The Lodge, Drimnin
Near Lochaline, Sound of Mull, Argyll
Drimnin Estate covers some 7,000 acres on the shores of the Sound of Mull and Loch Sunart. To reach it, a little road meanders 11 miles from Lochaline (car ferry to Mull) to Drimnin, along the shores of the Sound.
|Sleeps: 2||Bedrooms: 1|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
It is a truly magical place, a peaceful haven amid dramatic scenery and guests are welcome to walk along its 8 miles of coastline, across its moors and through its native woodlands.
The owners of the Estate have now completely refurbished the charming gate lodge, which occupies a secluded position in the ancient Caledonian oak woods on the private estate road, making it a delightful little holiday hideaway. Originally built around 1840, it is said to have once housed up to 10 people - no additional heating would have been necessary!
Nowadays, it's designed to accommodate just two, in cosiness and comfort, with all modern conveniences, in a well-insulated, double-glazed cottage with an efficient wood-burning stove and backup electric heaters.
The layout is still that of the traditional but 'n' ben. To one side, there is the snug, open-plan living area with wood-burning stove and excellent modern kitchen. To the other, there is a double bedroom and en suite shower room.
Just behind the cottage, where the ground rises to the woods, there is a summerhouse/utility room with a washing machine and drying area, as well as space to sit out and admire the view to the Sound. Guests also have access to a games room (situated in an outbuilding to the side of Achleanan Farmhouse, 0.3 miles away) that is equipped with a table tennis table, dartboard and a selection of exercise equipment – ideal for times when the weather isn’t so good.
The surrounding woodlands are absolutely teeming with wildlife. Roe and red deer (some of which are quite tame), graze nearby with the Estate's gentle Highland cattle, while in the skies are buzzards, golden and sea eagles and, by the shoreline, otters.
Guests have access to the Estate's eight miles of coastline, its moors, valleys and native woodland and the historic St. Columbas Chapel which is now totally renovated and musical concerts are held there regularly. It is also available to hire for weddings, celebrations, services, corporate events etc. There is also a Stone Age fort and ancient villages, one of which is notably walled - these are a stark reminder of the most harrowing events during the Clearances. There is an Art studio on the estate (local resident artist) that guests can visit by appointment. The 6 mile private estate track to Doirlinn is one of the most spectacular bike rides in Scotland, while the road back to Lochaline is one of Jon Snow’s favourite rides in Britain.
The footpath behind the Lodge leads on to the open hill and you can walk round to the old inn at Diorlinn (the inn sadly has long gone, though the house remains), six miles away on the shores of Loch Sunart. But don't get a shock if you encounter a thoroughly non-native species on the way, it will probably be Lenny, the resident llama!
Car ferries run every day between Lochaline and Fishnish on Mull (no booking possible) which is a good central starting point for a visit to the south of the island and Iona and north to Tobermory.
To the north and west is the road to the isles, the silver sands of Arisaig and Morar and to the north east, Fort William, Ben Nevis and Glencoe.
Local Events and Attractions
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, electric cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, etc
Double bedroom with en suite shower room with WC and wash basin
Utility room/summer house with washing machine and tumble dryer.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric panel heaters and wood-burning stove (fuel INCLUDED). Satellite broadband is provided for email checking and general web browsing only and should not be used for large downloads or high bandwidth applications (such as Skype, YouTube, Netflix, iPlayer/video streaming, etc). Due to the nature of the service, there is a data allowance of 3GB per week. Data usage is checked on departure and any additional usage will be charged at £15 per GB. Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- 2 Week Discount (£25)
- Save 15% - w/c 19 Aug 17 From 19/08/2017 to 25/08/2017
- Save 15% - w/c 26 Aug 17 From 26/08/2017 to 01/09/2017
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2|
|01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017||£525.00|
|02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017||£425.00|
|23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||£375.00|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£425.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£325.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£525.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£525.00|
|07 Jan 2018 - 09 Feb 2018||£325.00|
|10 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018||£375.00|
|24 Feb 2018 - 02 Mar 2018||£325.00|
|03 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018||£375.00|
|31 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018||£450.00|
|14 Apr 2018 - 04 May 2018||£375.00|
|05 May 2018 - 25 May 2018||£450.00|
|26 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018||£550.00|
|02 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018||£450.00|
|30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018||£550.00|
|01 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018||£450.00|
|22 Sep 2018 - 05 Oct 2018||£375.00|
|06 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018||£450.00|
|27 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018||£325.00|
|21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018||£550.00|
|28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||£550.00|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||POA|
|06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
'We have had the most wonderful holiday. The cottage is perfect and the views amazing. The boat trip to Staffa and Lunga to see Fingals Cave and the puffins is a must!'
'We spent a week in this lovely little house and enjoyed the walks very much, especially the walk to Doirlinn with its great views.'
'We had a wonderful and peaceful week. Mull is well worth a visit. Great cottage!
'What an absolute FIND. Just had the most superbly relaxing week in this gorgeous little cottage. The locals are a very friendly lot. We shall return.'
'Comfortable week. Saw sea eagles, dolphins, buzzards and seals. We'll be back.'
'A lovely clean and comfortable cottage in a beautiful and peaceful location. Saw lots of wildlife including a pine marten and a wild/feral cat!'