I recently spent a wonderful weekend having an out of season break based in a cottage right on Camusdarach beach as part of a paid partnership with the Road to the Isles Marketing Group
My cottage for the weekend, second from left, Rhu Ach Mhor
This trip was to show that there was still plenty to see and do even out of season, avoiding the problems faced during the summer season with overcrowding at the popular spots, but also just taking some time to enjoy an area and slow down and relax!
As a landscape photographer, autumn and winter are the best times of the year I find as the quality of light and atmospheric weather makes for some awesome shots! So being based right on the coast with amazing views to the Isles of Rùm and Eigg couldn’t have been any more perfect
Sunset view to Rùm
A day started walking along the beach was perfect, a bracing wind and stunning views before breakfast out a smile on my face! A mile or two passes in no time and at this time of year, you practically have a whole beach to yourself!
My first evening was spent enjoying some brilliant Gaelic recitals and Trad music in Arisaig! Hearing our language spoken in amazing songs and poems in a place like this was amazing! Even having our MCs, two teenagers tell us what was coming next in fluent Gaelic was heartening and great to hear!
Every day was filled with hikes and stunning views! A couple of hikes which started from Loch Morar. Scotland’s deepest loch and home to its very own monster, so I was told, though I didn’t spot anything haha!
The other bonus about having a short break at this time of year, is the shorter days! You can manage a decent day of hiking and photography and then return to your accommodation for a cosy and relaxing night by the stove or peering out the window hoping for a glimpse of northern lights!
Cosy night’s by the fire
There are plenty of hotels and restaurants still open to get an evening meal of the though of cooking isn’t for you! And in Morar, there is even a Thai takeaway which is very highly rated!
Day trips to Knoydart are still available during the off season, but the boats are not as often with only one drop off and pick up so it will be the full day! And watch the weather forecast as they may be off altogether but there is Britain’s most remote pub on Knoydart so I guess a unexpected overnight stay wouldn’t be that bad!
I can honestly say this was a very relaxing and fulfilling weekend! Not to mention memorable as my son, Harris, at 14 months took his first steps on this trip! I’ll leave this with a favourite image of mine from the weekend… but would love to know where you would like to spend a weekend in Scotland during the off season