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Vernon's review of west coast of Scotland holiday cottages
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west coast of Scotland holiday cottages Scotland - holiday cottage near the coast with lovely sea view - sleeps 6


Self catering cottage in a small bay on the west coast of Scotland with stunning views over this rugged coastline.


The coast is deserted, I have just taken the small drive to Sandhead village shop to buy the morning paper and after finding out from the lady behind the counter that Logan Botanic Gardens are having a celebration day and that I should pay a visit during my stay.

I take a small amble across the empty sands with the sound of the sea gently lapping at my feet and look across the village that runs along the length of the beach. It is quiet, just the small sounds of the postman's van stopping to deliver some mail and a curlew's cry from the distance. This stillness is restorative, it repairs my senses and makes me enjoy a peace that my normal life misses, but this is the embodiment of the Scottish western coast.

The short drive back to my remote holiday cottage on the western coast is stunningly beautiful; this part of Scotland is a peninsula that borders the Solway Coast and the irish Sea so as I drive over to the gentle descent to the cottage I catch the view across to Ireland. The sun is shimmering over the waves and I see the welcome of my quiet retreat as it nestles in the cove on the western shore. The owner, Elspeth has restored this large home with flair and understated charm. It retains its natural elegance but benefits from the modern touches including the most comfortable mattresses and bed linen and a very well applianced kitchen which I make use of to prepare breakfast.

Later. I take the advice given earlier and head off to Logan Botanic Garden where I meet the head gardener Richard who eagerly takes me on a tour of the garden. As one of the Nation's Botanic Gardens this is linked to Edinburgh and Kew in London; they are part of our national heritage that ensures the future of many plants and Logan has a collection of plants from all over the world - in particular there are over 1,000 varieties of eucalyptus. Richard is very knowlegable and so eager to convey the work that they carry out, but he loses me as his eulogies drift off into the Latin world of plant names; I just admire how pretty it all is. I am surprised that we have the climate that seems to support such a wide variety of plants. I particluarly like the fish pond with its many large coy that like to be stroked. The tour is finished off in the cafe and I enjoy the home baked cakes that festoon the counter top.

I return to Helensdale many hours later, after a lovely meal at the local pub called the Tigh'Na'Mara, and relax in front of the blazing log fire and enjoy a spot of local Bladnoch whisky. I reflect the peace and quiet and the glowing sunset. I really do like my job!

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Further details about this accommodation

The large house accommodates up tp 6 people in 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms, there is a large living room with open fire. There is a separate very well equipped kitchen with dining table.

All costs like linen, heating, lighting, towels, cots, high chairs are supplied and are are included in the price.

Changeover days are flexible, just enquire and we will try to accommodate your dates.

Our top five things to do while staying at these west coast of Scotland holiday cottages
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Helensdale is placed just yards from the shore, it stretches for a couple of miles and is very quiet even in peak season.

close to gardens

Close to Scotlands Royal Botanic Garden called Logan, where there is a great display of plants from across the globe. Logan House Garden is another public garden close by as well as many nurseries.

good area for walking and hiking

This is a great area for walking the dramatic coastline; there is a footpath that navigates the extremity of the Mull and continues up to Portpatrick where the Southern Upland Way starts on its journey across Scotland to the east coast.

good area for fishing

The Onyer Marks team consists of four boats taking up to four anglers each, specialising in in light line tope and pollack fishing; both species are caught from the beginning of May until the end of October. An average day's fishing will produce 10-15 species but up to 27 species have been caught in one day during a species hunt.

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Just along the road between Sandhead and Drummore is a stables that offers beach horseriding, novices are welcome and I guarrantee that you will always remember galloping across the Solway sands taking in these dramatic coastal views.