For those who really do like to get away from it all, Gorteneorn Bothy has an excellent situation just a few hundred yards from the shores of Kentra Bay, near Acharacle on the beautiful Ardnamurchan peninsula in the west of Scotland. Reached by about a mile of private track, negotiable with care by ordinary cars, (though a 4x4 would probably be preferable) it stands alone, through the trees from Gorteneorn House, which is its only neighbour.
Once a tumbledown ruin, it has now been rebuilt and completely refurbished and transformed into a characterful and comfortable holiday home for two people. The spacious open plan living area has a wood burner, there is a sizeable hallway, a large double bedroom and a most interestingly designed wetroom shower.
Outside, there is plenty of parking and a rough garden (furniture) with the rocky beach just a few minutes' walk away.
Ardnamurchan is one of the wildest and scenically rewarding parts of Scotland and there is no lack of things to do here. Walking is a given, and there is a good path along the shore, to say nothing of the surrounding hills - Ben Laga and Ben Resipol are probably the closest mountains of any size. The quiet roads along the coast are not hilly and also make for good cycling. Whether on two feet or on two wheels, you are likely to see plenty of wildlife- deer, otters, buzzards, wading birds of all kinds, even the occasional eagle - all may be spotted. The romantic ruin of Castle Tioram, just up the coast at Dorlin, is a very pleasant short excursion.
In fact, those who do like to do a bit of exploring when they are on holiday will find no lack of interesting places to visit. Once back at Acharacle (4m, hotel, shops) you can head north towards Arisaig and Morar with its glorious silver sands, and on to Mallaig, where you can catch the ferry for a trip to Skye. If you turn along the Road to the Isles in the other direction you will come to Loch Shiel and Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard for the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.
Alternatively, from Acharacle you can head south to Loch Sunart, where, at Salen (hotel) the road divides. One way takes you west to Kilchoan, where in summer, a ferry plies across to Tobermory on Mull, to the fabulous sands at Sanna, and to the very tip of the British mainland at Ardnamurchan Point with its Stevenson lighthouse. The other takes you east along the lochside to Strontian and on to the Corran Ferry and Fort William. Or from Strontian, you can head across Morvern to Lochaline, and another ferry to Mull.
Oil-CH and electricity are included in the rental but you should bring your own bed linen and towels. Two well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Water is from a private source which is annually tested. However you may wish to bring bottled water for drinking.
Accommodation (sleeps 2):
- Open plan living room/kitchen with wood burner, TV (no reception)/DVD, gas cooker, washing machine, microwave etc.
- Double bedroom (king size)
- Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin