Isle of Skye, Gairloch & the West
The Isle of Skye and the West is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Mountains and moorland, lochs and rivers, forests and woodlands, and miles of spectacular coastline. Warmed by the Gulf Stream the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands have always had a special place in the hearts of tourists holidaying in Scotland.
Detached, traditional and very spacious croft house, sleeping up to 4 guests and located on a 4 acre croft in the small hamlet of Peterburn near Gairloch. Secluded location overlooking the sea. Large garden and ample parking. .
Detached holiday cottage in Designated National Scenic Area. Tourist Board rated 4 stars and highly recommended by regular visitors. Picture windows with magnificent views over the sea and Hebridean islands. Private beach access.
Detached modern cottage, 4 star Tourist Board 80 yds. from the sea shore, Rona has panoramic views over the sea and the islands of Skye Harris and Lewis. private beach access.
Delightful original crofter’s cottage, tastefully refurbished and full of character, in the quiet village of Melvaig, near Gairloch. Beautiful views over the Inner Minch and the islands of Skye, Harris & Lewis.
Detached 3 bedroomed cottage, Scottish Tourist Board 4 star rating, Superb location offering stunning mountain views with the lounge and main bedroom both overlooking the mountains of Beinn Eighe & Slioch.
Self Catering on the Isle of Skye, Gairloch & the West Coast of Scotland
Northwards from the Kyle of Lochalsh – the erstwhile ferry gateway to the Isle of Skye – to Gairloch and beyond to Ullapool contains some of the most stunning coastal scenery and seascapes anywhere in the UK. Unsurprisingly, this special coastline on the Atlantic seaboard has long been celebrated in song, poem and literature. Not to mention revered by a flotilla of sailors.
But strangely this is an area of the Highlands of Scotland that is often overlooked by the crowds, making the West Coast something of a hidden jewel awaiting discovery. It is also ideal for self catering holidays, combining awesome scenery, tranquility and the informal and relaxed atmosphere of self catering accommodation. Best of both worlds is a phrase that has never been more apt.
As an endpoint of a Highland road or rail trip, you simply couldn’t ask for more. The West Coast ticks all the boxes of the discerning traveller and has an exciting range of self catering cottages and holiday accommodation to choose from.
Gairloch, for instance, is located at the head of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross and commands stunning views of the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides. It is a pretty village clustered around a harbour and enjoys a mild climate all year round thanks to the Gulf Stream.
Around Gairloch we have selected only the best self catering cottages to be had. This ensures our website users can book their holiday accommodation safe in the knowledge that no matter which place to stay they choose, they are going to be pleased. And if you get the self catering accommodation right, everything else on your vacation break falls into place.
Our stable of top quality four and three star holiday accommodation in the Gairloch area are all set in their own grounds to ensure privacy, exclusivity and, that all important ingredient, peace and quiet. Choose from modern detached cottages, a croft house or a crofter’s cottage, all tastefully refurbished for modern living and all offering breathtaking views you’ll be talking about long after you return home.
Their secluded romantic accommodation, with panoramas that take in loch, mountain, sea and islands, sleep up to four people, are dog-friendly and usually have wi-fi access to boot. We understandably rate them very highly, from 10 to 9.3, such is their high standards of finish, equipment and luxury.
The Gairloch and entire West Coast boasts not only landscapes to gladden the heart, but also plenty of things to do and see. Gael Holiday Homes self catering accommodation, therefore, make for the perfect base for exploring this enviable unspoilt wilderness. Enjoy everything from hillwalking and hiking to wildlife watching, touring or simply unwinding in glorious unmatched surroundings.
Also available are pony trekking, golf, cycling and innumerable beautiful coastal walks that let you discover wonderful sandy beaches, rocky coves and view points to fill your holiday snaps. And then some.
Kyle of Lochalsh and Plockton are pretty towns of whitewashed buildings close to Loch Carron. Kyle of Lochalsh is the shopping and transport centre for the area, and last stop on the scenic train trip from Inverness.
The whole area attracts walkers and climbers of all ages and abilities and there many things to see and do. Come for gentle strolls along the seashore, long-distance treks in the hills and mountains, or challenging climbs in the Black Cuillins of Skye.
There is also plenty of choice if you prefer more leisurely activities. Take a harbour cruise to see porpoises, whales, seals, dolphins and a huge variety of seabirds. Explore art galleries, potteries and craft workshops. Shop for locally made souvenirs, books, music, knitwear and tweeds. Enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants serving regional specialties.
On Skye you can visit Dunvegan Castle, the ancestral home of the MacLeods, or Armadale Castle, the site of the Clan Donald Centre. And don’t miss the Skye Museum of Island Life, Talisker Distillery and the otter sanctuary on Eilean Bàn.
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