Cottage of the Month: Faire Chaolais

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Faire Chaolais: The perfect holiday cottage on the west coast of Scotland

This architect designed house is a fab base for a holiday in the west highlands, sleeping six, with stunning views over the silver sands of Morar this is a really special place to stay. Stylish interiors and a great location close to some superb beaches make this dog friendly holiday house a good choice.

One of the highlights of staying at Faire Chaolais is its proximity to some of the most spectacular natural attractions in the Highlands. Just a short drive away, you’ll find the famous Silver Sands of Morar, a series of pristine white sandy beaches that are perfect for leisurely walks, picnics, and water activities. Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater loch in Europe, is also nearby, offering opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and wildlife watching.

For those interested in history and culture, the nearby village of Glenfinnan is a must-visit. Home to the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Glenfinnan Monument, the village offers fascinating insights into Scotland’s Jacobite past and stunning photo opportunities, especially when the famous Jacobite steam train crosses the viaduct.

Discovering Arisaig and Morar : Top things to see and do.

Nestled on the west coast of Scotland, Arisaig is a charming village that offers a perfect blend of breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and a serene coastal atmosphere. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, Arisaig and its surroundings have something for everyone. Here’s a guide to some of the best things to do around Arisaig in the Scottish Highlands.

Explore the Silver Sands of Morar

One of the most captivating natural attractions near Arisaig is the Silver Sands of Morar. These stunning white sandy beaches, lapped by turquoise waters, are often compared to the Caribbean. The beaches are perfect for a leisurely stroll, sunbathing, or a refreshing swim in the clear waters. The scenic views are also a photographer’s dream, providing ample opportunities to capture the beauty of the Highlands.

Take a Boat Trip to the Small Isles

From Arisaig, you can embark on a boat trip to the Small Isles, which include Eigg, Rum, Muck, and Canna. Each island has its unique charm and offers diverse experiences, from wildlife spotting to hiking. Eigg is known for its impressive cliffs and rich wildlife, including puffins and seals. Rum, the largest of the Small Isles, boasts the magnificent Kinloch Castle and rugged mountainous landscapes. Muck is the smallest but offers beautiful sandy beaches and a tranquil atmosphere, while Canna is renowned for its birdlife and archaeological sites.

Spend the day at the legendary Camusdarach Beach

 Located near Arisaig in the Scottish Highlands, Camusdarach Beach is a picturesque haven renowned for its stunning white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. This idyllic beach is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, offering breathtaking views of the Small Isles, including Eigg, Rum, and Skye.

Camusdarach gained fame as a filming location for the 1983 movie “Local Hero,” and its serene beauty continues to captivate all who visit. Perfect for a leisurely stroll, sunbathing, or a refreshing swim, the beach also provides a tranquil setting for photography and picnics. Surrounded by dunes and machair, Camusdarach Beach is a natural paradise, ideal for wildlife enthusiasts who can spot various seabirds and marine life. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, Camusdarach Beach offers a quintessential Highland experience.

Walk the Arisaig Coastal Route

For those who love hiking, the Arisaig Coastal Route is a must-do. This scenic trail takes you along the rugged coastline, offering spectacular views of the sea and the surrounding landscapes. The route is relatively easy and suitable for most fitness levels, making it a great option for families. Along the way, you can discover hidden coves, watch seabirds, and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the Highlands.

Explore Mighty Loch Morar

Just a short drive from Arisaig lies Loch Morar, one of the deepest freshwater lochs in Europe. The loch is surrounded by majestic mountains and offers excellent opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and wildlife watching. Legend has it that Loch Morar is home to Morag, a mythical creature similar to the Loch Ness Monster, adding an element of mystery to your visit.

Discover the Historic Village of Glenfinnan and the famous  ‘Harry Potter’ viaduct

A short drive from Arisaig, the village of Glenfinnan is famous for its historic monument commemorating the Jacobite Rising of 1745 and the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films. The visitor centre provides fascinating exhibits about the Jacobite era, and you can take a scenic walk to the viaduct for a fantastic photo opportunity, especially when the steam train passes by.

Enjoy The Fresh Local Cuisine

No visit to Arisaig is complete without sampling the local cuisine. The village boasts several excellent eateries where you can enjoy fresh seafood, traditional Scottish dishes, and locally sourced ingredients. The Old Library Lodge and Restaurant is a popular choice, offering delicious meals with a view of the harbour.

Go Wildlife Watching

Arisaig and its surroundings are teeming with wildlife. From red deer and otters to golden eagles and dolphins, the area is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Guided wildlife tours are available, providing opportunities to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Arisaig and Morar  is a fantastic place to stay in the Scottish Highlands, offering a wealth of activities and experiences for visitors of all ages. From exploring pristine beaches and historic sites to enjoying local cuisine and wildlife watching, there’s something for everyone in this enchanting village. So pack your bags and set off on an unforgettable adventure to Arisaig, where the magic of the Highlands awaits.

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