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General

  • Set in the Caledonian pine wood, a unique Highland hideway
  • Ideal experience for adventurers, wildlife lovers and eco-tourists
  • Recycled materials, barbecue on site and many activities nearby

Set in the mature Caledonian pine woods on the family-owned 20-acre croft in the Kyle of Sutherland, this restored and upcycled vintage horse trailer is ideal for a break in the great outdoors in an Area of Outstanding Nature Beauty.

Prancing Pony's rustic little Be is self sufficient, solar powered and provided with drinking water and a portable bowser. There is a stall, built onto the side which has a composting toilet (instructions provided!), kitchen-size sink and storage underneath. Access to the stall is generally through the main door along the decking, but if you need to nip to the loo in the night you can use the small jockey door to avoid midgies and rain (just don't bang your head - it is tiny!). The pod has a log burning stove and a rain capture system for your shower. There is even a USB port that will charge devices.

Heat, and light have no extra cost - any wood you can source on the ground is free, just don't pull it off the trees. You can use a drying space to dry clothes next to the chimney or outside on a line, and campfires are allowed in the dedicated space.

The woods are fairy lit at night and an ideal setting for foraging mushrooms in autumn. You can choose among a wide range of sports activities available nearby, such as mountain biking, climbing, hiking in the woods and enjoy spotting wildlife, such as Sika deer, buzzards, merlins, mallard ducks, weasels, stoats, and rabbits.

When you arrive you can park at the gate to the pod and offload your gear then drive down to the parking at the house (where you can definitely catch our wifi) and walk back up. The bins are in the car park if you need them, and if you ever ran out of drinking water you are always very welcome to help yourself to the outside tap at the owners' back door.


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Rough and ready adventure that we enjoyed and would recommend. 14/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Karen G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lots of wood ready for the fire pit and the stove. Lots of thought put in to the items in kitchen etc for guests to use.

    Disliked: 

    No mugs to use for drinking cups of tea.

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Excellent site, clean facilities, friendly welcome will defiantly be c 23/05/2017

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  • Liked: 

    We absolutely loved our stay it's was something different and existing!
    Like they said in the description it's not glamping it's more like camping but we loved getting outside, cooking on the BBQ and starting the fire in the log burner!
    We booked here because we had a lot of activities planed in the day so we weren't going to be around the accomadtion much so this was so ideal to use as our base it was at a great price for a week, clean and comfortable!
    There is so much to do in the surrounding area and further afield.
    We managed to see all the wildlife on our list, on the moor by the camping pod we saw some red grouse which we we very happy about.
    The sofa bed was comfy, we had no issue with the compost toilet what a great idea 👍
    When the log burner got started it warned the pod up quickly.
    Everything you need was there, cutlery, bedding, logs etc
    If you want peace and to get off grid this is perfect.
    We had a very warm welcome and they were very friendly through out the stay! Great people. Always there to help.

    Disliked: 

    On the first night we arrived very late, it was -3 so very cold and because we arrived late the log burner didn't have time to warm up so we had a cold night but we came prepared and bought 2extra warm blankets so I'd advise you if your going to stay there in April bring extra blankets just in case! It didn't effect our stay and all the other nights were above 1 degrees!
    A little more lighting could be put up in the trees the fairy lights are so pretty would be nice to see more.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Adults only

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

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Location

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  • Croit Lara, Rhinamain Bonar Bridge, Highlands and Islands, Scotland, IV24 3AS
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 57.9075°N 4.3391°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Clashmore (Highland): By pass Rd End Coach Stop — 8.8 miles
Dornoch: Cathedral Square Coach Stop — 11.6 miles
Tain: Lamington Street Coach Stop — 12.5 miles
Train stations
Ardgay Rail Station — 2.0 miles
Invershin Rail Station — 2.5 miles
Culrain Rail Station — 2.5 miles
Ferry ports
Invergordon Port Ferry Terminal — 16.6 miles
Nigg Ferry Terminal — 19.0 miles
Cromarty Ferry Terminal — 19.1 miles
Airports
Inverness Airport — 27.4 miles

Directions


You can drop your luggage at the gate and then continue down to the house to park, unless you have a 4x4 that can make it up the track to the pod.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Down in the village, 2 miles away, you can find a cafe and a craft shop, post office, bike hire and repairs, bakery, and artisan butcher with farm shop where you can order breakfast packs filled with locally produced meats and eggs.

15-20 miles away are Tain and Dornoch, two beautiful medieval towns sitting either side of the Dornoch Firth. Here you can find fuel stations, supermarkets, swimming pool, sports centre, cafes, bakers, gift shops, florists, and a spa. Dornoch has a world famous golf course, a cathedral, and a wonderful beach that stretches for miles.

Viewpoints over the Kyle of Sutherland and the ancient woods of Loch Migdale are within walking distance and not to be missed. Here you can also enjoy fishing, hiking, climbing (there are over 35 sports climbing routes within 30 minutes of the pod), mountain biking (with trails for all ages and abilities within one minute of the pod) and canoeing/kayaking.

Must see

  • Glenmorangie Distillery (11.2 miles)
  • Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park (27.0 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Terms and conditions

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Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy, a fine of £50 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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