A Very Scottish Honeymoon

Today we’re looking at having a Scottish honeymoon. Not everyone wants a Caribbean honeymoon, lying on the beach, sunbathing, swimming with turtles etc. Some people either can’t or don’t want to fly long haul. We are very lucky in the UK to live in a beautiful country, so why not explore it? We’re going to showcase a 5* self-catering romantic retreat in the west highlands of Scotland today. Whether you opt for a mini-moon or a full Scottish honeymoon Cuil Moss Cottage will hit the spot perfectly.

Ardgour Estate

Ardgour, meaning height of the goats, combines rugged glens, remote beaches and dramatic scenery.

Scottish honeymoon - stag

Set amidst the natural splendor of the west highlands, where the deep shores of Loch Linnhe meet the towering peaks of Ben Keil. Ardgour Estate makes a fantastic base for a Scottish honeymoon of touring this part of the country. Perfect also for hiking and outdoor pursuits including wildlife photography. With a backdrop of stunning scenery and gorgeous sunsets you could enjoy a relaxing picnic on the shores of the loch.

Scottish honeymoon - Picnic

Scottish honeymoon - sunset 2

It’s also situated with easy access to many areas and attractions. The historic estate is managed by Ewen with the support of his wife Annie and their young family, and they all extend a warm welcome to their visitors.

Scottish honeymoon - wildlife

Cuil Moss Cottage

Scottish Honeymoon - Cuil Moss Cottage

A former shepherds bothy, Cuil Moss Cottage has undergone a full renovation. The outside still retains the traditional looking croft exterior, sympathetic to its surroundings. This romantic retreat is secluded down it’s own driveway just a five minute drive from the Corran ferry. Nestled under a huge Scots pine, the cottage offers a unique escape experience. Cuil Moss is a 5* self-catering cottage. After the excitement and stress of planning your wedding you can enjoy spending some quality time together as a couple in peace and quiet.

Scottish honeymoon - signpost

Scottish honeymoon - Ferry

Even on your Scottish honeymoon you may still want to keep in touch with the outside world. The cottage comes with TV/DVD and WIFI.

The accommodation

Kitchen and living area The beautifully appointed kitchen is ideal for creating delicious dishes using locally sourced shellfish and other high quality local produce. It’s fully equipped with everything you’d expect and more, including  a modern range cooker, dishwasher and coffee machine.  A separate utility room means you can wash and dry clothes if necessary.

In good weather you can open the large concertina doors onto the patio area. Here you can enjoy a barbecue, with all the equipment provided, along with outdoor seating. Sit and enjoy watching the local wildlife with a glass of something chilled. Alternatively in cooler weather you can cozy up in front of a crackling fire in the log burning stove.

Scottish honeymoon - Scotch by the fire

Bathroom After enjoying the hills and beaches of Ardgour and Ardnamurchan you can enjoy a soak in the double-ended spa bath. Or relax under the enormous waterfall shower. The luxurious bathroom is fully stocked with toiletries, lots of fluffy towels and bathrobes and slippers.

Bedroom A lovely sunny room with a king-size bed, supplied with luxurious bed linen. It is also equipped with hair drier, iPod/phone docking station. With the woodland surrounding you, you will feel totally secluded.

Scottish honeymoon - bedroom

Outside

In the woodlands surrounding the cottage you have your very own wildlife watching and star gazing tower. Can it get much more romantic?! With a log stove and comfy chairs you can enjoy a cuppa and watch the wildlife during the day. And once the sun goes down Cuil Moss cottage is perfect for star gazing. With no light pollution you can snuggle up and enjoy the night sky in all its glory!

Scottish honeymoon - night sky

Scottish honeymoon - Tower

Green Tourism

Ewen and Annie try to support the local economy as much as possible. They signpost their guests to nearby “green” sources where, for example, they can buy Scottish food. As members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme they have been awarded the GOLD rating.

Things to do locally

Situated 8 miles south of Fort William there is plenty to do locally to Ardgour, and a little further afield. Hike up Ben Nevis or Steall Waterfall or participate in some white water rafting. Hiking/water sports not your thing? Ride the Jacobite Steam Train over the Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous by Harry Potter travelling to Hogwarts.

Scottish honeymoon - Jacobite-Steam-Train

Take a full-day trip to Loch Ness and Glencoe. Or is whiskey your thing? You’re in the right place for a tour of the Ben Nevis Distillery!

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