Askival Portuairk - Ardnamurchan - Lochaber
Fort William & Lochaber

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Askival - Fort William & Lochaber

Location: Portuairk - Ardnamurchan - Lochaber - Fort William & Lochaber

Sleeps: 6

Price From: £500 p.w.

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Askival, Portuairk, Ardnamurchan

Sleeps 6 - Wood Burner - Pet Welcome

Askival is situated in the small crofting township of Portuairk, at the western end of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, close to the most westerly point in mainland Britain. The area is home to some of the most wonderful white sandy beaches in Scotland, including the popular Sanna Bay which is located just over a mile away. The property enjoys panoramic views towards the islands of Muck, Eigg, Rum, Canna and Skye.

The property is set over two floors, the ground floor comprises a spacious open plan kitchen/living/dining room with multi-fuel stove, one double bedded room, shower room, and a utility room.  On the upper level a master bedroom, with a super king size bed, a twin bedded room and a family bathroom. Outside the garden area is enclosed and has a small area of decking. All the public rooms and bedrooms enjoy lovely sea views.

The property is located at the end of a long single track road which means it is not an ideal location for touring, however just four miles away at Kilchoan there is a small ferry which would allow guests to visit the island of Mull and the picturesque town of Tobermory. The Ardnamurchan area is wild and unspoilt and a perfect location for a relaxing holiday amongst some of the amazing natural scenery that Scotland has to offer.

Sanna definitely must feature in the top ten of all of Scotland’s beaches, and what truly makes this area special is its remoteness, and visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring the beaches and its impressive sand dunes. Not far from Sanna is Ardnamurchan Point and its lighthouse, the lighthouse has a Visitor Centre, plus a café and a shop. A trip to the top of the lighthouse is highly recommended, however this is not for the faint hearted as it is quite a climb, however the views from the top make it extremely memorable.

Located about a mile from the property is the well known Sonachan Café Bar & Bistro, an ideal place for a light lunch or evening meal, or perhaps just for a drink. The chef uses the best of the local ingredients and the location always a popular choice for visitors. They also offer wifi internet access, and welcome families and are pet friendly. Further afield for provisions Kilchoan offers a well stocked shop.


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  • Spacious open plan living room with kitchen and dining area.
  • Living room with multi fuel stove, comfortable sofa, armchairs, Freeview Satellite TV, DVD player, video, CD.
  • Kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, and all the usual kitchen equipment.
  • Dining area with table and seating for six.
  • Bedroom with double bed.
  • Utility room with with washing machine and tumble dryer.
  • Shower room, walk in power shower, wc, whb, heated towel rail, wall heater.


  • Master bedroom with super king size bed, views to the sea.
  • Twin bedroom, sea views.
  • Bathroom with bath, hand held shower attachment, wc, whb.

Included in the price 

  • All bed linen, please note towels are not supplied.
  • Electricity and total control electric storage heating.
  • Initial fuel for the multi fuel stove.

Other Facilities

  • Enclosed garden, with garden furniture.
  • Indoor and outdoor drying facilities.
  • Ironing facilities.
  • Payphone.
  • Hair dryer.
  • Cot and high chair available.
  • Off road parking for two cars.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 is required at this property.

Pets Welcome

One pet is welcome at the property, an additional fee of £20.00 is payable.

Best Features

  • Spectacular coastal location with sandy beaches within walking distance.
  • A fantastic area for walking and cycling.
  • An ideal area for wildlife enthusiasts.

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Askival Reviews

The lastest reviews of Askival...

Reviewed this property on 25/06/2019
And awarded it
We had a really good time at Askival cottage. It is warm & comfortable and adequately stocked with necessities. Would like to stay again.

Reviewed this property on 13/06/2019
And awarded it
First time staying in this property but not the first time in portuairk and we had just the best time. Thank god for the log burner as we had rather a soggy week but that didn't stop us enjoying ourselves. We had other family staying in the area also so it was a perfect place for us all to get together. Really well equipped and spacious rooms so it didn't feel cramped with 11 people over for dinner! - We even had enough plates!! The views from the front are beautiful looking across towards the islands, and we even saw deer on the beach late one night, which we later found out is because they come to eat seaweed. Cannot wait to come back next year!

Reviewed this property on 22/10/2018
And awarded it
Lovely cottage in a spectacular setting. Lucky with the weather and some nice walks closeby. Only disappointment was having to visit shops on the next day for soap, toilet paper and kitchen roll...things that have always been provided in cottages we have rented previously.

Reviewed this property on 17/09/2018
And awarded it
Another fabulous week at Askival (our 4th stay). Lovely and clean and tidy, some nice additions e.g. panoramic photo over the fireplace (though we still absolutely love all of Mr. Grier's prints). Amazing scenery,dark skies, beautiful beaches, fabulous wildlife, peace and quiet - heaven! Hope to be back next year.

Reviewed this property on 14/08/2018
And awarded it
Other than a few minor Hiccups on arrival, the cottage was wonderful. Would we go back? - Yes. Did we want to leave? - No. Highly recommended for a 'get away' holiday.

Reviewed this property on 24/09/2017
And awarded it
Our 3rd stay at Askival. The weather wasn't brilliant, but the marvellous changing views of the islands were still wonderful. We saw otters, eagles, peregrines, deer and much more (all from the cottage) so hoping to definitely return. The location of the cottage is still the best we've found so far. A lighter duvet (upstairs bedroom) would be welcome, but that's just a personal choice.

Reviewed this property on 29/04/2016
And awarded it
Another wonderful week in fabulous Askival. Really lucky with the weather, colder than September, but came back with tanned faces. Cottage really clean and tidy, thank you (very nice to meet the owners on arrival). You'd be very hard pressed to find better views from a cottage anywhere. Wonderful sightings of wildlife too, especially of two otters from the rocks just across from the cottage!! Already looking to book again.

Reviewed this property on 16/11/2015
And awarded it
Askival is set in the most amazing remote location and is as described in the brochure ! We found it warm n clean ! Yes it's a bit tired in places and could do with some updating but we enjoyed our stay ! Despite being caught up in Abigail !

Reviewed this property on 22/09/2015
And awarded it
Fantastic family house in a wonderful setting. Amazing views from every window, not many places where you can see a pod of dolphins from your bedroom window! Lovely walks straight from the house, some quite boggy so take your wellies. The place could do with a bit of TLC, but overall it is a truly wonderful, comfortable home. Worth going just for the views, day and night (the stars), and the chance of seeing lots of wildlife (seal and otter in the bay too!). Already planning to book for next year, only wish there was a discount for couples who only use one of the three big bedrooms!

Reviewed this property on 06/06/2015
And awarded it
It said as it did in the book. Yep it's remote, you need a strong car to manage the roads. But just great. Nearest shop 15 mins away. We got all ours in Fort William before we did the last part of the trip. Everything you would have at home was there. We are already booked up for next year. We saw our 1st otter on our last day at 04.15.

Reviewed this property on 30/06/2014
And awarded it
This will be our 5th year in this stunning property, fantastic house next to beach, absolutely stunningly breath taking views /wildlife. Wish I could live there permanently !

Reviewed this property on 10/10/2013
And awarded it
Fabulous house, fabulous location, will be back to stay.

Reviewed this property on 25/09/2013
And awarded it
Beautiful location and lovely well equipped cottage in a quiet unspoilt location with some great walks to do within easy reach.

Reviewed this property on 04/08/2013
And awarded it
One of the best places we have stayed in around Scotland, and believe me, we have stayed in some good properties! Superb Cottage - comfortable, well laid out and fully equipped. Unbelievable views, so much space, a superb beach, great walks to Sanna Bay and Ardnamurchan Point over the hills and peace and quiet. The whole area feels like you are on one of the Western Isles without leaving the mainland. Wildlife we saw included Hen Harrier, Golden Eagle and Otter. We will be going back!

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