Larach Sithe (pronounced Lara Shia) means "tranquil place" in Gaelic and this describes the setting and atmosphere of this idyllic location perfectly. Larach Sithe is a large well-built modern house with accommodation for up to 14 people in 5 en-suite bedrooms. It is an ideal choice for groups or large families who are looking for an active outdoor holiday in a beautiful part of Scotland.
It is set on a quiet croft situated well away from the main road at Scallasaig two miles from the tranquil and friendly village of Glenelg. Spectacular views from the house reflect its open aspect.
The area is a perfect example of dramatic Scottish highland landscape and it is a paradise for those who wish to walk, cycle or climb. Many "Drove Roads", long distance footpaths and gentle tracks cross the area. Several of the surrounding peaks exceed 3000ft and are thus classified as Munros. The roads nearby are quiet and relatively safe for family cycling and for the more adventurous there are many mountain bike tracks. Glenelg has for centuries been a stopping off point from travellers going to and from Skye. Here you will find the shortest crossing to Skye where previous generations swam their cattle across the narrows tied head to tail. Nowadays most travelers use the Ferry - believed to be the last working example of a turntable ferry anywhere in the world.
The area is also rich in history. The ruins of two ancient brochs 'Dun Telve' and 'Dun Trodden' are the best preserved of these structures on the Scottish mainland. At Bernera beside the village of Glenelg you will find the ruins of soldiers barracks built by General Wade after the 1745 Jacobite uprising. There are many visitor attractions in the area. Kyle of Lochalsh, 24 miles away, boasts a swimming pool and leisure centre, glass bottom boat trips and seal viewing trips. Closer by, at Shiel Bridge (7 miles), is the opportunity for horse riding. Glenelg itself has a flourishing local community and has always been a haven for writers, painters, musicians and craftspeople.
There is a well-stocked local shop and a convivial inn, which are focal points in Glenelg and will enhance most holidays.
It is not surprising that families return to this beautiful part of the world year after year to enjoy a range of different activities in this relaxed and rural setting.
- Sleeps - 14
- Bedrooms - 5 (3 double, 2 family)
- Bathrooms - 5 (all ensuite)
- Washing machine and air drying pulley
- Modern six burner Aga with four ovens
- American style side-by-side fridge-freezer
- Flat screen TV, DVD and video and Freeview
(and opportunity to use your own Sky card)
- Morso wood burning stove
- Cot and highchair available
- Garden with picnic table
- Sorry no pets,
the house is situated on a working croft
- Glenelg - 2.5 miles
- Inverness airport - 80 miles
- Kyle of Lochalsh station - 24 miles
- Pubs and restaurants -
Glenelg Inn 2.5 miles, Kintail Lodge 8 miles
- General store, gift shop
and doctor's surgery in Glenelg
- Hill walking and mountain biking
on your doorstep
- Pony trekking at Shiel Bridge - 5 miles
- Sea, loch and river fishing
- Abundant wildlife
- Ferry to Skye at Kyle Rhea approx 2 miles
(runs Easter to October)
- Gavin Maxwell's Camusfearna (Sandaig)
The house has three double bedrooms and two Family rooms. All the bedrooms have en-suite facilities and wardrobe space. The Family Rooms each have Super King Double beds and a set of bunk beds. The super king beds can be split into single beds if required. These two rooms can each accommodate up to four people. The three other bedrooms have king size beds.
The sun room is the largest room in the house and has windows on three sides. The glass fronted gable wall faces down the valley. Former church pews are fitted around the external walls and a large oak dining table sits in one corner. The room has under floor heating and a wood-burning stove. This multi purpose room is the focal point of the house and an ideal place for everyone to be together and to relax.
The sun room opens into a bright and spacious sitting room, which enjoys open views across and down Glen More. Centrally heated, this is a comfortable room, which accommodates three large leather settees, a small bed settee, a piano, a TV and access to satellite Freeview with the opportunity to use your own SKY card if you care to bring it.
Also opening off the sun room and connecting to the hall, is a large well-equipped dining kitchen. The cooker is a modern Aga with 6 gas burners and four electric ovens. Other fittings include an American style side-by-side fridge-freezer, a microwave oven and another large oak table. The kitchen can be used for dining itself, or the triple doors opening into the sun room can be opened to create a much larger kitchen/dining area. For special occasions both tables can be extended and placed together in the sun room to create one 6.5m table fit for a banquet.
The utility room opens off the mid point of the hall. It contains some storage space, a second fridge, a washing machine and a pulley for drying clothes. The door to the rear of the house opens off the utility room.
Take the A87 Invermoriston to Kyle of Lochalsh road and at Shiel Bridge take the turning signposted to Glenelg. This road will take you over the Beallach ('pass') called Mam Ratagan and on towards Glenelg. It is a dramatic single-track road with passing places, which affords stunning views over Loch Duich and The Five Sisters Mountain range. The viewpoint near the top is well worth a stop. Continue on towards Glenelg down Glen More. Pass the turn off on the left to Moyle, and 1 1/2 miles further on you will see Scallasaig signposted again on the left. Take this road, follow the track through the field and go through the next gate. cross the metal bridge and follow the road around the garden of Scallasaig Lodge house to a gate on the right. Proceed through the gate follow the track through the field and go through the next gate. Larach Sithe is on the left through the garden gate. Please leave all gates as you find them.
Heating, gas and electricity are included. Solid fuel is available for the open fire. All bed linen is included, other than for the cot.
Cost and availability:
Larach Sithe rental periods are generally from Friday to Friday with check in at 16.00 and check out 10.00. Short breaks are available during low season. The house is available for rental all year round.
To book this extremely comfortable large self-catering house in Glenelg click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.
direct to the owner
Larach Sithe, Scallasaig, Glenelg, Ross-shire, Highlands of Scotland IV40 8LA