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Craggan Cottage

Balmacara near Kyle Of Lochalsh, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1060403)

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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/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


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  • Mrs Hawkins

    “Wonderful location, stunning views from cottage”

    - Mrs Hawkins, September 2021

Balmacara Estate Cottages

Tucked away in the rural haven of the National Trust for Scotland’s Balmacara Estate are two character-filled cottages, boasting far-reaching coastal views over to the Isle of Skye, rolling hills and rustic lochs among saltmarshes. Situated in the heart of 2,550 hectares of Highland estate, there’s plenty of beauty to explore on your doorstep, amidst varied landscapes and a plethora of wildlife, making this a truly astounding holiday base. These cottages cater to a gathering of eight guests, hosting all the amenities needed for a week-long stay, as well as offering child and pet-friendly amenities throughout to suit a variety of group needs. The Balmacara Estate is home to a lovely café and helpful visitor centre, found just over a mile away from the properties, whilst the bustling Kyle of Lochalsh offers a wealth of shops for you to stock up on any essentials, as well as local pubs where you can enjoy a traditional pub lunch amongst the Scottish countryside. Other notable attractions nearby include the historic village of Plockton, dating back to the 19th century, and The Plock national reserve, boasting beautiful walking routes where you can breathe in the crisp coastal air as you stroll towards mature nature views. You are also within easy reach of the popular Isle of Skye, where you can enjoy sampling extravagant dining on locally-sourced seafood, tasting Talisker whisky and enjoying a day of retail therapy, or travel further afield to the striking Northern Isles. The Falls of Glomach waterfall, cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, is a must-see destination when visiting this area. Here you can experience unforgettable views of the Highlands & Western Isles, from dramatic snow-capped peaks, to serene lochs, to panoramic landscapes of The Hebrides. Relish in a getaway of true adventure at one of the Balmacara Estate Cottages.

The property

Kyle of Lochalsh 1.9 miles.

Standing on the north shore of Loch Alsh is this beautiful whitewashed cottage, ideal for a group of four and their canine companion to explore the mystical Isle of Skye and the rural Scottish Highlands.

The National Trust for Scotland's Craggan Cottage mixes light, contemporary furnishings with period character features, boasting stunning coastal views from a secluded garden where you can enjoy a brisk morning cup of coffee in this peaceful setting.

Settle in the sitting room for a quiet evening together in front of the TV with a glass of wine, while the multi-fuel stove warms you up on a frosty winter's evening.

Display your best home cooking in the kitchen, enhanced by the range of useful appliances and utensils available to you, before moving over to the wooden dining table to tuck into tasty meals and enjoy a flowing conversation.

The ground floor hosts a bright white bathroom where you can prepare for an exciting day ahead, taking your pick from a soothing bubble bath or a refreshing shower.

Head upstairs in the evening to one of two charming bedrooms; comprising a double and a twin, both offer characterful sloping ceilings and contemporary décor.

A leisurely stroll takes you to a convenient shop in Balmacara, while Kyle of Lochalsh offers a wider selection of shops, pubs and restaurants.

Choose Craggan Cottage as your getaway for an exciting rural retreat to Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1060404, together sleeping eight guests.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove
  • Oil-fired central heating and multi-fuel stove
  • Oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with DVD player, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking available
  • Private garden with seating
  • Well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.7 miles, pub 1.9 miles
  • Note: There is a narrow track to the cottage, difficult to turn, alternative parking is available at the start of the track, about 50 metres from the cottage
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture, you may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

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About the location


Isle of Skye 1 mile; Inverness 80 miles.

A bustling town in Wester Ross, Kyle of Lochalsh lies on the shores of Loch Alsh and is best known as the gateway to the Isle of Skye. It offers a range of shops, hotels and restaurants and boasts a busy harbour that plays host to a variety of cargo, fishing and occasional passenger vessels. Nearby, is Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most famous and popular sights, perched at the end of a stone causeway on the shores of Loch Duich. Further south is the Glenelg peninsula - a tranquil backwater which is beautiful, remote and relatively undiscovered. Travelling north from Kyle is the picturesque village of Plockton, famous for its palm trees, cottages grouped around a yacht-filled bay, and Highland cattle which wander the streets! Finally, cross the Skye Bridge to Skye itself and explore all that the “mystical isle” has to offer.

There is a narrow track to the cottage, difficult to turn. Alternative parking is available at the start of the
track, about 50 metres from the cottage. Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture.