Ranah ref: UK31361

Laide, near Gairloch, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Games Room 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


High up on the west coast of Scotland is the small, charming crofting community and village of Laide. Situated on Gruinard Bay with views of Gruinard Island, the Small Isles, the west coast spreading northwards and the Dundonnell range of mountains to the east. It’s a truly special spot to explore and from which to base yourself. Ranah is a detached cottage down a wee track and is set within a mature and beautiful garden. From the front door from the garden, you have a useful, spacious porch brilliant for boots and coats, while the living room has a huge wood burner and Smart TV, at the other end of the cottage is a truly outstanding kitchen with dining table in the centre. It has lovely wooden counters and fresh white cupboards, and the triple aspect windows let in lots of light. There is a family bathroom also on the ground floor with shower over bath. On the first floor there is a master bedroom with double bed and an en-suite shower room, a large double bedroom with a kingsize bed and a great twin room which has a TV, in it perfect for kids to go and chill out and watch a DVD after exploring the beaches and mountains of the Highlands. The garden has a patio with rustic firepit built in and a peaceful decking area enveloped by mature shrubs and with mountain views, the sloping garden leads down to a burn, but there is an old stone wall or dyke as a boundary before the water.
Other inviting coastal communities nearby include Poolewe and Gairloch, only 15 and 25 minutes away by car respectively, and Ullapool with its ferry terminal to the Western Isles is only 50 minutes to the north, meaning you can easily reach many places with cafés, restaurants, pubs and shops. The beauty of being based in Laide though is easy access to both outstanding sandy beaches and rugged mountains, with the outstanding beach at Mellon Udrigle only a few minutes away. Or spend an amazing day walking from close to Ranah across the peninsula to the special sandy beach at Slaggan Bay.
Further to the south is the lovely beach at Mellon Charles, the amazing Firemore Beach at Cove near Poolewe as well as the Gairloch beaches, including Big Sand, all of which come with the rare aspect of mountain views. At any time of the year these beaches are special, walking them in the winter with snowy mountains is a particular local favourite. The mountain that really stands out from Laide and visible from Ranah is An Teallach and it stands at 1082 metres in an area known as ’the great wilderness’. Walks into this wilderness are a memorable experience and seeing the mountains from Ranah with the tended pastures of the Laide crofters and rugged Highland landscape inbetween is an uplifting sight. Beach 3 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

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Ground floor

Living room: With wood burner, 48" Smart TV and Xbox 360.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge/freezer, freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine, washing machine, tumble dryer and wooden floor.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and tiled floor.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds, 26" Freeview TV and Amazon Firestick.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and broadband internet included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack.


Enclosed, lawned garden with terrace, garden furniture and firepit. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a fenced burn in the garden. This property has a security deposit of £150.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    300 yards
  • Distance
    41 miles
  • Restaurant
    3 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    3 miles
  • Railway station distance
    49 miles
  • Lake
    6 miles

About the local area

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes that will make a lasting impression, from the remote rock-hewn wilderness of far north west Sutherland to the green rolling coastal lands by the Cromarty Firth. Wherever you travel you're surrounded by some of the most outstanding remote natural beauty in Scotland.

The Highlands is not only blessed with wonderful countryside, there are also miles of dramatic coastline, with quiet pristine sandy beaches, picturesque sea lochs and a scattering of pretty coastal villages close to clear turquoise waters. This is a place to really enjoy `The Great Outdoors', with plenty of activities from mountain climbing and white water rafting to gentle family walks and mountain biking for all abilities.

This part of the British Isles is also a great place to see wildlife; unsurprisingly wildlife flourishes in this great wilderness and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about on land and sea - take one of the many boat trips on offer for close encounters with seals, whales and dolphins or simply get out into the glens, hills and forests to see eagles, deer and maybe even the elusive pine martin to name but a few.

For a holiday at a more leisurely pace visit the region's many historical sites, ancient castles, stately homes and fascinating museums, learn about the Highlands rich history and culture, its clans and conflicts, the tragedy of the Highland Clearances and its role in the Jacobite risings.

Summer visitors to the Highlands (mostly July and August) may not want to miss the annual Highland Games, which are held across the Highlands and are a unique spectacle of athletic, dancing and piping events which should not be missed!

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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