Mara Cottage

Mara Cottage

Mara Cottage is a lovely traditional fishing cottage which has been lovingly upgraded without losing any of its character and charm.

Situated in the small fishing village of Hilton of Cadboll it offers a pleasant retreat within a stunning landscape. The village is one of three coastal villages which include Balintore and Shandwick and are collectively known as the Seaboard villages.

Mara Cottage is situated on the eastern shore of the beautiful Moray Firth and enjoys one of the most temperate climates in Scotland. The cottage enjoys spectacular views across the firth with regular sightings of the Moray Firth dolphins from the cottage as they often like to swim close to the shore.

The surrounding area has beautiful coastal walks and interesting geological features such as an ancient raised beach which can be accessed at the end of the village. The Moray Coast also offers a variety of pictish stones situated in both Hilton of Cadboll and Shandwick bay.

The nearby village of Portmahomack has an award winning Pictish Visitor Centre. Shandwick offers an award winning Blue Flag beach which is perfect for a family picnic.

There is a good resturant, village inn, harbour, post office and local shops all within 10 minutes walk of the cottage.

Mara Cottage is a welcoming, charming cottage in a location which offers the best of both worlds - relaxation and chill out time with a selection of books and games or a base to explore the northern highlands. There is an enclosed garden to both the front and back of Mara Cottage which is suitable for children.

The historic burghs of Tain and Dornoch are within easy reach of Mara Cottage - both are charming and offer a variety of historic sights which are well worth a visiit. The Highland Capital of Inverness is a thirty minute car journey or alternately catch the train from Fearn Station which is 10 mintes from Mara Cottage.

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Accommodation & Facilities

Ground Floor:

Entrance Hall, wc, Lounge - 2 sofas, recliner chair and footstool, LCD Colour TV, Wireless Internet Access, DVD Player, CD Player, IPod/Mp3 Doc, Selection of DVD's, CD's, Games, Tourist Information.

Kitchen/Dining Area - Fully fitted kitchen with all appliances - dishwasher, washing maching, fridge/freezer, coffee maker, pots/pans, crockery and utensils. Acces to the patio/pergola/barbeque area. Dining table with seating for 6

First Floor:

Double bedroom wth sea views, double wardrope, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets.

Twin Room - Two single beds with fitted wardrope and chest of drawers

Single Room - Single bed with chest of drawers

Family bathroom - Seperate shower cubicle with additional over the bath shower.

On street parking

Full electric central heating throughout with additional heating from the coal fire in the lounge.


  • Open coal fire
  • Free internet access
  • Enclosed garden
  • Pergola/barbeque area
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Electricity and intial fuel for fire provided
  • Located at the sea shore
  • Views over the Moray Firth

The holiday home is stocked with a starter supply of washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, toilet rolls and other kitchen and bathroom supplies.

A deposit of 25% of the total tariff is requested in advance. The balance is payable 6 weeks prior to the commencement of your holiday (or by arrangement for short notice bookings).

No smoking is permitted within the holiday home.

A refundable security deposit of £50 will be required as part of your final balance payment.

Sorry no dogs.

A cot and high chair are available at no extra cost.

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Tariff & Prices

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Dates Price for 7 nights from Short break prices from
10 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017 £519.00

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Location & Directions

By Car - From the South - Follow the A9 North until you reach Inverness.

Continue along A9 toward the Kessock Bridge roundabout. Across the roundabout over the bridge (2nd exit). Continue on the A9, after crossing the bridge along the dual carriageway until you reach the Tore Roundabout. Take the third exit onto the A9 - continue and cross the Cromarty Bridge taking the second exit at the Ardullie roundabout onto the A9.

Travel for approximatly 15 miles north and at the Nigg Roundabout take the first exit onto the A9. After 1 mile exit right onto the B9615 continue on for three miles onto the B9166.

At the staggered junction turn left and continue on until the school is on the left. Turn right down the hill and then take a left onto Back Street.

Mara Cottage is 200 yards on the left along this road - once on Back Street carry on along the street and look for the green fence and gate on the left hand side. Parking is on the street at the gate of Mara Cottage.

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Independent reviews


Guest Comments

The cottage was well equipped with extras like toilet rolls, tea towels, soap, cooking oil. It was comfortable and spacious.
Gillian, Nottingham : 6th August, 2016

It was exactly as we expected from the online pictures, only better thanks to the amazing sea views from the front windows, fabulous sea air, charming setting, comfortable beds and very well equipped kitchen etc. With a lovely harbour down the road, a friendly local shop and post office that seemed to be open all hours, and a beautiful beach, as well as a small play park for younger children, we felt like we had a great welcome and settled in immediately. An extremely relaxing holiday and one we would definitely do again. Thanks so much.
Susan, Edinburgh : 30th July, 2016

Lovely cosy cottage, beautiful sea view, beaches in walking distance.
Tracey, Dunfermline : 21st July, 2016

Lovely location, quiet with views across the Firth. Cottage was comfortable and well equipped.
Lyn, St Stephen : 16th April, 2016

Homely relaxing and comfortable have stayed here on many occasions great value for money like that you can book odd days not just full week.
Shona, Dumfermline : 11th October, 2015

Quiet location very close to the sea, this lovely, cottage was nice and homely, with a good kitchen.
Lynn, Penrith : 27th June, 2015

Mara Cottage was one of the most cosy, comfortable and homely cottages we have ever stayed in. The kitchen was well equipped, the beds were very comfortable and the garden was lovely. Its location near the sea and close to shops was great.
Jane, Newcastle upon Tyne : 3rd June, 2015

Cottage was lovely and comfortable and the location was beautiful allowing us many enjoyable hikes along the beach and trips further afield.
Lindsay, Chester : 12th April, 2015

Lovely roaring fire, sea view, house stocked with absolutely every thing you could think of wanting.
Corin, London : 27th October, 2014

An excellent old fisherman's cottage with wonderful sea views and set in an excellent area for all aspects of early history, scenery, wildlife and bird watching and of course golf. A well appointed cottage with and excellently modernised kitchen, bathroom and downstairs w.c. A comfortable cottage and would be happy to return in the future.
Roger & Liz, Market Rasen : 4th October, 2014

we stayed in Hilton of Cadbol the cottage is excellent and with easy access to the surrounding areas we found it very comfortable and well equipped and cosy
Bert, Falkirk : 11th August, 2014

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