Croft House Bothy in Heart of Highlands

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Farm stay hosted by Robin

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. Toilet with sink
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Featured in the Guardian Travel's "10 of the Best Wilderness Holidays" in Scotland. Get ‘back-to-basics’ in this beautiful old croft house bothy, hidden on a hillside between the Five Sisters of Kintail and Eilean Donan Castle, where three lochs meet. With no running water or cooking facilities, this is not for the faint hearted. Bathe in the cold mountain stream, see the stars shine in the dark night sky, feel the fire burn, listen to the waterfall.

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.

Get the wood burning stove on, kick off those shoes and pour a dram. Inhale the fresh Highland air, listen to the sound of the waterfall and… BREATHE. It’s time to relax and get back to basics.

The house – this is the original croft* house, over a hundred years old. Made of thick stone walls, a concrete floor, and newly installed double glazed windows and insulated corrugated iron roof. There is a wood burning stove but no other heating, so it does get cold. You will need warm layers like woolly jumpers and hats, and slippers to keep your feet cosy. It is the ideal space for two, although there is a camp bed available on request for additional travellers.

The living room – a big comfy leather sofa with two recliners to sit back and relax on surrounds the wood burning stove. Wood, firelighters and fire lighting instructions are provided.

The kitchen – there are no cooking facilities as such, but a basic kitchenette. One step up from camping, with a kettle, cafetière, chopping board, plates and bowls, a sharp knife, glasses, mugs and cutlery so that you can prepare basic food. You are welcome to bring a camping stove. We provide tea and coffee, but no milk. Please just ask for milk if you forget some! There is a BBQ (bring your own charcoal), two excellent pubs down in the village that serve great local food and a fabulous German baker across the bridge, who does pizza and award-winning gin too.

The bedroom – there is a cosy double bed on an upstairs level, reached by a very steep stairs, more like a ladder. Please take care when climbing up and down! It is open plan, with a balustrade offering fine views overlooking the living room. Lots of fairy lights create a lovely relaxing atmosphere.

The toilet – is shared, just across the yard. A chance to see the stars at night, and sometimes meet the horses too. Bring a torch! No running water in this old house. There is an old fashioned ceramic jug and basin for bathing, or if you are brave enough, a cold mountain burn for a refreshing dip is a short walk away. We provide towels, large glass bottles of water from our spring, which bubbles from the hillside nearby, to fill the kettle, and two hot water bottles to hug by the fire or pre-warm your bed.

The location – the croft house is situated 500 feet / 150 meters up a mountain, in the middle of the yard, the heart of our croft. There are hens, horses, cats and friendly dogs, who love a game with a stick. They all roam free so be prepared to meet them! You can park outside the croft house. There is a picnic bench which is a lovely place to sit and eat your breakfast when the sun is shining.

*an agricultural smallholding, unique to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

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1 double bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Garden
Indoor fireplace: wood-burning
Long-term stays allowed

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Where you’ll be

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.

The village is thirty minutes walk down an old single track road, taking in stunning views along the way, over to the Cuillins and the Isle of Skye. There is a hotel with restaurant, a pub serving food (both highly recommended) with live music on Tuesday nights, a well-stocked village shop and post office, and a gallery. Across the bridge is a superb coffee shop with home baking, and a German bakery which has bread-a-plenty, delicious sweet and savoury bites, pizza and award-winning gin. The bridge to the Isle of Skye is 10 minutes drive and there is a supermarket in Kyle of Lochalsh.

Hosted by Robin

  1. Joined in April 2014
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I am a filmmaker from the Scottish Highlands where I live on my families croft. I sell eggs and tell stories about human connection, inspired by the landscape, people and history of this region. We welcome guests to enjoy a back-to-basics lifestyle on our croft, escaping from the busyness of daily life. Stopping, to breathe, just for a moment…
I am a filmmaker from the Scottish Highlands where I live on my families croft. I sell eggs and tell stories about human connection, inspired by the landscape, people and history o…

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 friendly dogs called William and Evie. We also have horses, hens and cats 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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Check-in: 16:00 - 22:00
Check out: 11:00
No smoking
Pets are allowed

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