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4.8 out of 5


100% of guests recommend
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Otterburn 2

North West Highlands

Otterburn 2 self-catering holiday cottage in Melvaig not far from Gairloch. Panoramic views over the sea to the Isle of Skye and beyond. Great for wildlife spotting from the comfort of the cottage.

A semi-detached traditional cottage recently upgraded with new kitchen and bathroom. Located in an elevated position with spectacular views over Melvaig and the Minch overlooking the isle of Skye, Harris and Lewis from the conservatory as well as the bedrooms.

Melvaig is 10 miles along the coast from Gairloch and around a 20 minute drive along a scenic single track road. Passing through Big Sands, North Erradale, Peterburn and Aultgrishan, Melvaig is a small settlement offering a great location for unwinding or as a base for walking and exploring the wider Wester Ross area.

A little further along the coast there are a multitude of places well worth a visit. Badachro, Poolewe, Torridon and Mellon Udrigle are some of the favourite visitor spots within easy reach.


Main Features

  • ✔ WiFi
  • ✔ Parking
  • ✔ Garden/Patio
  • ✔ Dog friendly
  • ✔ Short breaks available
  • ✔ Coastal
  • ✔ Country
  • ✔ Sea or river view
  • ✔ 2 bedroom

First listed date: 06/12/2016

Ground Floor:

Conservatory: Fantastic views over Melvaig and the Minch with the isles of Rona, Raasay and Skye in the background. Ample seating to relax and unwind and watch the natural world go by.

Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: 2 x 2  seat settees, coffee table, TV with Freesat channels, dining table for 4, kitchen with electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery, utensils, pots, pans and kitchenware.

Shower room: electric shower, wash hand basin, w.c.

Utility room: washing machine, clothes horse for drying wet clothing, iron & board.

First floor:

Bedroom1: Double bed, beside cabinets, bedside lamps, chest of drawers, mirror. Great views over Melvaig and the inner Minch.

Bedroom2: 2 single beds, bedside cabinet, bedside light, clothes storage, mirror.

Outside: Picnic bench, parking for 1 car, bike storage in shed, access to small beach 200 yards away. The natural garden is fenced so is secure for dogs and children.

Other info: Satellite Wi-fi is included at no extra cost however this is not suitable for streaming. The cottage has electric central heating throughout.

Option to rent both Otterburn 1 and Otterburn 2 together with internal adjoining door – will sleep 8 when booked together.

Note – care should be taken when walking to the beach as there are steep drop offs along the shore line. Children should be supervised at all times if leaving the garden area.

All bed linen, towels and tea towels (one hand towel and one bath towel per person)

Electricity & Wi-Fi: internet access is included at no extra cost.

A complementary starter pack of supplies: includes toilet rolls, complementary sachets of coffee, sugar, teabags.

Great views.

Relaxation, peace and quiet.

Ample opportunity for walking and wildlife spotting.

Supermarket: McColls grocery in Gairloch – 15 miles away, 20 minutes drive.

Pubs: a couple of hotels with bars in Gairloch.

Restaurants – A few options in Gairloch, advisable to book a table.

Take Away food – a couple of options in Gairloch.

Melvaig is a quiet hamlet just outside Gairloch. There are shops in Gairloch were guests can buy groceries and supplies. Opening hours are limited, it would advisable to buy supplies in Inverness or Dingwall prior to arrival.

It is advisable to book a table in local restaurants.

Entry details: arrival time is anytime after 4pm, latest departure time is 10am.

Up to 2 dogs welcome at an additional cost shown on booking form.

Cancellation policy – 30% of the total rental is charged on the day of booking to confirm your booking with the final 70% due no later than 6 weeks before arrival. There is a 24-hour cooling off period after your booking is placed where you may cancel free of charge after that you will be required to pay the full rental amount if you cancel.

Cancellation protection policy is available during booking or before the final balance payment is made.

Security deposit: an amount of £100 will be pre-authorised against the card you pay your final balance 10 days prior to arrival. This will reduce your available balance on your card by £100 for 30 days.


Rate table shows the base weekly rental rates only when the property is only available for weekly bookings. Short breaks may be available and are not shown below. To check available bookable dates and the rate choose the start date on the calendar at the top of the page then the number of available nights.

Rates do not include additional booking fee of £24 or £28 where applicable. Seasonal offers are available at times where no or a reduced booking fee applies.

For weekly bookings discounts are available at certain times and are not shown in the rate table. To check prices choose the start date on the calendar at the top of the page then the number of available nights.

Trustworthy reviews from genuine guests
UpFront Reviews
  • Absolutely worth a stay
    4.8 OUT OF 5
    Submitted on 25/08/2018 by Katrin from Schneeberg

    We loved staying in this place, it was absolutely idyllic and only a few steps away from the beach to go for a walk. Mandy was very nice and welcoming and friendly, and only lived 2min away and was available at any time in case we needed help. We are hoping to come back soon!

  • Otterburn 2 week commencing 21st July 2018
    4.7 OUT OF 5
    Submitted on 30/07/2018 by Andrew from Thornton-cleveleys

    Had a great time, ideal for a quiet getaway. Our host Mandy was great and we all had lots of fun feeding the chickens, ducks, geese and pigs who were all very friendly especially when food was involved! we even had a bonus sighting of a sea otter. The flocks of sheep were good company.

  • Otterburn, Melvaig.
    5 OUT OF 5
    Submitted on 09/03/2018 by Kevin from Zuelpich

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Melvaig. Spacious and comfortable accommodation, with fantastic views. All amenities available in Gairloch.

  • Amazing holiday home in truly fascinating and beautiful surroundings.
    5 OUT OF 5
    Submitted on 09/08/2017 by Matthew from Hebburn

    The house itself was perfect for us, clean and comfortable with a gorgeous sea view from almost every window. The history and surroundings of the house were so interesting and perfect for us and our son to explore, along with a short walk down to the beach. We'll definitely be going back, ASAP.

  • Relaxing get away
    4.5 OUT OF 5
    Submitted on 14/06/2017 by Gordon from Arbroath

    in spite of having lots of rain the relaxation of being at Otterburn was just delightful. Plenty to do in surrounding area if prepared to put in a few miles or just simply soak in the being there. Do take plenty provisions as only two very handy and happy minimal local shops. Recommend the Big Sands caravan park for a lovely meal out.


Situated in Melvaig on the west coast, 15 miles from Gairloch in Wester Ross. A 20 minute drive from Gairloch. Views over the Minch to Rona, Raasay and the Isle of Skye.

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