The Old Schoolhouse Morar

Bracorina, Morar, Scotland
Emma Mackay
Accomodation
4 > Guests
Bedrooms
2 Bedrooms / 2 Beds
Bathrooms
2 Full

About this listing

Stay on the magical shores of Loch Morar in the beautifully converted Old Schoolhouse with period furniture, spiral staircase and breath-taking uninterrupted view; share the tranquillity with otters, stags and wildlife for the quickest West Coast relax.

Your tranquil lochside location

The secluded settlement of Bracorina is situated in Lochaber, located on the northern side of Loch Morar, just 5 km east of the village of Morar, at the end of a minor road. Boasting uninterrupted views over the dramatic landscape unique to the Highlands of Scotland, this charming restored schoolhouse is in an excellent location for exploring the nearby villages of Morar, Arisaig and Mallaig which are all within a 15 minute drive of the property. Share your views with only the wildlife insight and the outlying fields with grazing sheep and cattle for company. The Old Schoolhouse has been totally refurbished recently and offers

The Old Schoolhouse

Stay in a beautifully converted schoolhouse with period furniture, contemporary finishes throughout and natural features in keeping with the charm of the original building. The Schoolhouse offers accommodation for up to four guests comprising of one ensuite master bedroom and a sleeping mezzanine area with private toilet.

Entering the house from the front door you enter the dining room and kitchen.  The well-appointed kitchen well has a cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer and offers stunning views to the rear of the property.  The ensuite master bedroom with king-sized bed lies off the dining room and offers views over Loch Morar. The cosy living room with new wood burning stove also leads out to a mezzanine area which has windows to the front and rear of the property and patio doors out to the seating area with uninterrupted views. The owners have provided a good selection of books and games for entertainment as well as an Amazon Firestick for relaxing TV nights in. The spiral staircase leads to the mezzanine bedroom.  There is a king-sized bed (not suitable for children) and a toilet with wash hand basin in the attached room. All bed linen and towels are provided for each stay. If visitors to The Old Schoolhouse would like to get more hands on with the croft work, then just ask your hosts Alistair and Emma who are always happy to share their knowledge of the area and passion for their croft with guests.  In the winter and spring, you can help feed the sheep and all year round they keep free range chickens.

Shoreline secrets

You can catch a glimpse of otters breakfasting at dawn or deer wandering leisurely down from the hill to graze by your doorstep. The wildlife here is spectacular with eagle and golden eagle sightings nearby. The waters out front share some interesting secrets including Eilean Bàn (“white island”), an unheralded isle on Loch Morar. Plunging to depths of 1000 feet (400 feet deeper than Loch Ness), Loch Morar is the deepest fresh water loch in Scotland.  The only sign of modernity on the island – is the low wall of a short-lived seminary, built around 1700 and you would have to hire a boat to reach it.

Eilean Bàn has been left untouched for the past 200 years, and as a consequence has become a jungle, brimming with huge conifers, colossal bracket fungi, and voluminous hollies, with bluebells and mosses filling every gap in between. To explore beyond the ruins is to take a leap back into Scotland’s past – or, indeed, a leap forward into a future in which human beings are no more. It is an awe-inspiring and humbling experience.

Keep an eye out for Morag, a pun on the name of the loch, Morag is often referred to as ‘Nessie’s cousin’, (The Loch Ness Monster) with Loch Morar just 70 miles from Loch Ness. First reported in 1887 – over 80 years after the first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, Morag has been seen over 30 times since.  In 1948, a ‘peculiar, serpent-like creature about 20ft long’ was reported by a group of people in a boat, in the same location as the sighting in 1887. The Loch Ness Investigation Bureau have taken a keen interest in these waters having expanded its search to include the nearby Loch Morar in the early 1970s.

Adventures for all

If monsters aren’t your thing there’s plenty of activities and adventures to be had for all ages. Take the Jacobite steam train for a day trip on the stunning railway line across the Glenfinnan monument (made famous in the flying car chase by little wizards Harry and Ron in Harry Potter). Hire kayaks from Arisaig Kayaks and get close up and personal with the wildlife on the loch out front. Take a day trip to Fort William and head up Ben Nevis by gondola with lunch at the top on the highest mountain in Scotland. Close by to your holiday house, there are stunning walks and paths where you can do a circular route to Tarbet and catch the Mallaig Ferry back up Loch Nevis (Gaelic for Heaven). Stroll along the silvery sugar white sands at Morar, immortalised in the Burt Lancaster classic film Local Hero or head to Mallaig for fresh fish and chips on the pier.

The Old Schoolhouse is a perfect place to explore the Scottish West Highlands. It boasts stunning views from all windows and offers true seclusion for a relaxing getaway, where you can truly slow down and enjoy special time together.

Reviews:

“We chose to try the west coast of Scotland, instead of our normal central highlands (Cairngorms) area…and I couldn’t be happier that we did. The location is absolutely perfect, surrounded by beautiful scenery, walks and peace & quiet. The house has been beautifully restored and appointed, with all the facilities I could have wanted. The whole process from booking to checkout was smooth and Emma was in touch regularly to ensure everything went well. The fresh eggs and tablet were a real treat as well! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the place, and I’m certain we will be back to enjoy the beautiful house and surroundings.”

“The Old Schoolhouse is a truly unique space filled with beautiful art, objects and furniture. The location also gives the property a rather magical quality and at times we felt a little like characters in a fairy-tale, with the Loch just outside and tame songbirds coming right up to the windows! Although there are many interesting places to explore nearby, it’s absolutely the type of place that you can enjoy by taking the local footpaths and drinking in the views. Emma is a wonderful, helpful and friendly host and I can’t recommend a stay at The Old Schoolhouse highly enough.”

“The best, most relaxing break we have had. Fantastic location and beautiful house. Emma & Alistair were outstanding hosts. We will be back.”

“The Old School House is a very special place! The location overlooking Loch Morar is spectacular! Extremely relaxing, stunning, and the nearby visiting sheep and chickens really help you to feel remote and away from it all! But the fact that you are only a 10 minute drive to so many nearby amenities and fabulous beaches and activities made this the perfect family holiday location for us. During the day we were able to visit numerous beaches, walks, sea kayak and pop into Mallaig easily for a nice meal, ice cream or just to pick up some groceries. In the evening we could sit and relax at the house with the most beautiful views, in complete tranquillity. The house itself is very special, Emma and Alistair have managed to combine perfectly the tradition with a modern twist, it is charming, cosy and stylish all at the same time. Emma and Alistair were also fantastic hosts, contact was excellent right from before I had even booked and wanted to enquire about the property, through to lovely touches like popping in some fresh eggs from their chickens and passing on local tips and advice. Warm, friendly and helpful. 5 stars all round!”

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in The Old Schoolhouse which was spacious, comfortable and full of character. Lots of lovely touches, Emma and Alistair were fantastic hosts.”

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Details

  • Guests: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Beds: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2

Prices

  • Per Night: £93.00

Features

Amenities

  • Bath
  • DVD player
  • Free Parking
  • Hairdryer
  • Heating
  • Laptop-Friendly Workspace
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • No Dogs
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Woodburner
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Shower
  • TV Cable
  • Washing Machine
  • Wi-Fi

Terms & rules

  • Smoking allowed: No
  • Pets allowed: No
  • Party allowed: No
  • Children allowed: No
Emma Mackay

Hosted by Emma Mackay

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