Loch Sunart, near Strontian, Argyll
Sunart, Moidart and Loch Sheil - even the names here have the tang of the heather and the isles in them!
Achleek Cottage occupies a glorious position on the Laudale estate on the south side of Loch Sunart, with wonderful views down the loch and across to the mountains of Moidart and Sunart on the other side.
The cottage was originally a tackman's house. Tackmen were the representatives or estate managers for the Highland Clan chiefs and their office inevitably declined with the Highland Clearances.
Achleek is snug and comfortable and has just been refurbished to a high standard. It is the cosiest and most welcoming of houses, which seems to fold itself round you as you enter.
The sitting room is light and bright with extensive comfortable seating and a warming open fire, in an impressive surround, that makes guests feel instantly at home. The kitchen is spacious and well-equipped with appliances. Its size means there is plenty of room for the dining table in the centre. Also on this level is a useful drying area and equally handy WC.
Upstairs are three bedrooms, two doubles and a twin room. The principal double bedroom has wonderful views over the loch and a large en suite bathroom. The arrangement of the other bedrooms is an interesting one with the comfortable and spacious twin having a connecting door to the second shower room, which it shares with the second small double bedroom. In terms both of situation and comfort, Achleek really is a hard act to follow.
It is an area rich in atmosphere and history. This was the heartland of Jacobite support for Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 and it retains its air of haunting romance to this day.
There are few roads in the area (but lots of wonderful walking) and still less in the way of human settlements. The nearest and only village of any size is peaceful Strontian (3m, with shops, hotels and a restaurant), which is grouped around a green. In 1722, its lead mines, now long gone, yielded the first traces of the element strontium and gave the village its name.
From there, you can drive on to the very end of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, the westernmost tip of mainland Britain (with lighthouse), with its glorious beach at Sanna (36m) and boat trips from Kilchoan. However, if you do suffer from withdrawal symptoms for a bit of urban bustle and a supermarket, Fort William (with all facilities, a golf course and a leisure centre) is only 23 miles away by the Corran Ferry.
Glencoe, another haunting and sombre spot, is also 23 miles away by this route and offers many famous walks and climbs. To the north west, Arisaig (40m), in addition to its legendary silver sands, has a beautiful golf course above the shore.
Continuing past the house to the south west down Gleann Geal, you come to Lochaline (17m) where a little car ferry plies across to Fishnish on Mull, so a day visit to Iona is perfectly feasible. Loch fishing and deerstalking may also be available in the area.
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 open-fire, TV (Freesat)/DVD and mini hi-fi.
Kitchen/Dining room with electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/drier etc.
WC with basin.
Double bedroom and ensuite bathroom with bath, WC and basin.
Twin bedroom (converts to Double) connecting door to shower room (shared with small DB).
Small double-bed room (width 4ft).
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric central heating and open fire (initial supply of logs INCLUDED). 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 (2 large, 2 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.
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 6|
|01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014||£425.00|
|20 Dec 2014 - 26 Dec 2014||£650.00|
|27 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015||£650.00|
|06 Jan 2015 - 04 Jan 2016||POA|