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Stunning Knoydart Cottage. Situated next to the beach with breathtaking views.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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.

If you're looking for holiday with a hot tub, Sky TV and all the luxuries we associate with the modern world then Camusblathan is not for you. There are some excellent properties in Inverie that have all these things. During the summer Inverie is a busy bustling holiday destination so if you truly want to escape, then Airor with it's deserted beaches, unrivalled views, peace and tranquility is just the place and Camusblathan is the perfect place to stay. With the free use of a vehicle you can still visit Inverie. The best of both worlds!

The house has the charm of a family holiday cottage of yesteryear. It is warm and cosy, having a very efficient and modern central heating system. There is also a log fire and a wood burning stove and the house 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 and two easy chairs by the log fire. The sitting room has 3 sofas and a wood burning stove. There is a TV and a DVD player and a selection of DVD's. The television only plays DVD's and isn't connected for television programmes. 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 5 ring gas hob, a separate gas oven, 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 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. The ferry to Knoydart is for foot passengers only. You leave your car in Mallaig and have free use of a vehicle for the duration of your stay. The drive to the cottage has some absolutely stunning views. A breath-taking start to your holiday.

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. Check out the walk though video - you'll see precisely how near to the sea you are and how stunning the views are. 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 be 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.

More Details

David Matthews
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
15 May, 2017

About David Matthews

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.

David Matthews purchased this cottage in 2014

Why David Matthews chose Scottish Highlands & Islands

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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!

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.
Sep 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mallaig in Scotland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


Retreat away & enjoy

  • 4 of 5

Knoydart is definitely off the grid. Well worth a visit to retreat or hillwalk. Expect one bumpy road from the ferry on arrival on Knoydart to the property or from the property to the main tiny village. Walking from the house to the village took us about 2hrs each way. Thankfully the car was available as part of the property let. The house was cosy and warm (with fireplaces in the seating rooms) and good views. The house was well stocked for self catering. We also visited the local cafe (about 10min nearby & with views of swimming seals) and Doune Bay. The house and kitchenware could benefit from a proper clean (so as not to attract mice & clear mouse droppings, remove food wrappers found on bedroom cabinets & in the car). Some of the furniture could also be upgraded (such old springy sofas) and multitude warning posters replaced with a one liner or handy book.

Overall, the house is cosy for small groups/families and couples and in terms of location provides a lovely quiet place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you review Mercy it was lovely to meet you and Karolina. Knoydart is definitely off the grid - It's nickname of 'Britains Last Wilderness' is deserved and Camusblathan is another adventure away again! It's a stunning walk to the village, but as you mention, when the legs aren't quite willing, guests have free use of a 4x4, with free fuel. Ideal for tackling the last 500m to the house which I do describe in my information as "very very very rough". Apologies if the house wasn't as clean as you'd hoped. I thoroughly clean the house myself each week, everywhere is wiped, hoovered, mopped and freshly laundered towels and bedlinen supplied. I usually find any food wrappings and other bits and bobs that guests might have left, but apologies if something was missed this time. Rubbish in the 4x4 is more difficult as I don't see inside it. Guests use it, go to the ferry at the end of the week and park it for the next guests who use it and leave it etc. I've made a note to check it when new guests arrive, but if the departing guests leave a mess as they leave this is already too late. Hopefully future guests will read this and also take note. This is also a point to note with the kitchenware. Hopefully guests use what they need, clean it and put it away. There will be well over 200 items in the kitchen impossible for me to wash and dry each week, but again, point taken. Mice, unfortunately, are a different matter. They are an inherent part of Knoydart and of country life in general. If I, or indeed guests leave a door open for a while a mouse can get in. It's that quick. I use humane traps and release the mice rather than using snapper traps that can sometimes not kill cleanly and leave the poor mouse in awful distress. There are usually a few droppings in and around the humane trap, but again these are scrupulously cleaned after each stay. I agree the furniture is old and well worn and I love it! I love the fact there are lots of cushions so you can curl up in front of a fire and read a good book or watch one of the 60 DVDs. I'm less relaxed sitting on a beautiful looking, but stiff Chesterfield sofa or similar. This is of course a subjective view and I fully accept the point you were making. Unfortunately some of the warning/info posters are there by law, others simply because people don't read things that aren't in front of them. I am however compiling a handy folder too, so people can digest information in a way that suits them.
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Life Changingly amazing holiday

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm really pleased you've had such an amazing experience. Camusblathan is a very special and unique place although I suppose I am slightly biased. You're welcome back any time. Thank you for your fantastic review. David
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  • 5 of 5

Brilliant place, great hospitality, Lovely wildlife

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for returning so soon. I'm really pleased you liked all the improvements and I look forward to seeing you and your family next October. Thank you for booking again so quickly!
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5 Smile Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A unique and beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

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!!!!

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Changeover Day: Saturday
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Booking Notes:
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:
Changeover day is Saturday, although this can flexible during winter the festive period.
Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is 10am.

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