Poolewe, Highlands, SCOTLAND

IV22 2LL

Sorry, fully booked till end 2014


Naast, Nr. Poolewe


Am Bothan,
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, shower/bathroom/wc, kitchen/dining room, 3 bedrooms (one double, one twin and 1 single)
and porches to front and rear. All rooms are doubled glazed and, with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom, have fitted carpets. There are toys in the trunk and a dolls house in the twin bedroom.


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).
All beds have bedding and duvets provided, there are electric blankets and hot water bottles if needed, extra bedding is in the wardrobes.



The cottage can accommodate one baby in addition to the five people stated. Highchair and cot, with cot linen, are available.


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
There is a Play Station in the cottage. Videos, DVD's and board games are provided. There is a basketball hoop in the garden and footballs, tennis rackets, etc. available to borrow. There is a games room beside the cottage which has been upgraded. It has a pool table, Air hockey and a dart board.



Pets Sorry but due to allergy no dogs or cats can be accepted .



Am Bothan cottage.


Gairloch 9 golf course

Gairloch Golf Club

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.



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.

Gairloch Beach

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.


View across Loch Ewe
from the garden of Am Bothan

Visit these Websites for more information on the area;

Be careful when visiting the caves at Cove.

Cove caves

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.

Regional map

Local Books & Maps


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Electric meter key card *


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;

Margie Ramsay

8 Naast, Poolewe, Ross-shire, IV22 2LL, Scotland.


External Links:

The Internet Guide to Scotland
provides information on:
Inverness - Ullapool