Situated on the Laudale Estate, a couple of miles from the village of Strontian, south west of Fort William on the Morvern peninsula, with just the little road between it and the waters of Loch Sunart, Camus na h'Airdhe has a spectacular outlook across the loch to the hills on the other side.
The name means 'The Bay of the Walled Enclosure' and the enclosure in question was where livestock used to be kept before being shipped off to market by boat. Parts of the old enclosure wall still remain, and while the cottage itself dates from the 1800s it has now been beautifully refurbished to make a truly superb holiday home for two people, with loads of character and every comfort.
Outside there is a patio, with a fenced garden area, which is screened from the road by a high wall. Behind, there is a yard offering plenty of parking. (The only building there is used for storage by the Estate.)
This is an area which will appeal to all who seek spectacular scenery, peace and quiet, and a warm and comfortable haven. Walkers and climbers have plenty of variety, from the surrounding hills to lochside walks. Fishing and sailing on the loch are other possibilities.
For those who like to explore, the road beside the cottage winds down to Lochaline, where a little car ferry plies across to Mull (no booking necessary), affording the opportunity to spend a day on this most delightful of Scottish islands. From Strontian, (shops, petrol, hotels, bistro) you can continue along the north shore of the loch to Ardnamurchan Point, and the Stevenson lighthouse there on the westernmost point of mainland Britain and the sandy beach at Sanna. Alternatively, you can turn north at Salen, and head up to Arisaig and Morar with their silver sands and the golf course at Traigh.
For some urban bustle, boat trips on Loch Linnhe (or the ultimate climbing challenge) Fort William is barely an hour away via the Corran Ferry. There, you can scale Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, ski or mountain bike at Aonach Mor, or enjoy the leisure centre to which the Estate can offer a weekly pass (charge).
And those who like their holidays with a bit of local colour will be enchanted by the deer who can often be seen ambling along the road past the cottage at dawn or dusk. (Best not to drive too fast then - venison steaks are perhaps best obtained ready prepared from the supermarket!)
Bedlinen, towels and electricity and oil-CH are all included. One well behaved pet is welcome by arrangement. Sorry smoking is not permitted within the cottage. Water from a private source (UV-filtered).
Accommodation (sleeps 2):
- Open plan Kitchen/Dining/Sitting room with wood burning stove, TV (Freesat)/DVD, electric cooker, dish washer, washer/drier etc
- Double bedroom
- Shower room with shower, wash hand basin and WC.