|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
**Newly Refurbished for 2015**
We invite you to experience our delightful holiday home, suitably named “Cronan-Na-Mara”, which translates from the Gaelic to “The Murmering of The Sea”. If you are in search of peace, tranquillity and spectacular views over Loch Duich and the mountains of Kintail then look no further.
This south facing detached property is situated on its own secluded plot directly on the shores of Loch Duich. Open the front door and you are a few metres from the water, greeted with striking and uninterrupted panoramic views.
The cottage is situated in the small village of Inverinate on the north shore of Loch Duich in the Kintail/Lochalsh area of the Scottish Highlands. The location is quite literally a walker’s / outdoor pursuits paradise with hill walking, climbing, water sports and shore walks right on the door step. The cottage is a perfect base to experience everything that the area has to offer and is a fantastic place to relax and unwind in following a day in the outdoors..
Kintail and Lochalsh is one of the most popular areas for walking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands. Kintail itself is famed for its classic mountain ridge walks. The Five Sisters and the South Glen Shiel Ridge are particular favourites of Munro baggers, whilst The Saddle is one of the most magnificent mountains in all Scotland. Closer to Skye is the Lochalsh peninsula between the shores of Loch Duich and Loch Carron. This area offers varied walking with villages such as Plockton as well as the region's main town at Kyle of Lochalsh. Across the dramatic Mam Ratagan pass is the remote and secluded Glenelg peninsula, a tranquil and peaceful haven far from busy routes.
The area is rich in wildlife and with some patience and determination you will be able to see sea otters playing on the shore of Loch Duich and golden eagles soaring around the mountain peeks. There are also deer, pine martin, badgers and wild goats to be seen. There is good fishing locally both in the rivers and sea. Nearby is the Isle of Skye which can be accessed via the Skye Bridge.
Please note that a car is highly recommended to experience the Scottish Highlands. Travel times to some key locations and amenities are highlighted below:
Eilean Donan Castle.....................7 minutes
Kyle of Lochalsh...........................17 minutes
Skye Bridge..................................19 minutes
The cottage has been extensively refurbished in 2015 and features an open plan living area with fully fitted kitchen and dining area. The property extends to approximately 1,000 sq ft (92 sq m).
There are two double bedrooms which each contain king size beds. Bedroom 3 contains Bunk Beds and features a double lower bunk with a single top bunk. (See photographs).
- Free Wifi broadband internet access
- 50 Inch flat-screen HDMI television
- Washing Machine
- Tumble drier
- 1 bathroom with shower
- Private driveway with room for multiple car’s
Local Restaurents & Amenity
After a long day in the hills or on the water, unwind in the relaxed atmosphere of The Kintail Lodge which is located exactly 2 miles from the cottage. The walk will take about 30 minutes.
There are also a number of other hotels with restaurants located in the surrounding villages.
There is a large supermarket located in Kyle of Lochalsh which is around 17 minutes drive in a car.
I am very much an outdoor person who enjoys walking ,hiking and cycling and hence love spending time in the highlands where I can relax and enjoy the the great outdoors.
Cronan -na -Mara is a stones throw from the shores of beautiful Loch Duich and offers spectacular views to the five sisters of Kintail . The cottage stands on its own and is the perfect place to relax ,unwind and listen to the sound of the water lapping against the shore . The perfect place to come back to after a day's hiking or sightseeing . You will not be disappointed!!
Cronan -na-Mara ticks so many boxes.. It is situated in a quiet peaceful location but is a very short drive to all the many tourist attractions the area has to offer Eilean Donan castle is a mere 10 minute drive away while the town of Kyle is just a further short drive .. It is a hill walkers paradise with walks and hikes to suit all levels of ability and surrounded by munros for the more challenging climber .It is an area of outstanding beauty with an abundance of wildlife to be seen . Otters can be seen from the shores of the house , porpoises in the loch , pine martins and so much more!!
The property was absolutely amazing. It was well frunished and has an amazing view. One of the best properties we have ever rented in Scotland. The owner left a great bottle of wine, and we even had a small Christmas tree. We would happily stay again. Warm, cozy, and excellent.
Joy was very accommodating and a pleasure to deal with, always responding promptly.
The view from the cottage is breathtaking and the cottage itself is wonderful. It was very clean and is tastefully decorated with comfy sofas, well equipped kitchen as well as very comfortable beds and luxurious shower. Very well thought out, with DVDs, games, binoculars etc. The location is perfect - peaceful and away from it all, yet within easy reach of the many nearby attractions. Sadly we didn't see dolphins in the loch, but we did see many birds and 2 Tornados!
Our favourites: Eilean Donan castle; glass-bottom boat trip from Skye (booking in Kyle of Lochalsh); turntable ferry to Kylerhea in Skye, including the drive from the cottage to Glenelg; Talisker distillery tour; Beth's cafe in Balmacara; Hector's chip shop in Kyle of Lochalsh; the drive to Plockton - seeing Highland cattle; as well as just driving round soaking up the stunning scenery.
I have stayed in many holiday rentals but this property beats them all for the quality of the interior and the stunning view. Tastefully decorated in neutrals, with comfortable, quality furnishings, an excellent shower in a large bathroom and high quality bedding on the most comfortable bed I think I have ever slept in. The kitchen was very well equipped, but missing a coffee maker and an extra frying pan (there is a cafetiere at the house now!).
The view out of the living room window takes some beating as it is right on the edge of Loch Duich with views over to Ratagan (opposite) and Shiel bridge (to the side). Porpoises and seals swim by and the owners have kindly provided binoculars to watch them. The living room also has plenty of books, games, maps and guidebooks, a very large screen television with freesat and wifi.
It was handy to have a separate utility room with it's own entrance that has a washing machine, tumble dryer and a place to store coats and boots. The walking in the area is stunning - I stayed two weeks and hiked almost every day, with very little travelling in the car. Skye is a short drive away.
Although on a main road, there is little noise disturbance - the house is lower than the road and shielded with lots of trees and bushes. There is parking for two cars right next to the house. The owners have provided plenty of outside seating, fire pit and barbecue and there is access onto the pebble beach from the front door.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this property for anyone wishing to stay in the Highlands - I would be delighted to revisit it.
Joy was easy to reach, pleasant to communicate with and very accommodating to the needed flexibility of our schedule. We stayed for over 2 weeks and truly found nothing wanting in her lovely holiday cottage, which far exceeded its description. This home is perfectly and privately situated in the Highlands with an easy drive to Skye and sightseeing. We ended up staying an extra night as we wanted to take in the Highland Games on Skye and Joy graciously accepted our request because there was a vacancy for that night. The beds were so very comfortable after hiking in the mountains and the kitchen was laid out in such a way to prepare meals while still enjoying each others' company. The extensive folder of visitor information was helpful and after a long day being tourists, we came home to a variety of board games which made for relaxing family fun! I must say that her towels are more luxurious than some of the best hotels I've stayed at. I highly recommend Joy's holiday home for any vacation in the Highlands!
My family and I stayed for 3 nights at this wonderful house. Too short obviously to discover everything. Easy to go to Isle of Skye, Plockton or just discover the direct surrounding of the house. The house is very well equipped. Everything is nice and clean and well maintained. The kitchen has everything you need, and there is also a BBQ outside, which we were lucky enough to use. I would definitely recommend this house if you like a relaxed place with a beautiful view!
The communication with Joy was also very good.
This three bedroom home was situated a stones throw away from the water, and my husband and I loved watching the birds soar over it from the large window in the living room. The window itself was a piece of art, like a wall of moving paintings, each block depicting a different aspect of the scene: a bobbing boat, drifting clouds, a sitting duck, a mountain peak. The house was super clean and the beds were comfortable. It has a washing machine and dryer. It had books, movies, and games for anyone needing an evening to just relax.
It was a three minute drive to Eilean Donan Castle. (Which was where they filmed scenes from Highlander. I'd never seen the movie before, and when we got back to the rental, saw it on the book shelf. So after visiting the castle, my husband and I kicked back with a dram of whiskey and laughed at seeing the castle in a movie.) There's a great little coffee shop next to the castle called All The Good Things for those needing a good cup. It's a ten minute drive to get to Skye, which is stunning. There are a million hikes to go on, some more obvious like the fairy pools, some I'm not even sure have official names. (I'll just call it the trail with all those sheep). The Talisker Distillery is there as well, but get tickets in advance as it's a super popular distillery. If you're on the fence, rent this place. We didn't want to leave when it was time.
Things to be aware of before renting for American visitors:
Deposit: There is a deposit required that is about half the cost of the rental. This charge is on top of the rental charge. With the conversion rates during checkout, we did not understand exactly how much was being taken out of our account. I think this is more of a website glitch than anything. Regardless, if you are working on a budget, be aware that Homeaway states a total during check out that does not include nor make the deposit clear. However, the owner gets the deposit back within a day or two of your stay. Worth it.
Coffee: I'm addicted. If you are too, this is something to keep in mind. All rentals we stayed at in Ireland and Scotland did not have coffee pots. They usually had water heaters for instant coffee. In this rental, we got crafty. We heated water. Then we put a strainer in a pot and lined it with a paper towel. We put coffee in the paper towel, then slowly poured hot water over the grinds. Voila! Real coffee! And if that doesn't cut it, stop by All The Good Things on your way to Skye.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
We have taken great pride refurbishing our holiday cottage to a very high standard with new equipment. Whilst we understand that it will be subject to fair wear and tear, we require a security deposit of £250 to be held for the duration of your stay in the unlikely event that unforeseen damages occur. This will be returned within 7 days of vacating the property.