An Airidh

An Airidh is a modernised croft house near Lochinver in Assynt, a parish in the south-west corner of Sutherland. The cottage is conveniently situated near Lochinver and the white sandy beaches at Achmelvich. It provides a great base for exploring this exceptional area of Sutherland with its unique mountains, numerous lochs, rivers and rugged coastline. It is good for walking, climbing, trout and salmon fishing, deer stalking, cycling, water sports and painting.

The house is comfortable and well-equipped with three double bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor. On the ground floor there is a sitting room with open fire and a second sitting room  with a sofa bed. Both sitting rooms have FreeSatTVs and DVDs. There is also a cloakroom and small utility room. The fitted kitchen is well-equipped with dishwasher, fridge/freezer,  microwave and gas stove with double oven. Eight adults might find the kitchen cramped but there is ample china etc.  and I have had no complaints yet.

Lochinver is a small fishing port with two small supermarkets, newsagent, cash point, petrol, two hotels, several restaurants and cafes, a small leisure centre and a good Tourist Information Centre.

Dogs are allowed downstairs only. They must be good with sheep.




Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
3 double Up to 8 1 + 1 cloakroom


  • Open fire in sitting room which heats radiators. Coal and kindling provided.
  • Electric radiators in all rooms.
  • Freesat TVs and DVDs in both sitting rooms.
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitted kitchen with dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, gas stove with double oven.
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • High chair and cot
  • Bedding and towels provided (not beach towels)
  • Barbecue
  • Off-road parking
  • Mobility: At least one bedroom & toilet accessible without steps


Some pictures of the cottage and the surrounding countryside around Lochinver, Achmelvich and the mountains of Assynt.

Availability & Booking

You can book An Airidh for 1 week or more (Saturday to Saturday). Short breaks, minimum 3 nights, available in low season. Check the calendar below for availability.

For more information or to make a booking email Moira at or call +44 (0)1884 855757 or +44 (0)17581 313496


Season Price per Week (*)
Low October to March
(Special rates apply for Christmas and New Year)
Mid April to June £450-650
High July to September £700-750

(*) Electricity is not included as usage varies so wildly, depending on the number of guests, the weather, and whether open fire or radiators used. The meter is read on arrival and departure and paid at normal rate on departure.

A 25% deposit is required upon booking, the balance due the week of arrival.


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Out & About

This rental cottage is a perfect base for exploring the Scottish Highlands and Sutherland.

  • 2 miles from the town of Lochinver for shops, restaurants, cash machine, sports centre, hotels
  • 1 ½ miles from the beautiful white sandy beaches at Achmelvich
  • Lots of fantastic routes for walking, climbing and cycling
  • Near the North West Highlands Geopark, which has stunning mountain landscapes, clean sandy beaches, ancient settlements, thriving communities. It offers one of the best opportunities to explore wild places in Europe.
  • 35 miles from Ullapool, a picturesque fishing town on the shores of Loch Broom. There are ferries to Stornaway on Lewis and boat trips to the Summer Isles. It boasts the nearest golf course and swimming pool
  • On the Drumbeg loop of the North Coast 500 route.
  • Experienced climbers can tackle the distinctive sandstone peak of Suilven.


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