Welcome to The Old Manse

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at The Old Manse, Kildary situated on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s answer to Route 66.

The Old Manse is a listed building dating back to the 1780s set in a large woodland garden just off the A9 and commanding far reaching views of the surrounding countryside.

Tain, Scotland’s oldest Royal Burgh, is five miles away and the Blue Flag beach at Royal Burgh of Dornoch lies just fifteen miles to the north.

For those who enjoy a “wee dram” The Old Manse is positioned close to Glenmorangie, Dalmore and Balblair Distilleries.

Golfers are spoilt for choice in having Royal Dornoch Golf Club near by, their Championship course is ranked 6th in the world and the Struie course is ranked in the UK and Ireland’s top 50 links courses. Tain Golf Course, a traditional Scottish Highland links course designed in 1890 by Old Tom Morris enjoys stunning views and sheltered climate. In addition there are further courses at Alness, Golspie and Bonar Bridge to name just a few.

In the close vicinity there are both gentle forest and coastal walks taking in the pretty Seaboard villages of Hilton, Shandwick and Portmahomack.

Wild life is abundant in the area, kites and buzzards frequently wheel overhead and owls are often heard in the garden at night. The RSPB have a reserve at Nigg Bay being an important area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland on the Cromarty Firth. It is a major stop-over points for migratory birds travelling between their breeding and wintering grounds. Visit the viewing hide any time between October and March and you’re likely to see countless wading birds and waterfowl. The summer months bring a range of breeding birds to the wetland and saltmarsh areas and ospreys can be seen hunting in the bay.

We are ideally located for those travelling to and from the Orkney Islands. The ferry terminals of Gills Bay (Pentland Ferries) and Scrabster (North Link Ferries) are no more that 2.5 hours drive with John O’Groats just 2 hours away.

The Old Manse offers ample private parking and dry, secure storage for bicycles, motorbikes and golf equipment. We can also provide drying facilities for walkers who get caught out by the Highland weather.

The local pub is a quarter of a mile away and offers a large selection of reasonably priced evening meals. Alternatively nearby Tain provides a choice of restaurants.

Saturday, August 5th 2017

Piping Competition

We are in the midst of the Highland Games season. Dornoch Highland Gathering was well attending with competitive spirit in the bagpiping competition not  dampened by the rain. Full Story...

Sunday, July 16th 2017

A very Highland scene....

Mountains, "coos" and a loch, Loch Brora to be exact better known for its fly fishing. Easily reached from the Old Manse, just twenty five miles up the coast. Full Story...

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