West Coast Scotland
Rock Cottage is situated in an area of incredible natural beauty, looking down on the river Moidart and right in the centre of a secluded and peaceful glen on a private Estate about halfway between the Ardnamurchan peninsula and the Road to the Isles on Scotland's beautiful west coast. The cottage is surrounded by woodland, with the dramatic mountains of Moidart in the background.
Rock Cottage is a typical, whitewashed Highland house which has been charmingly renovated to a high standard and which now includes a new conservatory at the front of the house. It stands completely on its own: two Estate cottages are the nearest human contact and they are invisible, tucked 300-400 yards away around a bend on the side of the loch. Inside the house there is a cosy sitting room with electric stove and a large and fully equipped kitchen/diner. There is parking space for several vehicles at the door.
Now that you have found your own little paradise in this tranquil and private Highland glen you may not wish to leave it. Your only visitors may well be squirrels and deer while buzzards and eagles can often be spotted. The Estate can organize fishing and visitors are free to walk out and about, exploring this wonderful landscape of loch and hills and observing the rich and varied wildlife.
If you are looking for ruined castles the remains of the ancient MacDonald stronghold of Castle Tioram are to be found 2 miles west in the lovely bay of Loch Moidart as well as traces of other settlements. If, however, you prefer to lie on a beach then you have a choice between the beautiful beach at Kentra, only 10 miles away, or the famous silver sands of Arisaig and Morar (27 miles). There is also a fine golf course at Traigh in Arisaig.
Should you be more adventurous, continue on from Morar to Mallaig (33m, all facilities) where the ferries depart. You can cross to Armadale to spend a day on Skye or you can sail to the smaller islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna. At Rock Cottage you also have the possibility of heading south-west along the Ardnamurchan peninsula to Kilchoan (31m) where a ferry sails to Tobermory on Mull.
Take the road north to Lochailort then east along the Road to the Isles and you will arrive at Glenfinnan at the head of Loch Shiel. This is where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. 11 miles further on and you reach Fort William (all facilities) with Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain towering behind. Here, you can ski or mountain bike at Aonach Mor, ride, play golf on an 18-hole course or visit the leisure and sports centres. The end of the Caledonian Canal has a series of locks at Neptune's Staircase and these are well worth a visit on the way into town.
The nearest shops and hotels are 5 miles away from the cottage at Acharacle, with petrol either at Mallaig or Strontian (21m). Oil-fired central heating, bed linen and towels are all included in the rental. Up to two well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement, but should be confined to the downstairs area of the house. There is a payphone (no mobile reception). Sorry, no smoking within the cottage. Water is from a private source.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting room with satellite TV and electric flame-effect stove
- Kitchen-diner with electric hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer etc.
- Utility room with washer-drier
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin
- Twin bedroom
- Twin bedroom (can be pushed together)