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Callakille is a beautiful, white washed crofter’s cottage, tastefully modernised throughout whilst carefully preserving its traditional cottage charm. It can be reached by a track, and has its own water supply and limited mobile reception. Recent renovation has included the addition of a new bathroom with a fabulous roll top bath with views over the water, a large shower, and under floor heating. There is now an extended kitchen dining area, installation of beautiful oak flooring on the lower level, and of traditional dormers windows with panel shutters in the bedrooms. This and the thoughtful furnishing and decoration makes this a unique holiday place.
The property has been marketed by Wilderness Cottages for a number of years and is one of our most popular in the area.
The cottage’s unrivalled position makes it a peaceful haven where you can relax, unwind and perhaps sample some of the coastal and mountain walks and great sea and trout fishing. It enjoys spectacular views from the kitchen, lounge and bedrooms over the Inner Sound of Raasay to Rona, Raasay and the Cuillin mountains on Skye. On a clear day the mountain landscapes of the Outer Hebrides are visible. There are beautiful sandy beaches a mile away at Sand and also at nearby Cuaig. The croft is perfect for enjoying magnificent west coast sunsets or on a clear night, stargazing.
Situated eight miles north of Appleccross village on the unforgettable Applecross peninsular, this is a particularly scenic stretch of the West Coast of Scotland, recently made famous through "Monty Halls Great Escape" TV programme and renowned for its wonderful marine life and for having the highest road pass in the UK, the Bealach na Ba.
The village of Applecross itself has two restaurants especially worth a visit, The Potting Shed and The Applecross Inn both serving locally caught fish. Also at Applecross village is a local shop for the necessities with a Post Office and petrol pump and for coffee and cake there's the Flower Tunnel at the campsite. The larger village of Lochcarron is 28 miles and Inverness is 80 miles away.
The Gaelic name for the area of Applecross is 'a Chomraich' which means 'The Sanctuary'. You will understand, immediately when you arrive, why it was given this name, as it is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful and remote wilderness areas on the west coast of Scotland, lying between the Scottish mainland mountain masses and the Isle of Skye.
Included in the cost
Private Water Supply
The water at the house is from a private supply, this is filtered and treated, however you may prefer to bring bottled water or boil water before drinking.
Mobile Phone Reception
Due to the location mobile coverage may be limited or even unavailable.
Good Housekeeping Deposit
A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £100.00 is required at this property.
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.
The house is in a very peaceful spot and there is a great view of the sea and the islands. While the surrounding landscape invites to explore, the house offers a cosy retreat to relax and unwind. The rooms are all spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated. Every window offers a different beautiful view. There is everything you need for a longer stay and the fireplace makes for cosy evenings. The books and maps provided were welcome reads and helped us decide which hiking routes to tackle. All in all, we found it very hard to leave this beautiful place and we will definitely be back. There is still so much to discover.
The Burnside Cottage at Callakille is ideal for people looking for peace and remoteness: There are only a few houses within three or more miles! It is cozy and lovingly furnished and well equipped. The cottage is an ideal base to explore the Applecross Peninsula. Applecross offers some well developed hiking trails, which are also not too difficult to master. If you want to eat out you find two or three places at Applecross village and nearby; In high season, be sure to make a reservation and find out if the restaurant is open. We spent a great week in Callakille, after crossing the Applecross Pass (don't miss the drive from the south, it's breathtaking! And watch out for the cyclists, they must be suffering quite a bit!), thanks to the owners.
Callakille Cottage is a gem in the Scottish Highlands. Perfect place to escape from a busy city life. Tastefully decorated and fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Clear instructions to operate appliances. The fireplace makes our stay very cosy. The view around the house is spectacular. Communication with the owner was easy and pleasant, quick response. We have enjoyed every minute of our stay in the cottage and would definitely recommend it to anybody who is looking for a quiet, peaceful and yet adventurous holidays in the Scottish Highlands.
Callakille is in an idyllic location on the Applecross Peninsula, views across to the Isle of Skye, nothing nearby except sheep, Highland cattle, birds and if you're lucky a seal just offshore. The cottage is very well-equipped, comfortable beds, and a bathroom with a heated floor and free-standing bath where you soak away the day's aches while looking out to sea, possibly with the most glorious sunset. Applecross Inn 8 miles down the road, beautiful drive round the top to Torridon and many more breathtaking places to explore.
We have visited Scotland many times over the years, the first time for our honeymoon (husband half Scottish) but not ventured much further north than the Trossachs.The discovery of the Applecross peninsula, and in particular Callakille, has been quite magical. The peace, views over the islands, stunning sunsets, the Inn just down the road, all make it the most perfect getaway. But having this lovely little cottage as a base is the absolute icing on the cake. Warm, cosy, comfy beds, having a bath looking out to sea, and after so many visits it feels like coming home and gets harder to leave every time. And arriving over the Bealach never fails to excite. And in May we always hear the cuckoo! We just love it.
Burnside Cottage at Callakille is beautiful inside and out, a spectacular location and the perfect setting to really get away from it all and wind down. If anything, the pictures don't do it justice. The Applecross peninsula is truly stunning. We loved the coziness of the cottage and it's superbly equipped so we had everything we needed to make our stay a delight - even more so the totally unexpected welcome goodies including delicious home made marmalade, thank you! We felt instantly welcome and really didn't want to leave. We'll definitely be back!
Lovely cottage in an amazing location. Spotlessly clean.
Thank you for such a memorable holiday in your beautiful cottage - so well organised, clean and comfortable. It is in the most amazing location surrounded by nature - wonderful sightings of eagles on the fence posts and sea otters playing on the rocks on the beach below, deer and a cheeky pine marten at the walled garden, not forgetting the sheep, highland cattle, sounds of the sea and natural arch down from the cottage. We had wonderful walks along the coast, the rivers, lochs and mountains all made extra special by the most amazing week of sunshine! Fantastic food at the walled garden and fish and chips from the Innside out, the two grocery stores and the most delicious smoked salmon pate, hot smoked salmon and dill mustard sauce from Torridon Smokehouse in Shieldaig. The kitchen was perfectly equipped with everything you could need, so home cooked food and picnics are easy too - even scales, so pancakes for breakfast and scones for afternoon tea went down a treat! We stocked up on some food before arriving and bought locally for other items which worked out perfectly. After a long day of walking and exploring, relaxed tired muscles in the magnificent bath with an enviable view, cups of tea on the bench in the garden and spectacular evening sunset viewings! What a week! It has been fantastic! An absolutely perfect, long awaited holiday and a place we will certainly return to.
Burnside cottage is a real gem of a cottage! It has wonderful views from both the kitchen diner and the living room across to the isles of Rassay, Rona and Skye. Well equipped, clean and comfortable with a wood burning stove, all ready prepared with logs, if it became chilly. The bathroom must have one of best views in the UK! This an ideal place for getting away from it all: the village shops at Applecross and Shieldaig stock local smoked salmon and the inn at Applecross and the Walled Garden are great places to eat. We would thoroughly recommend it!
We all had an enjoyable holiday, good to get away. The cottage met all our expectations and would recommend it. The cottage was very clean and we found everything we needed for our stay. Wonderful views, lambs and highland cattle all around us. We were lucky in having sunny weather for our stay.
Lovely cottage with a view that is perfect. Comfortable, warm and well equipped, all making for a fantastic holiday. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone wanting some rest and relaxation. We also highly rate Wilderness Cottages, as they dealt with a hiccup in our holiday plans in a professional and compassionate manner. Thank you.
Great cottage and many thanks for your COVID flexibility.
After spending a fantastic week at Burnside Cottage back in 2018 we were really looking forward to returning during the madness of 2020. It didn't disappoint. No otters on the shore below this time, nor a fox perched on the bench outside on ourlast night, but memorable nonetheless. The track in from the main road has just been upgraded as a precursor to renovating the Croft's other cottage, so soon we'll be spoilt for choice. Hopefully by this time the areas much promised fibre broadband will also be rolled out; the very erratic (O2) 3G signal being the only way to communicate. Some may see this digital detox as a positive, but under current circumstances being able to communicate with the outside world (booking a table at the Pub) is essential. Haste us back!
Had a wonderful break at Burnside Cottage, Callakille. The directions and information given were spot on and the bottle of wine on arrival much appreciated. We were warm and cosy all week even though it rained a couple of days. Sitting in the roll top bath in the beautiful bathroom with a glass of wine, book and view across to Rona and Skye has to be one of those moments!
We had a fabulous stay in Callakille. The house itself was very well equipped and welcoming . The views were spectacular . The experience lived up to our expectation in every way.
Fabulous cottage with incredible views especially from the bathroom where we had our aperitif watching the sea and Rona. The stylish, tasteful fittings and modern kitchen & bathroom enhanced the pleasure of relaxing here plus undertaking many scenic walks. I slept better here than anywhere else!
A beautiful and extremely comfortable cottage in a stunning, remote and peaceful location. Very easy booking and pre-arrival communications. Will be back!
I'd like to thank you for everything. The cottage and surroundings were absolutely stunning. We will be returning customers.
Best place on earth! Thank you so much for sharing!
It is getting harder and harder to leave this wonderful place on the Applecross peninsular. Staying at Burnside is the highlight of our year. Thank you for sharing.
Just amazing! Thank you for one of best stay we have every had.
Lovely cosy cottage with great views through every window, and so peaceful wonderful.
Had an amazing week in Burnside. We are reasonably familiar with the location and the description sounded excellent. It didn't disappoint. Negatives first; property was advertised as having wi-fi- it didn't at the time of our stay, although broadband is supposedly coming on the back of a cable the MOD have just ran across the Bealach. That said O2 coverage was just passable; sit upstairs or stand on the rock in the garden... Water from the private burn is brown-didn't try drinking it so would bring bottled, (at least to start with) Everything else was spot on; great accommodation, beautifully executed, amazing views (summer solstice so still able to see across to Rhona at 1.30am....) And last but not least, the wildlife........As a small taster our last night was wrapped up by the silhouette of a fox trotting along the bench at the cliff edge. Magical.
Wilderness Cottages Replied...
Dear Michael, we are unsure as to where you saw that the property had wifi advertised, as this, due to the loaction, has never been available at this property. Having read your review, the lack of this certainly does not seem to have been a problem and thank you for proving your feedback.
Beautiful cottage, furnished with a lot of charm, comfortable and very peacefull. Very nice view from the windows. Very nice and quiet area to visit in the Appelcross district.
Callakille was everything we thought it would be. Set up high on a windswept hill overlooking the sea. Beautiful views from the front and back of the cottage, and we were lucky that we had good weather so we were able to get out each day and explore. The interior was tastefully decorated and furnished with a fully equipped kitchen. Most of all we really enjoyed the peace, quiet and seclusion of the cottage. We will return.
When God was creating the world he took his time when he came to creating the Applecross Peninsula and Callakille Cottage. This place is just heaven. A week watching glorious sunsets in quiet, isolated splendour - the perfect antidote to a fast moving, high tech world. The Cottage is kitted out perfectly. A cosy log fire, comfy chairs, a cosy kitchen, a fantastic bath, and beds you want to stay in. Of course, you don't, as just outside are walks, bike rides and views that must be seen and explored. The only downside is...finding the time to go back (which I will, somehow).
Charming cottage, loved the wood burning stove. Comfy beds, well equipped kitchen, warm throughout and good size for our family of 4. Amazing spot and views, very peaceful. We loved the whole area. As we flew to Inverness, we didn't have any food supplies with us. We happened to stop at the big Tesco near the airport to buy a few supplies but if we hadn't we would have been without milk / bread for over a day as there are virtually no shops and none open on Sundays. Not a reflection of the cottage but would have been useful to have on the general information as we didn't appreciate just how remote the peninsula is until we got there! That said, we loved the remoteness of Applecross and the nearby pub and restaurant are excellent.
Wilderness Cottages Replied...
Dear Guest, thank you for your feedback, we always recommend that guests do stock us with any provisions prior to driving to Callakille as the area is remote. We are sorry if these details were not included, with the information that we provided.
Callakille is a beautiful cottage, full of character and in a tranquil location, equipped with everything you would need for your stay. We had a mixed week weather wise and it can get a little chilly upstairs, however if you get good weather you will enjoy fantastic views across the water and stunning sunsets. About 20 minutes drive from Applecross with a petrol pump, shop + highly recommend visiting the walled garden and Potting Shed restaurant. The cottage and holiday was everything we hoped it would be.
What a fantastic week we had with the weather and a superb location. Very comfortable and had all we needed for a restful week. Put a chair at the top of the cliff and you could sit there for hours looking at the view and the odd Eagle!
Calakille is a lovely cottage in a stunning location, totally away from it all. It was beautifully decorated, incredibly peaceful and had the most beautiful views out to sea.
Somewhat like the Railway Children we arrived in total darkness amid a galeforce storm. Mrs Viney had forgotten to light our fire too but we soon had the woodburner going. Wonderful week in a truely beautiful part of the world. The cottage is very well appointed and comfortable if a little nippy in the bedrooms. We are keen campers so used to cold noses but be aware there is no heating upstairs. Thank you for sharing the Applecross peninsula, we love it.
Wilderness Cottages Replied...
Dear Ms Green, thank you for your review, we have spoken to the owners regarding the heating upstairs, and during the winter months additional heating in the bedrooms is now provided. Please note that during the months of November and December 2016, the cottage had further renovations on the upper level which included new insulation and heating.
Callakille was everything we expected and more. A beautiful spot on the coast in the middle of the inspiring landscape of North West Scotland our cosy cottage was the perfect hideaway. The kitchen was well equipped, the bathroom sizeable and warm with the bonus of underfloor heating and unspoilt views to the Isle of Raasay and Skye from the rolltop bath. The local village of Applecross 8 miles away was quiet in November and we enjoyed a few beers and good food in the friendly local pub. We would highly recommend this place.
A beautiful little house where one can really relax and unwind. Light the woodburner or soak in the roll top bath. We were lucky with a whole week of fantastic weather but it would have been enjoyed regardless. An excellent little shop in Applecross for most needs. The pub there was fantastic. Friendly staff and amazing food. Four visits for either lunch or dinner! Top tip... apparently Tesco will deliver to the cottage! Go, you will love it.
Absolutely beautiful cottage. Very stylish interior, everything fits perfectly together and gives you a warm welcome. As you can only hear the wind, the sheep and the ocean. we found it very relaxing! We enjoyed every minute here und plan to come back soon! :-)
Still overwhelmed by the beauty of the cottage and the surrounding. Amazing views over the minch to Raasay and Skye. Could spend the rest of all days on earth just sitting on the bench outside - I literally stopped breathing there. And the rest of all days in universe I'd spend in that fantastic bathroom with it's beautiful Victorian bath tub! Stunning place, romantic couples would love it, too - I was completely on my own and did not miss a thing - but now I do... I miss Callakille
Such a beautiful, cosy cottage in the most stunning location. We have stayed twice now and can't wait to return again.
"And the cares of tomorrow can wait 'till this day is done". And we were really far away from all sorrows and trouble, only surrounded by the Atlantic Sea, the Highlands cattles and many many sheep. We felt like in a wonderful dream. The cottage has such stunning views, is so tastefully furnished, a real sanctuary! Best regards from Germany, Heinke & Axel.