Heron

Heron Living Area

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Description

Heron Apartment is a new upper floor two bedroomed apartment.Heron offers a light airy and spacious modern open plan living/kitchen/dining area and has one twin bedroom and one double bedroom (king size bed). A modern family bathroom with bath and electric shower above is situated off the hallway.The building is a 19th century converted farm steading which has recently been sympathetically converted to four 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.


Sleeping Arrangements

One double bedroom (5' bed)
Two twin bedrooms with full size single beds


Directions

By Car

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( turn right if turning off the A82 from Inverness) leaving the A82 on to the B8004. 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, onto B8005. A small sign at the fork directs visitors towards Loch Arkaig and the Clan Cameron Museum

Within a mile or so 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.


By Train

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


By Air

Flights are available to and from Inverness Airport at Dalcross. Again car hire can be arranged 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 by road as before.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Sleeps (additional) 0
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathroom(s) 1

Apartment Features

  • Dishwasher
  • Cot/ Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Tumble dryer
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • Freeview / Freesat TV
  • iPod docking station
  • Wifi
  • BBQ
  • Shared garden
  • Boat mooring
  • Garden dining furniture
  • Personal meet & greet available
All facilities Dishwasher , Fridge , Oven , Microwave , Linen provided , Bath towels provided , Bedding provided , Cot/ Travel cot , Hair dryer , High chair , Iron / Ironing board , Washing machine , Tumble dryer , DVD player , CD player , TV , Satellite TV , Freeview / Freesat TV , iPod docking station , Wifi , BBQ , Shared garden , Boat mooring , Garden dining furniture , Personal meet & greet available , Pets not allowed

Parking notes Two allocated parking spaces are provided per booking in the private courtyard at the rear of the building.
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 up to two cars per apartment 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 - not suitable for large downloads etc.

Interior layout Heron Apartment is situated on the upper floor and has lovely country views from the traditional large sash windows. The main living/kitchen/dining area is a modern open plan arrangement and the two bedrooms and bright family bathroom with shower above the bath lead off from the main hall.

Local area Achnacarry Steading Apartments are situated on an isthmus between Loch Lochy and Loch Arkaig. The area 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 here. 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 the Ben ( Nevis) at Fort William or hire a mountain bike to ride along the Caledonian canal tow paths -the possibilities in this area are endless. Please visit our links area


Reviews

Overall rating

5.0 stars

Based on 4 review(s)

  • Location 5.0 stars
  • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
  • Price/Value 5.0 stars

Heron
Achnacarry, 17th/24th July 2021.

It was late at night when we arrived, so our first glimpse of the building and surroundings were shrouded by darkness, the steading looking somewhat spooky. I'd messaged ahead to announce we would be late, I was messaged straight back telling me not to worry, and that the keys would be left for us. Upon entry we were welcomed with a lovely gift of local drinks, biscuits and Scottish tablet :-)
The apartment was immaculate, very well set out, absolutely loads of storage, lovely neds and bedding and a great kitchen with absolutely everything you will need. There's no washing machine or freezer in the apartment itself, but there's a room downstairs with washing machines, dryer and a large upright freezer with dedicated compartments for each apartment. We had a late addition to our party, i made contact to ask if they minded, they didn't, and a put up bed was provided. WiFi is excellent and welcome as phone signal is pretty non existent. The grounds are absolutely stunning, such a beautiful place to relax and unwind. Just a short walk up to Loch Arkaig which is beautiful, we were lucky with the weather, so we swam here. If u cross the bridge here, though the gate at the end and turn right onto the road, you'll end up at one of my reasons for booking here, Eas Chia-Aig waterfall ( the Witches Cauldron), my favourite place ever, myself, wife, kids and friends have had many happy times here, swimming at both the bottom of the falls and the pool at the top of the falls, it's a hidden gem :-). Those brave ( or mad ) enough can jump from the falls, though please PLEASE be careful, i got very unlucky on my last day, I jumped directly into the falls and hit a submerged rock, breaking my foot :-( though it's not put me off ( I am banned from jumping tho lol )
The place really is a fantastic base for exploring the wonderful Highlands, only 25 minutes ( 11 miles single track ) from Fort William, you'll find everything you need here :-)
We are booked for Christmas week, very much looking forward to it in it's winter coat :-) and we will now be yearly visitors.
The people who run and maintain it are excellent, they are great with communication, knowledgeable of the area and are clearly passionate about what they do and of the area.
I can't recommend this place enough, absolutely wonderful break :-)
Many thanks Mark Brady and The Brady Bunch :-)

Midlothian

  • Location 5.0 stars
  • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
  • Price/Value 5.0 stars

I loved my stay at Heron and was very sad to leave after my two week stay. I thought the Steadings & Estate were a marvelous place to escape from city life and enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful surroundings. I came up to do a bit hillwalking. Heron was very clean and I didn't want for anything. I was very impressed by the internet speed and how powerful the shower was. Every evening red deer came off the hillside and wandered around the Steadings.. it was amazing. I really hope I can come back here one day.

PA

  • Location 5.0 stars
  • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
  • Price/Value 5.0 stars

The apartment is lovely and very clean. Spotless, in fact. We appreciated the milk waiting in the refrigerator so we could make tea when we arrived. We were so tired so the ability to make tea was much appreciated and a gracious touch. The location is convenient for taking day trips through the Highlands.

Heron is so comfortable. It was great having such a relaxing and cozy place to return to each day after sightseeing and hiking. The grounds are beautiful as well. We would definitely stay here again. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Alberta

  • Location 5.0 stars
  • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
  • Price/Value 5.0 stars

Everything exceeded our expectations, from the thoughtful gift basket, to the spotlessly clean, bright, tastefully decorated and comfortable rooms. The furniture was comfortable and perfectly suited to the apartment. The kitchen had everything you could need. The location is fantastic for someone who enjoys nature and/or history. Lots of great hikes, right from the doorstep. We couldn't have had a better experience. We will definitely be back! Thank you for everything!

Property manager response (17 May 2013)

Thank you for your review on your stay in Heron at Achnacarry. The location is indeed wonderful in this historic highland estate and we are delighted that you had such a lovely break here. Look forward to your next overseas trip to Achnacarry and meeting you both again ! Lorna Manager

Guestbook reviews

Fourth time lucky!! Weather was good yet again and the beauty of the surroundings unparalleled.

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The flat is fantastic and comfy. We saw deer on the hills and seals at Mallaig. Lovely walks from here, a great week, thank you.

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Excellent apartment and location. Everybody was very friendly and helpful. We felt at home.

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We've had a really great few days. The apartment is lovely - really nicely furnished & in a great setting. Don't want to go home.
D&S York

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Lovely place, beautiful scenery, great weather - what more can you ask for. D & G H Staffs.

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We're back ! and even better than the last time ! We will be back again.... F J & A IL. USA

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Superb accommodation. Stylish and comfortable. Perfect base for a Highland 'fling '. E & E Devon

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A lovely week in a beautiful tranquil location. Thank you Lorna - the apartment was spotlessly clean and you have provided everything we could have needed. R A &R Worcs.

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We have enjoyed a super week - the apartmenthas been very comfortable with everything you could wish for and lovely and clean. A great base for our walks and visits further afield.Many thanks Lorna D&R South Yorks.

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Beautiful little apartment, very comfortable. We enjoyed our stay and this was a perfect base from which to explore the west coast. Thank you! S&P London

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Thanks for a great week Lorna & Alan, nothing was too much trouble. Loved the estate and the stags visiting each evening. Scotland in March was beautiful - no midges ! D&K Northumberland

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Lovely apartment. Beautiful location. Had a great week exploring the surrounding areas. Weather fair. Will be back !
TK Peterborough

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Beautiful location, spacious, modern apartment with lots of lovely homely touches. British summer gave us rain but the scenery & location made up for weather xxx
TS Norfolk

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Lorna, we have a wonderful holiday. Absolutely fantastic apartment. Thanks for the very nice days.
PB. Holland

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Thanks for the very nice 11 days in this fantastic and beautiful apartment.
LD. Germany

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Wonderful & very nicely done. Great walk to the falls & lake behind. Our base camp for Inverness, Oban, F. William and Isle of Skye-loved the visit here.
RL Atlanta USA

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Best place we've ever stayed in, THANK YOU ! Tranquil, comfortable, quiet and everything you could wish for ! We will be back :) Loved all the deer too.
SL Nottingham

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Excellent apartment in beautiful surroundings. Fantastic scenery right on the doorstep. The deer (magical) !!

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Enjoyed the stay very much. Relaxing and cosy accommodation ! Hope to return soon !

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Everything was wonderful. We had a great visit - thank you so much. We will definitely return.

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Very comfortable, relaxing. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Absolutely fantastic apartment ! We will be back.

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