Taobh na Dachaidh Holiday Cottage in the Scottish Highlands
Taobh na Dachaidh Holiday Cottagein the Scottish Highlands

Reviews / Guest Book Comments

Below are some comments written in our Guest Book by those who have stayed in the cottage.  We hope that you find them useful in helping you to decide about staying here at Taobh na Dachaidh.

Comments from 2022

Thank you so much Helen and Kevin for all your kindness and letting me stay in your beautiful cottage.  A truely peaceful stay with these magical views.  Hopefully be back again soon.
(Sam, Kent, March 2022)


Our third time here has been every bit as enjoyable as previous stays and the stunning views never fail to impress.  The kids love coming here more with age, so we will be back again!
(Mark, Andrea, Ben and Emily,  Tyne and Wear, March 2022)
(Thanks to Mark for his 'Arriving at the cottage in the evening' photo on the Home page - Ed)

Comments from 2021

Thank you so much for such a wonderful and warm cottage.  It feels very homely and peaceful.  Would love to come again.
(Stephanie, Frank and Jennie, Lothian, November 2021)


Many thanks Helen and Kevin for such a brilliant holiday in your fantastic cottage.  We couln't wait to bring Rowan to see this place and he's absolutely loved it.  We would really recommend lunch at Shieldaig Bar and Coastal Kitchen, a trip to Lochcarron Weavers and the lovely local walks.  We cannot wait to come back.  Many thanks!!!
(Claire, Tom and Rowan, Tyne and Wear, October 2021)  


Wonderful week despite the weather.  We love the cottage and the area so much.  Lovely meal at the Lochcarron Hotel.  Heard the rutting deer in the hills above the cottage.  Trips to Gairloch and Ullapool and of course Skye.  Nice little cafe at Durinish.  This is our second visit here this year, we will be back!
(Andrea and Susan, Shropshire, October 2021)


We have had a fantastic week here.  The cottage is like a home for home, has everything we need and is warm and cosy.  The area is great with fantastic walking, wildlife and views.  Saw seals every day, and a pair of eagles from the garden.  One week is definitley not long enough to stay here!
(Ged and Karen, Lancashire, October 2021)


This lovely cottage has acted as a very welcome 'retreat' for us.  A chance to re-charge and explore a corner of the Highlands we haven't visited before.  Shieldaig was a highlight.  Thank you Kevin and helen for all your hospitality.
(Tod and Rosie, Somerset, August 2021)


Lovely week in a lovely cottage.  The views from the cottage are absolutely stunning as are the locsl walks.  Thank you so much.
(Chris and Gill, Hampshire, August 2021)


Without doubt the best view from a holiday cottage!  You could sit and enjoy doing nothing else (the weather did help!) but we enjoyed walking, running, cycling and swimming as well as sitting in the sun.  A great break in a great location.
(Catriona, Amber and Angus, Dundee, August 2021)


Blessed with glorious weather all week!  Drank in what all this magical idyll offered.  True nourishment for the soul.  Thank you for sharing your slice of paradise with us.  We will definitely return!
(Kat, Nick, Seth and Clement, London, August 2021)


We have had the most amazing experience here - lots of memories were made here that we will cherish greatly.  We rteally enjoyed paddle-boarding and kayaking on the loch and we spotted lots of jellyfish and friendly seals basking on the rocks - and they came tosay 'hello!'  We would really recommend going to Plockton - the fish and chips are delicious!  Hiking in the area is stunning and Skye isn't too far.  The cottage was so cosy and warm and we absolutely loved staying - we will be back soon!!  Thank you.
(Steven, Judy, Eilidh and Isobel, Edinburgh, July 2021)


Stunning views, never tired of looking over to the Cuillins from the picnic table.  Thankfully we've had beautiful sunshine every day too.
(Jean, Joe, Jennifer, Harry and Josie, Stirling, July 2021)

Had a great time - Many thanks

(Charles, Vicky, Tony, Sue, Elise and Morven, Midlothian, July 2021)


To quote Robert Burns:  "Where ever I wander, where ever I love, the hills of the Highlands for ever I love"
(George and Merlio, Kent, June 2021)


A lovely week in a oovely cottage, absolutely stunning setting.  Fantastic weather at the end of the week - not so good on previous days!  So many seals!  An otter in Loch Reraig and two sea eagles on the nearby island.  Batteries nicely recharged - thanks so much.

(Gaynor and Louise, Oxfordshire, June 2021)

We've had a wonderful week here, the weather has been kind and the view is just breathtaking!  So lovely that this little cottage has been given a new lease of life and that it's been able to stay within the family - you can feel the love and pleasure it has brought for many years and will for many years to come.  We've been mountain biking, walking, wild swimming and exploring this beautiful part of the world :)  Thank you.
(Kate, Josh and Finn, North Yorkshire, June 2021)


We have had the most wonderful holiday here.  The cottage is a beautiful little cottage and the view, well, what can we say?!  We have seen an otter swimming, seals splashing about, red-breasted merganser and numerous other birdlife on the water.  Around the area we have seen red squirel, deer, oh and the cuckoo in the tree behind the cottage which was wonderful to see.  In the cottage, the beds are so comfy and we had everything we needed.  We will definitely return, it's paradise.  Thank you.
(Sue and Andrea, Shropshire, May 2021)
PS.  Love the bottle of shells and shingle in the bathroom.  There will be a replica at home!  The beach is full of interesting little shells.  What a wonderful place.  (Andrea)


An idyllic week in the perfect cottage.  We had wonderful weather for five of our six days and were visted by seals and on one occasion, by an otter.  Great walks, fishing in the Torridon loch and lots of painting of the amazing scenery.  A truly memorable break and we look forward to a return visit.  Thank you for a lovely stay.
(Richard and Jill, London, May 2021)

Comments from 2020

Really enjoyed our stay in your cosy little cottage in the most perfect location.  The sunsets were amazing!  Best wishes to you and thank you.

(Jan and Lee, Moray, October 2020)


A couple of weeks of peace and laughter after many months of intense work and stress was bliss!  The most scenicly placed cottage we have ever visited!  Many thanks

(Hannah and Lisa, County Durham, Septermber 2020)
PS.  I found Moira Mouse most hospitable and have introduced her to a friend Shelly.  I made them a sofa so we could all sit comfy and have a good blether (and I painted a wee portrait of them - see above).  Lisa.


We had a fantastic week returning to Ardaneaskan.  The weather after a monumental downpour on Sunday was brilliant.  We have walked at Sheildaig (to the point), fished in the River Carron, visited Ullapool and Kyle and had a wonderful time.  Tom and Anne have repeatedly swam in the bay and loved it.  So peaceful - and what a view!  Cottage is a lovely, comfy retreat and we think beautifully furnished.  Thanks to Helen and Kevin.  We'll be back.

(Tom, Meriel and Anne, Roxburghshire, September 2020)


Had a fantastic week in this beautiful cottage.  We really enjoyed the beautiful views and walks.  Saw a red squirrel and loads of seals.  Can't wait to return.  Thank you.

(Claire, Michael, Fleur, Felix and Rose, North Yorkshire, September 2020)


A great week - mixed weather, but it didn't matter - so peaceful.  Had some excellent food, especially at the Lochcarron Bistro.  Thanks.
Peter and Anita, Herefordshire, August 2020)


What a lovely week!  We had a few days of nice weather, which we definitely made the most of.  We went to Sands beyond Applecross - which has great swimming and a huge sand-dune.  Bein Alligin is a good walk with amazing views from the summit, although it is a hard climb!  Another nice beach is Slaggan Bay (near Aultbea) which is a bit dune and a walk away but 100% worth it.  We also saw some local wildlife over the week including golden eagles on the Bealach na Ba, seals and jellyfish, some little fish and crabs in the bay and deer at Applecross.  We've enjoyed kayaking around the islands in the loch and having barbeques looking at the fantastic Cuillin ridge on Skye.  The cottage was lovely, cosy and perfectly equipped for our needs.  Thank you.
(Nigel, Rosslyn, Tom and Freyer, Cheshire, August 2020)


What a wonderful, special two week stay.  Weather typically mixed butr managed to do everything we had planned.  Bonus - saw 2 otters on the small island in the bay on our last day!  We would love to come back here - the view will last in my memory for a long time - Thank you.
(Jackie, Ross, Luke and Katie, Borders, July 2020)


I have had a lovely relaxed week in this extrememly comfortable cottage.  Really lucky with the weather.  I will definitely return here.  Helen and Kevin very welcoming.
(Barbara, Ross-shire, February 2020)

Comments from 2019

We have had a fantastic week at Taobh na Dachaidh.  The cottage is lovely, has everything we needed for a comfortable stay and is in the most idyllic location.  The sunsets on the last two evenings were incredible, it was fantastic to be able to sit in the garden and watch the most glorious sunsets.  We were able to walk most days and can thoroughly recommend Sgurr a'Chaorachain for easily attained views and Maol Chean-Dearg as a fairly easy Munro on good paths and superb views.  The highlight was undoubtably Beinn Bhàn; the stalker's path along the magnificent butresses would be worth walking in low cloud but we were blessed with the most clear sky imaginable and the views over the Torridon mountains were incredible and it was so clear we could see the Isle of Harris!  Most days managed to go out in our canoe round the islands and we have seen itters, seals and starfish the size of wheels!  We will certainly come back, it was a perfect break.  Thank you Helen and Kevin for allowing us to share this perfect cottage.
(Claire, Michael, Sam and Felix, Cumbria, September 2019)


Thank you for the very nice stay!  Although our stay was on the wet side, we still managed some lovely outings (hiking in Applecross and Torridon, seal tour from Plockton, castles...).  The girls loved the garden, the beach, all the animals and the cosy home of one week.  As always, people very friendly.  The cottage is truely a gem, so tastefully renovated with great unexpected features such as the little mouse house which the girls found the very first evening.  We really hope to come back one day.  Thanks a lot and all the best.

(Isabel, Hannes, Jeanne and Emma, Austria, August 2019)

Thank you for a lovely week.  The cottage had everything we needed and what an amazing location.  Views are spectacular.  We kayaked out to see the seals, saw porpoises swimming passed, a sea eagle overhead and a red squirrel on the lane.  The kids loved having the beach on their doorstep and Holly (the dog) thought she was in heaven!  Best pub grub was at Applecross Inn .  Such a relaxing week.
(Kate, Justin, Freya and Madison, Bristol, August 2019)


What a beautiful cottage in an amazing location!  It certainlay took our breath away when we arrived and it was just what we  needewd.  We will definitely return as soon as we can.  We spotted a pod of dolphins, but sadly no otters.  The boys loved playing on the rocks in front of the cottage and finding crabs, sea-urchins andf shells.  We enjoyed climbing the mountain from Bealach na Ba, the Potting Shed Café in Applecross, exploring the Shieldaig peninsular (and saw a sea eagle), a boat trip in Plockton (saw seals) arriving by train from Strathcarron.  We'll be back.  Thanks.

(Jennifer, Peter, Calum and Ewan, Cheshire, August 2019)


Relaxing stay in beautiful surroundings.  Mixed weather but expected on west coast!  Spotted deer, squirrels, frogs, seals and a duck flotilla.  Now re-charged to return to teh rate-race!

(Joel, Alison, Gregor and Amy, Edinburgh, July 2019)


As always we had a wonderful time in this beautiful spot, the weather has been very kind again and we enjoyed lots of walking and exploring the area around Lochcarron.  We had an amazing day sea-kayaking in Loch Shieldaig with the Sheildaig Outdoor Adventures - highly recommended.  This time we managed to get up to the Plockton Crags, wonderful views of the bay, your lovely cottage and the beautiful beach in front of it.  Thank you very much, again, we will be back!

(Martin and Hilke, Germany, June 2019)


Our second visit to this wonderful croft.  So lucky with the weather this week.  Have seen seals but no otters here, although did see two near Kishorn.  Visited Applecross again but this via scenic route!  Looking forward to visiting again next year.  Thank you.
(Janet and Jenny, Hampshire, June 2019)


Lovely to be back after nearly six years, and this time with a first-time visitor in the shape of 13 month old Edward, who will now dictate his remarks... Everything Mummy and Daddy (and Granny and Grandad) had described and so much more!  I loved every room in the cottage (including mouse's home) and I loved exploring outdoors, eating my meals in the garden, taken on to the beach and on long woodland walks. and going further afield to Applecross, Plockton, Kishorn, Loch Maree and Loch Torridon.  I was treated to amazing weather, but I think I would have loved it whatever!  I'll definitely be back, hopefully with the others.  Thank you so much.

(Edward with Steve and Rachel, Kathy and Tom, Surrey and Devon, May 2019)


We have had a great time in your delightful cottage which is lovely and warm and cosy, despite the outdoor temps this week!  Your photo book of the history of the cottage is well worth a read – what a labour of love, and the resulting cottage is very comfortable, whilst still retaining the older features.  We spent many an hour gazing out of the windows and were lucky enough to see an otter swimming past on the second evening!  The walk across to Kishorn from the cottage is well worth doing and has the added bonus of the Kishorn Seafood Bar well placed for lunch, before walking back.  Look out for red deer and golden eagle.  Another great walk with views from the top of the Bealach na ba to the top of Sgurr a' Chaorachain via the track to the mast – sightings of ptarmigan and golden plover en route.  Good meal at the Applecross Inn.  We will certainly recommend your cottage to friends and family and would love to return.  Thanks again.

(Clare and Jeff, Hampshire, May 2019)


What an unforgettable week.  Arrived after a 9 hour journey with two teenagers to be greeted by a seal in the bay.  Bliss.  So lucky to have seen two red squirrels on the track, a deer on the Bealach na Ba, loads of adorable seals every day and even a cheeky stoat in the garden.  After 20 years holidaying in Scotland, this has to be the most magical and amazing cottage yet!  Fab weather too - going home all tanned up.  Thank you. 
(Janet, Stuart, Alfie and Ollie, East Yorkshire, April 2019)


Thank you for the most wonderful week!  Awesome location and wonderful walks.
(Elspeth and Matthew, Edinburgh, April 2019)

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Taobh na Dachaidh




IV54 8YL

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Taobh na Dachaidh

c/o K&H Alexander,

Heatherburn Cottage,

Lochcarron, IV54 8YH


Tel:  01520 722470

Mob:  07894 294520


E-mail: taobhnadachaidh@gmail.com

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