We are located on the North West coast of Scotland about 70 miles west of the City of Inverness which has good transport links to the rest of the UK. Both properties are situated at the southern end of the village of Shieldaig - opposite the pier.
You need access to a car in order to travel around this remote area which has very limited public transport. Please note many of the local roads are single track.
There are two routes to reach us by road from the south
Via Fort William
From Glasgow take the A82 up the side of Loch Lomond to Crianlarach, across Rannach Moor and down Glencoe to Fort William. Continue on the A82 (sign-posted Inverness) to Invergarry. Here turn Left onto the A87 towards Kyle of Lochalsh. Shortly after passing Eilean Donan Castle turn right onto the A890 to Lochcarron - this road is single track in places so drive with care. After crossing the railway line at Strathcarron you come to a T junction. Turn Left onto the A896. This takes you through Lochcarron village. Continue on this road to Shieldaig - again single track in places. As you approach Shieldaig you go over a cattle grid and the road forks - take the Left fork along the coast over another cattle grid. Pier House and The Cottage are on your Right opposite the pier.
The above route takes you through dramatic Highland scenery but can be quite slow if the roads are busy.
It will take about 5 hours to get here from Glasgow
From the M74 follow signs for Stirling and then Perth. Pick up the A9 at Perth and keep on this road to Inverness. Do not go into the City Centre but keep on the by-pass following signs for Dingwall and Ullapool. Go over the Kessock Bridge. At the next large roundabout the A9 continues northwards and you need to take the second exit onto the A835 for Ullapool. Continue on this road - do not turn into Dingwall unless you need to get some shopping. You pass through Contin and Garve. Shortly after leaving Garve turn Left onto the A832 for Gairloch. At Achnasheen continue straight on at the roundabout. In the middle of Kinlochewe turn Left onto the A896. This takes you through Glen Torridon and is mostly single track road with passing places. Drive carefully. At Torridon follow the road to the Left - it now becomes two track all the way to Shieldaig. On reaching the Shieldaig sign it is easiest to continue on the upper road. As you come down the hill you will see a very sharp Right turning heading back into the village along the coast. Take this and Pier House and The Cottage are on your Right. Alternatively, particularly if you have a trailer, at the Shieldaig sign turn Right and take the lower road through the village. We are the last but one houses on your Left before you rejoin the main road.
The above route takes about 3.5 hours from Perth.
Inverness Airport is about 1 hour 45 minute drive from Shieldaig. There are flights from many UK destinations such as London (Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow), Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast, East Midlands and Bristol and also the international hubs of Dublin and Amsterdam.
Alternatively, it is possible to get here by flying to one of the other major Scottish airports and then driving It takes about 5 hours to drive from Glasgow Airport, 4.5 hours from Edinburgh Airport and 3.75 hours from Aberdeen Airport.
There are frequent Intercity rail services from London, Glasgow and Edinburgh to Inverness. This includes the Caledonian night sleeper which leaves London Euston at approximately 9pm and arrives in Inverness at 8am the following morning. The return journey runs to similar timings in the opposite direction.
The famous Kyle branch line runs from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh - one of the best rail journeys in the UK. There are 4 trains daily each way Monday to Saturday (2 trains each way on Sundays in summer but only 1 each way in winter). Our nearest stations are Achnasheen 27 miles from Shieldaig (50 minute drive) and Strathcarron about 19 miles from Shieldaig (40 minute drive). There are no taxis available at either station but the local bus does meet some trains at Strathcarron - see bus section.
Please check train times with SCOTRAIL.
There is a local minibus (Service 702) run by DMK Motors which connects with the 2 morning trains from Inverness and the lunchtime one to Inverness. It leaves Shieldaig Stores at 11.40 daily (Monday to Saturday) and returns at about 13:30.
Lochcarron garage (Service 704) runs a minibus to Inverness and back on Wednesdays and Saturdays - booking is essential - 01520 722205
Long distance buses operate between Inverness and major UK cities.
All the major car rental companies, and a local company Focus Vehicle Hire, operate out of Inverness Airport and Inverness Railway Station
It is thus possible to reach The Cottage or Pier House by public transport from London - night sleeper from Euston to Inverness, train to Strathcarron and then mini-bus to the front door. It takes about 15 hours with excellent connections.
Leave London late evening, sleep on the train and have lunch in the garden - perfect!