Birch Holiday Cottage
Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Located in the heart of the historic coastal village of Helmsdale, overlooking the mouth of the River Helmsdale, our traditional stone cottage is the ideal location from which to base your holiday in the north of the Scottish Highlands with its wonderful scenery and amazing history. For further details please see our website at www.birchholidaycottagehelmsdale.co.uk.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Helmdale 200 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Wick (local flights) or Inverness (national / some 70 km, Nearest railway: Helmsdale 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Scottish Highlands region
The Scottish Highlands, the most northernly part of the United Kingdom, is an area of outstanding natural beauty and interesting historic culture.
Helmsdale is the perfect location for your holiday in the Scottish Highlands as there are so many things to see and do in the village itself and the surrounding area. As Helmsdale is located at the junction of the A9 and A897 roads it is very easy to explore both the east and north coastline.
In our cottage we have provided guests with detailed information suggesting how to make the most of your holiday in this beautiful part of Scotland. Below is just a taste of what this area has to offer.
There are a number of places to eat and drink within walking distance of the cottage including a couple of hotels and cafes.
Historic buildings and culture
Why not visit the outstandingly beautiful Dunrobin Castle transformed to its current form by Sir Charles Barry, architect to the Houses of Parliament. Alternatively, head north and make for the Queen Mother's former home (still owned by Prince Charles) the Castle of Mey. Unfortunately Helmsdale's own castle, built 1488, was demolished to make way for the new A9 road bridge, however there are still many ancient monuments in the immediate vicinity. Easy to visit is Dun Broch, right beside the A9 overlooking the Moray Firth. Even closer to Helmsdale are both Cinn Trolla Broch - again between the A9 and the coast - and then inland up Strath Kildonan, Kilphedir an iron age tower with stone circle. Further information on all these sites is available from The Megalithic Portal.
Those interested in more recent history should make for the village's Timespan Museum and Arts Centre, or the Dunbeath Heritage Centre. Both specialise in the history of the highland clearances and contain a wealth of information for those who wish to investigate their ancestry. You may be interested to learn that every room in the cottage looks over onto Gerald Lang's "The Emigrants" statue which is located on the other side of the River.
Enjoying the local scenery and nature
We have stunning scenery and an unpolluted environment and as a result there are lots of internationally protected nature sites, such as the National Nature Reserve of Loch Fleet which you can visit locally. Those interested in bird watching can make for the RSPB Nature Reserve at Forsinard in the Flow Country (the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe). In addition the Dornoch Firth, just below us is designated as a National Scenic Area.
Birch Holiday Cottage is situated above the estuary of the River Helmsdale, probably one of the best salmon rivers in the Scottish Highlands and is within five minutes walking distance of Helmsdale harbour. With numerous locations locally to also fish for wild brown trout, or coarse fish such as pike, this makes Birch Cottage the ideal location for your Scottish Highlands fishing holiday. As you will note from above we have provided a secure storage area for your fishing equipment and we provide a freezer so that you can store your catch ready to take home.
Walking and cycling
The Northern Highlands has some of the most beautiful coastline in Scotland. Helmsdale's sand-and-pebble shoreline is within five minutes walk from the house and nearly all the coastline from just below Helmsdale to Brora is made up of the most spectacularly scenic, clean and quiet beaches in the whole of Scotland.
The north-east of the Highlands does not contain many of Scotland's high mountains. Our nearest Munro is Ben Kilbreck (Meall nan Con) some 45 miles away. Closer to hand are the Grahams of Beinn Dhorain and Scaraben and the enigmatic Morven. With Scotland's Outdoor Access Code you are able to explore all our surrounding hills and coastline, with some examples of local walks available from Walkhighlands and the Forestry Commission Scotland.
The Highlands of Scotland is also now renowned for its mountain biking. One of the best courses in the country is just south of us at the Highland Wildcat Trails and much of the Forestry Commission's land includes well signposted cycling and walking paths, including the Kyles of Sutherland Mountain Bike Trails.
The Highlands boast a number of high quality links courses, including the world famous Royal Dornoch course which is within easy driving distance. Helmsdale has its own golf course and other local courses include Brora and Golspie.
If you're interested in learning more about Scotland's national drink - whisky - then Clynelish Distillery is approximately 10 minutes drive away. There are a number of other distilleries within easy driving distance such as Old Pultney and Dalmore.
Water based activities
Being next to the coast we are also ideally located for water-based pursuits such as canoeing and kayaking, diving or snorkelling. The North of Scotland is also becoming renowned for its great surfing with international events being staged at Thurso, north of Helmsdale. As outlined above we have provided a secure shed where you could store any equipment.
Fossils and rocks
If your interest lies in fossil hunting, then there are few locations better than Helmsdale where Jurassic fossils have been found in the Helmsdale boulder beds. More information can be found at UK Fossils Network. Another great place to visit is the Orcadian Stone Company in Golspie which has an extensive exhibition of rocks, minerals and fossils. It has very knowledgeable owners who love passing on their expertise.
Just up the glen from Helmsdale is Strath Kildonan, the location of Scotland's last gold rush. Panning for gold is a great fun activity for all the family with equipment available from the shops in the village.
If you are visiting Sutherland in the summer why not go along to one of the local Highland Games. Helmsdale Highland Games are usually held in August and see the Scottish Highland Games Association website for details of others, including Halkirk and Tain. Another very enjoyable day out is the local agricultural shows with both the Sutherland Show and Caithness Show held in July each year.
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14 Jun 2014
Perfect! Great stay in the cottage! Well located, so cosy and perfect equipped - cordially contact to owners, thank you very much - we will come back :-)… More
12 May 2014
"Home from home"
Birch Cottage is a well located , well kept and well appointed family home in the centre of the beautiful Highland town of Helmsdale. It's an ideal place to stay for fishing or touring and at the end of a hard day doing either one can put up one's feet in the spacious lounge and have a wee dram or a cuppa in comfort. Everything works well and we ate breakfast and dinner here although we did go out one night to Thyme and Plaice a few doors along Dunrobin Street , taking our own wine and eating their homely fare cooked from local product. The beds were comfortable , the bedrooms a decent size and the whole place was clean and tidy and all our needs seemed to have been anticipated
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