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The immediate area is home to an incredible array of wildlife such as resident otters, a variety of birds including visiting osprey, whooper swans, golden eagles, buzzards and deer. The area is also renowned for its outdoor pursuits. Spectacular mountain bike trails on the edge of the village offer easy routes for beginners, as well as extremely challenging ones for experienced riders, and all will appreciate the amazing views from the top. Golfing enthusiasts are spoilt for choice. The village has its own 9-hole course, and Royal Dornoch, Tain, Golspie and Brora are all easily accessible. The historic village of Dornoch is well worth a visit with its beautiful 13th-century cathedral, a variety of unusual shops and a superb, award-winning sandy beach, all just 10 minutes’ drive away.
Thistle Cottage is situated on the route across to the west coast, which is truly spectacular. Breathtaking mountains are interspersed with lochs and rivers before reaching the crystal clear waters and the sandy bays of the Atlantic coastline. From Bonar Bridge, it is also easy to travel further north to explore the wild, rugged seascapes of Caithness, whilst heading south, Inverness is just 40 minutes’ drive away. Bonar Bridge has excellent local facilities, including a bakery, butcher, village store, café, pubs and restaurant, all within a few steps. Fishing is second to none, with 14 miles of some of the most prolific salmon rivers, available by day ticket to visitors. There are also some lovely hill lochs for trout, and sea fishing is also a popular pastime. Beach 12 miles. Shop 100 yards, pub 80 yards and restaurant 150 yards.
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