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Tigh Ruaraidh Sea View Cottage Applecross - seaside self catering Scotland

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Vernon's review of Tigh Ruaraidh Sea View Cottage Applecross
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Tigh Ruaraidh Sea View Cottage Applecross


Luxury seaside self catering accommodation with lovely views of the sea and the Hebrides - sleeps 6


It's no wonder that this lovely seaside self catering has had so many loyal return customers since its first let in 1987; why wouldn't you want to come back to stay in this lovely home, in this remote and beautiful spot, with its wonderful, wonderful views?

There are two roads to get us here and since there's no snow, we take the route for the more intrepid driver, over the spectacular Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle) from Loch Kishorn. Not for the faint-hearted, this single track road rises to 2053 feet by way of some hairpin bends and sharp inclines but is well worth the effort, especially once we reach the highest point where the views across to the Hebrides are fantastic.

When we arrive, we find the holiday house itself has equally spectacular views. Close to the sea, from inside or out in the garden you can look across to the island of Raasay and see Skye beyond, watching the changing colours of the sea and sky and looking out for seals, submarines and dolphins, as well as rare birds such as sea eagles. Because the house faces southwest, it's perfect for enjoying amazing sunsets and the moon over the water at night.

The house is warm and light, with a full height ceiling in the living area, large windows to enjoy the views and two wood burners for additional heat and cosiness. There's plenty of space for full occupancy (six) but at the same time, not so much that it's not cosy for a romantic stay for two. The neutral decor and high quality furniture combine to make a comfortable, relaxing space and wherever we choose to sit, there are beautiful views over the sea, so we can soak in the atmosphere of this lovely seaside location from the minute we open the curtains in the morning until we fall into our comfy, warm beds at night (electric blankets supplied!).

As well as being stunningly beautiful, the Applecross Peninsula is remote and peaceful and even within the small settlement of Lonbain, the few houses are spread far enough apart for us to be unaware of neighbours. It's a walker's heaven, with hills, woods and beaches all within easy striking distance, or on lazy days, the enclosed garden is a great spot to spend time, where children and dogs can safely wander about left to their own devices for a while.

For rainy days or evenings, there are two televisions with Sky and Freeview and a selection of interesting books, maps and games. For those who wish to switch off from the business of life while still enjoying its comforts and luxuries, there are few more delightful, secluded boltholes than this one.

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Further details about this accommodation
  • Tigh Ruaraidh sleeps up to a maximum of six people and is as cosy and comfortable for couples looking for peace and seclusion, as it is adaptable for small groups of friends or families to share without feeling crowded. All principal rooms have stunning sea views across the Inner Sound to the islands of Raasay, Rona, Skye and the Outer Hebrides. The house has full central heating and is furnished to an extremely high standard.

  • The kitchen, with Shaker style units and granite worktops, is exceptionally well equipped with all that you would expect and more, thanks to the enthusiasm of the owner/amateur cook! At the other end of the room is a dining area with large solid oak table and a sitting area with Freeview satellite television, sofa and armchair.

  • The sitting room has a high cathedral-style ceiling giving a sense of space and light. It is comfortably furnished with two sofas and armchairs. In the unlikely event that you tire of looking at the mesmerising and ever changing view there is Sky+ television with sports package. A large patio window opens directly out onto the terrace and garden. A small library of books to cater for all tastes includes reference and historical books of the area, wildlife and bird guides and some children's books and novels.

  • A ground floor bedroom with 5’ king-size bed (which can be split into two small 2’6” single beds) and an adjacent bathroom with bath, separate shower, washbasin and wc makes for an almost self-contained wing.

  • Also on the ground floor is a utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer plus a cloakroom with washbasin and wc. There is ample space for hanging coats and storing muddy boots in the entrance lobby.

  • Upstairs there are three further bedrooms – another king-size bedded room with armchair, a twin-bedded room and a single bedroom. All bedrooms have storage and hanging space and are fully carpeted. All beds have electric blankets. There is a shower room with washbasin and wc, plus heated towel rail. A cot, high chair and stair gate are available if needed.

  • The delightful garden is fully enclosed and is planted with a variety of shrubs and seasonal bulbs.
Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at this excellent self catering property
local watersports available There are several delightful beaches within easy reach of Tigh Ruaraidh, including Sand, featured in the popular 2009 BBC series Monty Halls’ Great Escape, Cuaig and the coral beach at Ard Ban, five miles to the south of Applecross itself, reached by a pretty walk along a rough track.
good area for walking and hiking Be it gentle woodland strolls through the Applecross Estate, bracing coastal cliff path walks or exploring the magnificent Torridon peaks, there is something for everyone whatever your level of fitness. The stretch of coastal path between Applecross and Sand affords magnificent views across Applecross Bay and the Inner Sound. Detailed Ordnance Survey maps of the area are available in the house together with a list of local walks.
good area for fishing At the cottage there is no shortage of wildlife - you don’t even have to stray beyond the comfort of your armchairs! Otters are regularly seen throughout the year in the sea and along the rocks below the house and in season, seals, dolphins, basking sharks, pilot and Minke whales are frequently seen. Red deer roam free throughout the Applecross Peninsula and may be seen at any time of the year, while pine martens are regular visitors to the bird table in search of a snack!
hotel For an excellent tour by boat, Kenny and Gemma at Torridon Sea Tours in Shieldaig are delightful and generous hosts and extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and geology of the area. They run full day trips out to Rona (weather permitting) or half day or evening trips around Loch Torridon. Special charters can also be arranged. Sea kayaking is availble in Applecross.
hotel Despite its remote location and small population, Applecross has excellent restaurants. The Potting Shed in the Walled Garden serves delicious local food such as scallops with black pudding, crab and langoustines, in beautiful surroundings and is renowned for its breakfasts, in season.The Applecross Inn also serves superb seafood including a wonderful 'posh' fish supper and a very satisfying full Scottish breakfast. Book ahead in the holiday season or you may be disappointed.