Glenelg Cottages offer two traditional Highland properties in the idyllic surrounds of remote north west Scotland situated between the 1200 foot Mam Ratagan mountain pass and sea shore. The area is a tranquil setting in which to enjoy the wildlife, walking, fishing, boat trips or just relaxing from the stresses of modern day life.
Of the two properties, bernera farmhouse lies in its own glen, a few hundred yards from the beach, while riverfoot cottage as the name suggests stands where the river meets the sea. Both are within walking distance of the village of Glenelg. The village has one shop - a combined post office and well stocked general store and the glenelg inn which offers an excellent restaurant and bar food. Near the beach and lying between the properties and the village is a dark reminder of Scotland's troubled past: the ruined Bernera barracks, built to house English troops stationed in the North to prevent highland rebellion.
Exploring further down the coast are the Pictish Towers in Glen Beag, the hamlet of Arnisdale and Sandaig beach where Gavin Maxwell wrote Ring of Bright Water. The traditional drover's crossing from Glenelg to skye is now replaced in the summer months by a small ferry (six cars and foot passengers) which will take you across the sea to Skye. On Skye a few hundred metres from the ferry there is an otter sanctuary with a hide where you can watch for otters, seals and other animals and birds. Back at Glenelg, returning and over the hill will take you to eilean donan castle the picturesque Falls of Glomach and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range.
Click here to view two accounts of glenelg in 1773. or to learn more about the wildlife of Bernera.