Skelbo Steading

Dornoch, Highland
Self-catering
+44 (0)1862 811041


Lovely steading conversion above a loch with views to the sea; fish, bird-watch or play golf, visit historic castles and whisky distilleries

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

Sleeps 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The steading behind Véronique’s 1880s croft house has been converted into accommodation for two, with its own garden space and views across fields to Loch Fleet and the sea. You’re just by the wild Sutherland hills here for fantastic walks and, although it feels very rural, Dornoch with its cathedral, good restaurants, cafes and shops is only 3.5 miles away.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are there for your arrival, along with basics for the kitchen, cleverly built into a specially made cupboard. Find a selection of good books, board games and a record player with a huge range of LPs across all genres.

Sit in the garden and take in the peace and quiet, or walk down the hill and you’re in Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, which has birdlife and seals. There are plenty of sporting activities nearby, including walking, biking, hiking, fishing or golf, plus historic castles and whisky distilleries to visit. The weather can be quite wild so bring clothes for all seasons.

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We think you'll love

  • Staying in such a rural, peaceful and relaxing spot
  • Having Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve just down the hill
  • That there’s so much to do locally
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You should know

  • You’ll need a car to do anything
  • There’s a lack of decent public transport
  • There’s no TV, and the Wi-Fi is slow

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm-7pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 2 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Children over 2 welcome. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Pricing

Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £475
Damage deposit
£
Surcharges
Singles £350-£400. Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 Cottage for 2
From £751 bedroom

Reviews

A very cosy apartment and personalised music; I really liked the very warm welcome and good advice we were given by Veronique.

Martine

This is a great place to stay - stylish, clean, open and homely. Lovely beaches to explore below the house and Dornoch is very nice. Veronique is helpful and kind.

Euan

A quaint accommodation with a modern rustic vibe, set within quiet natural surroundings. Véronique is a fantastic host who made us feel very welcome and had great knowledge of the surrounding areas and the Highlands. Thank you for our fabulous stay.

Daniel

An enjoyable stay at a lovely and characterful place. Veronique was an excellent host and went out of her way to help when we booked at short notice.

Jon, Arisaig

Delightful stay and ideally placed for Highland touring. East coast advantage - no midges! Facilities great and the steading very comfortable. Enjoyed rifling through Veronique's vinyl collection. Even found one featuring her fiddle playing from the 80s! Splendid collection of exotic teas - not enough time to try them all. Would recommend spending an evening over a glass (or two) of wine with Veronique - very sociable and helpful hostess. On the food front Dornoch Stores has excellent local produce and Luigi's restaurant is well worth a visit (need to book). Will we come back again? Yes!

Ros & Michael, London

Skelbo Steading was the perfect getaway for us - a couple with an old dog - looking for some tranquility and the chance to explore the coastal Highlands. The steading is comfortable, cozy, but spacious too. Lovely shower! The kitchen was ample for simple meals. 'Our' garden was filled with birdsong, butterflies, and blossom - a great place to read or enjoy the view across grazing to Loch Fleet. Highlights were being able to walk to the shore and watch lazy seals in the morning. For nature lovers there is more than enough to do within a few miles drive. Veronique was a most welcoming host.

Milly, Lewes

Amazing place to stay in the countryside of the highlands! Veronique was a wonderful host with lots of tips on what to do in the area. The steading was beautiful, comfortable and homey. We cooked dinner both nights and the kitchenette was perfect. Wonderful location being close to towns but tucked away in the country. We enjoyed walking along the loch and seeing the animals and Skelbo Castle ruins. I would highly recommend Skelbo Steading and hope to stay here again.

Madeline

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Location

The neighbourhood

There’s a community shop two miles away in Embo, small supermarkets in Dornoch and larger ones in Tain, 10 miles away. Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, Scotland's northernmost sea loch on the eastern seaboard, is a birdwatchers' paradise; seals also abound, often to be seen swimming, or resting on the sandbanks. You can explore historic castles, such as Dunrobin, 8 miles away, or try some of Scotland's finest whiskies at the many local distilleries: Balblair in Edderton, or Glenmorangie in Tain are less than 10 miles away. There are good beaches with miles of sand in Dornoch and Embo.