See Aurora Borealis Scotland – Shoreside Cottages Melvaig

Rona and Raasay Self Catering Cottages by the Shore Gairloch Ross shire

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Choice of 2 unique waterside self catering holiday Cottages have Stunning Sea Views and a chance to “see the Aurora Borealis” Northern Lights during the Autumn and Winter months along with stunning sunsets, views of Skye, Harris and Lewis. Both cottages enjoy 4 star Holiday Cottage Luxury just 80 yards from the seashore with private beach access located in the quiet crofting community of Melvaig, near Gairloch.

Raasay Cottage offers the benefits and greater conveniences of only part self catering, with all Bedding, Towels, heating, electricity and unlimited WiFi costs included. Where as Rona Cottage offers the hirer a lower rental cost with the option to self cater (provide their own) bedding and Towels and only pay for the Heating, Electricity and WiFi costs they have used at the end of the rental.

The Beinn Eighe Reserve and the Torridon Mountains are just a short distance away from the numerous sandy beaches and bays which are located around Melvaig, Gairloch and Red Point. The advantage of this cottages remote location and the absence of street lamps presents regular sightings of the Northern lights “Aurora Borealis”. With good timing you have a good chance of experiencing one of the world’s most magnificent natural phenomena: the Northern Lights. The Northern night sky dancing with red, yellow, green, blue and violet streamers, arcs and rays. The best time to see the Northern lights is in the months of October, November, December and January between 10 pm and 3 am. If you don’t see the Northern Lights, then at least you’ll see the stars – many, many more than you’ll see from anywhere less remote. The longer you look up, the more stars will appear.

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“Escape to the West Coast of Scotland to glimsp the Northern Lights”

 

 

  • 2 Bedroom Detached single Storey Luxury Bungalows sleeps 4 people
  • Waterside location stunning Sea Views
  • Open Plan Living room L shaped lounge format leading to Dining room picture windows magnificent views
  • Double glazed throughout
  • 1 Double Bedroom & 1 Twin Bedroom
  • The Bathroom is equipped with bath and separate walk in shower, wash hand basin, WC and electric shaver point
  • Fully fitted kitchen including Oven / Hob, Dishwasher, Fridge Freezer, Microwave, Washing / Dryer
  • Ramp access and wide doorways for Wheelchairs
  • Sitting Room with Sofas Sky Freeview satellite TV / DVD
  • Oil fired Central Heating
  • Semi enclosed gardens and driveway parking
  • Bedding and Towels with £20 Supplement per per person (Rona Cottage only)
  • Payphone in the Lounge
  • Free WiFi Raasay Cottage (Rona Cottage £15 Weekly Supplement)
  • Pets Welcome, Village facilities including shop Restaurant 3 miles
  • Great place to see the Northern Lights

 

 

Melvaig and Gairloch

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The local village Melvaig has a cafe bar / restaurant. The area’s attractions include: a swimming pool, whale watching and marine trips, including visits to the puffin colonies on the Shiant islands, salmon, sea trout, brown trout, pike and sea fishing, Bird watching, falconry courses golf course and pony trekking. Also, boat trips on Loch Maree to view Viking graves, bike hire, car hire, deer stalking and deer museum, guided hill walks and guided climbing and sea kayaking trips, and Inverewe Gardens, to name but a few

The large village of Gairloch, 10 miles away, has additional attractions and activities. The award winning Creel Restaurant and the Old Inn are highly recommended for eating out. There is river and loch angling, sea fishing, whale watching trips and other excursions with local wildlife experts. Gairloch has an idyllic shoreline, golf course and pony trekking in the wooded Flowerdale. Instruction in mountaineering, rock climbing, sailing and canoeing are available for the intrepid. Local cycle hire, slipways and Inverewe Gardens may add further dimensions to your holiday.

Come and enjoy the peace and tranquility of a holiday amid superb scenery on Scotland’s magnificent West Coast. Breathe in the fresh sea air, explore the stunning countryside and allow the charm of this unique location to inspire you and restore your energy.

‘Whatever the weather a warm west coast welcome awaits you’

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The Northern Lights

The advantage of this cottages remote location and the absence of street lamps presents regular sightings of the Northern lights “Aurora Borealis”. With good timing you have a good chance of experiencing one of the world’s most magnificent natural phenomena: the Northern Lights. The Northern night sky dancing with red, yellow, green, blue and violet streamers, arcs and rays. The best time to see the Northern lights is in the months of October, November, December and January between 10 pm and 3 am. If you don’t see the Northern Lights, then at least you’ll see the stars – many, many more than you’ll see from anywhere less remote. The longer you look up, the more stars will appear.

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Wester Ross and Ross-shire Wildlife

Apart from the beautiful surroundings and the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights. The Warm Gulf Stream waters make for a temperate climate which attracts plentiful wildlife, including seabirds, otters and whales which feast on the seasonal bounty of the sea. The loch is circled to the south by the dramatic Torridon Mountains including the 3300ft high Beinn Alligin and Slioch (3215ft), one of Scotland’s finest mountains. Inverness is the nearest city to Big Sand and Gairloch and is approximately 90 minutes drive away. The village of Badachro on the shores of Gair Loch has a fine pub with a restaurant in which to dine and relax after a day in the hills. However you want to relax and unwind, Big Sand has so much to offer.

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You can also view Deer, buzzards, eagles, herons and peregrine falcons, wild goats, dolphins, whales and many other creatures in the surrounding area. During your stay you will see a number of smaller birds, including finches, mallards, swifts, doves and of course loads of sparrows.

Riches beyond your Wildest dreams

A picture tells a thousand words. Truth is, life is rich where the photographs are best. Ullapool and Wester Ross offer riches beyond your wildest dreams. Ullapool is a great centre for hill walking and it’s an ideal base for touring the beautiful landscape of the north-west Highlands……..we don’t know where to start…

Should we tell you about the more famous attractions of Wester Ross such as Inverewe gardens, and the Victorian Spa town of Strathpeffer, or about the scenery, the mountains, or maybe the golf-course or

the gardens. What about the traditional music, or the fishing, and the walking? Have you ever seen the sunsets, the wildlife, the birds, the history, genealogy. Or perhaps you prefer the sea, the sailing, a kayak trip, the beaches? Maybe you fancy the swimming pool, the sports centre, the cycling? Have you tasted the prawns, the mussels, the lobsters? Are you for a wee dram ?

Local area information

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The next nearest town with amenities is Gairloch (10 miles) with a small supermarket, Filling station, , Post Office, Restaurants and Inns. A popular tourist destination in the summer months, Gairloch also boasts a golf course, a small museum, several hotels, a community centre, a leisure centre with sports facilities and a local radio station.

There is also the village of Badacro a remote fishing village 3 km south of Gairloch. Sitting on the shore of Gair Loch, it is considered one of the best natural harbours in the United Kingdom. It has a small restaurant and a Pub The Badachro Inn on the south shore of Loch Gairloch, in the shelter of Badachro Bay. Approximately 2 miles to the SE are located the Fairy Lochs which are accessible by a rough track near the Shieldaig Lodge Hotel.

Places and facilities well worth visiting in this region are The Seaview gardens (20 miles) The highland wildlife reserve, Inverewe gardens. Fishing permits are available locally. On your door step or just round the corner……..Unspoilt golden beaches, abundant wildlife, numerous, seaside, hillside and countryside walks.

Further information available on this area available at www.wester-ross.com and www.sightseeing.co.uk

 

The falls of Shin, Salmon leaping and Loch Shin

Another great day trip available is inland to the North West to the Falls of Shin a truly wonderful experience for all the family. Open all year round and amongst spectacular Highland Scenery, it’s well worth the journey down the Coast. and along the A949 and the banks of Beautiful Dornoch Firth, Bonar Bridge you arrive at the dramatic waterfalls, where it’s famous, natural Atlantic Salmon Leap can take your breath away. The estate is owned by Mr Al Fayed…see him for yourself as he graces the entrance courtesy of a genuine Madam Tussaud’s waxwork. The River Shin is one of the great Salmon rivers in Scotland, with the fresh, clear water – coloured slightly brown due to the natural peaty soil of the landscape – creating perfect conditions for the Atlantic Salmon, and other fish that thrive in a constant flow of fresh water. This most natural feature enthralls visitors lucky enough to witness the many Atlantic Salmon as they battle upstream at the Falls to return to their place of birth in Loch Shin and spawn the next generation. There are also countless river and forest walks, BBQ, gift shop, restaurant and a mini golf course. To the North of the falls lies Loch Shin One of Scotland’s most picturesque and best kept secrets is found in Sutherland. Loch Shin is over 18 miles in length. Just like Loch Ness it is believed to be the home of deep mysterious creatures.

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See Aurora Borealis Scotland – Accommodation

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Luxury Detached Cottage Accommodation

These two unique Luxury detached holiday homes are both identical internally and externally and enjoy full double glazing, ground floor accommodation throughout with LPG central heating with additional effect ‘woodburner’ style electric fire in the main living area.

Important - Raasay Cottage offers the benefits and greater conveniences of only part self catering, with all Bedding, Towels, heating, electricity and unlimited WiFi costs included. Where as Rona Cottage offers the hirer a lower rental cost with the option to self cater (provide their own) bedding and Towels and only pay for the Heating, Electricity and WiFi costs they have used at the end of the rental.

The Comfortable sitting rooms are beautifully furnished in an L shaped lounge format leading to dining room with picture windows giving magnificent views over the sea and Skye, Harris and Lewis. The room is complemented with and electric fire, two large settees, Sky Freeview satellite colour TV, DVD, radio / cassette/ CD player. Payphone in the lounge.

The double bedrooms has 2 bedside cabinets and lamps and has ample hanging and drawer space. The twin bedroom has 1 bedside cabinet and lamp, walk in wardrobe and ample drawer space. The bedrooms have lovely lovely views.

The Bathrooms are equipped with bath and separate walk in shower, wash hand basin, WC and electric shaver point.

The fully fitted modern kitchens are well equipped with electric cooker, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer, washer, tumble dryer, toaster, food mixer etc. plus a good range of cooking utensils. Rear porch with hanging space for outdoor clothes etc. Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided for your convenience.