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 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 - 

andf 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 abd 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 sandune.  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)

Comments from 2018

This is our first time in the cottage and we loved it.  We specially loved the open view and the beach.  The kids loved everything in the house and the little mouse hole.  We had a great time and hope to be back soon.  Thanks.
PS. We've looked at the house book where you've photographed the work done to renovate the cottage.  Bravo!

(Cedrick, Eva, Ariane and Elias, France, August 2018) 


A lovely cottage in a stunning location.  The perfect spot to get away from the bustle of busy life.  Plenty of walks, plenty of places to visit.  Saw deer, seals in the loch and we were rewarded with a sighting of a pine marten on a cycle ride from the cottage.  We hope to be up here again.
(Julia and Felicity, South Yorkshire, July 2018)


Our second visit to this cottage - the views are spectacular!  A friendly seal swam over to see our cocker spaniel.
(Ben Emma and Joseph, Tyne and Wear, July 2018)


We had a lovely time staying in your little cottage.  We had lovely weather and there were no midges in sight!  Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home, we really enjoyed it.

(Louisa, Nigel, Rowan and Libby, Surrey, July 2108)


Dear Helen and Kevin, coming back for the second time, we had a superb week in your cottage!  The weather was absolutely brilliant, as is this cottage and its surroundings anyway.  We did lots of walking - great walks around Lochcarron and Torridon, took ferrys to Skye and even went for a swim in the Scottish waters!  Lots of wildlife, really friendy people, we will definitely be back.  All the best and many thanks.
(Hilke and Martin, Germany, June 2018)


Beautiful location - spent many hours gazing out at the loch!  Was lucky enough to see an otter early one morning - watched him (was a large otter so presumed it was a male) swimming, diving, scratching and eating fish for nearly an hour - brilliant!  Would recommend walk to Achintraid - stunning views over Loch Carron to the Applecross pass.  Returned to Sheildaig, which we love and also visited Attadale Gardens, also a wonderful arboretum as well as gardens.  Thanks for the lovely cottage - a real gem.
(Anne and Eric, West Yorkshire, June 2018)


Lovely cottage and perfect position - in fact, couldn't be better.  Had a few sunny days and then storm Hector arrived - could hardly hear the hailing wind through the thick walls and lovely to see the waves crashing up on the beach.  Can recommend Lochcarron Bistro for great food and friendly welcome and the Bealach Cafe on the turn-off to Applecross.  Hope to return next year and hopefully see an otter - we did see some deer, seals and an eagle though.
(Janet and Jenny, Hampshire, June 2018)


Lovingly restored cottage - what a location!  Views from every room.  Didn't see the otter or the pine marten, however did spot a deer roaming on the beach.  Visited Applecross (langoustines a must at this Inn), Torridon, Gairloch, Poolewe, Isle of Skye to name but a few.  Ate at Carron Restaurant - can recommend.  Very lucky to have amazing weather all week.  Large sandy beach at Gairloch, path next to golf course - our dog loved this beach.  Secluded spot.  Plockton village is nearby and worth a visit.
(Helen and Peter, Greater Manchester, June 2018)


Great location.  Lovely cottage.  Incredible weather.  The highlight was definitely Colin's Reraig Forest tour, which was amazing.
(Howard, Kay, Dave and George, Wirral, May 2018)


Stunning location, cozy cottage and amazing views.  A must visit place!
(Luke, Sky, Di and Paul, Nottinghamshire, May 2018)


We had a lovely stay and the weather has been unexpectedly good to us.  Rain was forecast for most days and we haven't seen much of it here!  The cottage is excellent and very homely and we very much enjoyed the warm and cosy fire.  We have been to Skye a couple of times - once on the Glenelg Ferry - a memorable experience, and we visited Gavin Maxwell's otter bay amongst other great walks.  We'd throughly recommend Calum's Seal Trips over at Plockton.  Thank you.
(Sarah and Ian, Dumfries and Galloway, April 2018)

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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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