Achnacraig, Duror of Appin, Argyll
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Achnacraig is a contemporary, architect designed house set in its own 4 acres of secluded grounds and woodland. The house enjoys spectacular views of the Glen Duror forest tucked in below the towering Beinn a' Bheithir (pronounced Ben Vare). To the west on a clear day you can look down Loch Linne and also see the Isle of Mull. The grounds are a haven for wildlife with otters, foxes, deer and red squirrels being regular visitors. Birds are abundant with barn owls, woodpeckers, sparrow hawks and the occasional golden eagle sighted. The ornamental ponds by the house flow through a series of waterfalls to the river Duror which runs beside the property.
There are numerous spectacular walks in the vicinity that can be explored on foot or by bicycle. Without driving anywhere you can step from the house and follow a network of forestry walks and trails in Glen Duror. Some of these afford magnificent mountain and coastal views. Also achievable from the house (for the more adventurous) is the Ballachulish horseshoe, a famous mountain walk (incorporating 3 summits). Of course there is also nearby Glencoe which offers some of the most dramatic climbing, walking and skiing in Scotland.
Situated close to Achnacraig is the birth place of James of the Glen (follow the yellow waymarkers through the Glen Duror forest, 4 miles), the alleged murderer of the infamous Red Fox. The local area is steeped in history and these historic events were incorporated by Robert Louis Stevenson into his book Kidnapped. The area is also of great geological interest where past volcanic eruptions and ice ages shaped the spectacular landforms familiar today.
Duror village has a small shop which will cater for your everyday needs. At Kentallan (2 miles) there is the Holly Tree Restaurant and pub, this also has a small leisure centre and pool. Horse riding, ice climbing and water sports activities (sailing, kayaking, white water rafting) are all available locally. The Dragon's Tooth golf course is close by providing some of the best west coast fairways, with wonderful views and good food in the club house.
Nearby Cuil Bay has a sandy beach and is an SSSI, with interesting rock formations and a Stonehenge type monolith. From there you can look out to the west to Balnagowan Island, the hills of Morvern and in the distance Mull.
- Sleeps - 4-6
- Bedrooms - 2 (1 kingsize, 1 double and 1 double sofa bed)
- Bathrooms - 2 en-suite bathrooms, one with shower cubicle and bath the other with bath and shower
- Washing machine and dryer
- 6 burner gas hob with 2 electric ovens
- Fridge and freezer
- 2 TVs, Sky freesat, DVD player, stereo
- Wifi broadband
- Designer wood burning stove
- Underfloor heating
- High chair available
- Garden, ornamental ponds, benches and garden walk down to the River Duror
- Turning, car parking and standing area for around 4 cars
- Pets welcome under responsible supervision
- No smoking
- Disabled access ground floor (bedroom with en-suite bathroom)
- Oban 30 miles, Fort William 18 miles (all facilities)
- Glasgow Airport - 91 miles
- Railway stations - Oban 30 miles, Fort William 18 miles and Bridge of Orchy 32 miles
- Holly Tree Bar and Restaurant - 2 miles
- Ballachulish Hotel - hotel, restaurant and bar, 4 miles
- Ballachulish Village, pubs and Co-op - 4 miles
- Dragon's Tooth Golf Course - 3.5 miles
- Walking, hillwalking
- Cycling, mountain biking
- Ice Factor climbing walls - Kinlochleven 14 miles
- Nevis Range, skiing, gondola and restaurant, down hill mountain biking - 24 miles
- Glencoe Ski Range - 10 miles
- Horse riding - Shuna, 4 miles
- Sealife Centre - Barcaldine, 14 miles
Achnacraig is an imaginatively conceived architect-designed house in a distinctive Swiss Chalet style. It offers open plan accommodation on two floors connected by a spiral staircase. The entire south face of the house is glass fronted maximising the panoramic views available.
On the ground floor there is an entrance vestibule which leads into the main living space which is oak floored. On this floor there is a utility room/laundry, and a modern well equipped kitchen which is open plan to a large living and dining space. The dining area and table allows for 6 spacious settings (8 if required). A modern designer wood burning stove also provides auxiliary heat to the excellent oil-fired under-floor heating. There is a flat screen television, DVD player and stereo and WiFi is available throughout the house. The furniture comprises of a 3-seat sofa which can be converted into a double bed and 3 easy chairs. Also on the ground floor there is a bedroom with double bed and an en-suite bathroom incorporating a large bath and shower.
A spiral staircase leads up to the first floor and another open plan area. There is a king size bed, en-suite to this is the master bathroom with a large bath, separate large shower cubicle and twin hand basins. There is also another television set on this floor with a sofa opposite for viewing programs away from the main living area. A coffee table and chairs also give more elevated views of the surrounding scenery. There is another balcony accessed through a French door which offers magnificent views of the garden, Glen Duror forest and the mountains beyond.
The gardens are laid out over a number of levels with ponds (care with children) and waterfalls down to the river Duror. There is a circular walk around the garden and woodland. Turning, car parking and standing area for around 4 cars are to the side of the house.
Achnacraig is located on the outskirts of the small village of Duror, the cottage is approximately 400m up a private road and signposted both on the gate and the road junction.
From the south: Take the M8 through Glasgow and leave at junction 30 to cross the Erskine Bridge and join the A82 North. Remain on the A82 (91 miles) until you reach the roundabout after passing by Ballachulish village. Take the 2nd exit on to the A828 (sign posted Oban). As you enter Duror (100 miles), you take the left turn into Achindarroch, proceed along the road for half a mile, Achnacraig is sign posted on your right.
From the north: (Fort William) Proceed on the A82 until you have crossed the Ballachulish Bridge, at the next roundabout take the first left onto the A828 (Oban), directions as above.
Fuel for heating/hot water (oil) and logs for the stove are included as well as electricity and LPG for the cooking range.
All bed linen and towels are provided.
Wireless broadband is available free of charge.
Cost and availability.
Achnacraig is available all year round.
Change over day is Saturday with 1600 entry, 1000 departure.
Minimum stay is one week.
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Achnacraig, Achindarroch, Duror of Appin, Argyll PA 38 4BS Scotland