About this listing
A wildly beautiful luxury cabin nestled in a cosy corner of magical Balblair Woods in the Scottish Highlands; experience unparalleled Scottish wildlife from your deck, surround sound nature and shore side views of Loch Fleet and the mountains.
Your magical forest hideaway
The Birdwatcher’s Cabin in a luxurious one bedroom cabin set in the magnificent Scottish Highlands. The property is positioned on the shores of Loch Fleet, in a corner of the Balblair woods, with outstanding views of the water and all of its feathered guests.
The position gives guests the unique experience of watching an abundance of Scottish wildlife, from Pine Martens and Red Squirrels to Ospreys and Terns, all from the stylish comfort of your private cabin.
This charming wooden structure has one large studio area incorporating the kitchen, living, dining and sleeping area. Large patio doors stretch along one wall of the property ensuring you are never deprived of the fabulous views. The kitchen area is well-equipped and stocked with all the basics, including tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, oil, pasta and rice and milk on arrival. Breakfast basket available on request. TV and WiFi to keep you connected should you choose to be. Enjoy the deck space for watching the tide come in and out and see and hear the many kinds of birds visiting the salt marsh.There is a wall mounted television which has satellite and Freeview but the soundtrack to your stay will surely be the sounds of the sea birds, year-round residents include Eiders and Scottish Crossbills and, during the summer months watch Ospreys and Terns fish in the Loch.
A large deep sofa is ideal for cuddling up on after a day exploring the woods and of course, the cabin wouldn’t be complete without the wood burner keeping guests cosy throughout the seasons. The bedroom area has a large and stylish wardrobe/storage unit offering plenty of space to store clothing. The double bed looks directly out onto the loch, so come bedtime, slide between the crisp linens, turn out the lights and enjoy the magnificent ‘nothing’. There is no light pollution, no noise, just a blissful uninterrupted deep restful sleep to be enjoyed. Come the morning guests wake refreshed but spend that extra time in bed, relaxing and enjoying the sounds and sights of lochside life.
Local Caithness slate has been used in the shower room and beautifully compliments the handsome wooden interior. There is a rainfall shower perfect for scrubbing up in after muddy walks over the hills. The Birdwatcher’s Cabin has everything you need for a wonderful stay without guests having to venture much further than the raised deck to the front of the property but the area offers plenty to see and do.
5 star fun and activities
The Birdwatchers Cabin is ideally placed to be a base from which to explore Sutherland and Caithness. One and a half hours from John O’Groats via the A9, they are a similar distance from Tongue and Durness further west as well as being only an hour from Inverness with many attractions indoor and out such as Clava Cairns, Culloden Battlefield, Whin Park to Vue cinema, Eastgate shopping centre, soft play centres, bowling, ice skating and aqua dome, trampoline centre and more.
There are glistening rivers to explore such as the beautiful Falls of Shinor discover the waterfall at the top of the Big Burn. You can book a days fishing, head off on a pony trek, go mountain biking, rock climbing at Creag Bheag and Creag Mhor or walk or simply just relax. Whisky lovers will enjoy watching the age old tradition of whisky distilling which can be experienced with master craftsmen tours at Clynelish Distillery in Brora, Dalmore Distillery and Old Putney. You can also book a whisky and gin tasting day at the Carnegie Whisky Cellars in Dornoch. Golfers can play at Golspie Golf Club which has a Par 70 course known for its variety of terrain and there’s also Brora Golf club; the most northerly of James Braid’s designs and a popular 18-hole championship course. Dornoch Golf Club on the Dornoch links has been hosting golfers since the 17th century and offers an equally challenging course.
The wildlife here at Birdwatchers Cabin is unparalleled, with many varieties of Scottish birds including osprey, terns and resident Scottish Crossbills as well as pine martens, red squirrels to otters and seals in the waters out front – the deck out front is the perfect quiet spot to watch the wildlife around you.
Week nights are £160 and weekends £180 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Weekly rate is £990.
Christmas and New Year Holidays nightly rate is £200 week nights, £220 weekends and from £900 for a weeks stay.
“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. Overall this is a very comfortable place to stay, return and definitely recommend.”
- Guests: 4 | Bedrooms: 1 | Beds: 1 | Bathrooms: 1
- Baby Cot
- Barbecue Area
- Dog Friendly
- Family Friendly
- Mountain Views
- Open Fire/Woodburner
- Sea views
- Secure Bike Storage
- TV Cable
- Washing Machine