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 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)

Comments from 2017

What a wonderful cottage and location.  The first day we were lucky enough to see the otter in the bay and late in the week we saw porpoise, with the pine marten making his appearance right outside the living room window last night.  We recommend the Kishorn Seafood Bar, delicious food and very friendly.  The children enjoyed exploring the beach and having a real fire in the evening was so cosy.  The walk to Reraig Forest with the Autumn colours was beautiful and we were lucky to meet Colin who shared his love of the area and animals with us.  Thank you Helen and Kevin for sharing this wonderful place with us.  We would love to come back.
(Catherine, Paul, Joseph, Anna, Chris and Debbie, Cheshire and Ireland, Septermber 2017).  


This cottage is in a beautiful position - the best we have ever stayed in.  Didn't see the otter, sadly or maytbe just a brief sighting on Friday evening.  Rained most of the week with only a few dry spells.  Went to Applecross and Skye and had a peacful calm week away from the hectic life at home.  Open fire in teh evenings was a nice change from central heating.  Will visit this area again and hope for better weather.
(Jim and Linda, West Sussex, September 2017) 


Helen and Kevin, thank you for sharing your lovely cottage.  We so enjoyed the stay - we travelled lots of miles to view surrounding area and Skye - but nothing beats the changing scene in the bay.  Steve caught a salmon, Fin's golf improved and Jim caught a small painting each day.  Every good wish.
(Steve, Jim and Finlay, London, September 2017)


Many thanks.  We really enjoyed our week at the cottage and the kids loved the beach.  We hope to see you again in the future.  
(Mark, Andrea, Benjamin and Emily, Tyne and Wear, August 2017)


We all had a lovely stay, hiking, exploring and swimming around the picturesque scenes.  The cottage was great - it felt like home because it was cosy and a treat after a long wet walk.  We saw lots of seals perched on the rocks on the little islands in the sea.  Also we saw 5 otters! One of them was eating a fish only about 5 metres away.  We also saw 2 sea eagles.  They were huge!  We recommend the Applecross cattle pass (and Applecross!), the Kishorn Seafood Bar, and Shieldaig.  Also saw a golden eagle!  Thank you.
(Fran, with Jim, Beth, Louis, Hugh and Maureen, Oxfordshire and Surrey, August 2017)


Have enjoyed a very relaxing week here - weather has been 'interesting.'  We were treated to a visit close by on the beach by an otter who devoured a huge fish, and also a seal and porpoises.  We've kayaked, white-water rafted, hiked and enjoyed a nice meal in the Lochcarron Bistro.
(Judith, Mark, Kai and Finlay, Cambridgeshire, August 2017)


We had a wonderful week,  The view from the cottage is so beautiful.  We saw the sun going down behind the mountains several times - the sky filled with colours.  We enjoyed our trips to the Isle of Skye, Apllecross, Plockton, Shieldaig and it was always nice to come back 'home' in this cottage.  The weather wasn't so good but every day had sunny moments. Thanks.

(Xavier, Kim, Tilo, Kjell and Luna, Belgium, August 2017)


A lovely week in the cottage.  We saw seals and otters from the cottage and a deer and a golden eagle on our walks,  Looking forward to coming back again!  Recommend the Caron Restaurant and the Bealach Café. 
(Emma, Ben and Joseph, Northumberland, July 2017)


Lovely week in a beautiful place in a cosy house!  Splendid weather, lots of sun, almost no midges, fantastic walking in the whole region.  Will come back for some sailing.  We had breakfast and dinner outside several times.
(Monique, Paul, Charlotte and Ivo, Belguim , July 2017)


We have had a fantastic week here with our dog, Oscar.  The cottage is lovely - very cosy and well equipped.  The location is superb!  We have spent the evenings watching the otter fishing in the bay outside the cottage, he even caught a crab and ate it on the rocks just below the garden - amazing!  We drove around the Applecross Peninsular and over the Bealach na Ba. We would also recommend a tour of Gavin Maxwell's island, Eilean Ban in the middle of the Skye bridge, very informative and we got to climb the lighthouse.  Seafood at Kishorn is really lovely and we think we were super lucky on Callum's Seal Trip from Plockton as a pod of dolphins joined us for the ride - they had a ball riding the bow wave.  Callum was equally excited - the first dolphin sighting of the year.  A great week, over too quickly.  We will definitely return in the future.  Thank you.
(Gaye and Ambrose, Buckinghamshire, July 2017)


We had a lovely week here,  We enjoyed going down to the beach to climb on the rocks and search for sea glass and nice shells.  We have been on a lovely boat trip in Plockton where we saw lots of seals (and jelly fish).  We've also been to the beautiful coral beaches at Applecross.  We've been to lots of lovely restaurants and especially enjoyed the Kishorn Seafood Bar.  My favourite thing about our holiday was swimming in the loch (though it was a bit chilly).  I'd love to come back one day. Thank you.

(Isla (age 9), Buckinghamshire, July 2017)  


We had a great week here.  We have enjoyed the peace and views, fishing and crab catching from the rocks (one small crab!), hunting for beach treasures and even swimming in the loch.  Great trip to Applecross over the Bealach na Ba and to Plockton where Callum's boat trip was great fun.  Also loved Attadale Gardens, really beautiful. Delicious food at the Kishorn Seafood Bar.  Thank you.
(Andrew, Jane, Callum, Duncan and Isla, Buckinghamshire, July 2017)


We had a great time in your cottage, it is a wonderful spot and we enjoyed it very much.  Loch Carron and it's surroundings are so beautiful, there is so much to do.  Especially liked Callum's boat tour from Plockton to see this place from a different perspective and the Applecross peninsular.  We will sufrely come back!  All the best and many thanks.
Hilke, Martin and Sophia, Germany, July 2017)


Lovely cottage and views, mixed weather but got to kayak for a couple of days.
(Keith and Karen, Suffolk, June, 2017)


Lovely cottage.  Awful weather.  We think that most of the wildlife has stayed tucked away out of the wind and rain.  We've enjoyed our week regardless.
(Colin and Val, Gloucestershire, June 2017)


This is the first time we have visited the cottage in May.  What a beautiful month to see the beauty all around!  We have enjoyed the long evenings watching the sun throwing shadows across the mountains and the wind whipping up the water and nearly blowing us off Skye!  Bluebells, rhododendrons and gorse in full bloom. We've visited favourite walks and cafes.  Best of all I love the peace and perspective of gazing out over the waters from the beach.  Thoroughly recommend the Bealach cafe on the way to Applecross, friendly service, good food and lovely atmosphere.

(Kathy and Tom, Devon, May 2017)


A lovely week, warm sunny weather / no midges/ lots of otter sightings (usually an hour either side of high tide).
(Tom and Cathy, Nottinghamshire, May 2017)


Here for our second visit and can't believe what lovely weather we've had - again!  Have spent much of the time relaxing, just looking out at the fantastic scenery.  Many thanks.
(Simon and Janet, Yorkshire, April 2017)


Thank you so much for our week at the cottage.  Jeanette has enjoyed her first visit here and has taken more pictures than MGM!  The improvements to the cottage are fantastic - it is certainly not the 'igloo' it used to be when I first visited back in the 1980s!  We hope to return in the not too distant future.

(Barry and Jeanette, Devon, April 2017)


A fantastic cottage with a fantastic story.  Thank you very much for your warm welcome and we must visit again during the summer months.  Great walks with our little cocker spaniel and lovely lunch at the Applecross Inn.  Weather not kind, but hey, it's April.  Snow on the hills this morning and seals and otter spotted in the bay.  Thank you again.

(Tracey, David, Laura and Jamie, Edinburgh, April 2017)


Lovely week in cosy wee cottage, perfect location to be with our friends in Cuillin View [next door].  Good hills climbed by us all.  Managed the Bealach na Ba and round via Shieldaig, with much needed soup at Applecross Inn.
(Marianne, John, Naomi, Alex and Patrick, Aberdeenshire, April 2017)


We had a lovely week in your cottage, thank you.  A few wet days but we live in Cumbria, so are used to that!  I hope we left the cottage to gthe high standard we found it in and hope to return in the future to the wonderful area you live in.
(Mark, Jane, Megan and Emily, Cumbria, February 2017)

Comments from 2015

We arrived in the dark and woke up to the fantastic views and a warm cosy cottage, quite lovely.  Thank you for the Christmas tree, it was perfect, just what we like.  We have had a wonderful Christmas here and do not wish to leave.  The stormy weather hass only added to the experience - we have had it all - heavy rain, gale force winds, thunder and lightning and snow-capped mountains.  Thanks again, we hope to come back again.
(Eve-Marie and Richard, Shropshire, December 2015) 


Many thanks for a lovely stay.  The children are now demanding our annual return! 
Children's best things (aged 9 and 5).. Playing on the beach, Swingball, the fire, glow sticks, the storms, playing games, the beach, the nice food, seeing an otter, cosiest cottage in the storms...We come here every year and each time it's quicker.
(Clare, David, Amelia and Ben, Borders, November 2015) 


Glorious weather on our last day.  Saw otter and seal from the garden and a pine-marten visited at night.  Great staff at the Spar in Lochcarron and delicious icecream from the dairy on the way to Plockton.  Cottage very snug and we were able to sit outside every evening except one.  Wonderfully peaceful except the bonfire fireworks from Plockton.
(Mark and Anne, West Sussex, November 2015)


Another lovely few days in this breathtakingly beautiful part of the world.  There is a timelessness about the beauty of the landscape and this little cottage perched above the loch - in today's world of hustle and bustle time to stand and stare is precious.  We enjoyed the walk from Sands to Applecross where we lingered over excellent lunch in The Potting Shed.  The short walk from the cottage to Leacanashie to Reraig and back to Ardaneaskan takes just over an hour - wellies recommended!  Thank you, Helen and Kevin, for your attention to detail in providing an 'away from it all' haven.

(Tom and Kathy, Devon, September 2015)


This has been a wonderful week.  The cottage is fantastic.  We have been very lucky with the weather.  Food, as ever was fabulous, in particular we can recommend the 'Gille Brighde' at Diabaig and the 'Oyster Shed' up the road from Talisker on Skye.  The Falls of Glomach is a very tough walk!  Back to the reality of the daily grind now, but we will carry this tranquility with us for a litte while.
(Simon, Lisa and Tom, Wirral, September 2015)


Thank you for sharing this little piece of heaven, we feel very lucky.  The kids loved the beach anad all the 'treasure' they have collected.  Had some amazing weather, even needed sun-cream on a few days!  We may very well be returning here.  Thank you again.
(Mat, Rach, Matilda, Toby and Harriet, West Midlands, August 2015)


What a beautiful location, fabulous to see the diferent aspects of Skye in cloud (sometimes), rain (rarely) and sunshine (often enough).  Very relaxing - wouldn't have minded a month instead of a fortnight!  Enjoyed being lazy some days and seeing Applectoss Peninsular, Skye, Ullapool on the 'busy' ones.  I was here in 1978 - won't leave it so long next time.
(Fiona and Les, Lancasshire, August 2015)


Many thanks, we had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday.
(Sue, Matthew, Dominic, Elliot and Fergus, Kent, August 2015)


We had a very enjoyable holiday at the cottage and would love to come again.  I, (Gemma 11) was on the shore every day, we even found a jellyfish, a starfish and 8 crabs.  We visited Plockton, Skye, Kyle, Applecross, Gairloch and Inverness.  We had mixed weather but it was mostly good which we were glad about!  Hopefully we could come back soon and have another great time.
(John, Susan, Gemma and Demi, Tyne and Wear, July 2015)


A very special place indeed.  Saw our first slow-worm!  Thank you for the lovely welcome.

(Jean and Dale, Lanarkshire, July 2015)


Stunning location, managed to eat 'al-fresco' two eveninngs and enjoyed watching the light play on the water and the views across the water to Skye and the Cuillin ridge.  Saw the otter, two of them we thought, perhaps a wee otter pup!  Did manage to swim in the sea too, wasn't too cold with the wet-suit on.  Made much use of the Kyle Railway (what a railway journey!).  Best trip was on train to Plockton, then a cycle back - the sun was out, a few hills here and there but much free wheeling with the scent of pine on the breeze, the blue sea below, the mountains beyond and the roadside blowsy with wild dog rose and flag iris.  When the sun comes out, this truely is a little dose of heaven.
Jenny and Chris, West Yorkshire, July 2015)  


Thoroughly enjoyed two weeks in this lovely cottage.  A great location for kayaking an windsurfing.  Finally some warm (but midgy) weather.  We'll be back!
(Patty, John, Kincardineshire, June 2015)


What more can be said that has already been said about this wonderful cottage or area in which it is situated?  Thank you both for giving us such a warm welcome and telling us a little about the cottage.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay here in both sunshine and showers, lovely walks and comfort to return to - what more could anyone ask?
(Mary, Powys, June 2015)


A cottage on the shore is certainly what it is - it exceeded expectations in views, in having everyting we needed and in being such a peaceful relaxing place.  Loved the area, the walks in the book 'Wester Ross and Lochalsh, 40 Coast and Coast and Country Walks' are much to be recommended, as was the Attadale Gardens, the ride over to Glenelg and the Brochs and over the whole Applecross Peninsular.  Many thanks to you both for making such a wonderful place available to others.

(Jenny, Powys, June 2015)


A wonderfully restored cottage with an interesting history.  The open fire was put to good use each evening, probably more than it is meant to for June!  One excellent sunny day on arrival, followed by weather which showed us all sides of Scotland - some call it atmosphere.  Wonderful, glorious walks through Raraig forest, also across to Kishorn. Round-robin tour of Skye, both roads to Applecross, followed by a peaceful walk round Applecross House, ending with hot chocolates in the Potting Shed café.  A very wet trip to Plockton but an unmissable boat trip hosted by Callum and Douglas.  All-in-all we were very fortunate and didn't let the forecasts put us off, so ended up with a great week. Thank you Kevin and Helen for your hospitality.
(Olivia and Tudor, Lynn and Russell, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, June 2015)


Had a fabulous fortnight here.  It's a great location with lovely walks from the door around Reraig an Leanconaisigh - even made it over to Achintrad one day.  Went over to the coral beaches at Applecross an the lovely beach at Sands.  Driving over the Bealach na Ba is an experience not to be missed!  Weather was, well, weather!  The sunny days were exceptional but the damper ones were still fun.  Unwinding in front of a real fire was a treat on colder evenings.We've holidayed in the Lochcarron area for a few years now and this was the nicest cottage.  thank you Kevin and Helen
(Simon and Helen, Lancashire, June 2015)


We've been to Scotland twice before (in 2000 an 2012) and have seen several nice an interesting B&Bs and homes - but this cottage is really really special.  If one didn't know better, one could think that this cute little house, with its lovely next-to-the-shore garden, has just become alive directly from a fairy-tale.  Although the weather was quite mixed and cool for this time of year, we loved every minute inside the cottage!    Congratulations to you, Helen and Kevin, for this perfect vacation home!  And thank you for having furnished and equipped it with lots of effort, details and love and affection.  Maybe we'll come back in some years.
(Juergen, Heidi, Mara and Amelie, Germany, May 2025)


We have had a fabulous week.  Kevin and Helen, you have done a fab job on this beautiful cottage - a little bit of heaven in a spectacular landscape!  We will surely be back for more!!
(Jane, Rob, Tony and Emily, Somerset, May 2015)


We has a lovely relaxing week - did lots of walking and wildlife spotting. Lovely to see the otter in the bay most days, plenty of seals, a couple of porpoises and a golden eagle.  Very mixed weather, cold enough to light the fire and finally got sunburnt sitting in the garden! We loved the area, so quiet and the cottage was very cosy.  Lovely jam, thanks.

(Caroline and Steve, South Yorkshire, May 2015)


What a wonderful week!  We didn't sit down long enough to 'relax' as there was so much to do. Munros to climb, kayaking, animal spotting, places to visit.  Recommend Attadale Gardens and the woods behind the house for gentle strolls.  The Bealach na Ba over to Applecross was a spectcular trip.  We saw lots of wildlife - deer, otters, seals and we counted 30 plus species of bird, including a golden eagle!  The cottage itself is a real gem and evenings were cosy round the fire.  It also has the best seat in the glen to watch the sunset.  Many thanks for sharing this with us.

(Rodi, Heather, Alex, Kirsty and Ian, with Anne and Michael, Edinburgh, April 2015)


Well, what a week we have had!  Completely gorgeous cottage, fantastic scenery and wonderful weather - not a drop of rain, just glorious sunshine.  And the stars at night... amazingly clear, more than we have ever seen before - absolutely incredible!  The walk over to Achintrad is well worth doing for the super views (and you can go on a little further onto the main road to eat at the Kishorn Seafood bar - food is excellent).  The children loved exploring the rock pools and the sea was calm enough to us to take the inflatable dinghy out on a few days.  Saw seals (right up close), otters swimming around, porpoises, deer, bats and more.  Thank you so much :)
(Michelle, Tony and family, Derbyshire, April 2015) 

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Taobh na Dachaidh

c/o K&H Alexander,

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Lochcarron, IV54 8YH


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