Torr an Daimh cottage sits in the tiny hamlet at Tulloch Station on the West Highland line where the railway drops down from the rugged moors of Corrour and Rannoch into Glen Spean, known as the green glen. Local walks from the cottage take you through the woods down to the River Spean. Going further but still on your doorstep are Fersit, Laggan Dam and Torr an Daimh (hill of the stag).
Despite being in the Highlands, there are provisions within striking distance. The nearest supermarkets are a well-stocked Spar in Spean Bridge and the full sized Morrisons at the railway station in Fort William. Eating out there's a big range from fine dining restaurants, to fish and chips, to hill walkers' pubs, to wholesome cafes at Corrour, Roy Bridge, Spean Bridge, Nevis Range and Wolftrax.
Going west by road or rail takes you to Ben Nevis, Spean Bridge, Fort William, Nevis ski and mountain biking range. From Fort William you can take the Harry Potter style steam train to Mallaig or enjoy the swimming pool and climbing wall. Sustrans long distance cycle route 78 passes Fort William and Neptune's Staircase a two hundred year old flight of 8 canal locks rising 19 metres from the sea to the Great Glen.
The Nevis Range (Aonach Mor) has skiing in the winter and mountain biking trails most of the year, plus gentler walking and cycling trails for the very old or the very young. A cycle path along the A82 links to nearby Fort William. The big cable car takes you up to an alpine style lodge with the Pine Marten cafe and huge views. Every June Nevis Range hosts the Mountain Biking World cup.
Going east, past the Laggan hydro electric dam you find Wolftrax mountain bike centre with trails for all ages and abilities, also Ardverikie Estate (made famous by BBC 1's Monarch of the Glen) with gorgeous woodland walks and a unique inland beach. Further on the A86 is Creag Megeadh nature reserve and Cairngorms National Park, Kingussie, home to the Highland Wildlife Park and Highland Folk Museum.
To the north is the Great Glen and Loch Ness, as well as numerous Munros.
Going south, only possible by train or on foot, is the Corrour Estate home to the UK's highest train station and a delicious cafe/restaurant. There's also Loch Treig and Rannoch Moor.
Though deep in the Scottish highlands, the cottage is easily reached. The Caledonian sleeper stops at Tulloch morning and evening six days a week, plus there are four trains a day each way between Glasgow and Fort William. By road, the cottage is about half a mile from the A86 which links Fort William in the west to Kingussie in the east.
- Sleeps 4 + cot
- Bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin although
both rooms can be reconfigured
- Bathrooms - 1 with underfloor heating
- TV, video/DVD/stereo
- Free WiFi
- Central heating
- Cot and high chair available
- Private garden
- Barbeque/garden furniture
- Short breaks welcome
- Sorry, no pets
- Roybridge 5 miles, Spean Bridge 10 miles
- Airports - Edinburgh 120 miles,
Glasgow 110 miles
- Tulloch Station, 30 metres
- Pubs and restaurants -
within 10 miles
- 9 hole golf course at Roybridge, 10 miles
- Hills, Munros and gentler walks all around
- Mountain biking at Nevis Range 15
miles or Laggan, 15 miles
- Swimming pool and indoor climbing wall
Fort William - 20 miles by road or rail
- Ben Nevis, 20 miles
- Glen Roy national nature reserve and
parallel roads, 10 miles
- Creag Meagaigh national nature
reserve, 10 miles
Outside Torr an Daimh looks like a traditional wee but 'n' ben cottage. Inside it is a spacious modern home built 2008. A reliable heating system keeps the house cosy all year round. Floors are solid oak or wool carpets except in the bathroom where limestone tiles enjoy under floor heating. You can see from the pictures that the decor is very clean and calm.
Downstairs the living room dining room flows through to the well stocked kitchen. French doors lead out to a deck that overlooks the enclosed garden. Also downstairs is the bathroom and master bedroom with a dressing room.
Upstairs is a twin or double bedroom, plus games room. The house sleeps four, plus a travel cot is available. With books and boardgames, wifi and TV there's plenty of entertainment inside the cottage after a day out in the Highlands.
Outside the cottage is accessed by a track, shared with the nearby Old School House. So there's virtually no traffic. Immediately to the front there's a boggy heath field with wildflowers and tiny butterflies in the summer; to the rear a burn and woodland where, if you're lucky, you might spot a frog or a toad.
Coming from Edinburgh:
Head for Perth, then take the A9 North. Come off at Dalwhinnie and head west along the A86 signed to Spean Bridge. After passing Laggan Dam on your left keep an eye out for the red telephone box at the turning marked station. Follow the single track road quarter of a mile, past the station, through the barrier and then through the five bar gate.
Coming from Glasgow:
Head up the A82 to Fort William, keep going past Fort William to Spean Bridge, where you turn right on to the A86. From there it's about 9 miles. After the turning for Fersit keep an eye out for the red telephone box and the turning marked station. Follow the single track road quarter of a mile, past the station, through the barrier and then through the five bar gate.
All heating is included, and towels and bedlinen are provided.
Cost and availability:
Torr an Daimh is available all year round. Change over day is Saturday. Short breaks welcome (min 3 nights).
Torr an Daimh, Tulloch Station, Lochaber, near Fort William PH31 4AR