People dream about log cabins overlooking lakes, with expansive and spectacular views of mountains. It’s fair to say that not too many of them exist in reality. Of those that do, most are financially penalising to all but those with the deepest pockets. Consequently, when one becomes available that is affordable and does have an amazing location to boast of, you have to grab it with both hands. That’s exactly what we did on our latest trip up to Scotland when we stayed in Gairlochy Bay.
Located close to Spean Bridge and just 20 minutes north of Fort William, Gairlochy Bay log cabin is perfectly located on the banks of the Caledonian Canal on the very section that opens into beautiful Loch Lochy. Looking out onto this tranquil stretch of water might be enough in itself for some people but, when you can gaze into the distance at Ben Nevis and its surrounding peaks, this place becomes very special indeed. When you then factor in that it’s on the doorstep of the Nevis Range and only a short drive away from both Glencoe and the Cairngorms National Park, the location could not be better for outdoor families. From canoeing and kayaking on the canal, river and loch that you can access directly from the log cabin itself, to the famous mountain, climbing and skiing opportunities that surround you; this is an adventurers paradise.
Gairlochy Bay log cabin caters for up to eight people. With two spacious double rooms, each with their own en-suite, located upstairs, couples or greedy bed hoggers who need a little more room for themselves are more than catered for.
Downstairs, on the ground floor, there are two additional single rooms which share a bathroom. Three bathrooms between four bedrooms will certainly mean privacy isn’t an issue if you’re holidaying with extended family or friends. Furthermore, two additional pull-out beds can be used and placed in any of the bedrooms, which is perfect for younger members of your group.
The living space not only has great views out onto the water and across to the mountains, but is large enough to accommodate a lodge filled to capacity. Supplied with a TV and a selection of board games, you have ample entertainment available once you’ve finished adventuring for the day. Moreover, the fact that you can enjoy these in front of the glow and warmth of a log burner makes cold autumn evenings even more snug and content.
Elsewhere, the large dining room and kitchen, which form the other part of the open plan ground floor, come equipped with everything you need to cook up a storm after a long day in the mountains.
We can’t recommend Gairlochy Bay log cabin highly enough. It has a handful of static caravans for company along the canal side (the nearest of which is still far enough away to offer privacy) and may be a long way away from our North Wales home by car. As the log cabin is located at the end of the local water supply it’s also necessary to either boil any drinking water or buy it bottled water as a precaution. The track down to the cabin is a little bumpy, but take your time and it poses no problem. These issues, however, for this log cabin, in this location, with these views, are nothing more than a minor hiccup. We love the place and WILL DEFINITELY be returning. Hopefully next October half term.
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