Shell Cottage & The Birdhouse, 7 Culduie, Applecross, Strathcarron, IV54 8LX

Shell Cottage







The Birdhouse







Shell Cottage in Culduie, near Applecross village and just off the NC500, is a beautiful detached house sitting in private gardens and looks over one of the best and ever-changing views in the UK. Shell Cottage is situated over 2 principal floors and offers 3 generous double bedrooms (2 en-suite), an open-plan sitting/dining room, conservatory, kitchen, utility and family bathroom. Almost all of the accommodation within takes advantage of the stunning views as do the garden grounds.

In addition to the cottage, the current owner has converted a byre in the rear garden. The converted byre is affectionately known as The Birdhouse and is currently run as a successful holiday letting business. The Birdhouse is a stylishly presented 1 bedroom cottage offering comfortable, cosy accommodation with exquisite joinery work and quirky interiors. Outside there is an outdoor area to barbecue and enjoy the views.

Shell Cottage


The Birdhouse


Accommodation Comprises


Shell Cottage

Ground Floor

Conservatory, Open-Plan Dining Room / Sitting Room, Bedroom, Kitchen, Family Bathroom, Utility Room, Rear Vestibule.


First Floor

Master Bedroom with En-Suite, Bedroom 2 with En-Suite.


Gardens Front & Back, Driveway and Ample Parking. Garden Outhouse with Power.


The Birdhouse


Open-Plan Kitchen / Sitting Room, Bedroom, Shower Room.



Inverness 80 miles, Inverness Airport 85 miles, Strathcarron Train Station 21 miles, Lochcarron 20 miles, Plockton 35 miles, Isle of Skye 45 miles.

(all distances are approximate).

Area Insights

Culduie is a pretty hamlet of about a dozen houses, situated 3 miles south of Applecross village. This tranquil and peaceful location offers one of the most incredible views in the UK, overlooking the Isle of Skye and the dramatic Cuillin Mountains, Raasay and the Inner Sound. Its westerly coastal position means the property enjoys spectacular sunsets all year round, and with little light pollution it is a wonderful spot to see the Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights). The Applecross Peninsula is famed for its abundance of wildlife and birdlife and stunning beaches. A particular favourite is Coral Beach, which is only a short walk from Shell Cottage and the Birdhouse; a remote white sandy beach with breathtaking views, it is an ideal place for swimming and picnics. Applecross village offers 2 well established restaurants; the lovely Walled Garden Restaurant and the popular and well-known Applecross Inn, famed for its fresh seafood, waterfront beer garden and the Applecross Inn-side out Airstream.


A little further afield there are many other renowned places to eat including The Torridon Hotel, which has been recognised for its fine dining. The village also boasts a local store for basic supplies, community owned filling station, a local doctor and a community hall, which hosts a range of regular events such as yoga, school activities and ceilidhs. Applecross has a small rural nursery and primary school with a high school available in nearby Plockton. It may be of interest to know that Culduie was brought to fame by the Booker Prize nominated book His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet, a fictional historical novel.



General Remarks


Agent’s Note

Because the Birdhouse is run as a successful holiday business, viewings can only take place on a Friday afternoon between 12.30 and 3.30.


Shell Cottage can be viewed at any time with notice.



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Useful Links

The Birdhouse - birdhouseapplecross.co.uk

Shell Cottage - accommodationapplecross.co.uk

Applecross Inn - https://www.applecrossinn.co.uk

Applecross Walled Garden - https://www.applecrossgarden.co.uk

Torridon Hotel - https://www.thetorridon.com

Applecross Primary School - https://applecrossprimary.wordpress.com

Plockton High School - https://plocktonhighschool.wixsite.com/amploc

Applecross Community Broadband - https://www.applecrosscommunitycompany.org/company-projects/applenet

Things to do in Applecross - https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/things-to-do/north-scotland/the-highlands/applecross





Fixtures and Fittings

Only items specifically mentioned in the particulars of sale are included in the sale price. Other items may be available through separate negotiation.


Listing and Conservation

Please note the property is not listed, nor in a conservation area.



Oil fired central heating.

Private septic tank.

Mains electricity and water.

Applecross Community Broadband services are available.


Council Tax

Band E.


Energy Efficiency Rating

Band E (Rating 51)


Local Authority

The Highland Council


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1. The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Paton & Co, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.

2. The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he/she has not entered into contact in reliance on the said statements, that he/she has satisfied themself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.

3. Any error, omission or mis-statement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause for action.


Important Notice

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1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either in writing or by word of mouth. Any information given is entirely without responsibility on the part of the agents or the sellers. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.

2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive and it should not be assumed that the property remains as photographed. Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale, or entitle any party to compensation or recourse to action at law. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents, including for its current use. Paton & Co have not tested any services, equipment, or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise and ought to seek their own professional advice.

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4. The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations, and wayleaves including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes whether contained in the title deeds or informally constituted and whether or not referred to above.

5. These particulars and plan are believed to be correct, but they are in no way guaranteed. Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation nor in any circumstances give grounds for action at law.

6. Paton & Co UK Ltd does not accept responsibility for any expenses incurred by prospective purchasers in inspecting properties which have been sold, let or withdrawn.

7. Photographs taken in June 2021. Particulars prepared in June 2021.