The Ruin

Acharacle, Highland

Spin off on the bikes in a vast expanse of great beauty. Return to old walls and pitch pine in a bolthole for 2 - and a byre for your kids!


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Over the lip of Loch Sunart, tucked into the land of heather and old oak, crouches The Ruin amid manicured lawns. From its windows not a trace of development can be spied; within its old walls, stone blends with pitch pine. This is a place for two to roost and lovely Lois shows you around. It’s open-plan, almost one big room, so pad across heated tiles in your socks, bake bread in your spotless kitchen, bathe in your enclosed shower and tub, drift off on your plump bed. A whisper away is the Byre – hand-made bunks, second bathroom and TV – a dinky abode that sleeps two youngsters securely yet fills their minds with freedom. Grab binoculars and stride off for the mountains or the silken shore, bird-spot until sundown. Browse the wildlife books back at base and, when the tide ebbs, poke around to see what gems the rock pools have offered up. Logs, linen, games, an old film on DVD – all yours to enjoy as you settle in by the wood-burner. Sit on the terrace while supper spits on the barbecue, watch oyster catchers come and go out on the wide cerulean water. Soothingly wild.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

Check in
Check out
19 November - 18 February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from £71
Weekly price
from £500
1 Cottage for 2
From £711 bedroom


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Lois & Richard Livett

  • Delecious Homebaking and Light lunches at Natural History Centre, easy walking distance. Golden Eagle watch at Natural History Centre 1 1/2 miles away
  • Castle Tioram, ancient ruined stronghold of the Clan Ranald, 11 miles away.
  • Pristine white shell sand beaches, Sanna and Portuairk, 1/2 an hours drive away.
  • Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, the most westerly point of the British mainland, 19 miles west.
  • Catch a ferry to Tobermory, excellent day out leaving the car at Kilchoan.