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Sleeps 8 adults Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 4 Pets 2 Welcome Region Knoydart Town/village Mallaig
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Luxury West Coast Castle, Mallaig (225)

A week in this luxury hideaway castle and we'll guarantee you'll have redressed your balance in nature

Nestled amongst silver birch trees this stunning castle, only accessible by private boat, enjoys stunning views over a remote Sea Loch on the West coast of Scotland. Blending into the surrounding hills on a remote peninsular this privately owned home is the place to head if you’re looking for a wholly private, remote, unique holiday. It could arguably be one of Scotland’s best kept secrets.

Whilst the building could be mistaken for having been built centuries ago, it was in fact designed to a unique specification and constructed by local craftsmen in 2005. Areas within feel quite organic. The kitchen for example is built around what appears to an existing tree. The emphasis in the build is ‘natural’ from the wood panelled walls, exposed stone walls and bespoke wooden staircase. It almost makes one feel as if you’ve stepped into something living and breathing. Some might say, an extension of the environment it has been raised upon.

From the outside, this superbly appointed holiday home enjoys stunning loch and mountain views. The nearest access road is miles away, which means it’s logistically only accessible by foot, air or water. You’re most likely to arrive by private boat (approx 40 minute journey) onto a jetty beside a small shale beach. However, there’s also a helipad for those wishing to fly in. A wooden decked patio extends the front of the building, with a hot tub and outdoor furniture for al fresco dining. A small bothy/cottage is located at the top of the hill behind the castle and is used to accommodate paid staff when required, or an additional suite.

This location is a closely guarded secret, making it a perfect hideaway holiday for A’listers, movie stars or anyone needing a break from the outside world!

The circular kitchen will blow you awayWith it's wooden finish and unique featuresInto the comfortable sitting roomAnd has equally impressive views

Living Space

Reception rooms

The main reception room has been designed with a mix of exposed stone walls and wood panelling. A large open fire surrounded by quality sofas and armchairs provides plenty of comfort and warmth.  Many guests have sought the refuge of this cosy sitting room to share stories over a dram of whisky following a day on the hills and lochs.  For those needing to finish that book in peace, you'll find a smaller but equally comfortable snug on the first floor.  There's also a good selection of board games (e.g monopoly, scrabble, taboo, trivia, chess, cranium to name but a few) providing hours of family entertainment.  

Additionally if you've not made use of the bothy for staff, it can always be used for more breakaway space. Most likely a spot children and teenagers will gravitate towards as it's the only room on site with a TV (with SKY connection).  That's right - you won't find one in the main building!  However, there is unlimited wifi avaialble by satellite service for those who can't keep the 21st Century at bay. 

Up on the roof terrace you can daydream, enjoying the ever-changing views across the loch. Or there's always the lure of a bubbling warm hot tub on the front decking to spirit the thought clouds away. 

Kitchen / Dining

The hub of the house is definitely this kitchen/dining room, with a central focus point being the work-island built around a living tree. The large gas range-master with 6 hobs, double oven and oven could quite easily cater for double the numbers this property accommodates.  However, there's also a microwave and two further electric ovens just in case!  With a dry goods larder, two upright fridges and a freezer you'll have no worries about where to store a week's supply of food and drink.  Additionally there is a utility room and boot room.  

The dining arrangement is designed to be intimate rather than grand with the table set in the feature window making the most of the wonderful views across the loch. You'll not need to worry about crockery and foodware as all this has been thought of. 

In the bothy, there is a gas cooker and fridge available in the living space.

  • CD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge, Wine Cooler
  • Heating, underfloor
  • Helicopter landing pad
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet Access
  • Ipod Docking Station
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Private jetty for boat access
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Luxury
  • Boot Room
  • Upright Fridges - 2
  • Upright Freezer
  • Gas 6 hob, Range Master
  • Electric Range Master double oven
  • Roof terrace
With modernised bathroomsSpacious double bedroomWith unique bathroom viewsAnother large double room with views towards the frontSecond floor twin bedroomQuirky bathroom with all of todays mod consSpacious double bedroomBathroom with bath tub

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 8

Accommodation is provided for a group of 10 people in 5 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms, as follows:-

Bed 1 | Super King size double with front views over the loch, with en-suite bathroom, with bath, separate shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Bed 2 | Super King size double with front views over the loch, with daybed, suitable for an infant, shared bathroom

Bed 3 | Twin bedded room with front views over the loch, shared bathroom

Bed 4 | King size bedroom with ensuite shower room.

The shared bathroom consists of a feature bath, with separate shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Bed 5| Twin bedded room, with en-suite bathroom with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Super King Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 King Sized Double Room With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Super King Double/s With Daybed & Shared Bathroom With Shower
This incredible castle is only accessible by boatWhere you'll find a hot tub and spacious terraceWith beautiful views as far as the eye can see... This outstanding building will make the most memorable holidayYou could even bring your own boatSurrounded by total tranquility A few steps from the water front is this hidden palace

Grounds & Surrounds

The castle is accessible by the Estate boat from Mallaig which is a journey of about 40 minutes. Alternatively, there is a jetty for any private boats; you can walk in from the south side of North Morar; or there is a helipad available for a helicopter.


All guests will be asked to assemble at a meeting point in Mallaig at around 3pm on the day of their arrival where one of the Estate Managers will escort them by boat to the castle. There's a fantastic bakery/coffee shop situated next to the marina where guests can enjoy a warm drink if they arrive a little early.  On departure guests will be asked to assemble at the castle jetty by 10am for collection by the Estate boat for return to Mallaig to continue their onward journey. 

A daily ferry calls into Tarbet Bay once each day and arrangements can be made for the hire of the estate boat during your stay. During the summer season there are many wildlife and fishing cruises available from Mallaig. Many water activities and hire are available locally.

Located 40 minutes away from Mallaig, within a wilderness setting, the castle is ideal for exploring the very best of Scotland. Walks are available directly from the house with tracks and coastal paths starting from the garden gate.  


The Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig is a very popular trip and one worth doing. Or, you could get the overnight train from Mallaig to London (you might have to change at Fort William)

Food & Shopping
Mallaig itself has local stores, a bakery and restaurants, and deliveries can be arranged to arrive by ferry during your stay. Further on Fort William has large supermarkets including Morrisons, M+S food outlet and Aldi. Ben Nevis distillery can be found in Fort William. The Commando monument and Glenfinnan are worth visiting.

Other ideas

Some ideas to get you started, but don't forget the point of booking this remote castle is to get away from it all. So try limiting your day trips to one or two (also the weather changes quickly on the water in these parts and you don't want to get stuck particularly when travelling at night). 

- go walking, there are no shortage of great walks 

- organise a sea kayaking trip

- wildlife safari; often dolphins can be seen off the Isle of Rum and Eigg

- book in some sea fishing, it's very good in this area

- get a boat to Inverie (10 mins ferry ride across water) and have a meal in Britains remotest pub, the Old Forge Inn (also well known for its amazing seafood menu)

- Explore the Isle of Skye (we hear the Three Chimneys Restaurant is excellent).  You can either get the ferry from Mallaig to Armadale (roughly 30 minutes) or drive back around the coast (roughly 3 hours).  Look up Calmac Ferry for timetables. 


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Underfloor heating, coal and logs for the open fire in the sitting room. 

Collection to and from the castle, by ferry or estate boat, on arrival and departure days - (timings to be pre-agreed)

Notes & Warnings

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair, please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting these items so the housekeeper knows to include these for you on arrival.

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

Please note that the housekeeper has daily access for light duties on behalf of the house and to check to see if everything is to your satisfaction.

Please refer to the on-site house manual regarding use of the hot tub.

Two dogs are welcome, and are allowed within the boot room and utility area only. Please be aware that travel to the castle is via boat and dogs must be familiar with travelling this way. The owners ask guests to refrain from bringing their four-legged friends into the rest of the house itself. 

There is a private water supply at this property, which is checked and approved on an annual basis by the local authority

WIFI Unlimited use available by satellite service.

LocationHighlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 


Area Knoydart Type of location Coastal
Nearest Airport
Inverness 114 miles
Glasgow 136 miles
Views across the loch and mountains beyond


Feefo is an independent feedback service used by Scotts Castle Holidays to give you an opportunity to see how other guests feel about this property.

7th July 2019 Excellent 

A remarkable location for our first family adventure in the Scottish Highlands! Luxurious accommodation with every amenity we could hope for, from cooking utensils to silver and china. The castle comfortably fit 7 adults with lots of room for alone time, if needed. Warm days filled with sunshine spent hiking in the mountains and exploring nearby islands and cool evenings spent by the fire, or in the hot tub overlooking the loch. A magical location that felt both old and new, exciting and relaxing! Our family travels frequently, and this is the first location that we all agreed we need to revisit. Special thanks to Norman for taking such good care of us!

Service rating : Thanks so much, it was a pleasure helping you plan this part of your overseas trip! Hopefully we'll do so again another year.
Product : So pleased to hear you had a great stay. It truly is a magical spot, quite unspoiled and just the place for a small group to re-calibrate. We look forward to welcoming you back!

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