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Lochcarron – A gem on the west coast of Scotland

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Staying in Lochcarron

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Lochcarron

Witness the true beauty of Scotland by staying near Lochcarron, a charming village on the shores of a sea loch on the west coast. Ideally situated for exploring Skye and Wester Ross, Lochcarron has much to offer…

Getting to Lochcarron

Undoubtedly the most convenient way of traveling to Lochcarron is by car. Inverness (circa 60 miles) or Fort William (circa 80 miles) are the most popular routes, although you can drive down the spectacular coast road from Ullapool (circa 100 miles).

Things to do in and around Lochcarron.

The region is a hillwalking mecca with many Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) and Corbetts (mountains between 2500 and 3000 feet) within easy driving distance. The Torridon and Applecross mountains are both high, spectacular and challenging. However, for those that prefer their walking at a lower level there are many options and a walking guide is available to purchase locally that outlines suitable walks, both high and low level, in the area.

Apart from walking and climbing, you can hire bikes, canoes and small boats locally. If you like a round of golf the local 9 hole course makes visitors very welcome.

For garden lovers, Attadale is close by and while it’s a longer drive Inverewe Gardens is also within striking distance.

Many companies provide boat trips in the area, offering the opportunity to view sea and bird life at close quarters. Depending on the time of year you can view puffins, eagles, dolphins, seals and much more – check with individual operators for times and what you might find.

applecross roadDriving tours are popular with the less energetic, or with those who just want a day off from their exertions! Routes are easily devised that can take in Skye to the south or many of the sea lochs and mountain regions to the north. The scenery is spectacular and with quiet roads there is never the feeling of being rushed – take your time and enjoy the view.

A full day tour to the north could include Torridon, Kinlochewe, Gairloch via Loch Maree and on to Poolewe. From there you can head further north up to Little Loch Broom before the road heads south again picking up the A835 south to the junction with the  A382, which brings you nicely back into  Lochcarron. Don’t forget to stop and drink in the views or perhaps for lunch in one of the villages along the coast road – seafood is a speciality in this area.

Skye is a popular destination. The road to Strathcarron meanders along the south side of Loch Carron and eventually meets the A87 for Skye, although there is much to stop and see on the way. You may wish to take a short detour and visit the wonderful Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most picturesque castles in Scotland. Skye offers many attractions including distillery tours, castles, heritage visitor centres and of course the dramatic Cuillin mountain range.

If you would prefer less time in the car, shorter tours can be created easily, just pick up a map and plot your route. Maybe head for Kishorn and the Applecross peninsular, eventually heading north to Loch Torridon and then back south to Lochcarron – wonderful scenery all the way.

Another mode of transport that shouldn’t be missed is a trip on the world famous railway line from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh. There is a station at Strathcarron and the line is considered to be one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world!

Our properties in this area…

Lochcarron

Shellach Cottage – Lochcarron

Tor Fionn – Lochcarron

Seabank Cottage – Lochcarron

The Bothy – Achnashellach – Lochcarron

Kishorn

Woodside Lodge – Kishorn

Pine Lodge – Kishorn

Ceol na Mara – Kishorn

Kinloch Damph Lodge

Ardoch Bothy – Kishorn

Gracie’s Cottage – Kishorn

Shepherd’s Cottage – Kishorn

Applecross Peninsular

Bayside Cottage – Applecross Peninsula

Cuaig Croft – Applecross Peninsula

Jura – Applecross Peninsula

Rowan Cottage – Arrina – Applecross Peninsula

Achbeag – Fearnamore – Applecross

Callakille – Applecross Peninsula

Useful websites

Attadale Gardens

Lochcarron Sailing Club

Lochcarron Garage – Bike Hire

Lochcarron Golf Club

Applecross Heritage Centre

Torridon Visitor Centre

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Moran Mountain – Climbing and Walking Guide

Mountain and Sea Guides – walking, climbing and kayaking. Kayak rental.

See The Highlands – private taxi tours

Calum’s Plockton Seal Boat Trips   

Torridon Sea Tours   

Seaprobe Atlantis – Kyle of Lochalsh – Glass Bottomed Boat

Bella Jane – Boat Trips from Skye

Dunvegan Castle – Skye

Talisker Distillery Tours – Skye

Eilean Donan Castle

Inverewe Gardens

Holidays Around Loch Ness, Inverness, Nairn and the Black Isle

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Loch Ness and it’s surrounding area offers a great deal to those wishing to holiday in Scotland. The variety of things to do is a surprise to most and if you don’t want to do anything, well that’s OK too – there are plenty of places to do absolutely nothing but watch the world go by at a very sedentary pace. We’ve put together this brief guide to the area and we are sure one of the numerous Wilderness Cottages in this region will more than meet your holiday requirements and offer you the chance to experience this region for yourself.

Drumnadrochit, Glenurquhart, Strathglass & Beauly

Almost halfway along the northern shores of Loch Ness, you will reach the ruins of Urquhart Castle, for those historians amongst you there is a history dating back to the 13th century to be explored.

Next is Drumnadrochit, offering the visitor a village green, traditional cottages, shops and places to eat. The village of Drumnadrochit is the home of the official Loch Ness Monster Exhibition, from here you can find about the history of the legendary ‘Nessie’ the monster that has gripped the local people and visiting tourists since being brought to the attention of the world in the early 1930s. Despite many apparent sightings and underwater searches, there has never been any evidence found to support the existence of this legendary creature. Perhaps you will be luckier if you take one of the many tours around the Loch either by boat or by coach. Wilderness Cottages are pleased to offer a selection of properties in Drumnarochit and in nearby Lewiston and Milton to give you the chance to do some of your own ‘Nessie’ spotting.

From Drumnadrochit you have the option to continue north to Inverness or explore the scenic glens of Strathglass. In Glen Urquhart there is a RSPB reserve at Corrimony, set in moorland and Caledonian forest. Black Grouse can be seen in courtship in the spring, and there are crested tits, and Scottish crossbills to be spotted. Corrimony is also famous for Mony’s Stone and the chambered cairn, part of the Clava group of cairns, which date from the 3rd century BC.

To the west of Loch Ness is Strathglass; three scenic glens – Glen Strathfarrar, Glen Cannich and Glen Affric a National Nature Reserve. Here you are offered a stunning combination of mountain scenery, ancient Caledonian forests, rivers, waterfalls and abundance of wildlife. Visit Plodda Falls where the waterfalls are surrounded by some of the tallest Douglas Fir trees in Scotland or Reelig Glen which boasts the tallest tree in Britain. Beauly has a number of traditional shops and the ruins of a 13th century priory at its centre. Close by find the Kilmorak Gallery home to contemporary highland art, Moniack Winery and Glen Ord Distillery.

Inverness, Nairn & The Black Isle

The city of Inverness combines the Victorian Style Market Arcade with the modern Eastgate Centre along the pedestrian high street. There are numerous places to eat and drink and so caters for a range of tastes. While you are here shop, visit the Museum and Art Gallery, walk along the Caledonian Canal or River Ness to Ness Islands.

To the east of Inverness is the Victorian Seaside resort of Nairn which offers a range of cultural and historic attractions. Explore the old fishing quarter; from the harbour you might be lucky enough to see dolphins, seals or porpoises. For the younger visitor the seafront offers crazy golf, play areas and a paddling pool. For the golfer, you are offered the chance to play on the links championship course or other courses in the locality The Nairn Golf Club is ranked 25 out of the top 100 golf courses in the world. Explore the town and shops or visit Nairn Museum or Culbin Forest with its miles of forest walks where Bronze Age man occupied 4000 years ago. The Culbin shoreline is a RSPB nature reserve with salt marshes and mudflats ideal for spotting wading birds and winter migratory birds from the north.

Between Nairn and Inverness explore Fort George a mighty fortification, Cawdor Castle linked by Shakespeare to Macbeth or Culloden Battlefield which marks the end of the Jacobite Rebellion.

The Black Isle lies north of Inverness it is not an island, but a peninsula, on the Moray and Cromarty Firths. Its fertile farmland, forested hills and sandy beaches are a complete contrast to the Great Glen. The area is home to the most northerly population of bottlenose dolphins if you are lucky they can be spotted from various viewpoints along the coast, including Chanonry point at Fortrose and Sutors at Cromarty where porpoise, whales and seals are also common. Red Kites and Ospreys are seen frequently in and around the area and Udale Bay Nature Reserve by the Cromarty Firth is very important for many species of wild duck, geese and waders. The sandy beach at Rosemarkie is recommended you could also visit Groam House Museum.

The golfers amongst you might like to play a round at Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club designed by James Braid, it offers some super sea views and also the chance of spotting some dolphins, now how many courses can claim this? The town of Cromarty at the tip of the Black Isle has a good range of traditional shops to explore, tearooms and restaurants whilst here visit Hugh Millers Museum and Birthplace Cottage. The Black Isle has many walking and cycling tracks and sea fishing is available too. Wilderness Cottages are pleased to offer a number of quality cottages in this area.

Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

Fort Augustus lies 32 miles south of the Highland capital Inverness, with excellent road, rail and air links and 32 miles north of Fort William. Here the River Oich and the Caledonian Canal, meet Loch Ness.

At the southern most tip of Loch Ness you will find the picturesque village of Fort Augustus with shops, heritage centres and eating establishments. It is an ideal place to watch boats navigate the Caledonian Canal with its impressive loch system. The canal, some 60 miles long, designed by Thomas Telford links Fort William to Inverness via 22 miles of man made canal and the rest as natural lochs; Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour. It offers spectacular scenery and wildlife along its course.

Here too, in Fort Augustus you can meet up with the Great Glen Way. Explore for yourself some of the route ways of this long distance walk or for the more energetic walker complete the whole 73 mile route from Fort William to Inverness. It is largely low level but there are a few Munros to be ‘bagged’ along the way.

Eight miles further north, you will find the attractive village of Invermoriston, Moriston in Gaelic meaning ‘the river of waterfalls’. Why not view these dramatic falls from the Old Bridge built by Thomas Telford in 1813. Find the St. Columbus Well and great gorge at the start of the Glen Moriston road to the Isles.

The southern shores of Loch Ness are more peaceful, offering the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle and explore the local wildlife and small villages of Whitebridge, Foyers, Gorthleck, Inverfarigaig, Croachy, Farr and Dores. At Foyers find the stunning 100 foot waterfall, forest walks at Inverfarigaig, RSPB reserve at Loch Ruthven famous for its Slovenian Grebe. For those with a little more time to spare, venture on the Trail of the Seven Lochs, a 50 mile loop of the area providing stunning views and varied terrain for both walkers and riders or the South Loch Ness Trail a 28 mile route suitable for both walkers and cyclists. South Loch Ness is the wild side of Loch Ness, this naturally beautiful and undiscovered area of Scotland with its sparking lochs and heather clad hills, stretches from Fort Augustus at the southernmost tip of the loch to Dores at the northern end of Loch Ness and eastwards to Daviot. This area of Scotland has been described as the Inverness “Lake District”, so numerous are the lochs and lochans in this region of the Highlands of Scotland. You will find a number of cottages in this area to appreciate for yourself the magic of south Loch Ness.

 

Holiday Cottages in Perthshire

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Come and Visit Perthshire

SchiehallonOne of Scotland’s most diverse regions, Perthshire has something for everyone, from exciting extreme sports to more traditional Scottish holiday pastimes. We are pleased to provide some exceptional accommodation to help make your self-catering holiday one that will remain in your memory for years to come.

We think you’ll have a fantastic time…

Scotland’s Adventure Capital

You can have some serious fun in Perthshire. It’s easily accessible for long weekends and many of its activities are available year round. If you’ve longer to explore then you will have no problem filling a week or more with adrenaline filled days on land, water and even in the air!

Our superb self-catering holiday cottages offer an ideal base to explore the region and the flexibility they provide ensures you can cram as much in as you want and then return in the evening to relax and prepare for the next day’s adventures.

So what’s on offer?

On Land

There is a massive amount to do! Hillwalking, Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking are a good start, but what about Abseiling & Rap Running, High & Low Ropes Courses and Bridge Swinging. Then there’s Quad Biking, Off Road 4×4 Driving, Hovercrafting and Sphereing. In winter there’s Glenshee for Skiing and a host of other alternative winter sports.

On Water

Perthshire’s lochs and rivers are a great place to get involved in Canoeing & Kayaking, Canyoning, Cliff Jumping, Gorge Walking, River/Whitewater Rafting, River Bugging, Water Skiing and Sailing.

If you like to get wet – this is a great place to start!

In the Air

Perthshire offers Flying Lessons, Gliding and Microlighting as well as a few Paragliding sites for those that want to soar with the eagles.

Most of the above activities are provided by commercial operators so getting things organised isn’t difficult. Check out the Perthshire web site for more details on providers.

Walking & Mountain Biking

Perthshire offers walking at all grades, from stiff mountain climbs to rambles along beautiful glens. Mountain Biking is a firm favourite and forest tracks provide cycling suitable for the whole family.

As easy or as challenging as you like

Ben Lawers, at 3983ft (1214m), is Perthshire’s highest mountain and on clear days offers summit views from the Atlantic to the North Sea and superb hillwalking.  Glen Lyon, Scotland’s longest enclosed glen, provides many options for walking from easier low level hikes to exciting mountain expeditions. The fun doesn’t stop there though; there are many mountains to climb and glens to explore and many estates provide facilities and easy access for visitors. Why not tackle the iconic Schiehallon (3547ft/1083m), one of Scotland’s most loved and easily recognised hills or explore the Atholl glens on foot or by bike?

Something Less Demanding

Perthshire – A Natural Holiday Choice

With its magnificent landscape, Perthshire is a superb destination for that well deserved holiday you’ve promised yourself. High mountains, tranquil lochs and glens with clear rushing burns encourage you to relax and enjoy the wonderful countryside to its fullest.

You don’t have to go wild to have an adventure!

There’s so much to do – Fishing, Gold & Gem Panning, Highland Safaris, Clay Pigeon Shooting and other country pursuits.

Of course, you could also just sit back and enjoy the view, there’s plenty of that in Perthshire.

Touring & Sightseeing

Perthshire has much to offer those wishing to take things a bit easier on their holiday. There are some fantastic sights to see and attractions to visit, including…

  • Many Historic Houses & Gardens, including the Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings and Blair Castle at Blair Athol, the home of Europe’s only legal private army.
  • Pitlochry and its famous Salmon ladder and Festival Theatre with its important Explorers Garden.
  • The Enchanted Forest, near Pitlochry – every October with its legendary sound and light show.
  • Whisky distilleries with guided tours and tastings, including Edradour Distillery, which is Scotland’s Smallest Distillery.
  • The brooding wilderness that is the Great Moor of Rannoch – accessible by car and then a short train journey from Rannoch station to Corrour station which has possibly the remotest tea room in the country!
  • Numerous spectacular viewpoints, including “The Queens View”, one of the most photographed views in Scotland and Glen Ogle, Queens Victoria’s “Khyber Pass of Scotland”
  • The Scottish Crannog Centre, at Kenmore on Loch Tay. Crannog was a type of ancient loch dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland, the centre has an authentic reconstruction of one and is well worth a visit.
  • The House of Bruar retail centre.

Big Tree Country

Perthshire is home to some of the largest trees in Europe. The worlds largest Yew and oldest living thing in Europe is the Fortinghall Yew. The Meikleour Beech Hedge is the tallest hedge on the planet and Perthshire is also home to the tallest Japanese Larch and widest conifer in Britain. One of the tallest trees in Britain, a Douglas Fir, can be found near the Hermitage, close to Dunkeld.

There are many waymarked, mostly easy, walks through forests and woods. They are perfect for viewing trees and the wildlife they attract, such as capercallie, pine martin and, if you are very lucky; wildcat.

Self-Catering in Perthshire

Our holiday cottages are ideally located to take in all the Perthshire region has to offer and the A9 makes it easy to explore other areas if you wish. Whether you want to fill your days with exciting activities or just kick back and enjoy the view; we’re sure that you won’t be disappointed. At the end of the day you get to return to your cosy cottage and relax, perhaps in front of a woodburning stove, and open a bottle of wine. That sounds pretty good to us.