Welcome to The Craggan Hotel & Mackay Country

The Craggan Hotel sits in the small crofting community of Melness, overlooking the Atlantic ocean to the left and The Kyle of Tongue  to the right. Perfectly located for those touring the North Coast 500 (NC500) we have wonderful views across The Kyle towards Rabbit Islands and Eilean nan Ron (Island of the Seals) just beyond. A short walk from Talmine Bay and the beautiful Skinnet Beach we are surrounded by opportunities for quiet reflection.

Mackay Country

Converted from one of the few cotter’s houses remaining in the area in the early 70’s, although part of the building dates back to 1865. 

The hotel is run by the Mackay family whose ancestors built the original homestead and started the tradition of making everybody welcome to their family home. Guests and friends alike will always leave with memories and a tale to tell.

Ideally located for the enthusiastic walker The Craggan is just a short drive away from the most northern of the 282 munros, Ben Hope in Strathmore. A much shorter drive and you’ll find yourself ready to tackle the seemingly ubiquitous Ben Loyal, the Queen of Scottish mountains (and probably the most photographed mountain on the NC500!). Thankfully, for the slightly less energetic, there are ample opportunities to stretch your legs at a much lower level including the wonderful coastal walk from Talmine to Port Vasgo and the short but rewarding meander up to Castle Varrich in Tongue.

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With stunning views of the Atlantic ocean or the picturesque Highlands, The Craggan Hotel offers 4 cosy guest rooms. Full cooked breakfast is provided each morning, and lunch and evening meals are served in the restaurant. Simply decorated with wooden furnishings, the rooms all come with luxurious biscuits, and facilities for making tea and coffee. Each also features a flatscreen, multichannel TV. Rooms all have a hand basin and mirror, and there is a large shared bathroom. The surrounding area is ideal for climbing and walking, with Ben Hope around 15 miles away. You can also visit Castle Varrich, which sits on a small mountain over the Kyle of Tongue.

The Craggan hotel also offers a good central location for salmon fishing, with lochs and rivers are a bountiful. If fishing is not your scene then maybe shooting and stalking could be of interest on the local estates. Melness itself is steeped in local history, situated in the County of Sutherland, also known as Mackay Country, close to Durness, Thurso and Lairg situated and sign posted on the North to West Highland Tourist route. 

Port Vasgo

Many a night could be had chatting and mingling in front of our fire, with local game keepers and ghilies who are only too happy to tell their ‘stories’ of such big stags that evaded their shots and the fish that they hooked for hours then got away. With stunning views and golden beaches The Craggan Hotel at Melness offers everything you need for a stress free, relaxing and rewarding holiday or short break.

 The Craggan offers everything you need for a relaxing and rewarding holiday or short break 

The Craggan Hotel has four bedrooms to offer our guests. Three of our rooms offer spectacular views over the Atlantic ocean, Rabbit Island & Melness's golden beaches, the fourth room to the rear of the Craggan offers a view of highland landscapes and all it's beauty. All rooms have a hand basin & mirror with shaving facilities, although we do not have en suite facilities, we have a large bathroom with an electric shower and a sizeable bath to ease the daily stresses away. All rooms have tea & coffee facilities  with luxurious biscuits and a flat screen TV with freeview.

 "There is no sincerer love than the love of food" 

George Bernad Shaw

A comfortable restaurant with coastal views, locally sourced produce, a well stocked bar and knowledgeable staff all conspire to make your stay at The Craggan a pleasant and rewarding experience. You can view samples of our varied menus via the links to the right =>

 "A photograph round every corner, a warm welcome at every stop!" 

North Coast 500: More than 500 miles of the best the North Highlands has to offer. The route way runs to and from Inverness, venturing round the capital of the Highlands, up the West Coast and back via the rugged north coast. The Craggan has ample parking, sufficient for more than 40 cars, and we have hosted many large groups over the years. If you are planning a road trip around the Scottish north coast why not give us a call to discuss your lunch or dinner requirements? For more information about our Touring Luncheons please click the Read more button.

 "....people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home, that wildness is a necessity" 

John Muir


With just 3 people per square kilometre Sutherland is a region for those looking to escape the crowds. Often referred to as The Empty Lands, Sutherland is the ultimate playground for lovers of landscapes and wide open spaces. Visit Walk Highlands for more information and reports on many of the walks in our area.

The Craggan Hotel

  • (44) 01847 601278
  • thecraggan@btconnect.com
  • www.thecraggan.co.uk
  • The Craggan Hotel
    Skinnet
    Melness
    Sutherland
    IV27 4YP