About the home
Achard is a spacious, well-appointed cottage in a quiet rural crofting area, with sea/mountain/coastal views from all bedrooms, kitchen/diner and lounge. The generous garden plot is surrounded by fields in which highland cattle and sheep may be seen grazing, and there are no nearby neighbours. Several guests have been delighted by evening visits of red deer!
You are assured of a warm welcome, and since I live only a mile from the property I'm on hand to offer assistance if required - my husband is a keen walker (and member of the Assynt Mountain Rescue Team) and can give guidance on walks of all types in the area, from very gentle to strenuous.
The cottage makes a superb base for a wide variety of outdoor activities (e.g. climbing, walking, cycling, birdwatching, sea kayaking, beachcombing); if you have less strenuous interests, it's good for for touring and exploring the many attractions of the north-west coast, or for a peaceful relaxing rest in a quiet rural location. There's plenty for children to do as well, with nearby sandy beaches at Clashnessie, Balchladich and Stoer, all surrounded by rocky coastline. Visit my website to see what previous guests have enjoyed whilst staying here!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Clashnessie or Balchladich, 1.5km|
|Will consider:||Short breaks|
Nearest amenities: 15km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||DVD player, Sea view|
|General:||TV, CD player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
Further details indoors:
Accommodation comprises a bedroom with king-sized bed and en-suite shower room, a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, bathroom, lounge with open fire, Freeview TV, CD/radio/cassette player and DVD player. The large kitchen-cum-dining room comes complete with microwave, cooker, fridge and dishwasher. An adjacent utility room contains a washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. The bedrooms, kitchen and lounge all provide superb views. Linen, towels, electricity for heating and cooking included in price.
Further details outdoors:
Bike shed available. Mown lawn area of the garden suitable for outdoor games.
There is a reduction on the standard rates if there are only 2 in your party, or if your booking is for 2 weeks or more. Short breaks of less than 1 week may be available out of season or as “last minute” bookings - phone or e-mail for information and for special deals. For other than last minute bookings, a deposit of £150 is due eight weeks before your stay (or at the time of booking), to secure your booking.
Children are welcome at Achard, although it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure their safety at all times, and to take care that they do not cause any damage to the property. Achard is not guaranteed to be child-proof (e.g. there are no child-proof latches on the kitchen cupboards), although I am not aware of any specific hazards within the house – please check the property on your arrival and advise me if there are any aspects regarding child safety that you aren’t happy with.
Sorry, no pets, and no smoking within the cottage.
The Scottish Highlands region
Achard is located on the Stoer Peninsular, within the Assynt/Coigach National Scenic Area and the North-West Highlands Geopark. For a real escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, you can’t beat the Scottish Highlands and its breathtaking mountains, glens and lochs.
The Lochinver / Stoer area
Walking: everything from strenuous Munro-bagging to the gentle All Abilities Path at Leitir Easaidh. A selection of walks my be found on the Walk Highlands website; see also the Mountaineering Council of Scotland site.
Nearby beaches at Balchladich, Stoer, Clashnessie and Achmelvich.
Extensive views everywhere! - viewpoints at Drumbeg and Kylesku.
Assynt Leisure Centre, for those wet days (or Ullapool Leisure Centre if you would like a swim (Note: pool closed until September 2011 for repairs).
Wildlife: much to see - birdwatchers will enjoy a trip to Handa Island
Geological interest - North West Highlands Geopark
Cruises on The Statesman from Kylesku. The Kylesku Hotel website also lists activities around Kylesku.
Further north, towards Durness there are Smoo Caves, trips to Cape Wrath, and Balnakeil Craft Village. The Durness website has more details.
Shooting and fishing - with the Assynt Crofters Trust and the Assynt Foundation; see Assynt Angling Information and Research for all the angling information you’re likely to need.
Sea Kayaking - try something new, come close to wildlife, be at one with nature as you get inside the scenery of this stunning area. NorWest Sea Kayaking runs day, 1/2 day, evening, multi-day and week trips in the Ullapool, Achiltibuie and Lochinver area. No experience is necessary. Sea Kayaking is for all ages and abilities and is a dry sport.
The old Hydroponicum in Achiltibuie is no more, but it has been replaced by Achiltibuie Garden.
How to get there
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Travel to Inverness by car, bus, train or plane! If using a car or hire car, take the A9 north - the road crosses the Moray Firth on the magnificent Kessock Bridge onto the Black Isle; after 6 miles turn left at the Tore roundabout onto the A835 signposted Ullapool. Keep on this road through Ullapool travelling north until you reach Ledmore junction, where you turn left onto the A837 for Lochinver. A mile before Lochinver turn right onto the B869 single track road and after 7 miles continue through Stoer, and three quarters of a mile later turn left, signposted to Stoer Head Lighthouse (opposite the Stoer Village Hall). Just over a mile further on take a sharp left turn towards the lighthouse, and Achard is a few hundred yards on the left. Maps and alternative routes on my website.
It is possible to travel from Inverness to Clashmore by bus, and many visitors to the area get great pleasure by researching the public transport options (post bus, school bus, service bus etc) and planning their holidays accordingly.
Activities near Lochinver
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|8 Oct 11||17 Dec 11||£ 295||-||-||Flexible|
|17 Dec 11||7 Jan 12||£ 495||-||-||1 Week|
|7 Jan 12||31 Mar 12||£ 295||-||-||Flexible|
|31 Mar 12||2 Jun 12||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|2 Jun 12||29 Sep 12||£ 495||-||-||1 Week|
|29 Sep 12||22 Dec 12||£ 295||-||-||Flexible|
|22 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 495||-||-||1 Week|
|5 Jan 13||30 Mar 13||£ 295||-||-||1 Night|
|30 Mar 13||1 Jun 13||£ 395||-||-||1 Night|
|1 Jun 13||28 Sep 13||£ 495||-||-||1 Night|
|28 Sep 13||21 Dec 13||£ 295||-||-||1 Night|
|21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 495||-||-||1 Night|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Please telephone me on 01571 855 360 (+44 1571 855 360 from outside the UK), or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about the following:
- Reduction on the standard rates if there are only 2 in your party, or if your booking is for 2 weeks or more.
- “Last minute” bookings, at reduced rates.
- Short breaks of less than 1 week, which may be available out of season or as “last minute” bookings.
Payment by cheque for all UK bookings (£150 deposit at the time of booking, balance 8 weeks prior to your holiday). Late bookings made within 1 week of the start of your holiday payment is by cash on arrival, please. Payment for bookings from outside the UK by international bank transfer to my bank account, or by PayPal. (Credit card payments from overseas are also accepted by PayPal, even if you don't have an account).Enquire now
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