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Bothan Buie

Strath, The Highlands
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • Rural accommodation with a cosy mountain-refuge feel
  • Located in Scotland's stunning north-west Highlands
  • Dolphin and whale spotting gin the area
  • Days out to nearby Torridon Hills, Gruinard Beach and Badarchro fishing village
  • Striking stone exterior and wooden interior features
  • Hot tub - available April to September only - Please note during COVID the wooden hot tub has been replaced with a Lazy Spa
Property code: CA044

A traditional Scottish bothy on Scotland''s stunning west coast, offering cosy and comfortable accommodation for walkers and nature lovers with an outdoor hot tub for the ultimate in holiday relaxation.

Over 300 years old, the house takes its unique name from the lady who once lived there. It’s a no-frills pine-clad cosy lodge, and makes a perfect base for walkers looking to bag a few Munros. Settle back in the outdoor hot tub and feel those stresses melt away as you gaze over the loch, or up at the starry night, glass of wine in hand. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to sketch or photograph the stunning landscapes – or even start that novel you’ve always wanted to write.


The cosy cabin is open-plan both downstairs and up, with a fully-equipped kitchen including an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. There’s a large dining table to spread out the well-deserved feast on, and the maps to plan tomorrow’s hike too. The washing machine located in the small shed is a godsend for wet, muddy walking gear, and there’s a comfortable lounge area with a big leather sofa to cosy up on after a long day out and about. Light the candles, get the wood burner roaring and settle down, before retiring up the open stairway to the comfortable bedrooms.


The two double rooms in the eaves are semi open-plan, with a central bathroom between the two sleeping areas and TVs in each. Outside there’s ample space for cars, and panoramic views. Take your morning coffee and pastries outside and sit at the outdoor table looking across the glass-like loch to Skye, before heading out for the day’s adventures. You may even be lucky enough to have a visit from the local red deer.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 bedroom - with open-plan layout with 2 double beds
  • 1 bathroom - with shower over bath and WC
  • Ceramic hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave. tumble dryer and the washing machine which is located in the small shed
  • Wood burner (starter pack of logs provided)
  • Electric heaters
  • Flat-screen TV, TVs, iPod dock, CD player with radio
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Hot tub - available April to September only - Please note during COVID the wooden hot tub has been replaced with a Lazy Spa
  • Shops and pub 0.5 miles away in Gairloch
  • Please note there is a residential caravan situated approx 50 yards up the hill to the side of the property


There are wonderful walks on your doorstep from this holiday home, where you can stroll up onto the moors for some breathtaking views, or down to the shores of Strath Bay, less than half a mile away. Gairloch is spread along the loch, with a selection of well-received pubs, cafes and local stores, plus an interesting heritage centre. Further along the Gairloch Estate, 2 miles from the house, is the golf club, and a busy harbour where you can pick up whale-watching trips out onto the loch. There's also a popular trail from the harbour to Flowerdale Glen and its beautiful waterfall, which is a 3-mile round trip. There are more walking routes around the area, from easy walks along the sandy Gairloch Beach and Pier, to more strenuous hill hikes such as the 14-mile trail up Baosbheinn, with a starting point 7 miles from the Bothy. Don't miss a trip to Poolewe on the shores of Loch Ewe, 6 miles away, for the beautiful gardens at Inverewe and the bustling Tuesday market to pick up some tasty treats and locally made crafts. For a change of scene, head north to Rubha Reidh Point on the headland 12 miles away and walk the rugged coastline with its rich history and restored lighthouse.

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 19 guest ratings

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Reviewed by David 26th September 2020

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this is the best holiday home you could find, it is what it says and is the best. No improvements needed, Scott gives a brilliant Bothy to use, we love this place have been here now for five years running, our two spaniels love the grounds, its just what is needed to chill especially this moment in time, regards Dave and Lesley

Reviewed by Geoffrey 19th September 2020

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Rustic but comfortable;views to die for plus hot tub!

Reviewed by Alan 12th September 2020

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Reviewed by Sarah 22nd August 2020

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The cottage is in a really beautiful spot and was very comfortable and cosy. The only disappointment for us was the hot tub which wasn't as pictured but a blow-up type one which did need topping up as lost a lot of water due to the wind blowing it about even thou the lid was secured on. Also they need to be re-set every couple of days to keep the tRead moreemperature up which we didn't realise at first. I do book based on their being a hot-tub so felt it worth a mention, It's a really lovely place. Hide

Reviewed by Charles 8th August 2020

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Reviewed by Kelly 1st August 2020

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Rustic bothy in a beautiful location. Had a fabulous week here. Owners met us on arrival and very welcoming. Sitting in the hot tub looking over the bay after a days hillwalking was just wonderful Loads to see and do around gairloch.

Reviewed by Gillian 4th July 2020

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Fantastic little cottage

Reviewed by Alice 17th February 2020

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Such a beautiful place! The views are spectacular, the hot-tub is really well placed so that you are sheltered from the prevailing wind and can even enjoy it in a snow storm! The wooden panelling in the bedrooms makes it feel like a boat and you can enjoy hearing the dramatic weather beating around the bothy from a comfortable and cosy bed. We cameRead more in February and we loved it! Hide

Reviewed by Khyeesha 27th December 2019

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This is a lovely homely cottage, great if you want a quite get away with beautiful views. All local amenities are very close. Lovely place for walking. The cottage its self is well equipped for your time there. Lovely log fire to keep you warm!

Reviewed by Heather 6th October 2019

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We loved the Bothan...it is what we expected from the description. Yes there wasnt much room in the shower, and it was a bit draughty in places....very high winds when we were there earlier in October. However, it was cosy once the wood burner was on. The kitchen was great to cook in, beds comfortable. The view was unbeatable and the location perfeRead morect. A great property for a holiday with the dogs and great value for money! Nice touch by the owner to have lamps lit and radio on for guests arrival Hide

Reviewed by Lord Keller July 2019

Gairloch und Umgebung hat eine fantastische Landschaft mit relativ unberhrter Natur, Bergen und Wasser zu bieten. Tolle Wanderangebote fr jeden sportlichen Anspruch. Bothian Buie liegt ruhig und sehr idyllisch an einem Berghang, inmitten von Weideland, "bewohnt" von zahlreichen Schafen. Die Aussicht vom Cottage aus ist fantastisch. Das Cottage selbRead morest ist schn und alles Notwendige fr den Urlaub ist vorhanden. Man sollte jedoch keinen besonderen Luxus erwarten. Translation: Gairloch and the surrounding area has a fantastic landscape with relatively untouched nature, mountains and water to offer. Great hiking offers for every sporting need. Bothian Buie is quiet and very idyllic on a mountainside, surrounded by pastures, "inhabited" by numerous sheep. The view from the cottage is fantastic. The cottage itself is beautiful and everything necessary for the holiday is available. However, one should not expect any special luxury. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Somarathna July 2019

Very lovely nice cottage, we were there 5 days we loved this place , only small thing we had we couldn't go out coz of the midges , that's s a small insect like mosquitoes, all around the scotland pinch over your body , other wise cottage is very nice and clean , sheep around.

Reviewed by Ms Sweeney July 2019

We stayed for one week at Bothan Buie in beautiful Wester Ross. It is a great little home and has everything you need for a perfect Scottish summer holiday...including cosy wood fire and a hot tub! It's also a dogs paradise with a huge, fully enclosed garden area...my cocker spaniel loved it! The area is also very special. Gairloch has a number of Read moregood cafes and pubs. The new heritage museum has also just opened and is a great spot for a rainy day. Poolewe Tuesday market is a must...as is the coastal drive to Little Loch Broom via Aultbea and Gruinard Bay. There is also the most perfect beach at Mellon Udrigle for a picnic and a paddle. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Stone June 2019

I would like to say that Michael and I really really enjoyed our holiday at Bothan Buie, it had everything we needed, beautiful surroundings and views everything was perfect, the owner was very friendly and extremely helpful. Will definitely book again. Thank you.

Reviewed by Ms Darbyshire June 2019

Superb spot great for walking and fabulous beaches. Bothan Buie was well equipped and clean, quirky and charming. Hot tub was brilliant. We found good local food in the farm shop next to the Gale centre which had a nice cafe and also had a delicious meal in the Badachro Inn. Also to the Hillbilly bookshop and Poolewe Market - both worth a visit. NoRead moret enough time to do everything we wanted but a brilliant weekend. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Hillier May 2019

We enjoyed our stay in Gairloch. A small village with a few pubs, chemist, convenience store, coffee house, butchers and chip shop. Bothan Buie was situated up a hill from the village, which made you earn your evening pint. The Bothan Buie had all you needed for a weeks stay, we had read a few reviews, that were a little critical, but to be fair weRead more found that our Bothan Buie accommodation had everything that we needed, yes it was a bit tired but you have to remember it was built a very long time ago, we found it a bit drafty at first but once you got that wood burner going it began to feel very cosy. The hot tub was on all the time and when we arrived we found electric blankets and heaters should we need them. We enjoyed stunning views over Gairloch and we're made to feel very welcome by the local community. The local chippy is a must, best fresh Haddock I have had. If you get a chance visit The Badachro Inn, a great pub and even better food, but to be fair we didn't have a bad meal out (perhaps the service could be a bit cheerier, but maybe that is the way!) Overall a lovely stay with plenty of walks. Hide

Reviewed by Ms Cannell May 2019

A wonderful hideaway! if your looking to escape the rat race for a few days then this is the place to stay. We drove up from Kent to spend a week here and it was just what we needed the cottage just had all that you needed if your not bothered about the internet or constant phone calls and the lovely evenings in the hot tub was bliss for my ruptureRead mored Achilles. The cottage was comfortable and warm the only thing I would say is that being a tall couple - my partner at 6ft 5 did bang his head a few times going up stairs but small price to pay for the solitude. We did go out on the glass bottom boat to see the seals plenty of birds to spot and hear so take your cameras. Hide

Reviewed by Ms Kessell May 2019

The bothie is in a beautiful location. We had excellent weather when we stayed and there was nothing better than sitting in the hot tub admiring the view over to Skye. The village has a few eateries so we weren't stuck for that. We brought our own food for breakfast and lunch which was lucky as we never passed any shops apart from RS MCColls. The lRead moreocation is very handy for hill walking and every road has a view point to park in for some excellent pictures. The bothie itself could do with a bit of work. I hated showering as it was cramped and very awkward. The banister also didn't feel particularly safe. The livingroom (with stove) and dining/kitchen area were an excellent size and I can't fault them. The bed was extremely comfortable. The bothie suited the two of us but as the second bedroom isn't really seperated I'm not sure I'd be keen on having another couple there. Overall we had an excellent time, and just absolutley loved our days away. Hide

Reviewed by Ms Baker November 2018

The cottage was perfect for a winter break - fabulous location, with amazing views (of the sea, hills and stars) and wonderfully comfortable. The wood cladding gives it a real 'Heidi' cottage feel and it was lovely and warm and well kitted out. Great walks locally straight from the cottage and plenty more further afield. At the bottom of the road yRead moreou'll find a friendly local pub (dogs welcome), a well stocked shop and a great coffee shop and bookshop (Mountain Coffee / Hillbillies). The Gairloch Tourist Info centre is also dog friendly and has a great community cafe. Definitely worth the trip to head up the north west coast of the peninsula to the Rua Reidh lighthouse, and also the north east via Poolewe, for amazing views on each side. The Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve is not far - fabulous views from the walk to the Triple Buttress of Coire Mhic Fhearchai. There's also a short, easy and wonderfully maintained walk in the Gairloch Estate to the Flowerdale waterfalls. After active days out, it was lovely to come home to cosy Bothan Buie to relax by the fire. Can highly recommend! Hide

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