Cuil Bay Cottage
Cuil Bay is a sweet traditional cottage which has the most heavenly situation on Cuil Bay, quietly situated and surrounded by fields, some 14 miles south of Fort William. Once a simple croft house, it had been in the owner's family for generations, and had become a much-loved holiday home for them. Now, however, it has been transformed with great style into a comfortable, full modernised and quite charming home which holiday makers too can enjoy.
To reach it, you leave the A828 Oban-Fort-William road at the village of Duror (shop, hotel) and take, for about a mile, the little single track road which winds round the bay to Cuil. The cottage stands in its own enclosed grass garden, looking across the field to the bay, which has one of the few sandy beaches on this stretch of the west coast. At certain times of year the area round the bay becomes a regular feeding ground for migrating geese, and the fields in front of the cottage can be full of them, another point of interest for those keen of ornithology.
The cottage always was a house with plenty character, and only some of the more impractical aspects of this have been lost in its refurbishment. The snug sitting room has a wood burning stove, there is a completely new kitchen and a downstairs bedroom with en suite bathroom. Steep stairs lead to a further twin and a single bedroom (low coombed ceilings). The house is therefore best suited for a couple or for a small family, for children and adults alike will revel in the peace and freedom offered by this lovely location.
But all that said, when it comes to seeing things and doing things during your stay, the house is not at all remote. Once back on the main road, you can go north to Fort William, where Ben Nevis, ski-ing and mountain biking at Aonach Mor, or the Road to the Isles all beckon. But closer still, at Ballachulish (10m) there is a golf course, and you can turn right there into spectacular Glencoe, with all that legendary place has to offer in terms of walking, climbing and ski-ing. For a day out in less clement weather, the Ice Factor at Kinlochleven offers climbing walls, children's activities etc.
To the south is Oban, a bustling holiday town and jumping off point for trips to many of the inner islands. But then again, much closer to the cottage at Appin (6m) there is riding at Lettershuna, the Sea Life Centre at Barcaldine, and, at Benderloch, another fabulous sandy beach, and karting as well.
The first £25 of electricity is included with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Bed linen and towels may be hired. One well-behaved pet is welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted in the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 2(5)):
- Sitting room with wood burning stove and TV/DVD
- Dining/Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, washing machine and tumble drier, dishwasher etc
- Twin bedroom (can be pushed together) with en suite shower WC and wash hand basin
- Twin bedroom
- Single bedroom