This is one of the most unspoilt areas of the West Coast of Scotland, the mountains are so close you can almost touch them, and the sea is but a stone's throw away. The property is near Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, with climbing, sailing, skiing, hill walking, cycling, white water rafting to name but a few of the activities on offer. It is also within easy reach of the Isle of Mull, Glenfinnan, and Glencoe, all of tremendous historical interest and worth visiting.
Cottage near Fort William, Highlands, Scotland - Peaceful Location By The Sea. 5 Minute Walk To The Beach. Close To Nevis Range And Glen Coe.
Anna & Norrie Maclaren
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 14, 2018
About Anna & Norrie Maclaren
Artist and Gardener, Anna Raven and her husband Norrie Maclaren have lived at Ard daraich for over 15 years. Norrie took over the Hill Garden and Shrub Nursery in 1999 from his parents who bought Ard daraich in 1969. Once the holiday home of Constance Spry, The Maclarens, both father and sons, developed a garden that is now of special interest. On her arrival, Anna converted the potting shed into a self catering cottage within the garden making it an ideal retreat for garden lovers. The main house is now also self catering and Anna paints in her Studio whilst Norrie had a career in photography, film and television. The house is full of art and personal memorabilia and The Maclarens welcome everyone as friends. In the spirit of Highland hospitality!
Anna & Norrie Maclaren purchased this Cottage in 1969
Why Anna & Norrie Maclaren chose Fort William
Situated at the beginning of the Ardnamurchan penninsula, Ard Daraich is perfectly situated to get the best Lochaber can offer. Within easy reach of the popular attractions of Glen Coe and the Nevis Range we are a step away from the busy roads and tourist attractions. Ardnamurchan (of shipping forecast fame) is the most westerly point on the British mainland and has a quieter pace of life. With a Stevenson lighthouse, white sandy beaches, ruined castles and few people, you can find all the peace you need for solitude and tranquility. The Garden Studio is set within a plantsmans garden with an interesting collection of Rhododendrons and other ericasious plants with complete access to all our guests.
What makes this Cottage unique
A Garden Lovers paradise with full access to the plantsmans garden. Home grown produce available in season. Free range eggs from our flock of rare breed hens and meat sourced from a local farm. Local pork sausages made to order and available from the freezer, you can eat "Local" Easy access to stunning Highland landscape at the door.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:30 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A little piece of heaven.
Wonderful. You take the ferry across from Fort William to a whole new world. The cottage is delightful. Perfect. If you are just two - and like each other a lot - stop reading and just book it. Or someone else will and you will miss out on a fantastic piece of Scotland. It’s our fifth trip and this was our favourite - we hiked Glencoe, Ring of Sheill and almost got up Ben Nevis...it was a bit windy. All easily accessible from the cottage. Your hosts are terrific - pointed out all the good bits then left us alone to get over jet lag and decompress. We’ll be back. Neil & Ginny from Toronto
Hi Neil & Ginny,
Thank you for your lovely review and we are delighted that you understood the point of visiting Ard Daraich.
It is not an inconvenience to cross the ferry, more an exciting expedition to another world of hills, lochs, beaches and quiet.
We look forward to your return.
With best wishes,
Anna & Norrie.
The Garden Studio is just as lovely as it looks in the photos and was the perfect place for us to relax after our wedding. It is a great base to explore the stunning countryside but if you get some typical Scottish weather as we did, it is also really nice to stay cosy inside with the fire on. It was a pleasure to meet Norrie and explore their incredible garden. We would highly recommend staying here!
Thanks for your lovely review and we are delighted you enjoyed yourselves. Perhaps you will return one day......
Beautiful well organized cottage with everything you need and very well located near Corran Ferry
Very nice owners, who will help you with everything possible. Very comfortable cottage for 2. Ideal location: near the Corran Ferry, not far from Fort William, plenty of walks to choose from, yet very quiet.
Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay.
If I say we have stayed at Ard Daraich before then you will know that we are smitten. It is very beautiful and peaceful. The calm eternity of the trees and hills seeps into every pore. I'm a writer and it's the perfect place for the creative soul. Anna and Norrie are terrific hosts. We will surely return again.
Thank you for your lovely review and we are both delighted you enjoyed your stay. We hope very much to see you both here again very soon.
Idyllic Highland Hideaway
A wonderful base to explore the Ardnamurchan peninsula. The cottage is tastefully decorated and well equipped. Anna and Norrie are welcoming hosts and we really appreciated their advice on local walks. Highly recommended.
Thank you for your kind review and we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay.
Idyllic, comfortable and cosy - perfect for two!
It’s not often that I manage to choose somewhere to stay that is just as I’d hoped and as nice as the pictures on the website – but Anna and Norrie’s Garden Studio was just perfect on all levels. I’d have quite happily moved in!
The first thing you see when you arrive is the beautifully bright garden full of well cared for flowers and plants. The effort to create a welcoming space is clear straight away. The garden is, as the website states, on a hillside, and there are lots of different plants and scents as you explore the paths to find the top – where you can see Loch Linnhe from one side and the hills on the other (perfect for a quiet breakfast whilst waiting for my husband to get up!)
We stayed for a week and the house had everything we needed; dishwasher, washing machine, drying room, plenty plates, wine glasses, sharp knives, pans, towels of all types, comfy beds (ready made up), toilet roll, washing up liquid, bubble bath, books, maps of the local area – oh and a thoughtfully created welcome basket (with eggs from the hens, a small bottle of local whisky, oatcakes and shortbread). We didn’t notice anything that we could have done with that wasn’t there (and even if we had, we would have felt comfortable asking the hosts, who stay in the house just across the garden). The Wifi was better than we have at home and we managed to watch iPlayer through our phones on the TV a couple of evenings.
The studio is well thought out, modern and beautifully furnished. It seems small from the outside but inside it’s bright and spacious! We loved the wood burning stove (probably because we don’t have one at home) and on the rainy evening we had we couldn’t resist lighting it (which was a bit silly because we were far too hot and needed to open all the upstairs windows – it would be wonderful any other season though!)
We didn’t have any trouble filling our days with long walks up hills, through glens and round lochs; cycling to Strontian; days out in the car to Sanna Bay and all the lovely places in between.
Most nights we ate at ‘home’ with a glass of wine and a bubble bath after (there is no shower – but we didn’t miss it one bit, in fact it added to the holiday feeling), but we also cycled to the pub at the ferry crossing, just 2 and a half miles away - and the road is pretty quiet (except for the short surge of cars when the ferry comes in).
Visit if you can – you won’t be disappointed!
Special interest holidays:
Important collection of plants grow at Ard Daraich with a small specialist plant nursery and over 300 varieties of Rhododendron. The garden is best seen in April and May for flowering colour. Excellent autumn colour also with extensive collection of Sorbus and Acer. Once the holiday home of flower arranger and cook, Constance Spry, Ard Daraich now produces a collection of home produce including marmalades and chutneys taken from her cookery book.
100 yards from the sea and 500 yards from a big sandy beach. Rocky islands with grey seals. Otters often seen.
Overnight travel by Caladonian Sleeper is the most romantic way to arrive on the West Coast of Scotland. Enjoy 10% discount on car hire by arriving by train.
3 miles to local shop and pub. 8 miles to nearest supermarket and town. Best Jacobite collection in West Highland Museum, Fort William. Close to miles of white sandy beaches on Ardnamurchan or at Morar.
Fine dining available with great choice of the freshest seafood you can imagine. Lobster, Crab, Langoustine as well as fresh fish. Venison, mutton and excellent local beef all raised in the area and available to buy here at Ard Daraich for the discerning cook.
Additional information about rental rates
Here are our booking details: In addition to the details you will get from Owners Direct here is some more information to make sure you have an enjoyable stay. You will see that we have a Good Housekeeping Deposit of £150 which is returnable. Any breakage or damage caused will be deducted before the balance is returned. Please confirm your acceptance of this. We also need your postal address, phone numbers, landline and mobile, for our records. For dog owners we ask that they stick to a few basic house rules: No sitting on the furniture, sofas and beds. Not allowed upstairs. Not left unattended at any time. Active pooper scooping in the garden and kept on leads at all times in the vicinity of the main house and garden as we have three cats and free range hens. We have access to locally grown venison, lamb and beef which can be ordered in advance. The cuts will vary depending on availability. Herbs are almost always available in the poly-tunnel. A fish van comes to the house on Wednesday mornings at 9.45. He hoots loudly! Arrival is from 4.30pm. Departure is by 10.30 The Ferry runs every half an hour and so the waiting time is short. From the other side, the sailings are quarter to and quarter past the hour and the crossing is five minutes. The last ferry is at 21.30 but we strongly recommended catching the 21.10. If you need to cross the loch frequently please ask to borrow a book of local tickets. We pass the charge on at £3 each. Last year a guest wrote suggesting we send the following information: There is a petrol pump in Strontian but not in Ardgour, so it might be wise to fill up before crossing the ferry and there is an ATM that takes British cards only, also in Strontian but no where else this side of the ferry.