The Lengths


near Fort William, Scotland

Utterly unique studio-for-2 overlooking a loch, on a peninsula near Fort William and Glen Nevis

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Close to a beach

Dog friendly

Eco conscious



Space & setting.

We’re booking in for our own version of summer camp at this modernist studio, the annexe of an old school built for the influx of workers’ children in the Sixties. Set on the Ardgour peninsula opposite Fort William, it once supported the local community as industrial practises boomed in the Highlands; left derelict in 2010 the owners revamped it into their home and a rental, and the building now overlooks mountains and a glassy loch on one side, and a working shipping dock on the other.

The studio also hosts regular creative residencies which are inspired by the old barter system, whereby artists can stay in exchange for creating a piece for the house’s collection. Even the coffee pouch features a specially commissioned artwork, and guests will also find a painting by Vivien McDermid, a still life by Susan Castillo, a landscape by Jonathan Lloyd, and lovely tactile ceramics handmade in Edinburgh. Elemental, remote and modular, the studio offers a unique experience for those in need of a quiet space. Bring your walking boots and waterproofs to stroll among the glens, then settle in for a game of Bananagrams, or with the binoculars – golden eagles can be seen swooping overhead whilst seals, otters and porpoises can be spotted in the water.

Getting here: drive to Corran (near Fort William) then take the car ferry to Ardgour (20 mins’ drive from here)

“Our place was listed for sale just as we were coming to the end of a long tenancy in Edinburgh. Life in the city was becoming untenable for 2 working artists, so we took a chance and made an offer. To our surprise (and sudden fear!) it was accepted. We moved straight into the school as it was (no water or electricity) and put our practical skills to work. It’s a proper self build, with all of our blood, sweat, tears and love poured into every corner of the building. Our end goal was to have a home and studios where we could carry on our practices, invite artists to come and make work and share it with people who love architecture, art, design and, of course, the Highland landscapes.” Owners, Susie and Ziggy

My Kip favourites

They love
“Watching the sun rise across the loch from the porch or bed nook with a cup of coffee.”

We love
The limited edition Giclèe print by Edinburgh-based artist Nancy Nightingale.

You may not love
A 3-night minimum stay.  Limited pedestrian ferry hours from Fort William to the Camusnagaul. No shops or pubs within walking distance (plan ahead and bring supplies).

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  • "A beautiful and inspiring place to spend time in. Easily close enough to amenities and interesting places regardless of your interests but likewise offers little reason to ever leave the apartment. The space and setting is full of character and beautiful objects. This is a space that has been carefully and thoughtfully formed, from the quality of furnishings and small provisions to the thoughtful touches in every corner, all culminating in an exceptional place to stay."

    Kathryn Murphy, 2023


 The building and interiors were designed using vintage, recycled, natural materials and trace VOC, and decorated with water based paints. All the products supplied were chosen with the environment in mind, mostly from independent makers within Scotland. The bathroom and cleaning products are chemical-free. Electricity comes from Octopus Energy who supply 100% of their electrical supplies from renewable sources.


  • Achaphubuil
  • Achaphubuil looking to Fort William
    Achaphubuil looking to Fort William
  • Ardnamurchan
  • Glen Nevis
    Glen Nevis
  • Achaphubuil
  • Achaphubuil
  • Achaphubuil
  • Glencoe
  • River to Sea Scotland can deliver canoes and kayaks to the house – sunrise and sunset from the water are particularly special.
  • Head to Conaglen for a wild, wonderful dip in its crystal-clear river, then return to warm up by the logburner and spend an afternoon reading.
  • Pack a picnic and spend a day at the white sands of Camusdarach (1 hours’ drive). On the way home pick up an authentic Thai takeaway from Sunset Morar.
  • The pedestrian ferry is a mile away on foot, providing access to Fort William for restaurants and bars – Susie and Ziggy recommend Black Isle Brewery, Rain Bakery and The Wild Cat.
  • Or zip to the mainland on the car ferry for a day climbing Ben Nevis — or Glencoe, which offers wild beauty without the gradient! We love the Glen Nevis gorge, which leads to the spectacular Steall Falls, the 2nd-highest waterfall in the UK.
  • Afterwards, cross back over the loch to the Ardgour peninsula and stop for a well-deserved pint at Ardgour Ales on the way home; on Fridays, they do a mean pizza, too.


  • Self-contained studio attached to the owners’ home
  • Set in Camusnagaul, a village on the Ardgour peninsula opposite Fort William; you can drive around the loch to it (40 mins) or take the car ferry over (5-10 mins)
  • Bed nook with kingsize bed
  • Bathroom with giant copper rainfall shower over bath; eco-friendly toiletries
  • Small but well-equipped kitchen including compact Baby Belling oven, induction hob, cafetière and milk frother; basics provided
  • Pre-order local produce for your arrival
  • Living/dining area warmed by a woodburner; boardgames, binoculars and books (note no TV)
  • WiFi
  • The owners are available by phone should you need anything
  • Drive 20 mins to Ardgour Ales for pizza on a Friday night
  • Walk to pedestrian ferry in 20 mins, which takes you to shops and restaurants in Fort William
  • Sorry, no children (possibility for a babe-in-arms, enquire in advance)
  • Dog-friendly
  • Booking conditions: a 3-night minimum stay
  • Remember to pack: walking boots, waterproof clothing and food supplies

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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.
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You can walk to the pedestrian ferry (1 mile) which takes you into Fort William town. The
ferry only takes 10 minutes but the service is very limited and doesn’t run in the evening. For times see

Yes. Buses and trains from all the major cities arrive into Fort William where you can catch the Camusnagaul Ferry over to Camusnagaul and walk the one mile along a flat, single track road to the house in Achaphubuil.

Yes. The studio is annexed onto our home but is self contained and has its own bathroom, kitchenette / living space and bed nook. It has its own private entrance and porch.

You can walk to the pedestrian ferry (1 mile) which takes you into Fort William town
where there are a variety of shops for groceries. The ferry only takes 10 minutes but the service is very limited and doesn’t run in the evening. For times see

We’ve put together a book full of some of our favourite walks and spots and popped it into the studio for you.

We’ve put together a book full of some of our favourite places to eat and it into the studio for you but if the weather is good a picnic in the wilds is always our choice.

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