Drimnin, Sound of Mull, Argyll
They could certainly pick their spot, those blacksmiths, in the olden days! For the situation of Blacksmith's Cottage, at the end of the road at Drimnin on the Sound of Mull 40 miles south west of Fort William, is a little piece of heaven indeed.
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sun||Pets Allowed: No|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 3|
Almost on the shores of the Sound, with just its large enclosed, sloping grass garden (terrace and furniture) and a small field (in which, to add to the scenic idyll, Highland cattle often graze) between it and the water, it has wonderful views across to the island of Mull.
The house itself has been lovingly restored to the very highest standards, very well insulated with underfloor heating and with an eye both on preserving its character and making the most of its glorious situation.
At one end, the snug, beamed sitting room has an exposed stone wall with wood-burning stove and at the other an attractive breakfast room opens out to a wonderful conservatory dining room, with glazing on three sides so that the views can be enjoyed in all weathers. There is a modern kitchen, perfectly modelled in rustic style and a downstairs shower room.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms, a double and a twin, the double has a super king-size bed and an en suite wetroom and there is also a further bathroom. Three bathrooms for your two bedrooms – not a bad ratio at all and indicative of the very high standard of this beautiful cottage!
There's no way you will have come here if you are looking for nightlife and city bustle, for Blacksmith's Cottage is the absolute antidote to all that.
Chances are you'll be happy to relax in such comfort and enjoy the wonderful view, but if you should feel more energetic, there are some great walks to be had along the Sound.
A particularly enjoyable walk is along the track which leads right round the point to the old inn at Dorlin, which is now just a bothy, so take your pint with you if you want refreshment! The way is marked with milestones, a testament to the number of folk who must have used that route in bygone days when there really was a local population. It's all very different now and you are unlikely to meet another soul, but you'll see plenty of wildlife!
Fishing, including lessons, can be booked on the Ardtornish Estate at Lochaline (booking well in advance is essential) and you can even try your hand at sea fishing, which is also available locally.
Right on the Sound of Mull, just half an hour’s drive away, is the Lochaline Dive Centre that offers diving and snorkelling trips and snorkelling courses specifically for children (8 and over). You can also take a scenic boat trip out to see the basking sharks. The brave in your party can actually dive with the sharks, or you may well wish to view them from the safety of the boat! You could also have a go at sea kayaking from the centre and try and spot some of the local wildlife, including dolphins, whales, golden eagles and puffins.
For daily requirements there is a shop and hotel 11 miles away at Lochaline (which can deliver reasonably sized orders for provisions), from where you can also take a ship for Mull (no booking necessary), for a day trip to this magical island is an absolute must while you are staying at the cottage. It's possible to book a water-taxi to take you over to Tobermory or for seal and whale-watching expeditions. If you continue past Lochaline, you can get back to Strontian (hotels, shop and petrol) from where you can head for Fort William via the Corran Ferry or out to Ardnamurchan, with all it has to offer in terms of scenery and wildlife.
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.
Sitting room with TV/DVD, CD player and wood-burning stove
Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, microwave, etc
Shower room with WC and wash basin
Utility room/office with washer/dryer and fridge-freezer
Double bedroom (super king-size) with en suite wetroom shower, WC and wash basin
Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove. Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking. Satellite broadband up to 1.5GB INCLUDED* per week, subject to provider (not suitable for large downloads or video/TV streaming i.e. YouTube, Netflix). *Any additional usage payable at the end of your stay.
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)
Changeover Day: Sun
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4|
|05 Mar 2017 - 08 Apr 2017||£620.00|
|09 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017||£720.00|
|23 Apr 2017 - 06 May 2017||£620.00|
|07 May 2017 - 27 May 2017||£720.00|
|28 May 2017 - 03 Jun 2017||£820.00|
|04 Jun 2017 - 01 Jul 2017||£720.00|
|02 Jul 2017 - 02 Sep 2017||£820.00|
|03 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017||£720.00|
|24 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017||£620.00|
|15 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017||£720.00|
|29 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£565.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£820.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£820.00|
|06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||POA|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||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.
'A brilliant time had by all the family. The cottage has been an ideal haven. The girls set up toy camp in the 'spiral' carpet room and we loved dining in the conservatory with the gorgeous views.'
'A perfect week in this gorgeous cottage. We saw eagles, deer, bull finches, puffins, dolphins and a ptarmigon. Total relaxation and a perfect honeymoon retreat.'
Riddel - Price party
'Two weeks in this wonderful, perfect cottage gone way too fast! We would like to stay forever to enjoy the breath-taking views every day.'
'Found a peaceful haven here away from the usual routine! Solace in the conservatory looking out over incredible breathtaking views. Great weather - we're leaving Scotland sunburnt!'
'Very nice place! We had a wonderful honeymoon at this beautiful cottage. Thanks!'
'A wonderful getaway. Cottage was well-equipped, warm & comfortable. We look forward to a return visit.'
'We had a great time in a very special place and beautiful cottage. Thank you very much!'
'Lovely spot - warm and comfortable. Otter feeding several times just off shore in front of the house, seals, porpoises, nice sunsets and shooting stars on clear nights.'