Guest Blog-Our first stay at Seaview Cottage
At the end of this week, we welcome our first guests into Seaview Cottage for 2018. Due to the remote location of this cottage, we close it during winter months. However, this may soon be changing following the works we have done in recent months to improve the river crossings to Seaview Cottage. Keep an eye on the cottage’s availability for the winter months if you are interested in booking a winter escape to this hideaway.
To whet your appetites, we asked a first time guest to this remote cottage, to write about their stay. As you will see, they had quite an adventure and fell in love with the cottage and also Kingairloch.
The romantic and remote Seaview Cottage, only 4x4s can get to the cottage.
“Amelia and I enjoy searching for holiday destinations almost as much as the holiday itself. Last year, in early summer, we started looking for somewhere for our one week of the year away from everyday life and, having googled “the best cottages in Scotland”, stumbled across the Kingairloch website. We knew as soon as I saw the videos that it was the place for us.
We decided to book Seaview Cottage, mainly because of the adventure of getting to the cottage itself which involves driving across a few rivers and along a pretty rough track.
The website says that the track is only suitable for a high ground clearance 4×4 and that guests can be taken in if they haven’t got a suitable vehicle. There’s no way my car would get through a river so, wanting to be mobile whilst there, we hired exactly the sort of vehicle shown in the video.
We always take two days to drive from Norfolk to the Highlands – we stop in Glasgow overnight and know then that we have a leisurely drive up the next day. I had seen a video on YouTube called “Kingairloch, The Road to Nowhere” and so knew what the last 10 or so miles was going to be like but nothing could prepare us for that drive in. Simply stunning.
Arriving at the main house, Susan explained to us about how dangerous the rivers could be and that we should never take a chance, even in a 4×4. We followed her nervously to the cottage and settled in to the utter peace and tranquillity.
Whilst at Seaview we saw numerous deer and spotted the otters on a few occasions. Our most memorable was walking back from the Boathouse at dusk, about 50 meters away from Seaview, two otters were playing on the track. We stopped dead and just watched them for a few minutes before they disappeared – the sighting of a lifetime I think.
Evenings at Seview are amazing – we took a firepit with us (which we left for future guests) and would sit around the fire for hours as the sun went down. I will never forget those evenings.
Iain and Amelia enjoying evenings at Seaview Cottage, a shooting star can be seen in the sky!
Susan’s words of warnings about the rivers came into focus one evening as we drove back. It had been raining for a few days and the rivers were full and wild. We got across the first, but with a high tide to contend with as well, we ended leaving the 4×4 and wading back to the cottage. A few hours later the tide had dropped and we went back for the truck. I spent quite a few minutes feeling I was sure I could have got across that second river but am glad that I didn’t take the risk, the water was pretty much up to our waists – would it have got through? I’ll never know. ***
Amelia recorded the eventual crossing and we watch it back regularly remembering the excitement of those journeys back to the cottage.
Iain and Amelia brought all sorts of toys to have fun with during their holiday.
We’re from Norfolk so we’re used to rough country lanes but we don’t drive 4x4s. If you book Seaview and want to add to the excitement, take a 4×4 with you and live the adventure of proper off-roading.
I would also like to mention the ferry journeys we took across to Mull and to Ardnamurchan from Tobermory. It’s really worth exploring the local area and the CalMac ferries are a great way to get to other places. Racing back to Fishnish to get the last ferry was so much fun.
Amelia and will definitely return to Kingairloch – we both get goosebumps even thinking about it and as I write this I can feel the excitement of driving through the rivers and along the tracks.
It’s the sort of place everyone should experience at some point in their lives and Susan and Katrina are so welcoming that you’ll feel like you belong there.
See you again soon! Iain and Amelia.”
*** The estate wish to add that in instances when the river is too high to cross, shelter is available in another property on the estate. There is no need to take unnecessary risks to get to the cottage.
If you would like to book your own stay at Seaview Cottage, bookings can be made via our website.