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A loch side property with stunning views located in a walker's paradise

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom property with open plan kitchen/dining/living area

**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

Dornie...........................................8 minutes

Kyle of Lochalsh...........................17 minutes

Skye Bridge..................................19 minutes

Plockton........................................30 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

- Dishwasher

- 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.

More Details

Joy Johnston
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 June, 2017

About Joy Johnston

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.

Why Joy Johnston chose Scottish Highlands & Islands

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!!

What makes this house unique

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!!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Kyle in Highland

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Fully tiled bathroom with wc, wash hand basin and shower enclosure.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Bunk Room. Double bed on lower bunk and single upper bunk
  • Travel cot and mattress supplied .
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • recreation centre
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
The house is an ideal place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing or hiking . Sit back and enjoy the breath taking views , and watch the wildlife on the shore in front of the house.You will not be disappointed.!!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

A loch side property with stunning views located in a walker's paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

An excellent week of relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week at Cronan Na Mara. It was an excellent home base on the days we wanted to sightsee (Eileen Donan is a five minute drive, the Isle of Skye was 20), was plenty close to excellent hiking trails, and was beautiful and relaxing on the days we chose to stay inside.

We had a great week! We'd recommend this house to anyone looking for a quiet retreat in Scotland or anyone looking to explore the highlands and the Isle of Skye.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind review Tyler. I am glad you enjoyed staying at the house and found everything to your satisafaction. We welcome you back in the near future . Kind regards Joy.
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a great base to explore the Highlands

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday at Cronan Na Mara cottage. It's right in the shore with good views of the loch and surrounding mountains (covered in snow when we were there). The shower was great, really powerful and hot and the bed in the front bedroom was very comfy (assume the other beds were the same). The location was great for exploring, we drove around Skye, Torridon, Loch Ness and up to Ullapool. On our travels we saw lots of deer, a couple of sea eagles and an otter swimming in the loch in front of the cottage. Joy provided lots of useful tips and information, and her communication was excellent.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sarah, Many thanks for your kind review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at the cottage and found everything to your satisfaction . Kind regards Joy .
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Amazing...Better than we had even hoped!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday in the cottage and had a lovely Christmas . The scenery is certainly very spectacular at this time of year . We hope you will get the chance to visit again. Kind regards Joy
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Beautiful, well-appointed and breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. We are pleased you had such a good time at the cottage and enjoyed your holiday in the highlands .
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Stunning property in a fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review . We are so glad that you enjoyed your holiday at "Cronan -na Mara " and found everything to your satisfaction.. We are delighted you got to see so much of the wildlife from the cottage and enjoyed the many hikes that the area has to offer. We welcome you back to stay with us in the near future. Kind regards Joy
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It was Perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

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!


  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Kintail lodge restaurant and Bar
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Kintail lodge restaurant and Bar
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Kyle, Scotland

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Standard season
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Standard season
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
21 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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