West Coast Scotland
The winding road along the shores of Loch Sunart on the Ardnamurchan peninsula across the Ardgour ferry near Onich must surely count as one of the most scenic in Scotland. Birch woods alternate with rugged hillsides, with views of the loch which are sometimes tantalising glimpses and sometimes breathtaking panoramas.
What a wonderful place for a holiday, and where better as a base to explore this dramatic wilderness than Hayfield Cottage, near Salen?
Lucky visitors now have the opportunity to let this immaculate and beautifully presented detached cottage which stands just yards from the shore, with wonderful views across the water to the hills on the other side. Inside it has been furnished and equipped to the highest standards, with a spacious sitting room with wood burner and, again, these lovely views, an excellent dining kitchen, utility room, double bedroom and bathroom, with a further two bedrooms and shower room upstairs. Oil central heating and efficient insulation make this a cottage for all seasons - there is even a charming porch with seating for enjoying the views when sitting outside is not such an enticing option.
This dream location is first and foremost a place to chill, but there is no shortage of things to do and see in the area. There are wonderful coastal and hill walks right from the door, fishing can be arranged on the loch, while cycling on the quiet roads is another favourite pastime.
There is a wonderful range of wildlife to be seen - seals, otters and even the occasional porpoise in the loch, deer and pine martens on the hills and in the woods, and buzzards and perhaps even eagles in the skies above.
Nearby Salen stands at the junction where the road either continues west to Ardnamurchan Point, or turns north towards Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. Continue west, and you will come first to Kilchoan, from where in summer it is possible to take the ferry across to Mull, and then to the Stevenson lighthouse at the westernmost point in mainland Britain and the amazing beach at Sanna.
Head north, and you join the Road to the Isles, with the silver sands of Arisaig and Morar, a wonderful seaside golf course at Traigh (which means simply 'beach') and the chance to take ship for Skye from Mallaig.
On wet days, (which do occasionally happen in the west of Scotland!) Fort William (all facilities, leisure centres etc) can be reached in just over an hour. You could take the opportunity to pop up Ben Nevis while you are there.
Salen has a hotel, and there are shops at both Strontian to the east and Acharacle to the north west.
Bed linen, towels, electricity and the first £20 of oil central heating are included in the rental. Two well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Water is from a private source which is regularly tested. A refundable householder's deposit will be required. Wi-fi available, subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Sitting room with wood burner, TV/DVD and CD player
- Dining kitchen with dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave etc.
- Utility room with washing machine
- Double bedroom
- Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin
- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin