Craigellachie Coastal Chalet


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The chalet was stylishly refurbished in 2016. With 45m of floor space and a 35m decking area it sleeps 2 in comfort and luxury. The chalet is in an elevated position and offers stunning views over beautiful Loch Kishorn and the Applecross hills.

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Craigellachie Chalet is your perfect highland escape with incredible views of the Applecross hills and Loch Kishorn. It's just the place to relax and unwind while you watch ever-changing weather and tides...

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Achintraid, United Kingdom

IV54 8XB

This is a selection of activities and information that may offer some inspiration and ideas. It is not comprehensive and we will try to update it regularly based on feedback. Please note, many activities will be closed or may operate reduced hours during the winter season (typically October – Easter).

Adventure Activities
•Mountain & Sea Guides, Applecross – Sea kayak trips, guided hillwalking and mountaineering trips .
•Martin Moran Mountaineering, Lochcarron – Guided mountaineering courses .

•There's a stone and sand beach right in front of the chalet in Achintraid (it's a lot bigger when the tide's out!) full of mussels, cockles and oyster shells.
•There is a broad sandy beach at Applecross.
•The beach at Sand, 3 miles north of Applecross is better, this is where the BBC series “Monty Halls’ Great Escape” was filmed and “Beachcomber Cottage” is still there.
•There is a pretty pebble beach at “smugglers Cove” about 3 miles from Lochcarron, 500m west of Strome Castle. Please be careful if swimming as currents can be strong.
•Between Poolewe and Ullapool there are several fabulous beaches including Firemore, Mellon Charles, Mellon Udrigle, Gruinard and Little Gruinard.
• There is a lovely coral (white sand) beach 4 miles south of Applecross near Ard Dhubh – park near the Ard Dhubh turning and follow the signposted (and sometimes muddy!) footpath for 1.5 miles to Coillegillie.
•There is another coral beach 3 miles north of Dunvegan Castle in Skye.
•There is a pretty sandy beach at Redpoint, south of Badachro near Gairloch and just north of Gairloch there is a big sandy beach known as Big Sand!

Boat Trips
•Calum’s Seal Trips - Wildlife cruises from Plockton .
•Torridon Sea Tours – wildlife cruises and trips to Rona from beautiful Shieldaig Harbour
•Seaprobe Atlantis – Glass bottom boat wildlife cruises from Kyle of Lochalsh .
•Bella Jane , AquaXplore or Misty Isle – are all Boat trips from Elgol on Skye to Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillins.
•MV Stardust – Fishing and wildlife cruises from Portree, Skye .
•Seafari – Whale and wildlife cruises from Armadale, Skye .
•Hebridean Whale Cruises from Gairloch Harbour .
•Summer Queen – Cruise the Summer Isles from Ullapool .

The chalet is self-catering and so breakfast is not provided but there is a full kitchen to make your own or try:
•Bealach Café - coffee, cakes and sandwiches at the turnoff to Applecross (2 miles away).
•Waterside Café, Lochcarron – for big hearty breakfasts.
•Lochcarron Hotel, Lochcarron – all day breakfasts and coffee.

•There is a ruined castle at North Strome, 3 miles west of Lochcarron which offers beautiful views to Plockton and Skye.
•Eilean Donan castle at Dornie is one of the most iconic and romantic images of Scotland.
•Dunvegan Castle in Skye is the seat of the chiefs of the clan MacLeod and home to the mysterious ‘Fairy Flag’.

•The closest distilleries are Muir of Ord where they make Glenord whisky or Carbost on Skye where Talisker is made. Both have visitor centres although Talisker is much more scenic.

•5 Bells Diving operate diver training and dive trips in and around Loch Carron .

The driving is beautiful in every direction but these are a few suggestions:
•Drive over the Bealach Na Ba (the Pass of the Cattle) to Applecross for lunch at the Applecross Inn - we recommend you go early as it gets busy in peak season. Either drive back the same route (2 hours return + lunch) or take the coastal road north from Applecross and return via Shieldaig (add an hour).
•Drive to Shieldaig and explore the pretty little village, then on to Torridon (2 hours return) and possibly out to the pier and road end at Diabaig (add an hour). Try the Gille Brighde restaurant at Diabaig – it’s a pleasant surprise in such a remote location. It is also an option to return via Kinlochewe and Achnasheen (add an hour).
•Drive to Badachro for lunch at the Badachro Inn or to visit Redpoint Beach, drive there via Shieldaig and return via Achnasheen (4 hours return). Extend to a full day by exploring Gairloch area.
•Drive to Portree on Skye, to explore the harbour and village (about 4 hours return). Extend with trips to Eilean Donan Castle or Talisker Distillery.
•Drive to Glenelg and explore the well preserved Brochs (Iron age buildings) and continue to Sandaig where Gavin Maxwell’s “Ring of Bright Water” was based. Lunch at the atmospheric Glenelg Inn and return via the tiny ferry to Kylerhea on Skye and back across the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh (about 4 hours depending on ferry times).
•Drive anywhere in North Skye it’s all beautiful! (It’s about 2½ hours to Uig). We particularly like the area east of Uig – around The Quiraing and Kilt Rock.

Eating In
•Buy local scallops and fish from Applecross Smokehouse, Kenmore, Applecross.
•Buy smoked salmon and pates at Torridon Smokehouse, Shieldaig.
•Lochcarron Spar also has a good range of local produce.
•Or relax and let local chef Alison Hewitt at the Kishorn Kitchen cater for you in the chalet with fresh, local ingredients.

Eating Out
•Bealach Café - soup and sandwiches at the turnoff to Applecross (2 miles away).
•Kishorn Seafood Bar, Kishorn (1 mile) – local seafood to eat in or take away in a relaxed setting. Outdoor tables are a spectacular setting on a sunny day.
•Waterside Café, Lochcarron – for big breakfasts and simple, good-value main meals.
•Bistro, Lochcarron – open in the evening day for quality home dinners (Thu-Sun only in off-peak season).
•Lochcarron Hotel, Lochcarron – open all day for bar or restaurant meals, large menu and daily specials on blackboard.
•Strathcarron Hotel, Strathcarron (9 miles) – good bar food in a traditional hotel.
•Carron Restaurant, Strathcarron (10 miles) – fine dining on the opposite side of the loch from Lochcarron. Call to book.
•Shieldaig Pub, Shieldaig (9 miles) – large bar/restaurant menu with fresh local produce (esp. seafood) and fantastic outdoor seating area upstairs (a must if the weather is good).
•Applecross Inn, Applecross (13 miles) – famous pub with excellent menu reached over a breathtaking mountain pass. Can get very busy.
•Walled Garden, Applecross (13 miles) – good food, informal setting, avoid the crowds at the Applecross Inn.
•Torridon Hotel, Torridon (15 miles) – fine, formal dining at a beautiful hotel.
•The Inn at Torridon, Torridon (15 miles) – bar meals in the pub next door to the Torridon Hotel.
•Plockton Hotel, Plockton (24 miles) – good food in a cosy bar.
•Plockton Inn, Plockton (24 miles) – recommended by guests.
•Gillie Brighde, Diabaig, (27 miles) – great little restaurant ‘at the end of the road’ – literally! Call for opening times.
•Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Skye (40 miles) – Awarded a Michelin Stars 2010-2017. Call to book.
•Badachro Inn, Badachro (43 miles) – a great drive for a lazy lunch. Combine with a walk on Redpoint Beach or a trip to Gairloch.
•Arriba Café, Portree (63 miles) – a relaxing café with an interesting menu if you’re in Portree.
•Seaforth Takeaway, Ullapool (73 miles) – take your award winning fish and chips out to eat on the pier and watch the fishing boats and ferries.
•Ceilidh Place, Ullapool (73 miles) – slightly eccentric Ullapool tradition combining a bookshop, an art gallery, a café, a bar and a restaurant in one extended building. People either love it or just don’t get it! We love it.
•Three Chimneys, Colbost, Skye (80 miles) – exceptional dining in multi award winning, Michelin-starred restaurant. Book ahead.

•In summer, try the pier in Toscaig, south of Applecross, for mackerel.
•For salmon and trout fishing, pick up a leaflet locally or in the Chalet.
•The Spar shop in Lochcarron sells a selection of fishing tackle.

•Attadale Gardens – Spectacular West Coast garden.
•Inerewe Garden - Premier Scottish garden with exotic plants from around the world.
•The Hydroponicum, Achiltibuie – An array of plants growing in an indoor garden without soil.

•Lochcarron Golf Course – 9-hole course in magnificent location by the shore of Loch Carron. (Club hire is available and golfing attire/shoes are not necessary).
•Gairloch Golf Club – A challenging and scenic 9-hole course set on the shore of Loch Gairloch.
•Ullapool Golf Course – A professionally designed 9-hole course.

Horse Riding
•Highland Pony Trekking at Glenshiel, 34 miles south
•Isle of Skye Trekking Centre is in the north of Skye, 73 miles north west
•Gairloch Trekking Centre in Gairloch, 42 miles north

Indoor Activities
•Gillian Pattinson has a gallery with a selection of local art 50m up the hill from the Chalet and there is another gallery at the boatshed 300m to the east of the Chalet.
•Patterns of Light 1 mile away in Kishorn sells an interesting selection of arts, crafts and handiworks and is definitely worth a visit for your gift ideas.
•Kyle of Lochalsh Leisure Centre, Swimming pool & gym.
•Lochbroom Leisure Centre, Ullapool – Swimming pool, multi sports hall and fitness suite.
•Poppy Gallery in the centre of the village displays paintings of local artist Caroline McCormack.
•Lochcarron Weavers, Lochcarron – the world’s leading tartan manufacturer with the world’s largest range of authentic Scottish tartans.
•Carron crafts and pottery on the opposite side of Loch Carron by Carron Restaurant.
•Kyle Railway Museum at the Kyle of Lochalsh station has a display of historic railway memorabilia.
•Applecross Historical Society Heritage Centre displays a record of the history of the area.
•Gairloch Heritage Museum takes you on a journey through time showing how local people lived and worked in Gairloch through the ages.
•Torridon Countryside Centre & Deer Museum has an interpretive display, a small shop and an audio-visual presentation on wildlife.
•Ullapool Museum tells the story of Lochbroom, the land and its people, through a blend of traditional and multimedia displays.
•Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve Visitor Centre has information on the nature reserve and a selection of trails in fabulous scenery.

•Lochcarron Garage will rent mountain bikes.
•Calum’s Seal Trips in Plockton rent canoes and boats.
•Lochcarron Garage in Lochcarron rent cars.
•Most of the national car hire companies operate from Inverness.

Reraig Forest
•Reraig forest is the sporting estate to the south (i.e. behind) the chalet and the owners are keen to make it as accessible as possible. Walking in the forest is encouraged and the friendly local gamekeeper (Colin) also offers Argo tours (in an all-terrain-vehicle) to get very, very close to the deer. Some of our guests have done this and it comes highly recommended.
•Clay pigeon shooting and deer stalking can also be arranged.

•Lochcarron sailing club

Single Track Roads
There are many miles of single track roads in the area so please follow the following guidelines to keep the ‘locals’ happy and you safe!
•Stop at a passing place to let oncoming traffic pass. Who does the stopping is generally dictated by who is closest to the final passing place you approach. Don't drive past the final one in the face of an oncoming vehicle or you will be expected to reverse.
•Only enter a passing place on your left. If the passing place is on your right, stop opposite it and let the oncoming vehicle enter the space.
•Passing places are also there to enable traffic to overtake. Check your mirrors regularly and if there is a car behind you, please pull into the first available passing place on the left and stop to allow them to overtake.
•Don’t park in passing spaces.
•It is common practice for drivers to acknowledge each other with a small wave as you meet at a passing place to thank each other for the courtesy shown.
•The roads are usually quiet and the scenery is always breathtaking, so relax and enjoy the drive, you’re on holiday!

•The nearest bank is in Kyle of Lochalsh - although the Spar and Hotel in Lochcarron both offer 'cashback' with purchases.
•Patterns of Light in Kishorn sells some super gifts.
•The Spar in Lochcarron sells most of the daily essentials along with logs, coal, fishing tackle and a surprisingly well stocked hardware section upstairs.
•The petrol station at Lochcarron Garage in the east end of the village sells a good range of food, milk and bread.
•Tesco, Inverness (69 miles) is the nearest superstore. Inverness has a wide range of shops selling everything you could need.
•Local seafood can be purchased at McIver Shellfish in Kenmore, Applecross and smoked salmon at the Loch Torridon Smokehouse in Shieldaig but there are a lot of fishermen locally - chiefly landing langoustine, crab and lobster so look out for roadside signs or ask around.

•Watch the traditional Highland sport of shinty played in Lochcarron most Saturdays.

•Unfortunately, there is currently no taxi service in the local area.

•An exceptionally scenic train line connects Strathcarron to Inverness or Kyle of Lochalsh.

•There are an almost unlimited number of walks in the area. In Achintraid itself you can walk left (west) from the road in front of Craigellachie House to the road end and then onto the forestry track where there is a pretty view of Plockton and Skye at the end of the track (approx. 2 hours return). Alternatively, walk right 100m from the road by the Chalet and follow the signs for the hill paths above Achintraid.
•A selection of walking books and maps will be provided in the chalet for your use.
•There are several walking websites but Walkhighlands is one of the best and has many informative walks plus maps.

•Dolphins and porpoises can often be spotted in Loch Carron, and the seas between Kishorn and Skye.
•Otters and seals are regularly spotted anywhere in Loch Kishorn. Any time of day is good for otter-spotting but it is easiest when the loch is calm, they have even been seen walking on the road in front of the Chalet.
•Golden Eagles can be seen almost anywhere in the area but the glen between Lochcarron and Kishorn is a good bet.
•Pine Marten frequent the whole area but can be tricky to spot although they do sometimes come into the garden.
•Sea eagles (white tailed eagles) nest on Shieldaig Island and also in the cliffs around Portree and there is a cctv feed of the nest site at the Aros Centre just south of Portree.
•There are red deer everywhere and they often come into the garden!

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Hi I'm Neil and, along with my wife Carol, we will be your hosts. Carol and I are fairly well travelled but in 2014 we decided to give up our careers (and much of our international travelling!) so we could move up from Edinburgh to live in our favourite place in the whole world ... north west Scotland. We're both now full-time hosts but before we moved here we were (very!) regular tourists in northern Scotland so we should be able to help with most of your queries... Thanks for reading Neil & Carol :-)
Hi I'm Neil and, along with my wife Carol, we will be your hosts. Carol and I are fairly well travelled but in 2014 we decided to give up our careers (and much of our international…

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