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Local Facilities

Getting There

Flying
The nearest airport is Inverness, which is approximately 70 miles away, or around an hour and a half by car. Flights are available from London Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Jersey, Amsterdam, Orkney, Shetland and The Outer Hebrides. A larger, more international, airport is available in Aberdeen, but this is quite a bit further away, at 160 miles from Slumbay House, or around three and half hours by car.

Rail
The Caledonian Sleeper https://www.sleeper.scot, the overnight train service from London, terminates at Inverness from where it is straightforward to rent a car for the onward journey.

Alternatively, you could then transfer to the local Kyle of Lochalsh train and get off at Strathcarron (www.scotrail.co.uk). There you will be met by a local bus that will drop you off within walking distance of the house (or, if you ask the driver nicely, in front of the gate). See here for the local bus timetable. Please note, however, that public transport locally is very limited and that, without access to a car during your stay, the range of activities open to you will be much smaller.

Driving
If you are driving from the south, it is about five hours -- from either Glasgow or Edinburgh. The east coast A9 route is quicker, but the west coast route via Glen Coe, Fort William and the famous “Five Sisters” is more attractive.

Arrival

Upon arrival, you will need to obtain the key to the house. One set of keys is provided in a key safe local to the property. The location and access code to the key safe will be provided by email prior to arrival.

The address of the house is:

Slumbay House
Church Street
Lochcarron
Strathcarron
IV54 8YP

Groceries

There is well-stocked local shop in the village, about ten minutes’ walk from the house. This also operates one of the two petrol stations in the village. The other one is at Lochcarron Garage, but this does not operate on Sundays. There is also one in Applecross.

Tesco also delivers locally! You can order online at https://www.tesco.com. If you book the delivery slot between 11.00am and 1.00pm on the Saturday of your arrival, we will happily receive your order and put it away in the kitchen. However, if you want to take advantage of this, please don’t leave it to the last minute to place your order as that is a popular slot that becomes unavailable very quickly!

Please note that the tap water is safe to drink.

Restaurants and Pubs

In Lochcarron:
Lochcarron Bistro: Main Street, Lochcarron, IV54 8YD; Tel: 01520 722799 (Booking Advisable).
Rockvilla Hotel: Main Street, Lochcarron, IV54 8YB; Tel: 01520 722379; Web: https://therockvillalochcarron.com.

Nearby:
Applecross Inn: Shore Street, Applecross, IV54 8LR; Tel: 01520 744262; Web: https://www.applecrossinn.co.uk (Booking Advisable).
Carron Restaurant: Cam-Allt Strathcarron, IV54 8YX; Tel: 01520 722488; Web: https://www.carronrestaurant.com.
Kishorn Seafood Bar: Kishorn, Lochcarron, IV54 8XA; Tel: 01520 733240; Web: http://www.kishornseafoodbar.co.uk.
Shieldaig Bar and Coastal Kitchen: Shieldaig, IV54 8XN; Tel: 01520 755251; Web: http://www.shieldaigbarcoastalkitchen.co.uk (Booking Advisable).
Strathcarron Hotel: Strathcarron, IV54 8YR; Tel: 01520 722 227; Web: http://www.strathcarronhotel.com.

Medical Assistance

Medical Centre: 01520 722 215.
Emergency Dentist: 01463 704 635 or NHS Helpline (0845 644 2271).

Emergency Services

Police, Ambulance, Fire Service, Coast Guard, Mountain Rescue: 999.

Other Useful Links

Providing general information on Lochcarron and the surrounding area: https://www.lochcarron.org.uk. Providing a flavour of what you can expect from the area, head to the personal web site of local photographer and musician, Steve Carter: http://www.stevecarter.com.

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