Shin Cottage, Loch Shin, LairgSubmitted by Owen McCafferty on Tue, 2009-12-15
Set on the shores of Little Loch Shin, with beautiful views across to Lairg village, the cottages are surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the Sutherland Highlands.
The cottages offer free use of a rowing boat and fishing on Little Loch Shin and are ideal for exploring the Highlands.
The cottages are tastefully and comfortably furnished, with one double and one twin bedded room and are provided with a fridge, cooker, microwave oven, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, video and hairdryer. All bed linen and towels are provided. All cottages have disabled access.
This is a wonderful area for golf (6 courses within 30 minutes' drive); mountain biking is popular and fishing is enjoyed on the River Shin as well as on the loch, where boat hire is available.
The Cottages are all named after Lochs in the Lairg area. The pier area just along from the cottages.
Open plan spacious sitting room with elec 'wood burner effect' fire loch views dining room and well fitted kitchen area with dooden floor. Double bedroom. Twin bedded room. Bathroom/W.C. (shower over bath). Approx 9 miles from Lubcroy. Holiday Cottage for 4 people.
Set on the shores of Loch Shin and commanding beautiful views across the waters to Lairg village this very comfortably furnished cottage offers visitors bird watching and glorious forest walking from the doorstep. Surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the Sutherland Highlands Shin Cottage adjoins another property under half a mile from village shops restaurants and pubs whilst the towns of Alness Bonar Bridge and Dornoch (20 miles) are all within easy reach as are the city of Inverness and Dunrobin Castle. This is a wonderful area for golf (6 courses within 30 minutes' drive); mountain biking is popular and fishing is enjoyed on the River Shin as well as on the loch where boat hire is available. The nearby Ferrycroft Information Centre has guides for activities in the area, including superb local walking, forest trails, and details of the nearby neolithic settlement remains.
- Open plan spacious sitting room with elec 'wood burner effect' fire, loch views, dining room and well fitted kitchen area with wooden floor. Double bedroom. Twin bedded room. Bathroom/WC (shower over bath). This property sleeps up to 4. Weekly Price Range:£270 - £593
- The main bedroom near the rear of the cottage.
- The kitchen and dining area.
- The lounge.
- The gardens grounds in front of the Cottages
- View from Lochside and Shin and Dola Cottages.
- View over Little Loch Shin with the Cottage boats in the foreground.
- Garden grounds and Little Loch Shin from Beannach Cottage sitting room.
- Looking across Loch Shin to the west end of Lairg.
- Decked area Unfenced loch (toddlers beware!) Fishing foc
- Easy walking access
- Pets – 1 dog max
- No smoking
Loch Shin, Lairg - Brown Trout
Loch Shin, the largest freshwater loch in Sutherland is 16 miles long and of very easy access, the A838 Lairg to Laxford Bridge road never far from the shore. The Lairg Angling Club was formed in 1960 and now has 9 boars available from the club warden who can be found from the crack of dawn to the at the club hut at the Lairg end of the loch and is the man to listen to regarding "what's taking". There is a dam just north of the village, with a small attractive loch below and a fish pass to permit migratory fish access. Lairg village has hotels etc and shops including The Sutherland Sporting Company, which carries a full stock of fishing tackle, country clothing and issues permits for Loch Shin and Lairg hill loch trout fishing with occasional rods available for river salmon fishing.
Brown trout are of about 8 oz on average with perhaps 2 or 3 a day up to the 1lb mark and of course as on all big lochs the occasional huge fish. Such a one of 12lb was taken in 1995 out from the Overscaig Hotel. Bank fishing and spinning is permitted throughout the loch with no real need for known drifts; due to the depth of the loch it fishes best close to the shore. Favoured flies are Black Pennel, Silver Invicta, Black Zulu and Kate MacLaren in size 10 and 12 with 8s if there are white tops on the waves. A fairly late loch is the best time from the last 2 weeks of June through July. When a warm westerly breaks the surface the loch fishes best till around mid day and then again from late afternoon into dusk. Bank permits, Boats, Outboards are available from Sutherland Sporting Company Lairg.
Perhaps the best known of local hill lochs, Craggie is reckoned to produce wild brown trout of the 2lb class with some consistency, this perhaps due to odd outcrops of limestone in the region. Boat fishing is the method with a liberal bag limit of 10 fish to 2 rods - No bank fishing permitted
The season is 1 May to 30 September, however, it is generally late May before any real warmth of air and water bring on other than very selective activity. The locations and altitude are such that it is rare to experience a complete lack of wind, warm northwesterly being favoured. A % Ib average is not unreasonable to expect with a good day producing a couple over the 1 Ib mark. The hills above Lairg are a joy to behold with easy access, a great location to be accompanied by non-fishers or for a family picnic. Permits and access details are available from Sutherland Sporting Company, Lairg.
Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation
Call 0844 847 1200 to book Shin Cottage
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