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.

The north of Scotland and north Highlands a beautiful, remote, wild area with just a few settlements dotted along the coast and through the hills. There are places to eat and drink along the north coast as you explore the wonderful beaches and mountains. Perhaps you are travelling along the North Coast 500 route, taking in beautiful places as you go, or perhaps you are exploring using Between the Rocks and the Sea as your base, either as bed and breakfast or holiday rental. Whichever way, we are sure you will love it! The beaches along the north coast are stunning, we love our local beach called Torrisdale (just 5 mins walk from us) where the Borgie and Naver rivers run into the Sea. Torrisdale beach is about 1.5km of fine golden sand with big dunes to roll down and big skies. You may fancy a horse ride along the beach, Torrisdale stables in Invernaver (Bettyhill) are the people you need to contact (01641 521472). Close by is Borgie forest which is lovely to walk in. There are many other beaches well as small harbours such as Skerray harbour (about 15 min walk from Between the Rocks and the Sea) and Talmine near Melness. Many of the beaches are sandy and have rock pools, coves and lots of possibilities for exploration.

Heading east, you can visit Castle Varrich in Tongue and drive across the Kyle on your way to Loch Eribol and Durness where you can visit Smoo caves. Beyond there, the wonderful Assynt geopark awaits you! Heading east from Between the Rocks and the Sea, you can explore Strathy point, the Orkney islands (take a ferry from Scrabster), the Castle and Gardens of Mey (previously owned by the late Queen mother), Dunnet Head (the most northerly point of mainland Britain), Wick and Castle Sinclair and the intriguing Hill O’ Many Stanes. If you enjoy swimming but the sea is too cold, there is a swimming pool,gym,sauna and jacuzzi just 10 miles away in Bettyhill, our local village (there is a post office and shop there with basic supplies). Bettyhill is also home to the Strathnaver museum and you can drive the Strathnaver trail and learn about the highland clearances. Heading south from Between the Rocks and the Sea, you can visit places such as Helmsdale, Balblair forest, Dunrobin castle, Inverness (capital of the Highlands) and Fort George. And of course, for keen walkers and wildlife enthusiasts, the area has more than a lifetime of opportunities for you to explore. Puffins, Cormorants, Guillemots, Oyster catchers, eider ducks, pine martens (if you are lucky), otters, deer…the possibilities for spotting wildlife are endless and there are often guided walks run by the ranger service which you can access. Why not climb Ben Loyal, one of our closest most prominent mountains if you are a keen hiker?

Shopping for supplies: Bettyhill and Tongue have small shops for basic supplies. Thurso is the closest centre for larger shops such as Cooperative and Tesco.

Comb or neave island
Sea view
Sea view
Sea view
Sea view

Sea View from the cliffs

View of Ben Loyal, near Tongue

Stunning sandy beaches to discover

The famous Smoo caves at Durness

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Between the Rocks and the Sea
22 Achtoty
Aird Skerray
By Thurso
KW14 7TH

Tel: 01641 521 728