A Kilchoan holiday cottage is a great choice if you want to discover the majestic mountains and lochs of the Scottish Highlands. Kilchoan is Britain’s most westerly village with a population of around 150. Approached by a single-track road, it remains a remote location surrounded by the calm, glistening waters of the Sound of Mull. Kilchoan lies on the Highlands’ craggy Ardnamurchan Peninsula, in Lochaber, and is little more than a series of old, stone homes, scattered along the coastal road. On the doorstep of Kilchoan holiday cottages, you will find a grocery and post office. Nearby, the Kilchoan Hotel has a lively public bar with roaring fires, impromptu live music sessions and an impressive range of whiskies, with special bottlings from the nearby Adelphi Distillery. The bar also serves delicious food, including the Ardnamurchan Estate Burger, made with the finest local beef, and fresh fish straight from the peninsula’s harbours. Just east of the village, the ruins of 13th century Mingarry Castle perch on a dramatic ridge of rock overlooking the sea.
Kilchoan is a popular stop for travellers taking the Calmac ferry, which crosses the Sound of Mull between the village and Tobermory. Wildlife along the crystal-clear shoreline is abundant, from otters and seals to sea eagles and golden eagles. As you explore the wild, rocky peninsula, look out for deer, pine martens and the elusive Scottish wildcat. Self-catering holidays in Kilchoan would be incomplete without a hike to the 528m summit of Ben Hiant for spectacular views towards Mull, Skye, Rum and Eigg. The Ardnamurchan Peninsula is home to glorious sandy beaches and calm, azure waters. A scenic 20-minute drive across the peninsula, Sanna Bay is a stunning beach, backed by a maze of windswept dunes. Even in the middle of summer, it is a quiet spot where passing dolphins and whales are often spotted.