These days I required to share our Airbnb crack in Glenfinnan. We stayed in for Oct at Tana Camus, a cabin on the shores of attractive Loch Shiel.
If you haven’t at any time frequented the Scottish Highlands in Oct, you could consider it would be gloomy and cold.
I just cannot tell a lie – it does rain a whole lot in Scotland at this time of 12 months. But it also has the most wonderful autumnal colours, incredible surroundings and when the solar breaks through, it’s breathtaking.
Where is Glenfinnan?
If you are travelling from England, then finding to Glenfinnan could choose a though, but it is a fairly simple generate and a person with incredible views.
Glenfinnan is on the West coastline of Scotland, close to 3 hrs north of Glasgow. It is a 30-minute drive from the nearest key city (Fort William) and a 20-minute generate from the beach towns of Mallaig and Arisaig, and ferries to the Isles.
We stayed at the Tana Camus, a small cabin just off the principal road as a result of Glenfinnan, and proper on the water’s edge on the very Northern tip of Loch Shiel.
I do frequently get individuals asking about the Airbnb properties where I remain, so here’s the have to have to know on this a person:
If you appear in the photograph above, Tana Camus is the crimson/brown cabin right on the waterside. Powering is an ancient church, even more up the hill.
Tana Camus is a 3 bed room cabin with one particular lavatory, 2 double bedrooms and one one bedroom.
There is an open up strategy lounge/kitchen with electric powered heaters and a wood-burning stove. In advance of you e-book that this cabin does not have a tv and it does not have Internet obtain. If you do want to get on line, then it does have a first rate 3G/4G signal. I was in a position to electronic mail and down load Television set reveals by working with my telephone as a hotspot.
We uncovered the bedrooms cozy and heat, and the kitchen desk produced for a best spot for jigsaws and card game titles. The kitchen by itself is nicely kitted out with a truly first rate oven, microwave and fridge freezer.
The cabin sits in between the nearby highway and the loch. We observed it extremely silent but in the early morning you will almost certainly see community pet dog walkers on the highway, close more than enough to wave to. Another thing to be aware is that the land right here is not enclosed so we took along a transportable fence to maintain Teddy from carrying out a runner – just as nicely due to the fact we observed rather a number of deer all-around the cabin during our keep.
For me, this property is a winner simply because of the locale. It is just a couple of steps down from the verandah to the loch aspect and there’s an space for a hearth pit, which would be charming in drier temperature.
I was in a position to keep my kayak on the loch facet subsequent to the cabin and enjoyed a pair of early morning paddles, which were spectacular. From the drinking water, you get astounding views of the Glenfinnan Monument. This is a fab issue to see if you’re fascinated in Scottish Record. The monument commemorates the highlanders who were missing in the Jacobite rebellion.
Just guiding the second you’ll also see the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which is extra well-known in recent instances as remaining the bridge highlighted in the Harry Potter films. The Harry Potter coach crosses the bridge a number of times a day and you’ll obtain the visitor centre motor vehicle park abruptly fills up with Potter admirers wanting a picture!
We had some lovely walks close to the cabin and up earlier mentioned Glenfinnan, so I’d definitely advise bringing your strolling boots!
Glenfinnan is also a shorter generate from the highland villages of Mallaig and Arisaig and the wonderful seashores at Morar and Camusdarach. These are some of my favorite areas in the planet to kayak and paddleboard, but they also make an wonderful location for a stroll and a working day on the seaside, with obvious (cold) waters and white sands that could simply be in the Caribbean in the suitable mild.
What to do in Glenfinnan
In just Glenfinnan by itself the apparent sights are the monument (which also has a wildlife wander subsequent to it) and the viaduct. If your youngsters are actual Harry Potter enthusiasts, you can choose a “Hogwarts” coach from Glenfinnan up to Arisaig, and vacation above the famous bridge. Alternatively if you start off at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre, there is a path that will take you below the viaduct or higher than it, and at specific instances of day you can catch the teach going more than the bridge.
From Glenfinnan, if you head North to Arisaig you can go to neighborhood seashores, take ferries throughout to the islands and guide things to do like a whale observing journey or fishing vacation.
Heading again in direction of Fort William, you are going to come across the Glencoe visitor centre which is open up 12 months round and has a magnificent watch at the prime above the mountains. At the right time of yr there is snowboarding, and chair lifts to experience.
If you are in Glenfinnan you are also only 30 minutes from Ben Nevis, which is moderately easy for rookies to stroll up (make positive to take the proper path for newbies, however!) If mountain climbing isn’t for you, there is a incredible wander through Steall Gorge to the Steall Ban waterfall, which is surely doable with older young children. In some circles this is identified as the “Harry Potter waterfall” since it attributes in 5 of the films, together with the scene where by Harry is chased by a dragon in the Tri-Wizard cup.
There is also a customer centre and several trails for families.
How to Reserve
You can e book Tana Camus for close to £120 for every night through Airbnb or as a result of the owner’s Facebook web site. We booked directly and identified the homeowners extremely welcoming and valuable. We experienced a fantastic keep at the cabin, and I’d love to go back again. If you are intrigued in staying in Arisaig, check out our assessment of our glamping excursion in 2021.