SELF CATERING COTTAGE
Poolewe, Highlands, SCOTLAND
Sorry, fully booked till end 2014
Naast, Nr. Poolewe
LOCATION in the HIGHLANDS - LOCAL ACTIVITIES - PRICES and BOOKING
which is Gaelic for 'cottage',
is a former croft house providing comfortable accommodation for up to 5 people. It's non-smoking and sorry no pets (due to allergy). There is a meter for the electricity, which can be topped up by using its key card at the post office or at MacCalls shop in Gairloch.
The lounge has a storage heater, electric fire, colour television, Sky TV, DVD, Play Station with games and a comfortable three-piece suite.
The cottage comprises a lounge, central hallway,
kitchen/dining room, 3 bedrooms (one double, one twin and 1 single)
The kitchen has an electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker and grinder, washer-dryer and iron. It is well-stocked with crockery, glassware, cutlery, pots and pans and has plenty of storage space and work surfaces.
The bedrooms all have new electric convector heaters. There is a double,
a twin bedded room and a single bedroom, sleeping 5 in total (there is also a
cot, bedding and high-chair for a baby).
The cottage shares garden grounds of about two-thirds of an acre with our own bungalow. The garden is completely fenced, and contains a large wildlife pond. The cottage has its own separate, grassy area with garden furniture, washing line and car parking spaces. There is a covered veranda with seating on the front of the cottage, overlooking the garden and the loch. Pine martins frequently visit the garden.
Please note that this is a non-smoking house.
The bathroom has a bath with power shower, wash basin and toilet, with wall-mounted
hot air fan, heated towel rail and mirror, light and shaver point.
Fun and Games
Pets Sorry but due to allergy no dogs or cats can be accepted .
Gairloch 9 golf course
A great days golf at this beautiful scenic course in the centre of Gairloch only a short drive from the cottage. Lunches and refreshments available.
There is also a pitch and put in Gairloch near the football pitch and playpark.
LOCATION and ACTIVITIES
Naast and Poolewe
Naast is a crofting community with just eight houses situated on the western shore of Loch Ewe, three miles north of Poolewe. Visit the The Bridge Cafe Coffee Shop & Gallery for delicious cakes and lunches. Local services at Poolewe include the general store/Post Office, two hotels with restaurants, a bar, and a swimming pool. Petrol and diesel are available at Gairloch and Laide.
Safe sandy beaches are plentiful, the nearest being Firemore Beach, two miles north of Naast. Other, pebbly beaches lie much nearer, in fact there is the one pictured below in front of Am Bothan, access is by a path via the house on the right of the photo. It is home to an otter and is frequently visited by seals, herons and Dolphins. Porpoises and occasionally whales can be spotted in the loch, especially if you take a boat out to Isle Ewe, where the fish farm attracts them. Sea mammals can also be seen from Rubha Reidh (pronounced Roo-ah Ray) Lighthouse.
Visit these Websites for more information on the area;
Be careful when visiting the caves at Cove.
At Gairloch there are shops (The Shop at the Pier opens on Sundays). In Gairloch there is also a Pharmacy, Bank of Scotland, and a leisure centre with a Climbing Wall.
There is a nine-hole golf course at Gairloch (with teas and lunches in the clubhouse) and sea, loch and river fishing on the Ewe are available, permits can be obtained from the Poolewe shop. Boats may be hired, and small boats may be launched from Inverasdale slipway, 1 mile away. There is also a small jetty in the bay in front of the cottage. A glass bottomed boat and marine cruises can be booked at Gairloch harbour.
The star tourist attraction of the area is the beautiful Inverewe Garden at Poolewe, it has a gift shop, visitor centre and restaurant.
At Aulbea you can find The Hardwood Cafe for lunch or teas, or go along to Mellon Charles and visit the Perfume Studio. There you can have coffee and lunch in the Aroma Cafe, visit their gift shop or book a Photography session.
Cyclists, hill walkers, climbers, bird watchers and fishermen will all find the area ideal. From the cottage there are magnificent views across Loch Ewe to the mountains by Loch Maree the An Teallach Range and the mountains beyond Ullapool up to Sutherland.
Beinn airigh charr near Poolewe
online tour of the area.
The cottage is well-situated on the north-west coast of Scotland. It is about 2 hours
drive from Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands,
which has an airport and railway station, plenty supermarkets, a victorian
market and shopping centre.
Trains can be caught at Achnasheen (where there is a jewellery studio, cafe and
the Ledgowan Lodge country house hotel. The train can take you on day
trips to the beautiful village of Plockton or down to Loch Carron or Kyle.
The Isle of Skye, which is about 2 hours to the south by car makes a great day
out too. Ullapool is an hours drive to the north where you can catch a
ferry over to the western isles.
Links to information about these places are given at the bottom of this page.
Local Books & Maps
- Gairloch & Ullapool, Loch Maree (Ordnance Survey Landranger map 19 - scale 2cm/1km - 1.25 inches/1 mile)
- Northern Scotland (Ordnance Survey Road map 1 - scale 1cm/2.5km - 1 inch/4 miles)
- Gairloch its records, traditions, inhabitants and natural history - old 1886 guide to Gairloch and Loch Maree reprinted in 1974. Available in Gairloch Museum - an historic tome.
- The hidden places of Scotland - http://www.travelpublishing.co.uk/ £10.99 paperback by James Gracie
- Fishing in the Gairloch Area - Harry Davis, Les Lamb and Stan Frost. www.gairloch-fishing.co.uk
- The Scottish Islands - Hamish Haswell-Smith, ISBN 0-86241-579-9. A beautiful and informative book for the island tour.
PRICES AND BOOKING INFORMATION
PRICES AND BOOKING INFORMATION FOR 2014
Am Bothan is normally let from Saturday to Saturday. Guests may arrive from 4pm on day of arrival, and are requested to vacate by 10am on the day of departure.
*There is a meter for the electricity, which can be topped up by using its key card at the post office or at McCalls shop in Gairloch.
You will find supplies of the following in the cottage: Coffee, tea bags, sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar, oil, washing up liquid and other cleaning fluids, toilet rolls, kitchen paper and bin liners.
Please enclose 10% deposit. Balance payable 6 weeks before your holiday. If booking less than 6 weeks in advance, please send payment in full. Cheques should be made payable to Mrs M Ramsay. Please check availability with us first by email and then send us the Booking Form with your payment. We look forward to meeting you!
To book or request further information about Am Bothan, please contact;
8 Naast, Poolewe, Ross-shire, IV22 2LL, Scotland.
The Internet Guide to Scotland
provides information on:
Inverness - Ullapool
The Internet Guide to Scotland