Respecting The Local Community: eat, drink, and shop local!
Responsible Tourism is more than a hashtag or installing eco-lightbulbs. Our version of manifesting ourselves as a 'force for good' is demonstrated by our commitment to people, place and planet. Let's start with people. Since 2020 we have offered accommodation in support of fundraisers for Bowel Cancer UK, Alzheimer Scotland and the Royal Osteoporosis Society. In 2022 we signed up to Visit Scotland's 'ScotSpirit' holiday voucher scheme that enables unpaid carers and low-income individuals to have a break and we were delighted to host some guests through that scheme.
Place: we support locally-owned businesses ourselves and there is a strong focus on this in the extensive information pack we send guests prior to arrival. We offer locally-made toiletries in The Cottage and encourage guests to enjoy all that the local High Street has to offer, giving details of many businesses.
Planet: we have many measures in place to reduce our impact on the environment: eco-friendly cleaning products; easy separation waste-types at the accommodation; a green energy supplier for our home and business; energy-efficient lighting and appliances throughout; tap water in glass bottles for you in the fridge. Our tap water is so good, we make whisky with it!
We promote and encourage cycling in this area, particularly on the traffic-free routes such as NCN 78 (see also: The great out (and in) doors). There is hardly a better way to appreciate the landscape and surroundings than by taking it slowly by bike or on foot. Bicycles and e-bikes can be hired nearby but bring your own if you can.
Yes, you can get here by bus! We’re very near the A82 and there is a bus stop close to us that serves regional buses from Inverness and Skye in the north and from Glasgow in the south (see CityLink for travel details; our stop is North Ballachulish). Getting here by train: Fort William is our nearest station (12 miles away) and from there local buses or taxis can bring you here quite easily.
Fun fact: ScotRail’s West Highland Line has space for up to 20 bikes from 2021.
Local buses serve Fort William, Kinlochleven, Ballachulish and Oban.
We hope you’re the kind of traveller who enjoys exploring an area for more than one quick day to get an Insta-hit. A more leisurely pace enables visitors to appreciate the place more by ‘doing’ less. If you value rest, community, locality and sustainability, stay with us and enjoy a more meaningful relationship with this incredible area we call home. Exploring on foot, by bicycle or using local buses are some ways visitors can discover the unique charm of this locality. To encourage you to do so, we reward you with discounts for staying longer. What’s not to like?
Our accommodation is ideally placed for maintaining privacy and safety for you, as the space is only for a maximum of 2 people and all guest areas are at a safe distance from our entrances and neighbours.
We won’t bore you with the details but, should you be interested, we have a folder of information relating to sanitation procedures, risk assessment and certifications to demonstrate we take this stuff seriously. Ultimately, though, we just want you to relax.
We are following industry guidance closely in relation to Covid sanitation and safety procedures, and have the following measures in place:
We’ll update this as new information or requirements arise.
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Please let us know when booking whether you’d prefer 1 super-king size bed or 2 twins.