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Station Cottage in Duirinish

Out and about near Plockton and Skye in the Scottish Highlands

Station Cottage is an old Station master's cottage situated right next to the station at Duirinish, dating from 1897.

The cottage sits a little apart from the rest of the village, by the station, on a beautiful headland. The walk around the headland to the next village, Drumbuie, is wonderful and is described here by Walkhighlands.

10 minutes walk from the cottage along a little road flanked by woodlands and a waterfall is the beautiful hamlet of Port an Eorna (Barleyport) It has stunning views over the sea towards Skye and Applecross and is a fantastic spot for a picnic. It is also a good place to see otters, as they come round the headland in the evening to bathe in the fresh water where the river meets the sea.

Duirinish Village in the Scottish Highlands

Duirinish is a very pretty crofting village, unusual for having a river running through its centre, and for the highland cows, geese and ducks which roam freely. Between Duirinish and Plockton is Plockton 'Coral Beach' a beautiful little cove with coarse white sand which looks like coral, and lots of shells. More about this beach can be seen here.

Plockton

Plockton is 3 miles away (1 train stop) and is justly famous as one of the prettiest villages in Scotland - a little arc of houses, some which seem to be floating out to sea looking towards Loch Carron.  It has 2 good pubs and an excellent restaurant, all serving the high quality local produce and seafood.  Both pubs offer live music on some nights.  Plockton also has a post office, small grocery shop, fish and chip kiosk, and a very good fine-art gallery showing the work of artists from across Scotland.

Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge

4 miles in the other direction (1 train stop) is Kyle of Lochalsh - a nice little town with several shops and cafes, a pharmacy, doctor's surgey, a post office, a swimming pool, petrol station,  good fish and chip shop and a large supermarket.  Also at Kyle of Lochalsh is the Skye Bridge.

Isle of Skye

The situation of the cottage makes it a great jumping off point to visit the Isle of Skye.  The Cuillins of Skye and the village of Elgol are about half an hour away.  From Elgol there are boat trips (April to October) to the small Isles of Canna, Eigg and Muck and the peculiar island of Rum - a nature reserve with a frozen-in-time Edwardian castle.  You can also take a boat into the heart of the Cuillins and visit Loch Coruisk.  The north end of Skye, The Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing is an hour and a half away.

Other Nearby Attractions

There are beautiful woodland walks and a very pretty village with a duckpond at nearby Balmacara.

Eilean Donan Castle – famous from the film ‘Highlander’ and a thousand biscuit tins and posters is 8 miles away and well worth a visit.

Also nearby is Kintail and the lovely village of Glenelg with an excellent pub, reached via the Mam Ratagan Pass.

Applecross also has a very well known pub restaurant and is well worth the climb over the notoriously steep Bealach na Ba ('The Pass of the Cattle').  There is very good cafe restaurant at The Walled Garden at Applecross.

Further north are the high peaks of Torridon, Slioch, Beinn Eighe and Liatach and the beautiful beaches of Red Point and Big Sand – all within reach as a day trip.

Getting around

stationmasterThe Cottage is right on the railway line and Duirinish is a request stop with 4 trains a day. The Kyle line is one of the most scenic in the world. To board a train, stand on the platform and wave to the driver.

If you are getting on at Inverness make sure you tell the driver you would like to stop at Duirinish. The views from the train are stunning and even if you have a car a trip on the train to Dingwall or Inverness is well worth doing. Train enthusiasts should check when the steam train is scheduled to pass, as it sometimes does.

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