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Croft Lochyside

7.2

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General

  • Croft campsite at the foot of Ben Nevis
  • Accommodation in 'wee round house' with stove, electricity...
  • Friendly owners with extensive local knowledge

You'll likely have a lot of love for near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Well, look at the pics – how could you not?

The location here is lovely: on the family croft of Nicky and Donald, at the foot of Ben Nevis and on the shores and of Loch Linnhe – and with Highland cows hanging around who are quite the posers when walkers stop to snap a shot.

And the accommodation is topping, in the croft's 'wee round house' set up for glamping guests who enjoy being in the remote outdoors but who also want some cosy comforts. It has a woodburning stove and a gas cooker – firewood and gas is supplied – and electricity from a leisure battery charged up from a solar panel.

And you'll likely have a lot of love too for the space just outside the wee round house, which has seating and a fire area to make toast over the fire or have a barbecue – all among the backdrop of these spectacular views.

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7.2

Overall rating based on 14 reviews

 

64% would recommend this site to a friend.

64% would stay here again.

 

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A little gem of a place within a reach of great walks. 03/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Klara S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Very original and well equipped wee house with a fantastic view over Ben Nevis. We stayed 3 nights with my husband, our two little sons and a dog and we had a brilliant time. The house is quite small but it has all you need: 2 bunk beds, cooker and a sink, water tank and all cooking utilities. There is also a little log burning stove that heats up the house in no time. (Logs provided). Outside there is a seating area which we also used.
    The croft owner also called in to check how we got on and was very friendly and helpful. Our boys loved the Highland cows grazing in the nearby field as well as the house. They still talk about our time there!
    I would recommend everyone to stay in this special little house!

    Disliked: 

    Access to the site was still work in progress when we came. Also no showering facilities.

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Absolutely fantastic! Great owner, really helpful. Lovely scenery 09/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Chloe D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    Everything

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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perfect location for climbing Ben Nevis with good facilities 03/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michael S. Confirmed

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    the location, the privacy it was easy to find and the log burner helped us dry our clothes after a very we day climbing Ben Nevis

    Disliked: 

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excellent base for visiting beautiful surroundings 24/08/2016

Reviewer's country: Italy Claudio S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    Setting. Clean

    Disliked: 

    No shower.

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Very disappointed. Didn't realise we'd booked to stay on a building si 22/08/2016

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    Friendly owner. Liked the cows.

    Disliked: 

    Location terrible. Toilet needs massive attention.

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Not what it's made out to be..... 08/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Heather S. Confirmed

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    The view of Ben Nevis.
    The look of the round house on the outside.
    The cleanliness of the inside.
    Small grass area for kids to play at the side with nice picnic table.
    Close to Fort William and nice tourist attractions.

    Disliked: 

    The construction yard at the rear of the round house/access point to the round house.
    The new build being worked on by joiners, hammering away until 9.30pm, at other side of the round house.
    The council housing estate on the other side of the hedge where your composting toilet (actually a portaloo) is located.
    The portaloo.
    No power points in house (to charge a mobile phone for example).
    There was no fire pit.
    Bunk beds were tapered at ends due to round design of house.
    Not much height/room between btm and top bunk.
    No contact from the owners, other than when we called to say we had arrived and we were told the code to access the key box on the round house to gain entry.
    This place is being made out to be something it is not and we don't like that.
    It is not on a farm, it is not on the shore of a loch or at the foot of Ben Nevis.
    Yes, they may be in the area and there is a couple of highland cows fenced in at one side of the round house but strangely enough they didn't seem to want clapped.
    Have a look on google maps/street view and you will see for yourselves people.
    (We have nothing against council estates btw, it's just that we weren't expecting one to be on our doorstep).
    We booked 2 nights, but after staying just 1 night and visiting all the attractions that we planned to on the first 2 days we just went back home.
    Owner was emailed to let him know how we felt. We got no response.
    This place is not as described, please be aware people!

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Basic accommodation 07/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Robert R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    Nothing

    Disliked: 

    There was a strong smell of burnt wood which was so intense. We didn't even stay. Left after 30 mins of being there. Location not that remote as we expected. Car garage operating at the entrance also it was located at the edge of a council estate.

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freundlicher Vermieter,gemütliche Hütte 30/07/2016

Reviewer's country: Germany Maria W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    Gemütlich mit Holzofen, bei gutem Wetter schöne Sicht zum Ben Nevis.

    Disliked: 

    Keine sanitären Anlagen, Tisch fehlt

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Excellent wee round house, clean, lovely friendly owners. Kids adored 24/07/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Merriol B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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  • Liked: 

    The pitch and house, the décor (kids loved the wee men), the clever kitchen, the STOVE!!

    Disliked: 

    The toilet - but that is a bit unfair as we were very grateful for the toilet. It was clean, and worked. But as you have to pick something that was the least favourite part.

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Lovely little hut which is perfect for a base camp 23/07/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alastair j. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Very easy to find and the way the keys are worked makes it extremely efficient for early departure or late arrival.
    The log burner gets the hut amazingly hot.

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Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

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Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

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Groups welcome

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Location

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  • 105 Lochyside, Caol Inverness, Highlands and Islands, Scotland, PH33 7BA
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 56.8356°N 5.0990°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Fort William Bus Station — 1.1 miles
Spean Bridge: Bus Shelter Coach Stop — 7.7 miles
Corran (Highland): Bus Stop on A82 — 9.4 miles
Train stations
Banavie Rail Station — 0.5 miles
Corpach Rail Station — 1.0 miles
Fort William Rail Station — 1.1 miles
Ferry ports
Camusnagaul Ferry Landing — 1.1 miles
Fort William Ferry Landing — 1.4 miles
Nether Lochaber Ferry Terminal — 9.4 miles
Airports
Oban (North Connel) Airport — 28.1 miles

Directions


Arriving at Fort William head out on the Inverness road until you get to the BP station then turn left across Lochy Bridge followed by another left at the Farm Foods store. Driving along the Lochyside Road you will pass a primary school and you will be following the river. Just as you enter the village of Caol to your left you will look up the field and see the .

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

There's lots to do near , especially if you ask Donald and Nicky for tips: they're keen walkers and canoeists, and are more than happy to share their knowledge of these and other activities in the area like cycling, diving, fishing and skiing.

One of the prettiest walks in the area – admittedly quite a high bar – starts straight from the croft to the shore front of Loch Linnhe, and from there all the way to Corpach along the shore. If the tide is out, walk out to the island and back along the river at the estuary.

The Caledonian Canal with Neptune's Staircase is also within walking distance, as is the gondola of Nevis Range and a treetop climbing course for when Ben Nevis has been tackled.

When you're in this area, a trip on the steam train to Mallaig is a must for its spectacular views: if you've seen the Hogwarts Express steaming north in the Harry Potter films you'll know how it spectacularly looks...

Donald's also pretty knowledgeable on local history – Lochabar is steeped in it from the Jacobite uprising to the training of the commandos – and will be around to whet appetites for anyone interested in the same.

And speaking of appetites, plenty of places are nearby for food, drinks and occasional live music, like the Lochy Bar, the Moorings Hotel and the Trade Winds Bar within walking distance and the Achintee Inn at the start of the Ben Nevis footpath, for nosh and a pint after your hike up the Ben.

Must see

  • Ben Nevis Distillery (1.0 miles)
  • Nevis Range Cable Cars (1.0 miles)
  • Treasures of the Earth (1.2 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Terms and conditions

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Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

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