This charming, cosy and secluded highland cottage for 4 guests sits on the south shore of Loch Duich, Kintail, on a quiet single-track road that ends at nearby Letterfearn village. This is an area of outstandingly beautiful highland scenery and Hazelbrae has superb uninterrupted views across the sea loch to the mountains beyond, where you can watch the ever-changing play of wind and light on the water and hillsides.
Many lovely low level walks start from the front door - just strolling through Letterfearn to the road-end and the track beyond will provide stunning views (especially at sunset) across the water. Look out for seals, otters, pine martens, heron and red deer from the cottage, garden or shore. Kintail and Glensheil is a hillwalkers' paradise with several magnificent ridge walks starting nearby - including the 5 sisters of Kintail, the South Cluanie ridge, and the Saddle and Forcan ridge. Twenty munros are easily accessible, and the spectacular mountains and landscapes of Skye are a 1/2 hour's drive away. The moorland walk to the spectacular Falls of Glomach is also close at hand.
Hazelbrae Cottage is ideal for exploring Kintail and Lochalsh, Wester Ross and Skye. Visit nearby Glenelg (you can get there on foot round the headland or by car) with its amazing Iron Age brochs (and a very good pub with a log fire) and carry on to beautiful Arnisdale (passing Sandaig, of Gavin Maxwell 'Ring of Bright Water' fame) where in the winter months a herd of red deer are easy to see by the road. Onward to Corran, where tame red deer wander through the hamlet at will, lying down for a snooze in the cottage gardens!
In summer, hire a boat on Loch Duich from Donnie at Letterfearn and go mackerel fishing: visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle on your way to Skye (1/2 hour from the cottage). The attractions of Eilean a' Cheo, 'The Misty Isle', are too many to mention here but it is worth noting that for those visitors with a palate for the national Scottish drink, the Talisker whisky distillery in Carbost, Skye, is the final highlight of the rich and varied Scottish West Coast whisky trail. Come back via the small car ferry from Kylerhea to Glenelg (summer only) and see some really stunning scenery.
Visit the beautiful coastal village of Plockton and go for a boat trip to see the seals. There are many possibilities for experiencing outdoor sports: go pony trekking on the lovely native Highland ponies at Shiel Bridge, or ride out in a pony and trap from Ratagan Stables. Sea kayaking courses and guided walking are also on offer in the area. Mountain bikes can be hired from the campsite at Sheil Bridge.
If all this activity makes you hungry, you can go home and eat in the cottage, but equally the quality of dining experience in pubs and restaurants in the surrounding areas is excellent, so the choice is yours!!
- Sleeps - 4
- 2 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin
- Bathrooms - 1 plus separate WC
- Washing machine and dryer
- Freesat TV, DVD, stereo and radio
- BBQ and garden furniture
- Sorry, no pets
- Short breaks may be available by arrangement
- Airport - Inverness 75 miles
- Kyle of Lochalsh - 20 miles
- Excellent sailing
- Hill walking from doorstep
- Wildlife watching
- Pony-trekking (2 miles)
- Beach at Glenelg, 12 miles
- Fabulous views to Eilean Donan castle
- Nearest restaurant (Ratagan) is 3 miles
This charming, highland stone cottage sleeps 4 comfortably on two levels. On the ground floor there is an entrance hall, sitting room, dining kitchen, bathroom (shower and bath), and back entrance and hallway. On the first floor there's a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and cloakroom with WC and handbasin.
Outside there is a spacious garden laid mainly to lawn, with trees and flowering shrubs. There is garden furniture and a barbeque so you can eat outside and watch the water! Directly in front of the cottage is parking for one car and further parking a short distance up the road.
The cottage is well-equipped with a washing machine, tumble drier, ironing facilities, Freesat TV, DVD player, video recorder, CD player, electric oven and hob, fridge and a separate large freezer. There is off-peak electric storage heating, plus electric wall heaters in the bedrooms and an electric fire in the sitting room. Electric blankets are also provided. Please note that there is no smoking in the cottage. Sorry, we do not allow pets.
Travelling on the A87 Invermoriston to Kyle of Lochalsh road turn left at Shiel Bridge, signposted Glenelg and Skye Ferry. After one mile turn right towards Ratagan and Letterfearn. Passing through the village of Ratagan, and passing the roadsign for Leachachan, Hazelbrae Cottage is on the left hand side immediately after the roadsign for Letterfearn.
All electricity is included, and towels and bedlinen are provided.
Cost and availability:
Hazelbrae operates on a Saturday to Saturday basis. Arrival after 4pm; departure by 10am.
Short breaks may be available by arrangement.
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Hazelbrae Cottage, Letterfearn, Glenshiel, Ross-shire IV40 8HT Scotland.