Swallow Byre Stoer - Lochinver - Sutherland
Northern Highlands, Wester Ross & Easter Ross

About Swallow Byre

Swallow Byre - Northern Highlands, Wester Ross & Easter Ross

Location: Stoer - Lochinver - Sutherland

Sleeps: 2

Price Range: £350 - £500

New Year: £545

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Swallow Byre, Stoer near Lochinver, Sleeps 2 (plus 1), Wood Burning Stove, Sorry no Pets.

Swallow Byre is a beautiful renovation of a traditional barn. Situated just seven miles from the village of Lochinver the property is ideally located for exploring the Assynt Peninsula and its spectacular coastline. The property is ideal for two but can accommodate an additional one adult or two children with the use of a sofa-bed. The renovation has retained much of the original character of the building making this property somewhat unique.

The main part of the house is open plan with the lounge at one end and the kitchen diner at the other. A striking feature in the lounge is the original exposed stonework and the windows, one of which is located in what would have been the original byre door.  The lounge is furnished with comfortable seating and benefits from having a wood burner. A breakfast bar separates the lounge from the kitchen. The kitchen is well equipped and has all the usual kitchen items including a Rayburn for cooking. Further facilities include a bedroom with a zip and link king size bed and a wet room.

Stoer itself is a small hamlet with just a few inhabitants. Not far from the village is Stoer Bay together with a great sandy beach. Heading north you will find the Stoer Head Lighthouse built by the Stevenson family in 1870. Beginning at the lighthouse a popular walk leads you along the cliffs to the remote Point of Stoer. The scenery here is quite amazing, the highlight of which is the 200ft  rock stack of the Old Man of Stoer, a particular favourite of climbers.

Travelling south back to Lochinver the small village of Clachtoll can be found. Visitors should look out for signs to the campsite, follow the small road leading through the campsite to the bay and its stunning beach of white sands. The views here are quite spectacular, including the mountains in the south. The area is a popular spot for a day out and the beach ideal for relaxing on and thinking about the following days adventure. Clachtoll campsite also has a small shop which is open Easter to the end of October.  

Lochinver itself is a busy fishing port, one of the busiest in the Highland Region and a stopping off point for vessels from many parts of the world. The village is home to the The Assynt Visitor Centre, created by the Assynt Tourism Group. The centre has many displays and information about the area, and also incorporates the Tourist Information Centre, a must visit place for any guest. Around the sea front there are a small selection of shops including a very good butchers and the Lochinver Larder, ideal for a quick lunch or an evening dinner, they also do a great range of takeaway food including their renowned pies.

Located on the opposite side of loch Inver is the Highland Stoneware Factory and Shop, their hand painted ceramics are known for their designs inspired by the local wildlife and scenery, and you will be able to see the artists at work and perhaps purchase a gift. This side also allows you to enjoy the most spectacular views of the domed peak of Suilven, the mountain at 2389ft is not that high but does look quite impressive.

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Facilities

  • Lounge - comfortable sofa, armchair, wood burning stove, digital Freeview TV, DVD, CD, Radio. The sofa can be converted to a sofa-bed for one or two small children.
  • Modern fitted kitchen, Rayburn cooker, microwave, fridge with small freezer box.
  • Master bedroom with zip and link super-king bed. Please specify at the time of booking if you require this to be made as twin beds.
  • Wetroom with shower, wc, whb, heated towel rail.

Additional Facilities

  • Indoor and outdoor drying facilities.
  • Ironing facilities.
  • Hairdryer.
  • Travelcot available.
  • Garden area.

Included in the price

  • Bed linen and towels. 
  • Electricity.
  • Oil fired central heating.
  • Initial fuel for the wood burning stove, extra supplied at a small charge.
  • Parking for two vehicles.

Mobile Phone Reception

We have been advised that in the area, mobile phone reception is available using the Vodaphone, Orange and O2 networks. 

Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 required.

Best Feature

  • Beautiful conversation of an original barn.
  • Spectacular coastline of the Assynt peninsula close to hand.
  • Fantastic rural location with walking, cycling and wildlife on your doorstep.

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Swallow Byre Reviews

The lastest reviews of Swallow Byre...


Reviewed this property on 30/09/2016
And awarded it
A perfect place to stay, off the beaten track and within an area of stunning beauty and interest. Great for walkers and lovers of wildlife and the outdoors. The cottage is well equipped and warm, in fact this is the second time we've stayed here and hope to return next year. it has a Rayburn- we are converted!

Reviewed this property on 17/08/2016
And awarded it
Swallow Byre was perfect in every way! A wonderful welcome from Jane, spacious accommodation, huge comfortable bed and everything we could wish for. Great location for exploring The Assynt.

Reviewed this property on 04/08/2016
And awarded it
We very much enjoyed the cottage and its position. We had a brilliant time.

Reviewed this property on 05/07/2016
And awarded it
Swallow Byre is a lovely place to stay - cosy, warm, well furnished and equipped - it has everything you need including an excellent bed! Jane gave us a warm welcome with her own homemade scones. The byre is surrounded by unspoilt nature, cows, sheep and birds - a wonderful place to switch off and relax. Ideally situated for exploring Assynt, Coiglach and the north.

Reviewed this property on 22/09/2015
And awarded it
An excellent place to stay. definitely in the wilderness but not too remote. we could see the stars at night and loved watching the light from the Stoer lighthouse swing round in the distance. a stunning location in Assynt and a perfect base to come back to after active days walking the mountains and sea cliffs, beaches, lochs and woodlands nearby. it was beautifully decorated and well equipped and had a log burner too. we particularly loved cooking with the Rayburn, never done this before but it cooked things so much better than with a conventional cooker. we can thoroughly recommend it on every level.

Reviewed this property on 10/09/2015
And awarded it
Swallow Byre has everything to make a most enjoyable and relaxing holiday. The location, the facilities and the friendliness extended to us by Jane was outstanding. We would happily recommend Swallow Byre to anyone who wants a most restful break.

Reviewed this property on 19/09/2014
And awarded it
We had a week in early August 2014. Weather mixed but never stopped us from doing fabulous walks in this most special of places and the days when the sun shone is was truly stunning. Swallow Byre was perfect in every way. So comfortable, cosy and well equipped and the welcome from Jane along with her delicious jam and scones on arrival were such a treat. The peace and quiet and sense of being so away from it all was just what was hoped for.

Reviewed this property on 29/06/2014
And awarded it
We enjoyed our week at Swallow Byre very much. The byre is very comfortable and well equipped. It is in a beautiful very quiet location. The owner was friendly, helpful and gave us a lovely welcome with a bottle of wine, homemade scones and jam. The weather was a bit mixed but there's such a lot to see and do it didn't matter. The midgies were on their best behaviour and we had only a couple bites! We would love to return again another year and would certainly recommend it.

Reviewed this property on 19/03/2014
And awarded it
The cottage was great and the owner was really kind and helpful!

Reviewed this property on 05/09/2013
And awarded it
I would whole heartedly recommend a stay at Swallow Byre to anyone who wants to escape and enjoy the peace and quiet this cottage provides. A short walk down the lane to the beach and you can enjoy the sunset and seascape as well as the friendly seaside pig. The cottage has everything you need to relax after a day out exploring. We look forward to revisiting the cottage in the future.

Reviewed this property on 15/07/2013
And awarded it
Swallow Byre is a wonderful place to stay - a real retreat from the world. It's warm, cosy and well appointed and surrounded by spectacular country. We had all weathers which meant we could go walking on the cooler days and enjoy ourselves at the beach on the sunnier days. And always coming back to the welcoming Byre in the evening - a perfect holiday!

Reviewed this property on 20/05/2013
And awarded it
Swallow Byre is just wonderful! Very cosy, beautifully furnished and equipped with everything you could possibly need; there's even an aga where we made the best porridge overnight. The surrounding countryside is stunning and there's a beach only 10 mins stroll away where you can watch the sun go down before returning for dinner beside the welcoming wood stove. We will definitely return soon

Reviewed this property on 21/11/2012
And awarded it
Had a fantastic holiday at Swallow Byre. Lovely cottage; well appointed, warm and cosy. A bonus was the wood burner! Although it was November, we were never cold. We enjoyed it so much, we extended our stay. A perfect cottage in a perfect location.

Reviewed this property on 19/11/2012
And awarded it
Excellent accommodation. The Raeburn and wood burning stoves made for a very cosy existance during our November stay.

Reviewed this property on 13/11/2012
And awarded it
Lovely comfortable cosy cottage.

Reviewed this property on 11/05/2012
And awarded it
Loved this place so much! Warm and cosy cottage which has beautiful stonework inside and out. Great for coming home to from a day outside as its well equipped and tastefully decorated. The wood burner stove was also an added bonus. Views and surroundings are all amazing and lots of wildlife on the go. This was our first trip to the area and we were very sad to leave but will definitely be booking again!

Reviewed this property on 24/04/2012
And awarded it
Had a fabulous few days at this gorgeous, cosy cottage. Everything was perfect: - the setting, the woodburner, the comfy bed, the Rayburn, the thoughtful welcome basket etc. Only regret is we couldn't stay longer.

Reviewed this property on 24/08/2011
And awarded it
Had a fantastic week long break at Swallow Byre start of August. Superb location, beautifully furnished with loads of character. Fantastic beaches nearby. Warm welcome from the owner Jane who was a mine of useful information. If you enjoy peace and solitude this is the place for you. Can't wait to return.

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