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Benmore Lodge

Lairg, The Highlands
Sleeps 9
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3
Change Sun
No Dogs
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Spacious one-storey cottage on the bank of Loch Ailsh
  • On-site boating, fly fishing and red deer stalking available by arrangement
  • Secluded property down 3 miles of private track
  • Far-reaching views of lochs and Highland mountains
  • Local peaks of Conival and Ben More Assynt to hike
  • Hotel with restaurant and bar, 11 miles
Property code: CA036

The perfect home for keen hikers and fishers alike, this one-storey cottage is well equipped to host your Highlands holiday. Offering something for guests of all ages, the cottage is perfect for all the family.

In the wild upper reaches of Northern Scotland sits this fantastic Highland retreat. Sleeping up to nine people, its envy-inducing position on the mirror-like banks of Loch Ailsh in one of Scotland’s ‘last great wildernesses’ is a hugely enticing proposition for nature lovers, wildlife watchers and walkers. Enrobed in untainted natural beauty, it offers the perfect escape for those looking to switch off their mobiles and fully embrace the freedom of just ‘being’.

Accessed via two steps and spread out across one level, this self-catering lodge in Lairg is a fantastic base for families and friends of all generations. Homely yet uncluttered and boasting jaw-dropping views from every window, it is as soothing for the soul as it is captivating for the eye. Topped off with welcoming additions such as the generous selection of books and magazines, toasty central heating and wonderful open fire (with fuel included) you are sure are to feel perfectly at home from the moment you arrive.

Loose boots, unzip coats and dry off soggy paws in the entrance hall and head to the kitchen to rummage through supplies and cook up a warming feast. Equipped with every amenity you could need and complete with a breakfast table too, you can gather around over cups of tea and mountains of scran or head into the dining room for a more formal sitting. Once plates have been emptied and popped in the dishwasher, make your way towards the lounge with the open fire blazing and nurse a local Scottish whisky as you share anecdotes.

As well as the living areas, you will also find five comfortable bedrooms across the ground floor ready to welcome all members of the family for a cosy night’s sleep. Take your pick of the master bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, the twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, two further twin bedrooms and the single bedroom, each as cosy as the next. To complete the picture, there is also a family bathroom with another shower over bath.

Tucked 3 miles down a private track and spoilt for choice with outside space, this lochside cottage in Lairg fulfils childhood dreams of Blyton-esque adventures. And, with ample parking for several cars adjacent to the house, you are encouraged to stay at home and enjoy the locale or explore further afield. Enjoy steaming cups of tea on the patio in the morning and dip your toes in the loch to wake up. With the gardens seamlessly blending with the surrounds, little kids, big kids and four-legged friends will be in their element discovering and rediscovering the best spots to sit, play and take in the views.

Please note there is a refundable £250 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 5 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 3 twins, 1 single
  • 3 bathrooms - 1 shared bathroom with WC and bath with a handheld showerhead; 1 small WC room; 2 en-suites both with WC and bath with handheld showerhead
  • Large gas hob and 2 ovens, 1 fridge, 2 freezers, 1 microwave, 1 dishwasher
  • TV with DVD player, CD player and range of books and board games
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Open fire (fuel supplied)
  • Rowing boat, fly fishing and red deer stalking available by arrangement
  • Ample parking for multiple cars
  • Pub 2.5 miles, shop 25 miles

Best suited to those looking to revel in the glorious tranquillity of this Highland paradise, there is plenty on offer for guests who know where to look. Explore the wild surrounds, gaze at the unabatedly magnetic panoramas and paddle in the loch, accompanied only by the majestic wildlife who too call the area home.


Of course, if you would like to push further out into this wild eden, you can put on your walking boots and climb the twin peaks of Conival (3238ft) and Ben More, Assynt (3274ft). Or, if you are hoping for something slightly less challenging, take a leisurely amble around the lake and lay out blankets and throws ready to tuck into a sun-soaked picnic.


In an area famed for fishing, the loch in front of the property is home to good stocks of brownies, salmon and sea trout later in the season. For history lovers, the ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the banks of Loch Assynt and Calda House are 14 miles away and ideal subjects for dramatic photographs and an afternoon's exploration.


A particularly popular local walk, the Bone Caves route in Inchnadamph is 12.5 miles from the property and draws lots of visitors in the area. Later on, exhausted and hungry from hours of exploring, there is a restaurant down the road at Oykel Bridge (10 miles) which serves up a hearty dinner menu accompanied by a mouthwatering selection of tipples. For a wide range of shops and eateries, head to Ullapool (24 miles).

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mr Watts May 2019

Benmore Lodge is extremely spacious, very well equipped and very comfortable to stay in. It's in a superb and very quiet location beside Loch Ailsh. We were Corbett-bagging, and with several Corbetts in the Assynt area the lodge is well located. It's also midway between Ullapool and Lochinver when shopping is required. There were 9 of us in the lodRead morege and everybody was impressed with the spaciousness and comfort factor. Hide

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