Unique rustic cottage, amazing views of wild places. Family and pet friendly

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2 bedrooms, bed sheets

Overview of Unique rustic cottage, amazing views of wild places. Family and pet friendly

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Unique rustic cottage, amazing views of wild places. Family and pet friendly

4.3/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 3.0/5 for cleanliness.

Entire home

2 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Pet-friendly
  • Outdoor space
Thurso, SCT

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationStrathnaver Museum18 min walk
  • Popular LocationTorrisdale Beach9 min drive
  • Popular LocationFarr Beach9 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4
Bedroom 1
    2 single beds
    1 sofa bed
Bedroom 2
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Unique rustic cottage, amazing views of wild places. Family and pet friendly

Cottage in Thurso with kitchen
Kips Cottage is a rustic former bothy, with very few mod cons, other than amazing views and copious hot water. If you love going back in time and feeling like you are living on the edge of the world, it will be perfect for you. If you are looking for something even vaguely modern, Kips Cottage may not suit.

The cottage is situated in a stunning location just off the North Coast 500 in Sutherland. The cottage looks over the North Atlantic and is surrounded by hillside with fantastic views of the changing coastal scenery.

There is a spacious living area with a sofa and 2 armchairs, and a pine dining table and a wood-burning stove at one end. A charming double bedroom is accessed from the other end of the living space. Also on the ground floor is a basic kitchen, slightly like being on a boat, with a kitchen table and French doors out onto the decked area outside. The kitchen has an electric oven and a butler’s sink. Situated off the kitchen is a charmingly ramshackle bathroom with bath and basin and lavatory.

Up some steep stairs by the kitchen is a long attic area with twin beds at one end. The attic has limited headroom and is perfect for children.

There is plenty of parking and a garden to explore.

Let Saturday to Saturday June, July & August. Other changeover days OK in other months. Thanks.
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers coffee/tea makers. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a bath.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property amenities

Parking and transport

  • Car recommended


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Sofa bed


  • 1 bathroom
  • Bath
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Wood stove


  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Garden


  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Location highlights

  • Near the sea
  • In the mountains
  • In a rural location
  • Near the bay
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Cave exploring nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby


  • Sleeps 4


  • Cave exploring
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fitness centre access
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Surfing/boogie boarding

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets are allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession). EU consumer law relating to professional hosts will not apply to your booking. However, the Book with Confidence Guarantee and the cancellation policy set by the private host will cover your booking.
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is recommended for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

Unique Rustic Amazing Views Wild Places. Family pet Friendly

About this area


Located in Thurso, this cottage is in a rural area and by the sea. Travellers eager for a bit of culture can stop by Strathnaver Museum, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Farr Beach and Torrisdale Beach. Surfing/boogie boarding and fishing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with horse riding and cave exploring nearby. Guests love the property's quiet location.

What's nearby

  • Strathnaver Museum - 18 min walk
  • Torrisdale Beach - 9 min drive
  • Farr Beach - 9 min drive
  • Strathy Bay - 14 min drive
  • Cnoc an Fhreiceadain - 33 min drive

Getting around

  • Forsinard Station - 41 min drive

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 28 out of 49 reviews
5 - Excellent 57%
Rating 4 - Good. 15 out of 49 reviews
4 - Good 31%
Rating 3 - Okay. 3 out of 49 reviews
3 - Okay 6%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 49 reviews
2 - Poor 2%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 2 out of 49 reviews
1 - Terrible 4%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

Travelled with partner
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Lovely position. Plenty of hot water. 3piece suite in very poor condition, inadequately covered by blankets. Lot of dog hairs on rug in lounge. Fireplace in bedroom very dusty. Wooden draining board unhygienic, we covered with a glass chopping board. Bath taps held in place by bits of wood. Loved having cuckoo singing at the front of the house.
Stayed 7 nights in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

A break from the norm
This is a lovely cottage , with the best views In the world. There's no tv no Internet, just total relaxation.
Stayed 14 nights in Dec 2021

2/5 Poor

Kips Cottage review October 2021
The property is beautifully situated, with fantastic views. However it is let down by very poor cleaning standards and hygiene standards, furniture and decoration which needs renewal and substandard heating. Cleaning: The house is difficult clean given the decorative order. However, there were cobwebs and spiders everywhere, (behind the bed, on the walls, in the bookcases, around the fires) black scum around sinks and draining board. The cupboards and annex room have old rugs and broken equipment in them. Kitchen items all needed to be washed before use. The outside decking was an extreme slip hazard. (We were not allowed access until 6pm due to extra covid cleaning - there was no evidence of basic cleaning .) Furniture: Armchairs and sofa need renewal. These have large holes and were covered with dusty blankets. Outside furniture was rusty and dirty. Wooden draining board is a health hazard. There is no shower. Heating: There is no heating in the bathroom, and only a small electric heater in the main living room. The woodburner is small, and locally purchased logs were too large for it. Photographs can be supplied on request. This was all such a shame, as it led us to be disappointed, and felt that the cottage did not represent good value for money. All could be fixed with very little effort and expenditure, and the cottage is potentially a perfect retreat.
Stayed 7 nights in Sep 2021

5/5 Excellent

Full of rustic charm
This little cottage was everything we wanted for a peaceful romantic getaway -it’s olde worlde and in a beautiful location .it’s not 5 star luxury by any means but if ur into quaint and rustic it’s fabulous
Stayed 7 nights in Sep 2021

5/5 Excellent

Kip's Cottage Kirtomy
What a stunning location, looking straight out to sea in a charming crofting village on the north coast of Scotland. Lots of traditional charm, esp with the wood stove alight. Upper room is ideal for children but rather low for adults.
Stayed 7 nights in Aug 2021