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Croft House Bothy B&B in Heart of Highlands

SuperhostDornie, Scotland, United Kingdom
Farm stay hosted by Robin
2 guests1 bedToilet with sink

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Featured in the Guardian Travel's "10 of the Best Wilderness Holidays" in Scotland.

An old croft house, rough-as-guts, hidden on a hillside between the Five Sisters of Kintail and Eilean Donan Castle.

Fall asleep to the sound of a waterfall.
Smell the smoke of a crackling open fire.

Located near Dornie, guests can take day trips to Applecross, Glenelg, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye. There are mountains a plenty for climbing and stunning walks and strolls to suit all types.

The space
bothy
/ˈbɒθi/
noun
(in Scotland) a small hut or cottage, especially one for housing farm labourers or for use as a mountain refuge.

Origin
late 18th cent.: obscurely related to Irish and Scottish Gaelic both, bothan, and perhaps to booth.

The old croft house bothy is rough-as-guts. It's luxury, but not as we know it. No fluffy white towels here. It is the chance to escape from it all and get back to basics, and simplicity.

There is a waterfall running down the hill behind the bothy, rain tinkering on the old corrugated iron roof, the smell of wood smoke and summer vegetation, an open fire, starry nights.

Do not expect this bothy to be like a normal B&B. It’s basic: an old croft house made of stone walls, a concrete floor and a corrugated iron roof, with some furniture in it. It is not insulated so feels more like camping. But it has a charm of its own and is in a beautiful location - that’s what makes it special.

There is no shower or bath. Guests can take a 'bird bath' using a beautiful old fashioned ceramic wash basin or bathe in one of the pools in the burn (stream) below the waterfall. Environmentally friendly shower-wash, Pure Castile soap, is provided. It's made from organic oils which will not harm the environment, so that we look after nature.

The bothy offers flexible sleeping arrangements - there is a double bed upstairs and a rickety old sofa-bed downstairs. It is possible to pitch a tent/yurt/tepee on the hillside in front of the house.

Breakfast is a traditional homemade crofter’s bannock served with jam made from berries from our garden, orange juice, tea or coffee. We serve it in the bothy, between 8-10am.

What to Bring:
- warm jumpers, socks and slippers for the evenings
- ear plugs - heavy rain can be very loud on the corrugated iron roof
- torch or head-torch - it can get very dark at night if the stars are not out and you will need to find your way to the toilet
- waterproofs, walking shoes or boots if planning outdoor adventures
- sunscreen & midge repellent in the summer
- and anything that you'll enjoy whilst having a relaxed, peaceful time surrounded by nature

There are two hot water bottles provided, for extra cosiness when sitting around or snuggling up in bed.

We provide a basket of wood and some peat for the fire. If you need extra wood we sell bags for £5, or you can buy it from local shops and service stations.

Guest access
Guests have access to the whole hillside that is our croft. There are walks up the hill and walks down the hill. Old sheep paths, tiny roe deer tracks cuttings through bracken, or paths yet untrodden. You can take an adventure by yourself or ask one of us to take you on a guided walk for a donation of your choice.

Other things to note
My cabin is across the yard where the toilet and wash hand basin are located, accessed by an exterior door.

There is no running water in the bothy. Water is be provided in glass bottles from our fresh water spring, which bubbles from the ground on the nearby hillside.

There are no cooking facilities, but guests are welcome to bring a camping stove, roast sausages etc on the open fire (you can get creative!) or use the BBQ. You will need to bring your own charcoal for the BBQ, or we sell bags of wood for £5.
Featured in the Guardian Travel's "10 of the Best Wilderness Holidays" in Scotland.

An old croft house, rough-as-guts, hidden on a hillside between the Five Sisters of Kintail and Eilean Donan Castle.

Fall asleep to the sound of a waterfall.
Smell the smoke of a crackling open fire.

Located near Dornie, guests can take day trips to Applecross, Glenelg, Loch Ness and the Isle of…
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1 sofa bed, 1 sofa

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Indoor fireplace
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Dornie, Scotland, United Kingdom

The croft is located close to the village of Dornie and on the hills of Kintail, above the point where three lochs meet: Loch Duich, Loch Alsh and Loch Long. Guests can walk to picturesque Eilean Donan Castle in half an hour and learn of the history, legends, battles and myths that surround these three lochs.

Dornie, forty minutes walk down the old single track road, taking in the most stunning views, has a shop, post office, an outstanding bakery and two great wee coffee shops: one selling artwork and the other selling Scottish produce. There is a great pub with locally caught seafood and local produce. From time to time there is a band playing. See the castle lit up at night on your way home. Guests can either stroll back or jump in a local taxi.
The croft is located close to the village of Dornie and on the hills of Kintail, above the point where three lochs meet: Loch Duich, Loch Alsh and Loch Long. Guests can walk to picturesque Eilean Donan Castle i…

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I am a filmmaker based in the Scottish Highlands, where I share a croft* with my father. I love living here; half way up a beautiful mountain with stunning views, in an area where walking through the village takes longer than it should because you chat to so many folk along the way. On the croft we believe in getting back to basics, feeling the elements on your skin and in your soul. We have set up the old croft house as a bothy to give travellers the experience an open fire, the sound of rain on a tin roof, the smell of wood smoke and the freedom to walk amongst the rugged landscape. We hope they will leave feeling earthed and refreshed, taking a little bit of the Highlands with them. *croft, noun, especially in the Scottish Highlands: a small piece of enclosed farmland attached to a house. crofting noun: the practice of farming such a small-holding.
I am a filmmaker based in the Scottish Highlands, where I share a croft* with my father. I love living here; half way up a beautiful mountain with stunning views, in an area where…
During your stay
If we are home we welcome guests upon arrival (although sometimes we are out): have a wee chat, show you around and then leave you to enjoy the peace and space of the hillside. My home is on one side of the yard and my father’s on the other, so we are available to answer any questions or help light the fire. We are always up for a blether (chat) and have a friendly sociable dog called William, who loves to play football with guests in the yard. We also have pigs, horses, hens and a cat who you might meet during your stay.
If we are home we welcome guests upon arrival (although sometimes we are out): have a wee chat, show you around and then leave you to enjoy the peace and space of the hillside. My…
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