Self catering holiday accommodation in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.Take A virtual Tour of the inside of the Lodge .
This charming Highland Lodge circa 1820 (the Mackenzie’s of Coul), has great individual character and offers an exceptionally well-appointed and welcoming holiday home near the road through the village. All on the ground floor, the freshly decorated rooms are stylishly furnished with many personal touches. The lovely, mature sun trap garden has decking, garden furniture and lawns. An excellent village shop and a lovely country house hotel “Coul House Hotel”, are both within walking distance of the Lodge
The pretty village of Contin lies on the main road west from Inverness at the point where the fertile farmlands of Easter Ross give way to the rugged splendour of the West Coast Hills of Highlands typified by Ben Wyvis, Ben Eigh, Liathach, Torridon, Skye and the close at hand yet spectacular Falls of Rogie, all within a easy reach of the village.
Then onwards and upwards to wilderness of Caithness & Sutherland.
Inverness is 20 miles to the south and a 40 mile drive west through magnificent scenery leads to the fishing port of Ullapool where the car ferry leaves for Stornoway. Contin is a centre of excellence for mountain biking and also offers golf, angling, riding, walking and climbing.
2 double bedrooms and 1 twin (cot available), lounge with multi-fuel stove, kitchen/dining room, bathroom with shower over bath, shower room. Cooking by gas hob/electric oven, oil-fired central heating. Fridge, Freezer,Dishwasher, Washer/dryer, Microwave, SKY television, Broadband, DVD player,Telephone for incoming calls only. Bed linen and Towels provided.
Dingwall is themain market town just 7 miles to the north east with a wide array of shops and a Tesco super market where you can pre order your weekly shop for delivery to West Lodge prior to your arrival see below.
WEST LODGE Rental period is from Saturday to Saturday,(with the exception of agreed short breaks), on the arrival day the lodge will be available from 4pm, on the departure day guest are asked to vacate by 10 am
1 well-behaved dog by prior arrangement.
West Lodge is strictly NO SMOKING
Click on the picture below for a Virtual Tour of West Lodge.
LOTS TO SEE AND DO... From The Mountains to the Sea
Liathach from Beinn Eighe
- Climbing Hill walking
- Water Sports
- Wild life spotting from Otters to Ospreys , Red Deer to Red Kite not forgetting Dolphins
- The Theatre
- History tours
- Garden tours
- Island tours
- Whisky tours
- Plus a lot more and you can also just relax , with a “wee dram” of course
• Walking/Bird Wathching
While discovering the farm tracks/forest trails in and around Contin or simply taking the time to relax and absorb the peace and tranquillity that this beautiful part of the highlands has to offer, the visitor will be rewarded with frequent sightings of Buzzard, Red Kite, Peregrine Falcon and Osprey.
Ben Wyvis We are at the foot of the magnificent Ben Wyvis - a must do for all keen hill walkers/ mountaineers. The annual Glen Affric Walking Festival (3 days, first week June) is an interesting local event. (http://www.glenaffric.info/welcome.html)
For the more adventurous hill walker, several Munros can be found in the mountains of nearby glens: Affric and Strathfarrar (both have National Nature Reserve status), Cannich and Strathconon (featured in A Glen for all Seasons). A little further away is the Cairngorms then there is Skye and the mountains of the west www.walkingwild.com
• The Pavilion Strathpeffer http://www.strathpefferpavilion.org/Other-events-and-links-g.asp
Within a radius of 40 miles, another 25 courses can be enjoyed including Strathpeffer, Royal Dornoch, Skibo and Nairn (Walker cup 1999). For more information on the 44 courses found in the Scottish Highlands visit www.golfhighland.com
• Fishing http://www.nnh.co.uk/highland-coarse/
Relaxing canoeing trips on the River Connon, with a qualified adventure guide, can be organised for families/groups through Boots ‘n Paddles. They can also organise a variety of other relaxing/white knuckle adventure activities in this locality or other suitable location. For more information on their weekly summer programme in Glen Affric go to www.bootsnpaddles.co.uk. Early booking is advised.
• Cycling and MTB
There are many quiet roads and hill tracks ideal for cycling in the area. The Contin area is world famous for mountain bike competitions. Cycle hire is available at Square Wheels Strathpeffer
• Pony Trekking
Borlum Farm by Drumnadrochit have well-schooled horses for trekking through magnificent scenery overlooking Loch Ness. www.borlum.com
The Cairngorms near Aviemore (50 miles south) has a new funicular mountain railway which can take the winter enthusiast or summer visitor to the top of the mountain in comfort.
Aonach Mor near Fort William (60 miles drive and adjacent to Ben Nevis) also offers a year round uplift system and is the most recently developed ski centre called the Snow Goose.
• Whisky Distilleries
Glen Ord (10 minutes drive) can be visited as can Glenmorangie near Tain. Moniack Castle Wineries, also a short drive from West Lodge and well worth a visit. For a day outing the distilleries on the famous Speyside Whisky Trail can be visited, including Glenfiddich, Macallan and Glenfarlcas to name but a few.
Visit Glen Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness (once one of Scotland's largest castles), Cawdor Castle with gardens, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George (the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain) - all places of historical interest.
• Traditional Music
Hootananny (Church Street, Inverness) the best pub in the Highlands for traditional music regularly features star performers from near and far. Live music most days. E-mail Hootananny for more information or telephone 01463 233651
The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool is another great venue for traditional music.
The Ironworks is a new purpose-built music venue which opened in 2006. It is already attracting an exciting variety of bands to Inverness.
• Popular tours from Strathpeffer area We are always delighted to recommend various tours to our visitors depending on their requirements, along with any other visitor information which they may require. Some popular trips involve:
o Drumnadrochit, Glen Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
o Dornoch Beach and Dunrobin Castle
o Aviemore, Spey Valley and Monarch of the Glen country
o Cromarty, on the Black Isle (birth place of Hugh Millar)
o See the Moray firth dolphins
• Local Glens - Affric, Strathfarrar, Cannich and Strathconnon
Relish wild beauty which these Highland gems have to offer all within easy reach of West Lodge.
• Isle of Skye - Take a trip over the sea to this world famous island and marvel at its variety of stunning landscape (day trip).
• For day trips, West Lodge is ideally located for exploring the north, and west coasts of Scotland.
• Local Events and Activities
For information on Highland games, shows, dancing and traditional music etc throughout the Highlands of Scotland visit www.visithighlands.com
For the more adventurous visit www.wannabethere.com.
You Can Book on Line at "Check Availability"
Or a booking form will be sent to you and upon receipt of the completed form and a non-refundable deposit , your booking is secure.
The balance of your rental must be paid 8 weeks before the start of your holiday . Should a booking be made within 8 weeks of the start of the holiday, the full rental must be paid at the time of booking.
Further conditions and details of our responsibilities will be found on the booking form.
If you are booking from within the UK we normally suggest you send us a cheque, made payable to "A Bradshaw". Then send the completed booking form and cheque to:
Bookings/Enquires, C/O South Most Cottage,Coul Road, Contin Strathpeffer, Ross-shire IV14 9ES
If you are sending payment from outside of the UK there are a number of alternatives:
You can ask your bank to arrange a "Draft" in Pounds Sterling payable to A Bradshaw and send it to the above address.
Alternatively you can pay electronically via PayPal using a PayPal account or a credit or debit card that PayPal accept
We do not require you to pay holiday cancellation insurance. However, if the worst happens and you have to cancel your holiday you run the risk of losing the rental paid, although we will do our best to re-let the property. If we are successful we will return your money to you, but we reserve the right to retain £25 to cover administration costs. The more notice you give us, the more chance we have of re-letting the property and refunding your money. (You do of course have the option to contact your own insurance company and arrange suitable cover.)
Whilst it is extremely unlikely, if North Most Cottage is unavailable for any reason for the time you have booked, we will refund the relevant portion of the rental paid. In no event shall the liability of the owners exceed the rental paid for the holiday.
1 well-behaved dog by prior arrangement
Please note the garden is not all fully enclosed and therefore extra care should be taken with very young children and wonder lust dogs, but they are both very welcome of course.
Please Note:Coul Holiday Cottages are strictly a no-smoking properties
* NB When you submit a booking via our online reservation system you will receive an automatically generated booking summary by email to the email address you provide in the booking form. This does not form a contract between us. A contract shall only arise when your booking is subsequently confirmed in writing via a letter of confirmation sent by post or email.
Full Terms & Conditions
The Agreement shall be between Angela and Tony Bradshaw (hereinafter called “The Owners”) and the party named in the booking form who is responsible to pay the rent in full (hereinafter called the “Holiday Maker”) on the following Terms and Conditions:
1. The “Holiday Maker” warrants that the property named in the booking form, hereafter referred to as the “Holiday Rental”, is to be used for the purposes of a short-term holiday and so accepts that the letting is a holiday let, namely "a tenancy the purpose of which is to confer on the “Holiday Maker” the right to occupy the subjects for a holiday only" as governed by Scots law.
2. The “Holiday Maker” undertakes to maintain and leave the “Holiday Rental” and its furnishings and fittings in the same condition as at the date of the commencement of their holiday let and none of the furnishings and fittings shall be removed from the said “Holiday Rental” at any time. The “Holiday Maker” further undertakes to reimburse the owner for any damage or breakage, whether accidental or not.
3. The “Holiday Maker” shall leave the “Holiday Rental” in a clean and tidy condition at the end of the holiday let.
4. At the end of their agreed holiday period, the “Holiday Maker” binds and obliges themselves to vacate the said “Holiday Rental” without demand.
5. The “Holiday Maker” shall ensure that the “Holiday Rental” is securely locked when not occupied during the period of the holiday let.
6. The “Holiday Maker” shall not sublet the said “Holiday Rental” or any part thereof.
7. The number of persons occupying the said “Holiday Rental” shall not exceed the number of the party stated on the booking form, and shall not, in any event, exceed the advertised occupational levels stated on our web site for each “Holiday Rental”.
8. The “Holiday Maker” shall undertake to prevent any member of their party from causing a nuisance or disturbance to other residents or occupiers in the neighbourhood. In the event of a problem arising, “The Owners” have the right to ask the “Holiday Maker” to leave.
9. The “Holiday Maker” will indemnify “The Owners” against any claim which may arise as a result of the “Holiday Maker’s” breach of the terms hereof.
10. The “Holiday Maker” may bring one well-behaved dog to the “Holiday Rental”, provided “The Owners” are advised of this when the booking is made. The “Holiday Maker” shall not leave the dog alone in the “Holiday Rental” and shall not permit the dog in the bedrooms of, or on the furniture in the “Holiday Rental”. No other pets are permitted in the “Holiday Rental”.
The “Holiday Maker” is liable for the total hire charge unless written notice of the intention to cancel the booking is received at least six weeks prior to the commencement of the holiday. Neither the deposit paid to confirm the booking nor the balance will be refunded to the “Holiday Maker”, unless the owners are able to re-let the “Holiday Rental”. Every effort will be made to re-let a cancelled booking but the “Holiday Maker” is advised to take out holiday insurance to cover that eventuality.