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Craggan Cottage - Balmacara

(Ref. 1060403)

Kyle Of Lochalsh, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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  • well (7)
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  • stay (6)
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19 Customer Reviews

  • "We were extremely grateful and comfortable in the cottage, which was not only in an excellent location, but also central to everywhere we wanted to visit."

    Everything was exactly as you said. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Marisa5.0Jun 2024

  • "We enjoyed our weeks stay at Craggan cottage."

    The facilities, the location and the walks nearby all made for a really enjoyable relaxing week. We will be recommending the cottage to anyone wanting to enjoy the Kyle of Lochalsh or Skye.

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0May 2024

  • "Lovely house in a great location."

    Very clean, warm and well equipped. Fantastic garden with its own small beach. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2024

  • "Well situated for Skye & Torridon and beautiful local environment."

    Thank you, it is in a stunning location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful, cosy cottage in a spectacular location and conveniently situated for exploring Skye and Lochalsh."

    We had a wonderful stay, despite the wet weather during our week in Balmacara. The cottage is very well equipped and was immaculately cleaned for our arrival. The soft, fluffy towels provided were luxurious and smelled divine! The only aspects we felt would benefit from improvement were; * the quality of the double mattress in the master bedroom. My husband and I both felt it was quite uncomfortable and led to a poor night’s sleep for us sadly. * it would be fantastic if a DVD player could be provided for the lounge and a small selection of DVDs. The digital channels were good but often the TV lost reception (perhaps due to the stormy weather whilst we were there however). * a better quality electric shower or a mains shower in the bathroom. The existing electric shower and very poor water pressure. Otherwise, we were very happy with the cottage and its furnishings and hope to return in the future. The views are very special and we loved waking to the sound of the rolling waves a stone’s throw from the cottage. Thank you for a memorable stay :)

    Reviewed by Laura4.4Oct 2023

  • "Lovely, comfortable cottage in a stunning setting."

    The National Trust woodland walks behind Craggan Cottage were ideal for dog walking. We had a really great stay.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Sep 2023

  • "My dream cottage, I'd rent it every other month if it wasn't so far from home!"

    The cottage had everything we needed, and is very well maintained. The only slight niggle was the smart TV. We didn't try streaming anything, but the freeview channels weren't very stable with the broadband. But this is an isolated cottage in the Highlands - we didn't go there to watch TV! Although isolated, it's within an easy drive of both a Spar shop at Reraig (perfectly adequate for the basics), and the large Co-op at Kyle (for the main shop). It is the perfect base for exploring the Highlands; we had various trips up the coast to Plockton and Applecross, down the coast to Glenelg (from where we took the ferry to Skye and drove back via the bridge), and several trips over the bridge, visiting Kylerhea, Elgol, and, on our final day, taking another ferry over to Raasay. I'm sure it helped that we had gorgeous weather, but I can imagine it casting differents spells during other seasons. The emailed instructions for finding the property didn't make sense, but it is easy enough to find it on googlemaps. Highly recommended.

    Many thanks for the lovely comments about Craggan and we are working on a project to install or improve the wifi at as many cottages as possible. Sometimes the hills do get in the way. We will look at the directions to see if we can make them clearer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2023

  • "The only negatives were a poor shower which I suspect is due to water pressure issues and does happen in rural areas."

    Also there was no DVD player. But the cottage was beautiful, well equipped and in the most fabulous setting. The view across the Loch to Skye is gorgeous.

    Thank you for your comments. We had removed the DVD player when we refurbished Craggan in the Spring and supplied at Smart TV but unfortunately hadn't updated the Sykes webpage. You are right about the water, many places don't have great water pressure in the Highlands. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janice4.4Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful and memorable stay at this lovely cottage ."

    We particularly appreciated its location and views and its warmth . The weather was mixed when we visited and snowy at times . The stove in the sitting room was a really nice feature .

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2023

  • "A lovely cottage tucked away and surrounded by the most beautiful views."

    So beautiful that you don’t need to leave the cottage.

    Reviewed by Iman4.7Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with well equipped kitchen."

    Bathroom probably could do with an upgrade at some stage. It might be a good idea to leave a note for each guest to remind them of bin collection on the Friday and which bin to leave out. The front door handles need fixed as several times we worried we were locked out ! Stunning views and fabulous woodland walks on your doorstep.

    Thank you very much for your feedback about Craggan Cottage. We did carry out some remedial work on the bathroom over last winter by extending the wet walling and a new shower screen. We are formalising plans for more investment in the properties at Balmacara and on Skye over winter 22/23 . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dorothy4.7Jun 2022

  • "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 Deborah3.8May 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 Hazel5.0Feb 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 Gyles4.4Feb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in an amazing location."

    Very good size for 4.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Nov 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 Alan5.0Oct 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 Barbara4.1Oct 2021

  • "Wonderful location, stunning views from cottage"

    Reviewed by Kerry4.1Sep 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 Chris4.7Jul 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with walk in shower basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove
  • Oil-fired central heating and wood burning stove
  • Oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, and WiFi
  • Power inc. in rent
  • Starter pack of fuel supplied for the Wood Burner, extra fuel can be purchased locally
  • 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 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 wood burning 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, with the refreshing walk in 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.

EPC Rating: Band F

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-10203-F

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.
Please be advised that there may be external maintenance activities scheduled from July 6th to July 20th, and again from August 17th to September 28th, 2024. These dates are subject to change depending on the weather conditions.