The Peatcutter's Croft is located in the small, beautiful township of Badrallach on the Dundonnell estate. It is about an hour from Inverness Airport with its direct air links to the major British airports.
By air: BA, BMI an EasyJet fly to Inverness Airport from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, the Isles and elsewhere. Collection can be arranged at a small additional cost.
By rail: Garve is the nearest station on the stunning Inverness to Kyle route. It is about 30 miles away and collection can be arranged at a small additional cost.
By road: The journey time from Inverness is just over an hour. Take the A9 north from Inverness onto the A835 to Ullapool. Approx. 10 miles from Ullapool, at Braemore Junction, turn left onto the A832 and proceed for another 10 miles before turning right onto the single-track road, signposted for Badrallach, for a further eight miles. If you're travelling north along the coast from Gairloch, follow the A823 and turn left at the Badrallach signpost about one and a half miles past the Dundonnell Hotel. Please be aware that coming up the coast road from Inverness will add almost two hours to your journey time.
By bus: We can arrange pick-up from Inverness or Braemore Junction (15 miles away), which is served several times daily by both Rapsons and Citylink to and from the Ullapool-Stornaway ferry. The Westerbus (01445 712255) Gairloch-Inverness-Gairloch route also passes the road end (7 miles away) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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"Shell-ridden white sandy beaches, tree-lined gorges and massive craggy peaks await you”
Situated on the Dundonnell Estate with its beautiful mansion house, The Peatcutter’s Croft has been a working croft since the 19th Century. Wherever possible, we live off the surrounding land and sea – growing our own fruit and vegetables, enjoying fresh fish from the loch, cutting peat from the hillside and using dead wood from the gorgeous birch forest in our garden.
Wonderful opportunities abound for sailing, scuba diving, hill walking, bird watching, climbing, deer stalking, salmon and trout fishing and the new local 9-hole golf course on the shores of Loch Broom. There is an indoor swimming pool in Ullapool, and the area’s many sandy beaches are easily accessible. These are just some of our favourites…
An Teallach: Composed of weathered Torridonian sandstone and Quartzite boulders, An Teallach has two Munros (Bidean a’Glas Thuill and Sgurr Fiona) and eight tops, the highest point being 3484ft. Deep corries, sheer drops and impressive pinnacles, often coated with snow, make this one of Scotland's finest mountains.
Ullapool: Whether it’s delicious fish and chips or a close encounter with a Common Seal, Ullapool has many highlights and is just over half an hour away. By day you can while away the hours in the cafes, pottery and bookshops, and come the evening The Chelidh Place is a fantastic venue for food, drink and music. Ullapool is also the gateway to the Outer Hebrides and there are regular Caledonian MacBrayne ferry sailings from and to the Isle of Lewis.
Gruinard Bay: Just half an hour away you will find three beautiful beaches around this bay, all with pink sand from the Torridon rocks. All are perfect afternoon picnic destinations to fully appreciate the stunning sunset views.
Mellon Udrigle: A beautiful white sandy beach, just 12 miles from Badrallach, with a fabulous distant mountain vista. To the north east the views include Suilven, 25 miles north, the mountains of Coigach, including the top of Stac Pollaidh. To the south east the views treat you to a glimpse of An Teallach.
Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe: The wonderfully-named Osgood MacKenzie began building a baronial-style mansion and its fantastic gardens in 1862. Now owned by the National Trust, the site is warmed by the Atlantic Gulf Stream, which has helped to produce gardens of great beauty. Featuring massive rhododendrons, plus stunning walled, Japanese and woodland themed areas, Inverewe also has a visitor centre, shop, cafe and book shop. It is just half an hour’s drive away.
Corrieshalloch Gorge: This mile-long gorge is 60m (200ft) deep, with the river plunging 46m (150ft) over the Falls of Measach. You can walk over the suspension bridge above the gorge and the viewing platform provides a great vantage point.
Beinn Ghoblach The views from this hill, directly behind The Peatcutter’s Croft, are stunning – with Ullapool, the Summer Isles, An Teallach and the Scoraig peninsula stretching out before you.
Walk to Scoraig: Best-known for its pioneering use of wind power, the isolated crofting community of Scoraig is only accessible by boat or on foot from Badrallach. The 5-mile walk along the shore of Little Loch Broom offers some stunning views out to sea.
Further afield: Inverness, the famous Loch Ness, the Culloden battlefield, the historic Caledonian Canal and Clava Cairns, a fascinating archaeological site, are all just over an hour’s drive away.
The A832 is a scenic route which connects to Oban and the Isle of Skye if you wish to make the most of your time here and travel down the stunning west coast.
“Ooh, it's a G-plan cave, a cool blend of rough whitewashed stone and glass. Beside a Norwegian Jotul woodburner are baskets of peat and logs. A Vitra chair by Mario Bellini is covered by a sheepskin throw and sits invitingly beside shelves bearing Scottish titles.”
Sally Shalam, The Guardian, May 2009. To read the full review, visit The Guardian website.
"My favourite place is Badrallach, a hamlet on the northwest coast of Scotland, and a place where - come drizzle, sunshine or fog - I spent every summer holiday during my childhood. It's also, mystifyingly, deserted. Even in August, the mountainous soft-purple coast is one of the most beautiful and unpopulated places I've ever visited ..."
Travel writer Edward Marriott, The Observer's 20 Best-Kept Travel Secrets, October 2007