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Portuairk, near Kilchoan, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Arrived at Dondies after the most stressful drive ever."

    Biblical rain had closed many roads in the highlands and the road to Kilchoan was one of them, luckily a few hours after our arrival. We were greeted by one of the best views in Scotland, looking out over to Rhum, Muck, Eigg, Canna and Skye. This was the ever changing backdrop to our stay (who needs tv or tablet?) Dondies was warm and cosy and on the evenings, when the temperature dropped off, the wood burner came into its own. During our two weeks stay we found that the cottage lacked for nothing, the bed was very comfy and slept soundly after all our exertions of the day. At low tide we loved nothing more than walking our dog on the deserted beaches and there are numerous to find. If you like peace and tranquility and are good at planning ahead then Dondies will be right up your street.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Oct 2023

  • "Brilliant place to stay, the refurb brings it right up to date."

    Amazing views and really comfortable, Lots of walks on the doorstep and the wildlife amazing. Even the pine marten paid us a visit (caught him on our camera trap). Thank you to the owner and your staff who make this place available.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a brilliant time!"

    The cottage was very comfortable and had all the facilities you need. The view from the cottage were simply stunning! Very quiet location, nice beaches. Would recommend that you bring all your food supplies as there are no shops close to the cottage, However you are close to the ferry for Mull , which was brilliant for shopping and restaurants. The best part of this holiday was the view from the cottage which was stunning !!

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2023

  • "Comfortable house with fabulous view in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Fran5.0May 2023

  • "The property could not be any better it is in a fantastic location with breathtaking views."

    The property itself as been refurbished to a very high standard. It was good to meet the owner who is a great character very friendly and helpful, he filled us in on the history of the building and surrounding area, we absolutely recommend a holiday here we had a most pleasurable stay.

    Reviewed by James5.0Apr 2023

  • "A beautiful modern little cottage views great views over sanna beach."

    This place has had a full revamp so the pictures you are looking at are old ones. The new scheme is neutral with some grey with a log burner is the cosy living room. You can't beat the views over to the beach and the island beyond especially when the sun is out. It is listed as having a dryer but there isn't one. Be prepared for a long drive from the ferry approx 1 hour 30 on singletrack roads which are well maintained but are very up and down and windy. The place is ideal for a weeks getaway with your partner and 1 dog. There are a few walks near by which are challenging but worth the views up the mountains. There is only 1 pub in the village approx 10 minutes drive from the cottage which is only open on Friday's during the winter months but is worth a visit just for the food and the friendly locals. All in all a beautiful and cosy cottage for a peaceful getaway from city life and would definitely consider coming back.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Feb 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Dondie’s, cottage was very modern, comfortable and clean, views from cottage spectacular although location is quite isolated which adds to the charm."

    Met Donald the owner who was welcoming, friendly and down to earth. Just a note, if walking from cottage to Sanna beach in the winter go via the Old Schoolhouse route as it is not very easy going via the coast route.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2022

  • "Dondies is a very fine cottage, with an outstanding view of the bays of Portuairk and Sanna, and a great vista over to Eigg, Muck and Rhum."

    The inside has been modernised to a high standard and it is a very comfortable place to inhabit. Everything was in good working order and the place was clean and just as described. Portuairk is one of those places that invites you to enjoy the immediate area, it's not somewhere that lends itself to travelling far inland, so it's great to have a comfortable cottage where it's just great to enjoy the spectacular view!

    Reviewed by Ted5.0Oct 2022

  • "Everything was perfect."

    The croft was clean, fresh and newly decorated. A great size for a couple plus large dog. It was equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. I would have found a mirror in the bedroom useful, but this is a small personal preference, not essential. I was a little worried that there would not be enough to fill our time in such a remote location, but after 2 weeks I was very sad to leave. It was so peaceful and relaxing, with wonderful views and wildlife surrounding us. To sit on the patio watching the islands disappear and reappear from the mist was magical. When the sun came out the sea and sky turned to a beautiful blue and turquoise against the silver sand. We saw eagles, red deer and seals, and the highlight of each evening was a visit from the pine marten. A ferry trip across to Tobermory was very pleasant and easy to do, providing some shops and restaurants if needed. We loved the 6 mile round walk to the lighthouse and tea room at Ardnamurchan Point, and walks to Sanna bay. Each giving stunning views. We treated ourselves to lunch at Mingary Castle which was a wonderful experience.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jul 2022

  • "We loved our holiday in Dondie's."

    The cottage is newly refurbished and is warm and comfortable, with everything we needed. The view is probably the most beautiful we have ever had in our many visits to the Scottish highlands. Donald, the owner, came to welcome us at the start of our visit and gave us helpful information. A perfect place for a quiet holiday.

    Reviewed by David4.7Apr 2022

  • "A very clean comfortable cottage with modern interior and fantastic views."

    Reviewed by Lynda4.7Apr 2022

  • "The property location is superb and the recent refurbishment brilliant."

    Not sure what you mean by listings but the description and photos of the property does not match the refurbished property. That was OK for us but not so good for the owners! Whilst understanding about Covid restrictions we felt the minimal amount of equipment was a little too minimal!! Brilliant weather but brilliant whatever the weather.

    Reviewed by Eunice3.8Mar 2022

  • "Cottage had fantastic views."

    Parking was good, but track to cottage is unpaved and slightly potholed. It was ok in a Tesla Model 3 though (that has a low ground clearance). Speaking of electric cars I was also able to charge up my car using my own extension cable run through the window into a kitchen socket. We left some money to cover the extra electricity costs. Bed was comfortable and supportive (I do have a bad back so this was very welcome). House was warm, kitchen had good storage space (cupboard, fridge and freezer). Kitchen utensils & crockery were sufficient for our needs, but some kitchen scales would have been handy! We also had a complimentary Prosecco and biscuits which were well received! However provision of basic consumable materials (toilet roll, bin liners, foil, salt, extra logs, firelighters) was very thin. There was therefore a need to go shopping for such things. We’ve found other cottages normally have these things provided in sufficient quantity so this was coming up a little short.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.4Dec 2021

  • "We have just returned from this cottage after spending a week over the Christmas holidays (including Christmas day)."

    We have had the most amazing time at this cottage with views to die for. The cottage had everything you could ask for to make the stay comfortable. Dondie even took the trouble to ring us before our arrival to advise us that the local shop would be closed over the Christmas period. If you are looking for a peaceful getaway to recharge your batteries I would highly recommend this cottage. It is one of the best we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a lovely time, the accomodation was perfect, great location with fantastic views."

    The cottage was clean, warm and we will be returning. We enjoyed bird spotting and saw a white tailed eagle. Lots of seals and otters. Fantastic holiday.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Oct 2021

  • "Dondie's was a lovely place to stay, and we had a very enjoyable week."

    Whenever we book accommodation we always hope that it will be spotlessly clean and warm enough, with plenty of hot water, plus a comfortable bed. Dondie's had all of this and more, plus the most amazing view!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely view from cottage and short walk to small beach."

    Very remote and quiet, ideal for a relaxing break. Quite a lot of single track roads to get there so not ideal for nervous drivers.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2021

  • "Our second stay at Dondies."

    Will we return again? - of course. Beautiful views across Sanna and the inner islands. It only brings happy memories for me from many a summer holiday in Portuairk.

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Sep 2021

  • "The location of the cottage is ideal."

    Views to sanna beach are beautiful. The cottage was cosy, and had everything that we needed. The outside seats were appreciated as was the fully set log burner. The bed was comfy and everything was clean, and the full size freezer was an unexpected surprise. I was very pleasantly surprised to have WiFi too. Bit fir us, thd magicif the week was the view. Thank you Donald for a lovely week in your cottage.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very bad location for elderly holiday makers extremely difficult access to the beach, garden furniture not acceptable no clothesline for drying washing T."

    V. remote not working -not batteries- - no kitchen scissors or veg knife or microwave dishes. No user instructions for equipment in the property kitchen sink plug to small and had to padded with tissue to fit. These are small points to correct but added to the acute disappointment of not being able to access the beach became an added irritation. The cottage should be advertised as not suitable for the elderly. Re feedback 2 E-Mails and a covering were sent to Sykes last week - both unacknowledged

    Reviewed by M4.1Aug 2021

  • "Loved our holiday at dondies as we always do but 1 thing missing this year was a garden table, couldn’t sit outside and have our dinner or when sitting out at night with a refreshment nowhere to sit our glasses."

    Can’t promise on our return as the hike in prices for next year are ridiculous and have already pushed us to look elsewhere in the area.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Jul 2021

  • "Donald , the owner visited after our arrival to make sure we had everything we needed (which we did - Dondies had all we needed)."

    We had a great week with lovely weather, great beaches and walks from doorstep. Garden secure for our dog. A great "get away from it all" base to unwind. Views to Isles of Muck, Rum Eigg & Skye amazing and wonderful sunsets to end great days out. Loved our week at Dondies, would recommend and we will definitely return in the future

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2021

  • "Only spent one night in property due to the uncomfortable bed."

    It was as though there was no wadding in place’s between the springs and the outer fabric and you could see outline of springs. Only 3 hangers in wardrobe. On arrival property listed with tumble dryer, no dryer. In cupboards 2 dinner plates, 2 side plates, 2 soup plates, 2 each knives,forks,spoons & teaspoons. 2 each mugs, wine glasses & tumblers. No teapot, condiment sets etc. that come in most kitchens. Very poorly equipped. We have been in other properties during the pandemic which had the full range of normal kitchen equipment. If the bed had been comfortable we could have coped with the lack of kitchen equipment. All in all very disappointing experience. I have already phoned you and ref is COR-212319-CF. I would appreciate your feedback.

    Reviewed by Ian1.9May 2021

  • "Excellent location for peace and quiet excellent beach's and lovely walks."

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

  • "Warm, well equiped cottage with amazing views."

    Garden was dog friendly with a robust wooden fence. Would recommend Dondies to anyone who loves wild, remote countryside and beautiful beaches.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Nov 2020

  • "Lovely location to relax and unwind."

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.1Oct 2020

  • "Stunning views from this great cottage on the west coast."

    We had a fantastic week exploring the area. The ferry ( only 4 miles away ) to Tobermory, Mull was a great day out. We met Donald the owner at the beginning & end of our week. He is very informative, friendly & happy to give advice about the area etc.

    Reviewed by William4.4Jul 2020

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, WC and basin
  • Open-plan living, kitchen and dining area
  • Electric central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, WiFi and TV
  • Bed linen and towels inc. Off-road parking
  • Enclosed, slated garden area
  • Pets are allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 miles

The property

Dondie’s is an idyllic detached cottage, nestled in the magnificent Scottish mountains, coupled with breath-taking sea views.

From the outset, this property boasts charm and is able to sleep up to two people, providing a romantic holiday destination in a secluded location.

As you step through the glass sliding door, you are greeted to a welcoming open-plan area.

The living area houses a modern TV and a cosy sofa to snuggle up in front of the warming woodburning fire in the evening.

Additionally, the space includes a vibrant kitchen area with a striking red colour palette to accomplish a unique and stylish finish.

The kitchen includes all the necessities for your Scottish getaway, including a toaster, kettle, microwave, electric oven and hob, washing machine, dryer and fridge/freezer.

The dining space sits in behind the glass sliding door, allowing you to enjoy all your meals with an incredible view of the sea.

Located down the hallway is the double bedroom, which is complete with a double bed, bedside tables and lamps.

This room poses a fresh and airy ambience along with contemporary interior, allowing for a relaxed feel within the cottage.

Moving into the modern bathroom, you'll find a walk-in shower, WC and hand basin and an elegant finish.

The outside space of this property is truly impressive.

Dondie’s has its private, enclosed garden area, which comprises a small patch of grass, gravelled area and a slate patio area complete with two chairs to allow you to appreciate the spectacular views during the summer.

This charming cottage is located in a fairly secluded area, however the nearest shop can be found within a 10-minute walk and the nearest pub can be located with 25 minutes.

Nearby is the abandoned Mingary Castle, which is only a 10-minute drive.

Not only does this 200-year-old castle have an eventful history, it also offers spectacular views and wildlife to enjoy.

From Dondie’s you can also reach the Kilchoan Ferry Terminal in under 5 miles.

From here you are able to visit the colourful harbor village of Tobermory which is not visible from Kilchoan.

Dondie’s is a charming cottage that offers the perfect couple’s nest to explore all the area has to offer with your loved one.

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About the location


Tobermory 7 miles (via ferry).

The pretty village of Kilchoan is the most westerly village in mainland Britain, situated on the stunning Ardnamurchan Peninsula and surrounded by magnificent mountains and breathtaking coastal views. The area close to Kilchoan offers a choice of quiet sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife with eagles regularly spotted overhead. Until 1900 the village was only accessible by sea, but now access is via a single track road that leads through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The village has good local services including a shop, pub, restaurant and community centre. From Mingary Pier there is a regular ferry service across the Sound of Mull to Tobermory which gives the opportunity to explore the islands of Mull and Iona. There are wildlife excursions on land and sea and the new Ardnamurchan Distillery and Natural History Centre are added attractions. A short drive away is Ardnamurchan Point complete with its own lighthouse and visitor centre which is well worth a visit, or perhaps you simply want to sit on the glorious Sanna Beach and enjoy the views across the clear blue sea to the islands of Muck, Eigg and Rum?