Somewhere to stay in GM

Here’s a request for some quality local information!

We are looking at Scotland for our family holiday this summer. Naturally a couple of family-friendly SOTA hills will be required! We can go anywhere really - Skye, Mull, Fort William area, or somewhere else that those ‘in-the-know’ might recommend.

I have quickly become bored with the multitudes of holiday cottage websites and availability search engines, so if anyone can recommend a really good one, or better still, someone that they know that has a decent cottage/lodge with whom we can deal with direct, that would be excellent.

Jimmy and I have only three GM SOTAs in our activator logs, so high time we addressed that.

73, Tom M1EYP

In reply to M1EYP:

You could do worse than staying up near Ullapool. There’s no shortage of hills up there of all sizes from little stuff up to fantastic things like An Teallach.

There’s beaches like the stunner at Achmelvich plus many more and the scenery is breathtaking.

Then there’s Suilven. Even if you don’t climb it you need to see it.

We had a family holiday there a few years back and had wall to wall sunshine. In fact the car reported the temperature in the car park for Achmelvich was 32C.


EDIT: Here’s a picture of Achmelvich Beach. And yes, that was what it was like when we were there.

In reply to MM0FMF:
Wester Ross from LochCarron to Ullapool is our favorite bit of Scotland as well.The drive to Applecross is superb and includes a SOTA summit. And the Torridon Hills are amazing.
We have used Wilderness Cottages in the past always good if a bit on the expensive side in School holidays (we go in term time now :slight_smile: ). Just googled Wester Ross and found Wester Ross Retreats seems quite good.

Roger G4OWG

In reply to M1EYP:
Don’t ignore the East side either - the Cairngorms National Park is home to all the big summits except WS-001. You could spend a lifetime here and not reach all the summits.

Barry GM4TOE

In reply to M1EYP:
We used this site last year and I have booked two cottages again this year from them for a two week break starting the 18th August; 1st week in Dumfries, the second week near Selkirk.

We stayed as most of you know in Wanlockhead (Cottage Ref: BC9) last year, miles from the shops but a lovely area; this cottage was across the road from Green Hill SS-123, at the top of the village is Green Lowther SS-056; plus SS-131 Hods Hill is on route off the motorway towards Wanlockhead. Then moved on to Dunkeld (Cottage ref BP9) was the second week the house was down a long drive; the house could have been better; had a funny smell in main bathroom and the kitchen, well my pantry is bigger, but the views; including the deer, squirrels etc outside the door and the location made up for what it lacked. We looked directly at Deuchary Hill CS-108, lots of sota summits around here including CS-065 Ben Vrackie, would have loved to climb this.

In years gone by we have stayed in Lochgoilhead, a long, single track road down from ‘Rest and be thankful’ lots of sota summits around there, shops well again a long drive as Dudoon is the nearest town; the kids loved this one as we had the use of a boat and we watched seals in the loch. have a park in Lochgoilhead.

we stayed two years ago in Kirkcowan just outside Newton Stewart at this cottage ref 18818 on, great cottage, joined to owners cottage, they were very friendly!, saw lots of red squirrels here.

I would also recommended looking at lots of info about the villages etc.

Hope these help, but know what you mean, my problem now is what summits do we do this year, so many SS ones.

Happy hunting

In reply to DL0QW:
Depending on your disability there are holiday homes that cater for the disabled. Especially with the Disability legislation that has been implemented in the last 2 years.

I have ‘googled’ wheelchair friendly accommodation Scotland and was surprised at the results; without prying I have assumed a wheelchair friendly cottage etc would address most disabilities.
Two results:

Walking Scotland also has suggested rambles for disabled visitors

Hope you resume your search and that you will find somewhere that will allow you to enjoy the beauty of GM; accessibility etc is very close to my heart as I have a son who is registered disabled.