Croft Number 3 - Luxury Yurt
Bunacaimbe, Arisaig, Scotland
- Direct access to your very own safe beach at the bottom of the field in front of your yurt.
- Surrounded by wild natural uncultivated grasses and wildflowers on a Knoydart timber wooden platform - perfect for al fresco dining.
- Uninterrupted views to the Isle of Eigg and Rum with sunsets to die-for.
- Wetsuits, wellies and beach towels can be provided by the Owners on request.
Good To Know
- Secure parking down beside the owners barn - you can unload at the yurt gate before parking up and there's room for 2 cars.
- The yurt is not fenced off so although it may not be suitable for toddlers, there's a baby cot for mum or dad with babes in arms!
- Closest railway station is Arisaig - and you can catch the Hogwart's Express made famous in that flying car chase in Harry Potter over the Glenfinnan viaduct to Morar station.
- Sturdy footwear is recommended for your highland yurt adventure.
- Arisaig Croft no 3 complimentary welcome pack on arrival of local produce including free range eggs, bread, local preserve and fresh milk to help you settle in.
- Foodies will love the local dining out options - fine dining at the Old Library in Arisaig or the former SOE estate house Arisaig House are 10 minutes away by car.
- For more relaxed dining in the villlage you can choose between Cafe Rhu and the Arisaig Hotel or a litte further afield you can experience Glenfinnan House Hotel or the quirky Glenfinnan Dining Car which is a refurbished railcoach offering snacks and lunches.
- For the most amazing handmade breads, foccacias, spelt, sourdough, lattes, cakes and gigantic meringues head to the Old Quay Bakehouse in Mallaig. They also sell awesome artisan pizzas on the crannog at the end of the pier.
- Don't miss a trip to Andy Race's for fresh creel caught langoustines, hand dived scallops, mussels and fresh local fish. You can pick up a fruits de mer combo at the local fishmongers or try some of Jaffy's award winning smoked kippers.
- Head out on horseback with Silversands Trekking Centre near Arisaig and discover the natural beaches from the saddle.
- Play a round at Traigh Golf Course, the most Westerly course on the UK mainland 10 minutes walk away.
- Hire sea kayaks from Arisaig kayaks close by.
- Take a wildlife cruise with Arisaig Marine and go whale watching and looking for dolphin and seals.
- Day trips to the Inner hebrides, Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Canna and Rum.
- Hire bikes, hit the swimming pool or take a bespoke fishing trips with Minch adventures.
- Beach strolls, camp fires on the beach, walking in Roshven, climbing the munros on Knoydart and scaling the Glenfinnan Hills are some of the adventures just waiting to happen.
A stay at this magical, off-grid Mongolian 7m "ger" lets you sample a different rhythm of life where you'll fall in step with the nature that abounds Croft No3 on the West Coast of Scotland . A spell-binding location with white sugar sands where you can enjoy picnics on the beach, build fires, toast marshmallows and spend romantic nights beneath the stars.
Sleeping 4 guests, the yurt is traditionally constructed of natural resources of wood, felt and canvas and is raised above the croft-land on it's own private enclosed Knoydart timber platform area which creates a guests private area. The yurt is wildly beautiful and unspoiled with uncultivated land rich in butterflies and where wildflowers are abundant in the summer. Your interconnected by steps and walk-ways to a composting loo hut, your shower hut and a cooking shelter where you can whip up meals in relative comfort and still embrace the outdoor living concept.
Inside you'll sleep to the call of the birds and the rise and fall of the tide as the waves gently lap on the shore out front. There's a double platform bed for two and two folding out futon beds making the yurt a fanciful hideout for four or two families or friends. The owners can supply an additional airbed by prior request for a fifth member of the party if required.
Twinkling fairy lights add a magical touch and the wood burning stove keeps everything toasty. Cosy up on cooler nights and release the inner hunter gatherer in the family and spend a romantic afternoon beach strolling and collecting firewood along the shore. Facilities are beautiful at Croft No 3 Yurt, with hand crafted wooden huts connecting the yurt by wooden walkways and steps. The yurt has it's own additional cooking hut which is a well equipped open wooden turf roofed shelter with a covered eating area for when the weather is wet. It houses a double gas camp cooker and is very well stocked with everything you could possibly need for self-catering. Guests also have access to an indoor shower and toilet located in the access to the Main house, a sink for washing up and a fridge and freezer (stocked with cold blocks to keep the cold box in the kitchen hut cool).
To discover some of nature's best secrets then there are plenty of walks to enjoy right from your yurt-step with access to the beach along a rustic walkway through the croft. Croft 3 Bunacaimbe is a small highland croft based on a rectangular field leading down to a beautiful white sandy beach. Look out across to the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck and Rum and over towards the Ardnamurchan peninsula as well as the magical Isle of Skye. You can choose a beach a day here at Croft No 3, Bunacaimbe on your yurt-step, Camusdarach, Silver Sands, Traigh and Loch Morar. The beaches have been immortalised in the film Local Hero for their incredibly jewel tones waters and white carribean sands.
400 metres from the yurt and down through the small gate located at the bottom of your garden you'll have unfettered access to white sandy beaches, child friendly rocky islands and pools. Swallows and Amazons style adventures are not far from your door - safe sandy shelves make for a wonderful natural playground for wild swimming, boating and family beach outings. Within 10 minutes you can be on Traigh golfcourse, or slipping into your kayak in Arisaig for a guided kayak tour or afternoon hire. Sea fishing trips can easily be arranged with Minch Adventures where you can learn to haul a creel and cook and shuck a scallop or visit a remote deserted beach for a BBQ.
Known as the ‘The Outdoor Capital of the UK' Lochaber and the surrounding area is an outdoor playground; 1hr to Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in Scotland) where you can walk to the summit or catch a gondola up Nevis Range in summer. Take on the mountain bike runs used in the mountain bike world championships, visit the fishing village of Mallaig with sunset cruises and wildlife tours on the ferry to Knoydart and up Loch Nevis, or ride on the Jacobite steam train along the iconic "iron road to the isles" where you cross the Glenfinnan moument made famous in the flying car scene chase in Harry Potter. There's even a Harry Potter shop Hagrid's Alley in Mallaig for the littlies.
Fresh seafood lands daily and you can purchase fresh hand dived scallops, langoutines, mussels and other local shellfish from Andy Race fish-merchants or try the award winning smoked kippers from Jaffy's fish merchants. Lace up your boots and head up the Glenfinnan Hills, over to Roshven, day trips on the shearwater to Eigg and Calmac to Rum where the castle has the last working orchestrion in the world (allegedly commissioned for Queen Victoria but passed over in the wake of Prince Albert's death). Take it easier on the beautiful low level walks close by such as Port na Murrach, Peanmenoch, Smirisary, Ghaoideil, Tarbert and Strath of Arisaig.
5 minutes drive from Croft No 3 is the village of Arisaig where there are some great dining out options locally, a cafe, a land and sea centre for visitors, marina and hotel with a pub. Nearly every weekend there are visiting and guest traditional musicians with fiddles, pipes and accordions playing as well as guest bands at the Arisaig Acoustic Club. The village of Mallaig also has two small food stores, several hotels and cafes, an indoor swimming pool, gym and a ferry terminal. From Mallaig you can catch ferries to the Isle of Skye, the Small Isles and Knoydart.
The Yurt at Croft No 3 is £90 per night for a three night minimum stay. The rate is for the yurt is based on up to 4 guests.
Guests Comments :
"Thanks so much for a lovely stay. Strikingly beautiful location, and such fantastic accommodation. Such a cosy yurt with so many lovely amenities. We had an amazing time thanks to your many thoughtful touches and hospitality. Thanks again and we'll def be back soon for more #everybodyyurts!"
"My sister and I had a wonderful stay at the yurt on Croft 3. Emma and Graham are wonderful hosts and the yurt is so warm and cozy. The outdoor shower feels like such a luxury and we loved seeing the sheep wander around the Croft. It was a wonderful home base to explore Skye and the surrounding area. Highly recommend! Thank you Emma and Graham!"
"Thank you so much for sharing your lovely yurt with us! It was wonderfully cosy to warm up by the fire after a day out. The outdoor shower feels like such a luxury. We apreciate your hospitality".
"We loved everything about your yurt. Perfect set up. Hope to visit again early next year."
"Thank you so much for a lovely stay in your fantastic yurt. Everything was great and we were very comfortable. Thank you for being so welcoming and ensuring we had everything we needed! We hope we will visit again in the fuure to explore more of this beautiful area."
Head for Fort William taking the A830 ‘Road to the Isles' to Arisaig/Mallaig, continuing on A830 passing 2 signs for Arisaig Village.Take the next left onto the B8008, signposted Bunacaimbe / Back of Keppoch. Follow the coast road for 1 mile crossing the River Caimbe. Turn left onto road signposted croft 3 before Sunnyside and Portnadoron campsites.If using a Sat Nav PH39 4NT is only accurate to a 3 mile radius due to the large area covered by this code. Trains run direct to Arisaig from Glasgow. The London Sleeper service runs to Fort William with a connecting Scotrail service to Arisaig.