The Cottage ref: CC511238

Strathcarron, Wester Ross, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering

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  • Detached Property 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Open Fire 
  • Romantic Getaways 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Station within 1 mile 

Description

The Cottage is a charming single storey white-washed stone cottage situated in the quiet hamlet of Achintee in the heart of Wester Ross. Surrounded by hills, the Loch Carron sea loch and open countryside and enjoying quiet seclusion in its well established cottage gardens, it provides an ideal base for two. Originally a traditional crofter’s cottage, it has (in 2015) undergone complete refurbishment throughout with a brand new kitchen, the latest appliances, free Wi-Fi and furnished to a very high standard. The Cottage has been attractively restored and renovated, whilst retaining a wealth of original features, such as an original open fireplace and  exposed stone wall in the lounge, stripped pine doors and beautiful wood-lined tongue and groove panelling in the bedroom. There is a large farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room and a modern bathroom. The Cottage looks out across the gardens to the hills and mountains beyond with nearby views of Loch Carron.

The small village of Strathcarron is approximately ¼ mile away and within easy walking distance. The small railway station is a halt on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh railway route; voted as one of the most scenic railway lines in the world. The surrounding area is renowned for its magnificent landscapes, incorporating mountains, rivers, lochs and sea. A paradise for lovers of the great outdoors, it offers unlimited sporting opportunities: climbing, hill-walking, fishing, canoeing, diving, sailing and mountain-biking are all available close by. There are some wonderful walks direct from the property, with miles of hills, riverside and forestry to explore, either on foot or by bike.

The nearby village of Lochcarron is particularly charming. Set right on the shores of the loch, surrounded by the spectacular hills and mountains of Wester Ross, Lochcarron is bounded by the sea-loch on one side and attractive cottages and houses that straddle the main street on the other. There are a number of pubs, cafes and shops here, as well as a golf course open to visitors which has a fantastic 9 hole golf course (12 tees) situated right on the banks of the loch with stunning views, open all year round. This club is over a hundred years old and is one of the most beautiful spots in the highlands, with a short but demanding course for all levels. A visit to the Carron pottery and restaurant, less than a mile away, is a must with fantastic crafts and renown food (open year round), with the seafood bar at Kishorn another culinary favourite which has won countless awards for its local sustainably sourced fresh seafood, 13 miles. Lochcarron Weavers, also based in Kishorn, stock a wonderful range of handmade tartans and luxury knitwear and are some of the finest in the whole of Scotland.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

The accommodation is all on the ground floor, has electric storage heaters and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, 32" Freeview LED HD Smart TV (with web enabled apps such as Netflix), smart Wi-Fi, DVD player, Blu-ray player, CD/radio player and a selection of DVD’s, and CD’s.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric belling cooker, microwave, slow cooker, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer and huge selection of maps.
Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed with luxury foam and feather top, down duvets and pillows, hairdryer, curling tongs, storage, books and games.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, heated towel rail and luxury hand and body wash.

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Facilities

All, electric, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Wi-Fi available.

Miscellaneous

Enclosed by fence cottage gardens surround the property, very secluded at rear with views across open hillside to mountains beyond and Loch Carron. Hill walks directly from the door. Off road parking for 2 cars.
  • Nearest town
    Lochcarron
  • Shops
    1/4 mile
  • Distance
    4 miles
  • Restaurant
    1/4 mile
  • Nearest railway station
    Strathcarron
  • Pub
    1/4 mile
  • Railway station distance
    440 yards
  • Lake

About the local area

The area is also a haven for wildlife. Otters and seals can be seen along the shore-line and dolphins have been spotted in the bay. There are some superb drives in this part of the Highlands. A trip to Applecross via the highest road in Britain is a must. Known as the “Pass of the Cattle” and rising to over 2,000 feet, it affords amazing views across the Minch to the isles of Raasay and Skye. This makes a wonderful day out, with dramatic scenery, beautiful beaches and excellent food at the local restaurants. The small village of Torridon is in the same general area as Applecross (40min from Lochcarron), and is a location well known to climbers, photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, and countless visitors from around the world, where the surrounding mountains (Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe) rise steeply to 3,500 feet (1,100 m) from the deep sea lochs. The Torridon area is widely acknowledged as having some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the whole of the British Isles.

The fairy tale castle of Eilean Donan, enchantingly situated on a promontory in the loch and accessed by a small causeway, is well worth a visit. A spectacular route takes you past this famous castle and through the amazing mountain range known as the Five Sisters of Kintail and beautiful Glen Shiel, before reaching the shores of Loch Ness.

The charming sea port of Kyle of Lochalsh, gateway to the Isle of Skye, is just a short drive away. A glass-bottomed boat runs from here to view the sea life close to hand. The Gavin Maxwell Otter Centre at Kyleakin is well worth a visit and there are also a number of ancient historical and archaeological sites in the area. The picture post card village of Plockton is also close by. With its picturesque flower-filled gardens, little winding streets and pretty cottages lining the foreshore it easy to see why it has also become a haunt for artists in recent years. The Lochcarron Highland Games takes place in the Attadale Estate, just two miles away, in Lochcarron. Known as ’The Friendly Games’ it features a mixture of traditional highlands games and is held each July. You can read more about this exciting event here www.lochcarrongames.org.uk. The Attadale estate also is home to the splendid Attadale Gardens (open March - Oct), where you can view 20 acres of meticulous gardens of rhodendrons, waterfalls, and sculptures framed against magnificent views of Skye and the estate manor house of Attadale itself.

This pretty cottage for two makes an ideal and accessible base for exploring this spectacular part of the Highlands.

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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