Curlew is a new split level one bedroomed apartment. There is a spacious kitchen leading to a comfortable living/dining area, there is one double bedroom and toilet/shower romm located upstairs. Curlew is the corner flat of Achnacarry Steading Apartments, a 19th century converted farm steading which has recently been sympathetically converted to five individual and charming modern self catering apartments. The steading is situated in the heart of Achnacarry Estate which is home to the chief of the Clan Cameron, Donald Cameron of Lochiel who lives at nearby Achnacarry Castle.
The River Arkaig, a few hundred yards away runs from Loch Arkaig to Loch Lochy. With lochs,mountains,wildlife, wonderful walks and cycle tracks on the doorstep Achnacarry is an ideal retreat for an active outdoor or peaceful holiday and the apartments themselves are well appointed providing everything you need for a superb self catering break.
Achnacarry is also well placed as a base to tour and discover the west coast and the islands.
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From Fort William follow the A82 north into Spean Bridge. In this small village, immediately after crossing the River Spean, the A82 branches off to the left and rises steeply. Follow this route, still on the A82, until arriving at the Commando Memorial, above Spean Bridge.
At this point turn left leaving the A82 and on to the B8004 ( turn right if coming off the A82 from Inverness). This road leads to Mucomir and Gairlochy. Two miles along the waters of Loch Lochy flow through a scenic channel, cut when the Caledonian Canal was constructed.
Passing over the channel at Mucomir, proceed along the road until crossing the Caledonian Canal
After crossing the Caledonian Canal the road to Achnacarry forks to the right on to the B8005. A small sign at the fork directs visitors towards Loch Arkaig and the Clan Cameron Museum.
Approximately 2.5 miles along this road a sign will be seen on the left: Achnacarry Steading Apartments. Drive through the gates carrying on until you come to the Museum. Carry on past the Museum and the Achnacarry Steading Apartments are ahead. Bearing left, parking is at the rear of the steading building.
There is a train station in Spean Bridge and car hire can be arranged in advance to be collected at the station. The London Euston to Fort William train ( sleeper) provides a direct route.
Flights are available to and from Inverness Airport at Dalcross. Again car hire can be arranged in advance taking the Road to Inverness and South to Fort William and turning right off the A82 on to the B004 to Achnacarry at the Commando monument and following on as above 'by car' directions.
Alternatively you can fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow airports. From either of these airports it is approximately a 3 hr drive to Achncarry via Fort William.
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- Sleeps 2
- Bedrooms 1
- Bathroom(s) 1
- Cot/ Travel cot
- High chair
- DVD player
- iPod docking station
- Shared garden
- Boat mooring
- Garden dining furniture
- Personal meet & greet available
Parking notes There is one allocated car parking space for this apartment in the private courtyard area to the rear of the apartments, although space exists for a second car should this be required.
There is a 15 mph speed limit within estate grounds.
Exterior Situated in the heart of Achnacarry estate in a scenic sheltered glen, the apartments have a lawned area of garden to the front and a pretty courtyard to the rear of the building.The building retains its original whinstone facade with traditional large sash windows and the original bell tower with weathervane atop. There is ample car parking for all five apartments and a covered cycle rack area is provided for the serious, or not so serious, mountain biker. A shared drying/laundry room is provided in a separate room in part of the courtyard complex and provides an area to hang up your outdoor clothes and boots, waders etc.
Picnic tables and bar-b-ques are available free of charge. An outdoor smoking area is provided with ashtrays as strictly no smoking within the apartment.
NB Mobile phone reception is poor/non existent in the immediate area, signal becomes available in general towards Spean Bridge. There is a public payphone a couple of hundred yards away on the estate that accepts all payment cards. Wi-fi is perfect for keeping in touch/browsing.
Interior layout Curlew is the smallest of our apartments with ground floor access in the corner of the courtyard. The main entrance leads directly into the kithen area with the living room/dining room directly adjacent to this. Upstairs you will find the toilet/shower room and a comfortable bedroom looking out onto the hillside behide the apartments.
Local area Achnacarry Steading Apartments are situated on an isthmus between Loch Lochy and Loch Arkaig. The local landscape is full of natural beauty and has been a popular location for filming both for the film screen and TV. From 1942 to 1945 the grounds were handed over to the British Military and were home to over 25000 commandos who underwent rigorous training. Achnacarry became known as 'Castle Commando' and today many commandos and their families come back to visit the area and remember their forebears who trained here. The Achnacarry Museum is situated in the grounds and is well worth a visit.
Aonach Mor is a few miles away and offers winter snowsports and summer mountain biking and walks. You can take a gondola ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy a meal in the Pinemarten restaurant.
Achnacarry Country Pursuits operate from the Estate and offer a wide variety of activities for individiuals and families from fishing, to argocat wildlife tours and stalking ( in season)
You may want to tackle the footpath to the top of Ben Nevis or hire a mountain bike to ride along the Caledonian canal tow paths -the possibilities in this area are endless.
Spacious and comfortable flat, facilities very good, especially washing and drying. A lovely locality relative isolation and beauty of the country side . Made a welcome change to city living.
- 20 Aug 2016Curlew Anonymous guest
Lovely cosy flat. Enjoyed swimming in the loch here and canoeing in the sea at Mallaig. Many thanks.,
- 07 Jul 2016Curlew Anonymous guest
Lovely stay here in Achnacarry. Flat very clean and comfortable in beautiful and peaceful setting.
- 02 Jul 2016Curlew Anonymous guest
Warm and dry week but not good for fishing Loch Arkaig and Lochy. An exciting day at Loch Blar with 8 fish, Quite a walk to the loch but worth it. Visited Glenfinnan, Glenuig, Salen, Strontian, Fort William, Fort Augustus and Glen Morriston.
Walks around the estate to Inver Mallie, enjoyed the wildlife, many red deer close to the steading.
- 21 May 2016Curlew Anonymous guest
Enjoyed the stay, flat very clean and comfy. Had hoped to have climbed the hills, but too windy, will have to make another visit.
- 30 Apr 2016Curlew Anonymous guest
Lovely clean flat, loved all the matching oak furniture, facilities and scenery- my husband and I felt very relaxed during our time here.
- 24 Mar 2016Curlew Anonymous guest
Great wee flat, so comfortable and spotlessly clean. Everyone at the estate very friendly and we were made welcome from 1st arriving . Enjoyed watching wildlife from our flat window & the stars at night - Amazing!!! Would definitely come back!!
- 04 Feb 2016Curlew Anonymous guest
Thankyou so much for all your help with all of our work! Thank you from all of the team here at Commando Spirit!
- 14 Sep 2015Curlew Anonymous guest
Had a lovely 5 night stay here, everything at hand. Enjoyed meeting the clan chief and taking in the wonderful views. Great place to stay would definitely come back, Thanks Astie, for making this possible.
- 04 Jul 2015Curlew Anonymous guest