The Birdwatchers' Cabin
You simply couldn't imagine a more picture-perfect setting from which to enjoy the Scottish Highlands, than The Birdwatchers' Cabin.
Nestled on the shores of the tidal Loch Fleet, in a secluded corner of the wild, mountainous Balblair Woods, this is the place to experience everything this jaw-droppingly beautiful part of the world is so well-known for.
For starters, there's a National Nature Reserve literally on the doorstep, with woodland trails that lead through carpets of rare flowers, sparkling ponds, and rows of soaring pine, larch and spruce trees. You'll be sure to catch regular glimpses of ospreys, pine martens, deer, otters, and red squirrels - to name but a few!
Sleeping up to four guests, the rustic wooden cabin magnificently showcases these amazing surroundings, amongst luxury hotel-style levels of comfort.
Naturally, you can expect spectacular views, both inside and out. Glass patio doors cover an entire wall of the cabin, so you can keep an eye on the comings and goings of the many feathered friends who visit the loch (well, this is The Birdwatchers' Cabin, after all!) Watch the tide roll in and out over morning coffee on the raised deck, for a wonderfully soothing start to your day.
Your accommodation is generously spaced throughout the large, single-level studio cabin, which includes a well-equipped kitchen area, a living space with squishy seating, a wall-mounted TV, and a warming wood-burner. Finally, there's a cosy sleeping section, complete with a kingsize bed (there's also a sofa bed for two extra guests).
With your bed perfectly placed to look out over the loch and the clear, star-studded sky, you can expect a deeply comforting sleep, then wake to the most magnificent morning views.
Freshen up in the Caithness slate rainfall shower, then enjoy a hearty breakfast basket, bursting with delicious goodies (if the mood takes you, you can also order an evening meal kit for two, with wine and dessert - what a treat!)
You may need to plan your activities as you enjoy that breakfast, as there's a great deal to see and do in the local area. There are many walking and cycle routes to get lost in, or you may prefer a day out to Dunrobin Castle, with its regular falconry displays, and beautiful gardens to stroll through.
Arrange a whisky and gin tasting tour at the Carnegie Whisky Cellars in nearby Dornoch, play a few rounds of golf, or even book yourselves in for a spa treatment or two!
Or if you prefer, simply meander along with your binoculars to the bird hide close to your cabin, and settle yourselves in for even more of those wondrous (and completely addictive!) wildlife views.
Things to note
Check in is at 3pm, check out is at 11am.
Tried and tested
"Wow, what a gem! We absolutely loved staying in this beautiful cabin. The accommodation is cosy and stylish, the location is stunning, and Lizzie and Boban are wonderful, generous hosts. It was the perfect place to unwind after a long day's walking. I really hope I will have the chance to stay here again one day. Highly recommended!"
"We were lucky enough to be the first guests in this beautiful cabin and we had the most amazing time! The cabin is so roomy, cosy and perfectly kitted out - it has everything you could possibly need and more. Everything felt very luxurious and the log burner was definitely a highlight! The location of the cabin is so peaceful, has lovely views and plenty of walks and places to explore surrounding it. Lizzie and her husband were the perfect hosts, with lots of handy tips and info. We will definitely be back!"
"What a beautiful little cottage in the middle of a nature reserve. Lizzy and Boban were very friendly and welcoming. The cottage is very spacious and comfortable, the bathroom is very stylish and the bed provides a great and relaxed sleep. No need to say the only thing you hear are the birds, and at night it is absolute silence. We absolutely enjoyed our stay here, such a shame it was only one night. Our dogs loved the loch, to run around and explore, meet their friendly brown lab and tell him to get off their property. Sorry, Choco! Overall this is a very comfortable place to stay, return and definitely recommend"
Region: Golspie, Sutherland
Cost (from): £160 per night
Sleeps: Up to 4
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 1137
Facilities35 sq m wooden cabin sleeping four guests. One-level studio layout incorporating living, dining, and sleeping spaces. Kitchen area: Esse stove, gas hob, dishwasher, fridge, selection of kitchen staples including tea, coffee, milk, and seasoning. Living area: sofa bed, armchair, wood-burning stove, wall-mounted TV with Freeview channels, WiFi. Sleeping area: kingsize bed, linen, wardrobe/storage unit. Bathroom with walk-in slate shower, towels, WC, hairdryer, washing machine. Raised outdoor deck area. Breakfast baskets and meal kits to order.
Nature reserve, bird and wildlife watching, walking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, golf, swimming, spa treatments, castles, gardens, restaurants, village life, distilleries, historic sites.
At a glance
- A luxuriously rustic wooden cabin sleeping up to 4 guests, perfectly positioned on the woodland shores of the tidal Loch Fleet in the Scottish Highlands, and surrounded by a nature reserve. As the name suggests, this is the ideal place for birdwatchers!
- Easily accessed by road, with private parking. There is a short path to the cabin.
- A selection of breakfast baskets and evening meal kits for two can be ordered in advance.
- There is a wealth of wildlife-steeped walking and cycling trails in the local area, as well as distilleries and castle gardens to visit. There are several good restaurants and cafés close by.