Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Mack Leven is in sleepy historic Glencoe village, a one-street crofting community which retains a rural feel while being convenient for all amenities and with excellent access to the main road network, both for getting here and for exploring the West Highlands. It is a quiet friendly home from home, surrounded by beautiful mountains visible from every room in the house.
The cottage is within a few minutes' walk of the sea, forest walks, a well-stocked shop, hotel /pub, folk museum and a cafe serving delicious food (and serious hot chocolate!). The world renowned real ale pub, Clachaig, is a mere 3 miles away, and the area has superb restaurants specialising in local seafood, or why not eat in - Mack Leven has a fully equipped kitchen which will easily cater for eight.
Sunsets over the loch and mountains are absolutely gorgeous. Our secluded garden is leafy and peaceful with a rich variety of birdlife. Red deer can be spotted on the hillsides, otters frequent the lochshore and seals are a common sight.
Glencoe is a fantastic base for exploring the West Highlands - stay local and discover the beauty of Glen Coe and Loch Leven, or head further afield, with Oban /Mull, Mallaig, Skye, Caledonian Canal, Fortwilliam, Loch Ness, Aviemore /Cairngorms all being within easy range for day trips.
Outdoor activities are well catered for locally, with a wide range of local providers offering everything from sea kayaking and canyoning to segway, boat trips and photography safaris.
Walkers can tackle local Munros on foot from the cottage (there are over 40 Munros within 20 miles), with many lovely but gentler walks for the less adventurous, some taking in the beautiful forest just minutes' walk away. Skiers and snowboarders have the choice of Glencoe ski resort (10 minutes by car) or Nevis Range (40 minutes by car).
Cycling opportunities range from world class downhill mountain biking to easy forest trails for families, or the excellent cycle path leading from Glencoe to Oban, with local bike hire available across the road from the cottage.
Climbers can get indoor practice and tuition on both conventional climbing walls and on real ice walls at the Ice Factor (15mins by car), and families /beginners are welcome. And then there's the wealth of outdoor routes to be tackled - experienced local guides are available if required.
Sea kayakers can enjoy some of the world's best paddling around the coast of the West of Scotland, with fantastic scenery, clear waters, wildlife, and uninhabited islands to explore. There are many providers supplying tuition and trips. ObanSeaKayakGuides offer Mack Leven guests 30% discount on coaching or guided trips (minimum two people booking). If you have your own kayak, you can launch almost from the cottage.
Mack Leven offers all the comforts of home in a stunningly beautiful location.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow 140 km, Nearest railway: Fortwilliam 19 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
We have two rooms each with a king size bed, one double bed room, one twin room. All have ensuite shower /toilet, one also has a bath (with shower over it). There is also a separate fifth toilet downstairs. Two of the bedrooms are ground floor (one king and one double room).
Rooms are spacious clean and airy, with mountain views. The master bedroom also looks over the sea and superb sunsets.
There is a living room with large comfy settees and pouffees, flat screen 32" HD LCD TV (freeview), Blu-ray /DVD player, CD player with iPod dock (with selection of DVDs and CDs), and an open fire with natural slate hearth (coal supplied). There is free Wi-Fi available, and a printer /copier /scanner, handy for on-line tickets or if you really can't leave the office behind. We have a cosy reading nook in the hall where you can curl up with a book from our selection of adult and kids books (lots of great kids books!). The sideboard in the dining room has a plentiful selection of games to keep all ages occupied.
The dining room has a large solid wood table which seats eight easily, and leads into a heated south-facing conservatory, with the choice of comfy wicker armchairs or more formal table and chairs, but either way a fantastic place for breakfast.
The kitchen has a handy breakfast bar which seats two. There is a washing machine and tumble dryer in the utility room, with a clothes rack available. Several other clothes airers are available throughout the property, and there is plenty of space for coats and muddy boots in both the entrance porch and the utility room.
Note: There are two steps at the front door, with handrails to aid guests of restricted mobility.
|Further details outdoors|
The conservatory and kitchen both lead onto a large south-facing suntrap deck with patio furniture, and there is a gas barbeque (gas included in the tariff). (Patio furniture & barbeque not available during winter months.)
The back garden is fully fenced and flat, with grass / gravel / bushes, edged with birch trees, and is rich in birdlife. There is a herb garden (fresh herbs for the keen cooks) and washing lines (pegs supplied).
An outside tap with hose is provided, perfect for washing boots /kayaks /bikes etc (not available during winter months).
There is off -road private parking for up to four cars in front /side of the cottage, and a lockable garage for storing bikes / canoes /kayaks /climbing ropes etc.
20% deposit secures booking (non-refundable), balance payable 6 weeks in advance. Balance refundable only if the property can be re-let for the cancelled period.
Paypal available for overseas bookings (2% surcharge) - UK bookings electronic transfer preferred.
The Scottish Highlands region
Glencoe is in the Lochaber area of Argyll, with wild beautiful romantic mountains and sea lochs, home to red deer, eagles, pine martins, seals and otters, but not many people. The area is steeped in history - the Massacre of Glencoe, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Wade's military roads (still in use as walking routes), Glencoe burial isles, and it has also been the scene of many films, best known being Harry Potter and James Bond's Skyfall. The climate is not extreme - we do have snow in winter, and it can be cold, but summers can be hot and sunny. And yes, it does rain in the Highlands, but not usually for too long, and the light on the hills is especially beautiful after rain, photographers love it.
Walking, climbing, ski-ing, sea kayaking, mountain biking are all on the doorstep - local guides will provide trips /training if desired. Boat trips on Loch Leven or out to Corryvreckan whirlpool can be arranged. Sea fishing, golf, canyoning, indoor ice-climbing, bike hire, photography safaris, segway trips are all available locally.
Glencoe has a thatched cottage folk museum and National Trust visitor centre which have excellent local history displays, and the Macdonald Memorial attracts visitors from all over the world, especially on their Clan memorial day in February each year.