The village of Strontian lies about 25 miles south west of Fort William on the lovely Ardnamurchan peninsula and the easiest way there is via the Ardgour ferry (no booking necessary). It is a charming little village sitting at the head of Loch Sunart on the road (no longer the 2-lane highway from the ferry) which winds west along the loch, through breathtaking scenery to Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point of mainland Britain, or south to the Lochaline ferry (no booking necessary) to Mull.
With Strontian as an excellent base for a holiday you will be pleased to know that the accommodation at Tigh Grianach is just as attractive as the village. Tigh Grianach means the 'sunny house' in Gaelic and this pleasant detached bungalow certainly enjoys sunlit views across the loch from its bower among the rhododendrons, a plant which flourishes in the west Highlands.
The inside of the house is comfortable and well-appointed. Electric heating is supplemented by a wood burning stove in the sitting room. The modern dining/kitchen is stylish; the three bedrooms, one double, one twin and a single meet every need; the shower room is quite large.
A short walk from the cottage will bring you to Strontian where you will find everything you need: two first class general stores/PO, a craft shop, two hotels, an excellent little bistro/café and petrol pumps in perhaps the most picturesque setting in Scotland.
This area is popular with visitors for many reasons: the glorious scenery; the plentiful and varied wildlife such as buzzards, eagles, deer, squirrels, seals and pine martens; the pervading atmosphere of peace and tranquillity; walking in the hills or fishing in the loch.
There are many possibilities, too, for an interesting day out. A trip to Mull is certainly worthwhile with departure from the ferry point at Lochaline only 18 miles away. When the sun is shining there is nothing better than to drive along the coast to the magnificent sands at Sanna (there is also another ferry connection around here at Kilchoan, a summer ferry across to Tobermory on Mull). Or, you could take the right turn-off at Salen, continue to Acharacle then to Kentra Bay or keep going until you arrive at the silver sands of Arisaig and Morar and the wonderful views of Eigg and Rum. For golfers, there is an excellent 18-hole golf course at Traigh near Arisaig. (Traigh means 'beach' so you can imagine what a beautiful setting that will be).
Should the weather be less than perfect and you need some organised activities, Fort William is ideal for serious shopping, a leisure centre, cinema etc. If you are feeling really energetic you may want to climb Ben Nevis or try out the world-class mountain biking trails at Aonach Mor, where you can also make use of a gondola to get you up the mountain. There is a choice of boat trips from Fort William down Loch Linnhe to watch the seals basking on the rocks.
Heating is by electricity (first £25 included) and wood burning stove. Bed linen and towels are included. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Wi-fi included, subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 5):
- Sitting room with wood burning stove and TV/DVD
- Dining kitchen with electric cooker, washer-drier, dishwasher, microwave etc. Small deep freeze in porch.
- Double bedroom (king-size)
- Twin bedroom
- Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin
- Single bedroom