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Carol Cardelo

The Cottage
178 Strathan Skerray, By Thurso, Caithness KW14 7TJ
The house is 40 miles west of Thurso and 30 miles into Sutherland
 Grid Ref: NC 642631


This is a relatively new house, completed in 2001 on the site of an old crofter's cottage, which was last occupied in about 1950. We rebuilt the ruined dwelling, the steading and the dry-stane dyke which forms our front boundary. Our family and friends use it a lot and it is let at other times (between March and November).

The Cottage has been designed to:- 

  • Be useable by people of nearly all abilities. There is level access into the house. The ground floor comprises a porch, kitchen, living room, bathroom and double bedroom. Upstairs are two twin bedrooms and a second bathroom.  If any of your party has a significant disability please check with us that the house will suit his or her needs. Please also let us know if you will be taking any very small children up as there are some hazards that you should be aware of. We have equipment for babies/children and also disabled or elderly people which is available by request.

  • Fit in with the other houses in Skerray. We are blessed with an absence of modern kit bungalows and wanted to build something looking like an ordinary croft house but with rather better amenities.

  • Make the most of the site and the views. We have located the house on the top part of the site, in sight of the sea. The dining area has 180 degree views up and down the glen.

  • Be comfortable in all weathers. Good sized rooms, heated porch area to dry coats and boots etc. on wet days, including a large sink for rinsing wetsuits and cleaning any fish you catch.

  • Amenities:-  Sheets, pillowcases, tea towels dishcloths and detergents for washing up and for the two machines provided. Bring your own towels. Under-floor central heating plus wood burning stove in the sitting room. TV, DVD Player, high speed broadband, and Hi Fi. Washing machine, Tumble Dryer, Dishwasher and Deep Freezer. Kitchen has a microwave, a convection and/or conventional oven and a separate induction hob. 

No smoking please.

There is  usually a reasonable stock of consumables- flour, soup, cleaning materials, polythene bags, aluminium foil, lavatory paper, etc. Please do not replace item by item but try to leave it as well stocked generally as you found it. If you break anything, please add the estimated value to your cheque for electricity and wood.

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Ground Floor

Looking North

First Floor


Ground Floor Bedroom

Sitting Room


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