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Welcome to Otterburn – FAQs – click here for a comprehensive PDF with all you need to know and active links to more information.

Otterburn and how it got it’s name: Otterburn has a little burn (stream), running at the back of the house. The Otter is  know to use this burn to navigate down to the beach, however he is just as likely to run down the drive of Otterburn.

Otterburn Cottage’s History: Otterburn’s previous owners include Clive and Francis who were the previous owners. They ran Skye View Animal Rescue centre, where they rescued, dogs, pigs, cats, monkeys and much much more.  This is why there are pens outside Otterburn and interesting signs about ‘Dangerous Wild Animals’. The former monkey pen is fully enclosed and this is where the current owners Mandy and Cory  normally keep their chickens and ducks. This pen is Mr Fox and Mr Pine Martin proof.  Previous owners have included a former lighthouse keeper before the lighthouse became fully automated.

Highland Coo at Big Sands

Bedding: All bedding is included in the rental price.

Bike shed: Otterburn has a bike shed which guests can store their bikes if they choose.

Beach Access: Otterburn does have beach access. Care must be taken when walking down to the beach as the path can be slippy.

Dogs: Up to 2 well behaved dogs are welcome. See our Pet Friendly page. PDF with Vets and Shops who sell pet food.

Eco living: download our eco-living pdf to find out more.

Garden: The garden at Otterburn is fully enclosed with 6 feet fences and a gate at the entrance.

Gaelic: The hill or brae to the lighthouse behind Otterburn is called Cnoc an Breach (Speckled Knoll). Learn other Gaelic phrases. Welcome -Fàilte, Cheers- Slàinte!, Thank you – Móran taing

Groceries: You may wish to shop at the larger supermarkets in Dingwall (Lidl, Tesco) and Inverness (Lidl, Aldi, Morrisons, Asda, Tesco) to do your ‘Big Shop’ before driving to Melvaig. Gairloch has local shops which includes The Shop at the Pier, 2 x McColl’s Supermarket, a local butcher and local fresh produce markets. Download our PDF for local information on shops, markets, doctors, banks, eating out ideas etc.

Hairdryer: Otterburn has a hairdryer available for guest use.

Heating: Otterburn has new eco electric heaters installed in the cottage. Full manuals in the manual folder or online.  PDF basic Heating Guide.

Local Amenities: Download our PDF for information on the following and more – Local Health Services, Shops, ATM, Banks, Post Office, Garage, Petrol Stations, Churches, Eating out, Tourist Information.

Mobile Telephone Reception: Mobile reception can be difficult in the remote West Highlands of Scotland. Please download our telephone guidance PDF for further assistance if you have difficulty.

Parking: There is space for a total to 2 cars at Otterburn. 1 car for Otterburn I, 1 car for Otterburn II. There is public parking on the street for extra cars, at the public parking bay. Please leave sufficient space for both vehicles. Self Catering Accommodation Gairloch

Other Pets: Please contact us to inquire about bringing other pets. Self Catering Accommodation Gairloch

What is included: Bedding, Towels, Heating, Parking, that’s right there are no hidden costs if you book Otterburn 1 or Otterburn 2.

Wifi: Internet access is included in the rental price however we do not guarantee reception and the signal is weak and not suitable for streaming. Download Wifi /Internet PDF

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