Sleeping 8 (10)
Craig Var Cottage is perfect accommodation for a traditional family holiday or for a holiday with friends. It stands alone, a typical unpretentious, solid house yet snug and comfortable within. The setting is absolutely magnificent in beautiful Rannoch just outside the village of Kinloch Rannoch (shop, café hotel) with a backdrop of hills and Loch Rannoch itself just a few hundred yards away along a quiet road.
The cottage is set within its own extensive, enclosed garden, the ideal place for children to play in safety and for adults to relax in the sun. There is off-road parking for several cars. Inside, the original wood panelling in many rooms imbues the house with a sense of tradition. The ground floor accommodation comprises a cosy sitting room, a separate dining room, a well-fitted kitchen, a double bedroom and a bathroom with separate shower room. Upstairs, there is a second double bedroom and two twins. There is full oil central heating. Two extra beds may be available (charge) in the twin rooms.
Loch Rannoch is arguably one of the most attractive of the Scottish lochs. It is encircled by a single track road (good for cycling) and just beyond its far end stands Rannoch Station, the second most isolated station in Britain. The West Highland Line train stops here on its route between Glasgow and Fort William across desolate Rannoch Moor.
There is fishing in the loch as well as watersports. Climbers may attempt Schiehallion, towering behind the village, or Ben Vrackie at the head of nearby Loch Tummel, also the location of the stunning Queen's View. The popular tourist centre of Pitlochry stands at the far end of Loch Tummel and is renowned for its festival theatre, distillery and fish ladder. From here, on the main A9 road, you can drive north to Aviemore, the Cairngorms and Inverness, or south to the city of Perth. Should you decide to go north it is worth taking the picturesque B847 road through Glen Errochty to Struan. This route bypasses the temptations offered at the House of Bruar, a truly excellent place to eat as well as a mecca for shoppers with its sumptuous delicatessen and stylish clothing departments.
You will find several delightful spots for picnics along the southern shore of Loch Rannoch. Alternatively, you can drive up over the little road on the shoulder of Schiehallion and down to Aberfeldy, Kenmore and Loch Tay. Make a detour at Coshieville to reach Fortingall. At more than 5,000 years old, the Fortingall Yew in the churchyard is the oldest living thing in Europe and this tiny village also claims to be the birthplace of no less than Pontius Pilate, whose Roman soldier father is said to have been stationed there!
Bed linen, towels and electricity are all included in the rental. Heating is by oil central heating (first £20 included) and wood burning stove. One well-behaved pet is welcome by arrangement but should be confined to the kitchen and dining room. Smoking is not permitted in the cottage. A refundable householder's deposit will be required.
Accommodation (sleeps 8/10):
- Sitting room with wood burning stove, TV/V/DVD and CD player
- Dining room
- Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave etc (deep freeze in outhouse)
- Double bedroom
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin
- Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin
- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Twin bedroom