The Brochs Of Coigach

Self Catering

The Brochs Of Coigach, Polbain, Achiltibuie, Ross-shire, IV26 2YW

    The Brochs of Coigach, artistic and architectural gems in one of Britain's most outstanding National Scenic Areas and finalists of the 2013 and 2014 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, raise self-catering holidays on an entirely new level.

    The Brochs of Coigach are modern recreations of an ancient concept. They belong to the very few properties that carry a 5 star rating by VisitScotland and have been accredited with the demanding Gold standard of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS). They have been shortlisted by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) for the 2011 Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award which is, with a prize money of 25.000 pounds, both the largest architectural prize in the UK and one of the most significant architecture awards in the world. The leading German travel magazine MERIAN lists The Brochs of Coigach as one of the 100 Best Dream Destinations for Two in the world - the only destination in the British Isles that made it into the list. We have been finalist in the 2013 and 2014 Highlands and Islands Tourism awards.

    The Brochs sit within four acres of their own ground at the end of a private farm track. They are works of art as much as the most luxurious holiday houses you can think of. Each window frames stunning views of the coastline, the sea, the islands and the mountains. Inside, they are furnished with original works of arts by leading contemporary Scottish artists and artists with Scottish connections, such as John Bellany, Will MacLean, Peter Howson and Tracey Emin.

    Scàl's Broch is a large one bedroom hide-away with an open plan kitchen and dining area, sitting and observation room, and a grand bath and sauna. Gille Buidhe's Broch is the ultimate holiday destination for the most demanding visitors, incorporating a huge observation and drawing room, three further rooms, a large kitchen and a sumptuous bathroom with sauna. It is available from two days for any period you wish. It can accommodate up to four people. For families, we can convert a studio room into an additional single bed room.

    Each Broch has a large, panoramic wildlife and nature observation area with completely uninterrupted views to the shore and across to the Summer Isles and the mountain ranges beyond.

    Gille Buidhe and Scàl were two brothers who are said to have been the first people to settle Coigach, a remote peninsula on the wild northwest coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Polbain by Achiltibuie is one of a number of small hamlets on this peninsula which abuts from the mainland into the Minch, a broad waterway that separates the mainland from the Outer Hebrides.

    The revered Scottish poet Norman MacCaig called this landscape 'masterless and intractable in any terms that are human.' It is one of the most unspoiled and pristine areas of Europe. One might observe a sea eagle hunting for fish or hear the haunting call of the rare Great Northern Diver. Porpoises and minke whales come this way. Occasionally, pods of bottle nose dolphins pass by, jumping in and out of the water as if for pure joy. Seals are always abundant. Despite its remote location, there is a highly rated restaurant in the vicinity. There are opportunities for hill walking, climbing, sea kajaking, sailing, surfing and motor cruises.

    5 Self Catering
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Accommodation Type

    • Brochs


    • Children Welcome
    • Cot Available


    • Internet Access
    • Smoking Restricted

    Languages Spoken

    • German Speaking


    • Coastal Location
    • Remote Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View

    Special Requirements

    • Allergy Sufferers
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People


    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop


    • Dishwasher
    • Drying Facilities
    • Electric Cooker
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Kitchen
    • Linen Provided
    • Log Fire
    • Private Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Towels Provided
    • WC EnSuite
    • Wash Hand Basin
    • Washing Machine

    Health & Wellbeing

    • Sauna Available

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player
    • Garden
    • Hi-Fi
    • No Television
    • Radio
    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • BACS


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Parking
    • Private Parking

    Road Directions

    25 miles from Ullapool, take the road to the north, after 10 miles branch off to the left, follow the single track road that winds through a spectacular valley for 12 miles, turn left at T-junction, after 2 miles turn right where it is signposted towards Polbain, the road dips down to the sea and climbs up a hill past a disused salmon station. In Polbain you see a sign "The Brochs of Coigach - Reception" in front of a yellow house.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- Ullapool

    Getting there by railway:- Overnight sleeper from London to Inverness. There you will have to hire a car. 82 miles

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Flights from Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester. From there 85 miles by car.

    Getting there by ferry:- There is a ferry from the Western Isles to Ullapool. 25 miles from Ullapool.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp, lift or stair lift


    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • with a ramp
    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities

    General Questions

    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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