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Bac na bearn, Glenelg, Kyle of Lochalsh, Highlands, IV40 8JT

Description of the holiday cottage

***Late availability - 30% discount!***

We have two weeks free in October - Saturday 29 September to Saturday 6 October and then Saturday 6 to Saturday 13 - and because we'd like to fill them here's a special offer for you.

Normally £435 for the week, you can book either week for only £299 all-in - that's less than £43 a night for up to seven guests! Don't miss it!

Set just above Glenelg Bay and looking straight down the Sound of Sleat and across to the Isle of Skye, Bac na beàrn is a traditional old Highland home, a former manse, owned by our family for 70 years. Surrounded by garden, solidly stone built, slate roofed, with full central heating and double glazing where it matters, warm, comfortable, unfussy and relaxed, and with many original features and quirks. It's sound and welcoming, if not perfect - but then who is?

Comprising four bedrooms, bathroom, well equipped kitchen, dining and living rooms, Bac na beàrn is a great base for up to seven guests to explore and experience the seas, mountains and wildlife of this unique and outstandingly beautiful part of Scotland.

Best Features

Then there’s the serene calm of Glenelg, silence broken by the whoops and skirling of sea birds, by the splash of a fish, an otter or seal, or the scutter of some animal – a pine marten at dusk, perhaps - through the bracken, by the friendly greeting of a stranger passing on the road – but never by roar of traffic or razored by sirens.

Highland weather is changeable, of course, but being in a Highland storm, is excitingly different from the sodden misery of city rain. Here you have scents of bog myrtle and heather, damp peat and salt spray, spume and seaweed, natural aromatherapy bringing you fully alive while calming and relaxing you also, a welcome home from home. And Highland weather can be magical as well.

So if you want somewhere sound and secure, warm and welcoming, with efficient central heating, unfussy but well equipped, somewhere you can relax after a day on the hills or the sea, Bac na beàrn should suit you well. The single bathroom has a long, deep Edwardian cast-iron roll-top bath where you can soak and there’s plenty of warm new duvets, pillows and comfortable mattresses for everyone, a cot too if you need it. It's a great base for exploring and experiencing the seas, mountains and attendant wildlife of this unique and beautiful area, the west Highlands of Scotland.

Be aware that this is an old Highland house and so if you're looking for a modern or tarted-up tourist unit with fully matching cutlery then this is not for you. As one very satisfied guest, who stayed for over a month in the new year wrote, "Don't think Hilton. Think old aunt Hilda's farmhouse and you'll be fine!" Come and visit.

Sleeps: from 1 to 7

Pets: Yes

Contact Details

Contact Name: Murdoch Mactaggart

Telephone: 01308 897231

Reviews

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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 09/2018
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If you are attracted to this holiday cottage and intrigued, rather than put off by the owner's frank description of the facilities, you will, like us, have a wonderful holiday. The house is comfortable, warm and well equipped. It is in a lovely setting and the surrounding area is stunning.

Make up of party:  couple
Cleanliness: adequate Location: exceptional
Facilities: good Views: exceptional
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Review Added by: Irene Smith Review Added: 10.09.2018
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 05/2018
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Set in the beautiful village of Glenelg, this is a wonderful little house, fully appointed with all you need - wifi, washing, tv, etc. My family has visited here some 7-8 times over the last 15 years and had a wonderful time on every visit. There's much to see close by and the hospital Glenelg Inn is just down the hill. We always say this place is weather-neutral. You can walk and see things whatever the weather, and you always get at least a couple of sunny days.

Make up of party:  Friends and family
Cleanliness: good Location: exceptional
Facilities: good Views: exceptional
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Review Added by: Richard Miller Review Added: 21.05.2018
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 04/2018
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A really nice house, with stunning sea views, in a great location, close to an excellent pub and a small but adequately stocked shop. The house feels really homely and has a unique rustic charm (which might be lost on people who expect a modern kitchen and bathroom but we really liked it). Perfect base for walkers and nature lovers. It is very close to the Glenelg Ferry to Skye, so you can also explore the south of the island easily. There is so much so see and enjoy around Glenelg, one week was not enough. The house is excellent value for money and offers a lovely Highland experience.

Make up of party:  friends and family
Cleanliness: good Location: exceptional
Facilities: good Views: exceptional
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Review Added by: Elsa Ness Review Added: 16.04.2018
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Recommended?  Probably Date of visit: 02/2018
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This is a charming home set in the most beautiful of locations on the west coast of Scotland.

The house itself is a traditional cottage, think of a farming cottage rather than a stereo typical holiday home.

This is a home away from home, not a sterile business. It's a place to relax after walking the shores opposite Skye or roaming the hills that rise above you in every direction.

The house although simple, had everything we could need. Heating, wifi, comfy beds, all kitchen utensils and the most amazing deep bath. The house is very large and can sleep a lot more people given the 3 bedrooms on offer, exceptional value for size and wonderful location.

The garden is large and secure for your furry friends to run around in or indeed for you to relax in with a glass of vino. Perhaps not February though.

Murdoch the owner was always reachable via phone or email and communication before and during our visit was first class.

The local shop and Inn are within 3 or 4 minutes walk. The shop has more than the basics and the Inn has a comfy, local and welcoming vibe.

Great place to stay for a weekend or longer and in the most perfect of locations with Skye and Loch Alsh an easy drive....that said we can honestly say the immediate surroundings of Glenelg are so beautiful, you may not want to venture far.

We will be back!

Make up of party:  Couple and 2 dogs
Cleanliness: good Location: exceptional
Facilities: good Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: Lee Vine Review Added: 02.03.2018
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 12/2017
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We came from Germany in search for a quite and lovely place to stay over Hogmanay. What we found was beyond our expectations. The cottage is lovely decorated with charme. With a fantastic view it is a good base to wander through the nature and also to sit inside and watch the ocean and mountains around. It's the perfect place for people who want to calm down from overtechnical city-lifestyle, but still has everything that is neccessary for an easy holiday with kids and dogs like washing machine and tumble dryer. If you're looking for a luxury hotel this IS NOT your place. It's an old house with his little tricks, which we liked a lot. For us the house and area became a home away from home. We will come back!

Dog-Parents: If your dog isn't very small and tiny the garden is save for running around :)

Make up of party:  We shared the house with friends of us and our dogs. It's perfect for families and holidays with friends, but also a couple who need space will feel like being at a home away from home. There is space for up to three cars in front of the house, the garden is big enough for children and dogs to play. The area is very quiet but the next bigger city is about an hour away.
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
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Review Added by: Oliver Pak Review Added: 17.01.2018
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 09/2017
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Bac na Bearn was a real find. My wife, four children, my parents & I spent a very wet and windy October week in the house and had a great holiday despite the weather! It's in a beautiful elevated position on the edge of the village, just a short walk from the shore, the pub and the village shop. It's an old, lived in house which will benefit from ongoing improvements the owner is making, but it's warm, the beds are comfortable and there's everything you need in the kitchen.

Glenelg is a beautiful, remote part of the country with stunning views at every turn. We particularly enjoyed our trips on the ferry, Sheena's tea hut and sitting by the fire in the Glenelg Inn.

The owner was very helpful, providing lots of information and tips. We hope to return very soon and maybe even see the sunshine a bit next time.

Thank you!

Make up of party:  4 adults4 children
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: exceptional Views: exceptional
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Review Added by: Simon Barnes Review Added: 17.10.2017
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 09/2017
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This a delightful property in a superb location with uninterrupted sea views. Its full of character and charm and has everything you need for an enjoyable stay. Its ideally situated for exploring the area and a short drive to the ferry crossing to the Isle of Skye. There is a lovely sandy beach nearby which the dogs loved (which we had to ourselves most days) and the Glenelg Inn is a short walk away down a little track, serving really good food and real ales. The owner was really helpful and accommodating and very easy to contact. We loved this house and hope to return next year.

Make up of party:  Couple
Cleanliness: good Location: exceptional
Facilities: good Views: exceptional
Value: good Overall rating:
Review Added by: Julie Gretton Review Added: 10.10.2017
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 06/2017
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Bac na bearn is a wonderful holiday home in one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland, Glenelg. If you are looking for peace & quiet with lots of room, inside & outside of the house, then this wont disappoint. Everything you require for a family or couples holiday is at hand.

The garden is large and spacious, which is great for kids, family games or playing with your dog. There's an amazing view down the Sound of Sleat from inside or outside the house. You can sit on a deckchair in the garden or look out the large sitting room window, watching the yachts & shipping passing through the channel.

The local well stocked village shop, is a 7 minute walk from the house, as is the hub of the community, the Glenelg and Arnisdale Community Hall with it's own cafe. The award winning Glenelg Inn is 5 minutes away by foot and the harbour area is just at the bottom of the 100m single track road that leads up to the house.

There are plenty of lovely walks around and about Glenelg and lots of interesting historic sites. The famous Glenelg Ferry is a 5 minute drive away with beautiful views over to Skye and lots of interesting wildlife, including, Seals, Otters, Sea Eagle etc.

The house itself is comfy and cozy with a very homely feel. It's not modern but it's full of character. The bath is the biggest I've ever had the pleasure of relaxing in, with plenty hot water.

The owner is a lovely man, who really cares about his guests having a comfortable, stress free stay. Though he doesn't stay near Glenelg, his communication is excellent and has a neighbour who is available if there are any issues.

All in all, Bac na bearn in Glenelg ticks all the boxes for us as a family of four who appreciate the simpler things in life.

Make up of party:  Family of four. Mother, Father and two adult children.
Cleanliness: good Location: exceptional
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Review Added by: Alastair Velzian Review Added: 02.07.2017
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 04/2017
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What a great house and location. Full of charm and plenty of space. We really liked the "lived in" and homely feel to the house. It's a little rough around the edges but this is the Highlands! All the essentials needed are in the house and the beds are good. The locals were friendly, great traditional pub 5 mins walk away. Good local shop. Lovely setting, 10mins from ferry to Skye with the seals to keep you amused while you navigate the strong currents as you cross. Fantastic, we will be back.

Make up of party:  Family
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: good Views: good
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Review Added by: Kevinkeating Review Added: 07.05.2017
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 04/2017
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A really beautiful traditional Highland home. We have been visiting the magical Highlands for many years and choose to only stay in this wonderful house. Over the years we have seen a gradual process of improvements, whilst the inherent charm of the property is retained. It is exactly what we want after a long day in the hills with our young family, who cannot wait to return after each visit, despite the 12-hour drive from the South West! The owners of the property can not do enough to help if needed and their relaxed and friendly attitude, only enhances the holistic experience. We cannot recommend the property or location highly enough and in fact, our only reservation in doing so, is for the purely selfish reason that we are likely to have to compete with many others, once our 'secret hideaway' is discovered! The owners description of the property is highly accurate in our opinion and describes the 'rustic charm' of Bac na bearn perfectly!

Make up of party:  2 adults. 3 children
Cleanliness: exceptional Location: exceptional
Facilities: good Views: exceptional
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Review Added by: WATTsj Review Added: 19.04.2017
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Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 04/2015
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This is a brilliant place. It is not your standard homogenised holiday let. It is a lived in highland style house. It is full of family stuff - you don't need to bring your own salt and pepper a lot of basics are passed on from one stay to next. If you're looking for ensuite rooms and TV games give it a miss - although the broadband in Glenelg is better than I have in Gloucestershire. The view from the lounge over the Sound of Sleat is stunning - it can also have horizontal rain but the house is really warm and has saunalike heating. We stayed as a group of family and friends and did some great walks - there is a Munro Beinn Sgritheall - that is pronounced skreel - just round the corner and loads of other walks and climbs - so if you can schedule your bathroom rota this place really works for a robust eating, drinking walking holiday and we will be back.

Make up of party:  Family and two friends.
Cleanliness: good Location: exceptional
Facilities: adequate Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: ghumhurn43 Review Added: 13.04.2017
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