Gowan Cottage ref: CC511309

Charleston, Gairloch, Ross-shire, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Gowan Cottage is modern cottage built in a traditional style and finished to a high standard. It is ideally situated in the charming Charleston area of Gairloch, within easy walking distance of the pretty harbour, golf course and stunning beach. There is large, farmhouse style kitchen/dining room, a pretty lounge with deep leather sofas and wide screen TV/DVD and a utility room on the ground  floor. There are three good sized  bedrooms, one double on the ground floor and one double and one twin on the first floor. With a large modern bathroom on each floor it is an ideal cottage for families. The cottage is an ideal base for exploring all of Wester Ross, and hill walkers will be spoilt for choice, with the Torridon mountains to the south, and the Assynt range to the north, while there are plentiful low level walks to suit everyone, with the Beinn Eighe mountain and nature trail being one of the most popular.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Property has oil central heating and comprises
Lounge: With large screen satellite Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-fi
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, larder fridge and dishwasher
Utility Room: With freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
Bedroom 1: With double bed
Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin. Jack n Jill style accessed from bedroom and hallway.

First floor

Bedroom 2: With king size bed
Bedroom 3: With two single beds
Bathroom; With P shaped bath with shower over, WC and wash basin

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi access


Cottage garden surrounds the property - enclosed by fence mainly laid to lawn with gravel drive and picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for 3 cars Visit Scotland 4 Star.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    500 Yards
  • Distance
  • Restaurant
    300 Yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    300 Yards
  • Railway station distance
    29.0 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

From Gairloch harbour, you can choose from a variety of boat trips, which include whale and dolphin watching, to sea angling, and there are pontoons available for those who wish to bring their own boat. The area is a wild life enthusiast’s paradise. Sea eagles are common to the region and otters seals and superb array of birdlife can be seen in the area. There are a number of excellent sea and wildlife boat trips that can be booked from the harbour, as well as sea fishing trips and excursions. There is also a wonderful voyage out to the uninhabited Shiants islands (the only trip from mainland Scotland to these remote islands) to view the millions of nesting sea birds, spotting whales and dolphins on the way. The excellent nine hole golf course is just a few minutes along the road and is situated beside a golden sandy beach. Other popular activities include pony trekking in the nearby Flowerdale Glen, bird watching. The world famous Inverewe Gardens at Poolewe and the Gairloch Heritage Museum are both worth a visit. The Gairloch Leisure Centre provides many sporting activities and there is an indoor swimming pool at Poolewe (6 miles). Gairloch also has a good choice of pubs and restaurants, which specialise in sea food dishes and other local fare, the nearest one being the  The Old Inn, just a five minute walk from the cottage. There are also many small coffee/craft shops in the area. With unspoilt sandy beaches and superb scenery, this is a superb holiday location for all ages.

Things to do nearby

Displays about wildlife, history, geology and the cultural heritage of Assynt. Live pictures of a Herons nest and information on the North West Highlands Geopark. Tel: 01571 844194

Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park
Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park

Great if you love animals, birds and the countryside. Here you can feed the ducks, geese and swans around the ponds or visit the friendly goats, pigs and rare sheep. Tel: 01463 731656

Loch Ewe Distillery

Loch Ewe is the smallest distillery in Scotland reliving the romance of making Uisge Beatha in a case. Learn how to distill whisky using 18th century methods. Tel: 01445 731242

Dingwall Museum

Highland town museum showing history of Dingwall, outstanding military room, re-constructed kitchen and smiddy. Outdoor area and picnic tables. Free entry! Tel: 01349 865366

Brora Heritage Centre

Visitor centre with hands on guides to the rich heritage, archaeology and artefacts of the beautiful village of Brora. Tel: 01349 886606

Boats N Paddles

Safe and memorable outdoor experiences including hill walking, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and gorge walking. Tel: 0333 600 6008

Glen Ord Distillery Visitors Centre and Whisky Shop

Take a tour around the closest distillery to Inverness and have a dram of the Classic Highland Malt. There is also an excellent selection of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland. Tel: 01463 872004

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Dating back to 1400 this castle contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silver and family portraits. Informative falconry displays available every Monday and Saturday. Tel: 01408 633177

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Explore the nature reserve just one mile from Inverness! Take a walk, watch the herons fishing, birdlife on the mudflats and even Roe Deers or the Moray Firth Dolphins!? Tel: 07795 253 727

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Over 600 hectares of reserve home to a whole range of internationally important habitats and animal species.

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