Coastline and Islands

For many of our guests, a holiday just isn't complete without the sea. If you are among them, this selection offers you a choice of delightful properties where the ocean is on your doorstep. Step out of Port Donnel Cottage on to your very own beach on the Solway Firth; experience a traditional way of life in Beaton's Croft House in the north of the Isle of Skye; or enjoy fabulous sea views at Craggan Cottage and Ferry Cottage at Balmacara.

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Shore Lodge Bunkhouse, Brodick Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 2 Star Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 14
  • 4
  • Not allowed
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Situated in the grounds of Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran, Shore Lodge Bunkhouse provides comfortable accommodation for groups of up to 14 guests.

To book Shore Lodge Bunkhouse, please call us on 0131 458 0305 or email holidays@nts.org.uk. Minimum stay 3 nights. £20 per person per night - minimum charge of £150 per night for groups of six and under. To check the availability and make a reservation, please contact us directly on 0131 4580305 or e-mail us on holidays@nts.org.uk

Accommodation details



  • Single storey


  • Sleeps 14 - 4 bedrooms with bunk beds (two 2-bedded, one 4-bedded and one 6-bedded).


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Fully equipped kitchen and dining room.


  • Drying room


  • 4 WCs with wash basins


  • 3 showers


  • Electric central heating


  • Free Wi-Fi available in bunkhouse.


  • We regret dogs are not permitted in the bunkhouse.


  • EPC Rating: F38


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Blue Door, Broughton House

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 7
  • 4
  • Dogs allowed
Beamed ceilings and pale walls set off this cosy artists' retreat, which stands on the same cobbled wynd on which stained-glass artist E A Taylor and his wife, illustrator Jessie M King used to live. Kirkcudbright is known at 'The Artists Town' having hosted generations of painters, craftmakers and artisans, a culture still thriving today.
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The cottage has its own private garden at the bottom of the close with views across the dolls-house rooftops of this distinctive picturesque town.

 

Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by all major networks which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas. 

Accommodation details



  • 3 storey


  • Sleeps 7 - 2 twin, 1 double (with ensuite wash basin and WC), 1 single


  • Sitting room


  • Kitchen with dining area


  • Wet room with WC


  • Bathroom with bath and shower


  • Gas central heating


  • EPC Rating: D66


 

Public transport accessible. Free parking is available on the street outside Greengate Close.

 

About Blue Door

The Blue Door is one of several cottages in historic Greengate Close and the cottages are still referred to by their original names, which relate to the colour of their doors, such as "Yellow Door", "Red Door" and "Blue Door".

Greengate House and these cottages were owned in the first half of the 20th century by Glasgow Girl artist Jessie M King and her husband, artist E A Taylor. Jessie M King would invite her woman artist friends and students to come and stay and use the Blue Door as lodging/studio space.

 

About Broughton House

At the heart of Kirkcudbright stand the peachy-pink walls of 18th-century Broughton House & Garden, a Trust property that was home to 'Glasgow Boys' artist E A Hornel, from 1901 to 1933. As well as Hornel's delicate Japanese-influenced paintings the museum houses a major Robert Burns collection.

 

About Kirkcudbright

Dorothy L Sayers once said, "In Kirkcudbright one either fishes or paints....". The Royal Burgh, established in 1455, lies on an estuary of the River Dee, making it as famous for its catches as for its art. Fresh fish is available Tuesday to Saturday from the Fresh Fish Shop just off the Harbour Square. Close by, Dhoon's sandy beach is a perfect place for children to paddle.

 

Things to do



  • Take a wander down the High Street to numbers 115 & 117, which have been called 'the closest approximation to a dolls' house you are ever likely to see in real life'.


  • Rockcliffe village is just over 20 miles away. Here you'll find swathes of pebbled coastlines, a bird sanctuary and the Mote of Mark, the ruined court of a Dark Ages chieftan.


  • A visit to nearby Threave estate will keep you busy for the whole day. This baronial house has its own sculpture garden and nature reserve, famous as a hotspot for spying bats.


 

Getting there

Kirkcudbright is located off the A711 and A755. Dumfries is 28 miles away and Castle Douglas 9 miles.

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Covesea Skerry, Covesea Lighthouse

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
The lighthouse accommodation at Covesea is under the ownership of the Covesea Lighthouse Community Company Ltd. This accommodation is ideal for families with small children and situated within the courtyard below the lighthouse tower with a superb sandy beach practically on the doorstep. The beach is accessible via a gate from the lighthouse courtyard. There is a fence surrounding the lighthouse which makes this area safe for young children.
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Accommodation details:

 

Open-plan kitchen/sitting room with breakfast bar, 1 twin and 1 double bedroom, bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle. Services : electric central heating. EPC Rating: G14

 

Additional information:

 

Parking is available beside the accommodation. Public transport accessible.

 

If you are interested in a larger group/family booking, additional accommodation is available at Halliman Skerry. This neighbouring property can accommodate 4/6 guests.

 

About the property:

 

The Covesea Skerries form a group of small islands and rocks that lie off the Moray coast, 3 miles west of Lossiemouth and 1 mile west of Covesea.

 

Following the loss of 16 ships during a storm in the Moray Firth in November 1826, many applications were made for lighthouses to be established at Tarbat Ness (near Portmahomack on the Dornoch Firth) and Covesea Skerries to mark the wide entrance to the Firth and its confusing series of inlets.

 

Following a lengthy process, approval was finally received for the building of the lighthouse on Craighead and a beacon on the dangerous Halliman's Scars. Robert Stevenson's son, Alan, designed the new Covesea Skerries lighthouse and beacon. The iron beacon was completed in 1845 and the new lighthouse followed in 1846. Egyptian influences can be seen in the entrance to the tower, the chimneys of the cottages and the arches at the top of the lighthouse tower beneath the balcony.

 

Covesea Lighthouse was manned until 1984 when automation meant that the keepers were no longer required and the switching on and off of the lamp could be done remotely from the Northern Lighthouse Board headquarters in Edinburgh. With the advent of new technology, the addition of a North Cardinal Buoy next to the Halliman Skerries allowed the lamp to be switched off in 2012.

 

Covesea Lighthouse is open for pre-booked guided tours. For opening times and and bookings please contact info@covesealighthouse.co.uk or telephone 01343 810 664. Whilst groups will be welcome, access to the tower is limited to 8 people at a time.

 

Covesea is located just opposite the Halliman Skerries. The Skerries are a reef of rocks that are covered at high tide.

 

About the area:

 

The coastal town of Lossiemouth is just over a mile away and can be reached by walking along the lovely beach. It offers the visitor a range of facilities including sea angling, two 18-hole golf courses, stunning unspoilt beaches and wildlife , an excellent range of shopping and quality restaurants and cafés, all making the most of the plentiful supply of fresh seafood. The Silver Sands Holiday Park is just 5 minutes' walk from the lighthouse and here you will find a shop, cafe, bar and a play area for children.

Covesea is 1 mile from Lossiemouth, on the A941 from Elgin (7 miles)

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