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Craggan Cottage

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


(8 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous location, character cottage, everything provided that you need."

    Nicely refurbed, good admin, very cosy and comfortable. Hope to return every year.

    Thank you for your comments, some more light refurbishment is planned for June. We hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DeborahMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very professional team who were attentive to the Wi-Fi issue.

    Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm glad that our property manager was able to sort out the WiFi for you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GylesFeb 2022

  • "It was a stunning location and a very comfortable cottage"

    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We have just had a dishwasher added to the equipment provided in the kitchen. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HazelFeb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in an amazing location."

    Very good size for 4.

    Reviewed by JacquelineNov 2021

  • "We loved our stay."

    Cottage is very warm and comfortable considering the location on the coast. Everything we need was provided. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by AlanOct 2021

  • "We had a great stay at Craggan Cottage."

    Walks in the area were superb, and the cottage was a very nice surprise, the views were spectacular! A fab holiday, but a few hopefully constructive suggestions: - description does not sell the cottage well, it should pull out that it is secluded at the end on the road, with spectacular views, and on the Loch edge (hear the waves at night, private beach, great walks on the doorstep, etc) - the garden was described as secure, but it was not, a shame for our dog. Two small gates would solve this (one between house and garden wall, one down to the loch beach) - the prices have gone up a lot since joining Sykes. As NTS members, would be great to get some benefit, such as a discount - while I appreciate COVID guidance, it would be good to have 1 map of the estate in the cottage (we picked one up from the car park?) as the wifi is weak, and reception is a little hit and miss. - the front door closing and locking behind us caught us out a few times (a warning sign, and second key would help) - a small sign/ instructions on where to park would be helpful so as not to annoy the neighbours - the under cabinet bulb in the kitchen melted our chocolate in the wall cabinet, might be worth thinking about leds?

    Reviewed by BarbaraOct 2021

  • "Wonderful location, stunning views from cottage"

    Reviewed by KerrySep 2021

  • "More in the way of outdoor table and chairs rather than just the fixed picnic table would have been useful."

    Kitchen knives were very blunt.

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2021

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  • 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, dishwasher, 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

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...

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.

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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.