Getting Here

take time to enjoy the stunning views

COORIE COTTAGE – CASTAWAY COVE – ALTNAHARRIE

Your Own Scottish Highland Adventure

Finding Your Way

We are delighted that you have chosen to take your holiday at Coorie Cottage. We appreciate how precious your time is and how important it is for you to have the most wonderful experience when you visit us in Scotland.

Coorie Cottage is situated in the grounds of the old Altnaharrie Inn. The Inn had become a very well-known small hotel in the nineties but closed in 2000. Since 2003 it has been our private home so your peace and quiet can be assured.

A Truly ‘away from it all’ Location

Because of the off-road nature of the location all guests will require some form of four wheel drive vehicle. As you will see later this can be your own vehicle or you can hire one from a local hire companies for which we can provide help and advice (see below). Alternatively, We will transport you up and down the lane at no extra charge. Please let us know what arrangements you will be making.

4×4 or ‘all-wheel-drive’ with reasonable ground clearance is necessary to cover the final mile and a half which is an unmade track. Getting to Coorie Cottage is all part of your holiday adventure and you should take time to enjoy the views as you descend toward Altnaharrie and Castaway Cove.

Coorie Cottage – Castaway Cove – Altnaharrie

Getting Here

Planning Your Journey

Using Google Maps

Google maps allows you to plan your journey from any location using the interactive directions / mapping service.

The application also applies approximate section and overall journey times.  Directions can be saved as custom maps and recalled via the Google maps app available for mobile devices.

Why We Recommend 4 Wheel Drive Hire

If you do not have a four wheel drive vehicle of your own, one can be hired from most of the major car hire companies and arrangements can be made to meet you at the airport or train station (see below). If you are having problems we can put you in touch with smaller local car hire companies who are generally more used to hiring out four wheel drive vehicles in the Highlands. Please just give us a call for any assistance.

The following 4×4 hire companies have proved useful:

Aberdeen4x4
www.aberdeen4x4.co.uk
Tel: 01463-709888 (Inverness) or 01224-877899 (Aberdeen)

Easydrive Scotland
www.easydrivescotland.co.uk
Tel: 01463-712525 (Inverness)

Highland Defenders
www.highlanddefenders.com
Tel: 07775-677717 (Aviemore)

Failing all else we will make ourselves available to shuttle you up and down the lane by prior arrangement. If this is an option that you would like to consider, please let us know and we can discuss the details. No charge will be made for this service.

About The Track

The track is well maintained and the need for a 4×4 is more about enhancing your experience and preserving the track which is prone to become damaged from ‘wheels spin’ if two wheel drive cars use it. In places the track is fairly steep so we ask that you engage four wheel drive going up and down and keep to a limit of 10 mph. There are a number of places where passing is possible and these are marked with posts with white tops.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all our guests with four wheel drive vehicles to use them in a true off-road manner! We only ask that you try to limit the damage to the track by driving slowly without spinning your wheels.

Directions: From Inverness
  1. From Inverness take the A9 North.
  2. At the first roundabout at the end of the dual carriageway take the second exit onto the A835 to Ullapool. Note: When you reach Garve you will cross the railway line. There is a left turn approx. one mile after the rail crossing. Do not take this turning. Proceed on the A835 towards Ullapool.
  3. After 35 miles on the A835 you will come to a left turn signposted to Gairloch. This is the A832. Turn here.
  4. After approx. 11 miles on the A832 you will come to a small right turn signposted to Badralloch. Turn right here. There is also a post box by the fence. This is the entry to the Dundonnell Estate.
  5. Take the minor single track road through the Dundonnell Estate. After approx. one mile you will cross a small bridge and the road turns sharp right (there is a set of gates and bins in front of you). This is not your destination. Continue on the road for another 5 miles. The single track road will pass through forestry and then rise up onto open moorland.
  6. You will then come to a left hand hair-pin bend in the road. Directly in front of you will be a wooden farm gate and 3 wheelie bins (two green and one blue). You have arrived at your destination. There is a white sign on the gate showing ‘4×4 ONLY’.  Please ring when you reach the gate so that we can meet you at the cottage or come to meet you. Mob: 07974 923437. With some phone providers reception is not too good at the gate. If you go back down the road a short distance you should find a signal.
  7. Open the gate using the combination lock code provided. You will find the lock opens best when you press the lock together once you have entered the code. Then proceed along the unmade road for approx. half a mile. You will pass a small loch (lake) on your right.
  8. Soon after the loch you will come to a car park on the right hand side of the lane. If you are in a normal two wheel drive car you should park here. The lane beyond this point is only suitable for 4×4 vehicles. If you do not have a 4×4 vehicle you will be met here by Nigel who will accompany you to the cottage.
  9. If you are arriving in a 4×4 vehicle you may proceed on down the track. Please select first gear and engage four wheel / all-wheel drive (many all-wheel drive cars are in all-wheel drive permanently). Continue for another mile downhill until you reach a gate with cattle grid. This is the entrance to Coorie Cottage. You have arrived.

Note; The lane is unmade but is well maintained. It is steep in places but perfectly usable by all-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles with reasonable ground clearance. We ask that you engage low gear so as to avoid wheel spinning which accelerates track degradation.

On the lane there are white tipped wooden posts indicating the places where it is advisable to pass oncoming vehicles. It is very uncommon to encounter another car on the lane but if you do, there are plenty of passing places.

Directions: From Glasgow

From Glasgow there are two options for getting to Inverness and then on to Coorie Cottage.

The most direct route is north through the Cairngorm National Park.

Look for the M80 out of Glasgow and follow this road until it becomes the A9.  Then just follow the A9 all the way up to Inverness.

The alternative longer route is via Fort William.

Leave Glasgow on the A82 and follow this road all the way to Inverness. This route takes you up through the Great Glen and Loch Ness. It is a considerably longer route both by distance and time. However, some of the spectacular scenery is well worth the effort, if you have the time.

” We just keep returning and each time is just perfect! A magical place, where everything is possible “

What Our Guests Say

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Jeannette

Cornwall

” I don’t know what has been the highlight of my stay as everything has been amazing.  I’ve walked, slept, relaxed, eaten and treated myself to a break, but the kindness and welcoming touches were wonderful.  I’ve been so comfortable and settled from the first moment.  Super location, perfect hosts, very well presented cottage and a magical treat for a water lover. “

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Adrian & Suzanne

Gloucestershire

” From the moment you arrive at the cottage you descend into a world of peace and tranquillity we all too often forget exists.  A warm welcome from Nigel & Lou, you immediately realise you are here for a week of relaxation, surrounded by ever changing views, stunning scenery and natural beauty.  The cottage has all the comfort and necessities you need, with pleasures of homemade bread and cake from Lou along with a host of gifts and treats for the four legged guests also. “

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