Stunningly located in Assynt in the North West Highlands of Scotland, Benmore Lodge is a lovely self catering property and an ideal getaway for families, groups of friends and couples. Its unique position 3 miles down a track and overlooking Loch Ailsh ensures a rare chance to experience a holiday away from all the hustle and bustle of modern day life. It is also a perfect location for exploring the breathtaking scenery of Sutherland and Ross-shire.
Large and airy, Benmore Lodge is a single storey property with a lovely country house feel. The drawing room is spacious and homely with an open fire and wonderful views across the loch and surrounding countryside. There is a separate formal dining room, well equipped kitchen, utility room and drying room.
The Lodge sleeps 9 people in 5 bedrooms:
- 1 super king size (en suite, bath with hand-held shower attachment);
- 1 twin (en suite, bath with hand-held shower attachment);
- 2 further twins;
- 1 single;
- A folding bed is available for a 10th guest;
- A cot is available.
The front entrance has two steps. There is plenty of parking room for several cars immediately next to the house allowing easy access.
The large lawned garden is partially enclosed. A gate at the bottom leads directly onto the shores of Loch Ailsh.
Above is the Welcome Hamper which we provide free of charge to guests. Most of the contents are from the excellent West Coast Delicatesen in Ullapool which is well worth a visit during your stay (open all year but closed on Sundays). Contents of the hamper may differ to those shown.
Benmore Lodge is located in Assynt which is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful parts of the Scottish highlands. There are mountains to climb from the mighty Ben More Assynt, which is virtually on the doorstep, to the rugged Stac Pollaidh, smooth backed Canisp and the distinctively shaped sugarloaf mountain, Suilven.
Within striking distance by road is a rugged coastline which offers magnificent seascapes and a number of glorious sandy beaches including Clachtoll, Achmelvich and Achnahaird. Gruinard Bay on the road to Gairloch and the gloriously isolated Sandwood Bay north of Kinlochbervie each provide lovely day-trip destinations.
The coastal fishing ports of Ullapool and Lochinver are both less than 1 hour away by car. Ullapool in particular has good facilities including gift shops, restaurants, pubs, fish and chip shops, Boots The Chemist, banks (RBS and Bank of Scotland) and a Tesco's supermarket. Lochinver has several restaurants and pubs, Inver Lodge Hotel (4 star, open April to October) which offers fine dining and afternoon teas, and a Post Office. It is also the home of the world famous Highland Stoneware which is well worth a visit.
A week (or even better two weeks) will give you enough time to explore at least some of the many aspects of this beautiful area.
All linen and towels are provided as are initial supplies of: soap in the bathrooms and toilets; toilet rolls; washing up liquid; dishwasher tablets; tea towels; bin liners; coal, peat (when available from Benmore estate) and firelighters for the open fire; general cleaning materials.
In common with many properties in more remote areas, Benmore Lodge has a private water supply.
There is a fixed line telephone which allows calls in and out. A television (Sky) is located in the drawing room.
Due to the property's distance from, and equipment limitations of, the local telephone exchange there is no fixed line internet connection. There is a Wi-Fi satellite broadband connection that can be accessed in the vicinity of the Lodge. Coverage inside the Lodge is limited.
There is currently no mobile phone access at Benmore Lodge. However guests usually find they can get mobile reception at various points close to the Lodge and at the end of the track just before reaching the main road.
Up to a maximum of 2 dogs are welcome but they MUST remain in the kitchen/utility area. An additional charge of £20, per dog per week, is made.