Ecotone Cabin, Ullapool

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A mindfully built lochside cabin for 1-2, on the edge of a conifer woodland near Ullapool

1 Bathroom

Eco conscious

EV charging

Parking

WiFi

Space & setting.

Cloaked by woodland on the shores of Loch Broom, this cabin has sustainability built into it – quite literally. Crafted from timber milled from the very forest it sits within, every element is eco friendly with top-spec natural insulation and renewable heating. The striking black exterior simultaneously stands out and melts into the epic surroundings, whilst muted neutrals and raw textures inside keep your focus on those bewitching views. Take the yoga mat outside for sun salutations on the deck and you may spy red squirrels scampering past.

A short trip along the road (7 mins’ drive) lies the quaint fishing village of Ullapool. A key stop on the North Coast 500 circuit, it’s famed for its arty shops and seafood eateries. Hire kayaks to explore the coastline — or take a wild sea dip if you’re feeling hardy. You can also day trip to Skye, Lewis, or Harris by ferry from the local port. But return to your cabin while it’s still light, to sit by your firepit and watch the sun sink down over the sea loch. Magical.

Getting here: it’s best to drive.

“Our family purchased the forest in 1992, and 3 generations of us live nearby in our own self-built cabins. We run an ecological timber-building company, which allowed us to design and build the cabins entirely ourselves from the ground up. Our family also run an all-season outdoor children’s nursery, a woodland croft/smallholding, and an off-grid permaculture forest garden and outdoor venue here. We seek to bring about wider positive social and ecological change by providing an inspiring exempla of lower impact, environmentally conscientious, community-engaged enterprise and restorative land management, whilst diversifying the woodland at the same time.” The Planterose Family

My Kip favourites

They love
“Just sitting in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows and watching the trees blow in the wind, a squall pass by, a snow shower fall or the sun dancing on the loch.”

We love
The immersive feel, thanks to all the glass and wood.

You may not love
A 3-night minimum stay. Some noise from the main road during peak seasons (not noticeable indoors). You’ll need a car to get here and explore. Sorry, no pets.

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  • “We stayed 3 nights in this cabin and it was a once in a lifetime experience that needs repeating! Everything was perfect from the booking process onwards, with the cabin itself being cozy and incredibly well equipped with a view nobody could get tired of. We'll be back for sure.”

    Elizabeth, January 2023

Sustainability.

“The cabins were built using sustainably sourced timber by our own ecological timber building company North Woods Construction, including from trees grown and milled on site. Ecological insulation in the form of sheep wool and wood fibre. Highly energy efficient with deep insulation, great air tightness and renewable heating systems. Waste is separated and recycled, including in-house commercial scale composting. Cleaning products and toiletries are from Miniml, Bio-D and other environmentally responsible producers. We purchase from a selection of environmentally conscious, ethical and local producers/suppliers.”

Surrounds.

  • Ullapool
    Ullapool
  • Forest Cabins, Ullapool
  • Forest Cabins, Ullapool
  • Forest Cabins, Ullapool
  • Forest Cabins, Ullapool
  • Ullapool Harbour
    Ullapool Harbour
  • Hire bikes and explore the stunning Highlands landscapes on 2 wheels — choose from road, mountain and e-bikes.
  • Swim in Loch Broom and discover the remote coastline and sea lochs around Ullapool. Kayak Summer Isles can kit you up for your adventures.
  • The Ceilidh Place in Ullapool started life as a boatshed cafe in 1970. It’s now a cultural hub where you can enjoy music, art, food and drinks.
  • Or dine at The Dipping Lugger; a quintessential modern-Scottish hotel. Standing proudly on the shore of Loch Broom, it offers cosy interiors and mountainous views over award-winning seasonal fare.
  • Day trip to Skye, Lewis or Harris from Ulapool’s ferry port.

Specifics.

  • Sustainable timber cabin in a forest
  • 1 kingsize bedroom (can be twinned) with ensuite shower bathroom
  • Underfloor heating throughout
  • Bathrobes and environmentally-friendly refillable toiletries
  • Well-equipped kitchen including oven, induction hob and hand blender
  • Basic cooking supplies provided and a welcome box of local produce
  • Open-plan dining/lounge with board games, cards, books and Smart TV
  • Balcony with table and chairs
  • Outdoor firepit and hammock
  • Yoga mat
  • Cot, bedding, high chair and changing unit for 1 baby
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • Onsite children’s outdoor nursery and forest school club (during school holidays)
  • The owners live close by and are available by phone should you need them
  • Bike hire available locally (3 miles away)
  • Drive 7 mins to shops, pubs and seafood restaurants
  • Forest Cabins Short Term Let Licence in line with Scotland’s licencing scheme is number HI-10005-F
  • Booking conditions: 3-night minimum stay. A £250 security deposit will be required by the owner after booking, and refunded to you following property inspection after your stay
  • Remember to pack: slippers (no shoes indoors please), swimming costumes and beach towels, boots or wellies in winter

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30% deposit on booking, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 12+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 12 weeks of stay.

FAQs.

Yes. There is a good gravel vehicle track right to the front door and a parking space right outside plus a spare space for visitor parking.

Yes. The cabin has a dedicated 3kW 13A outdoor socket in the porch area that is within reach of the parking space for most portable domestic (granny) charger cables. There is also a short specialist heavy-duty extension cable in case the portable charger cable is too short.

Ullapool is 2.5 miles away and has three separate high-speed chargers at different sites.

Regretfully not.

No. The cabin is highly insulated and has zoned underfloor heating throughout so it is very warm and comfortable, and does not need a wood-burning stove.

There is an outside firepit with a free bucket of wood and kindling.

You can, and some guests do. As with most rural areas, it isn’t as easy as it should be, but the owners are happy to try and help with your effort. The main bus route goes from Inverness to Ullapool and it is normally possible to get dropped off at the bottom of the driveway. If you do end up in Ullapool, then there is a local taxi service or the owners can arrange to pick you up. 

See our Surrounds section for inspiration. Once you’ve booked, the owners will also send their Digital Guidebook that provides loads of useful information, suggestions and inside tips on things to do, including restaurants and day trips.

There is an off-road route from the cabin to Ullapool that goes along track, footpath and pavement. It takes at least an hour and is usually wet underfoot, so bring good boots. It’s a nice walk and a good way to get to/from Ullapool, but if you are coming or going with your luggage then we would recommend a taxi or asking for a lift from the owners.

We would not consider the cabin to be fully wheelchair accessible, but it may suit people with limited mobility. It has front-door parking & level ground-floor access with no steps. Some doorways are >800mm.

 

No. The owners do not feel that an electric or non renewably powered hot tub is consistent with a sustainable tourism business.

The cabin and deck are no smoking areas. This includes e-cigarettes/vaping. The hard gravel parking area is designated for smoking and there is a sand-filled butt bin provided. The cabin is timber and located in a forest, so accidental fire is a big concern!

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