Kyle of Lochalsh
Letterfearn Cottage has a truly fabulous position right on the shore of Loch Duich, looking across to that most iconic of Scottish landmarks, Eilean Donan Castle. From the bottom of the garden you have an equally breathtaking view of the Five Sisters of Kintail beyond the head of the loch.
For scenic beauty, peace and tranquillity, its setting could hardly be bettered. It is one of a small enclave of houses on an unclassified road leading to Totaig. This continues on an old drovers' road which passes a Broch and through a forest to Glenelg perfect fopr forest walks and cycling. At the same time, it is just a few miles from the high road to Skye at Shiel Bridge.
Inside, the cottage is comfortable and full of character. There are two sitting rooms, one with wood burning stove and the second with an electric stove, and one split level to a dining area, a very well appointed kitchen, additional utility area, two bedrooms and bathroom with separate shower. Heated by electricity, the cottage is also fully double-glazed and well insulated. It is hard to think of anything more you could wish for and harder still to think of any party to whom such a superb holiday home would not appeal.
Climbers and hill walkers will find so many challenges right on the doorstep, from the Five Sisters to the Cuillins across the Skye Bridge.
Those interested in wildlife will find there are two nearby otter centres. One is the Bright Water centre on the island of Eilean Ban under the Bridge, (open in the summer - there is a Visitor Centre at Kyleakin) while the other at Kylerhea on Skye is perhaps best accessed by the little turntable ferry which operates from Easter to October from Glenelg. For a great day out, go over the Bridge, perhaps taking in Eilean Donan on the way, then head down to Kylerhea from just before Broadford - the scenery on the little hill road is spectacular - and you can return via the ferry. However, it may not even be necessary to leave home to see these elusive creatures as they can sometimes be seen from the windows of the cottage, playing at the water's edge.
Then, too, all the delights of Skye await you. As befits what is perhaps Scotland's most popular holiday isle they are too numerous to mention. Suffice it to say you can be there in under an hour. Or continue on the mainland to the lovely village of Plockton with its palm tree lined street and excellent eating places.
There is much to do during a stay at Letterfearn, but the immediate surroundings are such that you may well prefer to use your time there simply as a complete recharge for your batteries. Whatever you choose to do or not to do, it is a great place to be!
There is a small shop, cafe and petrol at Shiel Bridge (5m), while Kyle has a supermarket, swimming pool, hotels etc.
Bed linen, tea towels and the first £10 of electricity (coin meter) are included in the rental and personal towels may be hired. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Split level sitting room-dining room with wood burning stove and TV/DVD
- Second sitting room with electric stove
- Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave etc.
- Utility area with washing machine, tumble drier, and fridge-freezer
- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin