent and the Sticky toffee pudding is simply the best ever.

Would definitely recommend Carbreck cottage and hope to return again.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Yes definitely a place to go to get away from it all and the mobile phone! The wildlife is superb, the majestic scenery, the sunrises and sunsets coupled with the many different things you can do up there are both exhilarating and relaxing. It seems the more time you take to experience all the little things you see so much more. of the bigger picture Gillie
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Lovely remote cottage with fabulous views.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is vey well equipped and feels really homely and warm. We had a wonderful time and waking up to see the views across the valley each morning was really special.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments about the cottage. Even though it is on the roadside I am pleased that you feel it is so remote! You were perfect guests and would be welcome back any day. Yes those views across the valley are amazing and change by the hour sometimes as the weather does her thing!
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Exploring the far north

  • 5 of 5

We had a very pleasant stay at the cottage. The house is cosy and well equiped with everything you need. The setting is in a stunning location with extensive views on hills. Especially for walkers a great location to explore the hills and landscape of Scotlands far north. Many thanks to Gillie for the very friendly and helpful conversations.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Harald So glad you managed to pack in so much in your short stay. It seems in Scotland always make hay while the weather is good! It is very special to share our cottage with people from different countries and see how we live. Come back any time!
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Nearest Airport
80.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4.3 Miles
Rhiconich/Sango Sands,Durness
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Cape wrath ferry
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Balnakeil Golf Course
Nearest Train
46 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4.3 Miles
Richonich Hotel /The School House
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Game and Fishing:

The area is renowned for its fishing, with its three famous limestone lochs within 15 minutes drive and the River Dhionard meandering though the valley. There are plenty of opportunities for experts and beginners to catch a wonderful bag of fresh Salmon or Trout. Fishing permits can be arranged through the Durness Fishing club. This part of Scotland area has abundant deer. Otter can be seen on the river banks.

Wildlife and Sights:

There is an abundance of wildlife and sights of great beauty in this far northwest corner of Britain. One can take the ferry across the Kyle of Durness and then a minbus ride to visit Cape wrath lighthouse, and the see Britains highest cliffs at Clo Mhor. Birdwatchers are in for a treat as it is not uncommon to catch sights of Golden Eagles soaring overhead and it is possible to watch Puffins on the cliffs below the lighthouse.Deer are often seen on the ground below the cottage in the evenings.


The house is 9 miles from Balnakiel bay which boasts 2 miles of white sandy beach, with high sand dunes and Balnakiel house (built in 1774 as the bishop of Caithness' summer palace) as its backdrop. If one is brave enough, a swim or surf in the atlantic ocean can be very rewarding. There are also a number of beaches spead along the coastline.Kinlochbervie is 8.8 miles to the south which has a large fishing port,hotel and restaurants.


Nearest Airport - Inverness – 2 1/2hrs drive

Nearest Railway Station – Lairg - 45 mins - 1hr drive

Edinburgh: 5.1/2 hrs drive

Car hire available at airport


Durness: 9 miles

Kinlochbervie: 8.8 miles. Large fishing port. The hotel does an excellent coffee. The Old School House is a popular restaurant.Not very big so may be worth booking.

Further Details:

Local shops and restaurants - Durness has two grocery stores which stock a variety of fresh vegetables,foods,fresh bread,newspapers and a 24 hr petrol supply.Just to say the daily paper does not arrive till 11 am each day. Mackays hotel in the village offers very good meals and coffee. Kinlochbervie has similar attributes with the added advantage of seeing the fish come in on the trawlers. Take a bag or a box down with you as you can sometimes persuade the boats to give you a few free fish.

Cape Wrath Lighhouse can be visited by minibus after having crossed the Kyle in a small ferry boat.Go to the website www.visitcapewrath.com for full information about the ferry

Pods are available on the cape side http://www.visitcapewrath.com/contact-us/e for overnight stays or longer on the Capeside at Daill.

The Northern Lights are often seen from Durness.

Smoo Cave is worth a visit and you can take a boat inside.

Bird watchers paradise (Handa Island Bird Sanctury, Local Puffin colony, Golden Eagles, multiple SSSI)

Challening 9 hole links golf Course (Durness)

Spectacular white sandy beaches along coastline Balnakeil and Sandwood bay

Wonderful landscape with hills and mountains suitable for walking and climbing just outside the door.

Salmon trout and sea fishing on an abundance of limestone and hill loch.

Local boat trips.

Cocoa Mountain has a large number of followers as the coffees are very different.They make amazing chocolates.

Lottie Glob has her famous pottery along the road towards Eribol and Tongue.Fabulous setting and she has wonderful pieces for sale.

Bikes can be hired in Durness.

Phil at the Craft village is a hairdresser and does body massages.

Bicycles can be hired in the village.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Durness, Scottish Highlands & Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
29 Apr 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Rate 3
30 Sep 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas & New year
29 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £10

Booking Notes:
Please contact by phone or email regarding availability and reservation.
Deposit and balance: More than 1 month ahead a non refundable deposit of 25% is payable on booking, with the balance due 1 month before arrival. Less than 1 month ahead full payment is due.
There is a £100 security deposit - The electricity used will be deducted .If upon checking out, nothing is reported damaged, lost or broken, the security deposit will be returned to you minus the electrcity bill.

Changeover Day:
We ask guests to be out of the property by 10am and for new guests the check in is anytime after 4pm. Do phone Gillie on 07801271371 to ask if possible to arrive earlier.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. A 25% (non-refundable) deposit will be taken on booking.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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