PLOCKTON in the Western Highlands of Scotland must be the most scenic village in Scotland, and it is a paradise for painters, photographers, hillwalkers, sailors and many others! It is situated in a sheltered corner on the shore of Loch Carron – so sheltered in fact, that visitors are astonished to see palm trees growing in the gardens there! Loch Carron is a sea loch (fjiord) which opens onto the Isle of Skye’s ‘Inner Sound’.
Drumbeg, 19 Harbour St., Plockton is an1860s terraced house with four bedrooms and sleeps eight or nine adults. A downstairs bedroom has a double bed, and of the three upstairs bedrooms, one has a double bed and the others twin beds. Additionally there is a ‘fold away’ bed and two children’s cots. Duvet covers are provided but we prefer guests to bring their own together with their own pillowslips, sheets and towels although these can be provided by arrangement.
The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer and other small electrical appliances. A BBQ is in the garage, together with the tools and garden chairs and there are picnic tables in both the front and back gardens. There is a toilet/bathroom downstairs and a toilet/shower upstairs. The house is heated with storage heaters and there is an open coal fire and electric heaters. There are two video players, two flat screen televisions, plenty radios and a multitude of books. (If you take a book, please leave one!).
A pre-pay coin phone is provided, and there is a telephone kiosk (bright red, traditional) just across the road. Mobile phones get excellent reception and broadband Wifi is available so bring a laptop. At the rear of the house there is a large conservatory, set up as a dining area.
In the shed/garage there is an extra toilet and wash basin – very handy when there are a lot of guests – or kids, or if you are having a BBQ! Also in the shed is a child’s push chair should you need it. Private parking is available at the side or behind the house.
Our caretaker Jan lives nearby and will be available to answer your questions regarding the house or the area. She can arrange to have coal delivered, find a reliable baby sitter, or have basic groceries delivered from the local shop should you plan to arrive late in the evening!
You may be interested to know that the house is the UK home of the owners Alan Burrell (a Scot) and Khin Soe Tin (aka Suzie) who is Burmese. We live most of the year in Manila, Philippines running our ‘villa rental & yacht charter’ business at a beach area called ‘Puerto Galera’, and spend July and August at home in Plockton. We hope that you will find No. 19 more of a comfortable ‘home-from-home’ rather than a ‘commercial letting property’!
PLEASE NOTE: DRUMBEG, PLOCKTON IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR RENT DURING JULY AND AUGUST. IT IS IN USE BY THE OWNERS DURING THIS PERIOD.TripAdvisor property ID 3521901...Read more
As noted above, PLOCKTON in the Western Highlands of Scotland must be the most scenic village in Scotland, and is a paradise for painters, photographers, hillwalkers, sailors and many others! It is situated in a sheltered corner on the shore of Loch Carron – so sheltered in fact, that visitors are astonished to see palm trees growing in the gardens there! Loch Carron is a sea loch (fjiord) which opens onto the Isle of Skye’s ‘Inner Sound’.
Drumbeg, 19 Harbour Street, is one of the original village houses built in 1860s. It is on the main street in the centre of the village with spectacular views across Loch Carron to Duncraig Castle and the awesome ‘Crags’ above. The name Plockton comes from the Gaelic word “Ploc” meaning a promontory and “ton” – a small population centre. Plockton’s population is about 325 in the winter to about three times that in the summer.
Duncraig Castle is a young castle by Scottish standards – built in the 1860’s by one of the Mathieson family of the Hongkong’s shipping and trading firm Jardine Mathieson – where it had a historically had a significant role in the Far East opium trade! It was a ‘stately home’ until WWII when it became a naval hospital, and thereafter for many years it was a domestic science college for west highland ladies. It is now a bed & breakfast facility.
Plockton is an excellent centre for exploring the Isle of Skye and the western highlands, from Knoydart to Torridon and Inverness to the outer islands. The local community is vibrant and energetic, and visitors will find truly warm west highland welcome awaiting them. The late July- early August Plockton Sailing Regatta ~ the ‘Whisky Olympics’ brings Plockton sailors, aficionados and their families from all over the world.
More About This Location
Nearest ferry port: Armadale, 20 miles Nearest train station: Plockton Nearest airport: Inverness, 80 miles Car is recommended
Left on 09/19/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | A group from CanadaReviewed Sep 19, 2013Stayed May 2013
Drumbeg is perfect accommodation for three couples. Comfortable and well equipped it also has the luxury of a solarium in the back yard. It did rain from time to time (surprise surprise)but dining and socialising in the sun room diminished the gloom substantially. On those beautiful sunny days we took advantage of Drumbeg's lovely garden across the street and on the bay. For anyone touring Scotland, a visit to Plockton will provide another perspective on the country and a stay at Drumbeg will enhance the experience.
“Drumbeg offers beautiful views, comfort and a great housekeeper.”
Left on 09/19/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | LydsgalReviewed Sep 19, 2013Stayed May 2013
We found Drumbeg on the Plockton website and although the owner lives elsewhere in the world, it was easy to make contact with him via email and the booking was made without any problem. It offered everything we were looking for: at least three bedrooms, two bathrooms, the owners were happy to have pets staying at the property and, best of all, Drumbeg was on Harbour Street right in the middle of Plockton. The Housekeeper, Jan, was easily contactable both prior to and during our stay. She called round on our first full day to ensure we had everything we needed and she also rang the day we were leaving to ask if we'd enjoyed our stay and had found everything we needed in the property.
If you're looking for contemporary accommodation decorated to a very high specification, Drumbeg is not for you, but if you like real fires, sofas you can sink into, a well-stocked (if unmatched) kitchen and well-appointed bedrooms then you'll thoroughly enjoy Drumbeg.
Location-wise, we absolutely love Plockton, it certainly is the jewel of the Highlands. It offers a great base from which to explore both the islands and mainland, although there is plenty to do in the village itself, from hiking and walking to cayaking and other watersports and everything in between. There are certainly lots of eateries to choose from. We particularly like Plockton Shores restaurant but you do need to book for dinner if you want to go.
We enjoyed Drumbeg so much that we came home and re-booked for next year - we didn't want to miss out on this lovely accommodation!
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