We have been visiting and enjoying Ardaneaskan for over 50 years. The idyllic setting and the views the cottage affords can now all be experienced and enjoyed in the comfort of its new, modern facilities. It provides a wonderful combination of the old and the new - and Scotland at its best.
(John and Rosa Francis, Surrey, May 2013)
Taobh na Dachaidh (pronounced Tayv or Tiv na Dakkie) offers beautiful self-catering holiday accommodation comprising kitchen / dining room, sitting room, three bedrooms (two doubles and one twin) and a bathroom. One of the double bedrooms is downstairs as is the bathroom.
The garden is largely grassed and surrounds the cottage. A gate from the garden leads straight on to the beach. The views from the garden and beach look out across the loch with the
Cuillin mountains of Skye on the horizon. Slightly closer and to the left, Plockton can be seen and to the right, the Applecross mountains and the Bealach na Bà complete the
The setting offers complete tranquillity when often bird-song is the only sound you can hear with seals regularly and otters and porpoises occasionally swimming past. On a clear night the Milky Way and millions of stars are easily seen.
We do allow just one dog due to the cosy size of the cottage and we do ask that you bring your dog's own bedding so that it is familiar with where it can sleep..
Ardaneaskan is a small hamlet of around two dozen houses, with a mixture of permanent residents and holiday homes. The cottage is a real 'home from home' - warm, cosy and full of character. There is plenty of parking in the car park just a few paces walk from the cottage. Please note that access is made by walking down a gravel and grass track of around 50 metres distance. Taobh na Dachaidh is a no-smoking cottage.
Renovated a few seasons ago, the cottage boasts a simple but fully serviced kitchen and dining room, a sitting room and three bedrooms.
Heating is provided by storage heaters in the kitchen, sitting room and bathroom and by a panel heater in the downstairs bedroom. Warmth from downstairs easily keeps the upstairs bedrooms warm as the heat rises up the central staircase. And to add to the cosiness within the cottage, the sitting room has an open fireplace which guests are welcome to use (firelighters, kindling and wood can be purchased from the garage or Spar in Lochcarron - we don't provide them).
Electricity is included in the rental price. Wifi is provided via a security enabled Wifi link (the password is available on your arrival) and in all honsty we would probably describe it as thinband rather than broadband (there is enough to browse Internet and send emails, but not really enough to stream television/films).
The sections below give more details about the accommodation in the cottage and the images at the bottom of the page further illustrate the excellent facilities.
The sitting room has sofas and chairs giving plenty of room to curl up, read a book, surf the internet, watch TV or just quietly relax. The window has a great view of the Craig (a craggy cliff) and the loch.
There is a TV with freeview and DVD player.
The fireplace is a lovely feature of this room, especially when the fire is lit (see the gallery of pictures below). There is also a bookshelf with a selection of paperback novels and hardback reference books. See the notes about the books in the Kitchen section for more information.
If you like to play games, then a collection of family board and card games are included to help provide some good get-together entertainment (some are stored in the sitting room bureau and others in the shelving unit at the top of the stairs).
The kitchen offers all that you'd need and is a comfortable space to cook in with all the necessary things for you to prepare your favourite holiday meals. There is a cooker, fridge (with small freezer compartment), kettle, toaster, microwave and all the appropriate cupboard stuff (cutlery, crockery, glasses, utensils, pans, food mixer and so on). There is also a washing machine.
The kitchen features a beech worktop, saucepan rack, cupboard doors made from recycled floorboards (saved when some of the original floor in the cottage was taken up) and low-energy spotlights. The dining area has a table that can comfortably seat six people.
There is also a bookshelf with a good choice of books - some perhaps just for browsing (covering art, cooking, general information and others), some for finding out about the local area and some for just a good read.
The double bedroom has a comfortable double bed with duvet, and is equipped with a wardrobe, long mirror, a bedside table and lamp. The room has two windows, both of which look out to the sea. The mountains of Skye - the Cuillins - can be seen on the horizon and the beach can be seen in the foreground.
Bed linen, (sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases) and towels are provided.
Please note that should there be a resurgence of Covid (or the rise of a new variant) then we may ask for guests to bring their own linen and towels. Should this happen then we would notify you of such a request with enough advance notice.
Set in the sloping roof of the upstairs, this double bedroom has a cosy traditional shape and feel with a comfortable 'Scottish' (four foot) double bed with duvet.
The room has a wardrobe, bedside tables and a skylight that looks out towards the Craig - the mountain ridge along the left hand side of the loch.
Please see note above re bed linen and towels.
Also set in the sloping roof of the upstairs, this twin bedroom too has a cosy traditional shape and feel with comfortable single beds with duvets.
The room has a wardrobe, a bedside table and lamp, a long mirror and a skylight that looks out towards the Craig - the mountain ridge along the left hand side of the loch.
Please see note above re bed linen and towels.
The bathroom features an enamelled cast iron bath with an overhead and a wall mounted shower head as well as the expected loo and basin. With ceramic tiling and traditional painted wood V-grooving, this bathroom is a stylish and functional room.
There is a mirror and shelf for your toothbrushes, a shaver point, a first-aid kit with basic essentials.
The grassed garden, wrapping right round the cottage, provides a space to sit quietly, eat a romantic al-fresco meal, catch some sun, read, admire the views, watch the sunset, spot the seals or simply to contemplate things.
At one end of the garden, through the gate a short path leads on to the beach. We would wish you to be aware that small children would need supervision in the garden as there are low walls and open access to the rocks.
The beach is pebbled and slopes gently to the sea. It is a great place to wander around, spend time searching for treasures or just admiring the different colours in the stones. The beach is secluded and you are likely to have it to yourself for much of the time.
It is worth noting that the path to the beach is part of a public footpath which goes through the back of the garden. The path is not well known, so is used infrequently.
The images below give more illustration of inside and around the cottage. Click on any one of them to see it larger.
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Taobh na Dachaidh
c/o K&H Alexander,
Lochcarron, IV54 8YH
Tel: 01520 722470
Mob: 07894 294520