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Ceannabeinne cottage is situated on the coast road, 3 miles eastward from Durness. It's position overlooking the beautiful and remote Ceannabeinne beach makes it one of the most perfectly located cottages in the Scottish Highlands.
Ceannabeinne cottage is steeped in history, it was the Schoolhouse and is the last remaining building from the early settlement of Ceannabeinne.
In the 1840's the landowner had designated the village to be emptied in the ‘Highland Clearances’ to make way for sheep farming. However, the women folk of Durness tried to resist and rioted against the clearance officers. Nevertheless, the village was eventually cleared and then abandoned.
The last remnants of the original village can be explored from the Ceannabeinne Trail nearby.
The cottage survived the destruction of the clearances but was eventually unused and left derelict until the 1960s when the cottage was renovated as a private home.
The cottage has been hosting holiday guests since 1987. It has become a sought after destination and is an idyllic romantic hideaway for couples, and wonderful inspiration for painters, photographers and writers.
Wake up to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore below; stroll outside with your first cup of coffee and breathe in that refreshing sea air; then tuck into breakfast by the warmth of the Aga while you enjoy one of the best seascapes in Britain from your kitchen table.
Locally you can also hike, play golf, swim and surf and visit Smoo Cave, Balnakeil beach and the village of Durness. In the evening, dine in style beneath open timber beams in the huge sitting room, then gather round a glowing fire and treat yourselves to a wee dram.
To find the cottage:
By Rail: Nearest mainline station is Lairg.
By Air: Inverness is the nearest Airport.
By Car: The quickest route is to take the A9 via Inverness to Bonar Bridge; then the A838 to Lairg; and finally on the A838, via Laxford Bridge and Rhiconich to Durness. However, this route is largely single track.
You can approach from Ullapool on the A894 to Rhiconich then on to Durness. When you arrive in Durness, turn right and continue East along the coast road for a distance of three miles. Ceannabeinne is the white cottage on the right of the road overlooking Ceannabeinne Bay.
Or from the East coast/Tongue on the A838. you approach from the east via Loch Eriboll, we are past the lay-by stopping point above Ceannabeinne beach, up the hill on the left.
Ceannabeinne and its beach site on the North coast of Scotland, directly on the North Coast 500 route. Durness.
We've been fortunate enough to have dozens and dozens of happy customers.
The Author Barbara Henderson wrote about Ceannabeinne in her Book 'Fir For Luck'. .
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