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Sea Otter Cottage

Kentallen near Ballachulish, Glencoe, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles (Ref. 1018710)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "We throughly enjoyed our stay at the Sea Otter Cottage."

    Fabulous location for exploring Glencoe and Fort William we’ve even made it to Skye. Facilities were second to none especially we were surprised how well stocked the cottage is. Although we didn’t participate in any cooking activities it would have been possible to whip up a 3 course meal with all the cookware, crockery and utensils available. The views from the cottage were stunning photos don’t do any justice to this cottage it’s a lot bigger especially the kitchen area and beds are very comfortable. We can’t wait to return.

    Thanks you so much for your kind words Zivile. Glad you enjoyed. It is a very special spot. All the best Cherry Property Owner

    Reviewed by ZivileNov 2021

  • "Comfortable and convenient cottage in a beautiful location."

    Great things to see and do. Lots of wildlife and footpaths to explore. We enjoyed it immensely Thankyou. A

    Thank you so much Angela. Glad you had a great holiday. Kind regards Cherry Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaOct 2021

  • "Beautiful views, warm and cosy cottage with everything you need, like a home from home."

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2021

  • "A beautiful, comfortable, light and airy cottage, with stunning views of the loch."

    So well equipped for self catering and holidaying in, that it was a joy to cook there and we only ate out once. The place had been immaculately cleaned by the housekeeper. Cherry (owner) was in contact beforehand with some good directions, and we found wine, shortbread and chocolates waiting for us. The beds are very comfortable, but a chair in the bedrooms would be nice, even if only to sit and gaze at the sunsets (and sea otters if they deem to make an appearance) and possibly a mirror in each room? Thank you Cherry for a week to remember, we both miss it.

    Thank you for your feedback and we are so glad to hear you really enjoyed your stay. We are adding seating and mirrors to the bedrooms based on your feedback so thank you for the suggestions and we hope to see you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoannaSep 2021

  • "No enclosed garden."

    No directions to find property. Took 40 mins to find it. More info needed for future users.

    Thank you for the feedback, if I had known at the time you needed assistance I would of course have helped with claryifing the location and have now added further info to the pre arrival directions. Apologies regarding the garden, this has now been amended on the advert. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CatherineSep 2021

  • "Sea Otter Cottage is in a fabulous position with amazing views and a good base for exploring the surrounding areas."

    Would say you need to book well in advance if wanting to eat at the nearby Hollytree Hotel bar & restaurant. We only managed to go once during our week stay and that was the one I had pre booked a few weeks before. In fact most eating places were booked up so would advise planning ahead in that department. The cottage is extremely well equipped for self catering and the Morrison’s in Fort William was very good with nice fresh meat and fish so our portable gas BBQ was put to good use. Loved it & look forward to returning one day.

    Reviewed by SueSep 2021

  • "It would be good to have a choice of bedding so, in the event of unseasonally wamf weather a thinner duvet could be used."

    Other than that we were very happy with the standard and quality of facilities.

    Reviewed by HarryAug 2021

  • "Sea Otter Cottage is just perfect as a coastal holiday home."

    Great facilities and bits and bobs of very high quality. The light in the property really makes it, with large easterly and westerly windows. Cycle path across the road was so useful and beautifully made. Didn't want to leave, but we hope very much to be back. Thanks Cherry, you were a very helpful host too!

    Reviewed by IanJun 2021

  • "Such a fantastic location for lochs, sea, mountains and Fortwilliam."

    Local walks and places to eat, recommend Laroch in Ballachulish and Holly Tree Hotel nearby with beautiful views.

    Reviewed by RuthJun 2021

  • "A fantastic stay at Sea Otter Cottage."

    Had a courtesy call from Cherry a few days before and a text reminder of the key code. First impressions of the cottage were wonderful. Clean and cosy, logs stocked by the fire and a gorgeous welcome basket with shortbread, wine and jams. The location of the cottage is lovely although the road out front is noisy. 15 minutes to Glencoe with brilliant access to the Highlands on the A82. Everything felt clean and new in the cottage. We really enjoyed doing a jigsaw and reading the Rough guide to Scotland book. Shower was clean but towels were still very fluffy (obviously new) so left fluff on your after bathing (a tiny thing). The beds were large and comfortable and we found the storage in the kitchen / bedrooms very handy. We found the walking / cycle path in front of the cottage handy for walking our dogs. Overall a really lovely stay in a lovely location. We would certainly return to the Highlands and would look to book Sea Otter Cottage again. 10/10

    Reviewed by CharlotteMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, couldn't fault it."

    Everything you would want and more, bed was so comfortable. The view was out of this world with walks and cycling paths straight from the cottage. Saw plenty of wildlife including a sea otter in the loch opposite!

    Reviewed by ShirleyMay 2021

  • "Your directions from The South onto the road A28 was actually not correct."

    It is about 2.5 miles from the roundabout and the property is actually on the left, not the right. This did cause confusion on our arrival. The location is amazing and the views stunning. Cherry, the owner, made the property very welcoming with a note and some gifts. It is a lovely spot next to the Loch and we would highly recommend it as it is in a wonderful position with the Oban cycle path right outside the front door. Would certainly return again for more mountain walking and bring bikes next time.

    Thank you for your kind review! We have made the amendments to the directions, so thanks for bringing this to our attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MollyMay 2021

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The property

Ballachulish 5 miles.

The perfectly named Sea Otter Cottage lies before an immaculate waterfront in the Scottish Highlands, filled with ample opportunity to view unique wildlife and enjoy rural adventure, not to mention the most breath-taking sunsets!

Spectacular scenery awaits as you enter this gorgeous property, perfect for a group of couples or a family of four looking to break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Venture out to the beautiful surrounding views from this cottage, nestled in the quaint village of Kentallen, enjoying a peaceful stroll among the glistening waters of Loch Linnhe, or head out on the Oban to Fort William cycle path (right outside the front door) before returning back and visiting the Hollytree Hotel & Swimming Pool next door to the property, boasting a pool, hot tub, sauna and delicious restaurant.

Be welcomed by the charming kitchen/diner, offering a homely space where you can throw together home-cooked meals in the spacious kitchen, filled with fantastic amenities before sitting down at the dining table, catching up over an evening of wine and chatter.

After everything's been cleared away, snuggle up on one of the plush sofas in front of the cracking multi-fuel stove, letting a mug of tea warm up your hands as you decide on a film for the evening.

From here, you can access a lovely open plan garden, an ideal spot to dine alfresco or enjoy a morning coffee.

Also on the ground-floor is a handy shower room, great for coming in and cleaning up after a muddy exploration before heading upstairs to change, whilst a second bathroom rests upstairs with a sumptuous bath to unwind in.

Withdraw to one of two beautiful bedrooms, both offering king-size beds which can be made to twins if needed, and exceptional views of the far-reaching waterfront and rugged mountains.

Sit out on the sunny front patio enjoying splendid views of the amazing waterfront, sipping on a cold beverage as you try and spot close-up sea life including porpoises, while the sea otters come right into the bay opposite!

Why not wander down to The Hollytree pub with the group, which is a mere 10 minute walk down the cycle track, so you won't have to worry about walking back on the main road afterwards.

Ballachulish is home to several shops for you to buy any essentials, as well as welcoming pubs where you can meet the locals and enjoy a tipple of traditional Scottish whisky.

Explore the beauty of the outstanding Scottish Highlands, taking a ferry from Loch Leven over to remote Ardnamurchan Peninsula, filled with hidden gems and wildlife at Sanna Bay, magical forestry and rugged moorlands.

Spend a day at Kinlochleven, finding thrills at the unique Ice Factor centre, trying out indoor ice and rock climbing pursuing the heart-pounding aerial adventure.

Fort William is further afield (only a 20 minute drive) with a wealth of vibrant shopping, pubs, restaurants, and historic attractions, whilst Glencoe village (6 minutes' drive away) offers picturesque scenery throughout an array of walking, hiking, climbing and cycling opportunities.

Both Ben Nevis and Glencoe areas offer famous winter mountaineering opportunities,including 2 ski resorts.

The Cairngorns are 45 minutes away and offering a range of winter activities For exploring the surrounding isles, Oban (40 minute drive away) offers ferries to take you anywhere you'd like, for some unforgettable Scottish isle-hopping!

Discover true beauty in the Scottish Highlands during your stay at Sea Otter Cottage.


  • Two bedrooms: 2 x king-size (zip/link can be twin on request) bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with power shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Lounge
  • Oil fired central heating and multi-fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV,Highchair, Travel Cot, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking for up to four cars
  • Sheltered patio with seating and steps up to lawn
  • Sunny front patio with spectacular views
  • Two well-behaved pets allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5.1 miles, pub 10 minute walk down the cycle track Please note:

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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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