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Star na Mara

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Arisaig, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely loved the house!"

    The view is spectacular, the house has everything you could possible need and Christopher and Emma have great taste when it comes to interior design. Our whole family and wee doggies had such an amazing week lots of chilling, loads of beach walks, kayaking and even a day trip to Skye. If you’re looking for beauty & relaxation then look no further. This area has always been my favourite place in the British Isles to visit and this is now my favourite house I’ve stayed in. Thank you for sharing your home

    Thank you David for such a glowing review! We can’t believe how lucky we are to be the owners of Star na Mara and it is always a thrill when our guests enjoy it too and give such positive feedback. We hope you will come back one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had a really lovely holiday, a beautiful cottage in this stunning location."

    The cottage has everything you need. Comfortable quality bedding and kitchen equipment and only a stones throw away from the best beaches on the west coast of Scotland. We highly recommend this property.

    Thank you very much for such a great review. We’re so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and found the house so comfortable. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Priti5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had been hoping to visit Star na Mara for a few years now, but dates never fitted."

    ..so glad we finally managed a stay, an absolutely lovely property in the lovely Arisaig area, fantastic views from the house over to the islands of Eigg and Rhum. Very comfortable property, warm, homely well appointed. A great garden for kids and it's enclosed. lots to see and do in the surrounding area, or you can just take advantage of the peace and quiet of the area. We had a great time, many thanks guys

    Thank you for your wonderful review! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed the house so much. Best wishes, Christopher and Emma Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Mar 2024

  • "Lovely home with everything you need."

    Comfortable and spacious. Garden not secure. Beautiful location and stunning views. Would definately book again.

    Thank you for the wonderful review. We will address the issue of dog proofing the garden. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carole3.4Mar 2024

  • "This is a lovely property in a stunning location."

    We feel very privileged that the owners have allowed us to stay in their beautiful home on the West Coast of Scotland. Furnished to a high standard, it has a peaceful and very relaxed feel throughout. We felt very much at home and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. All positive. Star na Mara lack's for nothing….

    Thank you for your heartfelt and sincere feedback. We are delighted when guests feel the house is a 'home from home' and appreciate all the things we value in this special part of Scotland. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Feb 2024

  • "Absolutely amazing house."

    Everything you need to hand in the house. Warm cupboard for the wet days. Fantastic views. Nice little walk to the beach.

    Thank you very much for your very generous feedback. We’re so pleased that you enjoyed our house. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Feb 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage, in lovely location."

    Fridge was dirty which was disappointing but everything else was great.

    Reviewed by Doreen4.7Jan 2024

  • "Lovely house, great views to wake up to, large windows upstairs and down."

    Had a great time with our family, house very comfortable and pet friendly .would recommend to friends and family .

    Thank you very much for such a positive feedback. We are delighted to be able to share the house and surroundings. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roberta5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had an amazing stay at the Star Na Mara."

    The house was everything that we had hoped for. The views were stunning and our dog loved the enclosed garden! The house was well stocked with everything that you could possibly need. A visit to Inverie is highly recommended. We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Louisa5.0Oct 2023

  • "Very well equipped and a brilliant location."

    Nice house but could do with a bit of tlc in places.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We agree that the house does indeed need a bit of TLC and this is all in hand for the winter months when the house is unoccupied. I hope it didn't spoil your stay too much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle3.1Aug 2023

  • "We really love staying at Star na Mara."

    Its situation is wonderful looking over the islands of Eigg and Rhum. We would never tire of that view which can be enjoyed from both the kitchen/dining area and the lounge upstairs. The house is very well appointed and is extremely comfortable and clean!

    Thank you very much for this lovely feedback. We are delighted that you are such regular visitors. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jul 2023

  • "Star na Mara was a lovely welcoming house which we really enjoyed staying in."

    A perfect location with fabulous views. The upstairs lounge with the big window was incredibly relaxing to sit in whether watching tv, reading, playing games or soaking up the light and views.

    Reviewed by Shiona5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic property ,very clean, great views, everything you could need for a holiday in Scotland."

    Very central to enjoy the beautiful white sands that are on the doorstep. The wild life keeps you entertained from the raised decking, various birds at least 7 different types on the feeders and the deer make the occasional show. Good views of Isle of Eigg and Rum. All in all a perfect holiday.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great house in a fabulous location."

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2023

  • "Star na Mara was everything it promised."

    We had a glorious week with the dogs and children with perfect weather. The cottage was so comfortable and had everything we needed - especially the views. We hope to come again!!!

    Thank you for such great feedback! We’re delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that the weather was good. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "Had a wonderful weeks stay."

    The views from the property were stunning, we had great weather and amazing sunsets. So much wildlife, young stags came down right in front of the window every night. Saw otters, sea eagles, cuckoos and much more. If you love the west coast of Scotland as we do then this property is ideal for a perfect stay exploring the beautiful area. The Property was lovely & clean, had all facilities we needed and very comfortable but it’s the location & the views which outshines all other places we have previously stayed in. Highly recommended and we will be returning

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Apr 2023

  • "What a delightful place to stay Very well equipped and super comfortable Top marks"

    Thank you very much for such an encouraging review. We’re delighted that you had such a good holiday and that the house came up to expectations. The bathroom radiator switch its a bit tricky to find Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2023

  • "We were thrilled with the location and the property itself."

    I would describe it as a happy house, with personal touches, a nice level of design and texture, amazing views and all the items we needed to have a relaxed working holiday. The two level accomodation allowed us to have space to be apart or spend time together. There were plenty of games/jigsaws for wetter weather, and all the kitchen appliances to be able to cook and bake like you would at home. The drying room was very much appreciated, appliances top spec, underfloor heating very comfortable.

    Dear Sarah, thank you for your very generous review. We are always delighted when guests enjoy the house and their holiday so much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2023

  • "Had a great time here even though it rained - ALOT !"

    ;-) House is very well equipped with high quality appliances and plenty of crockery and cutlery etc. The underfloor heating is a joy in the kitchen and the log burner upstairs makes the whole house very cosy indeed. Especially as the rain and sleet is bouncing off the windows. Great location with spectacular views! Definitely looking forward to returning in the future.

    Thank you very much for such a wonderful review. Delighted you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jan 2023

  • "Everything was first class, the only thing we would have liked would be a poker for the wood burning stove"

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Nov 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay."

    House was clean/comfortable but underwhelming. Everything was just a little tired, compared with some LHH properties we have stayed in. The views were stunning and the location was good for nearby beaches/dog walks (by car). The kitchen was very well stocked with gadgets. No welcome pack, which is unusual for an LHH property - would have been nice after problem getting into the property. I don’t think we’ll be back but we enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by Lindsay2.8Nov 2022

  • "You will be well aware of our complaints and, by now, our review on Trustpilot."

    All in all, it was an experience that was not worth travelling five miles for let alone five hundred. Most of all, we resent the implication that we were not telling the truth.

    Dear Guest We are very sorry that your recent stay did not live up to your expectations or indeed the experience enjoyed by the majority of our visitors as expressed in the reviews below. Whilst I completely appreciate that you had difficulty in operating the window closing mechanism, what I cannot understand is why you didn't give me a quick telephone call when everything could have been explained and resolved in a matter of minutes. I am at a loss to explain that anyone implicated that you were not telling the truth........I'm afraid I couldn't locate your fuller list of complaints on Trustpilot. We are always keen to have client feedback to know how we can improve our house for the enjoyment of our guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John1.9Sep 2022

  • "The house was amazing, all the family enjoyed staying here."

    It has everything we needed and was just like a home from home. The only thing I would recommend would be an electric kettle as an option to the gas one as it takes so long to boil and is quite heavy to lift. A small thing really as everything else was perfect. At some stage would love to return here. Thank you to the owners for providing such a fabulous home!

    Patricia RiddickAug 2021

  • "Fantastic house, great location, one of the best equipped houses we have stayed in."

    Would highly recommend

    Lucy RaffertyOct 2020

  • "We enjoyed Star na Mara immensely, very well equipped and stunning views out to Rhum and beyond, stunning sunsets."

    Only suggestion is to the hand rail up to the door needs attention. Wooden handrail is missing revealing a rusty rail beneath. Hi James. I can now confirm that the hamd rail has been fixed and is once again safe.

    James ShottonSep 2020

  • "I just wanted to thank you for a fab weeks holiday."

    The house is amazing. Having such wonderful views and the beach at the bottom of the drive was great. We managed to see the islands on day one and day seven - they were hiding most of the time. We also saw lots of wildlife and maybe an eagle (not sure). The house had everything we needed for a relaxing week away. It’s great to see so much crockery, glasses etc. The bed linen was also amazing. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t very kind to us but it didn’t stop us getting out and about - we just got a bit wet in the process. Thank you for a lovely week.

    Visitor BookOct 2019

  • "Perfect location for exploring the area and no problems finding it."

    It was a 5 minute walk to the beach which had great rock clambering for our 5yo and also lovely clear water for paddling. The view from the living room is epic, some evenings we all just sat and watched the sun set and the changing light over Rum. Wonderful. We visited Glenfinnan, took a trip on the MV Sheerwater to Eigg, went to Mallaig for lunch and the Co-op (insanely busy there due to the steam train), walked around the Rhu peninsula (to the beach and back) and spent lots of time on the beaches, Traig beaches were our fave. Best lunch we found was at Arisaig Marina, best evening meal we had was at the Old Library (essential to book). As for the house, it had nearly everything we needed/expected. There were 2 stand out things we were a little disappointed with, one was the toilet paper supplied, for a 6 person house, only 2 rolls of paper in each bathroom, so watch out! Luckily it's only a 5 minute drive to the Spar at Arisaig. The other thing was the size of the towels, with such a lovely bathroom I would have loved a full size bath towel to wrap up in after a bath . Not so bad in the Summer, but would even more surely miss this for the colder seasons. Other than that the kitchen has everything we needed for cooking for a family, games, and table tennis was a fabulous addition. The TV was a godsend in the morning to allow the grown-ups to have a lay-in, very slow internet though, we couldn't get any of the streaming services working so glad we brought a bunch of DVDs with us. I noticed in the description it mentions the steam train stopping at Arisaig, we were told it does not stop at Arisaig, the last stop before Mallaig is Glenfinnan. It's also very unlikely you will be able to get on here as it's generally fully booked! You can hear the express from all over the place though, we heard it a couple of times from the beach. LHH Response: We have asked the owner to supply bath sheets rather than bath towels. With regards to the toilet paper, we ask our owners to ensure there is a full roll in each bathroom as a starter. Guests are required to bring their own for the rest of the week.

    KellyAug 2019

  • "Back in our happy place again!"

    As always it didn't disappoint. The weather was dry with sunny intervals.Perfect for walking and exploring. Second time at this house and we love it! Who could ever tire of the outstanding views! Already booked up for next summer. Yeehaa!!!

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "What a fantastic place!"

    Cottage well equipped with beautiful views. Lots to do - we enjoyed sea kayaking, pony trekking, cycling up Glen Finnan and swimming in river pools, lovely walk past Rhu Cottage to a secluded sandy bay. Would love to come back.

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "Fantastic House, stunning views and great location."

    We came up here to get married and had a perfect wedding ceremony on Camusdalach beach. A most memorable and relaxed week! Will miss the views every morning, planning to come back though! Thank you.

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "Well! What can we say?"

    A beautiful house, amazing views and countryside and a great time had by all. We could look at that view all day, everyday, in any weather. A mixed week of weather but sunny spells too and amazing sunsets. Perfect! We took the Scotrail train from Arisaig to Fort William for a day when we knew it was going to be rainy - Good service and would recommend the wee museum in Fort William - Free!! and very very interesting and informative.

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "We've had a lovely week in such a gorgeous house!"

    The views especially in the evening have been glorious. It's been a week of mixed weather but we've still had plenty to do - trips to Rum, Knoydart, Glenfinnan and Skye. There have been lots of oppurtunities for running, cycling and even swimming, and when the weather wasn't so good - the Harry Potter box set (thank you!). We've certainly eaten very well - would recommend The Old Library in Arisaig, Andy Rae's for fresh fish, the Garden Cafe in Mallaig and the Forge on Knoydart. We've also indulged in lots of blackberries from the brambles down by the road! The area has been perfect and the house is fantastic - Thank you!

    Visitor BookMar 2019

  • "Despite rather mixed weather we have had a very relaxing week in this lovely house with fantastic views."

    Great walks with the dogs on some fabulous beaches. Excellent food and wine!!

    Visitor BookMar 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x king-size with en-suite with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with sitting area
  • Utility
  • First-floor sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with ground-floor underfloor heating, electric underfloor heating in ground-floor en-suite and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, DVD player, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and a starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and balcony with furniture
  • Pet-friendly, sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 6 miles
  • Note: Bring own linen for travel cot

The property

Arisaig 2.6 miles.

Tucked away within the hillsides of Arisaig, Lochaber in the Highlands, Star na Mara has easy access to a local sandy beach.

Perfect for families and suitable for those with limited mobility, this holiday home is an excellent base for any Highland getaway.

The feel is almost alpine as you approach this wonderful, white-painted holiday home, overlooking a local bay and the mountains beyond and with off-road parking.

Enter into a home that offers the maximum views, beginning with a contemporary fully furnished kitchen, where there are no worries about family meals being anything but perfection, and the same can be said for the beautiful wooden balcony and sitting area, allowing in the fresh breeze through sliding glass doors, and creating a perfect atmosphere to recline with a hot chocolate in an evening and watching the sun set over the distant Isle of Eigg.

Within this property you will find three bedrooms, each with a view to admire as you prepare for your day; first you will come to the ground-floor king-size, with seating area and storage, followed by a ground-floor twin room, perfect for children and with an accessible ground-floor family bathroom, and painted in pale and relaxing hues, before heading upstairs to find the third and final room, a king-size room with a sitting space as well as an opulent en-suite shower room perfect for freshening up in, along with sloping ceilings following the angular architecture of the house.

Upstairs you will also find the wonderful first-floor sitting room with a woodburning stove to warm your feet, and large windows to utilise the breath-taking scenery, a theme which is followed throughout the house and can also be seen in the open-plan kitchen/diner. When it comes to beaches, you really need look no further than the end of the garden; a large sandy beach is but a short walk from the property, with the mountains and islands dotted about the periphery.

You can picnic, walk your dog, beachcomb with the kids or even try out kayaking and wild swimming right on your doorstep!

For lovers of trains, Arisaig station can offer a steam-train ride in one of the most renowned tracks in the country, one where the Hogwarts express was filmed!

Within a short distance, there is a local convenience store, café and restaurant, however, if you travel a little further to Mallaig, you will be presented with a greater variety of options, as well as local galleries, craft shops and expansive white sand beaches.

From here you can get a boat trip for the day over to the isles of Eigg, Rùm, Muck and Skye.

In terms of historical and archaeological sites of interest, there are several to choose from, for example Castle Tioram.

Beautiful, remote and full of surprises just waiting to be discovered, you will fall in love with Scotland with a stay at Star na Mara.

EPC Rating: Band C

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Mallaig 7.5 miles; Lochailort 9 miles; Fort William 35 miles.

Situated on the shore of Loch nan Ceall on the West coast of Inverness-shire, is this small village, Arisaig. Within this typical Highland village, you will find a working railway station, a hotel, a pub, a Post Office and a selection of shops to enjoy. The landscape of the village is carved by a rocky coast, a sandy beach and breath-taking blue waters to complement. From the village you can also enjoy the far-reaching views to the islands of Rum and Eigg. Brush up on the local history by visiting the town’s “The Land, Sea and Islands Visitor Centre”, where you can discover the area’s social and natural history through new and old photos and artifacts. To keep you busy whilst staying within the village, you will find a magnitude of options for wildlife tours and island cruises. From here, boats can take you to the islands of Eigg, Muck and Rum, running from April until late September. Alternatively, you will find the famous Silver Sands of Morar within close reach, where you will find wonderful views and white sands, giving a tropical feel. Arisaig promises to be a refreshing getaway to this wonderful part of the Scottish Highlands.

Note: Bring own linen for travel cot. Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental.