Ariundle Apartment, Strontian
Strontian, Acharacle, Scotland
- Fabulous location overlooking dramatic highland landscapes.
- If you have ever wanted to try your hand at spinning and weaving or basket making the owners offer workshops in traditional crafts at their workshop centre close by.
Good To Know
- The apartment is annexed to the Ariundle bunkhouse and offer short stays of three nights or more for a family of 4.
- An additional guest bed and linen can be supplied on request for a small supplement.
- There is no Wi-fi in the apartmet although guests are welcome to use the wi-fi in The nearby Ariundle Centre.
- Secure parking on the property.
- Well behaved dogs welcome by arangement.
- Fresh homecooked meals can be provided for on arrival or on request during the stay in the Apartment along with home made bread and a selection of home baking products.
- The Ariundle Apartment is owned by the proprietors of The Ariundle Centre which offers residents an exciting menu of excellent home cooked food for breakfast, lunch and evening meals on site as well as a wide variety of crafts and gifts and a fabulous wool shop.
- The Salen Hotel offers restaurant style lunches and dinners using fresh local produce from the area. (Pre-booking advisable)
- Cafe Tioram open for breakfast, lunches and teas (seasonal opening hours apply)
- The Glenuig Smokery (located by The Glenuig Inn) where you can purchase locally smoked venison meats to take home with you.
- Try your hand at spinning wool, felting, basket weaving or knitting at The Ariundle Centre situated on the grounds. The Centre offers dining, teas and coffees as well as running workshops for local crafters.
- Visit the inner hebrides of Muck, Canna, Coll, Eigg, Mull or Rum by boat charter.
- Go whale watching, eagle spotting or a sea safari with Ardnamurchan Charters and spot dophin, porpoise, seals and more.
- Visit Nadurra Visitor Centre, Castle Tioram ruins, lead mines and many other fascinating spots.
- Climb down into an extinct volcanic crater and explore ancient geology and rock formations.
- Visit Tobermory whisky distillery, learn how whisky is made from craftsman and sample some world class classic malts.
- Visit the singing sands, deserted beaches and wild swim in the warmer currents of the gulf stream.
- Situated in the UK's most vibrant Outdoor Capital, where there is some of the most challenging hill walking, climbing, cycling and skiing you will find in the whole of the UK.
Enjoy a dramatic highland landscape with views of the hills and native wildlife; a cosy bijou apartment set beside a crafters workshop centre - where weavers, basket makers, spinners and felters can indulge in their creative side on the Scottish West Coast.
At the head of glorious Loch Sunart lies the tranquil village of Strontian named after the element Strontium which was discovered here. The mines are no longer active but the area attracts a great many geologists every year. The walking here is unparalleled and suitable for all ages and abilities. The local oakwoods at Ariundle form part of the national nature reserve where the trees and rocks are festooned with spectacular mosses and lichens, wild orchids can be found growing in their natural environment and in the spring there are beautiful bluebell and primrose carpets. Nature lovers can seek out the rare chequered skipper butterfly in summer. With virtually no light pollution in and around Strontian the star-gazing opportunities are endless.
Ariundle Apartment is situated on the first floor of the Ariundle bunkhouse and is a private self contained snug for for four guests. The apartment has two comfortable double bedrooms with twin beds sleeping four guests and a further guest bed can be provided on request. There is a well appointed kitchen with seating for 4 and lounge area. Open plan layout, with views from the dormer windows to the dramatic landscape that lies beyond. A travel cot can be provided upon request. There is ample secure parking and bike storage if you want to bring your bikes or kayaks to enjoy in the local water during your stay. Downstairs you wil find a covered walkway ideal for storing wet weather gear during your stay.
Wildlife and nature, hills and lochs
Hills, glens, castles, woods, lochs, the "singing sands" of
Kentra, lead mines, deserted villages, coastal paths and magnificent views are
just waiting to be explored. Visit a specially created "Living
Building" at the Nadurra Visiter Centre, a uniquely rough and natural
building designed to attract a variety of wildlife to live in and on it and to
enable visitors to watch the birds and animals at close quarters.
There are many activities to try in the area. Fishing is available on local fresh water lochs and rivers, and boats can be hired on Loch Doilet. Cyclists, kayakers, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, climbers, nature and wildlife enthusiasts will find many opportunities in the area to explore and enjoy the natural playground while on holiday. Go otter spotting at first or last light and see these beautiful mammals at play. There is also a slipway at Strontian ideal for launching dinghies, trailer-sailers and other small craft.
The apartment is available for three night stays or longer £350 for 3 nights stay sleeping 4 guests. An additional guest bed can be supplied on request for an additional supplement. Up to two well behaved medium sized dogs are welcome and a small pet supplement applies. Please contact the owners in advance, if you would like to bring your pet with you.
"Many visits now to this hidden Gem in the beautiful oak woods. We stayed in the bunkhouse which is modern, clean, comfortable, warm and cosy and should hardly be known as a Bunkhouse! We had the choice of making our own meals in the well equipped kitchen/dining room at the Bunkhouse but opted for Kate's wonderful porridge and her home made bread and marmalade for breakfast and enjoyed a fabulous home cooked 3 courses with wine in the evening. I would thoroughly recommend the Venison which was tender and delicious followed by a whisky flavoured parfait! We also enjoyed the Craft Gallery and admired Kate's spinning of her own sheep's fleeces..very interesting and unique for us."
"We will certainly be back hopefully many more times and will always be assured of a warm and special welcome from Kate and John. A unique experience!"
"Hadn't stayed here before, but I definitely will use the centre again if I am staying in Strontian.Clean, spacious, wonderful setting. Kate and Aileen were friendly, helpful and charming."
"You pass this place on the way to the woodlands. It is a bunkhouse, café, 'small garden centre', shop and crafts workshop as well. Loved the interior, the sofas, different style tables and chairs,loads of arty things by local artists.the café sells lovely cakes, sandwiches. They are made to order. You can walk into the shop with loads of handmade cards, garments and other lovely things. Behind it you find the spinning workshop area which looks great. A few tables outside great for people with dogs which are not allowed in"
"Really loved the relaxed atmosphere. We stayed here for one night to break our cycle journey from Tobermory to Fort William. It was very quiet when we stayed. The beds were really comfortable. The room was light, airy, and warm, with Velux windows opening onto lovely views of the croft and surroundings. There were many small birds singing outside and overall it was very relaxing. It's a bit over a mile up the road from Strontian, but you could walk down without any trouble if you wanted to. Further up the road steepens to 1 in 4 as it goes over a hill towards Loch Shiel. We cycled that way the next day, and it was excellent."