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The Ben

(Ref. 984237)

Ullapool, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfy stay thankyou"

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Great location. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Feb 2024

  • "The Ben was a fantastic place to stay, it was perfect for us for the travelling we wanted to do while we were up in the Ullapool area."

    we never met the owner, but they left us a £10 voucher for the Deli in Ullapool which was really kind of them and a wonderful surprise. i would highly recommend the Ben as a place to base yourself

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Feb 2024

  • "The cottage and location were perfect Couldn’t fault anything."

    Met the owner once. Very pleasant and helpful lady Will definitely be booking again

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Dec 2023

  • "I can't fault The Ben or its owner in any respect."

    I wanted a comfortable and peaceful (and warm!) getaway for a few days, and this was ideal. I would very happily go back and would not hesitate to recommend it. By the way, there seem to be some older comments about the road to Rhiroy from the main A835 - these must be out of date, as the road (single-track of course) is absolutely fine and in good condition. Note that I think some online maps have The Ben marked in slightly the wrong place - just trust Danielle's instructions and you will be fine!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful spot"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Nov 2023

  • "I booked this accommodation as I needed a relaxing holiday."

    It was located near the end of a single track road on the quiet side of Loch Broom and had a nice view of the loch and the hills and woods opposite being elevated above it. The bungalow was clean and tidy with all the facilities I needed. The town of Ullapool was located relatively short drive away ( 12 miles ) should you have the need for pubs, shops, supermarket etc. Will be returning again next year as I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The owner Danielle had even left me a voucher for a pizza which was a really nice touch.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the BEN everything you need for a relaxing holiday."

    We used it as a base for visiting Harris and Lewis something else ticked off the list of things to do. Wood fired Pizza definitely worth a visit made extra special by having a voucher. Definitely go back thanks for the great holiday

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Really appreciated the location of property and owner communications, especially the pizza voucher a welcome surprise."

    Great place to watch the birds on the loch

    Reviewed by Juliette5.0Sep 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at The Ben :)"

    Reviewed by Klaas5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great location, nice and quiet with fantastic dark skies for those interested in astro-photography."

    Property was scrupulously clean and well appointed. Perhaps another lamp in the living room would be nice. I'd highly recommend the property for anyone wishing to stay in the area.

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Aug 2023

  • "A very nice location to relax and enjoy the surroundings, the view is lovely."

    The kitchen is very well equiped. The interior of the cottage might be a bit dated but is in very good condition. We have enjoyed our stay very much and can absolutely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Christian4.7Aug 2023

  • "An absolute gem of a cottage…couldn’t fault anything, Danielle had equipped the cottage with everything you could possibly need for the week…."

    The views were amazing, and such peaceful surroundings, would highly recommend a stay here. Also Danielle made us aware that the cottage was ready early on the day, which after a long drive was very welcome news

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2023

  • "It was a real pleasure to stay at the Ben."

    We felt that the whole experience has been so relaxed and easy. From arrival to departure. We would definitely stay at the Ben again it really is a haven for a relaxing and peaceful break. The property is very well equipped and a real home from home.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2023

  • "An excellent wee house in a beautiful quiet location."

    Was the perfect location for access to the local hills and a perfect place to relax afterwards. I noticed a review commenting on the quality of the access road, I'd imagine it was accurate, but the road has been extensively resurfaced so is actually probably better that the A835 north of Ullapool, it is single track but ample passing places and very quiet.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0May 2023

  • "Thank you for providing such a modern, cosy, and well-equipped cottage with wonderful views across Loch Broom."

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0Apr 2023

  • "We booked a week over the Xmas period and couldn't have picked a nicer place."

    The bungalow has stunning views of the mountains and loch Broom. The bungalow itself is beautifully maintained and has everything needed for self catering. I was surprised to find little extras that most places don't supply such as a hair dryer and hand wash. It was absolute perfection. Looking forward to hopefully staying again.

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Dec 2022

  • "The Ben is a lovely cottage but access is by a fairly long and poorly maintained road so you should be prepared for this."

    In our case seasonal snow and ice made this an issue at times though plenty of rocksalt and shovels were provided so we could treat the steep driveway without too much difficulty. On the plus side the snow made the views even more stunning.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2022

  • "Excellent cottage in a fabulous location overlooking Loch Broom"

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2022

  • "Extremely comfortable, very well equipped, and offering great views over Loch Broom."

    Everything was thought of and Danielle came down to introduce herself. All the appliances worked well and there was several of each item in the kitchen, which was helpful.

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely place, lovely accomodation and lovely host"

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2022

  • "We booked The Ben at Rhiroy through Sykes."

    This delightful little cottage near Ullapool has the most fabulous views along Loch Broom. It is about 20 minute drive to Ullapool where there is plenty for a tourist to do such as eating out, taking a boat trip around the Summer Isles, driving the NC500 and shopping. 5/5 for the cottage and 5/5 for Sykes handling the booking.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Ben!"

    It was clean, comfortable, and well-appointed. The bungalow had a fantastic view of the loch, and the sheep and lambs in the field just below the bungalow were fun to watch.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was just perfect."

    Well equipped, beautiful views and so peaceful. Excellent communication with property owner. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jan 2022

  • "This was the first holiday I took with an electric car."

    I asked at the time of booking if I could plug my car in, and the proprietor agreed in return for extra electricity costs being covered. The arrangement provided all the electricity needed for our vehicle during our holiday. There’s no dedicated EV charger, but I just ran an extension cable through an open window into a regular 3 pin socket inside. The cottage was clean, warm and has all the modern comforts including smart tv and modern kitchen. Bed was an open spring mattress, but I found my back to be well supported and I had a good nights rest.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Nov 2021

  • "Couldn't fault anything about the property."

    Clean, cosy and a secure. Everything we wanted it to be. Very simple arrival procedure, and it was nice to meet the owner, then be left alone for the holiday (in other cottages we have felt watched over). We have holidayed on the West coast of Scotland every year for over 20 years, this was one of the best properties for comfort and location, and we hope to return.

    Reviewed by Les5.0Oct 2021

  • "A very well equipped and clean cottage situated on Loch Broom with stunning views."

    A very peaceful and secluded place, excellent for R&R.

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Sep 2021

  • "A great property in a stunning location."

    Prior to reserving we were worried by the access road towards the property and time it would take to get into Ullapool but the road really wasn’t an issue and it was relatively quick driving into Ullapool too. A lovely well equipped property that was very clean. Danielle was very helpful when we arrived and the welcome bottle of wine and voucher for sea shack food was great. Two adults and a teenager fitted in very nicely. Would have been cramped with 4 adults as only one bathroom. Ok for 2 adults and 2 small children with truckle bed. We will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Hayley Clare4.4Aug 2021

  • "Great location for a base whilst exploring the area - it is out of town, very quiet - just the way we like it."

    Nice welcome when we arrived, and great property - all family liked it. Thanks!

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Aug 2021

  • "Very well equipped cottage in fabulous location."

    Ideal to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful place,beautiful views."

    Cosy and comfortable but the mattress is a little bit tired and the quilt too hot for summer.

    Reviewed by Suzanne3.4Aug 2021

  • "Everything was as expected."

    Lovely view from the property. We would have preferred more modern furniture in the living room - but that is a matter of taste - it was all spotless! We really enjoyed the honesty stall on the way to the property - the salad was excellent, and the eggs. I would recommend stocking up on food beforehand as Ullapool has limited choice. Good fishmonger - but no butcher and the Tesco is small and was rammed (although of course it was the height of the season).

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Jul 2021

  • "We were very impressed with the cleanliness and comfort of the Ben."

    It's located in a lovely peaceful area, with a great view over Loch Broom. Danielle was most helpful on the few occasions that we needed assistance. A minor detail: we'd have brought washing-up cloths (J-cloths) and kitchen roll if we'd known that they aren't currently provided. The big picture: a very enjoyable holiday, blessed by some very good weather.

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Jul 2021

  • "Excellent cottage in fabulous location overlooking Loch Broom."

    Very quiet and peaceful and well placed for walks, wildlife and not too far for a drive into Ullapool.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jul 2021

  • "My note that facilities were not perfect was due only to the fact that because of Covid, it was necessary to remove cushions, books and games, and information leaflets etc."

    Danielle the owner came over and made that clear, and could not have been a more welcoming or helpful host.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jun 2021

  • "We had a wonderful time at The Ben."

    The location exceeded all expectations. The view from the window was so beautiful that we enjoyed returning from our days out just to look at it! The accommodation was very comfortable and more spacious than we had anticipated. The bathroom and kitchen were well equipped and the bed was very comfortable. The location was super for trips to Ullapool and further into the Highlands. Thank-you Danielle for your warm welcome, the wine and the voucher for the Seafood Shack. We enjoyed a lovely lunch there. Other fun times included a trip to the Summer Isles, a drive to Kylesku (breathtaking scenery), the walk up Ullapool Hill on a sunny day and a visit to Inverewe Garden. We also very much enjoyed the Ullapool museum which helped us to understand the history of the place. Everyone we met was helpful and friendly and it was a great start to our tour of Scotland!

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had a lovely week in The Ben."

    Although it’s about 20-25min drive into Ullapool, the location above the loch overlooking farmland is idyllic. A minor issue with the shower was quickly addressed and didn’t spoil our holiday in the slightest. Thanks so much to Danielle and her family.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2021

  • "Had a wonderful holiday and the location was just perfect."

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2021

  • "Absolutely immaculate cottage in a astounding setting."

    We were made very welcome by the host. Really appreciated the welcome gift of wine and biscuits.

    Reviewed by John4.7Oct 2020

  • "The Ben was absolutely ideal for our family of three."

    We really enjoyed our time there, thanks to comfortable beds and a well-equipped kitchen. The view over Loch Broom is very relaxing indeed. We will definitely be back. It is one of those holiday places that never leaves you.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Aug 2020

  • "Really lovely bungalow, so clean and very well equipped."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Jul 2020

  • "The owners live nearby on the croft and couldn't have been more friendly, helpful and easy going."

    A lovely spot to spend time in. Lovely stone beaches and 2 brochs very close at hand. Single track road in good condition. Handy for Ullapool. Perfect change of scene after lockdown. Delighted to see it looks like they'll have a successful season.

    Reviewed by Jeannie5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had a great stay here."

    The location was perfect, and the cottage had everything we needed. The host was very helpful when we had trouble finding the place in the dark, and even provided us with spare sheets and towels when we had friends join us for a couple of nights. We were given wine and free range eggs on arrival, and the place was left heated for us. It was extremely clean. Thank you so much for our stay.

    Reviewed by Harriet4.7Feb 2020

  • "This was a last minute booking, staff at Sykes bent over backwards to find us somewhere to stay at very short notice."

    We were extremely grateful that we were able to stay in Scotland for our 2nd week of holiday due to their efforts. We have stayed in many Sykes cottages and hopefully will continue to do so.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Nov 2019

  • "We spent really all our family a nice stay at the ben."

    It's a little cottage very comfortable that offers a magnificent view on the loch broom. Moreover it's a central place to go visiting by car the scotish highlands.

    Reviewed by PHILLIPPE4.7Jul 2019

  • "Well appointed bungalow type building."

    Clean, fresh, very comfortable rooms. Beautiful setting and very friendly place to stay.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Jun 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in amazing location, views spectacular."

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Mar 2019

  • "We had a great exploring and visiting relatives."

    The Ben was a great base away from town. Wifi would be a bonus as thats all we missed.

    Reviewed by Niall5.0Oct 2018

  • "Beautiful location with stunning views lovely cottage."

    The people running the cottage were helpful and friendly leaving us fresh free range eggs milk tea and coffee, fresh flowers in vase

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x single bed with single pull-out bed
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Electric heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, microwave, washing machine, Sky TV, mobile phone coverage
  • Wifi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Outdoor seating area overlooking loch
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 12.1 miles.

The property

Perfectly positioned across the crystal waters of Loch Broom, from the picturesque town of Ullapool is The Ben, a single storey cottage boasting an open-plan interior, and traditional features combined with a modern touch.

Approach the property from the main road, down a single track lane for a few miles along the pretty banks of Loch Broom.

You will feel welcomed by the small garden area across the drive from the front of the cottage, a delightful spot to sit out with a refreshing drink and admire the charming, scenic vistas stretching far across the luscious countryside.

This quiet, remote area oozes peace and tranquility, offering a reviving break to fully charge your batteries.

Step through the small vestibule and into the open-plan living room which boasts a sitting area, dining area and fully fitted kitchen.

Completed with neutral, coordinating colourways, Sky TV and an electric fire mounted on the wall, this space occupies a comfortable formation for relaxing and engaging with each other amidst a calm exterior setting.

The ample storage areas are for your convenience, whilst the two bedrooms on offer; a king-size double and a single bed with pull-out stacker bed, are served by a modern shower room presented in gleaming all-white overtones.

Rhiroy is a hamlet situated across from Ullapool about 12 miles away, whilst Inverness can be reached within an hour and a half's drive.

Take in the stunning surroundings this bustling town can offer, from pubs and restaurants, to an assortment of shops, there is plenty to do.

Why not practice the art of golf, or explore the local museum?

There is much to learn about the area.

Enjoy the delights of the north-west of Scotland from The Ben.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

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About the location


Inverness 57 miles.

Ullapool, nestling on the shores of Loch Broom and overlooking the Summer Isles, is the largest settlement in Wester Ross. This picturesque town was designed in the 18th Century by Thomas Telford and boasts delightful, whitewashed buildings and is also the main terminus for the ferry to Stornoway, the principal town in the Western Isles. The town offers some lovely pubs and restaurants, a range of shops including a well-stocked supermarket, a challenging coastal golf course and a museum and Visitor Centre on West Argyle Street for those wishing to discover more about the area. The museum covers a range of topics including crofting, fishing, emigration and the history of the town. Ullapool is also an ideal base from which to explore the North West of Scotland, with most of the main tourist attractions an easy drive away. The National Trust for Scotland Inverewe Gardens, created by Osgood MacKenzie who collected plants from all parts of the world, is a particular highlight.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter