We are always pleased to receive comments, good or bad but we’ve been thrilled to receive such positive comments from our guests. We welcome any suggestions on how we might improve the cottage or our website for future visitors. A big thank you to those who have taken time to give us feedback. We have taken note of suggestions such as an outside tap for washing muddy boots and dogs, a spatula in the kitchen and have installed wifi and a wood burning stove. (Comments below are taken directly from our guest book as such we are not always up to date in transcribing them)
Wonderful stay in lovely cottage with super comfy beds. We had spectacular weather which tempted us up Suilven and Quinag. We also made our first attempt at successfully traversing the Arkle-Foinavon 'horseshoe' - which left me weak at the knees! Lovely cycling and walking towards Stoer yesterday. Hope to be back. (M&S 13th - 18th March 2016)
Wonderful week for our third time here. Thanks for the wine and biscuits - cheared us up when the heating wasn't working. Incredible spring weather most of the week, Best walk was the Inver River (in the folder) spectacular vews. Culag woods was also good but dont do in wet weather. We will be back.
(H&J 5th-12th March 2016)
We have had an amazing week in this beautiful house. I'll be telling everyone that this is the place to be. This is a home from home, with all the things you would need. We've been super warm all week and the log fire was well used after a snowy mussel picking episode on the beach. Hopefully next time we'll get to see the badger! Though we did enjoy bird watching. Fantastic week.
(L, P, L, ND, H&L 13th-20th Feb 2016)
Simply superb accommodation which suited our needs perfectly. I have stayed in many self-catering cottages in the past and this is easily the best equiped with every small detail considede. I will be recommending it to friends without hestitation, and am already looking forwards to returning to this stunning part of the world! (T,C & M 23rd - 30th January 2016)
This was our 3rd stay. We really enjoyed our stay. The cottage being warm and cosy just what you need when the weather has been as bad as it has. Dogs really enjoy the beaches. Hope to come back next year maybe. The weather might be kinder (T,S,K&B 5th-12th December 2015)
A lovely cottage well equipped to suit all needs set in a peaceful location. Had a great stay in this 'Cosy cottage' Thank you for the biscuits, wine and milk. Went down well. Great time
(J&S 8th - 14th November 2015)
A lovely relaxing holiday - All three of us (Dog also) enjoyed the small walks and the beaches. Think we saw an otter at clashnessie today. Wine and biscuits went down well. Back next year.
(P,I&B 31st October - 7th November 2015)
Lovely Autumnal week roaming the hills and beaches, eating well and enjoying this warm and comfy cottage in its delightful setting. Great food at the Lochinver Mission and the Caberfeidh. Really recommend the walk up Quinag for mountain lovers - a wee bit challenging but pretty straight forward and amazing views. I hope we will be back soon. (B,T,S,W&P 17th - 24th October 2015)
Another lovely stay at your fantastic cottage, even better than we remebered. (The best cottage we've stayed in and we've stayed in cottages in England / Scotland / Ireland / Wales!) The scenery, beaches and walks are astounding and seemed to breathe new life into our old dod, she will miss Achmelvich. We can recommend all the local establishments for eating out, including Peet's and An Cala Cafe (The Caberfeidh is great for fish lovers) So hope to be back soon, thanks so much.
(G,L&M 3rd - 10th October 2015)
Very well equipped cottage in a lovely location. Lucky with the scottish weather for a change - did Suilven and Quinag in glorious sunshine. Badger was about but did not manage to see it unfortunately. Altogether a great week. (D, 12th - 19th September 2015)
A lot of north winds - maybe the Indian Summer will be next week. Swimming with wetsuits a great discovery! (A,N&E 22nd August - 3rd September 2015)
Superb week once again. Walks up Stac Polly and The Fiddler and walks at Stoer Lighthouse, Inverkirkaig and on Handa. Not seen much at the house but seen Minke Whales twice, and a Golden Eagle above Glen Canisp. Fantastic Holiday. (D,C,C&M 15th -22nd August 2015)
A very comfortable stay in one of our favourite places. Many recommended walks repeated - River Inver, Falls of Kirkaig and coastal paths between Achmelvich and Clachtoll. Also a v. long but rewarding climb of suilven on our one really fine day - views at the top spectacular! Amongst the walks also time to visit favourite beach at little Achmelvich, as well as Clachtoll and Clashnessie (walk to the waterfall there is also worthwhile) not to mention very nice tapas style meal at the Caberfeidh, and of course the pie shop! Thank you for a very comfortable stay (plus the welcoming gifts)
(H,H,R&K &L 8th-15th August 2015)
Lovely relaxing break in this charming cottage. Many thanks for the wine and shortbread. Loved the beaches. Recommend the meals at Kylesku Hotel and hot chocolate at Cocoa Mountain, Durness. Look out for free ranger walks at Knockan Crag - really informative. Kids loved the boat trip at Smoo Cave. Great week thanks. (S,P, N&C, D&D 31st July - 8th August 2015)
Thank you for a lovely stay in your very well equipped, pristine cottage - cosy too, which was much needed during our week's stay - weather was pretty awful except for a couple of days (only 7degrees and gale force winds today - summer in Scotland!!)
But we did manage to summit on Canisp and Quinag during our stay; our two border collies especially enjoyed the beach for swimming at Achmelvich - beautiful! And at Clashnessie! We saw the deer at dusk a couple of evenings - but no badger, sadly. Probably put off by the presence of out two dogs! Ate out twice - Lochinver Larder was wonderful and we bought pies (yummy!) to take home..... and we treated ourselves to the Albannach .... amazing food in a wonderfully ambient setting - like going back in time! Thank you for the welcome - wine, tea and shortbread - nice touch!
(K&D, M&M 18th - 25th July 2015)
A wonderful week in glorious Assynt. The house was perfect, the evening visits from the deer an added bonus. No sign of the badger this time, so there's nothing else for it - we'll have to come back again!
(D,R,I,C&V 11th-18th July 2015)
Thank you for a wonderful two weeks in such a lovely house. Assynt was awesome as always but we especially loved seeing the deer in the evening! It is a pity it has passed so quickly. Many thanks.
(T,A,F,S&A 27th June -11th July 2015)
A return visit here as the cottage is so clean, well equipped and comfortable, and a secure garden is a must for the lurchers. Achmelvich beach is close by and a bit of a longer drive Achnahaird is lovely. Saw lots of deer this time just outside the garden and on the road from Kylesku. Bought pies from the Lochinver Larder had a lovely tea and cake at Drumbeg secret Tea Garden (strongly recommended) and good meals at Peet's and Kylesku Hotel. N.B. They and Caberfeidh fill up every evening. Also lovely soup at Achins in Inverkirkaig. (K 20th - 27th June 2015)
Great week, great walks despite mixed weather - suilven, canisp, culmor and coastal walks. Lovely cottage (G,H, M&M 13th-20th June 2015)
This was a lovely cottage to stay at and to explore the local area. Everything had been thought of and it was spotless. We even saw the badger (currently visiting about 2am) The dogs loved the garden and even the mad spaniel didn't manage to escape. Thanks very much!
(P,P,M, R&S 6th-13th June 2015)
It was our second stay at your fantastic cottage and it is so well equipped. Many thanks for a wonderful week. We have enjoyed the many different walks from mountains, rivers and beaches. It is so unspoilt and hope to return soon. Would recommend the beach at Oldshoremore near kinlochbervie and the river walk in Lochinver. Thank you so much (J,P, T&B 29th May -6th June 2015)
We've had a great week, thank you for sharing your lovely cottage. Stac Pollaidh was great fun, brilliant scrambling on the top. Suilven beautiful too but v long walk! Highly recommend the pie shop in Lochinver - take away and eating in. Peets is OK but very overhyped. This is a beautiful area, we'll be back. (J&S, 16th-23rd May 2015)
We came to see the geology and climb some mountains. This place is wonderful. We had one day when the weather was the warmest in the UK. On that day we climbed Quinag. Today we have been watching an otter from the wall of the sparcar park in Lochinver. He didn't seem to mind us. This is a lovely cottage, well kitted out and well looked after. Well worth the 13 hour drive! (N 9th-16th May 2015)
We have had a glorious week, out every day even though the weather has been 'changeable". The house is lovely, spotless, comfortable and with everything one might want, a delight. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. (R,C,T and Dougal 2nd -9th May 2015)
We had a wonderful time in your beautiful cottage. Four seasons in one day as we had snow, rain, sun and wind all in one day. Great experience walking on a mountain with snow on top. The dogs loved your garden. Hope to come again (M,R, F, P, F, R, 25th April 2015)
This was our fith visit to Ruighe Cottage and we hope to come back. We had some showery weather at the beginning of the week, but it didn't stop us getting out to the hills and beaches everyday. By Thurs/Fri we sat outside in glorious sunshine into the late afternoons. The cottage is perfect; cosy, peaceful and the fenced garden prevents the dog from roaming. The woodburner is a great addition. We highly recommend the upgraded Kylesku hotel for meals - excellent fish, meat, seafood, imaginative vegetarian options, and best of all the dog gets a warm welcome too!
(L,K &Archie the terrier 17th April 2015)
Great cottage, every single thing here that we needed. Perfect for our dog (bruno). Had a wonderful holiday here. Thank you very much.!! P.S The wine and shortbread was a great touch! Thanks again.
(L,L & Bruno 11th-18th April 2015)
Beautiful cottage and peaceful. We had a lot of bad luck this holiday starting with fuel leak on our vehicle. Both the owners and the housekeeper were a terrific help ensuring things were sorted as soon as possible. Terrible weather virtually all week. Warning to next visitors – do not walk the Bone Caves if there is still snow!! My wife is going home with a broken wrist!!! Despite everything we will definitely be back for more. (H and J 28th February 2015 – 7th March 2015)
Cottage had everything we needed for a lovely stay. Weather was mixed but managed to get out most days. Left apple and peanut butter for badger, but only managed to attract birds. Hope to come again
(S and A 15th–20th of February 2015)
Day one, Just got here and found a bottle of wine very well appreciated. All of us are over the moon with the house. Didn't get much done due to the bad weather and power cut. We did Ben More Assynt and Conival so wasn't too bad considering. The worst winter in 27 years but enjoyed the stay 100% thank you very much.
P.S. did you know there are about 12 yellowhammers (birds) in the garden feeding on the seeds they should be gone to Africa by now!
(The Lads from Liverpool,12th January 2015)
Great stay at Ruighe cottage. Just as warm and cosy as last time. The first week and a half weather was great, then it started changing, the thunder, lightning, rain, hail and gales came. Were taking the dogs to both Achmelvich and Clachtoll beaches most days weather permitting. One day we went to Oldmoreshore beach. Well worth going. We had it all to ourselves. The dogs have really enjoyed themselves and we have recharged our batteries. Sorry not to have seen any deer close to the cottage like we did last time we were here. (T, S, K and B 22nd November 2014)
Another great week back here it really. Even had good weather to 6 out of the seven days. Let the cottage and all the changes since our last visit. Dogs love to garden and beaches– Especially clashed messy, Copthall and acts Melvin. Saw plenty of wildlife but sadly not at the cottage– probably due to our two German shepherds (S, L, W and C 8-25th November 2014)
A great week at Ruighe. Whether mixed but mainly fair. Achmelvich, Knockan Crag, Bone Caves, Clachtoll and Culag Woods all thoroughly explored by small boys and dog. We saw an altar, tadpoles with legs, deer and the seal at Clachtoll. Boys have been keeping nature diaries. House has been great.
(F, A, M and S 11-18th October 2014)
A lovely stay at Ruighe cottage! We will hopefully visit again and will recommend to others. Fab location, with lovely walks and amazing beaches. Thanks so much for the hospitality.
(K and R 11th October 2014 )
Enjoyed our stay once again at the cottage. First week managed to do plenty of sightseeing, fishing and walking. Weather has been a mix of good and not so good days! But we did manage to have a couple of barbecues, on several days we saw a young eagle to the left of the cottage on the hill and a young stag at the bottom of the garden in the morning – very hard to see due to the terrain. Thanks for the welcome Tray Yvonne – just what we needed after a long drive. Looking forward to our next visit
(D and B. 4 October 2014)
Another splendid week at Ruighe. The weather unbelievably good. Many good dog walks Little Assynt, Achmelvich, Clachtoll, and Culag woods. Local restaurants good as ever can highly recommend the Caberfeidh tapas selection. No wildlife at cottage but maybe our pack put them off thanks.
(L and R, B, L and P, 20th September 2014)
We've had an excellent week at Ruighe. It was in beautiful condition when we arrived – thank you Yvonne – and the weather's been fabulous. We enjoyed the wild woods week, the whale, dolphin and porpoise lecture and whale watching at Stoer Lighthouse it's been wonderful.
(H, S and D, 13 September 2014)
Great house, comfortable, well-equipped, immaculate. The secure garden is perfect for the dogs. Would recommend tea and cake at the soap and candle shop in Drumbeg and Achins at Inverkirkaig after a walk (6 September 2014)
Brilliant cottage we wanted for nothing. Beaches are great and due to the weather being great we were in the sea on numerous days plenty eating places and walks with fab red loves your garden.
(24th to 30 August 2014)
A lovely house with everything we could need. Great location with lots of great walks and scenery. Too bad that the weather wasn't great. We still really enjoyed our stay and will be back. Thank you for a great holiday. (16 August 2014 )
Amazing, well-equipped cottage. Everything that you could want. Saw several deer, but no badgers. Perhaps the dog put them off. Several enjoyable walks and daily swims including Canisp, Sandwood Bay, Bone Caves, Stac Pollaidh, Achmelvich Beach, Clachtoll Beach and Achnacaig Bay. Pubs were nice at Inchnadamph and Caberfeidh but summer Isles Hotel at Achiltibuie is not dog friendly and a bit snooty. Recommend pies at the Lochinver larder. (R and I, C, R & R, 26 July 2014)
A lovely return visit. We appreciated the improvements made since our last stay. Achmelvich beach wonderful for rock-pooling at low tide. Would recommend fish and chips from the campsite there (open Thursday to Sunday 5 to 8 PM) not the cheapest place but big portions and very good quality can't beat fish and chips eaten on the beach! (19 July 2014)
Fantastic two weeks. Weather amazing – never used so much suncream! Cottages in such a perfect location, where else can you have a barbecue whilst the deer enjoy their food just metres away. Great day on Handa with good wildlife (as always) Had some lovely walks – recommend the walk from Glencanisp Lodge, across the hill and down along the River Inver – beautiful. Traligill Caves are certainly worth walking to – some great views on the day we went we had to walk through a third of approximately 25 to 30 Stags! Highlight has to be the walk all four of us did to the top of Suilven – especially when I only planned to do the first hour. 9 1/2 hours later we got back to the car with a few blisters but massive smiles. Now I'm planning which hills to do next time we come!
(J, A, C and E, July 12, 2014)
Had a fantastic holiday. Weather was fabulous. Many trips to the pie shop! Thanks again for the cottage.
(The Kane Gang, 28 June 2014)
Lovely well-equipped cottage. Loved the Marsh orchids on the lawn. Climbed Cul Mor, saw small pearl bordered fritillaries on Kirkaig Falls walk. Back to Sunderland after 30+ years
(J and L, 21 June 2014)
A fantastic cottage so well-equipped just like home from home. In a great location with so many walks and for the best views in Scotland. Deer visited and stayed by fence for three hours, returned following morning. We enjoyed the trip up to Durness with the unspoilt beaches at Faraid Head and further along the coast past the Smooth caves (Is also worth a visit) Lighthouse at Old Man of Stoer was pleasant and saw seals in the bay below. Many thanks for the loan of your cottage!! (J and P, 14 June 2014)
We have found Ruighe wonderfully warm, comfortable and welcoming, clean and such a dog friendly garden. We would recommend the following walks: Coastline for a little way north of Achmelvich (amazing flora variety), Culag Community Woodland, Little Assynt Estate Community paths (towards Inchnadamph), Loch Croicach (about 2.5miles to NE of Achmelvich but not so far to walk as that), Fienn Loch (from Inverkirkaig) Breabeg via Inchnadamph caves, Canisp, Quinag, and Suilven (from Canisp Lodge Road). We were especially pleased to see several pairs of Ptarmigan, Ring Ouzels (and masses of cuckoos) We could also recommend the Lochinver Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) Church (10am Sunday Service) for their welcome, excellent Bible teaching and coffee afterwards.
(A, K and Kit, 10 - 24th May 2014)
Super cottage, super location, super weather - all added up to a fabulous holiday. We would like to come again. Thanks for sharing your home. (L, J & Skye, 3rd - 10th May 2014)
Had an absolutely marvellous week in a lovely comfortable house. We’ve seen the badger and loads of deer, topped off today by a spectacular golden eagle which soared above us for twenty minutes.
All recommendations were excellent and we did as much as we could including Handa Island, The Albannach Hotel and the Lochinver Larder pies
Fantastic week with stunning weather - honestly! Ruighe is a superb base from which to view the assynt area. Scenery is truly spectacular. Thanks Paul and Lis
(R,V,P, B,&R 24th April - 3rd May 2014)
We had such a lovely week and will definitely be back. The cottage as fantastic just a home from home with everything you need. Lovely bedding and overall very clean. Our golden retriever Oscar was in his element with the lovely big garden. Our two children loved exploring and particularly loved seeing the deer visiting us every evening. We spent a day at the beautiful Achmelvich Beach and did plenty of sight seeing. So there’s lots to do and see. Thank you for such a wonderful week of using your lovely cottage.
(A,A,S,C,P,J and Oscar, 12-19th April 2014)
Lovely cosy cottage - met all expectations. Perfect location - have been coming to Scotland for the past 40 years and will certainly be returning again and hopefully stay at Ruighe cottage. (R&B, 5th-12th April 2014)
Arrived on a cold dark evening to a lovely warm cottage with a tray of tea and shortbread and a bottle of wine waiting for us. Thank you very much! Ruighe is a credit to the owners and Yvonne who looks after the house.
Assynt is a wlaker’s paradise. The folder with recommedations was very useful, our favourites were Stac Pollaidh, Kirkaig Falls and Achmelvich to Alltan’abradhan . The walk to Sandwood Bay nr Kinlochbervie (not in folder) was superb. What an amazing beach!
Saw Bob the badger on our last three nights. We put peanuts (bird food, not salted) on the slabs at the front door. he comes just after dark. First time we’ve seen a badger in the wild! Can’t wait to return to Ruighe and this beautiful part of Scotland. Thanks Again
(S, P Moss and Holly, 22nd February - 6th March 2014)
Cottage lovely had a great time. Charlie the dog loved the garden and all his walks. Will be back again. (I, M, S & Charlie, 15th-22nd February 2014)
Indeed, it’s hard to find anything to write here that hasn’t already been written. The house and location are both excellent; we found it difficult to think of any home comforts that hadn’t been provided (but we made it - a spatula!) It seems obligatory to mention the wildlifeseen in the garden (or from it) Deer - yes. Pine marten and badger - no. Feeding the birds revealed Assynt’s thugs, the great tits are hugely dominant in numbers and agression. We think we disturbed a Jack Snipe almost immediteley on the other side of the fence and a mole hill appeared just beyond the pergola during our week. A walk to the top of the nearby hill with the mobile phone mast on is recommended. A track goes all but to the summit and the vews superb (about 45 mins each way) It’s so nice to come to a house with an excellent selection of books and maps about the local area. The owners also seem to have quite a good taste in DVDs. A nice place. (K&J, 25th January - 1st February 2014)
Really lovely cottage, so many nice extra touches. Comfortable and cosy. We were encouraged by your website to try a winter break and we’re glad we did. Short days give plenty of time to do a bit of local exploring and long evenings give time to relax properly and enjoy the cottage. Weather has been mild and dry. We did experience a winter storm with gusts of up to 90mph but the cottage was an ideal place to hibernate and keep safe and cosy.
Enjoyed watching deer from th breakfast table most days. Enjoyed trips to Achmelvich, Kirkaig Falls - Highly recommended Achins bookshop and coffee shop! Culag woods in Lockinver are worth a visit, would be ideal for families. The path rom Achmelvich road to Baddidarrach offers very good views. Coastal road through Drumbeg and up to Kylesku is spectacular - but steep and windy!! Stoer lighthouse worth a visit to watch the sea and views of the Outer Hebrides on a clear day. Thank you.
(N&S, 30th November - 7th December 2013)
We have had a very enjoyable week at Ruighe cottage. The cottage was very warm and welcoming after driving from Land’s End to John O’Groats and then to the cottage. The cottage was fully equipped - Home from home, and has the luxury of an open fire. We were lucky enough to see and hear the deer in the garden most nights and managed to see the badger once.
The local area is outstanding. Lovely beaches and crystal clear water. We even managed a picnic on the beach in October! Lochinver larder is a must for the pies, we even bought 10 to take home with us! Would highly recommend the cottage to family and friends. Look forward to visiting again. (T, K, L, L & F, 12 - 19th October 2013)
Thank you for letting us stay at Ruighe. It’s been a perfect base for us and you’ve really thought of everything!
We’ve enjoyed the area very much. Locally we’d recommend a walk in the Culag Woods (especially on wet days!) And a little further afield we’d recommend the fabulous road out to Stoer Lighthouse (especially on bikes) The Caberfeidh provided us with a great evening out. So, all in all, a week to remember - Thanks again! (M,A & A 5th - 12th October 2013)
Really enjoyed our two weeks here at the cottage. Very comfortable and had everything we needed. No luck seeing the badgers but we did see a young eagle and also some deer on the cliffs at the left of the cottage. managed to do plenty of walking, fishing and taking in the wonderful scenery! The coastal route to Drumbeg is a must! Looking forward to a return visit.
(D&B, 21st September - 5th October 2013)
Lovely stay in a very comfortable cottage. Fully equipped with everything you could need and very spacious. Beautiful surroundings and garden. saw the deer at the fence and possibly heard the badger!! Weather was mixed, with lots of heavy rain but we still managed a walk to the Bone Caves and the River Inver walk. Also enjoyed a lovely trip to Durness to the Smoo Caves. Surounding beaches lovely and got enough dry weather to enjoy thm. We ate in most nights but enjoyed two very nice meals at the Loch Inver Lodge (Chez Roux) and The Caberfeidh. have also stocked up on pies from the Lochinver Larder - Great choice! Overall a great stay!!
(P, L, D, K, L, A, K and Maisie, 14th -21st September 2013)
We have had a wonderful holiday here - it was well worth the four days it took to get here from Stokholm and lovely to meet the rest of the family here. Every day was fun - and we’ve had luck with the weather. Even had a quick swim today in Achmelvich. Boast boast!
It’s hard to add to the praise heaped on this house by previous visitors - but it has lived up to its promise as an exceptional holiday base in a wonderful area of Scotland. Family met here from Stockholm, Edinburgh and Norfolk - huge distances but worthwhile. It might be our eyes but we have not spotted the wildlife sen by others, although I saw a frog and slow worm - but this has not distracted from our enjoyment. Perhaps some of us will return and have better luck then. We Norfolk couple are likely to come again - a stunning place to visit.
(L,P,S,B,S &F - 6th-14th September 2013)
A lovely week spent walking the hills and coastline Climbed Stac Pollaidh, Canisp and the Fiddler and had a beautiful walk from Stoer Lighthouse up to the headland. We had a special birthday x2 dinner at the Albannach, Lochinver – superb food, not cheap! Looking forward to next year already. (D, K, C, & M, 17th–24th August 2013)
We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage. The location is just perfect with the deer coming to say hello nearly every day. (A, C, N, J, R, & W (France and Luxembourg) 10th–17th August 2013)
The holiday got off to a great start with the welcoming tray – especially the bottle of wine! Ruighe cottage we found a very comfortable cottage. Fantastic size garden - the dogs and children had lots of fun. We were so lucky with a small herd of deer including stag and two young fawns visiting us each day – even right up to the fence. With peanut butter and jam on bread – the badger came between 10.30 – 11pm each night too! A beautiful area to explore with great walks and beaches. We all have so enjoyed it, sad to leave but hope to come back. (The D’s, 27th July – 10th August 2013)
We also had a wonderful week over here. We'll recommend this address to all our friends. Thank you for staying. (D and J (Netherlands), 20th–27th July 2013)
We've had a great week at Ruighe – lovely house in idyllic location! Deer came down into the field every day and we saw Bob the badger – fantastic! We enjoyed a number of superb walks, including the Old man of Stoer and the Bone Caves these helped to burn off the calories – much needed after sampling a variety of delicious Lochinver Larder pies. Thanks for the welcome tray and bottle of wine – it was very much appreciated! Thanks also for a lovely cosy and comfortable home from home.
(A, R, H, and S, 13th–20th July 2013)
Fantastic cottage – well equipped and plenty of room. Countryside is amazing and we were able to have several lovely days on the beach.
Very comfortable living here this week with two young children, adults, grandparents and dog, so well equipped and lovely scenery and wildlife Bob the badger came out about 11.30-12 at night so worth putting some peanut butter out and staying up to watch him. Would very much recommend staying here. (J,B,P,A, F, R & B 6th -13th July 2013)
Cottage was lovely, the deer came down every morning and evening with their babies! Beautiful views everywhere we went, even if we did nearly get blown away somedays!
Bob the badger as we named him came to the garden every evening, we put peanut butter outside the window and sat at the table watching him…… Amazing!
(E, T and C, 29th June – 6th July 2013)
Cottage lovely, views from windows grand, especially when all the deer were around (babies as well!) Achmelvich Beach much better in the flesh than any postcards or photos! Spectacular! Visited several times and paddled with Timmy the dog in nice clear (coldish) water. Weather was kind. Area spectacular and Suilven amazing! Lots of photos to show all the family and friends.
(L and S, J and R, 20th- 29th June 2013.)
Mixed weather, some hot sun, some cloudy drizzle – enjoyed it all. Good walks with dogs, Little Assynt, Achmelvich and Culag Woods – moorland, beach and wood. Had a day trip to Oldshoremore beach. This was well worth the drive. Amazing scenery, and splendid long sandy beach. Deer arrived at fence at some point each day counted 8 one afternoon. No sign of badgers or Pine Marten. Dinner at the Albannach one of the high points. (R, L, B & L, 15th – 22nd June 2013)
Despite us both being a little under the weather this week we have had a lovely time at Ruighe. Weather has been kind apart from Monday and Friday, sunny all the other days. Our three dogs loved the garden and enjoyed seeing the deer come down each evening. Managed to get some walking in later in the week – Traligill caves and Inver river walk are beautiful. (M & S, May 25th–1st June 2013)
After the storms of last week your home provided us with the comfort and shelter that Drumbeg didn’t. We had the most wonderful time and only hope you will allow us to return. We escaped to come north and celebrated our golden wedding here and we will now be able to recommend others to do the same! (P & W, 18th–25th May 2013)
A beautiful cottage, so clean and well appointed. The bottle of wine was most welcome after our two day journey from South Wales. Weather variable but we were lucky when out and about so did not spoil our holiday. We are a bit past long walks so we drove to Durness, Skye, Ullapool and the Drumbeg loop – scenery fabulous, I took so many photos it would take me ages to go through them. We were thrilled to see the deer (up to 13 at 1 go) almost every evening also some mornings and afternoons. We also saw the badger after tempting it with peanut butter. Also saw herons, buzzards, tits, tree creepers, goldfinches, chaffinches, various ducks. While on Skye we spotted otters and seals. The cottage is so peaceful and the surrounding scenery and mounts so beautiful, I hope we return.
(L, R & L, 20th–27th April 2013)
Great house lovely and cosy. Some beautiful sunny days, others of continuous rain – par for the course! Very much enjoyed the beach and upwards by Lochinver. The pie shop was great! Thanks very much. (C, P, A, and G, 13th–20th April 2013)
Fantastic week started with snow and hail storms and ended with evening beers in the garden. Great walks up Suilven, Quinag and Canisp by some members of the family. Family trips to Sandwood Bay and to the Old Man of Stoer. Boys attempted fishing but unsurprisingly didn’t catch anything. Good cycling to Achmelvich Beach and out to Stoer Point. Badger visited on the first night but not seen again. Deer visited every night. Cottage was lovely and comfortable and in a great location. Kids enjoyed exploring the hillside and lochs just behind the house.
(M,J,N,A & P and M the dog. 6th-13th April 2013)
Our third trip to Ruighe and everything was as clean, warm and comfortable as ever. We hope to be back before long! Thanks (L &K 16th - 23rd March 2013)
A wonderful combination of mountains and beaches. Lots of walks, visiting local friends, relaxing evenings...... The tea tray and the bottle of wine are lovely welcoming touches thank you. (K&G 10th - 17th February 2013)
After the lengthy journey, the tea and later on, the wine were most welcome. Despite the wet and windy conditions, the prospect of returning to the cottage always gave us heart. The best fridge/freezer we have had in a cottage and would be recommending it to any friends who fancy a trip to this lovely area. Thank you. ( V, P & B 2nd- 9th February 2013 )
Arrived 10 hours after starting out and was welcomed at the cottage to either wine or tea, we opted for a refreshing cup of tea. We found the cottage to be lovely and warm with everything you could need it was great to see deer close, we've only ever seen them from afar on previous holidays in Scotland. Been to various places and as always the dogs enjoyed themselves on the beaches. We've had a great stay. Hope to come back again (T, S, S, K & B 24th November - 7th December 2012)
Lovely holiday the house is warm and comfortable. We had a fabulous meal at the Albannach and enjoyed the usual visits Durness, Clachtoll, Culag Woods and so on. Despite being well out of season there has been plenty of places open and the quiet roads have been bliss. All in all a great holiday! (R&C 10th - 17th November 2012)
Really enjoyed our stay at Ruighe a lovely comfortable house and very well equipped. The badgers visited every night and we saw the deer outside the garden several times. Also we made friends with a beautiful cheeky robin. Weather mostly good but the passing showers added to the fantastic views. We climbed Cranstackie and saw a broken spectre (a first for us all) Also visited Smoo Cave, Sandwood Bay, Clachtoll and the walk to Stoer Head and the views were wonderful from the trig point. Enjoyed the pies from Lochinver Larder and food excellent at Kylesku Hotel. A wonderful holiday and thank you very much. (S&S S 13th - 20th October 2012)
Thank you for letting us use your cottage it felt like from home. We saw deer at the fence most evenings at dusk. The badgers came every night for their supper and even ate the bird food, you need a torch to see them as they only come when it's dark. We will be planning our next years R&R at Ruighe (A&T, 6th – 13th October 2012)
Thank you for the use of your very comfortable cottage and all the useful information, we have really enjoyed our week here, it was really not long enough. We came to North Scotland to walk the four munroes in the area and we achieved our goal. Then the weather turned and became quite wild and we found ourselves on the golden sands of the beaches. We have been lucky and seen the badgers in the garden. Buzzards in the garden and red deer just the other side of the fence. Pies from Lochinver Larder are a must! And we can recommend a meal at the Albannach...... We have had a great time and we are planning a return visit.... (D, G and S, 8th - 15th September 2012)
Lovely holiday. Mainly self-sufficient on caught fish (pollock, mackerel, sea snails, lobster and crab!) (25th Aug -1st Sept.)
Boat trip from Ullapool to Tanera mor is worth doing. Saw lots of seals, porpoise and minke whale. The Old Man of Stoer and Bone Caves, Achmelvich, Clachtoll – all go do!
Don't want to go home. (Badges like peanut butter on bread but haven't shown their faces. They come in middle of night. But we saw the red deer.) Thanks. We hope to be back.
(A, E, T and C).
Cottage superb, wonderful setting. Weather grand. Midges is not grand. Just one dear visited, no badgers. P and S walked most of the hills – again- rest of us fished. Hope to come again. (L, M, P & S 18th-25th Aug)
Had a lovely week. House very comfortable with everything we could need. Saw the badgers twice. Hope to be back soon. (A M August 2012)
Really enjoyed our stay. House is very comfortable and clearly very well looked after! Walked up Cul Mor – well worth the effort to enjoy great views from summit. Also lovely walks (Slightly less strenuous!) at Inverkirkaig and the Culag Woods at Lochinver. The Glencanisp route is also lovely, especially on a hot day because there are plenty of places to stop by the river. Would recommend sea kayaking with Norwest – we saw an otter during our trip. Badgers visited the garden most evenings, usually around dusk – just leave a handful of peanuts/birdseed on the rocky bits outside the kitchen window and they'll appear! Loved Assynt: a beautiful, peaceful place. PS thank you for the folder of – very useful! (S, I and R 4th-11th August 2012)
Highlights of our week – trip to the Summer Isles; walk up Cul Mor with excellent views; walk along Balnakeil bay (Durness) to Faraidh Head; we saw the badgers in the garden on Thursday and Friday; the walk to the beach at Clachtoll; deer every evening in the neighbouring field. (R and J, 28th July - 4th August)
Lovely house in our favourite part of the world.Memories of horizontal rain at Clachtoll came flooding back one day, but the weather has been excellent apart from the Sunday. Walks all over Assynt and managed to get up Cul mor just as the clouds lifted – superb! The pie shop in Lochinver is a particular favourite with the kids, and the food next door was also excellent. Their home-made beer batter was top drawer. Back soon we hope!
(D, K, C and M, 21st to 28th July 2012)
Thank you for providing us with such a comfortable, cosy holiday; and in such a beautiful part of Assynt. We have seen all sorts of wildlife (badgers!) and taken numerous walks; spent too very sunny afternoons on Clachtoll beach; and generally had a wonderful time. We are all sorry to have to go but we will be back!! So thank you again for everything.
(The C. Clan, 14 to 21st of July 2012)
We have had numerous holidays in Scotland and Ruighe is amongst the most stunning places we have stayed. What a beautiful hideaway. Idyllic holiday home tucked away in an exceptional location. We had everything we needed for a perfect holiday including the weather (Lots of sunshine! We kid you not!! ) We have so many lovely memories to take home with us, but enjoyed our ‘neighbours’ the deer and the garden birds were well fed, and we were well rewarded with different sightings. Lots of seals at Kylesku, plus lovely food! Stunning local beaches! Enjoyable hike up to the Bone Caves etc. etc. We have all enjoyed our stay 100%. Thank you! (Cox and Ford, 30th June 2012)
An excellent holiday house with everything we could want. Weather was mixed - some glorious days, some ‘mizzle’ and plenty of midgies! Our last two days Thursday and Friday had some showers especially Friday when the electricity went off at 2:30 due to storm considering the news reports for the rest of the country with floods etc we’ve had great weather. Even the stormy Friday saw us on the beach in sunshine a.m. and again night. Love the area with the spectacular scenery and magnificent beaches.
(Mitchell, 16th June 2012)
Holiday home - grand everything you could ask for.... even the dear and their young ‘uns! Thanks for the welcome tray and red wine. Weather - Amazing the whole week. Midges - NONE!!!! big bonus. What we did - loads of walking, 2 monroes, 6 corbetts, Achmelvich beach walk , Stoer walk, Handa. Lots and lots of photographs taken and will be treasured. Food - Kylesku hotel fabulous food, Pie shop - great rhubarb pies, Inver Lodge hotel great but only for very special treat/occasion. Sleep quality beds - gave excellent sleep. Just sad to have to return to the daily grind but that's what makes holidays special thanks for everything (Butler, 9th June 2012)
This has been my first ever trip to Scotland and I am so glad we chose to come to the Highlands. We have been truly blessed with glorious weather the whole week through which has made the entire holiday thoroughly enjoyable. I did a circular walk from Lochinver up the river through woods and back down into the town (A suggested walk in one of your folders - very useful and handy thank you.) Went to Handa Island to see all the birds, as the boat pulled up on the beach we thought we'd arrived a tropical desert island. We didn't see any whales or dolphins unfortunately but lots of wonderful photos of different birds were taken. We went to Sandwood Bay - my husband had the wonderful idea of cycling there - I recommend walking it as the terrain is tough! Then we went to Durness and rewarded ourselves with a hot chocolate at cocoa mountain - highly recommend it and their croissants are to die for! Meal at Kylesku and cricket on Clachtoll beach on Thursday and today our last day, it was a bit more cloudy so we went to Stoer lighthouse and then to Drumbeg and the wonderful candle and soap shop. I'll be sampling one of the home-made bath bombs tonight. The house is so comfortable and well equipped and we made use of the patio tables and chairs for afternoon tea in the sun. It has been an amazingly wonderful holiday, thank you for sharing your house with us (Bentham, 2nd June 2012)
A fantastic home with a brilliant location you have equipped it well and tastefully finished it. We have had a lovely week as a family enjoying the sights and scenery near and far. We will be recommending it to our friends. The weather has been fantastic and not too many midges and ticks ( Bentham, 2nd June 2012)
Had a lovely break in your home really is everything you could wish for and more - climbed Suilven which was extremely difficult, but thinking back very proud to have done it. Beach at Achmelvich is stunning and unspoilt - you really could mistake yourself for the Caribbean. The pooch loved the garden, was lovely to see her run around all day. Visited cocoa mountain in Durness - hot chocolate was amazing. Went for a trek on on horseback to Pulin beach through Free Spirit Trekking - Jenny Corbett the owner is amazing. Going for a meal to Kylesku hotel tonight our last night treat. Thanks for letting me stay in your beautiful home. (L, P and Dizzy, 2nd June 2012)
A lovely holiday home in an excellent location. Very comfortable and cosy which was appreciated is the weather was not always kind - also appreciated was a bottle of wine which went down well after 600 mile 12 hour journey. The scenery and beaches are the best in Scotland. An excellent holiday - Thanks a lot
( P&J, Wiltshire, 12th May 2012
Nice place here and we climbed Stack Polly saw a frog in the garden ( Rory, age 7, N.Z. ) Thanks it made it a whole lot easier by having someone comfortable to stay when we came back to the house in the evenings it was nice to have a cosy bed to go to sleep in. (Isabel, age 10 N.Z.) A very comfy house with nice heating! Enjoyed our short stay here. Weather was kind to us; lots of sun, cool wind this is a good place for day excursions. Thank you for making welcoming especially with tray for a ‘cuppa’ and the good South African wine. There is even a tick remover - well done. A fine place to cement a family reunion.
(Merrie Family, 6th May 2012)
The cottage suited our needs perfectly - a real family home from home with none of the compromises usually associated with holiday accommodation, lots of space to spread out cupboards for the kids to make ends in a lovely big kitchen table to make pictures on, perfect. All utensils and crockery we could possibly need. And a great big fridge! Typically fascinating Sutherland weather but even when we were confined to play indoors we were very happy and cosy. Excellent beaches nearby and mum and dad got away for a couple of kids free days on the hills and excellent holiday thanks!
(Connor family, Dunblane 21st April 2012)
Most welcoming upon opening the door. Lovely rooms most suitable and lovely and clean, hope we left the same. Red deer a beautiful scene every night. The whole area is great beautiful beaches just up the road. The welcome bottle of wine delicious and very welcome after a long journey. Badgers on camera at approximately midnight. Even the weather was kind. Definitely recommend your cottage.
(Grandad Davies, Shropshire, 21st April 2012)
Lovely house. One of the best houses we’ve stayed in and we have been coming to Scotland for more than 20 years. Very unpredictable weather, warm sun then snow. Seen buzzard on the cliff every day and a sparrowhawk chasing it off. Deer coming to the fence every day lots of tits, chaffinches in the garden. We’ve had a great week exploring the area walking and admiring the wonderful scenery. And enjoying the pies in ‘The Larder’ - do not miss! The chocolate mountain at Durness is also definitely worth a visit. Best hot chocolate ever.
(N, M and M, Coventry & Sheffield 14th April 2012)
Lovely and very welcoming cottage. The boys loved playing outside, walking to the lochs taking pictures of the deer... We had very mixed weather and change of weather every 15 minutes but we enjoyed it. We went to lots of waterfalls, long walks, lots of beautiful sandy beaches. Lovely local cheese, beers and beef. (V,C,J and H, Sussex, 7th April 2012)
Family of four plus grandparents very comfortable, weather mixed but mostly dry and clear enabling us to see amazing views, snow adding to the beauty. Lots of sightings of deer from the kitchen window and one dead slow worm. A lovely comfortable cottage with everything you could wan. Boys enjoyed Kite flying at Achmelvich, seals spotted at Culkein. View from trig point on point of Stoer well worth the walk but quite wet under foot. Good hot chocolate at soap shop at Drumbeg. Four seasons in one week - Snow, Sun, (sun-trap at front of house) Rain and Wind. Fresh snow on Suilven made descent tricky.
(A,J,B & E, Stirlingshire and P&M, South Africa, 31st March 2012)
Our second stay at Ruighe and everything is is clean and comfortable as last year. Just wanted to leave a note for dog owners. The Kylesku hotel welcomes dogs in its bar restaurant and the food is very good. Thanks for another great week at Ruighe - we hope to come back. (Proctor - 23rd March 2012)
As a family of four, Ruighe has served us very well. It's been cosy and comfortable as the winter winds and rain battered on outside!! Thank you for the Lego Xmas puzzle, the wine for the grown ups and all your valuable info.
(J, J, D and K ,23rd December 2011)
We have had a lovely lazing week here. The cottage is really warm and comfortable to come back to each evening. We have climbed hills, visited some beautiful beaches and done some great walks too. Thank you for the use of the house and all the extra things you provided. It was most kind of you to leave us a bottle of wine.
(M and D G 15th October 2011)
This property is the cleanest and best equipped I have stayed at. It is home from home. I have been coming up Scotland since I was 18 and I am 61 now ............ The weather hasn't been very good this time but that is Scotland, you take the good with the bad. ...... I would recommend a visit to the Lochinver Larder as the different variety of meat pies and taste of them are out of this world........... I hope to be back the in spring to catch the early bloom of flowers and nesting season.
(MJ 1st October 2011)
We have had a wonderful 10 days here with our family and 2 spaniels. It’s over 20 years since we were last up here when our children were little and it’s still as beautiful. Been very busy walking, Suilven and Quinag amongst the peaks we did …………………………………… Your cottage is lovely and had everything we needed. Thank you for a super holiday.
(Ysobel, Peter, Oliver, Jo, James and Jurga 10th September 2011)
We have had a great week despite the mixed weather. The cottage is everything we hoped for. The walks in the area and the scenery are wonderful. Handa Island was particularly good. Thanks for a great week.
(Jacqui, Hovis, Wendy & Gess, 3rd September 2011)
We’ve had a wonderful time. Thanks so much for making everything so cosy and comfy – we don’t want to leave!!! We’ve braved the weather and hit the mountains with unquenchable enthusiasm for all the rain, mist and muddy feet each glimpse of the amazing views has more than cancelled out any damp spirits. We’d definitely recommend Quinag and Ben More Assynt and most of all the amazing Suilven. They look daunting but we loved every minute exploring them. The feeling of looking back at them all and thinking ‘we’ve been there’ is amazing. I hope everyone enjoys their stay as much as us.
P.S. The bed is far too comfy! We don’t want to get out every morning
( Sally, Phil, Mac and Meg 27th August 2011)
Loved the cottage and chasing my brother outside. Mum and Dad will need to get a house with a bigger garden. Never saw any deer though, I think we must have frightened them off! We liked the beaches but got into trouble when we wouldn’t come out of the water at Scourie.
(Wolfie and Kai (German Shepherds) 20th August 2011)
It’s 4 years since we last visited this area and we have enjoyed it as much as ever. The cottage has been perfect for us, plenty of room and storage for all our gear. ……………….. We have had frequent visits by the deer and were lucky enough to see two badgers from the lounge window on a couple of occasions……………………. Many thanks for providing such a comfortable well equipped cottage. We really appreciated the welcoming bottle of wine. We have been very lucky with the weather, which has made our holiday even more enjoyable. I’m sure we’ll be back.
(Andy, Caroline, Nicky, Richard, Tom and Bella , 23rd July 2011)
Ruighe has been just perfect for us. Truly so comfortable and clean. This has been a trip down memory lane for hubby and I as it was 26 years ago we were last in the area so we wanted to bring our grandson to see the beauty of the area. …………………Have seen red deer hinds in garden (next to) 6 on one occasion with a younger one with them and were wakened very early one morning by the call of a stag – it was very loud and was in the same area but too dark to see. Drive from here on the Coastal Road to Unapool – as hair raising but has to be done it’s beautiful.
(Robin, Jean and Stephen 16th July 2011)
A wonderful cottage to base our holiday. You have thought of almost everything! Great days out at the beach, walks in forests and wanderings in caves……. The Mission provide great food (The Haggis and Sticky toffee pudding are highly recommended, but not on the same plate of course!) ……. A fantastic holiday in our favourite part of the world. The wonderful weather also did it’s part and an unexpected lack of midges is always pleasing.
(Quinn Clan 9th July 2011)
Turning into the drive we were overawed by the sight before us, while swallows swooped and skimmed to an orchestra of birdsong, red deer grazed in front of the house and buzzards scribed majestic circles in the sky; heaven on earth. We felt so lucky that for the next three weeks this was to be home……….. I quickly checked the garden as the best escape artists known to man were desperate to be let out of the car; I refer to our West Highland terriers……………………….. Unknown to us both had escaped the garden and found the blackest, stickiest foul smelling bog that rendered both of them unrecognisable. All of that was three weeks ago and we have had a marvellous time …….……… but I think it’s best you discover the magic of Ruighe for yourselves - ENJOY
(Mr & Mrs A - 11th June – 9th July 2011)
The house is a lovely home from home ideal for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Lots of lovely walks nearby, the river walk from Lochinver is our favouraite. On an evening it is a wonderful sight to see the deer come down the hill to the side of the house. We have had an enjoyable and relaxing two weeks holiday here and would like to come back sometime.
(Guy, Sandra and Lindsey + Bonnie - May 2011)
Despite some pretty miserable weather and a power cut for an evening….. we have had a terrific week. Visited some beautiful beaches (Achmelvich and Clachtoll to name but a few), walked in breathtaking scenery, eating an amazing meal at the Albannach seen some beautiful hand made arts and crafts, visited Handa Island and spotted so much wildlife. Looking forward to returning again soon. Thanks for the welcoming hospitality, and great guest information – oh and the photo CD too!
(Anna, Phil, Jasper and Zpot - May 2011)
Thanks for providing an excellent place to stay. It is a wonderful part of the world. Midgies still on holiday but plenty of deer outside the door. Recommend a visit to the north coast and Handa Island if you’re reading this in advance.
(Andy, Deb, Adrian, Karen and 2 teenage boys. May/June 2011)
We have had a fabulous week in the ‘well appointed’ cottage. It’s great to have everyday things to hand such as salt, coffee and sandwich boxes – a must for those wholesome picnics on the beach.
(Andy and Deb May/June 2011)
So, nobody wants to go home. We’ve had a perfect week. Even the weather was wonderful. We love the hills around the house with the moss and the grippy rocks, the deer who visit and the birds that entertain us. Your house is so lovely and comfortable with everything that is required and much more. We’ll be back - once up Suilven isn’t enough and there’s all the others. (Mrs Majumdar - April 2011)
“Found the cottage very comfortable and well appointed. Wife likes the fridge/freezer, especially the ice dispenser and wants one.!! (Missenden - April 2011)
"We have stayed in many holiday cottages in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland and this is our favourite! The cottage is in a lovely, peaceful setting ideal for exploring North West Scotland - yet it is only a very short drive from the village of Lochinver. Very well equipped, nicely decorated and furnished and the owner is also very helpful. We hope to return soon!"
(McKechnie - April 2011)
“ The cottage is warm, well equiped and the bottle of wine awaiting our arrival particularly welcoming. We found it to be a perfect base for hill-walking and only a short drive to Lochinver for supplies.”
(Proctor - March 2011)
"Just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that we had a fantastic stay at your lovely home. I have used numerous cottages in the past and it was apparent from the outset that you have gone that extra mile to make your guests comfortable and ensure that they want for nothing!"
(Leigh - October 2010)
“ I really liked the house! I didn’t expect that it would be so much luxury! These places like Stoer and Ullapool were so cool and super ful. I wish we will go again some time
(Eva, age 9 - October 2010.)
"Ruighe is a beautiful cottage with nice views. We had a warm feeling when we came in. Everything was ready to get our holiday started. I would rate it 5 star. (Kuyper - October 2010)