On the small private island of Shona, teeming with wildlife, lapped by aquamarine waters, is a scattering of ex-crofters’ cottages – unspoilt and with magical views. From a jetty on the other side you are ferried across by one of the team, and your luggage is transported to the cottages. You proceed on foot: a few paces to the Bothy, a few minutes to the rest, and a half hour’s boat ride to South Shore Cottage, off-grid, gas lamp-lit and coal stove-heated (don’t run out of matches!). Inside all are pretty and charming, with comfy sofas, bright rugs and painted panelling, simple kitchens (two with dishwashers), spotless bathrooms, books, board games and peaty spring water – good to drink and soft to bathe in. All have fire pits and picnic tables; and Sawmill (for two) and Tioram (for eight) have their own private loch bays. For kids who can handle the rufty-tufty terrain this is heaven: they can make camps, feed the deer, go crabbing, swim, paddle out in kayaks, play ping pong, tap into WiFi in the former village hall. There’s a tiny island shop and two ferry trips are included; stock up in Ardnamurchan, have tea in the lighthouse!