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Lochaline

The village of Lochaline lies at the southern tip of the beautiful Morvern peninsula

The village of Lochaline lies at the southern tip of the beautiful Morvern peninsula, one of the more remote parts of North West Scotland. It is renowned for the variety of bird life, flora and wildlife.

There is a well stocked licensed village store with post office, petrol pumps and laundrette. There are two excellent restaurants - Lochaline Hotel and The Whitehouse, both of which are licensed. There is also a snack bar at the pier with a good variety of carry out meals. All facilities are within walking distance.

Activities in Lochaline include fly fishing for salmon, trout and sea trout. You can, of course, fish off the pier or off the rocks.

Visitors may be interested in visiting the Carved Stones of Keil. Keil Church stands high above the Sound of Mull, just one mile west of Lochaline. Although the present building is just over 100 years old, tradition has it that there has been a church somewhere on the site since the time of Saint Columba in the 6th Century.

A ferry operates regularly over to Fishnish on the island of Mull. Take a day out to tour the island or visit the isle of Iona with its historic Abbey, or visit the unique town of Tobermory. Perhaps you would like to go to one of the most perfect stone circles in Britain at Loch Buie , see round Duart Castle (stronghold of Clan MacLean), or climb the cliffs at Carsaig. Mull boasts some amazing beaches with long stretches of pure white sand. Boat trips are available from Mull to the island of Staffa with its unique formation of rocks - a nesting place for puffins.

About three miles before Lochaline is the turning left for the track which leads down the side of Loch Aline to the 14th-century ruins of Ardtornish Castle. Florence Nightingale, who was a family member of the original owners, was a visitor here.  The author John Buchan spent many summers here in the 1930s. In the centre of the loch is a 1,500 year-old crannog, an artificial island built for defensive purposes. This walk is detailed in the tourist board's Great Walks leaflet, along with the Ariundle Nature Trail, available from local tourist offices. During the stalking season (1 July-20 October) check at the estate office before setting out.

Lochaline has a community owned marina with onshore facilities for visiting and local boats.

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The flexibility of a whole cottage, with gorgeous views and brilliantly located for exploring the highlands. The Cottage The cottage is light, bright and warm with views of Loch Linnhe, Glencoe and the mountains beyond. The spacious living room has a vaulted ceiling and leads on to an open plan kitchen and dining area. The bedroom has a king-size bed with a memory foam mattress and fitted wardrobes. There is also the option to add a fold-down single bed in the living room. The whole cottage is decorated in restful, neutral colours.Surrounding the cottage are beautiful gardens with an outdoor seating area. Across the road, a path leads on to a secluded beach where you can enjoy a picnic and watch the sea life.Free Wi-Fi is provided, along with a TV/DVD player, a fully equipped kitchen and an attached laundry room. Available for a three night minimum, the cottage offers flexible accommodation for up to three people. We can provide a cot and high chair for wee ones. Dogs  are welcome at no additional charge, by prior agreement. Guest Access The cottage is exclusively yours for the duration of your stay and has its own front and back doors, ensuring private access. Interaction with Guests Chris and Sarah are the owners of the cottage and live next door in "Tigh Sgoile", which is Gaelic for "School House" and was the former village school. Living next door means that we are on hand in case you have any queries. We would also be delighted to give you recommendations about places to visit and local pubs and walks. The Neighbourhood The Onich Hotel is in walking distance and has a nice bar with an open fire. Dogs are welcome there. The restaurant has beautiful views over the loch and there is regular live music. There are many other nice places to eat nearby including the Loch Leven hotel and the Laroch restaurant and bar in Ballachulish. For seafood, you could try the Loch Leven Seafood Café.As the Outdoor Capital of the UK, the region of Lochaber is fantastic for all kinds of outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, skiing, ice-climbing and cycling. The ski resorts of Glencoe and the Nevis ranges are about 25 minutes' drive away and are open all year round for skiers and hikers. Boat trips to visit the islands and spot wildlife depart from Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe. A thirty mile radius from the cottage takes in Ben Nevis, the mountains of Glencoe, the world's largest indoor ice-climbing wall, the Seal Sanctuary near Oban, Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie gathered the clans in 1745 and the famous Harry Potter viaduct .... to name but a few. Getting Around School House cottage is on the bus routes from Fort William to Glasgow and Oban. It is also on the Oban to Fort William cycle path. Other Things to Note Access is very easy and there is ample car parking.Check-in is after 4PM One dog is welcome by prior arrangement. The cottage is non smoking.
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