Glenelg, Kyle of Lochalsh,
Originally a traditional tin roofed 'But n' Ben', Barracks Cottage remains charming, couthy and steeped in the historical shadow of the 18th century Bernera Barracks - built circa 1723. The cottage is detached and enjoys a secluded, tranquil location at the end of a private track. It is bestowed with exceptional, uninterrupted and panoramic views across the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye.
Barracks Cottage is uniquely positioned in a third acre site (safe for children and pets) yet it is only a 3 minute walk to the local shop and a further 40 seconds to the village inn! Smouldering images of the Isle of Skye's Cullins are in view and the remote wilderness of Knoydart's peninsula lies further to the south. Few other destinations offer such a thrilling final 8 miles! To arrive at Barracks Cottage you drive over Mam Ratagan which, at 1,100+ feet, is one of the highest mountain passes in the UK.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the west highland coast, the area offers a host of activities and unforgettable sights. There is close proximity to some of the best walking, trekking and mountaineering available with many wonderful low level and coastal walks on the doorstep. The stunning mountain and coastal landscape is home to a diverse wildlife: seals, porpoises, dolphins, whales and basking sharks live, pass through and pepper the surrounding waters. Otters, sea eagles, herons, cross-bills, barn owls, deer and much more can be spotted above and below; flying, perching, scampering, nestling and sharing their investment in this wonderful scenery.
Celebrated as an author and for much more, Gavin Maxwell lived in splendid isolation at Camusfearna, inspiring the enchanting story of his family of otters in his book 'Ring of Bright Water'. Sandaig can be reached by either boat or on foot - following the route on the information leaflets, maps and books within Barracks Cottage. A little closer and within walking distance from the cottage, ancient iron age dwellers lived in fortified Brochs and these are arguably some of the best examples in Scotland of Pictish buildings from over 2000 years ago.
Choose locally to walk, cycle, drive or swim; beach comb, explore, study, paint or collect. Within a number of miles you can horse ride or bag some Munros. Boat trips can be arranged at Kyle and there is golf, kayak tuition, distillery tours, home farms, Eilean Donan castle and much more. Between April and October don't forget to use the last and exclusive turn table ferry in Europe (now owned by the Glenelg community) and a very special way to start any visit to Skye - crossing at Kylerhea. Above all - relax and enjoy!!
- Sleeps - 4 + 1 slightly smaller but sturdy adult cabin bed
- Bedrooms - 3 (1 double with king-sized bed, 1 bijou with single & 1 with single + cabin bed 5' 10" x 2' 6")
- Bathroom with bath and separate electric shower cubicle
- Washing machine/tumble dryer
- Separate fridge and freezer
- Freeview TV, DVD, CD player
- Free WiFi
- Woodburning stove
- Oil fired central heating
- Telephone in living room, with extension in bedroom (honesty box for any calls made)
- Cot if required plus 'clip onto table' chair
- OS maps, walking and information books
- Board games/puzzles for children of all ages
- Small eclectic range of DVDs
- Third of an acre of fenced land
- Picnic benches and garden seating
- Pets welcome by arrangement
- Kyle of Lochalsh station - 25 miles
- Inverness Airport 70 miles
- Glenelg Inn - 3 minute walk walk (great food and atmosphere)
- Hill walking
- Horse riding and kayak tuition (Shiel Bridge & Kyle)
- Distillery tours
- Eilean Donan castle
- Ferry to Skye - summer timetable
- Golf on the Isle of Skye (and SO much to explore!)
Barracks Cottage is a wonderful homely, warm, comfortable and traditional 'But n' Ben' set in half an acre of land in a secluded spot. The kitchen and living area are open plan and the wood burning stove and oil fired central heating ensures warmth throughout. The cottage has three bedrooms, one king sized double, a single and a further single with a sturdy adult sized cabin bed. All beds (bar cabin) are organic and incredibly comfortable. The bathroom has a bath and separate shower cabinet with an electric shower. The cottage is extremely well equipped throughout including maps and up to date walking and information books, board games/puzzles for children of all ages and a small eclectic range of DVDs. There is free WiFi too!
By Road: A87 towards Kyle of Lochalsh turning left at Sheil Bridge for Glenelg.
By Bus: Scottish Citylink services stop at Shiel Bridge (10 miles from Glenelg) from where a taxi can be sought.
By Train: Services from around the country to Inverness are frequent and from there the most scenic service to Kyle of Lochalsh departs (Kyle is 25 miles from Glenelg).
By Air: Several airlines fly into Inverness Airport from UK and Irish destinations including: London (Heathrow, Gatwick, and Luton), Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool and Manchester.
All electricity is included.
Also, logs for welcoming nights around the fire, all bed linen (beds made up) with bath sheet, hand towel and face cloth, plus kitchen linen.
Extras: oil, for central heating and hot water, is metered and charged at cost price.
A charge for well behaved dogs is £10 and this will go towards the extra cleaning involved. (This is a one off payment and is not charged for any future bookings if the cottage is left in a good condition.)
Cost and availability:
This cosy cottage is rented out throughout the year. Change over day is Saturday, leaving by 10.30 am and arriving after 4 pm.
Short breaks welcome during off season if available.
To book this atmospheric and delightful self catering cottage in Glenelg, please click the enquiry button below to see availability and prices.
Barracks Cottage, Glenelg, By Kyle, Ross-shire IV40 8JR