West Horizon ref: UK11330

Balchladich, near Lochinver, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Self Catering



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  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Sea View 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly 
  • Cot Available 
  • Luxury Collection 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Open Plan 
  • Hot Tubs - Private 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Situated in an elevated position and enjoying commanding views across open hills to the sea beyond, West Horizon offers the height of luxury in a stunning setting. This single-storey modern house is built of solid redwood and the main living area is open plan. This stunning room has a high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and large picture windows that drink in the light and the amazing views. The living area has a superb contemporary gas log-effect fire at one end, as well as bright, modern, high quality sofas and there is underfloor heating throughout. The dining table is polished antique teakroot which is over 1000 years old, and the kitchen is exceptionally well equipped with integral appliances and generously proportioned cupboards. Cooks will be delighted with the 5-ring gas hob and double ovens. There are three large double bedrooms, two with 5ft beds and a master bedroom with a zip and link, super kingsize bed with en-suite bathroom. The family bathroom continues the luxury theme, with a deep bath and separate shower.

At the rear of the cottage is a large decked area. Here, there is a top of the range Blue Whale spa hot tub for up to six people. There are high quality reclining sun loungers and seats, and at the far end the owners have built a superb summerhouse with bar stools, coffee tables and chairs, as well as a bar area with a range of wines, spirits, beers and mixers, payable via an honesty box. There is also an American-style fridge/freezer in the summerhouse which has a water filter and ice maker. It is an ideal spot to sit and enjoy the incredible views across uninterrupted hills to the sea clearly visible beyond.

Situated in a small hamlet of scattered cottages, West Horizon offers peace and seclusion, with the owner’s cottage adjoining. There are wonderful walks direct from the property up into the hills beyond, including a superb walk to a small loch. The region is a haven for wildlife and deer are regularly seen close by. Osprey, eagles, seals and otters can all also be spotted in the immediate area. The region is renowned for its hill walking and climbing, and the dramatic peaks of Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Canisp, Quinag and Ben More Assynt dominate the nearby skyline of this wild and unspoilt Highland region.

Just 450 yards away is the pretty sand and stone beach of Balchladich. Continuing further along the lane leads up to Stoer Lighthouse, a dramatic promontory which provides further wild and spectacular walks, with the opportunity to spot porpoises and Minke whale which are seen along this shoreline. There are numerous other sandy beaches along this beautiful unspoilt coastline. Sailing, kayaking, mountain biking, fishing and climbing are all local pastimes. The nearby hamlet of Clachtoll has a small shop and café, as well as another renowned sandy beach. The larger village of Lochinver, just over 7 miles away, has a larger selection of facilities. This pretty fishing village with its natural harbour has a good selection of restaurants, two pubs, small shops and cafés. Beach 450 yards. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 7½ miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space: With beams and vaulted ceiling.
Living area: With gas log-effect fire, 50" Freeview Smart TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With double electric oven, 5-ring gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request) and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite toilet.
Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed and Freeview TV.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet, heated towel rail and double basin.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Biomass underfloor central heating, panel heaters, gas and electricity (£50 per week, £25 per short breaks Nov-Mar), bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. American style fridge/freezer in summerhouse.


¾-acre enclosed garden with decking, summerhouse and garden furniture. Hot tub for 6 (private). Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps to the decking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    1.0 mile
  • Distance
    7.5 miles
  • Restaurant
    7.5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    7.5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    52.0 miles
  • Lake
    1.0 mile (loch)

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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