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Sleeps 18 adults
+ 1 children
Bedrooms 10 Bathrooms 5 Pets 2 Welcome Region Ross and Cromarty Town/village Lochcarron

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Highland Holiday Home, Lochcarron

Stay at this wonderful west coast holiday house and enjoy stunning views down the glen over the glistening sea loch and beyond to the Isle of Skye.

This popular holiday home is to be found in the north west of Scotland, situated in its own 5,000 acre estate, with outstanding south facing loch-side views. Built in 1927 as a traditional shooting lodge, the main house accommodated family and friends whilst the rear section was allocated to staff. Today, the whole house is available as a large holiday house, set-up in a comfortable and practical way, making it your home-from home whilst on holiday.

Within you will discover a bright airy hallway with feature pitch pine staircase, with all the main reception rooms leading from here. There are two large sitting rooms, both with wood burning stoves and ideal to split adults in one and children in the other as a games room/sitting room, with folding pool table and table tennis table available. The dining room seats up to 18 people, and is located by a galley kitchen, with the country style kitchen to the rear of the house. All the accommodation can be found on the floors above, with a selection of 10 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, making this ideal to sleep up to 18 people. The expansive grounds are great for adults and children (plus 2 dogs) to relax in, whilst hill climbing can start from the garden. This is a pet friendly holiday house in Scotland that is ideal for family holidays for a week in the summer, and get-togethers and activity-minded breaks away in the quieter months.

 The entrance door is on the east side of the buildingA warm welcome awaits at this highland holiday home The Smoking Room is the large comfortable sitting room The Long Room is also a sitting room with pool and table tennis availableThere is plenty of room for large groups to spread out hereThere is plenty of cooking space in the well equipped kitchenThe breakfast area seats up to eight The large and elegant dining room is fit for any banquetDiscuss the days activities over a glass of redAn unusual feature in the dining room are the original Hydro Electric controlsWhy not sample some of the local produce

Living Space

Reception rooms

There are two big sitting rooms to the front of the house, with one being a sitting room proper and the other being a multi-purpose room. The main sitting room, the “Smoking room”, with its wood-burning stove and comfortable leather sofas and armchairs, is perfect for the group to gather and relax before (and after) dinner. The other room, the “Long room” is a sitting room that can be turned into a games room, with a table tennis table and pool table. A wood-burning stove is also available in this room, along with the comfortable sofas and chairs, with the addition of a TV. Whilst there is no TV reception, a TV is provided with a DVD player and DVDs. These rooms are well furnished with the emphasis on practical comfort rather than being grand and precious. You know you are in a classic 1920’s house, but you know it is geared up for the rough and tumble of it being a holiday house. Furthermore after a day out on the hill or touring, it will be a race upstairs to see who gets into the sauna first, to relax even further.

Kitchen / Dining

The kitchen is located to the rear of the house and is in two sections. Firstly there is the breakfast room with dining table that can seat 8 people, and then there is the recently renovated kitchen section, with a well equipped kitchen space, with a 4-oven oil fired AGA and 2-oven electric AGA with ceramic hob. Next door is a large walk-in larder, with the utility room beyond with a washing machine and a chest freezer. Additionally there is a butler’s pantry, with sinks and dishwashers, which leads to the dining room, which is located at the entrance to the house. This is a more formal room with a long dining table that seats 16 - 18 people. An unusual feature in amongst the fine pictures on the wall, are the original controls for the Hydro-Electric power supply which supplied the house when it was built, which have been retained for posterity in situ.

  • Accommodation, Additional
  • Additional fridge/freezer
  • Aga, 2 hobs, 4 ovens
  • Board Games
  • CD Player
  • Cooker, Electric, double oven, Commercial Gas Hob
  • Cots, 2
  • Dishwasher, 2
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Games Room
  • Garden, enclosed
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing facilities
  • Kennels Available
  • Microwave
  • Remote getaway
  • Table Tennis Table
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Billiard table
  • Mobile reception, available on limited networks
  • Central Heating, Oil fired
  • TV, for DVD use only
 The master bedroom with views across the loch En-suite bathroom the master bedroomFront 1 bedroom with views to the west En-suite bathroom to Front 1 bedroomThis stunning view comes with the front 1 room Front 2 bedroom with views across the lochFront 3 bedroom with views across the lochShared bathroom in the front section of the houseFront 4 bedroom with views to the east Front 5 bedroom with views to the east Back 2 bedroom with views to the westShared bathroom in the back section of the house Back 4 bedroom with views to the eastA sauna is available after a long day's walking in the hills

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 18 + 1

Accommodation is provided for a group of 18 adults in 10 bedrooms, with 5 bathrooms, as follows:

First Floor – Main house section - Master bedroom, with super king size double bed, with sofa and front view, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin; Front bedroom 1, with king size double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin; Front bedroom 2, is a double bedroom, with king size double bed and wash hand basin with front view; Front Bedroom 3, is a large twin bedroom, with two single beds and front view; Front bedroom 4, is a small double bedroom, with double bed, with wash hand basin; Front Bedroom 5, is a double bedroom, with king size double bed, with front view; bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin.

First Floor – Rear of the house (former staff quarters) - Back bedroom 1, is a twin bedroom, with two single beds; bathroom, with bath with shower over and wash hand basin, with sauna room; Back bedroom 2, is a small double bedroom, with double bed; w.c with w.c only; Back bedroom 3, is a single bedroom, with single bed; steps; Back bedroom 4, is a small double bedroom, with double bed; bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin.

  • 1 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 5 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Double Room/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • One Z-bed Can Be Placed In A Larger Bedroom
This is a stand-out holiday house in the North West of ScotlandYou can enjoy the views in comfort when the sun shinesLooking south across the moor to Loch KishornThere is easy access in and out of the house with this shared driveWelcome to this large holiday house in Wester RossThe holiday house is situated in a beautiful rural settingWith this view across Loch Kishorn it will be hard to leave.

Grounds & Surrounds

Situated within 5,000 acres of estate, in Wester Ross, in the North West of Scotland, this area of Scotland has been referred to as one of the top five places to visit in the whole of the UK, by the “Lonely Planet” Guide. The region is known for its magnificent scenery, with hills and lochs, open space and sandy beaches, and the “NorthCoast 500” route is only a few minutes’ drive away. There is first class hill walking, with 9 Munro’s in the area, including Beinn Eighe and Maol Chean-Dearg. Water activities can be arranged at Loch Carron with sea fishing and kayaking. The Applecross area is a delight for remote walks and sandy beaches. Strome Castle and Plockton are nearby, with the renowned Eilean Donan Castle beyond. Day trips to the Isle of Skye can be arranged from here. For golfers, there is a 9-hole golf course at Loch Carron. Please note that the private drive is shared with a Fish Farm.

Conditions

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

Linen, towels, electricity and heating are included within the rental.

Notes & Warnings

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only, in the kitchen, boot room, and back corridor only. A kennel is available for those who prefer to keep them outside.

Please note that whilst Internet connection is available - it is not fast and it is not suitable for large data downloads. Coverage can also be variable in strength and reliability.

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.

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 these are put one out for you on arrival.

LocationLochcarron

To find the village of Lochcarron means a journey through one of two glens, the sourthern route takes in Glen Carron and the more northerly route takes in Glen Torridon. Now forming part of the magnificent North Coast 500 route (NC500), it is a spectacular section of the route surrounded by high hills and sea lochs. The village itself is stretched out across the waterfront for over a mile, and houses the Lochcarron Hotel, two fuels station, shops, cafes and restaurants. At one end of the village is the 9-hole golf course with the harbour at the other end. Beyond can be found the ruined castle of Strome. The area is very popular with sight-seers and mountain climbers, with a selection of Munro’s to choose from, including Maol Cheann-dearg , Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhòr.  A highlight for many people is the Bealach na Bà, which is a historic pass through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula which has the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK.

Ross and Cromarty

Originally two shires, Ross-shire and Cromartyshire were joined to form one administrative county, called Ross and Cromarty. This new county spans the width of the Highlands, with coasts on the west and east. The Western side, know as Wester Ross is famous for its dramatic highland scenery, examples of which can be found at the Torridon Hills, popular with walkers and mountain bikers. The larger towns and villages of the county are found on the eastern side. The Market town of Dingwall, on the edge of the Cormarty Firth, and is a lovely and well equipped place to visit, with a rich history to discover, and plenty to see and do. Other towns and villages worth a look include  Alness, Tain, Invergordon and Kildary, home to the Balnagown Estate. If staying in the east of this region, day tripping to Inverness is a must, as the thriving city has much to offer. Dolphin watching tours are available in the Cromarty and Moray firths. The Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park in North Kessock is also a fun family day out. The Morangie Forest is popular with pony trekkers and walkers, there are plenty of DIstilleries to whet your whistle, include Glenmorangie in Tain. 

North West and Skye

About the Area

The northern section of Scotland provides some of the most dramatic scenery that the country has to offer with stunning natural beauty. The options include travelling up the east coast, through the central region or via the western section. Choosing the east coast, from Inverness to John o’ Groats, is a distance of 120 miles. This takes in the “Black Isle” which has the Moray Firth and the Cromarty Firth on either side. Continuing on the A9 through Easter Ross, and the scenery starts to get more dramatic with the peak Ben Wyvis dominating the area. The towns that you pass through include Dornoch, Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale, with the historic cathedral at Dornoch a highlight. Beyond and you enter the sparsely populated region of Sutherland, where there are vast open spaces of moorland and heather, which meets the high cliffs to the east. There are two main towns in the northern section and they are Thurso and Wick. The north east section is the county of Caithness, and there are a lot of Norse influence in this area, having been the closest point of contact to Norway and Viking invasions. It is a favourite for tourists who like to go to John o’Groats, and it is historically known as the “start of Great Britain”, being one end of the longest distance between two inhabited points in the UK, Land's End being the other. John o' Groats is 876 miles (1409.78 km) away from Land's End in Cornwall. At the north coast is the Pentland Firth, which looks out to Orkney and a car ferry can be caught from Scrabster to Stromness. Both Orkney and Shetland have amazing historical sites and are well worth visiting. Travelling along the north coast takes you to Tongue, and it is here that the central route can be taken using the A836. This follows Loch Loyal, past Ben Loyal, Loch Naver and through Strath Vagastie and Strath Tiffy before reaching Lairg. The road is a single track road with passing places and as it is so scenic, there is no hurry. Travelling from the west coast, from the great glen of Scotland and the magnificence of Loch Ness, along the A87, this is a route that is well trodden by tourists, as this is the “road to the isles”. Along the way, it is lochs and glens, with Loch Lochy, Loch Garry, Loch Cluanie, the Five Sisters mountain range, before reaching Loch Duich and one of the most photographed and iconic castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. From here, the road leads to the Isle of Skye and access onto many of the other islands, or north. Travelling north, takes in a perennial favourite, Plockton, and continuing on you travel through Lochcarron, Kinlochewe, Ullapool and Scourie, with harbour villages of Lochinver and Kinlochbervie, well worth visiting. Once you get to the top of Scotland, you reach Durness and the most north westerly region which is Cape Wrath, and this section of Scotland is covered.

Attractions

In the North Highlands and Skye, there are many attractions, but it is the geography that is the most appreciated. The line of the well known verse states “speed bonny boat, over the sea to Skye”; but nowadays, there is a bridge for the main west coast route onto the island. However, the West Highland Line links Mallaig railway station by rail to Fort William, Oban and Glasgow. This rail line, which is in use through the summer only, has been frequently voted the top rail journey in the world. Once on Skye, it is dominated by the range of mountains through the spine of the island which are the Cuillins, which is a haven for walkers. To the north near Uig, is Dunvegan Castle, the clan seat of the Macleods, which is open to the public. Whilst Skye can easily occupy a visitor for weeks, there is also access to many of the other islands, including Raasay, Uist and Harris. Back on the mainland, it continues to be all about lochs and glens. From the great glen and Loch Ness, travelling north, it a series of straths, glens, mountains and vast open spaces. In fact 40% of all the Munro’s, mountains that are above 3,000 feet in height, are in this region. Some of the more prominent ones include Ben Wyvis, Ben Hope and Ben More Assynt. The clan history of this area is fascinating and includes well known clans such as Mackay, Sinclair, Sutherland, Munro, Urquhart, Mackenzie, Fraser, Mackinnon and Macleod. On Skye, Dunvegan Castle is the clan seat and nearby can be found Macleod's Tables, which are two curious flat-topped hills that are prominent from many parts of Skye. The ascent to the top is a straightforward but rough moorland walk. Apart from travelling the region and enjoying its natural beauty, there are many castles to visit. The iconic Eilean Donan Castle is the most visited castle in this region and definitely worth seeing, even if you see nothing else in Scotland. Castle Urquhart at Loch Ness, Dunrobin Castle, Castle of Mey, Dornoch Cathedral and Dunvegan Castle and Castle Armadale on Skye are all worth visiting, along with the many historical sites on Orkney. Many signposts are written in both English and Gaelic, the Scottish language, and it is in this region where the language is kept alive. Shinty is the local sport, which to an outsider is the equivalent of hockey without rules, and if you have a chance to see a game, then it is an exciting fast paced game, which comes with crunching tackles. With regard to weather, it can be a mixed bag. Traditionally, in general the west is wetter than the east, but there are pockets that have micro climates. In the west, the gulf stream keeps the climate milder and there are a number of well known gardens, like Inverewe Gardens in the North West, which are world class. All-in-all, there are plenty of interesting attractions to visit in this region.

Things To Do 

Once you have seen the scenery and visited the castles, there are many interesting activities in this region. The food, especially the seafood is world renowned and if you can find a local restaurant or hotel that offers the seafood dish of the day, then it will be a worthwhile experience. The Kinloch Hotel and The Three chimneys, both on the Isle of Skye have excellent reputations, whilst the following 3 restaurants are also well known; 1, Fishmarket restaurant, Mallaig; 2, Captains Galley, Scrabster; 3, Plockton Shores, Plockton. Whilst this area is not the heartland of the whisky industry, there are a number of distilleries, which are well worth visiting. On the mainland they include Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Loch Ewe, Clynelish, Glen Ord and Pulteney. On Orkney there is Highland Park and on the Isle of Skye there is the Talkisker distillery. Visitor Centres, include the Falls of Shin, Assynt, Bright Water, Glengarry and Torridon. Of sporting interests, there are many rivers to fish for salmon, including the rivers Naver, Lochy, Helmsdale, Carron, Glass, Oykel and many more, not forgetting the numerous hill lochs for wild brown trout. Deep sea diving is a popular past-time, particularly off the west coast and places like Ullapool offer charter trips, where sea-fishing is readily available too. In this area, the golf courses are not as many, but the stand out golf courses are at Royal Dornoch and Skibo, though the 9-hole golf course at Durness, is a wonderful challenge and is the most north westerly golf course on mainland Scotland. Interestingly enough a young John Lennon used to holiday in the north west of Scotland and there is a memorial garden in his memory at Durness. Wildlife abounds in these more remote areas and there are opportunities to see otters, golden eagles and red deer in the wild. To see red kites and sea birds in more detail, the RSPB have a number of centres, including Tollie, Fairy Glen and Dunnet Head. For marine life, there is a dolphin and seal visitor centre at North Kessock or you can go on one of the many dolphin watch boats that monitor the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Chanonry Point being one of the most popular locations to spot the dolphins. For even more active activities, there are a number of outdoor centres and water specialists, to cater for any thrill seeking need, whether it be white water rafting or canyoning. For the surfer, the beach at Thurso East is regarded as Scotland’s prime surfing venue in the north of Scotland and has held major championships. For children, the beaches can be sandy and private havens, and there are excellent ones at Nigg, Whiteness, Dornoch, Dunnet Bay, Torrisdale Bay, Balnakiel Bay, Glenelg Bay and Barrisdale Bay. From the mountain biker to bird watcher, the Munro bagger to the garden enthusiast, there are many activities in the North of Scotland. The natural beauty is outstanding and those that make the time and effort to travel are well rewarded.

Highlands 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 Ross and Cromarty Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 7.5 miles Nearest supermarket 31 miles Nearest pub 7.5 miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 78 miles
Nearest Train Station
Strathcarron 10 miles
The neighbours are very welcomingLochcarron is the nearest villageLoch Carron Golf CourseThe West Coast Line stops at Strathcarron This scenic road is part of the North Coast 500 route

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