This is one of the most beautiful areas in the West Coast Highlands of Scotland with rugged hills sweeping down into the sea and glorious views. The area is sparsely populated yet within one and a half hours of Inverness airport and with several particularly good places to eat within easy driving distance.
With Skye's Cuillin mountains in the distance, and the famous Applecross hills towering above Loch Kishorn, the situation and outlook are both truly spectacular. The famous Bealach-na-ba (Pass of the Cattle) road to Applecross is just across the water, and has been declared one of the world's 12 most spectacular roads by National Geographic Magazine. Many people come here just to "re-charge their batteries" away from the stresses of modern life, or for a romantic break. Others, including walkers, climbers, boating enthusiasts, fishermen, cyclists, kayakers, photographers and lovers of wildlife come to take advantage of the many natural attributes the area has to offer.
You can walk for miles, straight from Ardoch Bothy, and probably not see anyone all day; or you can drive to Torridon where Liathac, Bein Eighe and Beinn Alligan are only half an hour away. There are lovely gardens to visit at Attadale and Inverewe. The Kishorn Sea Food Bar is within easy walking distance of Ardoch Bothy, and serves local shellfish and crustaceans simply and deliciously. In addition, there are several really good restaurants and eateries within easy driving distance.
Wildlife abounds and you will lie in bed at night listening to the oyster catchers and geese calling from the shore as the tide comes in. Deer and pine martens are often seen from Ardoch Bothy, as well as otters making their way round the edge of the loch while hunting for fish.
- Sleeps - 2
- Bedrooms - open plan design with super king bed
- Bathrooms - 1
- Washing machine
- WiFi - free
- Wood burning stove
- Underfloor central heating
- Cot and high chair available
- Stone flagged terrace with wooden seat
- Own field with easy access to the shore
- Short breaks
- No pets
Ardoch Bothy is approached via its own winding track and sits in an elevated position with an uninterrupted outlook across Loch Kishorn to the Applecross hills, the famous Bealach-na-Ba (Pass of the Cattle) and the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye. The bothy is a perfect romantic bolt-hole or holiday accommodation for one or two people. This unique property has recently been converted to provide great comfort in a secluded, yet not remote, position.
The spacious open-plan design incorporates bedroom, sitting room and kitchen with large windows to take full advantage of the outstanding views. There is a stone tiled bathroom leading off the hall and a utility room to the rear. Natural stone floors are fitted throughout.
Equipped to a very high standard, and stylishly furnished, Ardoch Bothy is warm and cosy all the year round with underfloor central heating and a Clear View wood-burning stove.
Outside, guests can enjoy the situation and outlook from a wooden seat on the pretty stone flagged terrace - accessed through a sliding glass door from the dining area. The property is situated in its own field, where guests are welcome to walk, and the sea shore is only a couple of minutes' walk away.
Flying - Ardoch Bothy is only about 1 1/2 hours drive from Inverness Airport, where hire cars are always available.
Train - Ardoch Bothy is only 20 minutes from Strathcarron Station which, itself, is only about 1 1/2 hours by train from Inverness (along a spectacular line). The Sleeper from London gets to Inverness in time to meet the Strathcarron train in the morning.
Driving - There are two ways of getting here from the south: the quicker route, or the more scenic route. We tend to come up the quick way, and go back down the west coast if it is a nice day, as the scenery and light are best when viewed driving south.
The Quick Route: Glasgow, Perth then A9 to Inverness. From Inverness, continue up A9 to the Tore Roundabout, then A835. Keep taking signs to Ullapool. Just past Garve, turn left on to A832 as far as Achnasheen where you branch off left at the roundabout on to A890 to Lochcarron.
The Scenic Route: Glasgow, then either up the A82 along Loch Lomond to Crianlarich, Ballachuilish and Fort William OR from Glasgow go on up A80, then M80 to Stirling where you go across on A84 to Doune, Callender and Lochearnhead and then A85 to Crianlarich. Then, as before, up the A82 to Fort William.
From Fort William, continue up A82 to Invergarry, then A87 to Inverinate and Achertyre where you turn right on to A890 to Strathcarron, then Lochcarron.
From Lochcarron, carry on through the village, and take the A896 to Kishorn (6 miles). At Kishorn go past the village shop, past the Kishorn Seafood Snack Bar and, in about 100 yards, you will see a sign to your left to Achintraid. Take this road for half a mile, keeping the shore on your right and, just past a long low white building on your left, you will see a new entrance on your left with a wooden gate, cattle grid and track leading up to Ardoch Bothy (you can't see Ardoch Bothy from the road).
If you overshoot the entrance, you will get to a tin boat shed, with a red roof, on your right - so turn there, and go back about a hundred yards and you will then find the entrance to Ardoch Bothy on your right.
Heating and electricity are included in the price. An initial basket of logs for the stove is supplied.
Bed linen is provided.
Free WiFi and most landline calls to UK numbers.
Cost and availability:
Ardoch Bothy is rented out throughout the year. Change over day is Friday - arrive after 4pm and leave by 10am please.
Short breaks are available.
To book this self catering romantic bolt-hole which sleeps 2 in great comfort, click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.
direct to the owner
Ardoch Bothy, Loch Kishorn, Ross-shire, IV54 8XA Scotland