Known as the Jewel of the Highlands, Plockton is a picturesque village in Lochalsh, Wester Ross. Backed by a rugged landscape of heather and pines, it lies on the shores of Loch Carron, facing east, away from the prevailing winds. The village’s sheltered location has created a mild climate, allowing New Zealand cabbage palm trees to flourish along the waterfront, where fishing boats and yachts can be seen bobbing in the bay. It has appeared in several films and TV series, including The Wicker Man and Inspector Alleyn Mysteries. Plockton began life as a fishing village, and is home to many pretty 18th and 19th century fishermen’s cottages.
Achnandarach Lodge is a beautiful Swiss chalet perched atop a hill near Kyle of Lochalsh in Ross-Shire. The pet-friendly cottage boasts spectacular views of Skye from its large balcony. The beautiful gardens sit under pine trees. The charming interior features an open fire and luxury furnishings.
There are a number of distinctive landmarks to look out for on self-catering holidays in Plockton, including the graceful Church of Scotland, designed by Thomas Telford. Just outside the village, Duncraig Castle is a magnificent stately home built by a wealthy family who made their money in the opium trade. You will find a variety of independent businesses in the village centre, including Plockton Stores, which sells a range of local produce. Mackenzie’s Craft Shop sells gifts and local books, and Studio offers unique pieces by local craftspeople. There are three hotels in the village, with public bars serving a fine selection of whiskies.
Many lovely walks can be found on the doorstep of Plockton holiday cottages, including a stroll across the sand to a little island at low tide, and the more strenuous trek to a hilltop TV mast, from which breathtaking views across the Highlands can be enjoyed.
Calum’s Seal Trips run regular cruises around the islands of Plockton Bay, with a full refund if no seals are spotted. The village has attracted artists for many years, and Miram Drysdale runs painting courses, which you may wish to attend during your stay in a Plockton holiday cottage.