The Bothy/Old Schoolhouse

Loch Nevis, Mallaig

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According to Norman, (of whom more later) grown men have been known to cry when they have to leave Kylesmorar at the end of their stay here.  And it's not beyond belief, for Loch Nevis, the 'Loch of Heaven' in Gaelic, must surely be one of the most remarkable and unforgettable holiday destinations imaginable. 

Quick Info

Sleeps: 2/4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Fri Pets Allowed: Yes (3)
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove

Accessible only by boat, the estate lies east of Mallaig on the west coast of Scotland, on the remote shores of Loch Nevis, round which no roads run. Once a thriving crofting community, the original inhabitants are long gone but from the former crofting township at Kylesmorar, three principal buildings, however, The Bothy/Schoolhouse and the Old Post Office, have been spectacularly converted into holiday homes using local craftsmen and materials. They now offer most comfortable and beautifully appointed accommodation furnished with great style and originality. Each stands just a few yards from the water's edge, nestling right at the foot of some on Scotland's most majestic mountains.

You reach Kylesmorar via the friendly little ferry from Mallaig. It will drop you at Tarbet (over the side into an estate boat, so you have to be fairly nimble!) and you'll then be taken onward for the 5 minute passage round the headland to Kylesmorar itself. Tenants are also welcome to bring their own boats and make use of the jetty and visitor mooring at Kylesmorar at their own risk.

This is the ultimate place to chill. You can curl up in front of a roaring log fire, take leisurely strolls along the beach, perhaps picking up a few shellfish for lunch as you go, while the resolutely active can tackle some of the Munros in the area. Weather permitting there will be the chance of a scheduled lift with the Estate boat to one of three spots that serve as the starting points of some lovely walks, or to Inverie on the Knoydart peninsula, where you can have lunch at the local pub or tearoom before getting the afternoon ferry back to Tarbet.

The Bothy has a remarkable open plan living area, with stone floor, exposed wood beams and an oil-fired stove, which opens out into the garden area (barbecue). The spacious bedroom has twin beds (which can be pushed together) and an excellent bathroom with bath and separate shower. It can be rented alone or in conjunction with the extra bedroom provided by Old Schoolhouse, (situated about 20ft from the Bothy) if four are to be accommodated or, for the ultimate romantic experience, just for two. This beautifully furnished double bedroom has timber lined walls and a real log fire at the end of the bed, - you can lie and watch the sun set over the Cuillins of Skye or the dawn break. What could be more idyllic?

Please note that there are no shops on Kylesmorar and provisions should be brought in with you. Mobile reception is very patchy indeed; however you will be provided with a two-way radio receiver, so that you can contact your hosts at any time with any queries or problems.

Map & Local

The friendly crew on the ferry which brings you over from Mallaig set the tone for the people you will encounter during your stay, and it only gets better.

On arrival, you will be greeted by Mandz, who looks after your comfort here and tends the thriving vegetable gardens, or Norman, who just seems to know everything and do everything that needs doing in terms of repairs, upkeep of boats and matters mechanical. Having spent time helping Norman, Tom now also works on the estate full-time. All of these people are based round the headland at Tarbet, but are happy to help at any time.

Your other neighbours will be Babe and Mac - a magnificent porcine couple who live on the lochside. Babe usually has a litter of enchanting piglets in tow and is the friendliest animal imaginable, always ready to have her back and ears scratched, while Mac spends a lot of time asleep.

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.



Single Storey

Open plan living area with oil stove, TV(no reception)/DVD, gas oven and hob, etc
Twin bedroom (beds can be pushed together)
Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin.

Old Schoolhouse Annexe

Double bedroom with wood-burning stove

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels

Available Extras

Travel Cot


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is by common generator and inverter system (INCLUDED). Heating is by radiators powered by the oil stove (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (fuel INCLUDED). A maximum of 3 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 3 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Fri

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

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).

  • Save 15% - Easter 2017 From 07/04/2017 to 20/04/2017
  • Save 10% - March 2017 From 10/03/2017 to 30/03/2017

Changeover Day: Fri

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 2 Sleeps 4
03 Mar 2017 - 06 Apr 2017 £515.00 £680.00
07 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017 £570.00 £735.00
21 Apr 2017 - 04 May 2017 £515.00 £680.00
05 May 2017 - 25 May 2017 £570.00 £735.00
26 May 2017 - 01 Jun 2017 £615.00 £790.00
02 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017 £570.00 £735.00
30 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017 £615.00 £790.00
01 Sep 2017 - 21 Sep 2017 £570.00 £735.00
22 Sep 2017 - 12 Oct 2017 £515.00 £680.00
13 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017 £570.00 £735.00
06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 POA POA
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA 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.


Refundable House Holder's deposit required