Often described as 'the last great wilderness in Europe', the west coast of Sutherland is one of the Highlands' best kept secrets, a truly magical landscape of majestic mountains, trout-filled lochs and white sandy beaches. Take one of the many peat tracks into the hills and you will find yourself able to walk for miles in seclusion with only the highland cows, red deer and eagles for company. Glencorse is set in Drumbeg, a hamlet of some 40 residents which the Sunday Times has praised as being 'as close to the idyll of a west coast village as you are likely to find.'
Offering soul lifting views of Loch Drumbeg from its huge kitchen and all four bedrooms, Glencorse is just a gentle ten minute stroll from the nearest pebble beach while there are a number of beaches with white sand and swimmer friendly turquoise waters along the 14 mile coastal drive between Drumbeg and Lochinver, listed in Peter Irvine's Scotland The Best as one of the 20 most scenic routes in Scotland. Drumbeg itself boasts an award-winning deli as well as a pub, restaurant and tea garden. In the much larger village of Lochinver you will find a bank, a post office and a number of restaurants including one with a Michelin star - the most northerly eatery in the UK to receive this accolade.
Throughout the summer there is a full programme of ranger-guided events which take place in the Drumbeg area: regular favourites include 'The Old Man of Stoer', 'The Drumbeg Peat Road Walk', 'Clachtoll Sand Sculpture Competition', 'Achmelvich Coastal Walk', 'In search of Black Throated Divers' and 'Whale and Dolphin watching at Stoer Lighthouse'. Bird watchers will want to visit nearby Handa Island, perhaps fitting in a visit to the highest waterfall in Britain along the way. Also in the summer, The Assynt Highland Games are held in Lochinver during August.
For nature lovers, you may be fortunate enough to see an otter or a pine marten and Glencorse's visitor guide will tell you where to find the nearby seal colonies: also you are sure to see some badgers during your stay in Glencorse!
- Sleeps - 8
- Bedrooms - 4 (2 doubles, 1 family room (double & single), 1 twin)
- Bathrooms - 3 (1 ensuite, 1 family bath, 1 deluxe shower room)
- Washing machine and tumble drier
- Open fire for logs or coal
- Oil fired central heating
- 42inch HD TV with Freeview, DVD, 2 CD players
- PC with wireless Broadband
- Free UK telephone calls
- Built-in benches and BBQ
- Enclosed garden
- Cot, high chair and changing table available, stair gates can be fitted
- Lochinver - 14 miles
- Inverness Airport - 90 miles
- Inverness station - 90 miles
- The village has a characterful local pub and a restaurant
- Several white sandy beaches within 6 miles. Pebble beach 5 mins.
- Walking and climbing
- Bird watching
- Authentic wild brown trout fishing
- Award-winning village shop/deli
- Tea garden and gift shop in village (open Apr-Oct only)
- Assynt Highland Games - August
- Ranger guided events
- Red deer and eagles
- Dogs welcome
- Short breaks available, Oct-Mar
Glencorse is a family friendly yet truly luxurious holiday house set in a beautiful landscape of some of the most rugged and remote scenery in Scotland. It has recently been fully refurbished with great attention to detail.
The kitchen/living area is warm and comfortable with travertine flagstones, an oak table, 2 comfy armchairs, Agawith Aga Companion (gas hob and two additional electric ovens), dishwasher and fridge/freezer with plumbed-in iced water and ice dispensers. There is a snug with an open fire, music and books and also a TV room with 42 inch HD TV, Freeview staellite TV and a DVD with home cinema sound system.
Also on the ground floor is a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and 3 further bedrooms, 1 doubles, 1 family room and 1 twin, upstairs. In addition to the en suite, downstairs has a luxury shower room with steam shower cabinet which includes soft lighting, built-in radio and aromatic oil dispenser, and a family bathroom with huge roll-top cast iron bath and an additional ensuite bathroom with smaller bath.
Guests have the use of a PC with full Broadband internet access and there is a telephone with free calls to UK landline numbers. The house has oil central heating throughout with cast iron radiators.
Outside on the decking overlooking Loch Drumbeg there is a built in barbeque with a warming oven and built-in benches and cast iron garden furniture. A small marquee tent can be provided on request for special events.
From Inverness, head north on the A9. At Tore roundabout take the second exit onto A835 Ullapool. Follow the A835 to Ullapool and then on to Ledmore Junction which is 17 miles beyond Ullapool. At Ledmore T-junction turn left onto the A837 and follow this to within one mile of Lochinver. Just before reaching Lochinver turn right onto the B869, signposted to Stoer and Drumbeg.
14 miles along this scenic coastal road you come into the hamlet of Drumbeg. Glencorse is the first house on the left after the viewpoint parking area. The next property along the road is Drumbeg Stores where Steve and Wendy (who clean and manage Glencorse for the owners) will be waiting to welcome you and show you around the property.
Oil central heating is included in the price. One basket of kindling and one bag of coal is included - kindling and coal are on sale in the village shop.
All bed linen and towels (100% Egyptian cotton) are provided.
Free use of telephone for UK calls, free use of PC and wireless broadband internet access.
Rowing boats can be hired on Loch Drumbeg and neighbouring lochs; ghillie services are also available.
Cost and availability:
Glencorse is rented out throughout the year. Change over day usually is Friday, check in time is after 3.30pm, check out by 9.45am.
Short breaks available October to March.
A fully refundable £125 Good Housekeeping deposit is charged.
To book this beautifully appointed, family-friendly self-catering holiday house with views over Loch Drumbeg, click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.
Glencorse, Drumbeg, near Lochinver, Sutherland, IV27 4NW Scotland