Blackwood Croft

Self Catering Accommodation in Strathcarron, Wester Ross

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  • Shops

    • There is a Post Office/Store in Strathcarron village, where it is possible to buy basic food supplies and gifts. There is also an IT centre where you can access e-mail.
    • 3 miles away in Lochcarron, there are 2 food shops, a butcher, and Post Office.
  • Restaurants/Bars

    • In Strathcarron village, approximately 1 mile easy walk from the apartment, is the Strathcarron Hotel. This is open to non-residents and serves bar meals. Traditional real ales are usually available, mainly from Scottish breweries.
    • 3 miles away, Lochcarron has 1 hotel, the Lochcarron Hotel which has a restaurant and also serves bar meals. The Lochcarron Hotel also regularly serves Real Ale on handpump, usually from Scottish breweries and is listed in the 2013 edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. In Lochcarron, there is also the Bistro restaurant.
    • Good food can also be obtained from the Carron Restaurant (on the south side of Loch Carron on the way to Attadale, about 1.5 miles from the apartment), and the Kishorn Seafood Bar (approx. 9 miles away), whilst the inns at Applecross, Shieldaig, and Gairloch have all won reputations for their excellent food. The Badachro Inn is also well worth investigating, both for food and Real Ale.
  • Cafes/Take Away Food

    • In the Main Street of Lochcarron is the Waterside Cafe which offers both sit-down meals and take away food.
    • Take-aways are also available from the Lochcarron and Strathcarron Hotels.
  • Banks/Cashpoint

    • There is a branch of the Bank of Scotland in Lochcarron with an Autoteller (Cashpoint) machine.
    • In addition, a Royal Bank of Scotland mobile bank visits the village every Tuesday.
  • Where are We?

    • Strathcarron is some 63 miles due west of Inverness (the capital of the Highlands), and lies just at the head of Loch Carron (a sea loch).
    • A link to a zoomable map is included on the "Links" Page.
  • How to Get Here

    • By Road

      • The quickest route by road for those approaching from the South is via the A9 from Perth to Inverness, and then via the A832 to Achnasheen and the A890 to Strathcarron. This is the route used by most people local to the Strathcarron area when travelling to and from the south of the UK.
      • An alternative, more picturesque, westerly route can be taken by using the M8 to skirt Glasgow, and then taking the A82 via Loch Lomond and Glen Coe to Fort William; thence further north to Invergarry, and then via the A87 through Glen Shiel, and finally via the A890 to Strathcarron. This route is shorter than travelling via Inverness, but is likely to take longer - especially as you will probably wish to keep stopping to look at the scenery!
    • By Rail

      • The nearest railway station is very conveniently located right in Strathcarron village (just 1 mile from the apartment) on the Inverness/Kyle of Lochalsh line.
      • There is a regular daily service from Inverness.
    • By Air

      • The nearest airport is at Inverness (Dalcross), approximately 8 miles east of Inverness.
      • There are bus services from the airport into the city centre.
      • Car hire is available from the airport.
  • Car Hire

    • Car hire is available in Lochcarron village from the Lochcarron Garage - tel. 01520 722205.
    • Additionally, most of the national car hire companies have branches in Inverness and/or at Inverness Airport.
  • Cycle Hire

    • Cycle hire is available in Lochcarron village from the Lochcarron Garage - tel. 01520 722205.
  • Golf

    • Lochcarron has a 9-hole golf course situated approximately 0.5 mile east of the village. The course is in a superb setting alongside Loch Carron, with most attractive views across the loch. Visitors are welcome. See "Links" for more information.
  • Fishing

    • Loch, river, and sea fishing are all available in the area.
  • Walking

    • Strathcarron and the surrounding area is a paradise for those who enjoy walking, whether it be for just an hour's gentle stroll, or alternatively a more adventurous day's hill walking.
  • Dogs

    • Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Blackwood Croft by prior arrangement.
    • We ask that you please ensure that your dog is not allowed on the furniture and will not cause any damage.
    • Blackwood Croft does not have a fenced garden.
    • This is a crofting area where sheep are reared, so it is important that dogs should be kept under control at all times.
  • No Smoking

    • For the benefit of other visitors to the apartment, we ask that you please refrain from smoking in the bedrooms.
  • How to Make a Booking

    • In order to make a confirmed booking, we need to have a completed Booking Form together with a cheque payment for a deposit of 20% of the cost of your holiday.
    • The balance of the payment for your holiday is then payable 6 weeks before the start of your holiday.
    • If the start of your holiday is less than 6 weeks away at the time of booking, we need payment in full with your Booking Form.
    • In order to obtain a Booking Form, please contact us.
  • Facilities in the Apartment

    • Accommodation

      • Blackwood West Apartment has 2 bedrooms and will sleep up to 4 people.
    • Parking

      • There is ample parking space available at the side of the house.
    • Heating

      • The apartment has solid fuel central heating with radiators in each room. The solid fuel stove is situated in the sitting room.
      • There is also an electric fire in the sitting room.
      • Fuel for the stove/central heating is included in the prices.
    • Open Fire

      • There is an open fire in the sitting room - see "Heating" above for details.
    • Electricity

      • The cost of electricity is included in the price for the apartment.
    • Hot Water

      • When the central heating boiler is in use, water is heated by the boiler.
      • At other times, water is heated by an immersion heater.
    • Bed Linen & Towels

      • Bed linen is provided and is included in the price for the cottage.
      • Towels are NOT provided and you should bring your own towels with you, please.
    • Cooking

      • The kitchen is well equipped with electric cooker, microwave, and fridge.
    • Clothes' Washing/Drying

      • There is a washing machine, ironing board and iron.
    • Bath/Shower

      • The bathroom has a bath with electric shower over.
    • Shaver Point

      • There is an electric shaver point in the bathroom.
    • TV

      • There is a colour TV in the sitting room.
    • Telephone

      • There is no telephone in the apartment.
      • Mobile phones operating on O2 (formerly Cellnet) or Vodafone work well in Lochcarron village and in many parts of the surrounding area.
      • There is also some coverage for Orange.
      • Most other mobile networks are not catered for as of yet.
      • There is a public call-box at Strathcarron village, 1 mile from the apartment.

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