Top 5 things to do During Lockdown

Top 5 things to do During Lockdown

We know this is a difficult time for everyone but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it! Check out these 5 things to do to make the most of your lockdown!

1.Take a Walk

The most obvious of the 5 is taking a walk, use your one walk a day wisely, some of us are so busy with work and life in general, it’s not often we get the time to just go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air.

2. Be Crafty

Fish out all the old arts and craft stuff from your cupboard and try something you’ve always wanted to try, learn to knit, paint a picture or even make a board game for the whole family to enjoy!

3. Make Plans

Use this time to be productive, apply for a new job or even, start a new business or plan the adventure of a lifetime around the Highlands of Scotland. Use this time to really think about what you want to do in the future and start planning, re-write your cv, start a business plan, map out your route and plan your accommodation!

4. Play Games

Who doesn’t love board games, dig out the board games, if you don’t have any take the advice from number 2 and make some! Or why not use this time to learn a few card games?

5. Call Friends and Family

When life is hectic calling friends or relatives that are far away can often come at the bottom of the to-do list, now that you have time you can spend hours on the phone without feeling guilty, go on, pick up the phone and have a good old catch up!

We hope you enjoy this article and that it might just inspire one or two of you to do somethings on this list. Have fun and most importantly stay safe!

5 Things to Pack When Going to the Highlands

5 Things to Pack When Going to the Highlands

Planning a trip to the Highlands? Not sure what to pack? Here is a list of 5 things you should have in your bag!


1. Camera

The Highlands is one of the most scenic places in the world, from the rolling hills to the stunning beaches there is so much to see, you’ll want to capture every second of your trip and show it to all your family and friends when you get home so be sure to bring a good camera with you!

Midge Spray

2. Midge Spray

One thing you certainly need to pack coming to the highlands is midge spray, especially in the warmer weather. You won’t see (or feel) as many when on the east coast as you would on the west coast of Scotland but don’t let the wee bandits stop your fun – we personally recommend Smidge repellent.

3. Hat and Sunscreen

It’s a running joke that the highlands have four seasons in one day but more often than not its true! Be prepared with both cosy hats and sun cream because you will probably need them both!

Walking Boots

4. Walking Boots

A good pair of walking boots are essential in the Highlands. Whether you plan to bag some Munro’s, take relaxing forest strolls, trek along our rugged coastline or visit some of our castles and gardens your walking boots will be your best friend.

5. Waterproof Jacket

Talk about stating the obvious! Even when the weather is lovely there is always time for a quick shower of rain, be sure to keep your eyes peeled though because the rain is usually followed by a spectacular rainbow.

Dog Treats

Bonus Item- Dog Treats

One thing you will definitely see a lot of on your travels through the highlands is dogs, we love our dogs up in the highlands and you will find many cafés and accommodation that allows dogs. One thing is for sure our furry four-legged friends will always say yes to a treat! Be sure to always check with the owner before approaching or giving any treats.

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5 Reasons to Stay Longer

5 Reasons to Stay Longer

Yeah, a road trip sounds great, driving around with the music up and the windows down, hopping from place to place and visiting numerous places in just a few days. But sometimes it’s nice to just stop, appreciate where you are, take your time, delve into the history and culture of where you are. Here are 5 reasons you should stay longer.

Loch Shin, Lairg, Sutherland.

1. There are so many things to see

There is so much to see in the Highlands, each village has its own story to tell, with thousands of castles, museums, lochs and Munros to see in the highlands you could easily spend weeks in each place without getting bored.

Brora Golf Club

2. Don’t Rush, Chill Out

It is important not to rush, when you try to pack in a heavy itinerary it’s easy to forget to simply enjoy being surrounded by one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Take your time on the roads, look around, take a morning stroll through the quaint villages and along the stunning shores, take in everything the Highlands really has to offer.

Loch Fleet

3. Time to Think/Recharge

It’s true what they say, fresh air really does work wonders. Scotland is the perfect place to forget about the daily hustle and bustle and just slow down, take the time to really chill out, give yourself a break, let your batteries recharge.

4. Friendly Locals

No matter where you go one thing is for sure, the locals are friendly, don’t be afraid to stop someone to ask for directions, we are always happy to recommend the best places to eat or best-hidden places to go that no one knows about except the locals.

5. Make More Memories

It’s not just about ticking things off the bucket list, taking your time allows you to simply enjoy your holiday and make memories with the people you love. Spending time in one place allows you to spend more time with your family enjoying being outdoors and make new friends.

Are you ready to get the full Scottish relaxation holiday? Check out our properties to see which one would be perfect for your holiday!

5 Hidden Lochs in the Highlands

5 Hidden Lochs in the Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are full of stunning lochs, take Loch Ness, for example, thousands of visitors come every year hoping they might have the chance to spot the famous Nessie. But we are here to talk about the Lesser known Lochs, the peaceful spots, hidden away from the usual tracks.

Loch Brora

1.Loch Brora

Hidden behind the village of Brora lays a stunning loch, in between two sections of the Brora river, this loch is the perfect place for an adventure. Take a canoe or paddleboard along and paddle out to the island in the middle. On the island, there is a memorial that was built in memory of Jess Tyser by her husband Walter, the owners of the estate surrounding the lake.

Loch Shin

2. Loch Shin

Right in the heart of Sutherland Loch Shin is the longest loch in Sutherland, be sure to say hello to the little mouse in the house in the middle of the loch on your way past. As the story goes a man by the name of Jock Broon was once given the piece of land by the laird in exchange for teaching him how to make whiskey in 1824, Broon built the wee house to mark becoming a landowner but died shortly after in a shooting accident.

Allt Ceann Locha

3. Allt Ceann Locha

Just driving past this loch is a real treat, surrounded by truly Scottish scenery you will not regret taking this detour. If you are up for a bit of adventure walk along to the wooden bridge and follow the zig-zag path up to the top of the hill for stunning views overlooking the Loch.

Loch Fleet

4. Loch Fleet

Loch Fleet is our least hidden loch, in fact, anyone that does the NC500 will drive over this loch however not many people take advantage of passing such a beautiful place. Loch Fleet is a sea loch so on the south side of the loch, you can often see seals laying on the sandbank in the middle of the loch, it is also a fantastic place to stop for some photos with a view of Ben Bhraggie in the background.

Loch Migdale

5. Loch Migdale

Loch Migdale is another hidden gem, with a stunning forest walk along the waterside it is perfect for a bit of peaceful downtime. It is an easy location to get too just of the A9 and NC500 route making it perfect for a wee adventure while doing a road trip.

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5 Reasons to go Self-Catering

5 Reasons to go Self-Catering

Deciding on your next holiday? Here are 5 reasons you should go self-catering!

1. More Food Options

Eating in the same hotel every night gets boring right? If you go self-catering you can try a different place every time, cafe, take away, restaurant, even the local supermarket, whatever you’re in the mood for self-catering gives you the freedom to make your choice.

2. Feels More Homely

Self-catering lets you feel like your on holiday while still feeling at home, if you don’t want to worry about leaving your stuff lying around the house or taking up too much space then self-catering is definitely the option for you!

3. Kids Can Run Free

Let your kids roam free, run around the garden, play games in the living room, eat snacks in the kitchen, where ever they want to be, you can let them without worrying about getting in other people’s way or constantly keeping an eye on them.

4. More Authentic

Staying in a traditional holiday home gives you a more authentic stay, not staying in a hotel also encourages you to go out and see and do more, learn more about the local history and enjoy some of the nature that surrounds you.

5. Ideal for Big Groups

If you are holidaying in a big group self-catering is the perfect way to go, save lots of money by bulk buying and making food for the whole group, don’t be restricted to mealtimes or worry about the bar closing, enjoy the freedom of self-catering.

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Top 5 Things to do in Sutherland

Top 5 Things to do in Sutherland

Are you planning a trip to Sutherland? If you are, make sure you don’t miss out on these five top things to do!

1. Smoo Cave

The Smoo Caves are located just beside Durness in the far north of Scotland. These fascinating caves are made of three sections, with one of the biggest sea cave entrances in Britain and a 20ft waterfall in the middle chamber. While visiting you can also get a short boat ride past the waterfall and into the third section of the cave only accessible by boat.

2. Dunrobin Castle

You can’t visit Sutherland and not visit Dunrobin Castle. Once home to the Duke of Sutherland this gorgeous stately home is full of traditional furnishings fit for, well, a Duke. The castle is surrounded by extremely well-manicured gardens, make sure you stop by at the right time to see the birds of prey demonstration and enjoy the delicious range of cakes and coffee in the café.

3. Falls of Shin

Take a day trip up to the Falls of Shin, watch the salmon leaping up the waterfalls, then head up to the stunning restaurant that is shaped like a salmon. Walkthrough the forest, playing games along the way.  Have a play in the fantastic park, even get a round of mini-golf in! There are so many things to see and do while at Falls of Shin, it really is worth the visit!

4. Whaligoe Steps

This 330 Step challenge is certainly worth it, the views on this walk are simply stunning, all the way down to the natural harbour between the two rock faces. You will certainly deserve a treat after climbing all the way back up so be sure to visit the Whaligoe steps café and restaurant at the top.

5. Loch Fleet

Loch Fleet is located between Dornoch and Golspie.  As you’re driving around Loch Fleet you can see Highland cows and if you’re passing at the right time you’ll see the seals basking in the sun. Loch Fleet is also the perfect place to go Kayaking with calm flat water and a stunning 360° view.

If you are looking for the perfect homely cottages for your holiday in Sutherland then look no further than Thistle Holiday Lets. You’re already on the website! Check out for more information on our holiday homes.