Lochend Croft House
Nr Bonar Bridge
Lochend Croft House is, as the name suggests, a traditional, whitewashed detached cottage built on croft land and dating from about 1830. (It has been owned by the same family ever since!) It stands at the end of Loch Migdale, about 1.5 miles from the Village of Bonar Bridge (all facilities) and an hour north of Inverness, with no immediate neighbours except the resident duck and pheasant families who expect to be fed occasionally.
The original house was extended around 1950 and has recently undergone major upgrading to modern day standards, while retaining many of the original features. Located within the croft land is the historical Migdale Henge and just out into the loch is a crannog (a manmade island, both of which were excavated in 2004 by the Channel 4 'Time Team'.
The cottage is surrounded by an enclosed grass and rockery garden with plum trees. Access to the house is by a private gravel road with plenty of parking and turning space at the house.
Inside, the downstairs accommodation comprises and modern, fully-equipped kitchen and a comfortable, cosy sitting room with a wood burning stove inset into the original ingle nook. There is a lean-to conservatory overlooking the garden and loch, wonderful for relaxing on a sunny day. There is also a downstairs double bedroom which makes the house very suitable for anyone who finds stairs difficult (though unfortunately the doors are not wide enough for a wheelchair) and a modern shower room with large shower. Upstairs are a further double and twin bedrooms.
The local golf course adjoins the croft land and welcomes visitors and fishing permits are available for Loch Migdale, the Kyle of Sutherland and five other local lochs. Hill-walking, horse riding and sailing can also be enjoyed locally.
Bonar Bridge is an attractive little town and a very handy departure point for touring in all directions. A short distance to the east is Dornoch, with its cathedral, glorious beaches and championship golf course (as well as some excellent eating places). To the north are Lairg and Loch Shin (visit the spectacular Falls of Shin) and you can continue from there either up to the north coast at Tongue or northwest to Laxford Bridge and Scourie. To the west are Ullapool and the legendary and breathtakingly beautiful climbing areas of the Coigach and Assynt. And to the south you can visit the Black Isle, Loch Ness and beautiful Glen Affric.
Whisky lovers will find the Glenmorangie distillery at nearby Tain, with the Clynelish Distillery at Brora, both of which offer tours and tastings.
Loch Fleet (17m), a sea inlet just above Dornoch, is a wonderful haven for wildlife, offering wading birds, wildfowl and the seals which can often be spotted basking on the sandbanks.
Heating is by off-peak storage heaters and wood burner. Bed linen, towels, and the first £20 of electricity are included in the rental. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the house. Wi-Fi is available, subject to provider.Read the Visitors' Book
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Lean-to Conservatory.
- Sitting/Dining room with TV/DVD, CD player and wood burning stove.
- Kitchen with electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, tumble drier, etc.
- Shower room with WC and wash basin.
- Double bedroom.
- Double bedroom.
- Twin bedroom.