Aspen Lodge

Acharacle, Argyll & Bute
Self-catering


Contemporary lodge on a remote peninsula with spectacular views; walk, cycle or kayak, explore nature reserves and unspoiled beaches

Bed

4 beds

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 6

The
Experience

Your stone and timber lodge on the little-known Ardnamurchan Peninsula has a hillside setting and views from every window – use the telescope to spot red deer, golden eagles or the elusive Scottish wildcat if you’re lucky.

Downstairs is cosy with an open fire and plenty of books; teenagers will like the snug upstairs with an Xbox and a popcorn machine. You’ll find a minibar and a welcome hamper which includes homemade jam, cake, wine and Scottish shortbread, and the kitchen is stocked with all you need for cooking. In summer, barbecue your supper in the garden and marvel at the stars on clear nights.

You can walk and cycle from the door, launch a kayak straight into the sea loch opposite the garden or set off with a picnic for a day on the beach, just a five-minute drive. There are other beaches and good restaurants – plus shops selling basics – within half an hour’s drive, and you may spot minke whales, dolphins or puffins on summer boat tours of the loch.

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We think you'll love

  • The views from all the rooms
  • Wildlife watching from the garden or living room
  • Paddling in the stream and wild swimming in the loch
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You should know

  • It’s worth stocking up with food, getting cash out and filling up with petrol before you drive onto the peninsula
  • Wi-Fi can be slow and mobile signal patchy

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights, 3 nights in low season.
Closed
Occasionally in January.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dogs

Dog beds, bowls, towels, biscuits and poo bags.

Dogs free for 1 dog; £50 per stay for 2. Max. usually 1; 2 by arrangement.

Large, open garden with streams. All sorts of walks: beach, woodland, loch-side, heath. Dogs are allowed on the beaches all year round; some parts of the peninsula have grazing cattle and sheep.

Meals
Pub/restaurant 25-minute drive.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £150
Weekly price
from £1050
1 House for 6
From £1504 beds3 bedrooms

Reviews

Out of every window there is a spectacular view and so much to see and do - spot wildlife in the garden, kayak on the loch, then there's the walking, cycling and boating all close by. You are remote here - get away from it all and hole up with a book or a film around the fire or light a BBQ in the summer and settle into watch the stars once dusk settles in.

Zoe, Sawday's inspector

Superb lodge, superb location, plenty of "wow" factor. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Aspen, and really appreciated the welcome hamper and the little luxuries. Stunning location, views from the lodge are spectacular. White sand beaches are within an easy drive through gorgeous scenery, a truly memorable holiday. Cant wait to return.

Meryl, Chester

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Location

The neighbourhood

Sam and Gavin will leave you loads of local information on this area, often referred to as ‘the real wild west!’ Footpaths lead from the door and down to the loch, and you can climb a small mountain, Ben Hiant, for beautiful views. Walk to Ardnamurchan whisky distillery in ten minutes for tours and tastings or to the Natural History Visitor Centre, which has a good café. The RSPB Reserve in Glenborrodale is a 25-minute walk.

Local points of interest from Samantha Davis

  • There are a number of stunning beaches on the doorstep: Camas Nan Geall which is covered in golden glitter sand, Sanna Bay which looks like it should be in the Caribbean, and the Singing Sands which makes a noise or "sings" as you walk across it!
  • Take a drive out to Ardnamurchan Point - the most westerly part of the British mainland. Climb the hundreds of steps up the lighthouse to look across many islands of the Inner Hebrides and watch seals, otters and dolphins play in the sea.
  • Take the gorgeous Silver Circuit walk for some fantastic scenery ending up at a fairytale ruined castle on its own tidal island, covered in beachcombers' treasures. Ancient woodlands, wild peaks, sandy dunes, rocky shores - they're all ready to be explored
  • Climb one of the mountains in the area - Ben Hiant is the closest (and a gentler hike) and it offers beautiful vistas of the peninsula. There are plenty of higher and more demanding hikes nearby for those who like a challenge!
  • In season take a boat trip to the Treshnish Isles to see the puffins and Fingal's Cave (in the Telegraph's top 10 places to see for 2019), or jump on a ferry to Mull and eat fish & chips on the front in Tobermory (or Ballamory, as many think of it!)
  • There are many tours that may be taken to see the peninsula from a particular perspective - whether guided nature walks, bicycle treks, kayaking adventures and photography trips. Alternatively hire your own bike or kayak and wander as the mood takes you

Introducing

Samantha Davis

Sam, Gavin and their daughter Sophie wanted a holiday hideaway off the beaten track, and when they discovered Aspen Lodge they immediately fell in love with the remote and wild beauty of the area and the opportunities for walking, cycling, kayaking and nature spotting. Gavin is a keen photographer – you can buy his work displayed around the house – while Sam and Sophie love exploring the ancient oak woodlands, beach-combing and hiking up the nearby mountains.