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                             Durnamuck - Northwest Highlands - Scotland

 

Welcome to “Sound of Durnamuck”, a unique place in a unique part of a unique country!

We invite you to our private croft, covering 16 acres of unspoiled natural environment. Here on the seaside we offer two exclusive self catering opportunities;  our Tiny House and our Western Wagon.
Our croft land is completely car free, secure and enclosed by stunning, natural landscapes and shady woodlands.

Sound of Durnamuck is an ideal location to be one with nature. Here you can walk through the woods and along the Allt Doire Nam Muc stream, surrounded by the natural sounds of birds, running water and the wind whistling through the trees. It’s a truly relaxing experience.

Don’t feel like cooking? Simply visit our Pancake Barn tearoom where we serve a selection of freshly made sweet and savoury pancakes, made with local ingredients.


                         Discover a Sanctuary of Silence.
                         Mike and Linda.

Book with complete confidence at Sound of Durnamuck

Our rural location lends itself perfectly to social distancing. Each accommodation is totally self-contained with no shared facilities. There are only two accommodations and they are 100 metres apart. At check-in, social distancing will be strictly observed. Our cleaning is always completed to the highest standard and with the introduction of additional sanitising to all areas, we aim to reduce the risk of possible infection to as low as possible. We are using hospital grade Virucidal Disinfectant on all our surfaces. Your health and safety is of high importance to us at Sound of Durnamuck. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns or worries.

We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:

  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2022 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions with no additional charges.

  • This guarantee supersedes any other policies.

 
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ABOUT US

Moving abroad to start a new life, to make an old dream come true, that is what we, Linda & Mike (Belgians) have done!

 

Our first visit to the Scottish Highlands in the year 2000 was the start of our adventure. Someday we would come to work and live in this beautiful country!

 

Twenty years and countless trips later it is a fact; after a search of more than a year for the perfect location we were able to realise our dream in 2020 at Durnamuck, a small community which is part of Dundonnell in Wester Ross. This area has some of the best flora and fauna in the UK, and is located in the heart of the largest national nature reserve in the North-Western Highlands of Scotland better known as "The Great Wilderness" with its breath-taking landscapes.

 

The name came to us during a visit to this beautiful area. Surrounded by the purest serenity, we realised… when everything is quiet, the stillness is unmistakable… And so, “Sound of Durnamuck” was born.

 

"Sound of Durnamuck, Glamping and Crofting" is what sets our soul on fire!

 

Below the croft land lies Little Loch Broom, a protected marine territory located in "The Minch" (a strait in the Atlantic Ocean between the Highlands and the Hebrides). The loch is home to whales, dolphins and giant sharks, among others. Little Loch Broom is roughly 9.5 miles / 15.3 km long and 1 mile / 1.6 km wide.

 

Wester Ross is home to no fewer than three national nature reserves. There is the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, then the hugely impressive Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, and finally, Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, where incredible discoveries in Victorian times changed the world concept of geology forever. So, don't just drive through Wester Ross without stopping - take some time and discover more about where we live! www.visitwester-ross.com  has more details, more information and many more photos!

 

Here we offer luxury accommodation on a car-free estate and working croft, with beautiful views of Little Loch Broom and the Beinn Ghobhlach munro’s; Cnoc a'Bhaid-rallaich, Sail Mhor and An Teallach.  Become fully immersed in nature and the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury and comfort. Lean back without a care, relax and enjoy the stars with a whisky in your hand, Slàinte!

 

The famous North Coast 500 route is just 0.8 miles / 1.2 km away. This is one of the world's most iconic coastal tour routes. Discover the breath-taking beauty of the Northern Highlands with its white sandy beaches, rugged mountains, deep gorges, wild moors and hidden gems that provide a wealth of unforgettable experiences.

 

For those who travel by bicycle or motorbike we have provided extra drying space.

 

In addition to our sheep and chickens, you can often see herds of wild deer roaming the hillside, and various birds such as buzzards flying overhead. We are great animal lovers and well behaved dogs are welcome.

To keep the impact on the environment as small as possible, we strive to operate a 100% plastic-free business, among other things. Most of the products that we offer in our tearoom also come from our own vegetable garden or from local farmers and producers.

 

Discover a Sanctuary of Silence,

Linda & Mike

 

Tiny House

Our Tiny House Elegance Grand offers a unique and wondrous holiday experience. Placed to take full advantage of  the gorgeous scenery and views over Little Loch Broom, the Tiny House offers accommodation for up to four people. Enjoy the luxurious, cozy furnishings with all the necessary comforts of home.

  • Everything has been done to a high standard, with a fully equipped kitchen with belfast sink, fridge, hob, oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, Nespresso Pro coffee machine, and all necessary cutlery and crockery.

  • Two bedrooms. 2 adults in a double bed 1.90 x 1.40 m and 2 children in a bunk bed of which the bottom 1.90 x 1.20 m and the top 1.60 x 0.60 m. (A travel cot is available on request). Hotel grade mattresses, bed linen, duvets and blankets are provided.

  • Bathroom with spa-steam-rain-shower, flushing toilet, washbasin, heated towel rail. Towels are provided.

  • Sitting/dining area with 42" flat screen TV & Blu-ray player, Bluetooth speaker, USB Charging points, and underfloor heating.

  • Wifi, with the known limitations of remote areas, so limited data capacity and speed, there is also 4G reception.

  • Outside there are seats and tables along with a fire pit, a BBQ, rugs, and soft lighting sets the scene for a relaxing holiday.

  • Private parking, safe bike storage is available.

  • Pet friendly.

  • The dimensions are 2,5 metres (8ft) wide by 7 metres (23ft) long

 

WESTERN  WAGON

Our luxurious Western Wagon is located in one of the most serene locations you’ll ever find. Set in beautiful and natural surroundings. It is suitable for up to four people, and comes equipped with all the necessary comforts of home.

  • Everything has been done to a high standard, with a fully equipped kitchen with belfast sink, fridge, hob, oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, Nespresso Pro coffee machine, and all necessary cutlery and crockery.

  • A cosy living/dining area with smart fold-out double bed 1.90 x 1.40m. USB charging points.

  • An additional sleeping area with bunk bed 2.00 x 0.75 m (A travel cot is available on request). Hotel grade mattresses, bed linen, duvets and blankets are provided.

  • Bathroom with shower, flushing toilet, washbasin and heated towel rail. Towels are provided.

  • Clever underfloor heating which keeps the Western Wagon cozy and warm even during the winter months.

  • Outside there are seats and tables along with a fire pit, a BBQ, rugs, soft lighting sets the scene for a relaxing evening.

  • Private parking, safe bike storage is available.

  • Pet friendly.

  • The dimensions are 2,5 metres wide (8ft) by 8,2 metres (26ft) long. 

 

Enjoy our beautiful natural surroundings in peace and privacy, including the Allt Doire Nam Muc water stream!

 
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We offer delicious pancakes, sweet and savory, and an assortment of coffee and tea.

Update:

From July we will be open on the following days: Thursday+Friday+Saturday+Sunday from 12pm to 5pm
Reservations are not required, but highly recommended to avoid disappointment and/or long waiting times.
see you soon,
Linda & Mike

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We're dog friendly

We welcome dogs in our “Western Wagon” and "Tiny House Elegance Grand". If you choose to bring your dog(s), please keep our other guests in mind, as they should not experience any inconvenience caused by dogs during their stay. (Read house rules related to dogs)

 

The following facilities are provided: Food and water bowls, dog paw cleaner.

There is a surcharge of £5/dog per night. Due to the size of our accommodation, we can only accept two small dogs or one medium to large dog at any time. If you have any questions, please do contact us.

 

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Walking and Hiking

The Highlands are famous for their Munros (mountains with a height greater than 3000 feet or 914 meters). The Garve region is home to a collection of spectacular mountains, with hikes ranging from grade 2 to 5. This is the perfect location to set foot in the great outdoors and challenge yourself to conquer one of the local peaks. One of the most breath-taking mountains, An Teallach, is often described by experienced mountaineers as “the most magnificent mountain in all of Scotland”!

A number of walks are listed below, and more information can be found on www.walkhighlands.co.uk/ullapool/ullapool.shtml  and  www.gofurtherscotland.co.uk

Scoraig to Badrallach, 0.9 m / 1.5 Km from Durnamuck. Grade 2, Hike distance: 20.5 m / 33 km.

Scoraig, Bein Ghobhlach, 0.9 m / 1.5 Km from Durnamuck. Grade 4, Hike distance: 23 m / 37 km.

Ardessie falls, Ardessie, 4 m / 6.5 Km from Durnamuck. Grade 2, Hike distance: 1.5 m / 2.5 km.

Sail Mhor, Ardessie, 4 m / 6.5 Km from Durnamuck. Grade 4, Hike distance: 7.5 m / 12 km.

An Teallach, Dundonnell, 6.2 m / 10 Km from Durnamuck. Grade 5, Hike distance: 11.8 m / 19km.

Beinn Dearg Mor and Bheag, Gruinard, 7.5 m / 12 Km from Durnamuck. Grade 5, Hike distance: 21.8 m / 35.2 km.

Shenavall circuit, Dundonnell, 9.3 m / 15 Km from Durnamuck.  Grade 3, Hike distance: 11.5 m / 18.5 km.

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Corrieshalloch Gorge (National Trust for Scotland), Braemore. One of the wonders of the Western Highlands. Walk across the suspension bridge while the Droma River flows through a spectacular box canyon.

About 8.5 m / 14 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/corrieshalloch-gorge

 

Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve, Anancaun, Kinlochewe. In addition to the Sea Eagle webcam, the visitor centre includes a representation of geography, geology, natural history and its conservation in the nature reserve responsible for Scottish natural heritage.

About 43m / 70 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.nnr.scot

 

Knockan Crag. The science of geology was born here and this is one of the most important geological sites in the world. There is an excellent visitor center, as well as walks and paths that aim to get a clear picture of the forces at work under your feet.

About 46m / 75 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.knockan-crag.co.uk

 

Gardens

Inverewe Gardens. An internationally renowned subtropical garden with visitor center, shop and restaurant. Stunning and rare plant species thrive in this heritage garden due to the beneficial effects of the Gulf Stream.

About 20 m / 32 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/inverewe

 

Attadale Gardens. Attadale Estate Strathcarron. Choice of walks and gardens to explore.

About 76 m / 123 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.attadalegardens.com

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The Northern Highlands are home to an astounding range of animals. During your visit, you may see any of the following beautiful creatures:

Minke whale * Killer whale (Orca) * Harbour porpoise * Common dolphin * Common seal * Grey seal * Otter * Mountain hare * Wild cat * Pine marten * Red deer * Roe deer

The area is also a treat for bird spotters who can expect to see:

Ring Ousel * Red-throated Diver * Black-throated Diver * Great Northern Diver * Guillemot * Black Guillemot * Puffin * Razorbill * Merganser * Goosander * Ptarmigan * Red Grouse * Black Grouse * Crossbill * Hooded Crow * Raven * Golden Eagle * White-tailed Eagle * Buzzard * Merlin * Kestrel * Peregrine Falcon * Sparrow-hawk * Spotted Woodpecker

In addition to these amazing animals, the area is also abundant with gorgeous flowers and plants, such as:

Heather (Ling) * Cross-leaved Heath * Bell Heather * Spotted Orchid * Sundew * Butterwort * Blaeberry * Bearberry * Cowberry * Crowberry * Cloudberry * Bog Myrtle * Bog Asphodel * Alpine Ladies Mantle

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Ewe Canoe, Peace Cottage, 2 Mellon Charles, Aultbea.

About 17 m / 27 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.ewecanoe.co.uk

 

Hebridean Whale Cruises. Whale watching and sea cruises, Pier Road, Harbor, Gair-loch.

About 27 m / 44 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.hebridean-whale-cruises.co.uk

 

Sealife Glass Bottom Boat. Underwater wildlife viewing, Pier Road Gairloch Harbor.

About 27 m / 44 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.glassbottomedboat.co.uk

 

Glendale Boat hire. Self Drive Boat Hire, Glendale House, South Erradale, Gairloch.

About 36 m / 58 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.glendaleboathire.com

 

Summer Isles Sea Tours. 104 Achiltibuie, Ullapool.

About 55 m / 88 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.summerisles-seatours.co.uk

 

Shellfish Safaris. Trips on a working fishing boat, Dry Island Badachro, Gairloch.

About 32 m / 52 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.shellfishsafaris.co.uk

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Cycling

Mountain Bike

West Coast Cycling. Hallin, Kinlochewe. Bicycle rental, repairs, maintenance.

About 46 m / 74 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.westcoastbiking.co.uk

 

For more information about cycling and mountain biking routes around Garve, visit: www.visitwester-ross.com/userfiles/file/general_info/Cycling-Off-road-Contin-to-Garve-vs-A832.pdf

and: www.mtbtrails.info/Default.aspx

 

The abandoned village of Slaggan. The remains of the

old village of Slaggan can be found along this beautiful

route. The route itself is about 3 m / 4.8 km long, and

crosses the countryside between Slaggan and a nearby

beach. You can park up right at the start of the route,

between the villages of Laide and Mellon Udrigle.

It is also worth noting that the Laide - Udrigle road

itself is worth a bike ride, and there is a beautiful beach

at Mellon Udrigle!

About 14 m / 22 Km from Durnamuck.

 

Gairloch to Rua Reidh. This 12 m / 19 Km route is relatively flat, though it features a few hills. Fantastic views over the coast most of the way to Skye, Harris and Lewis.

About 26 m / 42 Km from Durnamuck.

 

Kinlochewe Heights. At about 12 m / 19 Km long, this route takes you to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country behind "Slioch", one of the 3000ft + mountains of Wester Ross. The ride starts in Kinlochewe, at the car park next to the track to Slioch. Via the swing gate here, turn right after the car park, you go down this road. After a few miles, continue to follow a hiking trail on the left, around the top of the trail, and back down Glen Bianasdail, Slioch on your right. We advice you to take Ordnance Survey Map 19 along.

About 46 m / 74 Km from Durnamuck.

 

Golf

Gairloch Golf Club, Gairloch.

About 27 m / 43 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.gairlochgolfclub.co.uk

 

Ullapool Golf Club.

About 33 m / 53 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.ullapoolgolfclub.co.uk

 

Lochcarron Golf Club.

About 75 m / 120 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.lochcarrongolfclub.co.uk

 

Galleries, Arts and Crafts

Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition Center, Birchburn, Aultbea.

About 14 m / 23 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: http://racmp.co.uk

 

Gairloch Heritage Museum, Achtercairn, Gairloch. An award winning museum about the local culture of the Gairloch area of Wester Ross.

About 26 m / 42 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.gairlochheritagemuseum.org

 

Ullapool Museum, Argyle street Ullapool. Exhibitions and displays about the history of the Ullapool and Wester Ross areas.

About 32 m / 52 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.ullapoolmuseum.co.uk

 

The Highland Museum of Childhood. Located in the former Strathpeffer station, this museum’s collections are mostly inspired by childhood. Over the years, the collections have been expanded with donations and now include toys and games, clothing and textiles, educational materials, photos, books, and larger items such as prams and cots.

About 48 m / 78 Km from Durnamuck.

For more information, visit: www.highlandmuseumofchildhood.org.uk

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North Coast 500

An unmissable experience!

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GUEST REVIEW

Traveller from Killin, GB

We won't hesitate to return

We had lunch here twice now and both times we left filled up and happy. The barn is full of character and converted to a very high standard, warm, friendly and cozy. The views of Little Loch Broom and the land of the owners is stunning (there are some glamping pods available to rent).
The food was freshly prepared, we had the soup of the day and some pancakes each. We could taste that the soup was homemade, as were the pancakes. Everything was of excellent quality and served by the shy, but knowledgeable and friendly, owner himself - or by his cheerful, bubbly wife (and cook) herself.
Not to forget an excellent cup of coffee at the end of the meal.
We will surely be back whenever in the area!