Saraig Cottage, Glenshiel, Highlands
Set on the edge of Ratagan Forest on the shores of Loch Duich, this delightful cottage is one of two forester's cottages standing in their own small bay and accessed by a single track road four miles from the A87. Saraig enjoys the best of both worlds; basking in tranquility, yards away from the water's edge, yet is only 25 minutes from the Kyle of Lochalsh which has a supermarket, medical centre, swimming pool and train station. Within easy driving distance are a couple of restaurants, a welcoming bar, grocery shops and a craft shop.
Surrounded by mountains, forest and loch, the ever-changing views from this cottage are truly spectacular making it a perfect retreat for those who want to get away from it all. On a clear night, the Milky Way is visible and in the distance, far enough away not to cause light pollution, the illuminated Eilean Donan Castle shimmers in the dark.
With 22 Munros in the area and miles of coastline, Saraig is perfect for hillwalking and rambling. It is also ideal for cycling, sailing, wildlife enthusiasts (there are pine martens who regularly visit the back garden and also badgers which are less easy to spot) and those who like to fish. Loch Duich is a sea loch and permission to fish it is not needed. Boats can be hired from nearby Letterfearn.
There is so much to see and do in the area a week is hardly long enough. Within easy reach is Eilean Donan Castle, the Iron Age brochs of Glenelg, Attadale and Armadale gardens, the dramatic Falls of Glomach, plus boat trips galore including a glass-bottomed boat trip and Calum's seal trips. At certain times of the year there are also whalewatching trips. There is a wide variety of walks from the challenging Five Sisters of Kintail and Saddle to a gentle stroll along the shoes of Loch Duich right outside the front gate. Wander through deserted glens, alongside bubbling burns, through dense forest, past cascading waterfalls (numerous after heavy rainfall). The township road Saraig stands on is a very quiet road which gradually peters out, the only traffic being cars accessing the cottages along the lochside. It is a lovely walk with stunning views, lapping waves and the chance of spotting otters and seals. Herons frequent the area and from time to time, eagles, deer and dolphins can be seen.
- Sleeps - 6
- Bedrooms - 3 (2 king, 1 twin)
- Bathrooms - 2
- Multi fuel stove
- Washing machine
- Garden table and benches
- TV/DVD and stereo
- Free WiFi
- Travel cot
- Pets welcome
- Kyle of Lochalsh - 17 miles
- Inverness Airport - 65 miles
- Pubs and restaurants from 3 miles
- Hillwalking, Wildlife spotting
- Coastal walks and forest walks
- Fishing, Cycling,
Horse and carriage - 1 mile
- Boat hire, Pony trekking - 2 miles
- Llama trekking - 4 miles
- Loch Duich Cruises - 5 miles
- Eilean Donan Castle - 8 miles
- Glenelg iron age brochs - 12 miles
- Glass bottom boat trip - 17 miles
- Isle of Skye - 18 miles
- Seal trips, Plockton - 19 miles
- Attadale Gardens - 22 miles,
Armadale Gardens - 38 miles
Saraig is one of two 100 year-old foresters cottage built when the 7,000 acre Ratagan forest was planted. The two cottages are yards from the water's edge and are in their own little bay between the tiny hamlets of Ratagan and Letterfearn. The township road which serves the cottages peters out at Totaig some 4 miles down the road. It is incredibly quiet and peaceful with lapping waves (Loch Duich is a sea loch), babbling burns and rustling trees. All the photos are of Saraig, or taken from Saraig.
Inside the cottage is spacious yet still manages to feel cosy. It has been recently redecorated throughout but care has been taken to keep the charm and character of the cottage.
Directions will be sent on booking.
All bed linen, heating and fuel for the stove are included. Towels are not provided.
Cost and availability:
Weekly lets - Saturdays are changeover day. Checking in time is 4pm and checking out is 10am. Short breaks may be available for last minute bookings.
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Saraig Cottage, Ratagan, Glenshiel, Ross-shire, IV40 8HP