Cottage in Glenelg, Nr. Kyle of Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Close To Beaches, Glenelg Inn And Village Shop
Glenbeag Cottage is a lovely, bright 4* family holiday home in the magical west highland coastal village of Glenelg, overlooking the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye. This self catering cottage is an ideal location for wildlife, beach, water or hill based holidays, as relaxed or active as you wish to be. The cottage is near the renowned Glenelg Inn and a minutes walk from the village shop and the seashore. It is in a stunning area that includes the site of Gavin Maxwell’s ‘Camusfearna’ at Sandaig with its white coral beaches. Glenbeag has some of the best preserved Iron Age brochs. Close by are Munros including Beinn Sgritheall and the Five Sisters of Kintail. And you may still ‘sail over the sea to Skye’ on the traditional Glenelg ferry crossing at Kylerhea.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
About Ian Selmes
Glenbeag Cottage has been created as a relaxing and comfortable family holiday home, incorporating all those things we have found attractive and useful when staying at other self-catering cottages. Since opening in 2007 Glenbeag Cottage has been visited by guests from UK and all over the world, many have visited a number of times. We must have got many things right.
What makes this cottage unique
We visit frequently because we enjoy the community of Glenelg, the seafood, amazing scenery, excellent walking, kayaking, cycling and wildlife of the area.
(9 traveller reviews)
Very clean and peaceful setting. Enjoyed our stay and weather was pretty good for early in the year. Cottage had all that we wanted in it.
An Unforgettable Christmas
Everyone thought we were mad to travel so far in order to spend Christmas in a cottage in the middle of nowhere, but it was worth every mile. The scenery on the drive up to Glenelg was spectacular and the cottage itself is situated in a perfect position for exploring the area. We have rented a few places over the years but Glenbeag Cottage is by far the best we have had the pleasure to stay in. It looks quite small outside, but inside it is very spacious. The decor and furnishings make the cottage very comfortable and homely. The open fire was prepared and ready to use on our arrival, with a good supply of logs and coal. However, the cottage was so warm and cosey we never got around to lighting the fire. The welcome gifts and card waiting for us was a lovely surprise too.
We have never stayed in such a clean, well equipped holiday home and it was a shame that we didn't have more time there. We definitely plan to return for a longer stay in order to take advantage of the activities available in the area, and would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone.
The communication from the owners leading up to our stay was excellent and full of helpful information. Thank you both for giving us a Christmas to remember.
Well Equiped Bungalow in Beautiful Location
We had a lovely week here. Comfortable and well equiped throughout. We enjoyed our cycle on the mountain bikes provided to Sheena's tea room but progress was a bit slower than we expected (quite a big hill on route). Ferry across to Skye is very handy and saw some seals and an otter from the boat. Sandaig beach is a short drive + approx 1 hour walk from the road - a hidden paradise. We all went for a swim and had a fire on the beach, collected mussels for tea! Thank you Ian and Sue for a great stay and lovely welcome pack too!
What a wonderful place to stay! The cottage was spotless, equipped with very good quality furniture, fittings, bedding. A feeling of home. It was wonderfully warm, coming in from rain, snow and hail just perfect. Plenty of room ( bigger than the pictures suggest I thought) for five, my lads are taller than me now and seem to need space.
The area is outstanding. Unexpectedly the ferry to Skye ran at that weekend already, such fun! We used the hide on Skye a few times and were able to see sea eagles, seals, many birds and otters. A golden eagle sighting during another walk just made us a happy bunch. We just walked a lot, the maps provided in the house are invaluable for that, thank you. Romantic, remote, spectacular and bliss are words my teenage sons used. The pub is so cozy and full of character, the food very good and reasonably priced. Ian helped quickly and with much care with a problem we had. Thank you. Could not have had it better for the week.
What a wonderful week we had in Glenelg! Everyone in our party from age 5 to 65 enjoyed our stay in this welcoming community. We had a real sense of adventure, right from our first approach across Mam Ratagan Pass. Glenbeag cottage itself is very well appointed and has a library of maps, local information and walking books. We explored every day and made good use of the bikes. Go and seek out Jake at the Glenelg Bike Shed if you need more. He is near the Brochs ( intriguing structures well worth a visit) and the Wagon Cafe next door does the best cake! The local Glenelg Inn is a lively place where locals gather to listen to the jamming sessions and the pipe and fiddle music. If you are lucky Sara will be there to encourage those who have dancing feet to join in with traditional dancing - Ceilidh style. The food is good too! The ferry is not to be missed and we recommend a boat trip on Skye. There are several but we chose the Misty Isle - Loch Coruisk. Once off the boat people disperse and you get a real sense of being in a wild place. We saw seals, deer and sea eagles.
Visiting Sandaig was a good walk for my 5 year old grandson but he managed it and loved making a stepping stone bridge across the stream. The bay is a mile and a half hike down through some felled pine forest which gives another world feeling, a devastated landscape which Gavin Maxwell would probably not recognise. Once there, however, the peacefulness and beauty of this place explains why he wanted to keep it a secret. In fact Glenelg and it's surrounding landscape is a wonderful secret which I hope, even though it is shared, will remain as unspoiled as it is now for future generations to enjoy. We would all love to return.
For a peaceful tranquil holiday this is it. The cottage is beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean and ideally situated for sightseeing. The approach is over the spectacular Mam Ratagan pass (have a camera handy) the scenery is really stunning.
Should you wish to "go over the sea to sky" a good excuse to go back over the Mam Ratagan pass and cross by bridge, or for the more adventurist take the shortcut by the the small four car ferry, which is within a short distance from the cottage.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay, would we go again? definitely
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Glenbeag Cottage is an ideal location for wildlife, beach, water or hill based holidays, as relaxed or active as you wish to be. It is in a stunning area that includes the site of Gavin Maxwell’s ‘Camusfearna’ at Sandaig with its white sand and coral beaches. Glenbeag has some of the best preserved Iron Age brochs. Close by are Munros including Beinn Sgritheall and the Five Sisters of Kintail, South GlenShiel ridge and Knoydart. And you may still ‘sail over the sea to Skye’ on the traditional Glenelg ferry crossing at Kylerhea. The local wildlife includes sea otters, white-tailed sea eagles, golden eagle, red deer and pine marten.
The shore with views across The Sleet to Skye is one minutes walk away. There are two other pebble and sand beaches within 5 minutes walk and the huge sand beach at Bernera, on the way to the Glenelg Ferry, 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive away. There is a pier within 5 minutes walk. Boats and kayaks may also be launched from the beaches.
From Inverness take the A82 south to Loch Ness. At Invermoriston turn right onto the A887 which joins the A87.
Or from Fort William take the A87 north turning left at Invergarry signposted to Kyle of Lochalsh. On A87 after passing the Cluanie Inn continue to Shiel Bridge. Immediately beyond the shop and service station turn left to Glenelg. Climb over the spectacular Mam Ratagan Pass, continuing down Glenmor to Glenelg.
Use of a car is essential though some people do cycle the Highlands.
Glenelg is 20 miles south of Kyle of Lochalsh. Nearby are Eilean Donan Castle, Plockton, Loch Duich and Knoydart. The village is approached by the spectacular Mam Ratagan Pass from Shiel Bridge. A variety of sand or shingle beaches are from 1 to 20 minutes walk; protected bays and exposed rocky peninsulas abound. Wonderful wildlife includes the chance of seeing otters, eagles or a whale. Views of Skye are ever present and ever changing. Sunrises and sunsets are often amazingly colourful.
The Glenelg Shop is open Monday to Saturday and is remarkably well stocked with a variety of groceries, fruit & veg, bread & milk, and daily papers. The petrol station at Shiel Bridge also has a shop and small café, and there are several small grocery stores and a larger Co-op store in Kyle of Lochalsh.
Sheena’s Tea Hut in Corran is a must during the summer, and there is a yurt café open at the organic salad farm in Glenbeag, near the second Broch, Dun Telve.
There is a small gift shop in Glenelg main street, and souvenirs & postcards are sold at Glenelg Shop and at the Glenelg ferry jetty in the summer.
The Glenelg Inn has a great atmosphere, huge log fire, good bar meals as well as a lovely restaurant (please check opening in Winter).
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
To book please complete and send the Booking Form on the Glenbeag Cottage website. You will receive an email invoice to pay a non-returnable deposit of £150 per week, The remainder of the cost should then be paid no less than six weeks before your visit begins. We will then send you arrival details.
If you are booking within six weeks of your visit then the initial invoice will be for the full cost of the rental and should be paid immediately.
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From the Owner
“We visit frequently because we enjoy the community of Glenelg, the seafood, amazing scenery, excellent walking, kayaking, cycling and wildlife of the area.”
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Satellite / Cable
- children welcome
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- horse riding
- sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Family bathroom with bath, shower, WC, sink, mirror, under-floor heating and heated towel rail.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: King-size double bedroom with wardrobe, side tables and lamps, dressing table and mirror, hair dryer and views to the front garden. Twin bedroom and single bedroom each with cupboard, side tables and lamps, hair dryer and views to the back garden.
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: A very comfortable, well equipped family-sized self-catering cottage. Outside: Gardens all round with picnic table, clothes drying line, garden chairs. Side shelter with logs, coal and 2 mountain bikes for use by guests. Utility Room: Equipped with washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, underfloor heating and storage heater, also a door to garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided. Housekeeper lives in the village. Other: Hall with seating, coat hooks, table, books and maps and guide collection, WiFi, telephone.