With beaches, walks for all level of ability and Munros for the adventurous all on the doorstep Camusblathan is perfect for everyone from couples to families
The cottage is located in Airor, Knoydart, just over the sea from Skye in the Scottish Highlands and is only yards from the secluded beach.
Camusblathan (Bay of Small Flowers) is the perfect place to unwind and escape the world for a wee while and over the years has been enjoyed and appreciated by singles, couples and families alike. Adults can relax, read, sleep, walk, eat and drink whilst watching the ever changing views that photos and words can never truly capture. Children can play, paddle, explore, have adventures, collect shells and discover secret rock pools. Adults and children will have a holiday they will remember and cherish forever. Well behaved family pets are very welcome.
If you want a change from crowded beaches, traffic queues, the same old expensive shops and unfriendly people then Knoydart is the place to come.
Camusblathan is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, with breathtaking views overlooking the Sound of Sleat to the Garden of Skye and haunting jagged peaks of the Cuillins and Isle Ornsay lighthouse. To the north towards the Kyles of Lochalsh you can see the lighthouse of Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water. In fact the house is almost identical to Maxwell's original Ring of Bright Water cottage. To the South the mysterious silhouettes of and the Islands of Eigg and Rhumm. Seals, otter, cormorants and many sea birds can be seen from the house. Dolphins, deer, golden eagles, wild cats and pine martins are in the area.
The house has the charm of a family holiday cottage of yesteryear. It is warm and cosy, having central heating, a Rayburn, a log fire and a wood burning stove, and is a stone's throw from many beautiful sandy and rocky coves and a sheltered bay. There is a sandy beach in the harbour and a beach awash with shells in front of the house. Wonderful walks and as the name implies, the flora is outstanding. Use of a four wheel drive vehicle and 60 miles of fuel are even included in price.
Inside there are three double bedrooms (one with two extra beds). The dining room has a table to seat 8, two easy chairs by the log fire and Rayburn. The sitting room has 3 sofas and a wood burning stove. There is a laptop and a selection of DVD's, but there is no television. The bathroom has a bath with shower over, wc and washbasin. There is plenty of hot water.
The pillows are plump and the duvets are warm and both are wrapped in top quality cotton covers. Towels are top quality cotton too.
The kitchen has a gas cooker, fridge freezer and dishwasher. It is well equipped with everything you need. Outside through the kitchen patio doors there is a wash room with washing machine and tumble dryer.
There is a front porch for wellies, buckets and spades, driftwood, garden chairs and fishing nets.
Electricity is supplied by solar panels which charge a large bank of batteries so there's always a ready supply of green energy. They're state-of-the-art panels that charge the batteries even if it's hazy sunshine. There's also a back-up generator just in case.
For those who want to escape, but still have a window to the outside world there is an excellent wireless internet connection, one of the fastest on Knoydart and Airor is also one of the few areas of Knoydart that has mobile phone reception on all the networks. There is no coverage at all in Inverie where the ferry arrives.
If you're worried about the weather being worse than anywhere else in the UK - don't be. We have some glorious summers in Scotland, but don't just take my word for it. Here is some average climate information for Cornwall from the holiday-weather.com website. Cornwall has 256 days a year of rain. Mallaig, just across the water from Knoydart has just 210 days of rain. Check out the scottish-places.info site for that information. Thats almost 20% less rainy days than the UK's most popular holiday destination - who'd have thought it.
A little note about the photographs. Hopefully you can see exactly what you're getting with Camusblathan. It's so disappointing to arrive on holiday and realise that some of the pictures you looked at on the property details had employed a little bit of artistic license and the views and locality weren't quite what you were expecting. If there are any particular photographs of Camusblathan you would like to see, either externally or internally, please ask and I'll take the picture and send it along.
Finally a note on prices. I don't agree with the hiking of holiday prices during school holidays. It's just not fair. Instead all the weeks at Camusblathan are the same price whether you come during a school holiday period or not. Also, I don't agree with add ons for electric, gas, logs, bedding. towels etc etc. The price you see quoted will the price everyone has paid and includes everything you need for an unforgettable holiday. Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, wash powder, hand wash and even some bath/shower gel are all supplied and a pack of fresh coffee and tea bags are included too! So, pack your bags, bring your food and drink and have a totally unique holiday.
Top Traveller Review
Life Changingly amazing holiday
About the Owner
I have been lucky enough to visit Knoydart on many occasions over the years and more recently I have been even more blessed by being able to purchase Camusblathan. The previous owners have done a wonderful job of making the house into the perfect holiday home and the visitors book bears testament to their dream. I hope to add my touches and give people a unique holiday experience.
Guestbook comments from the owner
The position of the house with its ever changing views was truly a magical,you are very blessed - Loraine
The cottage was great. Loved the views, sunsets, and the drive to and from the village. Just fell in love with the place-
Thanks for the brilliant time we spent at Airor. The place is absolutely stunning - we'll definitely be going back - Steven and Claire.
The holiday was fabulous, the house, scenery, weather, wildlife & walking. We really enjoyed it, which is a real feat on holiday with 4 children. Found the scenery and sunsets absolutely stunning. We all decided it was well worth the drive and would like to go back again - Rebecca.
The house worked it's magic on us and we chilled out totally in the peace and tranquillity... Linda.
We had fab weather throughout and fantastic sunsets and night skies that were so entrancing it was hard to do anything else except look at the constantly changing light on the water, sky, and mountains... Kevin and Joy.
5 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
Life Changingly amazing holiday
Camusblathan was so beautiful it made our hearts hurt! Best holiday ever. The house is so cosy and comfortable, getting there is an adventure, the people are awesome and we don't want to go home. Want to come back again next year. Thank you David, we ran out of superlatives.
Brilliant place, great hospitality, Lovely wildlife
5 Smile Accommodation
As a family of 5 we were all excited to come to Camusblathan and were not disappointed. The setting is out of this world if you like to really get away from it all and be surrounded by natural character and beauty. The property itself was clean and well presented with lovely touches. Provisions such as quality bedding and towels and a ready supply of essentials such as tea, soap and toilet rolls add to the sense of being welcomed by the friendly owner. Easy access to the beaches and plenty of walks are the main attraction along with time inside the warm and comfortable cottage.
A unique and beautiful house
This house is in a stunning and beautiful place. It overlooks the sea on the edge of the little hamlet of Airor. We were met by David and warmly welcomed to this comfortable and very well-equipped house. We had a wonderful week watching seals from the bed and seeing deer on every walk out onto the moor. There are walks right from the door along the coast or onto the hllls behind the house, it's a wildlife lover's haven so make sure you take your binoculars. The house is clean with comfortable beds and lovely bed linen. We loved the fact that the downstairs of the house, whilst clean and comfortable, is functional with hard floors throughout so we didn't have to be too precious about it. We all love to cook so ate at home mostly, the kitchen is great with everything you need. We had a dinner out at Doune, not far away, and had great food there with good company and atmosphere. This house is a gem, definitely recommended, though reluctantly as sometimes it's best to keep a favourite place secret!!!!
We booked Camusblathen before many of the recent changes were made, so upon arrival to find new windows, brand new bedding, painted throughout and new flooring downstairs amongst other things was a real bonus.
The land rover is just the job for the journey from Inverie (the last 1/4 of a mile just needs taking steady) and what a delight to find vehicles left with their keys in the ignition for the next guest.
The spot is the most beautiful we've ever stopped at and we were treated to a wildlife delight in the form of dolphins on the ferry from Mallaig. Otters, Seals, Deer and Golden Eagles were regular visitors to Airor.
If you want peace, quiet, solitude and beauty then this is the place to go. We can't wait to go back.
Mick, Hiedi, Amber and Dolly Dog
After having a brief phone conversation with Mr Matthews i undertook the 1200 mile round trip by road from Cornwall to Camusblathan. Oh, how glad we were that we did. The accommodation proved to be of exceptionally 'high spec' and the vista on all sides was nothing short of stunning. Mr Matthews was a delightful 'landlord', and our stay ( we had superb weather) was nothing short of a delight. We have already re-booked for September. A perfect haven. 5 star in all respects.
From the Owner
“I love to escape the trappings of our full throttle lifestyle and Camusblathan is the perfect place to do that. The drive from Inverie, where the boat drops you, along the single track road must be one of the most incredible drives ever. You are rewarded even more with views from the house of Rhum and Eigg and the Cuillins of Skye.”
Activity and Interests
The Knoydart Foundation have a ranger service for those who are interested in guided walks. For a small charge an experienced guide will show you some of the most beautiful places on Knoydart. A full itinerary will be sent to guests prior to their holiday. They also offer bike hire.
The house is 100 metres from a small sandy beach and many other beaches with sand and/or pebbles are within a few minutes walk. It's perfect if you want to be away from it all and leaves the crowds behind as you'll only have to share the beach with the seals, sea birds and other wildlife.
It is 6 miles to Inverie where there is a pub, cafe, post office, small shop and information centre.
For a trip further afield you can catch the early morning ferry and have a day on Skye, or a trip to Fort William or a ride on the Harry Potter steam train from Glenfinnan. There's lots to do if you want to.....alternatively you can unwind and relax and enjoy being away-from-it-all and leave the world behind for a wee while...
There are no shops on Knoydart, apart from the Post Office selling limited provisions and the opening hours are limited. The total population of Knoydart is about 100 people.
The Old Forge Public house in Inverie, where the ferry arrives, is open most days in the main season and less frequently in the winter months. It has an excellent restaurant. Also in Inverie there are woodland walks, a large sandy beach, camping and a hostel and bunkhouse. There is a tearoom which is open most days serving excellent lunches and sometimes evening meals in the main Summer months. There is also a gift shop.
On the way to Airor, there is Doune, with accommodation and boating/fishing trips as well as a restaurant. There is also a pop up cafe; The Galley on the Hill serving beautiful freshly made food.
The road comes to an end at our house in Airor which now has its very own cafe; The End of the Road Cafe which is situated in an old fishing net store and serves freshly prepared meals, cakes and drinks.
There is no passing traffic, just the occasional cyclist and rambler.
Shopping is best brought over with you and then supplemented by phoning the Coop or Spar in Mallaig, (where they put boxes of groceries on the ferry for you to collect). There is more choice at Morrisons in Fort William which you can call at on the way to Mallaig.
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My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
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Once a booking has been agreed a deposit of £200 will be required. The balance will be due 1 month before your holiday.
Changeover day is Saturday, although this can flexible during winter the festive period.
Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is 10am.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“This house must have one of the best views in the world, and be one of the remotest as well. It really is an amazing escape. Time to be, and experience the elements, collect shells, make a collage, climb a waterfall on the burn or snuggle by the fire. A regular 'Ring of Bright Water' experience including otter spotting. Time to read and paint and breath the freshest air ever. Walking up the mountain behind the house, watching the boats in the Sound of Sleat, canoeing to the island, climbing a Munro - maybe spot the golden eagle nesting nearby, it all feeds the soul, as does a meal in The Old Forge!”
- Fireplace ...
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Stereo ...
- Video Library ...
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
- whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- pier fishing
- House Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- There is one bathroom with a bath and shower over, WC and basin. Each guest is supplied with a superb quality bath and hand towel. Please bring your own towels for the beach.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed and has a sea view Bedroom 2 has a double bed and has a sea view Bedroom 3 has a double bed and two singles and has a sea view All the beds have top quality bedding, duvets and pillows.
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Outside: There is a large grass area in front of the house, with a small outdoor table and chairs. Behind the house is a steep hill but safe enough for children to enjoy scrambling up, and close to that a burn and lots of stone ruins. There are numerous rock pools down by the sea in front of the house, and coves to explore and strange rock formations. Around in the bay there is a sandy beach and some islands to explore and a pier to jump or dive off into the sea. There are 2 kayaks that can be borrowed and also a white rowing boat at your own risk - they cannot be insured for you so you have to sign a disclaimer to say that you have insured yourselves. A 10 minute walk along the coast path are even more beaches to explore. Whichever beach you visit you'll most likely have it all to yourselves in this idyllic place. When the tide is out, the sand is golden and the sea is green and the worries of the world are washed away by the gentle waves and the sounds of nature and the sea Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, duvets, pillows and linen are supplied and included in the price. The property is cleaned before each let. Other: There is a porch for wellies, buckets and spades, driftwood, garden chairs and fishing nets.