Cuaig Croft Applecross peninsula - Wester Ross
Applecross, Lochcarron & Shieldaig

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Cuaig Croft - Applecross, Lochcarron & Shieldaig

Location: Applecross peninsula - Wester Ross - Applecross, Lochcarron & Shieldaig

Sleeps: 5

Price From: £535 p.w.

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Cuaig Croft Holiday Cottage - Applecross - Wester Ross - West Coast

Sleeps 4 + 1 - Wood Burner - One Pet Allowed - Wi-fi now available April 2021

Short Breaks Available All Year - minimum stay 3 nights

Cuaig is a traditional cottage on the remote and unspoilt Applecross peninsula on the West Coast of Scotland.  The old croft house, which sits near a sandy beach, has recently been refurbished and is now available for self catering holidays. Although the cottage only has a view of the sea from one of the bedroom windows just stepping outside offers you spectacular views over to Skye, Raasay and the Outer Hebrides in the West and the Torridon hills to the North.

The house has a cosy feel with an AGA in the kitchen and a large wood burning stove in the lounge. The Applecross peninsula offers some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland. It is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, walkers and fisherman.

The food lover is also well catered for with some excellent places to eat locally. Both the Walled Garden and the Applecross Inn (10 miles) offer freshly caught seafood and local produce. The Sheildaig Hotel is a 30 minute drive where there is a relaxed friendly bar and an adjoining restaurant serving food of a high standard. Slightly further afield the seafood bar at Kishorn is one of the areas best kept secrets or for the bon viveur there is the luxury of the Loch Torridon Hotel. The spectacular Inverewe Gardens are also within easy reach.

The former croft house which was rebuilt some 10 years ago has recently had a major restyle. It has been redecorated with a seascape theme in mind - pastel colours from Farrow and Ball, natural driftwood reminders, seagrass carpets and nautical oddities. Cuaig has been tastefully furnished with a mixture of antique and more modern pieces from the owners. The kitchen was designed and constructed by a cabinet maker in Glasgow, more of his work can be seen at Furniture designs to create a welcoming and relaxing environment in a rugged setting.

The two bedrooms upstairs have large velux windows - one looking west to the Hebrides, the other looking north to the high hills of Torridon. The cottage is in a superb position to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Highlands, West coast sunsets or even a glimpse of the Northern lights

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  • Spacious kitchen/breakfast room with the AGA as a focal point, washing machine, fridge freezer, table and chairs.
  • Living room with wood burner, TV with freeview, DVD player, section of DVDs, CD and radio.
  • Bathroom with bath with shower hose attachment, wc, whb.


  • Master bedroom with king size bed.
  • Second bedroom with double bed.
  • Single bedroom.
  • Cot and high chair available.

Included in the price 

  • All bed linen and towels included.
  • Electricity & fuel for the Aga.
  • Initial supply of peat/logs for the wood burner. 
  • AppleNet wi-fi.
  • Hairdryer.

The cottage is heated by the Aga and wood burning stove, with the addtional of an electric heater in the bedroom.

Water Supply

The water supply is private and comes from the surrounding hills. As a precaution you may want to boil water for personal consumption or use bottled water.

Mobile Phone Reception

Due to the location mobile coverage may be limited or even unavailable. 

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A £75.00 Good Housekeeping Deposit is required.

Local Filling Station

A community filling station is available in the village of Applecross, open 24/7 the pumps are automated and accept credit and debit cards.

Best Features

  • Remote and beautiful west coast location for unbeatable wilderness holidays
  • Excellent seafood and other restaurants nearby if you want less than total isolation
  • Superb sandy beaches with walking and climbing routes nearby.

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Cuaig Croft Reviews

The latest reviews of Cuaig Croft...

Reviewed this property on 10/05/2022
And awarded it
Just stayed for a week at the cottage. Perfect. As described and a wonderful getaway. Clean, warm, comfortable and an inspiring place to be. Highly recommend if you require a perfect escape.

Reviewed this property on 11/11/2021
And awarded it
A cosy Croft cottage in a wild remote corner of the Applecross peninsula. Despite lots of high winds and rain we loved our stay and were very comfortable.

Reviewed this property on 27/09/2021
And awarded it
A couple of weeks of wet weather, made "pleasant" by the wonderful presence of the Rayburn - to cook on, to dry boots and clothes on, and make the croft warm inside. A challenge of the location is the presence of the NW500 on three sides of the croft: counted 300 vehicles in one day... and that was typical rather than exceptional. A delight of the location is being able to walk to the sea, the beach, the hills from the door, with otter, seal, seabirds, sheep and highland toffee coo a-plenty. A slightly dodgy start as no milk, no washing up liquid, no bathmat meant a visit to Applecross within 12 hours of arriving- other things were provided (fire lighters, liquid soap, loo paper) which made it a strange mixture... a reminder never assume it will be there, unless you have had confirmation from owner.

Reviewed this property on 05/07/2021
And awarded it
Just returned from three nights at this lovely cottage. As other reviewers have mentioned the pictures do not do it justice it's really great. Like others have mentioned the only slight downside is the aga being on all the time does make it very warm especially as we were lucky to have great weather. This didn't detract from our stay though. Very relaxing and beautiful location. Instructions were all super easy to find the place.

Reviewed this property on 02/11/2020
And awarded it
Very cosy cottage with a welcoming feel. Scenery was stunning and the beach close to the cottage only on show at low tide was beautiful, we had it to ourselves. We would love to go back again.

Reviewed this property on 13/10/2020
And awarded it
This is a lovely cosy cottage. The AGA was great as we were always warm and our boots were dried overnight ready for the next day's walking. Cooked some lovely meals in a well equipped kitchen. It is a good base for exploring. Lovely meal at the seafood restaurant in Kishorn. Cuaig beach was great and managed a quick swim. Great views across Rona and North Skye to Harris on a clear day.

Reviewed this property on 21/09/2020
And awarded it
We had an amazing time at Cuaig Cottage. Our weather was fabulous!! It is cosy and welcoming - don't expect a high pressure shower - but it was great for us and the dog - and in an amazing location with the beach across the road! My husband swam it was so warm - but check the tides - no beach when tide in. Anybody travelling soon to this area must bear in mind that some places may be shut due to virus which is the way it is. You do have to travel to get anywhere - but no big deal as the scenery is unsurpassed and breathtaking! WOW. Take a flask and a good OS map for walking anywhere - there is info, but some vague and old. Book ahead for Applecross inn or take loads of good food! The aga was amazing to heat soggy clothes or boots by after big walks! I would take a portable radio as there is a tv but if you want to hang out in the lovely kitchen it's nice to have music on. We LOVED the fact we had no signal at the cottage. A real switch off - and was very much needed! Thank you Cuaig cottage x

Reviewed this property on 22/05/2019
And awarded it
Lovely little spot, very welcoming. The photos & description understate the charm. Quiet & private. Barely notice the NC500. Has its own secluded sandy beach at low tide & another nearby at Sand. Scenery is stunning, we saw & heard lots of wildlife (lots of cuckoo antics). A little off-grid but that adds to the magic. Only grouse is that the Aga which provides oodles of hot water & heating is overpowering in warm weather, we didn't sleep well because the bedroom was 26deg. (Can't leave windows open at night as the wee beasties had started!).

Reviewed this property on 20/05/2019
And awarded it
Wonderful crofters cottage in a beautiful setting a stones throw from its own secluded beach. Fantastic sunsets, views out on the horizon of the islands, Torridon Mountains to the front with diverse wildlife all around. The cottage was cosy, spacious and the perfect base to explore from.

Reviewed this property on 20/11/2018
And awarded it
The cottage was clean and cosy, wonderful location, very isolated, good views. Beautiful area, need to be prepared to drive. Wood burner but hardly anything provided so would recommend logs etc - very few places to buy things so bring everything with you, would definitely visit again,

Reviewed this property on 22/10/2018
And awarded it
We stayed in Cuaig Croft in October 2018. The cottage is lovely and had everything we needed. The Aga was really easy to use and meant that the kitchen was always warm. The bed was very comfortable, with soft bed linen and the bath was spacious. It wasn't at all cluttered and the decoration was pleasing. I particularly liked the hand made kitchen, which was well thought out. A very pleasant experience and I hope to return.

Reviewed this property on 22/09/2017
And awarded it
Cuaig croft is a delightful and well equipped cottage in a stunning part of the world. The surroundings are remote and there is no wifi and only patchy phone signal but the area has great walks and is very lively considering its remoteness. good restaurants and pub at Applecross and wider afield. The only downside is that the AGA (a definite plus in itself) is constantly on and whilst this would be a boon in the colder months can be a bit much when the weather is warm. Fantastic eggs and marmalade from the next door croft!! highly recommended

Reviewed this property on 13/11/2016
And awarded it
The cottage was delightful, well equipped and very clean. It was wonderful returning home to the warmth and cosiness, at this time of year after a bracing walk in the beautiful, stunning countryside and coastal scenery. The dogs enjoyed lying in front of the wood burning stove or the aga and just fell asleep. The beds were comfortable and at this time of year it was just what the doctor ordered. The beaches nearby were beautiful and not to be missed.

Reviewed this property on 04/10/2016
And awarded it
We had a fantastic time at this wonderful cottage. Such a cosy welcome place to come home to after a day out walking (and braving the elements!) The cottage is just fabulous; well appointed, comfortable, had everything we needed. The aga and stove make the place so cosy and warm. The Applecross peninsula is magical; the scenery is incredible. And this little cottage made our visit just perfect. Highly recommended to anyone.

Reviewed this property on 22/09/2016
And awarded it
We enjoyed our stay in this quirky cottage in a lovely part of the world. We loved the beech (especially the dogs)!

Reviewed this property on 03/08/2016
And awarded it
What a lovely cottage and a wonderful part of the world. The Aga was a joy. Excellent communication from Wilderness Cottages too. We will all have cherished memories of our time. Thanks

Reviewed this property on 08/06/2016
And awarded it
We had a fantastic week staying at Cuaig Croft and didn't want to leave. It is positioned in a beautiful location which is peaceful and picturesque. The garden was perfect for our dogs and a stunning beach is only 10 minutes walk away. The cottage was lovely; well decorated, clean and very comfy. It had everything we wanted, including a good store of general store cupboard ingredients. We would definitely recommend this cottage as it is a hidden gem. We would love to stay again.

Reviewed this property on 18/04/2016
And awarded it
This was a near perfect holiday croft for the week - it is well equipped, warm & cosy with a log stove in the living room & aga in the kitchen, it is dog friendly with a secure garden. Sorting out the kitchen floor, improving the shower and a bit more TLC with the cleaning and decor would lead to perfection. Wilderness Cottages really does live up to its name - the croft is on a skinny road in the middle of nowhere with limited phone reception, that suited us. The croft description is completely accurate - expect peace, tranquillity, amazing views and your own local beach. With only sheep & lambs and hairy cows for neighbours, the demands of modern life seemed a million miles away! This is an excellent location for exploring the Applecross peninsula. Daisy and Alfie - a cockerpoo and a Labrador cross - had a wonderful time walking, swimming, climbing and playing while checking out several walks using Paul & Helen Webster's excellent 40 coast and country walks in Wester Ross and Lochalsh. This was our first trip to the Highlands, definitely not our last! This is just a stunningly beautiful part of the UK and totally worth the long trek north!

Reviewed this property on 27/08/2015
And awarded it
Great location with spectacular views over Skye, Rona and Raasay and in the other direction the Torridon Mountains. Good condition generally and well resourced. Aga needs some work on it to clean thoroughly but we enjoyed cooking on it. Ironing board, but apparently no iron - or couldn't find it. Be ready for lots of silence only punctuated by sheep and highland cattle. Great eateries within a reasonable distance. Walking and wild swimming for those who are inclined. All in all, no complaints!

Reviewed this property on 24/08/2015
And awarded it
Cuaig croft is beautifully remote and well equipped. We had a problem with the shower during our stay which was fixed in good time. The croft was ideal for my all the family and our dogs too and would stay there again.

Reviewed this property on 25/09/2014
And awarded it
Second visit this year a lovely cosy cottage, well equipped and a wonderful location. The Aga and stove are great. Both us and our two dogs loved the holidays we had here.

Reviewed this property on 20/09/2014
And awarded it
Second visit this year the cottage is cosy, well equipped and yes remote but if you check the map you will already know this bring EVERYTHING with you as nearest spar is in Loch Carran and the Tesco is at Dingwall some 1 1/2 hours away. This area is so beautiful and the scenery changes everyday I cannot recommend enough how much you will enjoy your visit here. There is no hair dryer so bring one with you.

Reviewed this property on 01/09/2014
And awarded it
The location of the cottage was very good. It was peaceful and suitably remote. It was a picture perfect Scottish cottage. It was well equipped. The only downside that the AGA was a little overpowering for a small cottage, even when we turned it down to the lowest setting. The door knob for the main bedroom fell off and as it been reported by others it was disappointing that it had not been sorted out. We also had to remove dog hairs from the furniture in the lounge - not nice.

Reviewed this property on 26/08/2014
And awarded it
The cottage is very well furnished and decorated and very comfortable - the aga is great. We had a very pleasant stay. Given its location (which is very remote - it's a long way to anywhere! - over 10 miles to buy a pack of loo rolls!) but without sea views I think it is not great value for money and we probably wouldn't go again. On this occasion we booked late and it was one of the few available - so we were grateful for it. That said - we still very much enjoyed our week there.

Reviewed this property on 11/11/2013
And awarded it
What a beautiful cosy cottage retreat. Had a brilliant week of peace and tranquility away from our hectic lives. No passing people or traffic, just you the stars, the birds and wild animals. The AGA cooker was a joy and kept the whole place lovely and warm. Just don't leave anything chewable out for the mice! Certainly didn't want to leave. I would definitely use wilderness cottages again for an away from it all holiday.

Reviewed this property on 29/08/2013
And awarded it
Simple and lovely cottage - very comfortable and cosy, with the Aga and good sofas. Fabulous location and the beach was the best - small and pretty and no jellyfish or seaweed. Lovely walks nearby in Applecross and Shieldaig. We would happily return. And maybe we will!

Reviewed this property on 18/04/2013
And awarded it
Lovely little croft cottage tastefully fitted out in a very peaceful spot not far from a quiet, small beach which is just across the road and through a field.The Aga in the kitchen means the cottage is always cosy and the stove in the living room gives added warmth if needed.The beach at Sand en route to Applecross village is also lovely. The Inn there is as excellent for food as ever as is the Walled Garden.Enjoyable, easy walks including Carnach woods, Coral Beach and from Sand to Applecross.

Reviewed this property on 11/11/2012
And awarded it
Cuaig Croft was a wonderful base for exploring the Applecross Peninsula and beyond. The cottage was extremely comfortable and well-equipped and the location was just stunning - fabulously remote! The Aga was so useful for drying damp clothes/boots in the evening and the sofas were very comfortable - unusual for a holiday cottage. Highly recommend the Applecross Inn and the Kishorn Seafood Bar for lunch/dinner. We wouldn't hesitate to rebook in future.

Reviewed this property on 07/10/2011
And awarded it
We loved our stay at Cuaig - lovely cottage and very warm (sometimes too warm!) thanks to the Aga. The surrounding landscape is stunning - very similar to our New Zealand South Island. I loved having the sheep so close and the way they and the Highland cattle are pretty much roaming free. Local food was very good especially the Haggis at Applecross Inn. My only complaint was having to bring our own towels (all the way from NZ!!) and no bedding/mattress for the baby cot.

Reviewed this property on 05/10/2011
And awarded it
Unfortunately the weather spoiled what would have been an excellent stay at Cuaig Croft...only one good day out of seven ! A very comfortable cottage, beautifully furnished. I wish I'd had more time and ingredients to play with the Aga, but we flew to Scotland so didn't have all the usual stuff I cart away on holiday.

Reviewed this property on 24/09/2011
And awarded it
Had a great week in Cuaig Coft, the setting is amazing and the beaches nearby were stunning. The croft is cosy and very warm, the aga was great to cook on. We had a great week, saw lots of wildlife and would return to the fantastic area.

Reviewed this property on 06/01/2011
And awarded it
We spent a lovely Christmas in Cuaig Croft , the cottage is very well decorated , with a lovely kitchen with a great aga and very well designed. The location is stunning , and if you need to recharge your batteries - its just what you need ! The owners are so helpful and its appreciated .

Reviewed this property on 04/11/2010
And awarded it
We have just returned from the haven that is Cuaig Croft! Such a lovely secluded, cosy cottage in an idyllic setting. The ever changing scenery was spectacular as was the cottage itself. Our one regret...we didn't stay longer! We're already looking forward to our next visit, thank you!

Reviewed this property on 27/10/2010
And awarded it
Honeymooned at Cuaig 18th sept for a week. Wonderful, warm and homely. Cant recommend it enough. Quiet get away from it all. Thank you.

Reviewed this property on 24/10/2010
And awarded it
Stayed for a week Sept.10. Weather mixed but cottage more than made up for it. Great accomodation really appreciated the AGA. Have booked already for next year. Beautiful part of the country.

Reviewed this property on 20/10/2010
And awarded it
Cuaig Croft is in one of the most beautiful places we have ever been in. Breathtaking scenery and unbelievable weather for October made this holiday the most relaxing we have ever had.Good food and friendly people and some lovely wool from local Gotland Sheep added to the whole experience. We would heartily recommend the cottage which is warm and comfortable. (Though The colour of the water takes a bit of getting used to)One week isnt long enough!!

Reviewed this property on 06/10/2010
And awarded it
A wonderful, peacefull, place to stay. The Croft was cosy and warm and the views outstanding. A really relaxing holiday for both us and our labs. Thank you to Wilderness Cottages for their service it is second to none we will recommend to anyone.

Reviewed this property on 14/09/2010
And awarded it
The cottage was warm and welcoming - we loved the kitchen. Pain Au and Buttons (the dogs) adored lying in front of the Aga after a hard day of walking followed by swimming in the sea. The area around the cottage is stunning - the perfect place to relax and re-connect with life.

Reviewed this property on 24/08/2010
And awarded it
24/08/10 We spent a lovely holiday in this beautiful cottage. Thanks a lot for all the attentions. We shall definilty come back.

Reviewed this property on 20/05/2010
And awarded it
Stunning location in a superb warm and cosy cottage, every thing that was needed had been thought of-thank you we will be back !!

Reviewed this property on 06/04/2010
And awarded it
Cuaig Croft is absolutely wonderful. So warm and cosy and beautifully decorated! We had cold weather and so there was very little we could do, but it didn't matter! The week was very relaxing and we switched off completely. We would definitely stay there again and highly recommend it.

Reviewed this property on 24/01/2010
And awarded it
We had a fantastic time at the cottage. Lovely walks along the secluded beach. Fresh mussels picked off the rocks and cooked on the Aga were an especially nice treat on New Years day. The wood burner did a fantastic job of keeping the cottage cosy and warm. If you like to get away from it all then Cuaig Croft will not disappoint.

Reviewed this property on 17/11/2008
And awarded it
We had a lovely relaxing break staying here. The cottage was excellent - very cosy and welcoming. The area is fantastic.....stunning walks and drives along the coast. We loved the food at the Applecross Inn and Kishorn seafood bar. We felt relaxed and refreshed after our few days away and hope to return in the near future.

Reviewed this property on 08/09/2008
And awarded it
Very beautiful, cosy, well equipped cottage in fantastic location. Ideal for exploring the area and relaxing afterwards. Variety of walks nearby including to secret beach. Fantastic beaches further afield too, [white sand, turquoise water.] Kayaking lessons available in Applecross Bay all helped to keep children happy despite changeable weather. Great food locally too, Applecross Inn, Walled Garden and Kishorn Seafood Bar. Didn’t want to leave and hope to return soon!

Reviewed this property on 08/04/2008
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We stayed in this fanastic and remote croft from the 29th March to the 5th April. It’s thoroughly recommended with great beaches, walking, bars and seafood nearby. At the end of a week, you’ll wish you’d booked it for longer.

Reviewed this property on 20/02/2008
And awarded it
Cuaig is a wonderful holiday cottage. We stayed one week in February,experienced fantastic weather along with stunning scenery. The cottage is cosy , welcoming and well situated for all types of walking. One of the best we have rented.

Reviewed this property on 05/12/2007
And awarded it
"A magical place to unwind, relax and enjoy the beauty of Scotland. The accommodation is really well presented and made our stay very comfortable. The owners have clearly thought about the well being of his holiday makers with books on the area, DVDs, music, well equiped kitchen etc... which makes your stay all the more enjoyable. The Applecross Inn, Potting shed, Cattle Pass, Shieldaig are all musts and of course the Great Outdoors! The above caters for all!!! Thanks again."

Reviewed this property on 05/11/2007
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Stunning cottage so tastefully decorated and situated right by the coast. Very welcoming with the warm Aga, books, maps, DVD’s for the children on a wet day. Well located for the excellent eateries in Applecross and trips to Sheildaig, pass of the cattle, Lochcarron etc.
We’ve booked again for next year and for a stay at one of the owners other properties. Would recommend this cottage to anyone who loves the west coast and would congratulate Corrine and Gordon Roberts on their excellent administration of the wilderness cottages website.

Reviewed this property on 29/10/2007
And awarded it
I would love to be able to write that this cottage was awful so that nobody else will go there and I can have it all to myself, but I can’t. The cottage itself was gorgeous. It did not have the feel of a holiday home at all and was very comfortable. It was remote and pretty with many interesting places to visit. I would definitely go back.

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