Isle of Mull
Gowanbrae is the cosiest little cottage imaginable and has a superb location right on the shores of the inlet Loch na Lathaich in the south west corner of the wonderful island of Mull, looking across the bay to the village of Bunessan (shop/PO) which is just a stroll away.
It is a typical wee Highland croft house, whitewashed, detached and traditional, but inside it has been thoroughly modernised without any sacrifice of its character. The living area has a wood burner to supplement the electric heating and an attractive exposed stone wall and there is an additional sitting/TV room which has patio doors to the grass garden. There are two bedrooms, one with en suite shower and a further bathroom.
The shore is just across the tiny road from the cottage and provides a constant source of interest with birds aplenty and even the occasional seal; the interplay of light and water is one of the delights of this most atmospheric of Scottish islands.
The coastline here is full of quiet little coves, which you may well have all to yourself, but the highlight is surely the magical island of Iona, which is just a few miles down the road with its ancient Abbey and silver sands. Accessible by a little foot ferry (no booking necessary) from Fionnphort (hotel, shop) it is a place which will draw you back again and again. From Fionnphort too you can take boat trips to Staffa, with its amazing hexagonal rock formations and the site of Fingal's Cave, and to the Treshnish isles to see the equally amazing bird colonies.
But Mull itself has also much to offer. There are great coastal and hill walks to be enjoyed. Back along the road towards Craignure, you will pass the road off to Carsaig (bay spectacular cliffs and beloved of artists) or continue on to Duart Castle, the ancient seat of the Clan MacLean, which occupies a commanding position above the Sound of Mull. The west coast of the island is well worth exploring - there is riding at Gruline, and a glorious beach at Calgary. At that end of the island too is the Mull Little Theatre at Dervaig and, of course, the picturesque capital, Tobermory with its brightly coloured houses clustering round the harbour.
However you choose to spend your time, relaxation is the rule of the day at Gowanbrae, and this comfortable cottage is just the place to enjoy it.
Bed linen and the first £15 of electricity are included in the rental. Towels are available fire hire. Up to two well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. There is a telephone in the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting/dining/kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, TV/DVD and wood burner
- Second sitting room/TV room with TV/DVD and electric stove
- Double Bedroom with en suite shower, WC and wash basin.
- Twin bedroom
- Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin.