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Shinness Lodge

Lairg, The Highlands
Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms 3
Change Sun
Dogs allowed 2
4
star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Traditional stone lodge dating from the 1880s perfect rural retreat for a gathering of family or friends
  • Large drawing room with cosy open fire to relax in front of after a day out exploring the scenic countryside
  • Free trout fishing and boat available for guests to use and plenty of walks and cycle trails around Loch Shin
Property code: CA301

Set amidst the rugged beauty of the Highlands, by the eastern shores of Loch Shin, this handsome stone lodge is a wonderful base for a countryside escape.

Explore the wild beauty of Sutherland and the Highlands with the lodge as your ideal base. Stay close to home and discover all that Loch Shin has to offer: choose a route to follow either on foot or by bike, or cross the water in a canoe or kayak. Drive to the picturesque Falls of Shin (11 miles), recognised as one of the best places in Scotland to see salmon leaping, and afterwards enjoy a drink and a light bite at the cafe. For an unforgettable day trip, venture east to romantic Dunrobin Castle (26.5 miles). The castle's turrets and spires, as well as the elegant formal gardens, make it seem like a castle from a fairytale.

Enter the property into the hall, and store coats and shoes away in the boot/utility room, which also comes with a handy drying cupboard perfect for rainy days. The colourful and spacious drawing room is where everyone will spend their evenings, while the wood burner keeps you warm and cosy. Watch the TV, practise a tune on the piano, and settle onto the sofa with a good book. There's a table in the bright kitchen for snacks and leisurely breakfasts; for more formal meals sit down together in the sumptuous dining room. The kitchen has all you need to serve up a hearty meal, with an AGA, electric oven and hob, and microwave, as well as a larder for storage. Also on this floor is the study with sofa bed, and a bathroom with shower and WC. Climb the charming wooden staircase for a good night's sleep in one of the pretty bedrooms. Choose between the three doubles, the twin, or the two zip-and-link twins (which can be made into doubles on request). Unwind with a warm soak or a hot shower; along the corridor you'll find a bathroom with bath and WC, a bathroom with bath, shower and WC, and a separate WC also.

Outside there is a veranda with seating, perfect for a BBQ and al fresco dining on a warm evening, as well as an enclosed garden. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for sightings of local wildlife. It's a fantastic place for bird watching, and deer have also been spotted from the house. If it's a rainy day, go head to head over table tennis in the garage.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 6 bedrooms – 3 doubles, 2 zip-and-link twins (can be made into doubles on request), 1 twin,
  • 3 Bathrooms -  1 bathroom with shower and WC, 1 bathroom with bath and WC, 1 bathroom with bath with shower over and 1 separate WC
  • Electric oven and hob, AGA, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Highchair available
  • Open fire – peat and logs provided
  • TV, DVD, Video, CD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed garden
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Ample off road parking
  • Grand piano and electric organ in lounge, table tennis in garage, 2 fishing boats on Loch Shin available for guests to use
  • Free trout fishing and boat available for guests
  • Cafes and shops 6 miles
  • Please note that after Lairg, the approach to the property is by a single-track road
  • Sleeps 12 + 1 using the sofa bed in the study
  • For guests with limited mobility, the ground floor offers a good quality sofa bed well as a nearby easy access shower

Fiona MacDonald

This property joined our collection in 2019 and is managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Frances, 22nd August 2021

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This is a great place for a large family group. Very comfortable and spacious. Good location for getting to sights and sights in northern Scotland. It is remote but we loved that. Loch Shin is great for a go in the row boat that are available and a swim. The only downside is the WIFI was not available and we had to rely on our phone data

Reviewed by David, 8th August 2021

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Reviewed by Janet, 18th July 2021

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Fabulous house. Very friendly and helpful caretaker. Boats on the loch were great fun.

Reviewed by Frances, 9th August 2020

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This was a wonderful house for our break, full of character and charm. We loved staying here. We had a lovely afternoon in the rowing boats on the loch which is a very short walk away. We ate raspberries from the walled garden, enjoyed cooking on the AGA and looking at all the interesting paintings, books and memorabilia in the house. Nearby we sawRead more salmon jumping up the Loch Shin falls, drove to Ullapool, visited Sutherland castle and the fantastic Tweed shop and the tea rooms in Lairg. Hide

Reviewed by Sven, 2nd August 2020

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Shinness Lodge is perfect for a stay with family and/or friends! You can spend your days exploring the beautiful surroundings of the northern highlands and the evenings with cooking and sitting together in front of the fireplace. Perfect holiday location!

Reviewed by Elisabeth, 29th December 2019

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Reviewed by Karen, 21st December 2019

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We took our entire extended family -- plus a few friends -- to Shinness Lodge for the holidays. Everything was perfect. The weather was crisp and cold, but sunny. The Loch was majestic -- often dappled in cloud, but more likely shimmering. The woods that surrounds the estate is vast and well worth long treks. The house itself is so well appointed tRead morehat the house felt like we'd just arrived at the house of an old friend. This is a brilliant property and we will be back! Hide

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