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5* crofting on a highland estate

Last month, B and I were lucky enough to spend a few days staying in a 5* croft on the beautiful Ardgour Highland Estate on the west coast of Scotland. Happily tired from a day climbing the two Glen Coe Munros of Buachaille Etive Beag, we headed 20 minutes north to Cuil Moss Cottage thirsty for a celebratory whisky, ready to relax and with the promise of a spa bath to ease aching muscles.

Now, I must be honest and admit that despite my love of Scotland, before we were invited to explore the Ardgour Estate I had never actually heard of Ardgour and its neighbour Ardnamurchan. This is probably because despite being across Loch Linnhe from Glen Coe, Ardgour has a population of just 130 people and is one of the remotest areas  of the Scottish Highlands.

To get there you either have to travel the 40 miles on mostly single-track roads from Fort William, or travel in style and jump on the Corran Ferry. It’s well worth the journey…

Ardgour Estate Corran Ferry

There is something about travelling on one of Scotland’s ferries that makes me feel like i’m going on An Adventure – even if the Corran Ferry takes just four minutes to cross Loch Linnhe. Once the sea loch opens up before you, you will soon feel a million miles away from bustling Glen Coe.

A five minute drive from the ferry and we were being warmly welcomed to Cuil Moss by the Ardgour Estate owner Annie. Stepping inside, we found a gorgeously renovated croft complete with everything we needed for a romantic escape – and more.

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Owners Annie and Ewen have thought of everything, even providing afternoon tea for our arrival, complete with homemade chutney and cakes. With the log burner already merrily roaring away, we quickly realised that after our weekend was over we would find it very hard to leave.

cuil moss cottage

cuil moss cottage

By night, the remoteness of the Ardgour Estate means proper dark skies and stargazing became a mini obsession. We were permanently on aurora watch, but sadly it never appeared, and we had to be content with staring up in awe at the full milky way above our heads. As city dwellers, it was a complete treat.

For those who aren’t blessed with an autumn as good as this year’s (or basically normal Scottish weather) the cottage has a stargazing & wildlife watching tower hidden up in the woods. The little woodland room even has a woodburning stove, with a hot plate for a kettle. 

cuil moss cottage stargazing hide

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The Estate is home to otters, eagles, and if you are very lucky, pine martens, who according to a previous visitor rather enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!  One evening, we were treated to the sight of a beautiful red stag, proudly enjoying the evening sun. My only regret is that I wished I had taken Ewen up on the offer of a wildlife photography tour, maybe I could have treated you to a photo!

Across the road from the cottage is Salachan Beach with views of dramatic Ben Nevis looming in the distance, the hills of Glen Coe across the loch and the mountainous Sgurr nah-Eanchainne behind. It’s no wonder that in Gaelic Ardgour or Àird Ghobhar means ‘height of the goats’. Sadly, despite the spa bath, we were still too sore from our Munro bagging escapades to even think about putting on the boots for an ascent into the hills! 

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Instead, we spent our days utterly relaxed, exploring the Ardgour Estate and further afield into spectacular Ardnamurchan and our evenings cooking, star gazing and enjoying the ever changing light over Loch Linnhe.

Loch Linnhe

loch linnhe
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Just check out those skies!

Ardgour Estate, you completely stole our hearts.

Love from, Scotland x

Things to do in Ardnamurchan

You can book Cuil Moss Cottage through Embrace Scotland
 Find out more about the Ardgour Estate and discover #iloveardgour for yourself
The Corran Ferry runs all day until 9pm and costs £8.20 per car & passengers

Thanks to Annie & Ewen, Embrace Scotland and the ASSC for inviting us to stay at Cuil Moss Cottage. Our accommodation was complimentary, but my gushing is all me. 

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22 Comments

  • katy@untoldmorsels

    03/11/2016 at 5:09 pm

    I think this is my favourite post of yours so far Kate and that is really saying something. Though a city girl at heart I love nothing better than escaping to wildernesses like Ardgour Estate. When the accommodation is cosy as this (and with a wildlife watching tower) I feel like this might be the perfect weekend escape. Thanks so much for sharing your always beautiful posts on #FarawayFiles

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  • Clare Thomson

    03/11/2016 at 6:07 pm

    Your posts always leave me sighing at the beauty of the landscape you’ve photographed and this is as good as any I’ve seen. What a wonderful place to stay and visit. I’m adding this to my list right now. I love the idea of going on an adventure particularly if that adventure leads to a cosy cottage with a log fire, tea and cakes. How perfect! Thanks so much for linking up with #FarawayFiles

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  • Suz

    03/11/2016 at 7:12 pm

    Scotland is so near and dear to my heart, and I could explore the Highlands for the rest of my life if it would be possible. This looks like such an enchanting place to visit and explore. Loch Linnhe is my favorite loch, and those photos you captured with the sky are simply breathtaking!

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  • Ivy

    03/11/2016 at 10:06 pm

    Aw! That’s such a cute and cozy little cottage! Love it when the owners go the extra step in making guests comfortable. I’ll take homemade cakes any day! I wish to visit Scotland some day, it looks like a relaxing destination 🙂

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  • colemanconcierge

    04/11/2016 at 5:52 am

    I must admit that I had to google crofting. Only then did I realize that it was Scottish for farm to table eco retreat. Now that I have translated it to Californian I can understand. What a lovely little croft. It’s amazing how a simple boat ride can transport you five miles away and hundreds of years back into the past.

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  • Danielle

    04/11/2016 at 8:53 am

    Wow. This estate sounds amazing. Plus those views! Having a serious case of Scottish wanderlust with this post. Thank you so much for sharing with #farawayfiles

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  • Sasha

    04/11/2016 at 10:30 am

    This sounds so delightful. It looks like a perfect little place to getaway for a relaxed, nature-filled romantic weekend away. Will put this on my list!

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  • natalietanner

    04/11/2016 at 2:25 pm

    It looks so COLD! This southern girl might have a hard time venturing away from that warm and toasty spot near the stove. Such a beautiful place. I’ve not visited but so want to. Now daydreaming!!

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  • Bailey K.

    07/11/2016 at 8:30 am

    I’m headed to Scotland in May of 2017 so this post gets me so excited for that time to come! I really don’t know much about Scotland (it seems that I have to google every other word when I read an article about Scotland – but I’m okay with that, haha!), so I’m soaking up everything I happen across. I’m so glad to have found your blog! It’s perfect for me right now!

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  • Sheri

    07/11/2016 at 1:34 pm

    This would make for a fantastic getaway and the pictures are wonderful, so breathtaking. I always love to see and experience new things. Though it might be cold, it still looks very cozy.

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  • Krysti Jaims

    07/11/2016 at 11:31 pm

    Lovely post! This has got me craving a cosy and remote getaway now! I have only been to Edinburgh in Scotland but have always dreamed of going to the Highlands. This little estate looks like the perfect place to stay, especially surrounded by that stunning scenery!

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