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The Cabin at Mackay's

The Cabin at Mackay's

Durness, Sutherland, Scotland
“Quirky detailing meets contemporary industrial chic; stay in your own rustic cabin where the hiss and crackle of the fire awaits you; head west to Durness and wake up to rugged hills, gorgeous beaches, lashings of fresh air and wild beauty.”
Sleeps: 4    Bedrooms: 2
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Baby Cot
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Free Parking
Laptop-Friendly Workspace
Mountain Views
Open Fire/Woodburner
Outdoor furniture
Sea views
Secure Bike Storage
Sky TV
Washing Machine

Cool Features

  • Cosy, warm cabin with underfloor heating and a stylish wood burning stove.
  • You're ideally located to visit the local beaches and explore the fabulous walking and hills around Durness.
  • Kick back and relax in the comfy living room, open plan kitchen and gorgeous bedrooms offering a great night's sleep.
  • We love this couple's retreat where you can escape in style to the rugged beauty of the Northwest coast of Scotland.
  • Located in mainland Britain's most north-westerly village, Durness- really fantastic- Honestly!.

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Good To Know

Good To Know

  • Beautiful single-track roads with select passing places, so please allow time to navigate the roads and time to take pictures en-route.
  • Parking on site.
  • Wi-Fi perfect for staying connected.
  • Dogs are welcome, there's a £15 charge per dog, a (maximum of 2 dogs).
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  • Stay in and have the local produce sourced - you won't want to leave.
  • Local pubs in the village serve pub grub ideal for a cooks night off.
  • Extremely quirky, under the radar and special Cote du Nord, a booking only dining experience offering a taster menu. (30 minute's drive restricted to summer months).
  • A fish van frequents once a week and you can pre order great local produce through your hosts in advance of your stay.
  • Your local hosts run a shop in the village of Durness where you can pick up supplies for your stay.

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  • Journey to Cape Wrath taking the ferry across the Kyle (May-September), either walk, bike or book the minibus to see majestic cliffs teaming with seabirds - puffins galore May to mid-July; don't miss the lighthouse by Robert Stevenson or stunning Kearvaig beach.
  • Chocolate lovers will swoon at Cocoa Mountain - the hot chocolate is legendary and you can buy artisan Scottish chocolate from this Highland chocolatier open (Easter to October 9am to 6pm Daily (Winter 10am - 4pm).
  • Take or rent clubs for a round at Durness Golf Course - Keep your eyes peeled for the orcas out in the bay as you're overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The walking is truly superb where you can take gentle strolls along the coastline or lace up and head for Ben Hope the most northerly munro in Scotland and visible from both properties.
  • Surfs up! - Bring your surf boards and visit Sango Bay with its beautiful sandy beach and perfect surf.
  • There are stunning beaches to explore - drive as far as Sheigra, and take a gentle walk up to Sandwood Bay which is just beautiful. Visit Oldshoremore for great sandy swathes of coastline.
  • Durness holds its annual highland games always on the last weekend in July with ceilidhs, activities and a fun day out for all.
  • Smoo Cave shouldn't be missed - 65m deep, 40m wide and 20m high with a small stream flowing out of it.
  • The Durness beaches are mostly our undiscovered secret so you will likely have the golden sands all to yourself. Sango, Balnakeil, Ceannabeinne are just waiting to be explored.

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Quirky detailing meets contemporary industrial chic; stay in your own rustic cabin where the hiss and crackle of the fire awaits you; head west to Durness and wake up to rugged hills, gorgeous beaches, lashings of fresh air and wild beauty.

Take a deep breath...and relax in your cosy stylish retreat perfect for that bolthole escape you have been dreaming of. The Cabin sleeps 2  - 4 persons if you can bare to share! The hiss and crackle of the fire awaits you. So, kick off your muddy boots or leave your wetsuit at the door for an instant relax. Durness has something for everyone where you can wake up to the tantalising smell of  good coffee & freshly baked croissants from the village store before heading out to explore the stunning beaches and rugged hills on your doorstep. No matter what the weather the Cabin will meet your every need...cook up a storm while the winds huff and puff, brave our Atlantic swells on pristine beaches. Time to rejuvenate and find that inner child. Time to enjoy and just be.

A couples rustic retreat

Delectably warm for those intrepid winter visitors, a wood fired stove for ambience, and underfloor heating for generous warmth and comfort. The cabin is a warm cosy environment. Industrial style lighting for you to adapt to suit your mood. The kitchen is a hand built gorgeous mix of copper and inky back surfaces. The owners are dedicated foodies and have provided you with the tools to cook up a storm, a stunning and easy to use oven and oversized fridge...and for those who don't want to wash up on holiday we have a slimline dishwasher. For dining, a raised butchers block with tall chairs in the open plan kitchen area flows to the lounge, comfy settees and seating, perfect for watching movies, socialising or curling up with a good book. Or take it outside and watch village life unfold on our generous covered deck. There is also a washing machine on hand in the Cabin's in the store outside for guests use. There are two bedrooms, but we think its perfect for a couple; the double bedroom offers a quiet sanctuary should you wish to escape to a more intimate space, a handmade king-sized feather topped bed and a twin room is perfect for children or friends. The finest French linens are used throughout each room and can easily be made up as feather free if required. The Cabin is also fitted with an oversized shower and bespoke fixtures and fittings not forgetting an ample supply of indulgent bath linens.

The essence of all Mackay's Collection of accommodation is the attention to detail! Comfortable furnishings, the use of honest mnatural materials, copper touches and deep dark black surfaces grace the kitchen or why not sit outside on the spacious covered deck and enjoy some al fresco dining in the sunshine. The wild beauty of Northern Scotland is just waiting for you; escape to The Cabin at Durness and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Highlands and its incredible landscape.


Short Break from £220.00 per night based on a minimum of 3 nights off season.  Weekly rental from £950.00


"The cottage was perfect for us. Would definitely recommend!"

"We found this place at short notice and we were lucky it was still available. The Cabin is a not so small house that fits max. 4, we were two, so even more space for us. It is beautifully furnished and Fiona (the owner) has a great feel for design and the combination of old and new things with a penchant for fancy items (e.g. lamps, switches, mountings in the bathroom...). The kitchen is well equipped, the living room area is cosy with an extra fire place, beds are comfortable (I really loved the "closet" in the main bedroom). To be honest, we didn't know what to expect from a place "at the end of the world" but it turned out to be the best part of the whole journey. The nearby beaches are beautiful, the water is turquoise and crystal clear, Smoo Cave is a must and you can walk for miles over green hills counting the countless sheep (with their babies!). The Cabin is usually self-catering but we went for the B&B-option and enjoyed the delicious breakfast at the hotel. Everyone was very friendly and helpful (especially Paco, the lovely guy from Spain!) and we'd love to come back some day."

"I initially wanted to get away from the city, all the everyday tech and to see the night sky without any light pollution.
That all happened but I wasn't expecting to have a great night sleep. The highlight of my trip wasn't just how beautiful and relaxing Durness was. But since my first night there I've been dreaming every night since.
That might not seem important, but to me that was a bonus take away."

"We stayed at Mackay's Rooms during our trip in Scotland. Durness is a beautiful place in northern Scotland and has amazing sand beaches. Mackay's Rooms is a very nice place to stay. Very friendly and the rooms are 'Amazing', I really loved the way how the rooms are designed, within minutes you will feel like at home. The rooms have a high standard and super clean. The self-cooked breakfast was great as well. If you're on a trip in northern Scotland. I recommend you stay here".


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