Badachro, near Gairloch
For many visitors to Scotland, the north-west coast is quite simply a little slice of heaven and one of the jewels of this altogether glorious region is the picturesque anchorage round Badachro Bay, on the south side of Loch Gairloch.
|Sleeps: 2/7||Bedrooms: 3|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (3)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
Badachro, some 6 miles south of Gairloch (with shops and hotel), is a small village which straggles round the bay, with a famous inn on the lochside serving excellent meals. In a spectacular location overlooking the bay and within a short walk of the inn is Hillcrest, a traditional, stone-built cottage that sits in its own enclosed garden.
From this vantage point you can spend lazy afternoons watching the yachts enter and leave the harbour or the changing light on the distant mountains across the bay.
Inside the house has been attractively and comfortably furnished. The sitting room, with its cheerful open fire, has a large bay window which affords excellent views over the front garden, village and bay. Chances are guests will want to turn the chairs around in daylight hours and drink in the vista before them. The furnishings are a pleasant mixture of traditional and modern, while the two ‘Monarch of the Glen’ pictures make it impossible to forget that you are in the western Highlands.
The modern kitchen has a separate dining area, which is probably where most meals will be taken for reasons of sheer convenience. For special meals the separate dining room, with a piano and a wood burning stove, also gives the opportunity for the party to spread out for different activities. Also on this level are a pretty double bedroom and a wet room with a bath and shower.
Upstairs there are two further bedrooms, a double and a twin (with beds that can be pushed together to make a double) and a shower room and WC. The bedrooms are all simply but pleasantly furnished and having bathroom facilities upstairs and down makes for maximum practicality. There is also an additional Z-bed available by prior arrangement.
Outside there is parking right at the door and an extensive enclosed grassed garden (with furniture and BBQ) with stunning loch views beyond it. The chalet in the garden is available for secure storage of bikes and other equipment.
This region will need no introduction to climbers and walkers, as the famous mountains of Torridon, such as Stac Pollaidh and the Coigach are close by.
You can take the amazing coastal walk from where the road ends at Red Point, just down the coast, round to Diabaig. Trout fishermen and sea anglers will find plenty scope here, with pony trekking and a golf course at Gairloch.
Boat trips leave from Badachro itself to see the marine wildlife in the surrounding waters. You can go creel fishing, or take a trip with a ghillie on Loch Maree to visit Isle Maree, the sacred 'Island of the Moon'.
In addition to all facilities, Gairloch also has a nearby beach, aptly named Big Sand, where families can spend many happy hours. Garden enthusiasts will need no encouragement to visit the famous sub-tropical gardens at Inverewe, a reminder of just how much the climate in this part of the world owes to the Gulf Stream. Further to the north, there are more wonderful beaches at Gruinard.
This is an area ripe for exploration. At the head of Loch Maree is the Beinn Eighe nature reserve, while a day trip down to Skye or the Applecross Peninsula is another possibility. To the north, the landscape is one of the most impressive in Britain. The bustling fishing port of Ullapool again offers boat cruises, a golf course, leisure centre and also hosts at least two lively music festivals each year.
Beyond, there is the opportunity to branch off to picturesque Achiltibuie, which overlooks the Summer Isles, or from that road turn north to take the ‘wee mad road’ through heart-stoppingly lovely scenery, to Lochinver.
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.
Sitting room with open fire and TV/DVD
Dining room with wood-burning stove, piano, CD player, iPod docking station
Dining kitchen with electric oven and hob dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, washing machine and fridge freezer, etc (tumble dryer in adjacent outhouse)
Wet room bath/shower room with bath, shower, WC and wash basin.
Double bedroom with wash basin
Twin bedroom (can be pushed together)
Additional Z-bed available by prior arrangement.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Travel Cot (excluding linen)
- Towels (per person)
Bed linen INCLUDED and towels are available to hire. The first £20 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (first £20 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and open fire (one bucket of coal INCLUDED) and wood burning stove (one basket of logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). 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 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).
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 7|
|06 Jan 2022 - 04 Feb 2022||£575.00|
|05 Feb 2022 - 01 Apr 2022||£685.00|
|02 Apr 2022 - 22 Apr 2022||£845.00|
|23 Apr 2022 - 06 May 2022||£685.00|
|07 May 2022 - 27 May 2022||£845.00|
|28 May 2022 - 03 Jun 2022||£1,045.00|
|04 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022||£845.00|
|25 Jun 2022 - 22 Jul 2022||£1,045.00|
|23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022||£1,095.00|
|27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022||£845.00|
|17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022||£685.00|
|08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022||£845.00|
|29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||£575.00|
|18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022||£1,045.00|
|28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||£1,045.00|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA|
|06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking and where more than one tariff is shown, the number of bedrooms made available may vary. This is allows us to offer larger properties at lower rates for smaller parties. 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.
For Hillcrest, the tariff for 2 persons is based on a single bedroom only being made available.