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Holiday Cottage Reviews for Bac na bearn - Holiday Cottage in Kyle of Lochalsh, Highlands
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Bac na bearn, Glenelg, Kyle of Lochalsh, Highlands, IV40 8JT

Description of the holiday cottage

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.

Sleeps: from 1 to 7

Pets: Yes

Contact Details

Contact Name: Murdoch Mactaggart

Telephone: 01308 897231


2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 06/2017
Cottage Review:  

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
Facilities: good Views: exceptional
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: Alastair Velzian Review Added: 02.07.2017
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  Definitely Date of visit: 05/2017
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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
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: Kevinkeating Review Added: 07.05.2017
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1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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
Value: exceptional Overall rating:
Review Added by: WATTsj Review Added: 19.04.2017
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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