Gille Buidhe’s Broch

Ullapool, Ross-shire, Highland
+44 (0)1854 622368

A modern take on an Iron Age roundhouse with stunning sea views in Scotland’s wild west, perfect for couples


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

It’s quiet here on the Coigach Peninsula, the only sounds the birds, the wind and the waves. Burrow down into squashy sofas and take in the views through the enormous windows or work your way through a stack of books.

Outside, the broch is camouflaged, but interiors are bright and colourful – a lovely relaxing bedroom, modern bathrooms with saunas, a sociable kitchen – with light, beamed ceilings. Sheileagh and Reiner leave their own farmyard eggs, cake and a drop of whisky – they’ve lavished love on the broch down to the last detail, using parts of the old pier built by Sheileagh’s great grandfather in the build.

You’ve got pretty Polbain on your doorstep and Achiltibuie a few miles east, the latter has great spots to eat and trips out to the Summer Isles. Amble along the hills and beaches – there’s a guide in the broch – swim in sea and loch, or hire a kayak and pack a picnic to spend fine days exploring hidden beaches.

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We think you'll love

  • The ever-changing views of the sea
  • Staying somewhere quirky
  • Sheileagh’s entertaining local stories
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You should know

  • The dining table is rather snug
  • There’s no television
  • It’s some distance (15 miles) to the nearest main road


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • 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


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 6 nights. 6 nights on weekdays. 6 nights at weekends. 6 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £175
Weekly price
from £1224
1 House for 2
From £1751 bed1 bedroom


What an amazing week! The Broch was so very comfortable for the family- we loved every minute of this holiday. Lovely facilities here and and excellent starting point for our walks, fish trips, runs, driving and food journeys. Loved seeing the varied wildlife. Thanks so much Reiner for the many recommendations of places to visit, walks to take and the fish trips. Our stay was excellent and we will definitely be back!

Dave, Berkshire

The broch is a gem, a piece of history repurposed, a stylish and comfortable retreat amidst perhaps the most beautiful part of Scotland, even whole British Isles. Two of Scotland’s most lovely peaks are on its doorstep, Stac Polly and Suilven. How could walking days be more any more perfect than to return to the broch, cook dinner in the wonderful kitchen, while looking out across the ‘lounge’ and through the panoramic window to the Summer Isles just outside. A gorgeous place to stay and dean of returning to...

William, Beijing

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The neighbourhood

Tiny Polbain is almost as far west as you can go, a charming crofting village with a long row of cottages facing the sea. It’s 22 miles north of Ullapool – the last 15 along a wild, single-track road, but once you’re here there’s no need to travel far. Achiltibuie (three miles) has a great grocer and a handful of restaurants where the food miles are low – Salt Seafood Kitchen is just a few hundred metres from the shore and serves hand-dived scallops and massive langoustines.

Local points of interest from Reiner Luyken

  • Coigach is part of one of Britain's most outstanding National Scenic Areas. You will find nature in abundance. Mountains that rise like huge sculptures out of the heather; the sea in its changing moods; a patchwork of islands. All right in front of you.
  • Stac Pollaidh is one of Scotland's most popular hills to climb: not very high, but craggy and exposed so that you feel like a real mountaineer once you've followed the well-built path to the top.
  • The wee mad road to Lochinver takes you through hidden birch forests and along enchanted lochs to a small fishing harbour where you are spoiled for choice with high class eateries, one even with a Michelin star.
  • Ian MacLeod takes you out to watch seals and, if they around (which they are ever more frequently) dolphins and whales. The sea around The Brochs is a Marine Protected Area. You can observe otters and sea eagles - some of the world's largest eagles.
  • If you fancy fly fishing for brown trout, sea trout or char, there are no better places than the lochs a short drive inland. We can advise you about permits and tuition.
  • The greatest thing is perhaps just to do nothing. To look out through the huge panorama window and watch the ever changing sky. In the evening, you have the choice of three places for a meal within a radius of two miles.


Reiner Luyken

Sheileagh and Reiner Luyken have lived at Polbain all their married life and opened their brochs to guests in 2011. They’re a font of fabulous stories: Sheileagh’s a local lass well-versed in the history of Achiltibuie, while Reiner, a trained musical instrument builder and salmon fisher, spent many years afterwards dodging bullets as a war correspondent for the German weekly, Die Zeit; he’s now turned his talents to crofting. They’ve a palpable enthusiasm for their project and live onsite with their collie and border terrier.