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Holly Cottage

(Ref. 931621)

North Ballachulish near Glencoe, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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67 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is great, very well equipped and laid out, the rear entrance vestibule is perfect for changing out of wet clothing and storing stuff."

    Some really great design features make the property perfect in use - for example the rear vestibule seats are made from skis is just brilliant. The location is perfect for Glencoe walking and Fort William for visiting. There are plenty of walks in Ballachulish without the need to take the car, in fact the area is very cycling friendly too with most roads having a cycle track alongside. My only moan is the internet speed which is pretty slow but I don’t realistically expect fibre broadband in this location, it is useable, just slower than we are used to. Would I go back to this cottage? Absolutely

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Apr 2024

  • "Located at N Ballachulish this was anipxp bb Hp ideal centre for day trips."

    Loch Leven Hotel literally next door with a public bar and food. Holly Cottage proved to be quiet and yet next to the main road (100 metres) Having stayed in over 30 other types of accommodation as a regular visitor, this faired very well and I will return.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Apr 2024

  • "Holly Cottage is brilliantly situated for access to the best mountain scenery in the UK."

    If you love hillwalking, this cottage is ideal. The living area is generously sized, comfortable and affords great views to a couple of Munros just across the Ballachulish bridge. The cottage is well-equipped and the utility room is a real bonus for drying out wet coats. A most enjoyable week. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Peter3.8Mar 2024

  • "The cottage was lovely had everything we needed for our stay, nice and cozy which was a good job as we had storm Isha and Jocelyn whilst we were there!"

    Parking easy and the cottage was well situated. The short walk to the loch at the end of the road was a true delight as we spent hours watching otters playing and various birds from the small island, well worth a wander. We would stay again.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jan 2024

  • "All in all the cottage was extremely comfortable and very clean."

    However several items which needed attention spoilt the overall experience. Firstly inside the front door the plaster board has been damaged but the door handle and not repaired. The shower in the en suite produced little more than a trickle Also the fitting that hold the actual shower head is cracked and fails to adjust. Other than those items we really enjoyed our stay and foundnthe owner to be extremely helpful.

    Reviewed by Jon3.4Nov 2023

  • "Comfortable stay at Holly Cottage, great location and view."

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Nov 2023

  • "The cottage is brilliant for a family and in a superb location."

    The only thing that would have made things better for us would be a tumble drier. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a fabulous location."

    Patio needs repairing but other than that we couldn’t fault it. Really comfortable and cosy with stunning views.

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Jul 2023

  • "Very comfortable stay at Holly cottage."

    Great location and views. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a few issues with this cottage which we felt was not up to the standard of previous properties rented via Sykes."

    The stainless steel top of the toaster was completely black with burnt on residue and looked as though it should have been changed. On the one occasion we decided to use the dishwasher we could not get it working and suspect there is a fault with the controls. There was black mould on the the wall behind the cistern in the bathroom which was not a good look. The couple using the ensuite room felt that the size of the sink and the position of the tap made it very difficult to wash in. These comments have been passed to the owner on the feedback form in the cottage. Other than the points above, the facilities and equipment within the cottage were good and the location idea for exploring that region of Scotland.

    Reviewed by David3.8Jun 2023

  • "We loved Holy Cottage!"

    So clean and tidy with everything we could possibly need to make our stay comfortable.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay very comfy we hope to be back for third time"

    Reviewed by Frederick4.7Apr 2023

  • "A great cottage with fantastic views of the immediate surrounds and perfectly situated to give easy access to a number of places of interest in the area."

    An ideal location for most types of holiday in the beautiful Glencoe area

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a fab location with great views too."

    It was really comfortable and had everything we needed. Thanks so much for having us!

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Clean. Comfortable. Wood burning stove a very lovely touch. Good showers. Location great as well if you want to be around Glencoe area. Very Comfortable beds with warm duvets. Bring your own pillows if you prefer skinnier or even medium height as there will be one option for pillows only and it's about 20cm in height.

    Reviewed by Cat5.0Oct 2022

  • "Wonderful location , lovely cottage."

    Everything we needed. Lovely clean bedding and towels . Would highly recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Susanne4.7Sep 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay in this lovely property, which is ideally situated to explore the surrounding interesting areas."

    We particularly enjoyed the outstanding views and local walks

    Reviewed by Barry4.4Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Holly Cottage."

    Beautiful location with an amazing view. We had a great week exploring the local area and a bit further afield. The cottage had everything we needed and we loved the decor. Highly recommended and we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great location, everything you need for your holiday is in the Cottage, owner responses very quickly to any questions, perfect little place for a holiday."

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, beautiful views and owner really helpful."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, great location, superb views."

    It was perfect for a family of six.

    Reviewed by David4.4Apr 2022

  • "Nice spot but more comfy chairs or settee would be good, bor enough comfortable seats for 6 adults also,also showers desperately difficult to regulate."

    Otherwise very good, thankyou.

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Mar 2022

  • "I had a very nice week at Holly Cottage during March 2022."

    The whole cottage was very clean and comfortable. I felt at home there during my stay. My only slightly negative comment would be how cold it was. The central heating needed to be on and all the internal doors closed to keep the heat in. However, there were plenty of small electric heaters available too, so I could have used them if it got too bad. The cottage has lovely views, is located next to a pub and a very nice art gallery. It’s a perfect base for exploring Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands.

    Reviewed by Daniel4.4Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Holly cottage and Heather is a great host!"

    The communication with her was second to none. The location is perfect for the Glencoe ski resort and the views from the living room floor-to-ceiling windows are absolutely captivating. The property was clean and comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked with pots/pans/utensils and I especially appreciated the large fridge as we cooked a lot ourselves rather than eating out. The cottage is tastefully decorated (wood-burning stove was definitely a highlight) and the bedding is great quality. We all slept really well! The only let down was the fact that the bathrooms looked a little tired and in need of updating. Nonetheless, we had a really great holiday! Thank you :)

    Reviewed by Alisa4.4Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely stunning place, with an incredible views!"

    !!Would definitely come back again!

    Reviewed by Patrycja4.7Jan 2022

  • "Excellent accomdation in Glencoe."

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jan 2022

  • "The house was very clean when we arrived."

    There was a lovely welcome pack in the kitchen. We had everything we needed for our week's stay. The 2 showers are electric so not what we are used to but adequate for a holiday. The stove was very welcome for a rainy November. There were plenty of logs and we were happy to buy our own kindling and fire lighters. The owner contacted me during week as they had received delivery of kindling if needed.There is a large Co-op store 5 minutes away in Ballachulish which should have pretty much anything you need for your holiday. The area is outstanding and perfect for walking and enjoying the outdoors. I would recommend the property to anyone.

    Reviewed by Janice4.7Nov 2021

  • "The cottage needs manuals for operating the dishwasher and the cooker otherwise everything was self explanatory."

    The owner did say on there post that a log fire was available but the logs didn't arrive until the day before we were leaving. There is nothing to light the fire with, so perhaps a warning to bring fire lighters. The view is excellent from the front of the cottage and it is in a reasonable position for local areas. Also required are directions to any local shops as we couldn't find any and had to travel to Fort William for any supplies.

    Please find all Instructions for the white goods linked to in the Welcome email; this is part of our covid compliance. This email also links to a pdf containing a variety of local information including shops etc (which are located in the nearby villages of Glencoe, Ballachulish and Kinlochleven). When we chat with guests pre arrival to provide the keycode for entry, we invite all guests to get in touch with any questions they may have during the week, rather than to wait until their stay is over. This gives us the opportunity to respond quickly and fix any issues that may arise. We live very close to the Cottage and can easily help over the phone, or pop round, to show guests how to use the cooker and dishwasher. We apologise for the delay of the logs which took longer to arrive than we expected; kindling and firelighters are located in the lounge next to the stove. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frank3.8Oct 2021

  • "There was just one problem we found with property and that there were no instructions left or we could find to explain how to use cooker etc."

    Also on leaving property.

    Please find all Instructions for the white goods linked to in the Welcome email; this is part of our covid compliance. When we chat with guests pre arrival to provide the keycode for entry, we invite all guests to get in touch with any questions they may have during the week, rather than to wait until their stay is over. This gives us the opportunity to respond quickly and fix any issues that may arise. We live very close to the Cottage and can easily help over the phone, or pop round, to show guests how to use the cooker. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Teresa4.7Oct 2021

  • "Spacious and comfortable bungalow, nicely furnished and with all the facilities we could wish for."

    Owner was very friendly and helpful. It's the most beautiful location right in the heart of the mountains - even on rainy days it was a joy to wake up here.

    Reviewed by Carla5.0Sep 2021

  • "Excellent property and fantastic interior."

    Perfect location for long weekend and very comfortable stay. I would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Sep 2021

  • "Holly cottage is in an ideal location for visiting the area."

    It’s located only 11 miles from Fort William. There is a Co-op only a 5 min drive away. The cottage itself provided ample room for us as a family of four. The views from the front of the cottage are stunning. The cottage is well equipped with everything we needed for a week away. There is a lot to see in the surrounding area. We would definitely recommend this cottage as a great base.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2021

  • "House is located at a stunning location."

    We Very much enjoyed the home. Kitchen had everything we needed for the days we cooked. Very cosy. I would definitely recommend friends and family. If I come again, I'd definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Saleem4.7Aug 2021

  • "Absolutely loved the place, the house was lovely and clean, the area was nice and quiet, the views out the patio doors was spectacular."

    Would highly recommend this

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2021

  • "Holly cottage, was a beautiful location, had everything u needed."

    We had lovely weather and Heather the owner was very helpful and very responsive when you needed anything.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Jul 2021

  • "Little bit far from Fort William as the road to it is a slow one that takes about 30 mins."

    not many eating places in the area, all hotels so booking early is recommended. Cottage had all the facilities you needed, plenty of room.

    Reviewed by Karen4.1Jul 2021

  • "Everything, the cottage had everything you would need, super comfy, beautiful views,"

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely fully equipped cottage only downside was no shops nearby but would stay again."

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Jun 2021

  • "Holly Cottage is nicely situated to get out and about for hiking, more gentle walking and sight-seeing."

    Located just off the main road and near the bridge over Loch Leven, I was a bit concerned about traffic noise...... however very little could be heard. Overall the cottage was probably in its correct comfort / amenities category, though the covid pandemic meant a number of seful things were removed by the owners, but there was an online link provided, offering info etc. Clean and tidy, large comfortable sofa, TV a bit too small. There were only the two of us and though its 3 double bedroomed property, I think more than four would feel crowded. For the price we paid it was certainly good enough and we weren't disappointed. The outdoor table with the view is in the front garden and as such you do hear all the traffic going over the bridge.

    Reviewed by Reg4.1Oct 2020

  • "A lovely week in in North Ballachulish."

    The house was clean, comfortable, quiet and well equipped. Our host Heather was friendly and helpful. We hope to return to Holly Cottage before too long.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Sep 2020

  • "The house was lovely, very comfortable and clean and the owner was very pleasant and helpful."

    The scenery and views were absolutely amazing (in general and from the cottage) and the cottage is smack bang in the middle of some of the best scenery in the UK. The approach through the snow topped mountains of Glencoe, on the approach to the cottage, was spectacular. I would definitely recommend and I would hope to return at some point. 10/10.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Oct 2019

  • "Cottage was in a great location with fantastic views."

    Hotel with pub nearby . Great wee wood stove and kitchen facilities met our needs well. Bedrooms were comfortable . Electric showers but I know this is standard in the highlands and worked well. All enjoyed the holiday

    Reviewed by Morag5.0Oct 2019

  • "The windows in the en-suite bedroom were black and mouldy and not cleaned very ..."

    The windows in the en-suite bedroom were black and mouldy and not cleaned very well ,there were no shelves in the en-suite for toiletries,no slip mat in shower cubicle, towels had bleach stains, toilet roll holders were rusty , furniture uncomfortable settee had food and dirt between the cushions ,for 3 bedroom property the seating in the living area was poor,the rear garden was like a rubbish tip an old double sink with taps sticking up left in the garden not child friendly,in the parking area the hedge needed trimming back, when getting out of the car there is not a lot of room between the hedge and car, this property could do with improving ,a very disappointing holiday

    Reviewed by Mervyn1.6Aug 2019

  • "Well situated, tastefully decorated, extremely comfortable cottage."

    A real home from home. Had the best nights sleep in ages! Although the weather wasn’t the greatest we were incredibly cosy. We loved our first visit to the highlands!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2019

  • "We had a fantastic holiday, everything we needed was in the cottage."

    All one level which was good for my in-laws who can't do a lot of stairs. Breathtaking view from the living room and beautiful scenery. I met a couple and recommended Holly Cottage plus, i gave them your website to have a look at other cottages including Orme View LLandudno which we stayed in December that was just as lovely as Holly Cottage. We would stay again without a doubt 10/10!

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Apr 2019

  • "Very nice accommodation, well placed for local sights with excellent facilities."


    Reviewed by Jan5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, lovely location and if we holiday in Scotland again we would contact Heather."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Mar 2019

  • "Excellent property just suited our needs to the ground."

    Lovely decor and welcome pack. Great location to see wildlife and local attractions. Many thanks!

    Reviewed by Rhiannon5.0Oct 2018

  • "The Owners had added personal touches with the décor, furniture, crockery etc ..."

    The Owners had added personal touches with the décor, furniture, crockery etc that just made it feel more home from home

    Reviewed by Pete4.7Sep 2018

  • "Loved the cottage."

    Great location for getting about. Furnished to a high standard. Would definately be high on my list for rebooking should we visit area again. Particulary liked the morning when we looked out of the window in the early morning and saw a roe deer in the garden!

    Reviewed by Patience4.7Sep 2018

  • "The cottage was larger than expected and very well equipped."

    The location is perfect for exploring the Highlands, the base for a super holiday!

    Reviewed by Lex5.0Aug 2018

  • "Very happy with the cottage."

    Tidy and tastefully decorated and in a beautiful location.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Apr 2018

  • "The pictures on the website are exactly how the property currently is."

    A great touring location for various parts of the highlands. Good local pubs, restaurants and services nearby. Will be back again.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Mar 2018

  • "We had magnificent views lovely weather for time of year and everywhere was in easy driving distance."

    A beautiful area to stop for a week especially to celebrate our pearl anniversary .

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2018

  • "Holly Cottage is perfectly situated near Glen Coe, and is a great base for a mountaineering holiday."

    Spacious bedrooms, comfortable lounge and well equipped kitchen , as well as two bathrooms . Perfect for our group of 5 people.

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Mar 2018

  • "The owner was very helpful with the problems we had, and we are very grateful."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Feb 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean, and in a excellent location to visit surrounding areas, we have already decided that we are going to book Holly cottage again for next year, around the same dates as this year."

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jan 2018

  • "Fabulous cottage in excellent location."

    Great layout. We felt very at home and will recommend to friends & family.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Oct 2017

  • "Great location for walkers and cyclists."

    Very clean cottage, really comfortable beds and well-stocked kitchen and utility/drying room. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2017

  • "The cottage is beautiful, very clean and well looked after."

    The owner is extremely friendly and helpful. There was a welcome basket and a well equipped kitchen, everything we needed to cook real homemade meals for six. The views of the mountains are amazing and there is a lot to visit and see nearby. We really enjoyed our holiday.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2017

  • "Really good cottage, ideal location."

    ..we loved looking at the view of the mountains from the living room. Nice and comfortable with everything we needed for our stay. Lots of things to do in local area too and amazing scenery. Many thanks!

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Apr 2017

  • "General location, pleasent views."

    Cottage facilities easy to use.. owner very helpful. Good atmosphere. This was the second time we have been and it felt like a home from home

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Mar 2017

  • "Great cottage , spotlessly clean , 3 spacious bedrooms and an excellent location close to many munroes !"

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Mar 2017

  • "Excellent cottage, well furnished and set in a beautiful location."

    The log burner is such a great feature, perfect after long days up in the mountains. I will certainly book again on my next Scottish adventure.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Jan 2017

  • "A superb cottage in all respects."

    The best so far I've rented in the Highlands. Spotlessly clean; beautifully refurbished; great location for the mountains I was climbing and also for goodblocations to visit more generally, e.g. Oban, Fort Willliam, Glencoe and so on. Hotel with pleasant bar and excellent food within 50m. Another booking is a certainty.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Oct 2016

  • "Location of property for us was great, loads of munros, great cycling and coffee stops, bars and food stops plentifull."

    Even the weather was good.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2016

  • "Lovely cottage with a very helpful owner."

    Comfortable and furnished to a high standard. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Sep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Utility/boot room
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Internet Connection Only, CD/radio, WiFi.
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio area to front with furniture and lawned garden to rear
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 5 mins walk
  • Lochside 10 mins walk
  • Note: There are three steps to access this property
  • Note: Check-in time 5pm
  • Note: The charging of electric cars is not permissible at the property

The property

This stylish semi-detached cottage is located in North Ballachulish on the northern shore of Loch Leven, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and intriguing history.

Holly Cottage is presented to a very high standard and the smart contemporary interior will be appreciated by guests.

This cottage would be ideal for a family group or group of friends who want to explore the heart of Scotland together!

There are three comfortable bedrooms, one benefiting from en-suite facilities and the open plan living space with its woodburning stove is cosy and welcoming.

The French doors from the living area open out onto a front patio which is an ideal spot from which to appreciate both the stunning loch and mountain views and perhaps enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine.

The nearby hotel is a short walk away should you simply want a relaxing meal out and the chance to meet some locals.

From this cottage visitors can access some of the most popular areas that Scotland has to offer.

Just a short drive away is atmospheric Glencoe where the famous massacre of 1692 saw the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe annihilated!

Alternatively, take a drive westwards along the famous road to the Isles and visit Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard to rally the clans and where you'll find the Glenfinnan viaduct, memorably captured in the Harry Potter films.

It all happened in this very area!

Less than an hour away is the coastal town of Oban and from here visitors can visit some of the pretty islands of the west coast such as Mull, Tiree and Uist.

For shopping trips, nearby Fort William has everything and more along with Ben Nevis!

A simply welcoming cottage in a fabulous vibrant location to suit everyone.Note: The charging of electric cars is not permissible at the property

EPC Rating: Band D

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About the location


Kinlochleven 8 miles; Fort William 15 miles.

Deriving its name from the Gaelic Baile a' Chaolais meaning 'The Village by the Narrows’, Ballachulish straddles the narrows at the mouth of Loch Leven. Encompassing North Ballachulish and South Ballachulish, these two villages were separated until 1975 when the Ballachulish Bridge opened. North Ballachulish sits just across the bridge while South Ballachulish lies 3 miles to the east on the southern side. North Ballachulish offers a hotel and petrol station/shop, whilst South Ballachulish has a supermarket, coffee shop, Post Office, pubs, hotels and a Tourist Information Centre/gift shop. Ballachulish attracts many visitors throughout the year and is a perfect base for those wishing to enjoy outdoor pursuits. Ballachulish once had a major slate quarrying operation which continued for over 250 years until 1955 when the quarry was closed and today the old quarries are now being reclaimed by nature and the area is famous once again but this time as an idyllic holiday location. Nearby Kinlochleven boasts Ice Factor, an indoor ice and rock climbing centre, plus Fort William, with the impressive title of the Outdoor Capital of the UK, is situated 15 miles to the north with access to the famous Nevis Range, and Glencoe is within easy reach. With Fort Augustus and Loch Ness about an hour’s drive away, Ballachulish is a fabulous holiday location.

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Note: The charging of electric cars is not permissible at the property