Derryguaig Smiddy is situated in one of the Isle of Mull’s most dramatic and beautiful areas. Set upon the lower slopes of Ben More (the island’s highest mountain), above the shore of Loch Na Keal near Gribun, the cottage occupies a stunning position, affording exceptional panoramic views over Mull’s mountains and seascape.
Derryguaig Smiddy combines the rugged appeal of a mountain bothy, with luxurious, contemporary furnishings and a modern interior; making it a truly special place to stay.
Turning off form the single track road that skirts the loch shore, a gravel track (450m long) leads up the hillside passing though the grounds of a house at Derryguaig before continuing to the cottage. The setting is breathtaking, from the high summits of the Ben More range to sweeping panoramic views over the sea and isles of Staffa, Ulva and Treshish.
Entering the cottage there is a roomy porch with storage space for belongings. A door leads to the main open plan kitchen and living area, which is a stylish space with comfortable seating. The subtle shades of blue and green in the contemporary furnishings, coupled with some island themed artwork, really add to the character, with the cosy wood burner adding the finishing touch. The fitted kitchen is very well appointed and equipped with all you need for self-catering. A useful breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the living area, and is a great place to sit with some reading material and a coffee in the morning.
The double bedroom is also a beautiful room with abundant natural light, thanks to the double doors that allow you to take in the views, and can also be opened out to the garden and patio area with outdoor seating.
The high standard of furnishings and bed linen ensure a comfortable stay for guests, and there is plenty of storage space for personal items. Next to the bedroom is the bathroom, again a crisp, contemporary space that is beautifully appointed with a bath with shower over, basin and w.c.
From the cottage door you can enjoy some excellent walking. A track passing above the cottage leads to a burn with some waterfalls and pools (perfect for a bracing dip!). The cottage sits within the Loch na Keal National Scenic Area and it is an area renowned for abundant wildlife, including otters, eagle and deer. White-tailed eagles are a regular sight over the loch, and Derryguaig Smiddy is ideally located to give a good chance of sightings.
Heading west, you reach the dramatic coastal cliffs that characterise Gribun, a truly stunning area. You will also find an idyllic sandy beach here, the waters of which are sheltered by the nearby island of Inch Kenneth. Scotland’s longest sea cave Mackinnon’s cave can also be explored on foot, when the tide is right.
Continuing south, you reach Kilfinichen on the shores of Loch Scridan, again a beautiful area, well known for the impressive wildlife and seascapes. There is a café and acclaimed restaurant at Tiroran too. The closest village to Derryguaig Smiddy is Salen (twenty minutes by car) where you will find eateries, fuel and a well stocked shop. Tobermory, Mull’s main town, is a further fifteen minute drive on from Salen.
Boats exploring Staffa and the Treshnish Isles leave from Ulva Ferry just across the loch from the cottage. Derryguaig Smiddy is a superb option for guests seeking a top quality holiday cottage in one of Mull’s most beautiful locations.
Living Room and Kitchen: Open plan living and kitchen with a small dining table and chairs for two. Wood burning stove and television and DVD player in the living room. The kitchen is well equipped with cooker (electric oven, gas hob), microwave, fridge/freezer (50/50 split), cafetier, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
Bedrooms: King sized double bed with double doors leading to patio area. Storage for belongings, bedside tables and lamps. Hair dryer provided.
Bathroom: Bathroom with bath and electric shower over, basin and w.c.
Garden: Fenced garden area with small patio. Table and chairs provided for sunny days and a garden bench too.
Heating: Night storage/convector heaters in every room.
Wood Burning Stove: Wood burning stove in the living area. Starter supply of wood is provided for guests.
Bed Linen and Towels: Bed linen and towels are provided.
More at this Property: Welcome pack on arrival. High speed satellite broadband. Iron and ironing board provided.
Arrival and Departure: Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am.