This area is one of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring. Take the short walk down to the loch; it’s stunning at all times of year. Jan and Nigel, who built two cottages on an old estate midway between Torridon and Shieldaig, want to give you the best and love to share their knowledge. So welcome to off-grid luxury by the loch: heating and hot water from solar power, a wood-burner fuelled by the estate, and filtrated spring water from a private bore. Nature lovers, head here – it’s a place for dreamers as well as adventurers: feel free to sit back with a book. There are walks from the door, munros further afield, sea tours you can book in advance, and the place is a dog walker’s dream, what with dog mattresses and dog bowls in the utility room where your wet togs dry. Stalk, fish, feast on salmon in Shieldaig. Return to a modern, double-height, open-plan living space, with one bedroom up and one bedroom down, linked by a steepish stair. Raise your glasses to sunsets – the finest you’ve ever seen; each secluded terrace has a front-row view.