Specialist Accommodation for Jan's Students
Accommodation can be a bit of a challenge to find in this sparsely-populated part of the world, especially if you are travelling alone, or are looking for a reduced rate for a longer stay. I am pleased to say that I can recommend the following two places to stay, both of which offer my students a reduced rate from their normal tarrif and offer varying degrees of home-from-home facilities, such as access to cooking facilities. This all adds up to a more comfortable, cheaper and less formal living experience for course participants. For fuller details, please read the individual details given below. If these are full, or don't suit, to speed up your search, you could try the Tourist Office for advice (tel 01854 612486).
Budget Bothy, Elphin
Only 10 minutes walk from my studio is this lovely little bothy. It has its own outside loo and shower room, and some cooking facilities. You must bring your own sleeping bag. Clean and cheap and sleeps up to 4 in one room, though single people are very welcome to book it for their exclusive use. Cost is £20 per night per person, though this becomes cheaper per person if you book as a group.Campervans are also welcome on this croft, with access to a toilet, shower and clean water supplies (though no facilities for emptying campervan toilets). To park up costs £5 per night. To book, contact Jan Kilpatrick in the first instance. NB The Bothy is only available for Jan's students this year. Sorry!
Westlea House, Ullapool
This stylish boutique B&B, run by the very friendly Terry & Shirley Rose is located in the centre of Ullapool on a quiet tree lined road. All rooms offer individual, stylish ensuite accommodation with a choice of delicious breakfasts included in the room rate. You will be able to sit in the lovely guests lounge and enjoy the local art on display, read the many art reference books, play games or play the vinyl records. The hosts are happy to heat up ready meals in their microwave and set you up in the the dining area to eat meals or takeaways.
There is a choice of single, twin or double rooms and you can check availability and book rooms directly through the website at www.westlea-ullapool.co.uk. Alternatively call Terry & Shirley on 01854 612594 to discuss anything.
Room rates are from £45 single, £90 twin or doubles and stays of 4 nights or more qualify for a 10% discount.
Other accommodation options that might suit are listed below.
Elphin and Beyond (less than 20 minutes scenic travelling distance from studio).
The Altnacealagach Motel 5 minutes drive north of the studio
Burnside Self Catering (sleeps 4). Elphin, Sutherland. 10 minutes walk from studio.
View Hill, Elphin, Sutherland. Elphin Self Catering cottage. 10 minutes walk from studio. (sleeps 4)
The Byre Bed and Breakfast, Inchnadamph. En Suite B&B 10 minutes drive north of the Studio.
Ardmair Caravan Park, Self catering Holiday accommodation at Ardmair Beach. Chalets, touring caravans & camping park.
Discover Assynt : Self Catering cottages north of Jan's studio.
Assynt Lochinver & Coigach peninsula, Self-catering and Bed and breakfast sites in Assynt, Lochinver & Coigach areas.
Ullapool Area (20 minutes drive south of the studio)
Ullapool is a lovely commute from Jan's Studio, with the mountains changing colour and shape, depending on the weather, but always giving a dramatic thrill to the trip. It also offers a wide range of accommodation options and restaurants and even live music.
Try the Tourist Office for advice, or one of the following:
Richard and Valerie Smith, self-catering flat, Shore Street, Ullapool. Tel: 01854 612667, 07717833267. http://www.ullapoolflat.com
Holly Cottage, Ullapool (sleeps up to 4) Tel: 01463 792090
Corran Beg, Studio apartment, sleeps 2, sea views.
Taigh Sona, Airy and spacious ground floor apartment with big south facing windows, sleeps up to 2 (double bed easy access apartment).
Caladh Ur, Apartment in quiet, secluded neighbourhood overlooking Loch Broom.(1 bedroom - sleeps up to 4).
The Ullapod, Cabin (glamping pod) sits in garden, tucked under a cherry tree, sleeps up to two. Comprises two single beds + a small kitchen unit.
Registry Cottage, Modestly-sized and modestly-priced cottage. Double room and bunk-bed room.
Rubha Mor Self Catering, Accommodation for one or two folk. In the village, but secluded and right on the shoreline.
The Yellow House (sleeps 4). This is an art-lover's house not far from the shore in Ullapool. It is architect-designed, elegantly furnished and has shelves full of good literature.
Arkle Self Catering (sleeps 4) One double room and one twin. Frances Fogg : tel : +44 (0)1854 612368, mob : 07773304789
Allison Henderson, (5 Parc Mhor, Braes, Ullapool, Wester Ross, IV26 2SW. tel: +44 (0)1854 612487 (self catering, sleeps 2) www.ullapoolrowanlea.co.uk
Alice Keppel, 5 Castle Terrace, Ullapool, Highlands, IV26 2XD. Compact self catering apartment (sleeps 2). http://www.beachhutullapool.co.uk/ tel: +44 (0)1854 61 24 61
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