Shore Cottage ref: UK12720

Arnisdale, near Glenelg, Isle of Skye, Lochalsh and the Western Isles

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Open Fire 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 


Shore Cottage is true to its name, it is positioned right on the edge of Loch Hourn in the otherworldly village of Arnisdale. Its location is as Scottish Highlands as it comes with mountains, moorland and lochs galore. This place is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. From the front door you can kayak for hours on Loch Hourn, even crossing over the loch to the remote and wild Knoydart Peninsula. From the village you can walk up into the mountains, with a path leading to the munro Beinn Sgritheall standing high above the village at 974m.

The cottage itself is a traditional, heritage build. Upon entering this detached property via the front door, you have an inviting living room to the left with an open fire and large television. The other side of the house from the living room is the spacious kitchen/dining room. Off the kitchen is a utility and boot room with access to the rear of the cottage. Also on the ground floor is a large family bathroom. Upstairs there are three bedrooms which are all fresh, white and have plenty of light thanks to cleverly positioned windows. The garden is fully enclosed at the rear, and there is garden furniture as well as a charcoal barbecue.

Arnisdale is found at the end of a 10-mile single track road running south from Glenelg. It is one of the most remote outposts in mainland Scotland. The main road through Arnisdale is a gentle curving lane running parallel to the shingle beach. Beyond Arnisdale Lodge, which was built in 1898 by Valentine Fleming, father of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond 007 books, the road continues half a mile to the village of Corran. You will find the attractive Ceilidh House and Heritage Centre which opened in 2008 and gives a history of the area. Also in Corran you will find a café serving lunches and drinks throughout the day.

Arnisdale is a gateway to the mountainous Knoydart Peninsula. A boat can be arranged locally to take you across to golden sands of Barrisdale on the far side of Loch Hourn, from where Knoydart can be explored. Back towards Glenelg with its marvellous inn, there is a little track down to Sandaig and the memorial site of the cottage in which the author Gavin Maxwell lived whilst writing ’Ring of Bright Water’ in 1960. It is still magical place where otters can still be seen. In fact, wildlife can be spotted easily from Shore Cottage, with seals, porpoises and red deer frequently spotted and if you are lucky otters and pine martens. It is remote at Shore Cottage, but once you have arrived you will not want to leave. Shop, pub and restaurant 9 miles.
If you are tempted away then Skye is a short drive to Glenelg for the world famous turntable ferry across the narrow straights to Kylerhea on Skye. Shop, pub and restaurant 9 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room: With open fire, 32" Freeview TV, double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements) and wooden floor.
Kitchen/dining room: Farmhouse style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Boot/drying room.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With single bed and pull-out single bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.


Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property is situated on the edge of a loch.
  • Nearest town
    Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Shops
    9 miles
  • Distance
    35 miles
  • Restaurant
    9 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Pub
    9 miles
  • Railway station distance
    35.0 miles
  • Lake
    10 yards (loch)

About the local area

Skye is one of the largest and best known Scottish islands and is particularly famous for its spectacular mountain scenery. It is also home to some dramatic history, diverse wildlife and rugged mountain beauty. The island of Skye makes for a great holiday destination with many visitor attractions, endless walking routes and fabulous restaurants.

Due to its popularity with tourists, you will find many craft shops and cottage museums. As for sports, you can visit the swimming pool in Portree, play golf at Sconser and Skeabost or go pony trekking. Watersports available on the island include diving, canoeing, windsurfing and yachting. Skye is also the ideal place for fishing and birdwatching.

Skye is easily accessible by either road or ferry. The road bridge is accessible from the Kyle of Lochalsh on mainland Scotland making it ideal for a day trip as well as a longer stay.

Lochalsh is truly highland territory full of clans and castles, hills of heather and views of lochs to the sea beyond. Visit the village of Plockton, a picture perfect location or Scotland's highest waterfall, The Five Sisters of Kintail. Where ever you go you are sure to be surrounded by some truly awesome scenery.

The Western Isles is a chain of islands also known as the Outer Hebrides. The main destination is the Isle of Lewis, a fairly flat island with many spectacular sandy beaches, a rugged coastline and a landscape that is worth investigating. Visitors will enjoy lots of activities including fishing, cycling, walking and bird watching. There are many other standing stones and archaeological monuments to visit too.

The rest of the western Isles can be explored using Lewis as a base. Most of the surrounding islands are covered in a blanket of peat meaning they are teaming with wildlife. Spot birds such as Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Kestrels, Hen Harriers and Redshank. With any luck you may even see otters, seals, eagles or dolphins off shore. In the summer months there are many colourful wild flowers to be seen and if you visit later in the season you can enjoy the heather in full bloom.

Things to do nearby

Talisker Distillery Visitor Centre

The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins.


VisitScotland's only traditional exhibition tannery. Discover how leather is made in free guided tour of workshops. See widest range of natural sheepskins and leather goods.

The Red Hills - Isle of Skye

The red hills of the Isle of Skye, also known as the Red Cuillins, are certainly no less worthy of attention than the Black Cuillins.

Islands Cycles

Bike hire, sales and repairs. The only one on Skye. 01470 552223

The Duirinish Coastline

Duirinish has one of Britain's most dramatic sections of coastline.

Raasay House

A unique island experience with spectacular views and lots to do. Discover amazing wildlife and the rich history of Raasay.

Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan Castle, located just a mile and a half north of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.

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