Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Coille Diobhain cottage is situated in a historic wood sharing the same name, at the end of a 200m private winding road. The setting offers a wonderful sense of serenity, and harmony with the local environment (your neighbours will include our resident hare and pine marten families). Sitting at an elevation of around 500ft, the cottage is blessed with magnificent views of the local mountain and woodland scenery. The location is just minutes from the local amenities of Roy Bridge village, which include excellent general store, post office and several hotels, and also its railway station, which provides direct links to London (on the sleeper service), Fort William and Glasgow. It is only a short drive away from the major regional town of Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
The former shepherd's cottage has been recently extended and refurbished, giving it double, twin and single bedrooms (including a double and single downstairs), a shower-room and bathroom (the latter downstairs), and dedicated dining and sitting rooms. The fully equipped kitchen offers panoramic views of the local land and nearby 4,000ft mountains. The cottage is ideal for family and outdoor activity holidays (notably walking/hiking/climbing, fishing, cycling/mountain-biking and winter sports), as well as for couples seeking a quiet or romantic getaway, or those simply seeking relief from the stresses of daily life.
**NEW FOR 2013** Beautiful SW-facing sunroom extension with panoramic windows, wood-burning stove, oak wood flooring, stunning mountain and woodland views. This has resulted in the creation of a new ground floor double bedroom, in addition to the three existing bedrooms.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||SW end of Loch Lochy by the Caledonian Canal 15 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness 110 km, Nearest railway: Roy Bridge 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors||
Floors carpeted throughout (except for bathrooms, kitchen, sunroom)
Wood flooring in the new sunroom
Wood-burning stove in the new sunroom
A traditional wood-burning Rayburn stove in the dining room heats the radiators
Heating also available from both storage and electric heaters
High chair and two travel cots for infants
|Further details outdoors||
Parking space for multiple vehicles.
Land encompasses approximately two acres of open (grass) land surrounding the cottage, and seven acres of mixed native woodland, primarily Birch and Oak, but containing numerous other planted species including Scots Pine and Aspen.
Extensive local wildlife on and around the property. Animals including Roe and Sika Deer, Hare and Pine Marten; birds such as Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Wood Warbler, Scottish Crossbill, Goldcrest and Siskin, can be seen at different times of the year.
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
The woodland slopes steeply to the east of the property, beyond the fence, down to a burn (river). We strongly recommend all young children are supervised if on this section of the property and that all guests exercise extreme caution towards the south east corner of the property (downstream of the house), where the slope is precipitous with cliffs.
There is an overhead power cable which crosses the property, approximately half way up the road to the cottage. Extreme caution must be exercised if carrying electrically conductive objects overhead, such as a fishing rod.
The 200m unsealed road up to the property may be unsuitable for certain low-slung vehicles (such as sports cars). When there is snow or ice present, chains or 4x4 traction may be required to reach the cottage (alternatively please park near the gate)
Vodafone mobile network usually available at the property. Other networks are available in or near Roy Bridge village.
The Scottish Highlands region
The Scottish Highlands region is renowned for its ancient and spectacularly beautiful landscapes, fascinating wildlife, profound human history and the warmth of the hospitality that its visitors receive.
The Atlantic Gulf Stream ensures that temperatures remain relatively mild throughout the year, for such a northerly latitude (57 degrees North), and the midsummer months bring only fleeting darkness each night.
Situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe, directly beneath the hulking mass of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, Fort William is the capital of the Lochaber region, and a principal gateway to the Highlands. In recent years the town has successfully re-branded itself as the UK's Outdoor Capital, and now plays host to many related events and competitions throughout the year. A gondola rising 2,000ft up the nearby Aonach Mor mountain provides access to the ski slopes in winter, and also to a world championship mountain bike descent course, along with magnificent views on a clear day, and extensive local hiking.
Other attractions in Fort William include the West Highland Museum (with its Jacobite memorabilia), the Treasures of the Earth Museum (exquisite gemstone and crystal collections) and seal-spotting boat trips onto Loch Linnhe. Another, personal recommendation, would be afternoon tea at the nearby Inverlochy Castle Hotel, one of Scotland's most exclusive hotels, or at the Old Pines Restaurant near Spean Bridge.
Excursions into the local area might include a drive SW to the picturesque harbour town of Oban, with its Sea Life centre and nature-spotting harbour trips. Or a trip West by road or rail (esp. on the 'Harry Potter' steam train, one of the world's top-rated rail journeys) to the coastal port of Mallaig and the beautiful sands of Morar. A drive North up the Great Glen leads to the mysterious Loch Ness and stunning Glen Affric Nature Reserve; heading East quickly takes you into the Cairngorms National Park.
The area immediately around Coille Diobhain and Roy Bridge, has much to offer. The cottage is on the lower reaches of Glen Roy, a National Nature Reserve, and famous as the finest example of an ice-age landscape to be found anywhere in the British Isles. Walk, drive or cycle up into the Glen, and you will observe its famous parallel roads, which are in fact the former beaches of a vast ice-dammed freshwater lake that filled Glen Roy some 10,000 years ago.
Glen Roy has a rich human history, though sadly it has become mostly de-populated over the years. The mother of the recently canonised Mary MacKillop of Australia , Flora MacDonald, was born and brought up (as were some of our other ancestors)in the now disused Cranachan farm, visible across the Glen . However the wild beauty of the Glen remains undiminished and it is home to such wildlife as the Golden Eagle, Raven, Ring Ouzel, Pine Marten, Red Deer and Atlantic Salmon, fighting its way to the upper reaches of the River Roy.
Coille Diobhain has its own evidence of human history. An ancient road passes up though the woodland from an old ford near the road bridge. There is evidence of mining and other human excavations on the land. Just down the road from the cottage, a cairn marks the 1688 Battle of Mulroy, between MacDonalds and Mackintoshes and their respective allies, the last inter-clan battle fought in Scotland. The battle took place in the field just opposite the cottage.
Roy Bridge village has an excellent general store, post office and hotels, offering a selection of places to eat. There are further places just down the road in Spean Bridge.
The A86 to the East of Roy Bridge quickly becomes wild and isolated, and leads to such places as the stunning church and graveyard of Cille Choirill, the natural treasures of Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, mountain biking and pony trekking at Laggan Wolftrax, and on to the Cairngorms National Park. The rail link to Glasgow heads into the wilderness after it leaves Roy Bridge, providing wonderful day-hiking opportunities from remote stations such as Carrour.