In the June 2013 issue of The Field, Alexandra Henton lists the top places to stay for a perfect sporting break, and Suisgill appears high up in the list of Scottish estates.
“Finding fishing on the Helmsdale can be like finding gold”, she says. “Luckily, if you stay at Suisgill you can fish the river and pan for gold. Be advised, however, that the real gold is to be found at the end of a rod.”
As dog owners ourselves, we have always been dog friendly at Suisgill and dogs are welcome at all of our self-catering holiday properties. However, it is surprising the number of people who get in touch to ask if we are pet friendly, having had real trouble finding any self catering holiday cottages in the Scottish Highlands that will accept pets. Often they have tried searching online for words like “holiday cottage dogs allowed Scotland”, “holiday cottages dogs welcome Sutherland”, “dog friendly self catering holiday cottages in Scotland” or “holiday cottage dogs allowed Scottish Highlands” and not had much joy. Often it will bring up big holiday cottage websites that claim to list cottages where dogs are accepted but when you click on the page you find that you are directed elsewhere. Another frequent problem we hear about is that people often have several dogs and they find a great cottage where “dogs are allowed” but then discover that they won’t accept more than one dog.
As people often stumble across us by accident and then find out that dogs are welcome, I would like to take the opportunity to shout from the roof tops that we accept pets! Our general policy is that we love dogs but also love responsible dog owners so, whilst we try to make you and your dogs as welcome as possible, we also ask you to bear in mind that Suisgill is a working estate where sheep roam freely and that we also let our properties to non-dog-owners, some of whom may be allergic to dog hair. For further guidance about staying at our self catering properties with dogs, please visit our Guidance for Dog Owners page.
Not the best photo, granted, but I was rather tickled to see that the end of this rainbow fell in Kildonan Burn at Baile an Or, site of the Great Sutherland Gold Rush of 1869. I’m off to find my pot of gold!
Up-and-coming songwriter Rachel Sermanni, who has recently supported Mumford & Sons, is to play a one-off acoustic gig in the beautiful and historic setting of Kildonan Church on 10th August at 7pm.
The event is organised by local museum Timespan and the Friends of Kildonan Church. Tickets cost £6 and there is a bus leaving from Timespan at 6.30pm which costs an additional £1. For more details, please click here.