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

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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 of which is a family room with a double and single bed). The dining room has an extendable table 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 August, 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 Fort William & Lochaber

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 Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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 7
  • 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.


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Stunning Knoydart Cottage. Situated next to the beach with breathtaking views.
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A real opportunity to get away from it all!

  • 5 of 5


We were a full party - 6 adults, a 19month-old and a dog! There was plenty of space at beautiful Camusblathan for us all. It was too warm to light the fires, but we did on one night anyway - plenty of supplied wood, just needed marshmallows...

The property is in an amazing location - don't read weather reports, Airor really does have it's own microclimate. There are a couple of coves just a short walk away, with turquoise seas if the weather is good (cold though, very cold!), and white sands. Loads of shells and seals. A LONG walk to Inverie, so the Land Cruiser is vital, and good fun - 19mo learnt 'wobble wobble' whilst we were there, and seemed to enjoy the ride - it's teeth rattling on the last little bit, but only for 5 mins.

The Cafe at the End of the Road is a ten minute walk away, with amazing views and awesome cake - not to mention the fish & chips, and curry!

Camusblathan itself is comfortable - yes the sofa's are a bit old, but they're comfortable enough, and it's more important that the house is wind tight and warm (which it is). It's good to have two separate living spaces, especially when there are so many of you. We had the little bedroom, which is little, but then we weren't in it much because there is so much to see and do.

I only have one regret - we discovered the game all about Scotland on our last day, so we'll have to come back and play it!

Thanks David, fantastic place, and great host!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming to Camusblathan. It was lovely to meet you all. Thank you also on behalf of all the Knoydart businesses you visited, I know your custom will have been very much appreciated and helps to support our remote community. Keep up with your blog - its excellent and I really enjoyed reading it http://whiskywanderer.weebly.com I'll hang onto the Scotland game ready for your next visit.....
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Home from home with a view

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location and lovely welcoming cottage that comfortably accommodated seven plus a dog. We travelled to Knoydart by train and would thoroughly recommend the journey. Booked a crossing with Minch Adventures to save trying to fit in with ferry. The provision of a 4x4 made getting to the cottage simple and we had arranged with Veronika for a meal to be waiting for us on arrival. We loved Camusblathan and were immediately made to feel welcome by David. Daily visits to the bays around the cottage as well as longer walks and cycle rides around the island easily filled our time. The bay was so calm that canoeing was great, even for beginners. Lots of cake and coffees from Veronika's meant that we had no real desire to travel far although we did book in for an evening meal at Doune. Great way to work off the calories, trekking back up the hill in the dark!

Would thoroughly recommend the cottage to all. The layout was great and we felt cosy and comfortable in the warm and welcoming surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review Jo. It was great to meet you all and I'm really pleased you enjoyed the cottage and surrounding areas. It is such a great experience to get out on the water and paddle up close to the seals or even just sit there and wait for them to bob up at the side of you! I saw dolphins just 100m off the coast yesterday too! Thank you again. Come back soon!
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A truly amazing holiday in a truly amazing place.

  • 5 of 5

It is impossible to review Camusblathan without taking into account the stunning, remote location, the amazing wildlife, the wonderful local community and their enviable way of life. We awoke each morning to see seals on the rocks just off the beach and later enjoyed them bobbing up and down looking at us! We explored the natural, wild beaches of white sand nearby, the many rock pools at low tide, and walked daily though not far as we had to stop every 5 paces to take in everything around us. Binoculars are a must. One day, we were lucky enough to see a golden eagle but we're keeping the secret of exactly where! Sorry! Dinner at the Galley on the Hill at Doune was a delicious and memorable occasion and the sunsets most evenings the best we've ever seen. We also enjoyed coffee and tastey cakes with Veronika at the Road End Cafe and lunched a couple of times in Inverie (breathtaking journey with endless photo stops required, none of which do the scenery justice) at the Tea Room which was delightful.

Camusblathan itself was warm and cosy with ample hot water, comfy upstairs with plenty of thick towels and tasteful bed linen. Downstairs too was comfortable and there was everything you could possibly need for self catering. It was clean and tidy and had an 'at the seaside' atmosphere about it which was relaxing. Everyone we met was smiley, friendly and helpful and David was the perfect host, very knowledgable and always good company. We found Camusblathan to be the perfect base for a wonderful holiday with a difference. Would we return? Yep, tomorrow if we could!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming to Camusblathan Carol. It was lovely to meet you and Roger. I'm really pleased to hear that you enjoyed exploring all that Knoydart has to offer. I still have to pinch myself when I look out at the Ocean, the beach and the Isle of Skye and realise how lucky I am to live in such a stunning place. Thank you also for your kind words about the house. You always hope that guests enjoy what you have tried to create so its always gratifying to hear that they don't want to leave :-) Hopefully you'll be able to return one day - you're always welcome. ps I'll push you for the Golden Eagle location another time!
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Pure escapism

  • 5 of 5

Thanks David for another wonderful stay

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Ian and for coming back again! It was lovely to see you all. I agree, Camusblathan is the perfect place to escape to - especially when you lead such busy lives so it was good to see how relaxed you were when I returned from my few days away. Thanks also for booking again next year. I'll see you all in 12 months!
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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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Nearest Airport
114 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
105 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Nevis Range
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Car: not necessary

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Mallaig, Scottish Highlands & Islands

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

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.