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Highlands

The Highlands of Scotland epitomises all that magnificent wild and natural Britain has to offer. It’s the place to head for if you want to immerse yourself in wonderfully contrasting and every changing landscapes and tranquil locations devoid of mass tourism.

This region extends coast to coast taking in dramatic mountains, majestic lochs, heather clad moors and picturesque glens; quiet and unspoilt, nature as it was intended. It’s the perfect location for relaxing breaks, activity holidays, family holidays and romantic get-aways.

Full of historic interest at every turn, with ancient monuments and castles that tell the tale of the Highland clans, and there are plenty of great day outs, places of interest and activities to keep visitors fully occupied in this most beautiful part of the British Isles.

The Highlands region consists of distinctive sub-regions each with their own characteristics and unique charms, extending from Fort William and Lochaber in the south to the Northern Highlands.

Fort William is considered by many as the ‘outdoor capital’ of Scotland, this bustling town situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe has lots of places to eat and drink, interesting shops and is a great base for a wide selection of outdoor activities. The town is handy for trips into the dramatic and brooding Glen Coe and is the ‘road to the Isles’ which takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The town is also right next to the world famous Ben Nevis (and its glen), Scotland’s highest mountain.

To the north is the iconic Loch Ness, some 23 miles long and 700 feet deep; in fact deep enough for a monster. Take a cruise to visit Urquhart Castle a once famous Great Glen fortress; there’s a visitor centre both here and on shore at Drumnadrochit.

‘The city of the Highlands’ Inverness is today a modern thriving city on the banks of the River Ness. It has a rich historical and cultural history with plenty of attractions including a great castle. Close by is Fort George a well preserved 18th century fortification built in the terrible aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, facing out over the Moray Firth.

To the east are the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, dotted with traditional fishing villages, hidden bays and golden sandy beaches. It’s a renowned dolphin watching area where you can see them quite close up from the shore if you’re lucky.

Further north still is the awe inspiring Northern Highlands, with plenty of castles and ancient monuments, massive lochs, atmospheric mountains and glens and magnificent coastlines that stretch for miles. This is a sparsely populated region where you can really get away from everyday life and connect with nature.

If you’re ready to begin your adventure take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Highlands today.
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  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Balnagown, Invergordon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    3
    Ref: SMMK

    "A true jewel in the crown..stretching north from the shores of the Cromarty Firth"

    Set in the Northern Highlands where the lochs are deep, the air clear and the long beaches perfect for meandering along, there is space and time to refresh the mind, indulge in passions and revive the spirits at Balnagown.
    Set amidst the natural splendour of Easter Ross, Balnagown Estate - historic seat of the Clan Ross - is a rich blend of farmland, woodland and heather-clad hills and is just a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Inverness, the Highland Capital and just north of the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Steeped in a history that spans generations, the Estate has been transformed into a breathtaking holiday retreat and offers a bespoke and professional service in the STB ‘5 Star’ properties: each property being exclusively furnished and equipped with every need. A superb base for touring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland with easy access to many areas and attractions – so much to see and do for all ages. On the way to visit the nearby town of Dornoch, guests can stop at the Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre to discover the delights of their whisky. In Dornoch a visit to the History Links Museum is recommended or a game of golf can be enjoyed on the famous links world championship course or a stroll along the award-winning sandy beach. Shin Falls Visitor Centre, Dunrobin Castle (hunting seat of the Countess of Sutherland), the Timespan Heritage Centre, Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve and John O’Groats are all within easy reach. From the north coast a ferry can be taken over to the Orkney Islands which offer beautiful, rugged scenery with an abundance of wildlife and many archaeological sites. A trip to the stunning and dramatic west coast is recommended – Eilean Donan Castle, the lovely villages of Plockton, Glenelg, Gairloch and Ullapool or travel over the bridge to the enigmatic Isle of Skye with the Cuillin mountain range, the popular town of Portree with its colourful cottages which line the harbour, or sample the produce at the Talisker Distillery. To the north west and north of Ullapool, a trip up the coastline with the many rocky inlets and deserted beaches leads to Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly point of Great Britain. In addition to the many activities which are available on the estate, there are many more in the area – golf, mountain biking on the many forest trails, sea and loch fishing, kayaking, bird-watching and horse riding to name but a few. Shop 6 miles, pubs 1 mile.

    Spacious living/dining room/sun room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study/TV room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; one double and one twin.

    • Full oil central heating included
    • Three satellite TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Drying facilities on request
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Large enclosed lawned garden with furniture

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • No smoking

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  • The Gate Lodge

    Strathconon, near Dingwall

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5084
    If it is a relaxing get away from it all holiday you wish for then come to The Gate Lodge. Set almost at the head of the magnificent Strathconon Glen with its wonderful scenery, rugged mountains and heather clad hills, coupled with glistening lochs and rivers, a stay here will simply take your breath away. The spacious, detached Gate Lodge has been equipped and furnished to ensure a most comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Amongst the many activities available are hill walking, mountain biking, river and loch fishing, (permits available from the estate office), and an abundance of bird and wildlife all of which just add to the enjoyment of this beautiful Glen. The area is a photographer’s paradise with its outstanding scenery, coupled with the large variety of deer, pine martins and bird life it’s a must for keen photographers. A super base for exploring the Highlands, visit Loch Ness and Inverness, the highland capital, or take a trip down the Moray coastline, recently voted amongst the top 20 coastline destinations in the world. Take a day trip to the west coast and the Isle of Skye to experience their beauty. For the less energetic, sit back, relax, unwind and enjoy the ever changing vistas of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Shop and restaurant 6.5 miles, pub 18.5 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With open fire, 32" Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and freezer.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Drying room.
    Cloakroom: With toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and logs for open fire included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Rear gravelled area with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a stream.

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  • Tigh Nan Eoin

    Near Aultbea

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511364
    Tigh Nan Eoin is Gaelic for House of Birds and this picture-postcard pretty stone cottage is aptly named, tucked away in a quiet lane with undisturbed bird life all around. Set in 5 acres of grounds this original stone croft cottage has been completely gutted and then painstakingly restored by its current owners and now provides the best of modern living whilst retaining a truly olde worlde ambiance. The cottage lounge is a real delight, with exposed stone wall and deep window sills. The bright modern kitchen has built-in units throughout and plenty of room for dining. Steep cottage stairs lead up to two beautifully presented double bedrooms (some height restriction due to original sloping ceilings). There is an immaculate modern shower room downstairs.
    Situated on the owner’s croft at the end of small lane that adjoins open moorland, it is a walkers’, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Pine martin, otters, seals and a myriad of bird life are all seen in the area.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with electric fire, freeview TV/DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/diner: with electric cooker, microwave, fridge (with ice-box), dishwasher and washer/dryer; dining table and chairs.
    Shower room: with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with double bed. Some restricted height room due to original sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 2: with two single beds. Some restricted height room due to original sloping ceilings.

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels supplied.Enclosed garden with gravel area and grass. Cottage is set in five acres of croft land. Off road parking for two cars.

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  • Osprey

    Achnacarry, near Spean Bridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511337
    Osprey is situated in the heart of the historic Achnacarry Estate, home to the chief of the Clan Cameron, who lives at the adjacent Achnacarry Castle. Osprey is located on the ground floor of an original stone farm steading building which has recently been converted into luxury apartments in the heart of this beautiful and historical highland estate. It provides a high standard of accommodation in a unique, peaceful and totally unspoilt setting. The main living area is open-plan. This stunning room has a large bright and airy living/kitchen/dining area, with traditional sash windows which drink in the wonderful views across this countryside estate from its first floor vantage point. Inquisitive pheasants are likely to be peering back at you! There are two bedrooms - a kingsize double bedroom and a twin room, both superbly presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. There is also a large family bathroom with bath/shower above.

    Ground Floor: This accommodation is all on ground floor level has electric storage and panel heaters and comprises:
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan lounge/dining room/ kitchen
    Lounge Area: With satellite Freeview TV, DVD and Wi-Fi. Suoerb views across the estate.
    Dining Area: With dining table and chairs for four.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box and dishwasher. A very well-equipped kitchen area with integral appliances.
    Bedroom 1: With king-size bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels supplied. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi access available. There is a separate drying room with washing machine and a large tumble dryer for guests use for machine washed clothes, each guest receives a drying room key on their key fob so the drying room is secure. There is also a freezer in there for shared use of the two x 2 bedroom apartments which do not have a freezer in their apartments.There is an honesty box for the tumble dryer use (£2 a dry - the only extra to pay for)
    Picnic table and chairs available. Cycle rack and undercover storage for kayaks etc available. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Bona Lighthouse

    Lochend near Inverness

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511464
    Built almost 200 years ago to help guide ships into the Caledonian Canal, the beautiful Bona Lighthouse has been lovingly restored whilst retaining many period features coupled with the cosy comforts of modern living. Overlooking the waters of Loch Ness and set on the banks of the historic Caledonian Canal, Bona Lighthouse offers breathtaking scenery and serenity amidst the majesty of the Great Glen. The stunning oriel bay window, which once held the light that guided ships onto the Caledonian Canal in its heyday, remains the focal point of the cottage, and is now the ideal spot to while away the hours gazing on the inky blue waters of the loch in search of Nessie.

    Interior designed throughout, the cottage offers the perfect mix of modern flourishes and period features. The spacious lounge, with its wood burner and cosy furnishings, is the perfect spot to relax after a day spent exploring the many wonders of the Northern Highlands. Outside, the large courtyard is ideal for a canalside barbecue or picnic. Set amidst the myth and majesty of Loch Ness and the Great Glen, a break in Bona Lighthouse, whether you’re exploring the spectacular landscapes of the Highlands or simply relaxing and watching the world, is unforgettable.

    You don’t have to go far to enjoy this part of the world, you don’t even have to leave the garden. Just relax and watch the boats sail peacefully past. If you’re feeling more adventurous, a 15-minute drive will take you to Inverness where you will find something for everyone. From high street shopping in the Eastgate Centre, to boutique browsing in the Victorian market. Travel on open-top bus tours or enjoy forest walks, visit Inverness Castle, St Andrew’s Cathedral, the Pictish Fort on Craig Phadrig or the museum and art gallery to name but a few. Canal cruises will take you to Loch Ness, where you could be the next to catch sight of Scotland’s best-loved monster. But in case she doesn’t make an appearance, there’s plenty of other wildlife to enjoy, including red and roe deer, ospreys and eagles – you might even be lucky enough to spot rarely-seen wildcats or pine martens.

    On the Moray Firth the dolphin centre is the perfect place to see the world’s biggest bottlenose dolphins. Depending on the time of year you might even be able to do some whale-watching. Minke and killer whales both visit these waters and there have been sightings of sperm whales and pilot whales also. The centre offers hourly guided tours and a very informative learning centre children will love. A little further afield you may like to visit the lsle of Skye and the stunning beauty of the west coast or even take a day trip to the Orkney Isles.

    Bona Lighthouse can be booked with Bona Lighthouse Stables (CC511465) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and views of Loch Ness.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine, French doors and views of Loch Ness.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed, views of Loch Ness and en-suite with shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Courtyard with furniture. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Lakeside Cottage

    Fochabers

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511480
    Gordon Castle certainly has a fascinating history; from its initial connections with King Robert the Bruce to being instrumental in creating the first legal whisky distillery at Glenlivet, and of course its continuing association with the famous Gordon Highlanders, it is a wonderful place to visit. Lakeside Cottage is on the castle estate and is very comfortably equipped. The cottage is situated next to the ornamental lake in the castle grounds and makes a cosy retreat.

    Nowadays the estate is renowned for being one of the finest sporting estates in Scotland, where fishing and shooting are well catered for. In addition, other water sports can be arranged, such as white water rafting or kayaking on the magnificent River Spey. The Moray Firth is rated one of the top ten coastal destinations in the world by National Geographic and it is easy to see why; explore the rugged coastal paths between Inverness and Peterhead and take in the magnificent scenery, superb beaches and varied wildlife. Travel inland to Whisky Country – many famous distilleries are within an easy drive or for golfers there is a plethora of good courses for both beginners and more advanced players. The world famous Baxters of Speyside is across the river in the town of Fochabers where there are plenty of good shops, pubs and eateries.

    Lakeside Cottage can be booked together with Garden Cottage (CC511479) and Courtyard Cottage (CC511481) to accommodate up to 16 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With twin beds and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and sloping ceilings.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot, £5pw and highchair, £10pw available on request. Wi-Fi. Sitting-out area. Shared grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds, 20 yards.

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  • Beachside - Beachside Cottage

    Golspie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W42901

    Enjoying a central location within the village of Golspie, these semi-detached holiday cottages (refs W42901 and W43513) have been lovingly restored, retain many original features and provide a very good standard of accommodation. This seaside resort has a sandy beach and scenic walks, as well as tennis, bowling and a public swimming pool nearby. Golf courses including The Royal Dornoch Championship Course are within close proximity. Sea and loch fishing, boats trips, kayaking, karting and mountain bike trails are all within easy reach. Loch Fleet Nature Reserve is just 3 miles south of the village. Take a day trip to the beautiful Orkney Islands or the stunning west coast. Beachside Cottage (W42901) and Beachside Bothy (W43513) can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 guests. Shop 50 yards, pub 200 yards and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Fridge/freezer. Gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Taigh Uaine

    Achnacarnin near Lochinver

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511014
    This pretty detached single storey cottage is set in its own grounds at the end of the Achnacarnin township road on the Stoer Peninsular - one of the most breathtaking beautiful locations on the renowned north west coast of Scotland. With views across the sea to the Assynt Mountains beyond, this cottage has been built to maximise its idyllic location. Whilst it is a modern property, the main living area takes its inspiration from a traditional croft house and byre, with high ceilings and wood burning stove, surrounded by Caithness stone. The Gaelic name translates at The Green House; this alludes not only to the outside paintwork, but also to its eco friendly green credentials - even the heating is extracted from the ground using an innovative ground source heat pump.Shops, pub and restaurant 8 miles

    Ground Floor: Living Room: With multifuel stove (fuel supplied), TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    Ground source eco under floor heating, l fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair availableGarden with furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Selkies

    Brora

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UK5127
    Located in the attractive village of Brora, this lovely, end-terraced property makes an ideal base for exploring the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness, the Moray Coast, the scenic West Coast and the Isle of Skye. Enjoying an ideal setting with wonderful panoramic views over the sandy beach and on towards the sea, the property has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing a holiday as possible. Whether a family with children looking for a beach holiday, couples seeking a relaxing break or a small group of friends wanting to golf, Faodail offers something for everyone - just a few minutes’ walk from the unspoilt, sweeping sandy beach, the links golf course designed by James Braid, and the village centre.


    Complete with fluffy towels, bathrobes and good quality linen in the bedrooms, everything is designed to ensure your stay is as comfortable as it is relaxing. Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive leisure facilities at the nearby hotel, which is just a 2-minute walk away. Facilities include a shared heated swimming pool, children’s pool, a Jacuzzi, sauna steam room and a gym. Also available are a wide range of beauty treatments and massages from the in-house therapists, which could be just the ticket after a long day walking, cycling or out on the golf course. The popular restaurants and bars within the hotel offer a wide range of meals and snacks to suit all tastes.


    Amongst the many activities available are golf, mountain biking with some super forest trails close by, loch and river fishing, hill walking, bowls, tennis and pony trekking to name but a few. For more leisurely holidaymakers, you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the ever-changing sea views from the comfort of the living room. Brora is an excellent base for exploring this unspoilt part of the Northern Highlands. Take a day trip to John O’ Groats, the stunning Orkney Islands, the Highland capital of Inverness, Loch Ness or the Moray and West coastlines. A visit to the romantic Dunrobin Castle and Clynelish Distillery are both highly recommended. Beach 100 yards. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards. Selkies can be booked together with Links View Villa 5 (UK5120) and Links View Villa 2 (UK5121) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With open fire, 50" Sky TV (BT Sports, Sky variety and sports package), DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric double oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Separate toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire included. Travel cot (£12.50pw) and highchair (£7.50pw) available on request.Small paved area with garden furniture. Free use of shared indoor heated swimming pool (12m x 4m, depth 1.12m, open all year) with sauna, shower and changing facilities in nearby hotel. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Tigh An Roinn

    Plockton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: SGF

    From its lochside setting in the pretty National Trust village of Plockton, this charming and comfortable listed cottage enjoys views of Plockton harbour and Duncraig Castle from the bedrooms. Positioned on Plockton’s old pier at the edge of Loch Carron and attached to the owner’s home, it is convenient for the village’s shops, inns and seafood restaurants. Loch Ness, Inverness, Gairloch and Ullapool, all within touring distance. Skye Bridge 6 miles. Fishing locally. Shops ¼ mile.

    Entrance porch. Sitting/dining room with multi-fuel burner. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Well-equipped galley-style kitchen. First floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite toilet and wash basin. Double bedroom. Both bedrooms have large Velux windows with sea views.

    • Multi-fuel burner - fuel included
    • Electricity, full NS/convector heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • No garden
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children
      under 5 yrs

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  • Loch Alsh Cottage

    Balmacara, By Kyle of Lochalsh, nr. Plockton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UVO

    These three adjoining holiday properties (refs SMMC, SMMD and UVO) are set in beautiful, landscaped grounds with spectacular views across the Sound of Sleat to Skye and are only 500 yards away from the shoreline and village of Balmacara. The properties are ideally placed for exploring some of the most dramatic scenery in the West Highlands and visitors can enjoy private fishing on hill lochs during their stay. Minutes away by car is the enigmatic Isle of Skye dominated by the Cuillins, Eilean Donan Castle, the pretty village of Plockton and the Five Sisters of Kintail. The breathtaking drive across the ‘Pass of the Cattle’ leads to the village of Applecross, recently featured in Monty Hall’s Great Escape on BBC television. Experience wildlife safaris such as marine life, sea/loch fishing, water sports and magnificent mountains for hill walking, climbing and biking. A network of National Trust paths, signposted from the grounds of Sgurr Mor, affords views of the surrounding area. Shop and pub 500 yards and excellent restaurants in and around Plockton.

    Living/dining room with open fire. Modern fitted kitchen. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, large round feature window and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom. Bathroom and toilet with dressing room.

    • Patio with furniture to front
    • Private lawn to rear

    • Open fire - initial fuel included (November-March)
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • No smoking

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  • Cruary

    Applecross

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: SRJ

    Enjoying a superb, secluded setting with outstanding bay views, this sympathetically extended, 18th-century shepherd’s cottage is set next to 2 miles of golden sand; a turquoise blue sea with twisting otters and bobbing seals; the Cuillins of Skye on the horizon, with mountains, moorlands and forests behind. Attractively and most comfortably refurbished, it has its own garden and conservatory with far-reaching views to Skye, and offers a cosy hideaway for all seasons, with a friendly hotel a short walk.
    Until the building of the coastal road from Shieldaig, Applecross was one of the most inaccessible parishes in mainland Britain, with the only route being the very scenic but hair-raising ‘Pass of the Cattle’, or Bealach na Ba. Rising up to 2053ft, it is the highest road in Scotland and affords truly panoramic views across the Minch to Raasay and the Isle of Skye. The other route gently winds along the coast round Loch Torridon from Shieldaig. In contrast to the surrounding moorland, Applecross is made up of sheltered fertile coast, where a row of cottages nestle along the shoreline. It was here that an Irish missionary monk, St Maelrubha, built a monastery on the quiet bay about 673 AD, and made it a place of refuge, although nothing of the building remains apart from part of the stone cross which resides in the parish kirk.
    To the north of the Applecross Peninsula and with the backdrop of the rugged mountains of Liathach and Beinn Eighe, is an area coming under the care of the National Trust, mostly made up of 750 million-year-old red Torridonian sandstone. A Countryside Centre at Torridon village describes the local wildlife and the Ranger Service offers guided hikes along the Liathach massif or more strenuous walks traversing Beinn Eighe. On past Kinlochewe, the Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre stands as the UK’s oldest wildlife sanctuary, with parts of it clad in Caledonian pinewood, which once covered the whole of the country. A delight for nature lovers, the area is home to pine martens, wildcats, badgers and foxes as well as buzzards and golden eagles, in addition to a fine selection of flora, displayed in natural alpine rock gardens. Loch and sea fishing available locally. Shop/P.O. 2 miles.

    Living room with coal-burning stove. Sitting room with coal-burning stove. Large kitchen/dining room. Conservatory. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Stairs to charming double bedroom with 5ft bed (can be twin) and combed ceiling. Separate toilet.

    • Coal-burning stoves - fuel included
    • Electricity, underfloor heating (ground floor), electric rads (first floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Additional convector heaters
    • Travel cot
    • Satellite TV
    • Video (films supplied)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

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