Stay on a Scottish Estate – Part 2
Staying on a Scottish estate is definitely an experience you should have on your bucket list. Wilderness, fresh air and freedom!
We hope you enjoyed Part 1 where we explored Corrour Estate, Brahan Estate and Drumfork Estate and showed you some of the lovely self-catering holiday homes available to stay in. Now, we are going to look at a few more which will show you more locations in Scotland and an even wider variety of holiday homes. Remember to keep these in mind if you are researching and organising for a large group as many of them have clusters of holiday homes which can be booked at the same time (with a bit of prompt organisation.) The third location featured on this article isn’t an estate, but it is a group of cottages which I could not resist sharing!
We were excited to give this estate a bit more exposure back in 2016 when we invited the ‘rising star’ Scottish vlogger Mrs Meldrum, who created a video for her Youtube channel the featured one of the stunning cottages that is situated here. She loved her stay, but everyone who comes to visit this remote and romantic part of the world does! With a focus on conservation, Dorback estate is run primarily for sporting and puts a lot of importance on land management and the needs of the natural environment. Located just outside the idyllic village of Nethy Bridge, once you arrive you feel like you have landed in the middle of nowhere. You will adore the breath-taking views across the moors, down the valley and over to the Cairngorm Mountains. When you take a look at the two cottages (or even better, stay in one of them), you won’t be surprised to learn that the owners are French. The decor is unique and European with their tasteful fusion of traditional furniture, patterned wallpaper and Scottish textiles. Take a look at Mrs Meldrum’s Vlog here as she takes you around ‘Laggandhu’ and points out all of the special touches like the hand painted wood burner in the kitchen. View it here ‘Laggandhu’ (sleeps 6) and ‘Drum Cottage’ (sleeps 4) are both really special cottages in this fantastic part of the world.
Applecross Estate comprises some 26,000 hectares of stunningly beautiful mountains, beaches, woodlands, lochs and rivers running from Loch Torridon to the north of Loch Kishorn in the south. Here, you are open to unparalleled opportunities to see rare wildlife such as otters, seals, dolphins and golden eagles, and you will be close to small local communities and businesses that host fun events. The area has so much history and heritage to find out about, and its strong Gaelic history – dating back to before the Bronze Age – is evident in many of the surrounding archaeological and historical sites. It is a fascinating place which you will fall in love with – the views are immense! Applecross estate boasts a gorgeous selection of holiday homes in all shapes and sizes, the newest one being renovated and launched last year racing to the top ten of our bestselling properties! Ranging from a large factors’ house to a cute little cottage for two, they have it all here. It would be so fun to stay here with a large groups of friends across all of them! Make sure you pop on over to our website and check them all out, but for now here are two of our favourites. ‘The Estate Office’ (sleeps 12) and ‘The Jam Factory’ (sleeps 2)
As I mentioned before, Finsbay is not an estate but this group of houses is one of our favourites – purely for its setting and originality – so we wanted to include them in this post. These purpose-built holiday homes were designed and built by a man with the biggest love of fishing who wanted to bring the sociable fishing experience to one of his favourite spots in Scotland: the Isle of Harris. Set by the water, the cottages look out over the far stretching sea, taking in the rugged coastal lines of the island. It is hard to imagine a quainter, quieter or prettier location with its hamlets and villages, single track roads and unspoilt sea and landscapes. There is an ambience here of the ancient ways of life with original crofts and their outlined “lazy beds”, standing stones and ancient churches. These islands have some of the most stunning beaches in the UK; white sands that stretch for miles alongside crystal clear turquoise water, with few people around to disturb this peaceful setting. The three cottages have been furnished and decorated to a high standard and are kitted out with everything you could need, AND two of them even have saunas! Luxurious or what?
We cannot compare these different locations to one another. They are so beautifully unique in their own way, and each has something different to offer. There are so many places to visit in Scotland and with so many options out there, we hope that this has been helpful in your search for your next Scottish adventure! Let us know which ones are your favourite – we would love to know!
Remember you can view lots more holiday homes over on our website so check it out today HERE