5 minutes walk from between the rocks and the sea
Sgeirea (Skerray) Gaelic meaning: ‘Between the Rocks and the Sea’….
Welcome to our home in Skerray, a remote crofting hamlet on the stunning north coast of Scotland. Whether you are looking for bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday let or delicious homemade cake, you have come to the right place. Read on for how you can find us just off the stunning North coast 500 route
Getting here: There are many ways you can arrive at Between the Rocks and the Sea whether you have a vehicle, a bike or are planning to come by public transport. There is parking available outside the house and we are happy to store bikes in one of our outbuildings. Read on for how to find us!
Our nearest airport is Inverness. From Inverness airport, you can get a bus to the bus station or train station in the city centre and take a bus or train up to Thurso (we recommend you check the times as they may change, you can also pick up a hire car from Inverness airport). From Thurso, you can then take the 803 bus (click here for timetable) heading west along the coast to Skerray and ask to be dropped off at Between the Rocks and the Sea (also known locally as the Old Post Office). Please note that buses run infrequently and times may change. You may wish to contact the bus companies directly as timetables can change. If the bus only drops as far as Bettyhill, which is about 10 miles away from here, you may be able to arrange a taxi from there or, for our bed and breakfast guests, we may be able to come and pick you up (2 people maximum). The same is also the case if the bus only stops at Borgie (about 4 miles away), otherwise its a pleasant walk along the road with great scenery. Please contact us to check if we can pick you up (we only have room for 2 passengers in the front of the van). Alternatively, you may be able to pre arrange a taxi from Thurso to Between the Rocks and the Sea.
Another option if travelling by public transport is to take a train to Lairg from Inverness and get a bus from Lairg to Tongue which is about 10 miles away. From Tongue, you would need to arrange a taxi or, if we can, we may be able to come and pick you up (bed and breakfast guests only, maximum 2 passengers).
Car hire and fuel: You can hire a car from Inverness airport and drive to Between The Rocks and The Sea. Fuel can be purchased in Inverness, (there are loads of places) and then at Lairg (en route if you are driving along the inland road to Skerray). The closest places for fuel from Between the Rocks and The Sea (Skerray) are Bettyhill and Tongue (there are pumps outside the local stores). You can also get fuel in Thurso.
Sat nav: If you are using a sat nav and put in the postcode, please note that the final destination it takes you to is Torrisdale Tunnel which is about half a mile away from Between the Rocks and the Sea. If you have come from Borgie, DO NOT take the turning up to Torrisdale, but keep going on the road past Torrisdale beach and the cemetery on your right, keep going as the road curves round to the left and you will go past the old Free Church on your right and Between the Rocks and the Sea is on your left. To be more accurate, you can plot in the lat long coordinates: lat58.529593, long -4.282136)
GPS coordinates: 58° 31′ 46.5348” N4° 16′ 55.6896” W
The Lairg Road from Inverness: On leaving Inverness, head north on the A9, crossing the Kessock Bridge and follow signs to Thurso. As you drive, you will pass ‘The storehouse of Foulis’ (a shop and cafe) on the right. Keep going and then turn left onto the A836, signposted Lairg. You will pass through Ardgay, Bonar Bridge, Lairg. Just after Lairg, it becomes a single track road through moorland and mountains and is stunning. You will pass by the Crask Inn, Altnaharra and eventually arrive just outside the village of Tongue. As you descend down to Tongue, go right at the crossroads, staying on the A836. Go past the Weavers Cafe on your left, keep going through Coldbackie and then take a left on the road signposted ‘Skerray’. Follow this road for a few miles and as you come down towards Skerray harbour, at the crossroads, turn right and drive along through the hamlet and past the village hall on your left. Just beyond the village hall as you keep driving down the road, Between The Rocks and the Sea is on the right. You have arrived! It will take approximately 2.5 hours to make this journey. Please note that in snowy weather, we recommend you use the coastal route- basically follow the A9 to Thurso and then take the A836 from Thurso to Skerray.
From the West (coming from Ullapool): Leave Ullapool on the A835. Turn left at Ledmore onto the A837. Keep going past Inchnadamph Hotel to Skiag bridge. Turn right on the A894 up through Kylesku and Scourie and turn off at Laxford bridge onto the A838 to Durness. From Durness (home of Smoo caves) stay on the A838 (the North coast road) and carry on his road all the way to Tongue, going around Loch Eribol. As you are coming in to Tongue, you will go over the Kyle of Tongue slipway, turn left on the A836 and keep going to Skerray. Go past the Weavers Cafe on your left, keep going through Coldbackie and then take a left on the road signposted ‘Skerray’. Follow this road for a few miles and as you come down towards Skerray harbour, at the crossroads, turn right and drive along through the hamlet and past the village hall on your left. Just beyond the village hall as you keep driving down the road, Between The Rocks and the Sea is on the right. You have arrived! It will take about 3 hours to do this journey.
From the East (Inverness) taking the coastal road: Take the A9 over the Kessock bridge, keep going and follow signposts to Thurso, going through Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale. Carry on and at Latheron, take the turning on your left towards Halkirk and Thurso (this is still the A9). At Thurso, take the A836 through Melvich, Bettyhill and Borgie all the way to Skerray, look out for the Skerray turning on your right (this is about 6 miles after Bettyhill). Keep going on the road past Torrisdale beach and the cemetery on your right, carry on as the road curves round to the left and you will go past the old Free Church on your right and Between the Rocks and the Sea is on your left. You have arrived! This journey takes approximately three and a half hours.