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A tranquil, wildlife haven with stunning loch and mountain views - pet friendly.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Saraig is a 3 bed/2 bath, charming lochside cottage with breathtaking views.

Set on the edge of Ratagan Forest on the shores of Loch Duich, this delightful cottage is one of two forester's cottages and a cabin standing in isolation and accessed by a single track road four miles from the A87. Enjoying a high degree of privacy, Saraig offers the best of both worlds basking in peace and quiet yards away from the water's edge, yet is only 25 minutes from the Kyle of Lochalsh which has a supermarket, medical centre, swimming pool and train station. Within easy driving distance are a couple of restaurants, a welcoming bar and Kintail Crafts, a delightful Aladdin's Cave of a shop.

Surrounded by mountains, forest, and loch, the ever-changing views from this cottage are truly spectacular making it a perfect retreat for those who want to get away from it all. On a clear night, the milky way is visible and in the distance, far enough away not to cause light pollution, the illuminated Eilean Donan Castle shimmers in the dark.

With 22 Munros in the area and miles of coastline, Saraig is perfect for hillwalking and rambling. It is also ideal for cycling, sailing, and wildlife enthusiasts (apart from a huge array of birds, we have a pine martens and badgers, who regularly visit the back garden plus seals, porpoises and otters are sometimes spotted from the lounge window). Loch Duich is a sea loch and permission to fish it is not needed.

There is so much to see and do in the area a week is hardly long enough. Within easy reach is Eilean Donan Castle, the iron age brochs of Glenelg, Attadale and Armadale gardens, the dramatic Falls of Glomach, plus boat trips galore including a glass-bottomed boat trip and Calum's seal trips. At certain times of the year there are also whalewatching trips. There is a wide variety of walks from the challenging Five Sisters of Kintail and Saddle to a gentle stroll along the shores of Loch Duich right outside the front gate. Wander through deserted glens, alongside bubbling burns, through dense forest, past cascading waterfalls (numerous after heavy rainfall). The township road Saraig stands on is a very quiet road which gradually peters out, the only traffic being cars accessing the cottages along the lochside. It is a lovely walk with stunning views, lapping waves and the chance of spotting otters and seals. Herons frequent the area and from time to time eagles, deer and dolphins can be seen.

The interior of this cottage is charming with a log burning stove at its heart. This spacious yet cosy cottage sleeps 6 people over 3 bedrooms - 2 king and 1 twin, two bathrooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen and pantry. The beds are wonderfully comfortable with good quality bedding. All bedrooms enjoy views of the loch. All in all if you want a relaxing, tranquil holiday then Saraig is ideal for your needs; if you want a holiday packed full of outdoor activities then Saraig is perfect for the job; if you want to visit castles, historic sites, gardens, and tour much of the northwest highlands and islands, then Saraig is the base for you. All the photos are of, or taken from, Saraig.

One last note - it is possible to get married anywhere in Scotland including on the beach, and this is precisely what two of Saraig's guests did. With a piper piping the bride from the cottage, it was a fairytale wedding as the sound of the bagpipes echoed around the mountains. The bride herself described it as magical.

More Details

Paula Reynolds
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2018

About Paula Reynolds

With over 15 years' experience in the self-catering business, Saraig is my newest venture. As a fellow holiday-maker, it is very important to me that guests have a wonderful holiday. Therefore, I have done everything I can to ensure guests have the best time possible. For added security for both of us, please telephone me after my email response and if you decide to book; it is a good way to verify that I am the owner.

Paula Reynolds purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Paula Reynolds chose Kyle

I love the Glenshiel/Loch Duich area and have been holidaying there regularly for the past 29 years. When I first saw Saraig standing just a few yards from the water's edge in breath-taking surrounds, I fell in love with it even before I ventured inside. Once inside I made up my mind there and then to buy it. It is a property with bags of character, a very homely atmosphere, and incredible views.

What makes this cottage unique

Saraig ticks so many boxes for the holiday-maker; it's in a remote, peaceful location yet not far from the town of Kyle: it's in an area of 22 Munro mountains and countless walks covering all degrees of difficulty: it's sea-lochside, yards from the beach (not a sandy one): it's on the edge of a forest with lots of trails for the mountain biker: it's great for wildlife enthusiasts: it has breath-taking views. Last but not least, it is close to Skye, Plockton, Glenelg, Applecross, Loch Ness and other places too numerous to mention. As mentioned in the description, it is also perfect for small weddings!


Kyle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • All bedrooms have a wonderful view of the loch. The twin bedroom, although the smallest, is dual aspect and in addition to the loch view, it has a view over the back garden and the forest behind.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Saraig is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and wildlife photography. There is a huge variety of birds, plus the seldom seen pine martens (frequently seen at Saraig), badgers, on the loch there are herons, otters, seals and porpoises. To spot the latter three requires patience or just being in the right place at the right time.


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A tranquil, wildlife haven with stunning loch and mountain views - pet friendly.
average rating of 4.84375 based on 32 reviews

A Magical Scottish delight

  • 5 of 5

We have just had the most wonderful week at Saraig and are bereft that we can no longer see those amazing views outside our windows... The house itself is very well thought out with so many of your needs covered (such as soap, loo roll, firewood, kitchen utensils etc) and the beds are all very comfy. It really is the most peaceful place that I have holidayed in and the ever changing views over the loch are very addictive. We had a wonderfully mixed bag of weather during our week and although we absolutely loved the sunny, clear days, the rainy, moody ones were equally entrancing. I have no idea how I am going to edit down the hundreds of photos I took (this was definitely a photographers paradise) but I am definitely going to enjoy reliving the beauty as I do so. We travelled with our two teenaged sons who loved the place as much as us. Having so much varied wildlife both on our doorstep and further afield was definitely one of their highlights! Thank you Paula for providing such a gorgeous place for us - we hope to return before too long!!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this review. It really means a lot to me. I do hope you stay again and that I get a chance to meet you. Take care, Paula
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Lots of character, nice and warm and cosy.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Saraig in April and had great weather all week. On the first night the resident Pine Marten came onto the kitchen window for his nut supper which the children loved. We did some kayaking on the loch and pony trekking up at the centre 3mins up the road. Nearly killed myself walking the 5 Sisters of Kintail! Not to be taken lightly but a really nice walk is the Corbett opposite the cottage accessed by the village of Morvich.

We had a fantastic day in Skye with a cruise on the Bella Jane which is well worth it along with fantastic views of the Cullin range and a drive along the Bealach na ba to Applecross and had a fantastic meal at the Applecross in.

All in all, the cottage was great, Paula greeted us and made feel welcome and the location is great for Skye or other mainland locations.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

Saraig is a beautiful cottage in an immensely tranquil location. The views and atmosphere of the place are breathtaking. When booking a property there are always hopes and expectations - this was even better than we expected plus it was beautifully clean and very welcoming. The owner, Paula, is an artist which shows in the original interior design of the place. Pieces of artwork are scattered about the house in an unobtrusive manner. The area is fantastic - so much to do but not at all commercialised. Lots of walks. Some days we didn't see a soul. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location very quiet, great accommodation nice and clean, very well presented and lovely and warm well equipped with great views and fantastic wildlife, we had numerous visits from pine martens and a badger, watched otters from the front windows and masses of birds on the feeders in the back garden.

We had a great week with great weather perfection!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saraig - delightful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Saraig is a very cozy cottage in the most beautiful surroundings. If peace, quiet and tranquility are what you're looking for this is the place to come. The views are magnificent and it's position is ideal for touring. great place for nature lovers, walkers and climbers. Thank you Paula.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. You have summed up Saraig perfectly. I'm really pleased you had such a good time and hope to hear from you in the future. Best wishes, Paula
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Our hearts are still there.

  • 5 of 5

Having carefully read the reviews we hoped that Saraig would be the perfect destination for us to tie-the-knot and I'm thrilled to say it made all our dreams come true. Getting married lock side with the mountains and forest as our backdrop left nothing for us to do but get swept up in the romance of it all. We stayed for a week with our two witnesses, so there was ample space and big cosy big beds to choose from. The idea that we might catch a glimpse of pine martens was so exciting and when they emerged on day three and tucked into our peanut butter sandwiches it knocked our socks off. The otter put in a stella appearance on the final night and was bathed in golden light as the sun disappeared. Glenshiel and Glenelg are stunning. There's no need to go on long journeys to find beautiful locations because you're slap-bang in the middle of one. Coming back to the cottage to a lovely fire is bliss and watching the mountains opposite change colour with the ever changing weather is truly a sight that captivates; who needs tele? Both Paula and Saraig are wonderfully welcoming and we couldn't have asked for more. I just hope it all remains a secret so that we can book in again soon. P.S. Paula you're the best, thanks for being our honorary guest and taking such cracking photos! We owe you big time! xx

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was very much my pleasure. Your wedding was magical. To see you being piped out of the cottage by a wonderful piper and watch you marry on the beach with the mountains and loch as a backdrop all to the strains of the bagpipes was breathtaking. Thank you so much for that experience. I look forward to your next visit. Thanks for taking the time to leave this review and best wishes for a happy future, Paula
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
Kintail Lodge Hotel
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
29 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Kyle of Lochalsh
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Ault a Chruinne
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Ben Nevis
Nearest Beach
4 Metres
In front of the house
Car: recommended

The stunningEilean Donan Castle is 9 miles away, used as a location for many films - well worth a visit. The Iron Age brochs of Glenelg are fascinating and are set in a delightful little glen with a pretty burn and impressive waterfall. Various boat trips are available - glass-bottomed, seal spotting, whale-watching, etc. There are also gardens to visit, waterfalls to marvel at and last, but not least, countless walks from Munro bagging to strolling along the lochside.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.