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The Old Sawmill

Acharacle, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles (Ref. 1022206)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "I had a brilliant week staying at The Old Sawmill in November 2021."

    The place suited me perfectly, the owners were very helpful and best of all, a nightly visit from a Pine Marten! Glenborrodale and the surrounding area of Ardnamurchan is absolutely stunning, especially in it's autumn colour, and this cottage is the perfect base to explore!

    Reviewed by AlastairNov 2021

  • "The cottage was very tired and is in need of a complete overhaul sadly disappointed for the price"

    Thank you for your feedback. The cottage was built in the 1800's and therefore does have its quirks. Since we purchased the property late October 2019, we have put in a new log burner, purchased a new king size bed, new bed linen and towelling throughout. During late 2020, when covid restrictions were lifted slightly, we installed a brand new bathroom suite, including an electric dual shower, new tiling and flooring. We were due to replace all the windows during 2021, however, with as a result of the pandemic, this has had to be delayed until 2022. The cottage is cleaned thoroughly by local agents with extra cleaning in place during the pandemic. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoyceAug 2021

  • "The cottage was perfectly situated with easy access to places of interest in Ardnamurchan."

    Sawmill Cottage has a fabulous garden which attracts an amazing array of wildlife, including PINEMARTINS and it is perfect for garden-bird watchers. We had everything we needed in the cottage, we were all cosy & comfortable, given we had three adults and two teenagers in our party. It was lovely to have our own rocky bay to explore at the end of the driveway and there are plenty of places to explore from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by LesleyJul 2021

  • "Wildlife viewing exceeded expectations - however the cottage itself needs complete refurbishment."

    I have every sympathy with the cleaning staff trying to bring the cottage up to a reasonable standard for guests to enjoy.

    Reviewed by PhilipJul 2021

  • "Just what I was hoping for, peace and quiet and simple, but comfortable, with care taken with all the arrangements and clear information."

    The bottle of wine was very welcome!

    Reviewed by FionaNov 2020

  • "The Old Sawmill is a cosy retreat set in beautiful gardens with deer, pine Martens and birds for scenery."

    It’s clean and well equipped and has everything we needed for a relaxing stay. It’s very private, there’s plenty of parking and as long as you don’t mind single track roads, an ideal base for discovering Loch Sunart and the Ardnamurchan peninsular. The whole booking experience with Sykes was very easy and we received plenty of notifications from Sykes and the owners with regards to COVID procedures and how to negotiate the cottage. I would definitely recommend Sykes for cottage bookings and would return to the Old Sawmill if we plan to stay in that area again.

    Reviewed by EileenSep 2020

  • "So peaceful and quiet."

    Pine martens and various birds viSited the garden every day. No glass recycling from cottage but there is a bottle bank in nearby Acharacle so we dropped them off there on trips out.

    Reviewed by RosemaryJul 2020

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The property

Salen 6 miles.

Privately situated and surrounded by lovely large gardens, this charming, coastal, detached whitewashed stone cottage is an ideal holiday retreat in Glenborrodale Bay, where the river meets the sea, midway along the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.

Set near Salen with its shop/café and hotel with restaurant and bar, this cosy cottage offers lovely open views to the surrounding hills and mountains, where an abundance of wildlife thrives, and the tranquillity is only broken by the sound of birds singing and the clashing of deer antlers found adjacent to the sawmill!

Guests can expect to see red deer, fallow deer and a pine marten family who live there and for those lucky guests, you may even see the elusive Scottish wildcat.

Built many years ago as the power house to Glenborrodale Castle, the cottage has been tastefully upgraded and refurbished to suit a family or group of friends who will enjoy exploring the picturesque Ardnamurchan Peninsula together.

There are three tastefully-presented bedrooms and a spacious open-plan living area with a welcoming woodburning stove.

The well-equipped kitchen ensures meals can be prepared with ease and enjoyed around the table at the end of an active day.

The driveway to the cottage is bordered by lovely plants and the fully enclosed front garden is a fantastic place to sit and enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine whilst soaking up the wonderful views and watching the small stream bubbling by.

The area boasts outstanding coastal scenery and whether you're seeking scenic walking/hiking, cycling, angling, sailing, canoeing/ kayaking or more, you're sure to be very happy here indeed in the peace and quiet!

The Glenborrodale area has much to offer including Glenborrodale Castle, the Ardnamurchan distillery with visitor centre, Nadurra Natural History Visitor Centre and Ardnamurchan Charters, where boat hire is available as are day trips to the islands and sealife tours.

There is also an RSPB reserve within walking distance with wonderful walks and wildlife and where you may experience many birds that live and visit the area, including the golden eagle and the rare white-tailed eagle.

There are also many great, white sandy beaches to relax upon and marvel at the turquoise waters and here you may encounter otters and be lucky enough to spot dolphins and whales!

Why not also visit Ardnamurchan Lighthouse to enjoy afternoon tea?

Also visitors can take the ferry from Kilchoan on a day trip across to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, where you can spend the day enjoying the delights of the island!

A short drive away is Acharacle where you'll find a shop/Post Office, cafés/tea rooms and a hotel and restaurants.

Whatever you have planned, this stunning area provides the perfect playground for your daily adventure, and this cottage is an utter delight to return to.


  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1x King- Size, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Newly fitted Bathroom with Electric shower & bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with basic Sky and DVD player, landline telephone available on honesty box basis, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Shed in garden can be used for bike storage
  • Front enclosed lawned garden with furniture and stream and rear terraced garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and bar in hotel 6 miles, restaurant 5 mins walk
  • Coast at end of driveway
  • Note: Limited mobile phone signal
  • Note: An unfenced stream runs through the front garden, so small children should be supervised at all times
  • Note: One of the double bedrooms has no window, but has glass doors providing natural light
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm, departure by 11am.

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About the location


Dalnabreac 3 miles, Salen 6 miles, Glenbordale 9.5 miles

The village of Acharacle is situated on the West coast of Scotland on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The village sits at the western end of Loch Shiel, close to the village of Salen on Loch Sunart. The area is surrounded by wonderful wilderness, and is steeped in history including strong links to the MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles. The village itself has a village store and a small bakery as well as a fish and chip cafe, small hotel with public bar, restaurant and a Post Office close by. Within a short drive there are quality hotels offering good food, and an array of outdoor activities. Why not try some sea-kayaking at Glenuig Inn, who offer full or half day trips into the Sound of Arisaig? Combine this with some bird spotting, with golden and white-tailed eagles nesting close by, or perhaps simply put on your boots and walk some of the wonderful pathways in this area. Ardnamurchan has some lovely sandy beaches just waiting to be found and you can even take a short ferry trip across to the Isle of Mull.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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