Taigh na Colum Cilli Bed and Breakfast in Drumbuie near Plockton

Our area — rich in wildlife and interest

Drumbuie

Drumbuie is set on the Lochalsh Peninsula and is part of the National Trust for Scotland’s estate of Balmacara – an area of outstanding beauty and scientific interest.  The local meadows are renowned for rare plants, butterflies and moths and the National trust rangers lead guided walks regularly to see these from the village. The coral beaches, 22km of walks and wildflower-rich meadows and heaths of the Balmacara Estate are maintained by the National Trust for Scotland.

Scottish Natural History guards the beauty and wildlife; we have otters and seals, butterflies and buttercups, daisies, deer, dolphins and damselflies.

Walking

Drumbuie meadows and bay are a 5 – 10 minute walk up the croft road.  Go through the gate and past the large green shed, after you have gone over the railway bridge the path to the bay goes off to the left down the edge of the meadow.

There is a beautiful circular walk which passes the cottage.  It takes in local flower meadows, coastal path and bays, croft land and common grazing.  This walk involves crossing three stiles and it can be muddy.  Please ask for a laminated guide.

For more walks: Plockton Walks.

Plockton

Set in the North West Highlands of Scotland, Plockton is nestled on the sheltered bay of Loch Carron, surrounded by hills and mountains.

A National Trust for Scotland conservation village, Plockton has carefully preserved its heritage, and offers visitors beauty, hospitality and activity.  A wonderful combination!

Kyle of Lochalsh

Our local town, Kyle of Lochalsh has shops, banks, Post Office and Health Centre.  Although the stunning bridge beckons visitors over to the Isle of Skye, it is worth spending some time in Kyle to visit the local museum and gift shops, and to sample Hector’s fish and chips. The town has several restaurants including Chinese and Indian takeaways.

Take the train from Kyle to Inverness and travel on one of Michael Palin’s outstanding railway journeys. At the end of the nineteenth century, before the age of the motor car, the building of the world-famous Kyle of Lochalsh railway line ended the area’s reliance on sea and track access. Trains to and from Inverness make their way through stunning country side on the famous Kyle Line.

Take a look at The Friends of the Kyle Line which were, in their own words: “. . . set up initially to save this historic railway from closure and its primary objective is to protect and ensure a future for Scotland’s most scenic railway.”

15-20 minutes drive

  • Lochalsh woodland gardens – a nice place for a walk through the woods and along the sea shore
  • Balmacara square – a cafe, and a few other independent shops
  • Gavin Maxwell (Ring of Bright Water) Museum between Kyle and the Skye Bridge – Eilean Ban Trust.  There is a museum and a hide for watching otters.
  • Eilean Donan Castle – beautiful, iconic castle built originally in the mid 13th century.   It has been rebuilt many times as the feudal history of Scotland has unfolded.  You can explore almost every part of the castle.

30 minutes drive

  • Attadale Gardens – on the road to Lochcarron.
  • Broadford on Skye – there are a variety of shops, banks, petrol station, vets and the local accident and emergency hospital. We have a leaflet of walks around Broadford you can borrow.
  • Kylehea – otter watch hide, and ferry to Glen Elg.
  • Kyleakin – a few shops, cafes and the old castle ruins

 45 minutes drive

  • Armadale and the Clan Douglas estate and grounds.  Ferry to Mallaig, and gift shops.
  • Loch Carron – the village is over the other side of the loch with the same name, there are gift shops, cafes and hotels.  Loch Carron is a long village all along the shore line.  There is also a golf course outside the village.
  • Sheil Bridge and the Five Sisters – beautiful Munro walking.
  • Glen Elg by road – a drive which takes in some lovely views of the Five Sisters.

1 –1.30 hours drive

  • Applecross – For an unforgettable day out we would recommend a drive through the Applecross Mountains to the far side of the peninsular. The mountain pass – which is the the highest road in the UK – winds its way up through the mountains to spectacular views from the top.  The road down soon reveals views of golden sand and sparkling sea. The little fishing village of Applecross has a community shop with fuel, a fishing harbour and the Applecross Inn with a beach side garden.  The Inn reputedly serves the best fish and chips in the UK – as part of a wide menu which includes a good vegetarian selection.
  • Dunvegan Castle on Skye – a great castle and beautiful gardens
  • Fort William – at the foot of Ben Nevis this town is full of walking shops as well as the usual town shops.
  • Ullapool – a busy but picturesque ferry port with an interesting mix of gift shops, a very nice place to have fish and chips sat overlooking the harbour and the mountains.  Ferries go from here to the Western Isles.

2 hours drive or more

  • Inverness – the capital of the Highlands is a charming city complete with river, castle, museums, and restaurants – and of course shops! Travel there from Kyle (or our adjacent village Durinish) along the historic Kyle Line. This line was re-opened through the work of the community and then made famous by Michael Palin when he included it in his top ten train journeys of the world.  For more information see the pack in our breakfast room.
  • Gairloch – beautiful bays and beaches, after a stunning car journey.  The mountain coffee shop and gift shop are worth a visit.
  • Inverewe Gardens – a collection of plants from much hotter climates, but thriving on the North West coast because of the Gulf Stream.

There are many more!

Glenleg & Brochs  •  Balmacara Walks  •  Railway Museum Kyle  •  Glassbottom Boat

Duirinish Village  •  Sisters of KIntail  •  Sallachy  •  Falls of Glomach  •  Mam RataganGlenelg – Skye Ferry also … The Cuillin Hills  •  Ashaig Beach  •  Otter Centre Kyleakin   •  Otters at Kylerhea  •  Clan Donald Centre•  Misty Isle Boat Trips  •  Bella Jane Boat Trip  •  Broadford Village  •  The Skye Bridge  •  Isle of Raasay  •  Ardvasar  •  Armadale Castle   •  Gaelic College  •  Sleat Peninsula  •  Isle Ornsay  •  Dunvegan Castle