Achnanellan, Acharacle, Highland


Achnanellan, Acharacle, Highland

A stunning and totally secluded traditional modernised farmhouse on the shores of Loch Shiel on the beautiful Ardnamurchan peninsula

Idea family or holiday home with income potential from adjacent bothy 

Panoramic rural views across Loch Shiel and the surrounding countryside

Fully equipped with boats and ATV

Ground Floor:  Open veranda, hall, study/bedroom 1, inner hall, lounge, kitchen, utility room, sun room and bathroom

First Floor:  Landing and 3 bedrooms

Stunning garden grounds, woodland and rough ground, extending to approximately 4 acres (1.62ha)

Shore frontage.  Sheltered bay

Energy Rating F38



Achnanellan (meaning ‘field of the island’) sits in the heart of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, overlooking the picturesque waters of Loch Shiel, by the Green Isle, and close to Acharacle.  The area is steeped in history, as it was up Loch Shiel that Bonnie Prince Charlie sailed before landing at Glenfinnan in 1745 at the beginning of the famous Jacobite revolution.  With no vehicular access to the property, the property is accessed by boat from Dalilea Pier on the north shore of Loch Shiel, and is a short trip of approximately 10 minutes by boat.

The loch is also renowned for the quality of its game fishing and wildlife. This was famously documented in Mike Tomkie’s book ‘A Last Wild Place’, which was written from a similarly remote cottage further down the loch.

The Ardnamurchan peninsula is renowned for a variety of outdoor sights and activities available in the most magnificent surroundings.  These include the lovely sandy beaches of Sanna Bay, the walking, deer stalking, fishing on rivers, hill and sea lochs, the picturesque ruin of Castle Tioram, bird watching and wide variety of flora and fauna.

The tip of the Ardnamurchan peninsula is the most westerly point of the British Mainland and this secluded corner on the west coast must be one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of Scotland with its lovely sheltered sea lochs dotted with small islands and the wooded hills rising steeply from the shores.

The village of Acharacle, approximately five miles away from the property, supports an active community and offers the usual village amenities complete with two hotels, a post office, tearoom, excellent village store, a bakery, fish and chip shop and an outdoors shop.  In addition, there is a doctors’ surgery, several churches and a newly-built eco primary school.  There is a newly-built secondary school in the village of Strontian.      

The village of Kilchoan to the west provides is the departure point for the ferry to Tobermory on the island of Mull, which has a wide range of shops and facilities.

Further afield are the thriving towns of Fort William and Oban, both of which offer excellent travel links to the rest of the UK. 

On disembarking the ferry take the A861 southwards to Strontian.  Continue to Salen and then follow the signs for Acharacle.   Once arriving at Acharacle, proceed towards Lochailort and after approximately 3 miles take the right turn to Dalilea.  Follow the road until the end and park at the pier.  You will be met by the client and his boat.


Achnanellan is a substantial, detached farmhouse on the southern shore of Loch Shiel.  There has been a dwelling on this site since the 17th century when it was a sheep farm.  Renovated in the early 1980’s, the property now consists of a comfortable family home with extensive outbuildings sitting in spacious, private and peaceful grounds.  Achnanellan is one of only six cottages on the shores of Loch Shiel, and one of only four that provide total seclusion without any form of vehicular access. 

The property is of stone construction and has a profiled slate effect roof.  There is an adjacent byre which is currently used as a workshop and store, and a bunkhouse which although in need of modernisation, provides sleeping accommodation for approximately 6+ persons, and offers excellent potential for development.

The property is entered via an open veranda which leads to a hall.  Off the hall is a study/bedroom 1 which has a west facing window.

The lounge is a well-proportioned room with triple aspect windows affording excellent views.  The ceiling has exposed beams and a wood burning stove which sits in a slate hearth.  With exposed natural stone, natural wood finishes and neutral décor, this is a light and pleasant living space.

The kitchen is dual aspect with windows to the north and south, and a range of wooden fitted floor and wall units.  There are marble-effect roll top worksurfaces and a stainless steel sink with mixer tap.  The room is heated by a Woodwarm wood burning stove and there is a light tube.  There is ample space for a dining table. 

There is a well-equipped utility room, and a sun room with dual aspect windows to the south and east and an external wooden door leading to the garden.

Each of the upstairs bedrooms have wood panelled walls and coombed ceilings into which are set double glazed Velux windows.  Bedroom 1 has an area of recessed shelving while bedrooms 2 and 3 both have hatches to the loft area. 

Completing the accommodation is a sizeable, bright and airy family bathroom which has white painted wood panelling complemented by a brightly painted wall.  There is a white bathroom suite and a wood panelled bath with mixer shower.

Outside, the property sits in a superb, level, north-facing site extending to approximately 4 acres with views to Loch Shiel and Ben Resipole to the rear.  There is a private sheltered bay for boats.  The garden is a pleasant mixture of lawned areas with mature trees and bushes planted, as well as rougher moorland ground and woodland.  There are beautiful rural views on all sides, and absolute peace and privacy.

There is a bunkhouse which is divided into a kitchen and sitting area, and in addition has bunk rooms to sleep six as well as a shower and drying room.

The adjacent stone byre is currently used for storage and workshop facilities.

Further outbuildings such as a polytunnel and greenhouse are ideal for the keen gardener and offer a touch of ‘the good life’ with the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables.


Open Veranda 2.00m x 4.18m

Porch.  Wood panelled walls.  Conservation roof light  Exterior lights.  Hardwood stable half glazed door to hall.  Quarry tiled flooring.  Ceiling light.


Door to study/bedroom 1 and front door.  Quarry tiled flooring.  Ceiling light.

Bedroom 1/Study 3.45m x 3.95m

Sash and case window with secondary double glazing (E) to rear.  Single glazed window (W) to front.  Hatch to loft.  Coat rail.  Gas heater.  Two telephone points.  Fitted carpet.  Ceiling light.

Inner Hall

Doors to kitchen, lounge and utility room.  Wood panelled walls and ceiling.  Ceramic floor tiles.  Bulkhead light.

Lounge 4.10m x 4.40m

Triple aspect with windows (N) to side, (S) to side and (W) to front.  Window seats.  Exposed ceiling beams.  Wood burning stove on tiled hearth with feature natural stone wall behind.  Wooden panelling.  Television point.  Central heating radiator.  Fitted carpet.  Two wall lights.  Two spotlights.  Two ceiling lights.

Utility Room 3.50m x 3.00m (max)

Window (N).  Wood panelled walls on three sides.  Vallant boiler.  Hotpoint automatic washing machine.  Zanussi condenser dryer.  Norfrost chest freezer.  Telephone point.   Vinyl floor covering.  Light tube.  Ceiling light

Sun Room 2.54m x 2.25m

Double glazed windows (N) and (E).  Half glazed door (E).  Perspex roofing.  Fitted carpet.

Bathroom 3.10m x 2.10m

Double glazed window (W).  Wood panelled walls.  Three-piece suite in white comprising:  W.C., wash hand basin and wood panelled bath with shower over.  Wall mounted mirror.  vanity cabinet.  Heated towel rail.  Painted concrete floor. 

Kitchen 4.00m x 4.4m

Windows (S) and (N).  Exposed beams.  Range of wooden fitted floor and wall units.  Marble-effect roll top worksurfaces.  Tiling to upstands.  Woodwarm wood burning stove.  One and a half bowl stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap.  Gas fridge.  Space for a dining table.  Storage under window.  .  Vinyl floor covering.  Two daylight tubes.  Three spotlights.  One striplight.

Dog leg staircase to landing.


Velux window.  Doors to all upstairs accommodation.  Hatch to loft.  Smoke detector.  Doors to eaves storage.  Fitted carpet.  Ceiling light.

Bedroom 2 4.70m x 2.90m (max)

Velux windows on (E) and (W) elevation.  Coombed ceiling.  Wood panelled walls.  Recessed shelving.  Telephone point.  Fitted carpet.  Three spotlights.

Bedroom 3 4.14m x 3.62m (max)

Two Velux windows on (S) elevation.  Double glazed window (N).  Hatch to loft.  Wood panelling on three walls.  Central heating radiator.  Wall light.

Bedroom 4 4.00m x 3.70m (max)

Double glazed window (N).  Velux window on (S) elevation.  Window (W).  Wood panelling on three walls.  Hatch to loft.  Central heating radiator.  Fitted carpet.  Wall light.


Outside, the property sits in a superb, level, north-facing site extending to approximately 4 acres with views to Loch Shiel and Ben Resipole to the rear.  There is a private sheltered bay for boats.  The garden is a pleasant mixture of lawned areas with mature trees and bushes planted, as well as rougher moorland ground and woodland.  There are beautiful rural views on all sides, and absolute peace and privacy.

Several outbuildings provide useful storage and work space and the opportunity to develop further for other purposes, subject to obtaining the necessary consents:

Outbuilding 11.22m x 0.61m

Blockwork general store.  Shelving.  Concrete floor.  Light and power.

Coal Shed

Outbuilding 2

Wood store.  Chicken house.

Two sheds

Outbuilding 3

Compartment 1 - Two compartments containing an Alize 6000 SDE generator.

Compartment 2 – Switch room.  Power and light.


Fruit and vegetable garden

Bunkhouse (to sleep six)

Comprising:  kitchen/sitting room.  Beech wall and floor units.  Stainless steel single drainer.  Parkinson Cowan cooker.  Gas Fridge.

Lounge/Kitchen 4.23m x 7.30m

Windows (N) and (S).  Part fitted carpet.  Part quarry tiled floor.  Three ceiling lights.

Room 1 2.30m x 2.00m

Window (S).  Partially coombed ceiling.  Fitted carpet.  Ceiling light.

Room 2 2.00m x 3.4m

Window (S).  Fitted carpet.

Store Room 4.10m x 3.68m

Windows (S) and (E).  Wooden external door.   

Room 3 2.30m x 2.00m

Window (N).  Two bunks.  Smoke detector.  Fitted carpet.  Pendant light.

Hall 1.77m x 2.30m

Leading to:  utility room and drying room in which there is a Hotpoint automatic washing machine and Hotpoint condenser dryer.

Shower Room 1.60m x 1.80m

Mains shower cubicle with folding door.  Two piece suite in white comprising W.C. and wash hand basin with splashback.  Ceiling light.


Stone  Byre suitable for conversion, divided into two compartments.  Shelved.  Light and power.

Compartment 1 4.17m x 3.70m

Compartment 2 7.70m x 3.70m

Fruit garden




Private electricity provided by diesel generator
Private water
Drainage to septic tank
Partial central heating.  Central heating by multifuel stove.
Telephone and Broadband


PH36 4JX

Council Tax

Band C

Energy Rating




From Glasgow airport, take the M8 west to the Erskine Bridge.  On crossing the bridge bear left towards Crianlarich and follow the A82 past Loch Lomond, through Crianlarich and follow the signs for Fort William through Glen Coe.  Continue northwards along the A82 towards Fort William until arriving at the Corran Ferry which is signposted on the left hand side of the road. 


Get in touch

2 Gibraltar Street, Oban, Argyll PA34 4AY Telephone: 01631 566 122
Fax: 01631 564 764

Closing Date

A Closing Date may be fixed and we would advise prospective purchasers to register their interest with 2 Gibraltar Street, Oban, Argyll, PA34 4AY.

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that parties having registered their interest will be notified of a closing date this cannot be guaranteed. It should be noted that the vendor reserves the right to accept offers prior to a closing date being set.

Important Notice

These sale particulars were prepared on the basis of information provided to us by our clients and/or our local knowledge. Whilst we make every reasonable effort to ensure that they are correct, no warranty or guarantee is given and prospective purchasers should not rely upon them as statements or representations of fact. Furthermore neither Bell Ingram Limited nor its directors or employees assume any responsibility therefore. In particular –

(i) prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the structural condition of any buildings or other erections and the state of repair of any services, appliances, equipment or facilities;

(ii) any photographs included in these particulars are for general information only and any furniture or contents shown in these photographs are not included in the sale unless this is expressly stated in these particulars; and

(iii) any descriptions, measurements or dimensions quoted are approximate only and references to conditions, planning permissions, services, usage, construction, fittings & fixtures and moveable items are for guidance only.