HIGHCROFT is situated only one mile from the centre of the Royal Burgh of Dornoch on the beautiful East coast of Sutherland, overlooking the Dornoch Firth and the Moray Firth beyond. Guests are assured of a warm welcome from Hugh & Sheila when you arrive, including late check-ins, and early breakfasts. Early access is also available. The property is ideally located for access to attractions north and south using the main A9 route and is also a great base from which to explore the far north and west of the Northern Highlands.
HIGHCROFT is a traditional Highland croft house, built around 1895 and over the centuries has been added to and upgraded, the most recent modernisation being in 2009. This major upgrade, installed modern en-suite facilities.
There are two rooms to let:
The first, Croft View, is a large double room on the ground floor, with spacious en-suite bathroom, which has both a large bath and a separate walk in shower, suitable for those who are less able. This room, with its bay window sitting area, looks over the fields of barley towards the Dornoch Firth, along the shores of Easter Ross, Portmahomack and Tarbat Ness, with its Lighthouse, the third tallest in Scotland with it’s distinctive two broad red bands, unique in Lighthouse livery!
The second, Garden View, is upstairs and features twin beds and is also en-suite, with shower.
The room, as its name suggests, looks over our well tended garden, with shrubs, flower beds and mature trees. Guests are welcome to enjoy a stroll around or sit and relax in this area, which is fairly secluded and peaceful.
There are parking facilities at Highcroft as you approach the House, with space for two vehicle in the area in front of the original Croft barns. No charge is made for parking.
Free Wi-Fi is available all areas of the house.
LOCAL AND NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:
HIGHCROFT lies one mile North of the historic Royal Burgh of Dornoch. The ancient 12th Century Cathedral dominates the Square, opposite Dornoch Castle Hotel.
Behind the Castle is History Links, where there is a wealth of information about the Cathedral and Castle, where very knowledgeable staff can guide you through the origins and history of the Burgh and it’s surroundings, from ancient times, through the Viking era up to the present day.
A short walk from the Square is Royal Dornoch Golf Club founded in 1616, the jewel in Dornoch’s crown. There are two courses here, the Championship Course and the Struie. Both are 18 hole courses.
Apart from Royal Dornoch golf course, the Club’s other course, is the less challenging Struie, but also offers an excellent golfing experience.
Running alongside both courses, are miles of safe clean beaches and sand dunes, full of wildlife.
Nearby is the parkland course at Bonar Bridge, the Links courses at Tain, Golspie and Brora. A Dornoch Firth Golf Pass will allow you on Royal Dornoch, Struie, Tain, Golspie and Brora.
In addition to golf, there are endless opportunities for those interested in nature and wildlife.
Heading North from Highcroft on the Embo Road, lies Loch Fleet and the RSPB reserve where you should look out for Eagles, Red Kites, Osprey and Buzzards, plus a myriad of ducks of all types and Heron. You should not miss seeing scores of common seals which are hauled up on the sandbanks in the loch at low tide. Common seals can be seen all year round, while harbour seals are visible during the Winter months.
Travelling further North to the town of Golspie. There is an active mountain bike course with blue, red and black trails of 6.6 km, 7.5 km and 13.6 km with associated hire companies to cater for the energetic enthusiasts.
Ben Bhraggie, which overlooks the town, rises to over 1302 feet, topped by a 100 foot statue to the First Duke of Sutherland and can be reached by the “Big Burn Walk” or directly from the centre of Golspie.
Just North of Golspie, lies Dunrobin Castle, home to the Dukes of Sutherland since the 13th Century. The displays and artefacts within give an insight into the life and times of the Dukes of Sutherland. This is a fantastic visitor experience and includes a thrilling Bird of Prey demonstration by one of the UK’s leading Falconers. The display is in the magnificent gardens, laid out in a style reminiscent of a French Chateau, as does the Castle itself.
Only five miles North, lies the village of Brora. Brora, despite its remoteness, was a thriving industrial centre in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There was a coal mine, brick works, salt pans, woolen mills and of course, Distilleries, Clynelish and the recently re-activated Brora Distillery. More detailed information can be found at the Clyne Heritage Centre which is built near to the original coal mine.
Continue on the A9 North to the fishing village of Helmsdale, continuing the history trail through the Strath of Kildonnan. This Strath was the site of much of the “Clearances” of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Gold prospecting was practiced in the Strath at Baile an Or.
Helmsdale’s heritage centre “Timespan” has a wealth of information and artefacts of this area and is well worth a visit.
Continuing North on this road, you will reach the North coast of Sutherland, joining the North Coast 500 tourist route, a continuous circuit starting and finishing in Inverness. On reaching this North coast route, turn right to take in Scrabster, for ferries to Orkney, Thurso, Castle of Mey, John o’ Groats and, the most Northerly headland in the UK, Dunnet Head