The Old Croft
Nr Kyle of Lochalsh
If you are looking for a holiday home which is really, really special and, what's more, has a dream location on Scotland's glorious north-west coast, then The Old Croft on Loch Carron, just north of Kyle of Lochalsh, is most definitely for you.
You will be coming to a traditional white detached cottage, surrounded by its own grass and woodland garden (furniture), with the hills at the back and just the little single track road between the garden and the shore. The views from the front are truly breathtaking, and dolphins, seals, otters and seabirds can often be observed from the house. But that is only the start, for it is internally that the Old Croft House really comes into its own, having been lovingly renovated and refurbished by its owners to the highest standards to make it a remarkable holiday retreat.
On the ground floor are a sitting room with open fire, a separate dining room, well-equipped kitchen, utility room and cloakroom, while upstairs are two spacious double bedrooms, one with a luxurious en suite shower room, all with double aspect windows to the sea and the hills, and a family bathroom.
The accommodation is so seductive that you may be loathe to leave it at all, but if you can bear to tear yourself away, there is lots to do and much of interest in the surrounding area. The beautiful island of Skye, for example, is less than a half hour's drive away over the Skye bridge. Nearer still is the picturesque village of Plockton, with its exotic palm trees along the sea front , quaint shops, art galleries and some excellent eating places. In the other direction, the beautiful Applecross peninsula is not to be missed - the drive over the Bealach na Ba (The Pass of the Cattle) is a real adventure, with the prospect of an excellent lunch at the far end at either the famous Applecross Inn or the Walled Garden.
For activities, you have a range of walking, from gentle lochside strolls to climbing in the legendary Cuillins. Sea and loch fishing, sailing, seakayaking and diving are all available locally and there is riding at Shiel Bridge. Wildlife trips to see whales and eagles are on offer nearby and Lochcarron has its own seashore golf course, while lovers of beautiful gardens are spoiled for choice in the area.
Inverness, the vibrant Highland capital can be reached in just over an hour, or, if you'd rather leave the car behind for a day, you can take the train from nearby Strathcarron. The ride has been rated the fourth most scenic in the world by travel magazines!
Lochcarron (3m) has an award winning shop for everyday needs, cafe and a superb bistro, while supermarket shopping can be had at Kyle (28m).
Bed linen and towels, electricity and the first £15 of oil CH are included in the rental. One well behaved pet is welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted in the cottage. A refundable householder's deposit will be required.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting room with open fire, TV/DVD and CD player
- Dining room
- Kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and dishwasher, etc
- Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier
- WC and wash hand basin.
- Double bedroom with en suite shower
- Double bedroom
- Bathroom with bath and shower