Those who value peace and privacy will find both at Croick Manse. This superbly appointed single storey detached house on the 12,000 acre Croick Estate stands quite alone at the end of the little road along Strathcarron from Bonar Bridge (7m, hotel, shops, railway halt, golf course), 45 miles north west of Inverness.
Sheltered by trees, with a large fenced grass garden and lovely open views across the river to the surrounding heather covered moors and hills, it offers every comfort, with oil underfloor heating, stove, and four comfortable bedrooms, two en suite, and a further bathroom.
Stalking can be arranged by the Estate in season as well as excellent salmon and trout fishing. The adjacent track continues right over to Ullapool; the adventurous can follow it on foot to Creag Mhor Bothy (7m), where they can picnic or even spend a night in rather less luxurious accommodation!
The delightful wee town of Dornoch (20m) has a cathedral, superb beaches and championship links course. Dunrobin Castle and the Glenmorangie Distillery are other popular attractions. Further afield, the mountains of Torridon and the stunning scenery of the northwest and north coasts are all within driving distance.