“This was a return visit to this lovely cottage in such beautiful surroundings.”
“The perfect place to truly 'step off the world' for a week!”
A lovely (dog friendly) cottage in a stunning and remote area of Scotland. We are family of four (inc. 2 teenagers), and this was the best family we've had. Log fires in the evening....canoeing on the nearby river....cooked breakfast at 'Scoffers' in Dalmally.....flying owls & hawks at Kintail. Perfect if you want to spend time completely 'off grid'.......(but they also have great wifi.....if you need it!).
“Absolutely gorgeous cottage in a remote setting; mountains surrounding the property with the River Orchy running outside along the road.”
Plenty of space for our family of five and our dog. Real log fire and plenty of board games/books in the lounge. Very strong WiFi but mobile signal erratic, which is to be expected being so remote. Kitchen was well stocked with appliances and utensils; my only gripe is there wasn’t a dishwasher, but that really is the only thing and certainly not a deal breaker! We just all got stuck in and shared the washing up. The Tesco in Oban will do home delivery to this cottage so we arranged a delivery for the evening for when we arrived. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone who wants to chill out and get back to nature. Absolutely loved it!
“What a lovely cottage!”
Cosy and comfortable, especially on the two rainy days we had during our stay. Sitting in front of the lit fireplace, doing jigsaw puzzles (hadn't done that in years) and listening to the downpour outside - it was fabulous! The pots and pans could do with an update though, otherwise the kitchen had everything you'd possibly need. And of course the scones were an excellent welcome present!
“Everything was lovely the extras like scones etc were a lovely surprise but we didn't get a good nights sleep ,so were unable to enjoy the week so much due to tiredness.”
We had to sleep in separate rooms even, due to the extremely noisy beds and the boards under the double didn't help at all.
“Wonderful cottage, outstanding scenery.”
The wildlife and fishing amazing . Deer in the morning, were a magestic sight. The owners were really helpful and the scones on arrival were lovely . One we would recommend to anyone who wants a truly relaxing break.
“It was a nice touch to find fresh scones, butter and fresh jam to start our holiday :-) Also plenty of kindling, logs and coal for the fire :-) There is something special about looking out the window in the morning and seeing Deer!”
! The cottage itself is a little bit quirky in the way that the kitchen sink is not in the kitchen, it is in the wash room right next to the kitchen with the bathroom next to that which means if you need to go in the night, it can be a fair walk from the bedroom. These things are really nit-picking though! The cottage is on a little single track road with the River Orchy only about 100 yards away. The river runs through the spectacular Glen Orchy with (at the time we were there) snow capped mountains in the distance. We used it as a base to explore other places, Oban, Inverary, Kilchurn Castle/Loch Awe and Glen Coe to name but a few. A lovely place, I would recommend it :-)
“Absolutely brilliant, going to book this cottage again.”
“Felt like we had stepped off the world!”
Wonderful location, cottage and owners. We felt very welcome and part of the small community.
“The property and location exceeded our expectations, and we experienced holiday makers who rent properties.”
The owner was there soon after arrival to guide and advise us, very friendly and cheerful.
“A very enjoyable holiday”
“Mr McIntyre, the owner, was very helpful during our stay”
“What a wonderful place”
Location Firstly, we loved it, but I want to talk about the location before we move onto the Cottage itself. Glen Orchy is situated and starts south of Rannock Moor on the A 82 just below Bridge of Orchy, the lower end (by 100 meters ish in height above sea level) pops out just South of Dalmally at Inverlochy. We have driven past it countless times heading to other holiday destinations and it is very easy to miss. Glen Orchy is simply a hidden gem and I must insist you afford some time and pay a little detour the next time you find yourself “just passing by” you will not be disappointed. The river boasts lower and upper falls and a new path to one of Europe’s few but amazing waterfalls that pour over natural Marble. It is a single lane road which has countless passing places, picnic spots so getting through isn’t a problem. As would be expected, at some time you will eventually come to Achnafalnich cottage, try Google Earth you will find it no problem at all, although the current picture does not reflect the now decorated and refurbished state of the cottage. Cottage outside If you enjoy watching deer feeding whilst sat in the kitchen, bedroom or living room or outside on a chair then this is the place for you, our stay was at the end of March and there wasn’t a room without a view at some stage of Red deer. They will, and do graze to the front down onto the river and to the back of the cottage, and I mean right from you’re window, through your garden and to the tops. Without any exaggeration at all I could honestly identify three separate herds at one point albeit some at the top of the mountains that command both front and back so binoculars are a real benefit here. That now being said, parking is not a problem with plenty room for three cars, but if you have a dog that likes to run off for a bit of investigating the fencing will not contain your mutt as it is loosely maintained partial dry stone walls and wire fence with a total open area onto the road at the side. Young children can easily wonder onto the road if left unattended with a serious blind spot caused by another workshop/material store building next door (as I said look on google earth). There is a small fenced off garden to the front that we didn’t use said for feeding the birds. You are alone here with your closest neighbour about 0.7 of a mile away (1200 meters) we could get a phone signal 20 meters south of the cottage next to the small brook but it was sporadic at best actually in the cottage. Just sitting outside listening and watching with the now and again rare passing of a vehicle for me was perfect. Cottage inside OK….. To greet us was, what looked like homemade scones with Jam, some milk and butter. Real nice touch and a good start. The fire was already made ready for lighting and a very generous starter pack of logs coal and kindling to get you going. So with the views the location the starter packs with free scones we are off to a great start. The cottage was warm ready for our arrival electric wall heaters were on and a full tank of hot water for a great shower good to go. The bedrooms were clean tidy and warm the front room was welcoming begging to put your feet up and relax by the fire. Which we were happy to oblige later that evening. The kitchen was clean tidy and everything you needed. Well sort of, I will get back to that shortly, the utility room (one step lower than the kitchen separated by a partial glazed door had everything it needed to including the kitchen sink, no seriously, it was the kitchen sink? The kitchen doesn’t have one and you have to go to the utility room to get your glasses to drink, wash up or simply get a knife from the draw, all in the utility room next to the toilet and shower. Now this is not a complaint at all. It was just a bit weird but workable. You just have to remember to get everything ready first before suddenly realising you have to go to the other room to get the spoon for your brew or knife to spread the butter for the toast that’s just popped up. Why a sink unit and draw was not installed in the kitchen during the refurbishment is beyond me totally. I work in the construction industry and even my darling wife could see it was possible, let alone the abundance of space to fit the said items. But like I said not a complaint by any means just simply an observation that will at first catch you out as it did us as you start looking for things that are usually…… well …… in the kitchen! As for the double bed, the laminate floor made sure every turn, twist and flip creaked and echoed down the corridor by the hollow tube metal bed frame, much to our amusement. Ladies & gentlemen, these comments may seem or look like I’m moaning, I’m Not, I love the place I would live there indefinitely and would move in at first light of the morning if circumstances allowed. But if you’re going to review and score place then I believe it should be honest and fair. We have never returned to any of the places we have stayed previously despite commenting that we would be happy to do so however we do genuinely like to explore. This honestly could be the first time we would return. “What a wonderful place” my heart says five stars, alas my comments say four If you found this review helpful please take the time to give a thumb up as I took the time to tell you about it. Hope you enjoy your stay as we did Kindest regards Maff.
I rented Achnafalnich to get away from it all for a week, and do some writing. I would highly recommend this property If you are looking for a quiet base in which to explore the Highlands. The cottage is located about an hour's drive from the Glasgow Airport, down an isolated glen alongside the River Orchy. Such an incredible location! The most spectacular portion of the West Highland Way is only a few miles away, and in fact I did walk from Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven and back as a two day diversion. Hiking, fishing, stalking, are all nearby. The cottage itself is impeccably clean, and the owners are wonderful – ready to help at a moments notice. At one point I lost the key, and within the hour I was being bailed out by my helpful and responsive host! Everything you need is here. Well equipped kitchen, decent WiFi, and satellite TV (though I cannot imagine why one would ever turn it on – I did not). It was cold when I stayed, but the coal fire kept the place toasty warm. This cottage is remote, and if you are OK with that, Achnafalnich is for you. 5 STARS on everything!
We enjoyed our stay at Achnafalnich very much. Beautiful surroudings, a warm welcome with scones, a clean and nicely decorated house and with only deer as neigbours! The children loved to explore the surrouding area!
“Very peaceful in beautiful scenery”
A very comfortable little cottage. It was very quiet but in October the deer on the hills kept us entertained! We had two dogs with us and the only drawback was that the garden was not enclosed. It meant that they had to be kept on leads as the road - albeit a very quiet one - was right outside the house. The owners were very welcoming and helpful ( fresh scones on arrival). We hope to return this year as we enjoyed it so much.
“September get away”
Fabulous setting away from the hustle & bustle of modern life. The cottage is very comfortable with everything you could need, books and games for days spent in if required. Would recommend as a base to visit other areas of this beautiful area. A big thank you to Iain & Pat for making the cottage so homely.
- Off road parking
- Ground floor bedroom
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
Dalmally 3 miles.
A charming, detached 19th century cottage, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of Glen Orchy near Dalmally in the Highlands of Scotland.
Fully refurbished throughout and providing quality accommodation, this Dalmally cottage is perfect for family or friends looking for a quiet break amongst stunning scenery.
Set on the ground floor with views across the glen to the River Orchy and the mountains beyond, this Dalmally self-catering cottage has one double bedroom, one twin and a single.
The sitting room of this Dalmally cottage is centred around a cosy open fire, while the well-equipped kitchen has a dining area and a step down to the utility and bathroom at the rear of the property.
A small porch at the front of this Dalmally cottage is a pleasant place to relax and drink in the views.
Also at the front of this Dalmally cottage and across the glen road is a lawned area with a bench, so you can sit and revel in your own private Highland glen.
There is additional space at the rear of this Dalmally cottage to sit out and enjoy the surrounding scenery or perhaps spot some of the local wildlife such as red deer, red squirrels and osprey.
The superb location of this Dalmally cottage is ideal for both a relaxing break and an energetic one, with fishing on the River Orchy or nearby Loch Awe, and excellent walking in the hills of Glen Orchy itself, with its spectacular waterfalls.
Just 4.5 miles away is Dalmally Golf Club, set in a tranquil location with beautiful views.
A wonderful Dalmally cottage, offering a superb break at any time of the year.
All ground floor. Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Utility. Sitting room with open fire.
- Electric central heating with open fire
- Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
- Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Cot and highchair
- Ample off road parking
- Front garden area with bench across road
- Rear grassed area with furniture and BBQ
- Two well-behaved dogs welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shop and pub 3 miles
- Note: The road runs past the front door, between the property and the front garden, pets and children to be supervised
- Note: Property has a private, filtered water supply
- Note: Mobile phone reception can be variable.
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About the location
Tyndrum 11 miles; Oban 27 miles.
The village of Dalmally, on the road between Tyndrum and Oban in Argyll and Bute, probably began life as a settlement to provide for the nearby Kilchurn Castle, established in the mid 15th century by the 1st Lord of Glenorchy, Sir Colin Campbell. Through many generations, the Campbells vied with the earls of Argyll for dominance in this region and the castle was only abandoned in the 18th century. The modern village of Dalmally has a shop, Post Office and a hotel as well as Glenorchy parish church, with its octagonal design. There's also a nine hole parkland golf course, set just behind the village and Loch Awe, offering a very scenic and peaceful place to practice your swing. The renowned Gaelic poet Duncan Ben MacIntyre was born in the area, and a walk up forested hills brings you to his monument, as well as spectacular views of Loch Awe and the surrounding mountains. Its location makes the village an ideal base for touring the spectacular scenery nearby. Visit Loch Awe and its ruined castle, and nearby Ben Cruachan is not only a fabulous walk but also houses the Cruachan power station, where visitors can tour the hollowed-out mountain. Oban is a short drive away with ferries to the Western Isles, or take a drive through awe-inspiring Glen Coe. Dalmally is surrounded by sublime scenery, making it a wonderful base for your next Scottish getaway.
This property offers the following short breaks:
- Last minute
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